Southeastern students honored by Louisiana Press Association, media organizations
Southeastern’s student newspaper, The Lion’s Roar, recently received several awards from the Louisiana Press Association “Better Newspaper
Contest” for 2019.
The Lion’s Roar staff was recognized in several categories of the competition with awards for first
place in the Best Overall Website category and second place in the General Excellence
category. Southeastern student journalists also received awards for page design
and photography. The Nebraska Press Association judged this year’s 1,034 entries from
37 publications and college and university student newspapers.
The Lion’s Roar Editor-in-Chief Annie Goodman, a senior majoring in communication from Denham Springs,
took first place in the Best Feature Story category for her piece titled “Overcoming
Addiction: four years sober.” Goodman also received second place in the Best Front
Page category for her design work for the front pages of the August 28, 2018 and November
13, 2018 issues of The Lion’s Roar.
“I have learned so much from working at The Lion’s Roar,” said Goodman. “I never expected to be where I am today achieving the things I am.
I’ve won a few awards over the years, but this is my first, first place award, which
is pretty exciting.”
Reporter Nikisun Shrestha also received recognition for his photography. Shrestha,
a senior majoring in accounting from Nepal, was honored with a first place award in
the Best Sports Photo category, along with a second place award in the Best Feature
Recently the staff of The Lion’s Roar also received awards from the Louisiana-Mississippi
Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors College Contest competition and the
Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Circle Awards in March.
Jacob Summerville, a senior political science major from Baton Rouge, was awarded
second place in the Feature Photo category at the LA-MS APME Career Day and College
Awards held at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. Summerville’s photo featured
students who performed in the production of “The Beautiful Bridegroom.”
For the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards, Riana Brasleman
and Jonathan Rhodes, both former staff reporters for The Lion’s Roar, were honored for their work in cartooning and sports photography respectively.
Brasleman, a senior majoring in social work from Mandeville, was recognized for
her cartoon portfolio showcasing her work titled “Dear College,” which received a
second place award in the Cartoons category and a third place award in the Cartoon
Portfolio of Work category.
Rhodes, a recent graduate in communication from Slidell, also placed third in
the Single Sports Photography category for his photo titled “Lions Win Game Despite
“My staff has grown so much since they joined, and I love watching them flourish,”
Goodman continued. “Seeing them recognized for their good work is really amazing -
especially since I know I don’t praise them nearly enough. Now, I can’t wait to see
what awards our newer staff members will receive this time next year.”
Goodman was also recognized by the Gold Circle Awards for her opinion piece titled
“Decoding the Barcode Tattoo,” with a second place prize in the Personal Opinion:
Off-campus Issues category.
“These talented students continuously learn and grow as individuals, while at
the same time serving the campus with compelling and unique news information,” said
Lee E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “We are extremely proud of the recognition
they have received for their hard work and dedication to the Southeastern community.”
The Lion’s Roar and its staff have garnered over 20 awards in the past two years from competitions
such as the LPA’s Better Newspaper Contest, the LA-MS APME, the American Scholastic
Press Association and the CSPA Gold Circle Awards.
To view past issues of the award winning publication, readers can visit www.lionsroarnews.com. Readers can also view content from The Lion’s Roar by subscribing to the publication’s new e-mail newsletter sent out weekly, following
the newspaper’s social media accounts, reading a digital version on Issuu.com, or
picking up a copy of the paper at one of our 88 newsstands located on campus or in
the Hammond community.
AWARD WINNING SPORTS PHOTO – Southeastern Lion’s Roar Reporter Nikisun Shrestha was recognized for his photography
by the Louisiana Press Association “Better Newspaper Contest” for 2019. Shrestha received
a second place award in the Best Feature Photo category, along with a first place
award in the Best Sports Photo category for this photo. Shown is Southeastern senior
pole-vaulter Devin King as he attempts to regain the facility record at Southeastern
Track Complex. He held the previous record that was broken by Lafayette High School’s
Armand Duplantis with a height of 19-01 feet. Photo credit: Nikisun Shrestha/The Lion’s
Northlake Community Band to perform July 11
Southeastern will present the Northlake Community Band in concert Thursday, July 11,
at 7 p.m. Scheduled in Pottle Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus, the concert is
free and open to the public.
Claudea Landry will conduct the concert that features works by Eric Osterling,
Erik Morales, John Higgins, Jerry Brubaker and others.
Landry is a retired band director, having taught in the public school system for
33 years. She retired nine years ago from Ponchatoula Junior High.
