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PRIDE OF SOUTHEASTERN AWARD – Southeastern
Louisiana University President Randy Moffett, right, and Roomie, the university’s
mascot, congratulate the winner of the Pride of Southeastern award, Jarod
Mason, a senior kinesiology major from Moore, Okla. The award recognizes
“unsung heroes” among the Southeastern student body.
JAROD MASON RECEIVES 'PRIDE
OF SOUTHEASTERN' HONOR
HAMMOND – An offensive
lineman holding a green and gold balloon bouquet may look a little incongruous,
but the award that the balloons represent fits Jarod Mason "to a T."
The senior kinesiology
major from Moore, Okla., a member of the 2003 and 2004 Southeastern Louisiana
University Lions football team, is the latest recipient of the CLAWS/Pride
Committee’s "Pride of Southeastern" award.
CLAWS/Pride, a campus committee
charged with staging activities to promote student pride and involvement
in campus and athletic activities, initiated the award last year. The Pride
of Southeastern award recognizes “unsung heroes” -- students who have demonstrated
extraordinary service or performance on campus and within the community.
Recipients are chosen from faculty and staff nominations.
President Randy Moffett,
accompanied by committee members and the university’s mascot, Roomie the
Lion, surprised Mason with the announcement and a package of prizes last
week, filing unannounced into his early morning anatomy and physiology
class in Wilson Hall.
“You’re never going to
forgive us for this, are you?” Moffett joked as he called a somewhat taken
aback Mason up to the front of biological sciences instructor Felix Palmer’s
Mason is the university’s
third “Pride of Southeastern” award winner. Eddie Hebert, interim head
of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, nominated him for
“You’ve got him to blame,”
"Your nomination,” the
president told Mason, “shows that you have excelled both within and outside
In addition to his efforts
on the gridiron and in the classroom, Mason served as president of IMPACT,
a Christian outreach organization for young men and women, and helped organize
"Kennedy’s Krewe," a colorful and spirited group of students who support
Head Coach Billy Kennedy's men's basketball team.
"Your community service
to Special Olympics, Live Oak Middle School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes,
and helping to raise funds for medical bills for our soldiers shows your
commitment to the community," Moffett added.