Students dominate AP Awards
Students earn LPA Awards
Summer Learning Institute held

CMS hosts summer music camps

Patsy Causey scholarship awarded


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Southeastern students dominate Associated Press Awards
Students win AP AwardsSoutheastern students recently won 11 awards, including eight first-place honors, at the 2017 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press College Broadcasters Awards at the WWII Museum in New Orleans.
     The Southeastern Channel dominated the television division from both states with 10 of the 19 awards given.
     In addition to the Southeastern television winners, Matt Doyle of Mandeville won first place in the radio competition for “Newscast” for KSLU’s “Afternoon News.” The judges said Doyle’s piece contained strong delivery, and they really get a sense that the reporter knew and understood the stories.
     Wesley Boone of Alexandria led the way for the Southeastern Channel with four awards, including the top award, “Best of Show in Television,” which included a cash prize of $150. Boone also won first place for “Feature Story” for “The Andy Boone Story” and in the “Videographer” category for his videography composite. He won second place in the “Sports Story” category for “The Andy Boone Story.”
     Regarding “The Andy Boone Story,” AP judges said, “This was such a moving story. The reporter did an excellent job of creative storytelling and videography. It was well written with great transitions in and out of the soundbites. Well told and well done!”
     Amanda Kitch of Covington was also a big winner, taking home two first-place honors. She won first place in the “News Story” category for her “Courthouse and Jail Tax” story for the Southeastern Channel’s student newscast, “Northshore News.” She also won first-place recognition as the best “TV Reporter” for her “Northshore News” story, “Mandeville Beach.” As producer of “Northshore News” Kitch brought home second place in the “Newcast” category for the September 26, 2017 episode. Last year, Kitch won “Best of Show in Television” for her work with “Northshore News.”
     On Kitch’s “Mandeville Beach,” judges noted, “As a stand alone story, this one was really, really well-done. In fact, it could air in most small market TV stations.”
     Amanda Triay of Big Branch won first place in the “Documentary” category for “To Speak Again,” her short documentary about Hammond resident Benny Latino’s remarkable recovery of his speech after suffering a stroke.
     Freddie Rosario of Hahnville and John Sartori of Mandeville won first place in the “Sportscast or Sports Program” category for producing the Southeastern Channel’s student sportscast “The Big Game.” Sartori co-anchored the winning November 9, 2017 episode with Dylan Domangue of Houma, while Rosario directed the show.
     Judges said that “The Big Game” was “very polished, had great energy and enthusiasm,” and that they were very impressed with the entire team.
     Jordan Rheams of Baton Rouge won second place for “Videographer” with his videography composite.
     “The Associated Press has long been the preeminent organization in journalism, so to dominate the broadcast journalism categories in this region is a great achievement for our students,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “Our television students work very hard in reporting and producing to tell the best stories and produce the best programs in the region, and we’re thrilled that the AP has honored them with these prestigious awards.”
     The competition honored the best in college journalism in 2017 from Louisiana and Mississippi with nearly 300 entries from over 20 universities and colleges in both states, including the University of Mississippi, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. The AP represents 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.
     The awards luncheon was part of the 2018 AP Journalism Career Day that featured television news directors, producers and reporters, along with print editors and reporters for panel discussions and one-on-one critiques for student journalists from the two states.
     The Southeastern Channel has won over 300 national, international and regional awards, including 17 awards from the Emmys, in its 15 years of existence. The channel can be seen on Charter Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Tammany and St. Helena parishes. The live 24/7 webcast and video on demand can be seen on the channel’s website at The Southeastern Channel is also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS WINS AP AWARDS- Southeastern students dominated the 2017 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press College Broadcasters Awards held recently at the World War II Museum in New Orleans. Southeastern students won 10 of the 19 television awards given, seven more than any other university in the two-state region, as well as a radio award. Southeastern students attending the 2018 College Journalism Conference were (from left) Taylor Washington of Baton Rouge, Amanda Triay of Big Branch, John Sartori of Mandeville, Wesley Boone of Alexandria, Freddie Rosario of Hahnville, Andrew Scherer of New Orleans, Tara Barbe of Ponchatoula, and Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon.