“The thing I love most about conducting the Northlake Community Band is the bridging
together of generations that share the love of music,” Landry said.
The Northlake Community Band consists of musicians from junior high school students
through retired professionals and is open to new members.
For more information, contact the Community Music School at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 549-5502.
Students attend NASA workshop
Southeastern students Cydney Cashio Hooper, left, Victoria Frabbiele, and faculty
advisor Gerard Blanchard attended and completed the RockOn! 2019 Workshop at NASA’s
Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., in June. All expenses for their attendance
were paid by a grant from the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium.
At the workshop, the students learned to solder, build, and program an instrument
to autonomously measure cosmic radiation, as well as the rocket’s orientation, acceleration,
rotation, and internal air pressure, temperature, and humidity.
During its flight, the Terrier-Improved Orion rocket reached an altitude of 120
km, which is 20 km above the threshold of space. After a successful recovery of the
payload from the Atlantic Ocean, the students analyzed their data. They plan to present
their results at the Department of Chemistry and Physics seminar series this fall.
Southeastern Summer Institute addresses accessibility
Southeastern’s 2019 Summer Institute hosted 30 faculty members who learned current
strategies for teaching online. This year’s focus was engaging learners with accessible
In cooperation with the Office of Student Accessibility Services, the Center
for Faculty Excellence hosted six filled-to-capacity sessions during the two-day Institute.
Presenters shared ideas to help students who are taking online classes as well as
those in the traditional setting.
“Angela James provided thought-provoking and relevant information concerning
students’ accessibility,” said Coordinator for Online Learning Dr. Amber Narro. “It
was very interesting to learn that adopting some of these strategies not only will
help those who have disabilities but also other students as well.”
As Director of Student Accessibility Services, James reviewed the history of
accessibility, addressed new regulations and answered faculty questions. Additionally,
Department of Communication and Media Studies Undergraduate Coordinator Dr. Carol
Madere, Instructional Designer Rachel Gill and Moodle Administrator Mark Terranova
shared new tools that will aid faculty in designing accessible online courses. The
Center for Faculty Excellence will provide more learning opportunities geared toward
accessibility during the 2019-2020 academic year.
“We look forward to continuing these valuable conversations,” Narro said. “Faculty
should use the opportunities at the Center for Faculty Excellence, as well as in the
Office of Student Accessibility Services, to learn what they can do to improve course
design. Those in attendance were eager to get more information, and I know other faculty
will benefit as we continue training.”
Above: Director of Student Accessibility Services Angela James shares information concerning
accessibility at the 2019 Summer Institute.
Southeastern Channel sportscast The Big Game named national finalist
A Southeastern student sportscast produced at the Southeastern Channel has once again
won national honors.
The channel sportscast, The Big Game, has been named a national finalist for the 2019 College Sports Media Awards. The
show earned honors in the “Collegiate Student” division for “Outstanding Live Non-Game
The College Sports Media Awards, which honor the best in the nation in collegiate
sports broadcast production, were presented by the Sports Video Group and the National
Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Finalists in the “National Network”
division this year included ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and the SEC Network.
“We’re excited for the well-deserved recognition given to the Southeastern Channel,
one of the best student broadcast operations in the nation,” said Southland Conference
Commissioner Tom Burnett.
It is the third year in a row that The Big Game has won CSMA national finalist recognition. Last year the sportscast was honored
with two of the six finalist awards given in the same category for two different episodes.
The Southeastern Channel was the only double nominee in the category.
This year the March 29, 2018 episode’s sports opinion roundtable, “Pick and Roll,”
was recognized. The sports talk segment is modeled after ESPN SportsCenter’s “Around
the Horn” and “Pardon the Interruption.” John Sartori of Mandeville and Wesley Boone
of Alexandria anchored the segment with Dylan Domangue of Houma serving as the guest
expert. Freddie Rosario of Luling produced and directed the episode.
Each week students not only produce, anchor and report, they operate all studio
and control room positions from floor directing and camera operation to control room
directing, technical directing, audio mixing, video playback, graphics operator, and
“Having to produce new location stories each week combined with live weekly studio
deadlines creates a real-world crucible for students learning to produce in timely
fashion,” Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said. “It really prepares
them well for the job market after graduation.”
Settoon said that Southeastern Channel graduates have landed jobs as sports directors,
anchors, reporters, producers, videographers and editors for television stations throughout
the South, along with sideline reporters, play-by-play announcers and color analysts
for national and regional network game broadcasts.
