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Alumni Association to honor Magees, Hebert-Crouch for service

Contact: Christina Chapple


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Ken and Bettye Magee  Dollie Hebert-Crouch

Above left, Bettye and Ken Magee; right, Dalzire "Dollie" Hebert-Crouch 

     HAMMOND The Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association will honor distinguished alumni on Friday, Oct. 17, at the annual Alumni Awards evening as part of the university’s week-long homecoming celebration.

     The Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Service Award to Ken and Bettye Magee of Hammond and the L.E. Chandler Award to Dalzire “Dollie” Hebert-Crouch.

     They will be recognized along with the 2008 Alumnus of the Year, Hammond attorney Kenneth L. Ross, retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general and chief of staff of the Louisiana Air National Guard.

     The Distinguished Service Award recognizes “those who have generously donated their time and talents to the betterment of the Alumni Association,” said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. The L.E. Chandler Award, sponsored by the alumni Past President’s Club, is awarded annually to a faculty, staff or an alumnus who has assisted students in their efforts and accomplishments in extracurricular activities.

     “The Magees have been supportive of the university and Alumni Association in many ways and have served on numerous committees,” said Pittman “For instance, they have religiously supported our football team, flying all over the country to attend the games. I don’t think they have missed a single one.”

     Bettye Magee received her master’s degree from Southeastern in 1995. She taught at Southeastern Lab School for many years and was recognized as teacher of the year during her tenure. She is an active member of the FE-Lions and has served on a number of its committees, including Champagne Bingo.

     A 1962 Southeastern graduate, Ken Magee is a former football coach and director of career services at the university. He is a member of the Former Football Players Association and was active in the return of the football program in 2003.

     Hebert-Crouch, who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeastern in 1990 and 1992, respectively, is director of Southeastern’s recreational sports and wellness. She regularly works with faculty, staff and students through the Pennington Student Activities Center, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the American Heart Association’s Heartwalk, and intramural sports.

     “Dollie is one of a few individuals who has served on and/or chaired both the Homecoming and Rock n’ Roar Committees for 12 consecutive years,” Pittman said. “Her dedication to the university and willingness to be involved are unparalled.”

     Tickets for the awards event, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Twelve Oaks, are available from the Alumni Association, 985-549-2150, 1-800-SLU-ALUM.                                                  

     Southeastern Homecoming Week, Oct. 13-18, includes Business Week, a series of lectures sponsored by the College of Business; a variety of spirited games and activities for students; a community decorating contest; a bonfire on Thursday; and homecoming tailgating and reunions on Saturday. The week will culminate with the Southeastern Lions vs. Northwestern State football game at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.

     For a complete schedule of Homecoming activities, contests and reunions, visit

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