Alumnus of the Year named
Pregeant receives service award

Student wins CCA Scholarship
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Akers selected as Southeastern Alumnus of the Year
Tom AkersAn internationally renowned metal and manufacturing executive has been selected as the Southeastern Alumni Association 2018 Alumnus of the Year.
     Tom Akers, retired president of trading at Metal Exchange Corporation and a 1969 and 1973 graduate of Southeastern, will be honored at the Alumni Association’s annual awards evening held on campus Friday, Oct. 12, as part of Southeastern’s Homecoming Week.
     “During his tenure with Metal Exchange Corporation, Tom was responsible for growing the company from a U.S. regional trading company with sales of approximately $400 million to an international organization with sales approaching $2 billion and offices throughout the U.S. and international offices in Switzerland, China and Brazil,” said Beth Carney Ebberman, president of the Alumni Association.
     Akers is also an alumnus of Harvard University Business School as a graduate of its Advanced Management Program in 1991. His areas of business expertise include management and strategic planning, marketing, operations, international trade, import/export, commodities markets, risk management, derivatives, logistics, and extensive international negotiating in Europe, South America, the Middle East, Asia and the Eastern Bloc.
     Prior to MEC, Akers worked for Consolidated Aluminum Corporation for 13 years, where he was vice-president of metal supply and general manager of its recycling division. He also worked for Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation early in his career in Louisiana and served two years active duty and four years reserve duty in the U.S. Navy in the 1970s.
     Over the last decade, Akers has served an adjunct professor in St. Louis at both Maryville and Webster universities, teaching courses in leadership and international marketing.
     Now retired, Akers works part-time with MEC coaching and mentoring personnel in their Management Development program.

Pregeant receives award for service
Gene Pregeant, EEO officer for Southeastern, was recently awarded the highest honor for alumni service with Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Pregeant was cited for membership into the Distinguished Service Chapter.
     Founded in 1858 at Bethany College, Delta Tau Delta has 133 chapters and colonies in 39 states and the District of Columbia with a membership of more than 9,000 undergraduates and 120,000 living alumni. Of the 120,000 living alumni worldwide, Pregeant is the 455th person to receive the award since 1858.
     The award cited, “This son of educators faithfully follows their footsteps and exemplifies our timeless values of assistance, encouragement and goodness of heart. Through his unswerving loyalty across three decades as chapter advisor at Epsilon Phi he not only has served Delts who followed there, he earned an esteemed position as a role model for other volunteers to emulate. This good Delt has unfailingly shared his talents with the larger Fraternity, most notably in mentoring students and alumni alike. Gene is held in their highest esteem because his abiding influence is vast and his humility admirable.”
     This year celebrates Pregeant’s 26th year as chapter advisor for Delta Tau Delta at Southeastern. In addition, next year Southeastern Delts will celebrate their 50th anniversary as leaders on campus.
     The current student chapter was also awarded the prestigious Hugh Shields Flag, given to the top ten chapters across the country. This chapter award marks the 18th time the Southeastern chapter has been named among the Fraternity’s top ten.
     Delta Tau Delta’s Mission is “Committed to Lives of Excellence.” Delta Tau Delta strives to develop its members’ leadership skills, seeks superior academic achievement, promotes community service efforts and helps its members launch successful careers.

Gene Pregeant, rightPREGEANT RECEIVES AWARD FOR SERVICE - Gene Pregeant (right) is pictured with former Southeastern Alumni Board President, Charles “Tiger” Edwards. Edwards currently serves on the national board for Delta Tau Delta Fraternity as the Southern Division President. Pregeant is shown with his award for induction into the Distinguished Service Chapter.

