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High school students can "Zoom into Careers" at Southeastern this summer

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – High school students can explore the exciting fields of culinary arts, inventing, photography, and television at Southeastern Louisiana University this summer through “Zoom into Careers” workshops.
     “Choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions on the horizon of every high school student,” said Tammy Bourg, Southeastern’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Zoom into Careers taps the expertise of Southeastern faculty and area professionals to provide hands-on opportunities for young people to explore their options and to have fun doing it. It is another creative way in which Southeastern is contributing to higher education’s crucial role in workforce development.”
     The workshops are open to all rising 9-12 grade students and are scheduled on the main campus in Hammond and at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker. 
     New this year is the option to stay overnight for the main campus workshops at a cost of $125 that includes room, meals and evening activities. “Participants may commute or stay overnight on Southeastern’s campus and experience a real college atmosphere,” said Joan Gunter, assistant vice president for extended studies.
     “Zoom workshops are career specific and will be conducted by Southeastern faculty and professional instructors,” Gunter said. “Students will work in teams – just as they would in real work environments. Upon workshop completion, each will have a finished product for portfolios or to share with family and friends.”  
     Participants can take advantage of workshop cost discounts of $15 per workshop by registering during the early bird period, which starts March 1 and ends May 17. Registration will continue through June 14. Registration forms are available at
     “To provide a quality learning experience, registration will be limited in each workshop category to small groups. To ensure participation, interested students need to register early,” Gunter said.  
     The 2010 Zoom into Careers workshops are:
     ▪ “Zoom into Culinary Arts” – June 21-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., White Hall; $295. With over 15 years of culinary experience, chef  Kevin S. Foil will organize participants into the various positions required to run a successful kitchen and to prepare and serve a world class meal.  
     “Participants will experience all aspects of fine dining kitchen production, including product selection and preparation, cooking, and serving,” said Foil. The course teaches working within time and space constraints, sanitation and safety, knife skills, equipment use and identification, and professional service. Each team will serve their world class meal the final day.
     ▪ Zoom into Inventing – June 21-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Anzalone Hall; $295. Michael Beauvais, assistant professor of industrial technology, will teach the fundamentals of sketching, and building parts and solid models using the modeling software AutoDesk Inventor. Students will develop, document, and produce solid models and drawings of a solution to a design problem and present the solution to a panel of experts, as well as family and friends. The workshop will involve other design professionals who will also interact with the students.
     “Each team’s presentation will be posted online along with samples of individual work,” said Beauvais, who has three decades of experience as a design professional. “They’ll bring home color copies of all activities and a video clip of their animation presentations,” he said.
     ▪ Zoom into Photography - June 21-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker; $295. 
     In Mandeville, Chuck Billiot, certified professional photographer and owner of Billiot Photography and Video, will teach the skills necessary for a professional photographer. His dare to be unique” approach to photography and videography has won him critical acclaim from his peers, as well as several awards from the greater New Orleans Professional Photographer’s Guild. 
     In Walker, Roze Hanks brings over 20 years experience in the visual arts to participants. Her work includes spending a summer photographing artists’ catalogs in France and landscapes in Ireland. Hanks received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University and served as media coordinator for the College of Architecture and instructor for darkroom photography courses.  
     ▪ Zoom into Television – June 21-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern University Center; $295. Students attracted to careers in front of or behind the camera will gain experience in producing news story packages at the Southeastern Channel, the university’s award-winning cable television channel.
     Led by General Manager Rick Settoon, participants will work with the channel’s staff on researching and writing scripts, conducting interviews, shooting B-Roll and visuals. In addition, participants will learn the proper use of the camera, lighting and audio equipment, digital editing, newscast formatting, anchoring, studio and control room operations, and production of a newscast. 
     “Participants will produce a two-minute news story segment that will be rolled into the channel’s news show in live fashion, airing on the Southeastern Channel and our Web site,,” Settoon said.
     Additional information about Zoom into Careers workshops is available at, by emailing, or by calling Southeastern Extended Studies, 800-256-2771, 985-549-2301; the St. Tammany Center, 985-893-6251; or the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, 225-665-3303.

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