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SLU AFRICAN AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS – Southeastern
University students who received awards at the annual African American
Achievement Awards ceremony on April 8 were, from left, front, Asbel Ngetich
of Kapsabet, Kenya; Latoya Self, Baton Rouge; Janice Ezegbunam, Nassau,
Bahamas; Maya Belton, BatonRouge; Antonio Muse, Roseland; Vanessa D. Pines,
Ponchatoula; Felicia Lucien-Grimes, Hammond; Chiquita Baylor, Hammond;
back, Charles Dabney, Baton Rouge; Jennipher Williams, Gonzales; Drerrick
Barnes, Greensburg; Donta Mills, Baton Rouge, and Rajah Kennedy, Baton
SOUTHEASTERN PRESENTS AFRICAN AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENT
HAMMOND -- Three Southeastern
Louisiana University students have been chosen as finalists for the African
American Alumni Chapter Role Model award, the highest honor presented at
the university’s African American Achievement Awards ceremony on April
The ceremony, sponsored annually
by the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, recognizes
African American students who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments
in academics, athletics and leadership, said Eric Summers, Multicultural
and International Student Affairs director.
Chosen as finalists for the top
award were Latoya Self of Baton Rouge, Antonio Muse of Roseland, and Felicia
Lucien-Grimes of Hammond. The winner, who will be announced at the Division
of Student Affairs honors convocation on April 30, will receive a $250
stipend from the Southeastern African American Alumni Chapter.
Kas Williams, assistant director
of Student Housing, received the Outstanding Service Award, presented to
a faculty or staff member “who has gone far beyond to ensure the development
of students and student organizations,” Summer said. The award is chosen
from among the nominees of student organizations.
“Pinnacle” awards, which recognize
students with the highest grade point average in their class, were presented
to Muse and Chiquita Baylor of Hammond, senior class; Rajah Kennedy of
Baton Rouge and Janice Ezegbunam, Nassau, Bahamas, junior class; Charles
Dabney of Baton Rouge and Erica Robinson of Natalbany, sophomore class;
and Donta Mills and Diondrea Bell, both of Baton Rouge, freshman class.
Ezegbunam, a high jumper on the
Southeastern track team, also received the Scholar Athlete award along
with cross country team member Asbel Ngetich of Kapsabet, Kenya.
The Project PULL Awards went
to June Taylor of Hammond, Jennipher Williams of Gonzales, and Maya Belton
of Baton Rouge. Project PULL (Promoting United through Leadership and Learning)
is a pilot mentoring program connecting freshmen with faculty, staff academic
mentors and upperclass peer advisors.
Vanessa D. Pines of Ponchatoula
received the High School Award of Excellence. The award recognizes a high
school student with a 4.0 grade point average and minimum American College
Test composite score of 24. The recipient receives a full scholarship.
Drerrick Barnes of Greensburg
and Latoya Self of Baton Rouge were chosen for the Outstanding Campus Leader
awards from among students nominated by the presidents of student organizations.
The Unity Award, which is presented to the student organization that has
worked hardest to bring about united and cooperation among students, went
to the Southeastern Gospel Choir.
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