Southeastern student recognized with Gold Circle Award

Wednesday, May 31, 2017Tamara Alexander
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The editor of the Southeastern Louisiana University’s 2016 yearbook, “Le Souvenir,” has been honored with a Gold Circle Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York.
     Tamara Alexander, a senior kinesiology major from Baton Rouge, received a third place certificate for her page design and content featuring the university football team. The pages showcased photos taken by Alexander, and other student staff photographers, that were captured during the 2015 football season.
     “I chose the pictures for the football spread in a way where I hoped we could cover every aspect of football, such as defensive players, offensive players and special teams,” said Alexander. “When we chose pictures to focus on the whole team, we had a different variety and not just the same players in every picture.”
     Alexander led a team of five student designers who worked on the yearbook.
In addition to working with “Le Souvenir,” Alexander holds a number of leadership roles on campus. She is currently serving as the president of the Pi Iota chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and has served as the Vice President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council for Southeastern. She is also a member of Order of Omega and has consistently been named to the Honor Roll, Dean’s List, and President’s List.
     Alexander has served as a Golden Girl and videographer for the university football team and expects to graduate in the fall with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in kinesiology.  
     “Tamara has consistently grown in her leadership, photography, and design abilities during her time as a member of the staff,” said Dr. Lee. E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “She has given ‘Le Souvenir’ a unique look and provided the community with lasting memories in her photography and page design. We are very proud of her recognition with this national award because it reaffirms that the skills Tamara has developed here will serve her well after her graduation from Southeastern.”
     The 34th annual Gold Circle Awards attracted more than 4,000 entries produced by students at colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States. Judges cited a total of over 1,200 awards for either First, Second, or Third Place or for Certificates of Merit for those deemed worthy of honorable mention.
     The CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conference, idea exchanges and awards programs.

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