Southeastern Channel news reporter wins Capitol Correspondents Scholarship
Amanda KitchA Southeastern student television news reporter has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Capitol Correspondents Association in Baton Rouge.
     Amanda Kitch of Covington, a reporter-anchor for the Southeastern Channel’s award-winning student newscast “Northshore News,” was presented the award at the Capitol Correspondents Association’s 67th Annual Gridiron Show in Baton Rouge.
     The CCA Scholarship is the third scholarship Kitch has won this year. Earlier she won the prestigious 2018 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Student Scholarship worth $4,000 awarded to only one broadcasting student in Louisiana. For the second year in a row, she won an Emmy Scholarship presented by the Suncoast Region and worth $4,500, bringing her total scholarship earnings this year to $9,500.
     The CCA of Baton Rouge is a non-profit organization that supports print and broadcast journalists who report on Louisiana state and local government and politics. The organization performs an annual gridiron show that provides an opportunity to roast the political figures they cover with satirical, sharply comedic musical skits. Proceeds from the show support scholarship programs for journalism students as well as charities.
     To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must have at least junior standing and major in broadcast or print communications at Southeastern, LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette or Southern University. A 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required along with a letter from the student and three examples of the student’s work in either broadcast or print format. The panel of judges for the CCA scholarship committee are current and former journalists in the print and broadcast professions. Kitch was the only student from the four universities selected for the award.
     A communication major with a focus in electronic media, Kitch has led “Northshore News” to SPJ, AP and SEJC honors for top student newscast.
     “Through ‘Northshore News’ I’m able to practice real-life habits of producing, writing, reporting, recording, editing and anchoring,” Kitch said. “These habits and values I establish will follow me in all jobs I take. I get to meet very interesting and helpful people from my community, and this helps me with networking and understanding my community better. My experiences at the Southeastern Channel add to my resume and demo reel, which helps me stand out as an aspiring reporter who already has an understanding of how the TV production floor works.”
     Kitch plans to intern with WVUE-TV Fox 8 News in New Orleans this fall and embark on a career as a TV news anchor-reporter upon graduation next May.



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The Southeastern volleyball team will open the 2018 season to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lions will host the Green and Gold intra-squad scrimmage on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Pennington Center. SLU will officially open the regular season by competing in the Troy Invitational in Troy, Alabama. On Friday, Southeastern faces Southeast Missouri at 3:30 p.m. Tournament play concludes on Saturday with matches versus Southern (1 p.m.) and host Troy (4:30 p.m.)
     The SLU soccer team will continue non-conference play on Friday, traveling to North Texas for a 7 p.m. match in Denton, Texas.
Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions will host Lionpawlooza in conjunction with the Hammond Downtown Development District’s “Hot August Night” on Friday.
     This year’s event will begin at 6 p.m. with a pep rally to be held on the main DDD stage, located on the corner of SW Railroad Avenue and East Morris Avenue in the parking lot across the street from The Steak House. The pep rally will feature Southeastern head football coach Frank Scelfo, the SLU football team, the Spirit of the Southland band, the Southeastern cheerleaders, the national champion Lionette dance team and Roomie the Lion.
     Following the pep rally, fans will have the opportunity to receive autographs from members of the 2018 Lions. There will also be giveaways available, chances to spin the SLU Athletics prize wheel and Northshore Broadcasting will provide the musical entertainment.
Children ages 12 and under will also have a chance to sign up for the Party Barn’s Lil’ Lions group. Members will receive free tickets to select Southeastern Athletics events and various perks at the Party Barn.
     For more information on Lionpawlooza, contact SLU Coordinator of Athletic Marketing and Student Promotions Lindsey Cramer at (985) 549-3227 or
     On Saturday, Southeastern will hold a Season Ticket Party for Lion football season ticket holders only around the team’s morning practice. The season ticket party is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the south end zone of Strawberry Stadium.
     Southeastern also will be Media Day for the Lion football team. At 2 p.m. in the Victory Club, members of the media will have the opportunity to meet with head coach Frank Scelfo, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Greg Stevens and defensive coordinator Louie Cioffi, as well as select student-athletes.

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AUG 21

Volleyball, Green and Gold Match, Pennington Center,

7 p.m.

AUG 24

Volleyball, vs. Southeast Missouri (Troy Invitational), Troy, Ala., 3:30 p.m.
Soccer, at North Texas, Denton, Texas, 7 p.m.
Lionpawlooza, Main DDD Stage, 6 p.m.

AUG 25

Volleyball, vs. Southern (Troy Invitational), Troy, Ala., 1 p.m.
Volleyball, at Troy (Troy Invitational), Troy, Ala., 4:30 p.m.
Football, Season Ticket Party, Strawberry Stadium,

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Football, Media Day, Victory Club, 2 p.m.


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Eric Johnson (Sims Library) and Dr. Marianna Kunow (Languages and Communication) presented their paper, “Winners and Losers: Development and Cultural Change in New Orleans after Katrina,” at the Global Studies Conference in Granada, Spain, July 31.
     Dr. Alan Cannon (Mathematics) attended the Phi Kappa Phi Biennial National Convention in Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 2 - 4.

     Dr. Cherissa Vitter (Teaching and Learning) conducted a half-day pre-conference preceding the International Baccalaureate Global Conference in San Diego in July. Her presentation, “Using teacher evaluation tools to create learning communities,” attracted over 70 participants from across North, Central, and South America. Vitter serves as the executive director of the Louisiana Association of IB World Schools and will be assisting in planning the 2019 Global Conference in New Orleans.



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