Southeastern students receive awards at Louisiana Press Association convention 
Students working with Southeastern’s student newspaper The Lion’s Roar, earned several awards, including three first place honors, in the 2017 Better Student Newspaper Competition sponsored by the Louisiana Press Association.
     The awards were presented at the annual LPA conference held jointly with the Mississippi Press Association earlier this month in New Orleans.
     Zachary Araki, a senior chemistry major from Slidell, received a first place award for Best News Photo for his image capturing the demolition of the Twelve Oaks building. Nikisun Shrestha, a senior majoring in accounting from Hammond, received a first place award for Best Sports Photo for his photo taken during the Harlem Globetrotter’s visit to the University Center. The staff of The Lion’s Roar also received a first place award for Best Photo Package of photos showcasing the Miss Southeastern 2018 pageant.
     Araki, who holds the position of arts and entertainment editor, elaborated on his role and awards.
     “Receiving these awards from the Louisiana Press Association is more than an honor, it is an indicator that The Lion’s Roar is doing something right,” said Araki. “Along with our dedicated staff, I strive to take on more responsibility to present a newspaper worthy of such accolades.”
     Annie Goodman, a senior communication major from Denham Springs, received a second place award for Best Single Editorial focusing on sexual assault and consent. Goodman also received a second place award in the Best News Photo category for her photo featuring students watching the solar eclipse, as well as a third place award in the Best Feature Story category for her piece on funding for campus programs centered around alcohol abuse prevention.
     “Winning these awards reflects my growth as a writer, photographer and person during my time at The Lion’s Roar,” said Goodman, who was recently promoted to news editor. “When I began working for the paper in the fall of 2016, I never imagined myself as news editor, let alone receiving any kind of recognition for my work. The Lion’s Roar provides an amazing atmosphere for growth and development, and I think these awards rightfully show what can be accomplished in such an accepting and encouraging environment.”
     Sarah Hess, a senior majoring in communication from Albany, received a second place award for her photo featuring the local business The Beaded Barber. Rachel Taylor, a senior majoring in English education, received a third place award for her photo featuring the Lady Lions softball team.
     “Having our students recognized for their work across so many categories in the competition demonstrates the wonderful variety of skills they each gain, grow, and hone while working with the newspaper,” said Director of Student Publications Lee Lind. “As they develop these skill sets, the reporters and editors of The Lion’s Roar also provide an invaluable service to the community in covering the topics of the day, providing a platform for free and open discussion, and supplying local information that each of our readers can use in their daily lives. I am extremely proud of all they do and have accomplished working together.”
     Fifty newspapers, publications, and college and university student newspapers submitted nearly 1,400 entries for judging. The Arkansas Press Association judged this year’s competition.

Award winning photoAWARD-WINNING PHOTO - Nikisun Shrestha, a senior majoring in accounting from Hammond, received a first place award for Best Sports Photo for his photo taken during the Harlem Globetrotter’s visit to the University Center. 

Causey scholarship awarded to Southeastern student

Patsy Causey scholarship awarded

Southeastern retiree Patsy Causey, right, presents the Dr. Patsy M. Causey Alternative Certification Scholarship to Southeastern student Julie Martin of Slidell. The award is presented twice annually to a student seeking alternative certification in education. Causey served Southeastern for approximately three decades, holding the positions of director of women’s housing, dean of women, dean of student life, dean of the College of Basic Studies and vice president for student affairs.


Summer Learning Institute held on campus

Summer Learning Institute held on campus
The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Office of Online Learning hosted a summer learning institute for faculty who teach online. The institute was made possible through the fundraising initiatives sponsored through the Office of University Advancement. The sessions spanned four days and included topics such as building the course for interactivity, online testing strategies and student expectations.
     Faculty shared ideas for teaching online and also participated in workshops during which they could ask questions concerning achieving outcomes online that matched those expected in the traditional classroom setting. Twenty-eight faculty members representing every college at the university participated in the institute.
     “Southeastern is known for professors who care, and the fact that we had faculty representing every college is evidence that we want to maintain that reputation in the online setting as well,” said Dr. Mary Ballard, director of the Center for Faculty Excellence. “This institute, in fact, came from faculty demand. Our Online Learning Committee suggested sessions and workshops that would help faculty build their courses and enhance quality.”
     Faculty who participated in all sessions earned a badge of completion they may post in their online classes. They also learned about opportunities for learning at the Center for Faculty Excellence so they may take this information back to their departments and share what they learned, continuing this effort through the fall and spring semesters.
     “We will offer each session at the summer institute as its own individual class during both the spring and fall semesters," said Dr. Amber Narro, coordinator of the Office of Online Learning. “Those who were unable to join us in June still have the opportunity to receive their badge of participation.”
     A calendar for those classes will be made available early in the fall semester.

CMS hosts summer music camps
Southeastern’s Community Music School recently held its Camber Music Workshop and Beginners’ Orchestra Workshop annual summer camps offered through the Community Music School. 
     Taught by Community Music School Director Jivka Duke and Sandy Doescher, a music educator and a Southeastern alumna, the workshops offered students superb musical expertise and decades of experience in music education and performance, Duke said.
     “We had a marvelous group of talented young musicians at both workshops this year. They were well prepared, eager to learn and performed an outstanding concert at the end of the workshops week,” Duke said. “We hope to see all of them return for the chamber music and orchestra workshops next summer.”
     The workshops included private lessons, ensemble lessons, and master classes, as well as music theory instruction. The students performed in a final concert at the conclusion of the camps.


Chamber Orchestra workshopAbove:  The Community Music School recently hosted its annual Chamber Music Workshop. Participants in the workshop included, front row, from left, Sandy Doescher, instructor; Anna Johnson and Jacob Revere of Hammond, Stephanie Carter of Madisonville; and Hayes White of Livingston. Back row, from left, are Jivka Duke, instructor; John Austin Bergeron of Walker; Lainey Dunlap of Clinton; Mitzie Meyers of Hammond; Connor Porthouse of Baton Rouge; and Ethan Clay of Zachary.


Beginners Orchestra WorkshopAbove: The Community Music School recently hosted its annual Beginners’ Orchestra Workshop. Participants in the workshop included, front row, from left, Julianne Jiles of Madisonville; Jayden LeMay of Tickfaw; and Abigail Cole of Loranger. Back row, from left, are Jivka Duke, instructor, Erin Russell and Nate Simon of Covington.



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