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PRIDE OF SOUTHEASTERN – Jamie
Breaux, center, a Southeastern Louisiana University junior from Rayne,
shares a laugh with, from left, Campus Activities Board director Jason
Leader, Roomie the Lion, CLAWS committee chair Jim McHodgkins, and President
Randy Moffett after the entourage surprised her with the university’s first
“Pride of Southeastern” award.
STUDENT SURPRISED WITH FIRST “PRIDE
OF SOUTHEASTERN” AWARD
HAMMOND -- When the president
of Southeastern Louisiana University paraded into Jamie Breaux’s 8 a.m.
Louisiana history class last week and called her to the front of the room,
she was hestitant.
“I didn’t do it,” she said meekly,
as she complied with President Randy Moffett’s request.
“Oh, yes, you did,” he replied.
“That’s why we’re here.”
The fact that the president was
accompanied by an entourage bearing balloons, gifts, a plaque and the school’s
mascot, Roomie the Lion, probably gave Breaux a hint that she wasn’t in
trouble. Instead the junior special education major from Rayne was being
honored as the first recipient of the university’s “Pride of Southeastern”
The new award is the brainchild
of CLAWS (Connection Lion Activities With Students), a campus committee
charged with staging activities to promote student involvement and pride.
Committee chair Jim McHodgkins, assistant dean for student development,
said “Pride of Southeastern” is designed “to recognize a student who does
a lot for the university and makes us proud, but has not received a lot
Beginning next fall, CLAWS plans
to present three “Pride of Southeastern” awards each semester. Recipients
are chosen by a CLAWS subcommittee from faculty and staff nominations.
“This is a cool thing,” Breaux
said. “It was a complete honor and surprise. Awesome -- I like it!”
Breaux’s nomination came from
her professors in the College of Education and Human Development, where
she maintains a 3.865 grade point average.
“I don’t know when she sleeps
and rests,” Moffett said, as he listed some of Breaux’s accomplishments.
Breaux is a member of nine student
organizations, including two -- Theta Phi Alpha and the Student Council
for Exceptional Children -- that she serves as president. She was one of
the original corps members of the university’s Jumpstart program, a national
AmeriCorps school readiness initiative. She serves as a student representative
on college committees, and volunteers at Holy Ghost Church’s Lifeteen youth
Breaux was one of only 35 students
selected nationwide to attend the 2004 Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary
Service this summer in Washington, D.C. She also works as an undergraduate
researcher with Southeastern teacher education professor Cynthia Elliot
to explore the impact of service learning in the redesigned PK-3 certification
program in early childhood teacher education.
Her Pride of Southeastern award
letter said, “Your dedication to academics while applying yourself to numerous
student organizations and community service projects illustrates your commitment
Breaux said she enjoys serving
as a role model for other “small town” students. “Many people don’t get
out of their small towns,” she said. “I wanted to be that example for others
and show that you can do whatever you put your mind to.
“When I got here Southeastern
had all these opportunities, all the right organizations that I just loved
and wanted to be a part of and to promote,” she said. “Southeastern has
given me a lot, so it’s my part to give back to Southeastern.”
Breaux plans to keep on “giving.”
Her ultimate goal, she said, is to earn a master’s degree and “to open
my own community for disadvantaged students so they can realize their potential
and talents and be better future leaders.”