Students win Emmy Awards
Residence halls to change landscape
Alumni announces Board of Directors

IB Symposium attend symposium
Art workshop registration open
Fine Arts Showcase held

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Students win Emmy AwardsSoutheastern students win two Emmy Awards
For the fifth straight year, student-produced programs for the Southeastern Channel have won coveted Emmy Awards.
     Insomniac, a short film by Amanda Triay of Big Branch, won an Emmy in the “Long Form (Fiction)” category while Drink A Beer, a music video by Trevor Vampran of Prairieville, won in the Photographer category.
     Both films were produced as assignments in field video production classes in the Electronic Media Concentration of Southeastern’s Department of Languages and Communication. Instructors were Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon and Steve Zaffuto, channel operations manager. The films air on the Southeastern Channel as part of the student film show Cinematheque.
     “Working with the Southeastern Channel has exposed me to a variety of filming scenarios,” Vampran said. “I’ve worked on everything from football games to ballet recitals. I learned something new from each Southeastern Channel production. I was able to learn a lot of diverse production strategies in a short amount of time.”
     The productions were recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Suncoast Region comprised of television stations and production entities in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.
     Insomniac is a psychological thriller that tells the story of William, who can’t sleep after a tragic accident has left his fiancée in a coma. William is haunted by a spirit who tells him the only way he can sleep again is to kill her.
     “It’s unbelievable,” Triay said. “I’m excited and ecstatic and don’t even quite know how to feel. I just feel so blessed. I now know there are no limits to my future work.”
     Triay produced, directed, shot, edited and created special effects makeup for the film. Christian Carlin a Southeastern student from Folsom, wrote the screenplay and contributed an original musical score. Ethan Wooley of Covington played the part of William, while Alison Kemp of Miami, played the haunting spirit.
     Vampran was not only the cinematographer, but also the producer, director and editor for Drink A Beer, a popular song by country artist Luke Bryan dedicated to his brother and sister who passed away early in his career.
     “I feel honored and proud that my work showed Emmy-level excellence and quality,” Vampran said. “It has already made me personally proud and given me huge motivation to keep striving for greatness in photography.”
     In Vampran’s video the lead character, played by fellow communication student Adam Hebert of Prairieville, constantly returns to his favorite spot on the river where he drinks a beer and reflects on happy memories shared there with his best friend, a police officer who has just died in the line of duty. The deceased friend is played by Dillon Thompson, an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy.
     Vampran’s cinematography features the use of early-morning, natural light coupled with panoramic landscapes filmed at his grandparents’ house in the Maurepas swamp on the Amite River.
     “In a way it’s a symbol of who I am as a person and videographer,” Vampran said.  “I got to capture some of the natural beauty of Louisiana in a way that I can show the world. It really shows that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help from my family and friends.”
     Vampran is a cancer survivor who has been cancer-free for five years. He does promotional spots for St. Jude’s Hospital and was featured in renowned filmmaker Ken Burns’ documentary The Emperor of All Maladies.
     NATAS awards Emmys to those productions achieving excellence in television at the highest level. Winners are selected after rounds of judging against the Emmy standard of excellence, not against other productions. Categories with nominees often have no winner.
     “The Emmy is the highest honor you can receive in television,” said Settoon. “Since so few are given, we’re absolutely thrilled that Amanda and Trevor are deservedly joining such elite company with this highest reward for their talent, creativity and hard work. Their quality is such that you’d never think these were student productions.”
     Triay also won honorable mention Emmy recognition in the Music Video category for her video, Heathens. Three other Southeastern Channel students received honorable mention Emmy honors.
     Steven Farmer of Ponchatoula was honored in the Editor category for his music video, Perfect, and in the Photographer category for his videography composite.
     Amanda Kitch of Covington won an honorable mention Emmy for Public Service Announcement, A Stronger You. Jonathan Calhoun of Baton Rouge won an honorable mention for his PSA Words Hurt.
     The Southeastern Channel has won 15 Emmys with 56 nominations in the past 12 years. It has won over 300 national, international and regional awards during that span. The channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 199 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes. The live 24/7 webcast and video on demand can be seen at and on mobile devices at  

SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS WIN EMMY AWARDS- Southeastern students were recently honored with prestigious Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Suncoast Region. Pictured, from left, are Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager and class instructor; Steven Farmer of Ponchatoula; Amanda Triay of Mandeville, Amanda Kitch of Covington, Trevor Vampran of Prairieville, Jonathan Calhoun of Baton Rouge, and Steve Zaffuto, channel operations manager and class instructor.

Southeastern landscape to change with new residence halls
As the Southeastern campus landscape enters a new chapter in which Twelve Oaks reception hall will give way to a new student housing project, we hope the community will join with us in celebrating the myriad of memories made there.
     Several initiatives are in the works as tributes to the building’s history, including plans to name the southernmost of the two new residence halls “Twelve Oaks Hall.” The other will be named “Ascension Hall” to continue the tradition of naming student housing for the home parishes from which Southeastern’s students most often hail.
     “Under this new project, future students will make lasting memories as so many did in Twelve Oaks,” said Southeastern Alumni Association Executive Director Michelle Biggs. “And, please rest assured that while the building is coming down, the live oak trees for which it is named are not.”  
     A Facebook page, “Twelve Oaks – Countless Memories,” has been created on which individuals are invited to share stories and photographs of events hosted at Twelve Oaks over the years. The page can be found at The photos collected will be formatted as a book to be housed in the university’s official archives.
     In addition, current fine arts student Madison Lane has been commissioned by the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery to create a black and white lithograph of the building, which earned awards for its architect John Desmond when he designed it in the 1950s. Lane will work with Ernie Milsted, professor of printmaking, on the artwork, which will be displayed prominently in the new Twelve Oaks Hall.
     The full construction project encompasses several phases, and includes the development of two housing facilities, outdoor communal space for students and landscaped plaza areas. Once the entire project is completed, Southeastern will gain two additional campus entry corridors designed intentionally to welcome those entering campus – the parking area along Railroad Avenue and Texas Drive on the western side of campus.
     “Please help us give Twelve Oaks the send-off it deserves by posting your stories and photographs to the “Twelve Oaks – Countless Memories” page on Facebook,” Biggs added.

