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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 5/4/04
 
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SLU COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS -- At its annual honors convocation on April 28, Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences named Olympia Vernon, center, a 1999 graduate who has earned critical praise as a novelist, as its outstanding alumnus. Congratulating Vernon are Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman, left, and board member Pat Williams, right.

SOUTHEASTERN ARTS AND SCIENCES HONORS (TANGIPAHOA AND LIVINGSTON) – Southeastern Louisiana University students from Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes were among those honored at the College of Arts and Sciences' April 28 Honors Convocation. Pictured with Dean Tammy Bourg are, from left, Sally Herring, Walker; Oscar Martinez, Hammond; Angela LeJeune, Walker; Leticia Qamar, Hammond; Robbie Beyl, Hammond; Lyle Wales, Hammond; Lauren Sollberger, Hammond; Michael Trahan, Livingston.

SOUTHEASTERN ARTS AND SCIENCES HONORS (ST. TAMMANY) – Southeastern Louisiana University students from St. Tammany Parish were among those honored at the College of Arts and Sciences' April 28 Honors Convocation. Pictured with Dean Tammy Bourg are, from left, Kimberly Hilliard, Covington; Carron Fillingim, Covington; Kelly Cahill, Slidell; Erica Sharp, Covington; Athea-Anne Lee, Covington.

GONZALES STUDENT HONORED AT SOUTHEASTERN – Melissa Lambert of Gonzales was among the students recognized April 28 at Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences honors convocation on April 28. Lambert received the “Excellence in English” award. Congratulating her is Arts and Sciences Dean Tammy Bourg.

SLU COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES HONORS TOP STUDENTS
      HAMMOND – Bonnie Kreamer, a liberal arts studies major from Independence, was the recipient of the 2004 Dean's Award, the top honor of Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences. 
      Kreamer was among the students from the college’s 12 departments recognized at the annual Arts and Sciences honors convocation on April 28.
      A licensed CPA, Kreamer earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southeastern in 1998, but chose to pursue further studies in the humanities. She currently works part-time for Child Advocacy Services.
      Arts and Sciences also joined its sister colleges at Southeastern in recognizing an outstanding alumnus. Olympia Vernon, a 1999 graduate who has earned critical praise as a novelist, received the College of Arts and Sciences alumni honor.  Vernon received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, but her love of writing, nurtured by her Southeastern English professors, inspired her to earn a master of fine arts degree from Louisiana State University in 2002. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, “Eden,” has prompted descriptions of Vernon as a “gifted new writer” and an “immense talent.” Her second novel, “Logic,” a coming of age tale of a young girl in Mississippi, was published in April. In fall 2004, Vernon will become a writer-in-residence at Southeastern and will teach a course in creative writing.
      Vernon is the two-time recipient of the Matt Clark Memorial Scholarship and was nominated for the Robert O. Butler Award in Fiction in 2002. She was recently selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters to receive the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award for her literary achievement in “Eden.”
      Also at the convocation, the College of Arts and Sciences recognized inductees of the honor societies Phi Kappa Phi and the Thirteen Club, as well as Dean’s List honor roll students.
      Recognized for distinguished service were faculty members Larry J. Frederick, Timothy M. Gautreaux, Donald H. Hayes, Lawrence H. Holmes Jr., Anna Sue Parrill, Ralph W. Shaw Jr., T. Win Welford, and Henry H. Ziller.
      Departmental award and scholarship recipients were:
      HAMMOND – Sarah P. Namutebi, Outstanding Graduating Senior in Chemistry; Robbie Beyl, Outstanding Freshman in Mathematics; Lyle Wales, Outstanding Criminal Justice Student; Ayanna Gross Jackson, Roy C. Hyde Outstanding Sociology Student; Lauren Sollberger, Outstanding Award in Graphic Design; Leticia Qamar, Psychology Award..
      TICKFAW – Daveda Karanas Brecheen, James Wilcox Award for Outstanding Senior in Music.
      PONCHATOULA – Royce A. Feltenberger, Harold Leu Award in Political Sciences; Alisha Dugopolski, Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics.
      TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS – Oscar Martinez, James Wilcox Award for Outstanding Senior in Music.
      ALBANY – Loretta George, Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics.
      LIVINGSTON – Michael Trahan, Outstanding Award in Graphic Design.
      WALKER – Angela M. Lejeune, D Vickers Award for Creative Writing; Sally J. Herring, Martina Buck Award in History.
      DENHAM SPRINGS – Marsha Robertson, Outstanding Senior in General Studies.
      COVINGTON – Erica Sharp, Outstanding Graduating Senior in Biology; Carron S. Fillingim, Martina Buck Award in History; Athea-Ann Lee, Harold Leu Award in Political Science; Kimberly Hilliard, Ralph R. Pottle Sr. Honor Scholarship (for outstanding freshman in music).
      MANDEVILLE – Sean M. O’Connell, Dr. Robert Carl Brown Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics.
      SLIDELL – Natalie Prejean, Major Kenneth E. Dyson Memorial Award (Biological Sciences); Kelly Rose Cahill, Mark Dugopolski Sophomore Award in Mathematics.
      KENNER – Sean Kerrigan, Major Kenneth E. Dyson Memorial Award (Biological Sciences).
      LAPLACE – Amber Canizaro, Outstanding Graduating Senior in Communication.
      PRAIRIEVILLE – Logan Broussard, Outstanding Award in Visual Arts.
      GONZALES – Melissa A. Lambert, Excellence in English; Jennifer Tullier, Outstanding Graduating Senior in Spanish.
      JACKSON – Jaimie L. Nesom, Excellence in Liberal Arts Studies.
      ZACHARY – Emily Caldwell, Outstanding Award in Visual Arts.