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'Le Souvenir' again receives first-place award

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – For the fifth consecutive year, “Le Souvenir,” Southeastern Louisiana University’s yearbook, has been recognized with a first-place award from the American Scholastic Press Association in New York.

     The 2005 yearbook earned 880 total points out of a possible 1,000, earning an overall general excellence rating and receiving a perfect score in the category of creativity.

     The 2005 “Le Souvenir” was edited by Morgan Belak of Lutcher, a 2005 Southeastern graduate. Brett Guidry of Mandeville, also a 2005 graduate, was photo editor and senior photographer.

     The American Scholastic Press Association competition judges approximately 2,000 yearbooks annually from institutions such as Clemson University, Temple University, Arkansas State, Michigan State and Lehigh University, said Matthew Tarver, director of Student Publications.

     “For the 2005 ‘Le Souvenir,’ the staff decided to build the theme around the concept of renewal,” said Tarver. “This idea connected directly to many aspects of campus life as each school year, and each semester for that matter, brings a return of campus events and traditions.”

     “The reason we selected this theme is because there is always a sense in one's life of renewal,” said Belak. “There are passages in life such as college that brings a person to a new place in life, that renewed you. You come to college with the hope of becoming a wiser person, and you leave a renewed individual.

     “I could not have asked to work with a better staff,” said Belak. “Not often do you find witty, intelligent people who you can work with and have fun with.”

     “Over the past few years, the yearbook staffs have worked many long hours, even on weekends, and during holidays, to create an annual record of Southeastern that students, faculty and staff can be proud of," said Tarver.

     The 2004 “Le Souvenir” also received a first-place award from the American Scholastic Press Association and earned a total of 880 points while garnering perfect scores in general page design and creativity. The 2004 edition also received a first-place “Award of Excellence” in the "Yearbook Yearbook" national competition and a fourth-place award for cover design in the Best of Collegiate Design national competition.

     The Le Souvenir staff has won 11 local, regional and national awards in the past six years, including being named the Best Modern Look College Yearbook in 2002.

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