Southeastern to host Leadership Conference March 3

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND Southeastern Louisiana University will host more than 200 students from colleges and universities across the South on Saturday, March 3, at the seventh annual Southeastern Leadership Conference.
     The conference is hosted by the Office for Student Engagement and offers 12 educational sessions for college student leaders.
     The conference keynote address will be presented by Chad Crittenden, a former contestant on the reality television show “Survivor,” and an actual cancer survivor.
     “Chad Crittenden knows a thing or two about beating the odds. He has overcome many different challenges in his life with optimism, confidence and courage,” said Cherie’ Kay Thriffiley, director of Student Engagement. “Chad speaks to college students across the country, and he will share his story from surgery to ‘Survivor,’ and the ways his philosophy can help us all succeed in life.”
     Other conference topics include: service leadership, emotional intelligence and creative problem solving.
     “The Southeastern Leadership Conference is a great way for students to further develop their leadership potential,” said Thriffiley. “The educational sessions we provide include a variety of topics and issues that college students are facing today. Our hope is students will leave the Southeastern Leadership Conference with a renewed excitement for leadership that they can bring back to their campus and share with others.”
     Although the conference is open to all college students, Southeastern students can attend at a special registration price of $25. Early bird registration for non-Southeastern students, postmarked by Feb. 17, is $35. Regular registration is $45 per person and includes a breakfast, lunch, a reception, conference t-shirt and materials.
     Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to submit a proposal if interested in presenting an educational session to conference participants.
     Registration materials and call for proposals can be accessed online at
     For more information, contact Thriffiley at 985-549-2120 or e-mail

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