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2006 'Le Souvenir' receives first place award, 2007 edition now available

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – The 2006 edition of Southeastern Louisiana University’s student yearbook, “Le Souvenir,” has won a first place award in the American Scholastic Press Association’s competition.

     The 2006 yearbook earned 905 total points out of a possible 1,000 in the New York-based competition. The award marks the sixth consecutive year Southeastern’s yearbook has garnered a first-place standing in the contest, said Lee E. Lind, interim director of Student Publications.

     The American Scholastic Press Association annually judges more than 2,000 schools nationwide. The 2006 “Le Souvenir” received a first place evaluation along with schools such as Northwestern State University and Michigan State University.

     The 2006 “Le Souvenir” was edited by Renee Allemand of Hammond, a 2006 Southeastern graduate. Allyson O’Keefe, a visual arts major from New Orleans, served as photo editor.

     “The 2006 book looked toward the past, like many yearbooks do. But its purpose was firmly planted in the present,” said Allemand, who is now the managing editor of the Hammond “Daily Star.” “The theme, ‘Traditions,’ was meant to remind Southeastern students and faculty of the proud history of the university and to encourage them to keep creating new memories and traditions as well.”

     “Our students consistently strive to produce a yearbook in which the Southeastern community can take pride,” said Lind. “The student staff works many long hours, including holidays and weekends, to provide the university with a quality annual that will document the school year and all the wonderful things at Southeastern. This award is a testament to their dedication and hard work.”

     “Most of the credit for this award goes to the layout staff, especially Jessica Clement, Brandon O'Neal and Patrick Costilow,” said Allemand. “While a team of people came up with the book's ‘Traditions’ theme, these three really helped flesh out ideas and turn them into well-designed, interesting pages. Also, photographer Ally O'Keefe’s hard work both taking and editing pictures proved invaluable.”

     “These awards show that our students will have the necessary skill sets upon graduation to be marketable and that they will be able to compete with other job applicants anywhere in the nation,” said Lind.

     The 2007 edition of “Le Souvenir” was distributed during the fall semester. Students who have not received a copy may pick one up in the Student Publications Office, Student Union room 211A, on weekdays from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

     “Le Souvenir” staffs have won 12 local, regional and national awards in the past seven years. Among the honors, the 2004 Le Souvenir 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, and the 2002 Le Souvenir was named “Best Modern Look College Yearbook” in 2002.

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