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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 5/13/04
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COMMUNITY PARTNER – Southeastern Louisiana University President Randy Moffett, left, and Vice President of Student Affairs Brad O’Hara, right, present the Division of Student Affairs’ annual “Community Partner” award to Wal-Mart Distribution Center 6057, represented by LeMar Marshall, general manager.

      HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s Division of Student Affairs has honored Wal-Mart Distribution Center 6057 in Robert as its 2004 “Community Partner.”
      Brad O’Hara, vice president for student affairs, said the 850,000 square foot center, which has more than 700 employees, has provided part-time jobs, internships and career opportunities for Southeastern students. LeMar Marshall, general manager of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, accepted the award at Student Affairs’ recent awards convocation. 
      “Partnership is a word we use frequently in the Division of Student Affairs,” O’Hara said. “Our work often requires much collaboration with businesses and organizations off-campus as well as on. This award recognizes the community’s value to our initiatives.”
      O’Hara said that the center has worked closely with Student Affairs’ Office of Career Services to hire more than 40 Southeastern students as part-time employees this year alone. The center also has hired student as interns in areas such as shipping, training, inventory control, quality assurance, industrial engineering, and human resources.
      He also praised the center’s participation in Southeastern’s Logistics Fair, jointly hosted last summer by Career Services and the College of Business and Technology, and in annual university-wide career fairs.
      “In addition to providing job opportunities to our students,” O’Hara said, “many Distribution Center employees volunteer their time and energy for campus events such as home football games and other activities.”
      Previous “Community Partner” honorees have included Options and the Tri-Parish Rape Crisis Center of the 21st Judicial District.