Southeastern student receives national recognition for programming
Contact: Rene Abadie
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HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University sophomore Ashish Acharya was recognized with the Outstanding Student Programmer of the Year Award by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.
Acharya was nominated by former Campus Activities Board (CAB) Director Jason Leader earlier this year and was selected from a large pool of nominees by the national campus activities organization. The group provides services for university programming departments throughout the nation.
CAB is a Southeastern organization that plans and presents special campus events, such as the university’s Gumbo Ya-Ya celebration in the fall, Jam the Jungle for Lion basketball, and the Strawberry Jubilee, an annual spring event.
“I never expected it,” says Acharya, a native of Katmandu, Nepal. “I was just looking for a normal student job when I started working for CAB, but I love what I do. I am honored to receive this award, and I am more than obliged to work even harder.”
Acharya and Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Jim McHodgkins attended the APCA convention in Atlanta in late March at which Acharya received the award.
“Ashish goes above and beyond,” says McHodgkins. “He wants to make sure everything is perfect and he wants to work out different ideas. It’s a great honor and it really says a lot about him.”
Acharya, who is majoring in accounting and finance, has been working with CAB for a year and a half. He has put together several events that have been big successes on campus, including a performance by the hypnotist Sailesh, who preformed to a packed house last month.