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SOUTHEASTERN ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR – Keyunta Perkins of Hammond
receives the African American Alumni Chapter Role Model award, the highest
among Southeastern Louisiana University’s African American Achievement
SOUTHEASTERN PRESENTS AFRICAN AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
HAMMOND -- Keyunta Perkins of
Hammond is the recipient of the African American Alumni Chapter Role Model
award, the highest honor presented at Southeastern Louisiana University’s
African American Achievement Awards ceremony.
The ceremony, sponsored annually
by the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, recognized
African American students who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments
in academics, athletics and leadership, said Eric Summers, Multicultural
and International Student Affairs director.
Selected along with Perkins as
finalists for the top award were Verna Laird of Pearl, Miss., and Brandon
Parker of New Orleans. The winner, announced at the Division of Student
Affairs honors convocation on April 28, received a stipend from the Southeastern
African American Alumni Chapter.
Wanda Evans, assistant director
of Veterans Affairs, 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 Janice I. Ezegbunam of Nassau, Bahamas, and Roger James of Loranger,
senior class; Erica D. Robinson of Natalbany and Charles E. Dabney Jr.
of Baton Rouge, junior class; Krystle N. Payton of Springfield and Michael
R. Hall of French Settlement, sophomore class; and Elaina L. Brown of Houma,
Kristy H. Jenkins of New Orleans and DeRon Dumes of LaPlace, freshman class.
Basketball players Nakeya Downing
of Amite and Amir Abdur-Rahim of Fulton, Ga., received the Athlete award.
Project PULL Awards went to Erin Wheeler of Amite and Michael Kyles of
Baton Rouge. Project PULL (Promoting United through Leadership and Learning)
is a mentoring program connecting freshmen with faculty, staff academic
mentors and upperclass peer advisors.
Laquisha Thompson of Natalbany
and Willie Lewis of Franklinton 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 unity and cooperation among students,
went to Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was recognized
for the “Program of the Year.”
Students receiving the “Milas
Love Award,” presented to freshmen with a 3.5 grade point average or higher
and no developmental course work, were Sarah Robertson of Hammond; Josette
Graham, Vanessa Pines and Talancia Shelvin of Ponchatoula; Ashley Thomas
of Natalbany; Erin Wheeler of Amite; Glen Marie Young of Loranger; Keren
West of Pearl River; Christina Cousin, Fallon Ducree and Tyra Navarre of
Slidell; Jacquelyn Funches of Folsom; Chanell Bradford of Metairie; Elena
Dejoie, Kristy Jenkins and Danielle Leonard of New Orleans; DeRon Dumes
of LaPlace; Shan Encalade of Meraux; Brittney Harris and Paulette Taku
of Baton Rouge; Fatemah Ruth of Baker; and Elaina Brown of Houma.
Senior 3 Plus Award recipients,
who have at least a 3.0 grade point average, were Louvenia Askew, Chiquita
Baylor and Treva Carter of Hammond; Samantha Brister and Eureka Dalton
of Independence; Jada Agomuo and Shaquania Griffin of Natalbany; Dana Brown
of Slidell; Sean Faciane of Lacombe; Karneshia Harry of Angie; Katressa
Dillon of Franklinton; Courtney Adams, Rachelle Adams and Raymond Campbell
of LaPlace; Latesha Charbonnet of New Orleans; Cormesha Davis of Ethel;
Lamona Elmore and Tynette Hawkins of Baton Rouge; and Janice Ezegbunam
of Nassau, Bahamas.