“We’re incredibly honored to once again be recognized as one of the nation’s
elite in student sports production,” said Settoon. “It’s a credit to our students’
sports savvy, entertaining on-camera talent, creativity, and production and post-production
skills, including writing, game shooting, editing and studio producing and directing.”
The Big Game is a live, weekly sportscast produced entirely by students for broadcast on the Southeastern
Channel. The show is modeled after ESPN’s SportsCenter with lively anchor highlight reads, live shots, game reports and analyses, feature
stories and interviews with Southeastern athletes and coaches.
Also included are the sports opinion talk segment “Pick and Roll” and the editorial
segment “Quick Hits,” modeled after ESPN’s The Sports Reporters with short editorials on a variety of sports issues and topics written and delivered
by student anchors.
Student reporters cover not only all Southeastern sports, but also New Orleans
Saints and Pelicans home games. During football season, the show features a “Fantasy
Football” segment. Students also shoot and edit their own interviews and game highlights.
The Big Game started as a show in 2003 as soon as the Southeastern Channel hit the airwaves. In
the 16 years since, Settoon said the program has won multiple national and regional
awards, including first place in the nation honors given by College Broadcasters,
Inc. The show has also won a student Emmy and first-place Associated Press College
Broadcasters, Society of Professional Journalist “Mark of Excellence,” and national
The Big Game can be seen on the Southeastern Channel on Charter Spectrum 199 at 6:30 pm. Thursday
nights during the regular semester. The simulcast is streamed live at thesoutheasternchannel.com where archived episodes can also be viewed.
The Southeastern Channel has won over 400 national awards, including 17 awards
from the Emmys.
SPORTSCAST NAMED NATIONAL FINALIST - The Southeastern Channel student sportscast The Big Game recently won National Finalist honors given by the College Sports Media Awards with
recognition for the show’s “Pick and Roll” segment. Students who worked on the winning
episode include (front row from left) Wesley Boone, Freddie Rosario and John Sartori.
Back row, from left, are Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon, Zechariah
Cameron, Richie Solares, Andrew Scherer and Dylan Domangue. It was the third year
in a row that “The Big Game” has received national honors from the College Sports
Southeastern to host Summer Art Camp
Registration is now open for Southeastern’s Summer Art Camp scheduled July 15 – 25.
Scheduled Monday through Thursday, the camp runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each day at
Clark Hall on Southeastern’s campus.
Campers from five to 15 are eligible to attend the camp. The camp fee is $75.
Art media to be explored include drawing, painting, mixed media collage, fabric
marker tees and Crayola’s Model Magic, said Associate Professor of Art Education Kim
“The workshop is eight days, and students will complete eight different projects,
including painting and drawing, based on the theme ‘Art + Life = Play,’” Finley said.
“Explore the work and lives of famous artists past and present through structured
art lessons designed for smiles.”
Campers enrolled in the workshop will be instructed by art students supervised
The camp is limited to the first 75 registrants, so early registration is recommended.
To register go to www.southeastern.edu/artcamp.
For more information, call 549-2193.
College of Business student group receives prestigious award from human resources
Southeastern’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s
largest human resources association, has received a 2018-2019 Superior Merit Award
designation for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its chapter
The primary goal of SHRM at Southeastern is to provide educational and networking
opportunities for students. Since 2001, Southeastern’s chapter has received 12 Superior
Merit Awards and has been ranked in the top 10 chapters in the nation several times.
Established in 1972, the SHRM student chapter merit award program was created
to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas:
student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional
development of members, support of the human resource profession, and SHRM engagement.
“SHRM is committed to engaging the future leaders of the human resources profession
– human resources and business students. As we strive to shape better workplaces,
where employers and employees can thrive together, we are energized by the work our
student chapters are doing to encourage students to choose human resources as a career
path,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer
of SHRM. “Presenting this Superior Merit Award designation is just one small way for
SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps the Southeastern SHRM student chapter
has taken this past academic year.”
SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number
of activities they complete during the merit award cycle. During the year, Southeastern
chapter members assisted at the Louisiana Conference on Human Resources, conducted
a meeting of the Northshore Professional SHRM chapter, the group’s sponsoring chapter,
and welcomed a number of human resource professionals to its meetings.
Southeastern hosts Fine Arts Showcase
Art enthusiasts Farley Lobdell, left, and Fay Bright study artist Miro Hoffman’s work
titled “Green Light New Orleans Teaching Garden: Uptown New Orleans, La.” at Southeastern’s
Fine Arts Showcase held recently in the President’s Residence. The annual event highlights
painting, sculpture and photography from over 40 Louisiana artists.