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Southeastern's Blackwood named director of fellowships for Phi Kappa Phi

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Roy Blackwood, Joan Faust, Paul Ferlazzo, Heather Lambert, Cary Berthelot, Robert Rogow

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Members of the Southeastern Louisiana University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi attended the national honor society’s triennial convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 9-11, where Roy Blackwood, far left, was named director of the society’s fellowship program and a member of the board of directors. Also pictured are, from left, chapter Secretary Joan Faust, PKP Past President Paul Ferlazzo, chapter Student Executive Vice President Heather Lambert, chapter President Cary Berthelot, and society President Robert Rogow.

     HAMMOND – C. Roy Blackwood, professor of visual art at Southeastern Louisiana University, has been selected director of fellowships and a member of the board of directors for the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

     Blackwood, who is director of Southeastern’s Cultural Resource Management program and university liaison to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, was appointed to the positions by Phi Kappa Phi President Robert B. Rogow at the honor society’s triennial convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 9-11.

     As director, he will chair the national committee that selects recipients of the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships. Since 1932, the fellowship program has allocated approximately $400,000 annually to students for first-year graduate study. Currently, 60 fellowships of $5,000 and 40 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 are awarded each year.

     Southeastern 2002 graduate Albert J. “Snapper” Poche Jr. was among the 2006 fellowship recipients. Southeastern’s 51-year-old Phi Kappa Phi chapter has three other recipients of the prestigious fellowship.

     Graduate student Heather Lambert of Pearl River, student executive vice president of the Southeastern chapter, was among PKP student members invited to attend the triennial convention and to form a student advisory board. Southeastern chapter President Cary Berthelot of Tickfaw an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and Secretary Joan Faust of Mandeville, professor of English, also attended the convention, where Faust was a candidate for vice president of the south central region.

     At the triennial convention, the Southeastern chapter’s annual Homecoming Quiz Bowl was singled out as an example of a unique and successful chapter event. The 2007 quiz bowl featuring student and faculty teams is scheduled for Nov. 6 from 2-6 p.m. at the Student Union Theatre during Southeastern’s Homecoming Week.

     Blackwood, who is a distinguished sculptor and headed Southeastern’s visual arts department from 1984-2001, has served Phi Kappa Phi locally and nationally since becoming a member in 1985. At Southeastern, he has held the offices of secretary, vice president and president. On the national level, he served on the editorial advisory committee of Phi Kappa Phi’s journal “The National Forum” from 1995-1998 and has been a member of the fellowship selection committee that he will now chair. In 2004 he was awarded “Distinguished Membership” by the national organization.

     An accomplished sculptor, Blackwood was the first recipient of Southeastern’s President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity and was one of the co‑founders of Fanfare, Southeastern's fall arts festival. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, former president of the National Council of Art Administrators, and served as executive vice president of the Hammond Cultural Foundation. He also is actively involved locally and nationally with the Boy Scouts of America.

     Blackwood received his bachelor's degree from Ft. Hays University in 1970 and master of fine arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1972.

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