Southeastern hosts advanced academic symposium for IB students
More than 20 students attending International Baccalaureate high schools throughout the state were selected to participate in “Academic Celebration: A Symposium for Advanced Academics” held recently on the Southeastern campus.
     The three-day, two-night symposium was the first such function held in the Gulf South region and focused on equipping students entering their junior year to successfully navigate taking multiple advanced academic courses that count for college credit.
     “The symposium prepared rising juniors in high school for advanced studies, such as those offered through the IB Program,” explained program director Cherissa Vitter, who coordinates Southeastern’s program designed to prepare IB teachers. The Southeastern program, based in the Department of Teaching and Learning, is the only such program in the Gulf South.
     Students participating in the program were accepted after a rigorous application process, Vitter explained.
     Participating in the program was Heather Michael, a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, who wrote the curriculum for the symposium and spoke at the event.
     At the conclusion of the academic symposium, students presented summaries of their research in poster board presentations to Southeastern faculty, sponsors and family members.
IB Academic SymposiumRESEARCH RESULTS EXPLAINED  -- Ella McCalip, right, a junior at University High School in Baton Rouge, is questioned about the results of her research project, “How Music Affects People,” by Southeastern IB Coordinator Cherissa Vitter at the Symposium for Advanced Academics held last week on the Southeastern campus. High school students from advanced studies programs around the state participated in the three-day program.

Brad Stevens

Southeastern Alumni Association announces Board of Directors 
Attorney Brad Stevens of Amite has been elected president and chairman of the board of directors for 2017-18 Southeastern Alumni Association.
     A resident of Hammond, he graduated from Southeastern magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree. He earned a law degree from LSU, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review, and is now managing partner of Edwards & Stevens Law Firm in Amite. Stevens previously served as president of the North Tangi Alumni Chapter. He currently serves on the Lion Athletic Association Board.
     Rounding out the Executive Committee will be President-Elect Beth Carney Ebberman with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana; Secretary Stephanie Kropog of North Oaks Health System; and Treasurer Randi Matthews with Taylor and Matthews CPAs.
     Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said board members commit their time and expertise to fulfill the association’s mission of strengthening ties between the university, alumni and community.
     “The board is comprised of a wide range of individuals who represent the entire alumni base. Each member serves a two-year term, and their job is to assist in promoting the mission of the Alumni Association in tandem with that of Southeastern,” said Biggs. “They promote pride, help in student recruitment efforts, act as mentors, preserve traditions of the university and encourage active membership in the association.”
     Also serving on the board are Patrick Brazan with Western & Southern Life; Christian Garbett, Sr. with King, Krebs & Jurgens, PLLC; Angele Monistere Gauthier with the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s office; Heidi Rogers Kinchen with Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services; Jay Prather with Elos Environmental LLC; Marquette Guerin Pegler with Guerin Agency, Inc. Northlake Insurance Group; Herb Robin, retired; and Heather Bush Seal with Latter and Blum Classic Homes and Properties.
     Biggs said as part of Stevens’ incoming president’s duties, he has appointed two one-year termed board members to round out the membership representation in the year ahead. These include Andre Cryer with O.W. Dillon Academy and Joe Ricks with Xavier University of Louisiana.
     Ex-Officio members of the board include Immediate Past President Mayson Foster, former mayor of the City of Hammond; Past President Josie Mercante; Southeastern President John L. Crain; Vice President of University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale; and Biggs.

Registration open for children’s summer art workshop at Southeastern
Registration remains open through July 10 or until all spots are filled for Southeastern’s summer art workshop for youths between the ages of 5-13. Since space is limited, early registration is recommended.
     Sponsored by the Department of Non-Credit Programs and titled Children’s Art Workshop: Art by Design, the workshop spans eight days, running July 10-20, Mondays - Thursdays, from 9:30-11 a.m. daily. Sessions will take place on Southeastern’s campus in Clark Hall, located at 811 N. Pine Street in Hammond.
     The $65 registration fee includes instruction and art supplies.
     Instruction incorporates drawing and painting, which also includes learning about inspiring famous artists. All students will complete a t-shirt design, model magic sculpture and printmaking project. Sessions are led by Southeastern art students under the direction of Professor Kim Finley-Stansbury from Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
     Payment and registration information are available online at For more information, call 549-2094.

Talking Art
Recent Southeastern graduate Delton Burris of New Orleans talks about his prints, Trials and Tribulations of the Mind #3, with photography instructor Lily Brooks at Southeastern’s recent Fine Arts Showcase held in the President’s Residence. The annual event highlights painting, sculpture and photography from nearly 40 Louisiana artists.

Talking Art


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