Students to receive relief grants
KSLU broadcasters win awards

Lab School to offer Pre-K
From Online to Drumline

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Southeastern students to receive over $5 million via CARES Act 

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Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, the U.S. Department of Education has made $10.4 million in funds available to Southeastern, university officials announced today.
     As required by the federal legislation, half of the funds, approximately $5.2 million, will go directly to students in the form of financial grants to cover increased cost of university attendance associated with the disruption of campus operations. The university will use the other half to help cover additional expenses related to the crisis.
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KSLU broadcasters named winners in Associated Press College Competition
Adam CortezSoutheastern KSLU broadcasters Adam Cortez and Connor Ferrill earned top honors in the 2019 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors College Competition, an annual event recognizing the best in professional and college journalism.
     KSLU’s resident sportscaster Cortez, of El Paso, Tex., pictured above, received first place in the “Sportscast/Sports Program” category. Judges noted the variety of sports covered in his submission and the depth of information presented.
     To hear Cortez live, tune in to the Southeastern Sports Minute daily at 7:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. on 90.9 FM during the fall semester, and check out his weekly digital sports series “Half-Time Adjustments” online at
     Recent Southeastern graduate and KSLU alum Ferrill, of Mandeville, pictured below, was recognized for work completed during his final semester. He took home the Best of Show award in the “College Radio” category and won first place in the “Newscast” category. Judges commented on his delivery, editing, and story choices, calling it informative and a “great mix” of news and sports.
     “I’m incredibly proud of these students and their award-winning work,” said KSLU General Manager Todd Delaney. “Connor and Adam are both brilliant, innovative, and driven to excel. They are well on their way to thriving broadcast careers, and I look forward to hearing the pioneering work they’ll produce as two of tomorrow’s broadcast leaders.”
     Available on terrestrial radio, online, and through digital streaming apps, KSLU opens the door for student broadcasters to pioneer their own programs, creating something uniquely their own, and uniquely Southeastern, Delaney said. Programming includes music, live broadcasts of sporting events, and community-oriented talk shows.
     “KSLU provides Southeastern students with the real world experience necessary to be successful in their chosen fields,” Delaney said.
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Connor Ferrill 


Southeastern Laboratory School to offer Pre-K
The Southeastern Laboratory School will begin offering a Pre-K curriculum this fall, school officials announced. In order to be eligible to attend, students must be four by Sept. 30, 2020.
     Lab School Director Stephen Labbe’ said that with the implementation of Tier 1 curriculum in grades K-8, the school wanted to make sure all students are prepared and ready for the rigors of the curriculum.
     “By offering a Pre-K program, we will be able to ensure when students enter Kindergarten they have the necessary social, emotional, cognitive, language, literacy, and math skills to be successful,” Labbe’ said. “All other schools in our district have Pre-K programs. We want to keep with the university’s mission by leading in educational development, as well as following the university’s core value of excellence.”
     Parents have been requesting adding a Pre-K for a few years, Labbe’ added. Last fall, the school sent out an interest survey, and the results were very positive.
     “Adding a Pre-Kindergarten class to the existing Lab School ensures student readiness for Kindergarten and the grades beyond,” said Dean of the College of Education Paula Calderon. “The credit for this development goes to Mr. Labbe’, who, with the support of Dr. Crain and the university administration, was instrumental in making this happen. Not only are we filling a gap in the community, but we are also advancing the core values of excellence and caring.”
     Parents interested in registering their children can print the application from the Lab School website at, complete it and then email it to or simply fill out the application online.
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Lab School students


From Online to Drumline
The next time you hear the Spirit of the Southland Marching Band taking to the field or headed your way, the percussion section will be moving the band forward with “Ratatata” the group's new marching drumline cadence composed by sophomore music major, Chasidy Miller from Livingston.
     Miller enrolled in Music 217 computer applications this semester, and she chose as her final project to submit her own composition.
     “In closing a semester of effective detailed building of formal music scores including simple keyboard works, chamber music, and full choral and symphonic scores, the students are required to submit a final project of their own choosing,” said Patrick Kerber, the instructor of the course.
     Kerber said the students are encouraged to be creative, putting their skills to the test to create something unique, including arrangements of classical, jazz, and even popular music for various solo and ensemble performance venues. Original compositions are also encouraged to be submitted.
     “Chasidy chose to submit her four-part percussion piece after turning in an almost flawless reproduction of the exposition of the 1st movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, I might add,” Kerber said. “I immediately recognized the quality of her composition, and I suggested that she submit ‘Ratatata’ to the percussion studio for performance consideration.”
     Her instructor, Michael Brothers who is the drumline director was also impressed and made the immediate decision to have the piece become the official drumline cadence of the Spirit of the Southland Marching Band, Kerber explained.
     “Chasidy would have probably submitted her original work anyway this semester, but it was especially rewarding to have something special come out of her efforts and the class in this unprecedented teaching and learning environment we all negotiated this spring,” he said. “’Ratatata’ should help inspire everyone to Lion Up in the fall!"


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