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PRIDE OF SOUTHEASTERN AWARD –
Southeastern Louisiana University President Randy Moffett, Miss Southeastern
Kim Dottolo, university mascot Roomie, and CLAWS/Pride Committee member
Heather Lawrence, associate athletic director, congratulate the winner
of the Pride of Southeastern award, Randy Vicknair, center, a senior finance
major from LaPlace.
“CAN DO” STUDENT WINS PRIDE OF SOUTHEASTERN
HAMMOND -- Randy Vicknair is a "can
do" kind of guy.
The Southeastern Louisiana University
finance major from LaPlace "steps in and does it" when he sees something
that needs doing -- and he gets others to join him.
His commitment to community service
and leadership abilities were key factors in Vicknair's selection for the
CLAWS/Pride Committee's second "Pride of Southeastern" award.
The award was initiated last year by
CLAWS/Pride, a campus committee charged with staging activities to promote
student pride and involvement in campus and athletic activities. 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.
Vicknair is active in organizations
such as Kappa Alpha fraternity, which he serves as vice-president and treasurer,
and Gamma Beta Phi service and honor society. The son of Brenda and Christopher
Vicknair of LaPlace, Vicknair plans to graduate in December and return
to Southeastern for his master’s degree in business administration.
He said the root of his community
service ethic is his enjoyment of “being involved.”
“I'm big on working with people," he
Currently, Vickhair has two projects
in the works. He was the impetus behind the table in the Student Union
mall where students are soliciting donations to purchase much-needed bottled
water for Florida's hurricane victims.
"I was sitting around watching the
Weather Channel when the hurricanes hit," Vicknair said. "And I thought,
'Those people are really going to need help.' Ivan was the perfect proof
that it could have been us."
He has gotten his fellow KAs and other
Southeastern sororities and fraternities, as well as Gamma Beta Phi and
the Campus Activities Board involved in the drive.
"Hopefully we'll get enough to send
a whole truckload" of water to the devastated area, Vicknair said.
Vicknair has also taken on the responsibility
of organizing a St. Jude Miracle Mile walk on campus. The fundraiser for
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is scheduled for Nov. 13.
“This is something we have attempted
to do for several years,” said Jackie Dale Thomas, director of Leadership
Development/Student Activities. “Randy took the ball and ran with it. He
has reached out to all student organizations to get them to take part.”
Vicknair said sign-up forms for the
walk will soon be available; meanwhile, those interested in participating
or sponsoring a walker can contact him at 504-559-5558.
Vicknair admits he was taken aback
when CLAWS/Pride committee members -- led by President Randy Moffett and
accompanied by Miss Southeastern Kim Dottollo, and university mascot Roomie
-- paraded into one of his finance classes last week, armed with balloons
and prizes, to surprise him with the award.
“Yeah, I was a little embarrassed,”
he admitted. “But, I'm really happy to get it.”