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Contact: Angey Murray
Date: 5/4/05
 
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SOUTHEASTERN HONORS AREA STUDENTS (Tangipahoa) -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Business and Technology recently recognized outstanding students at the college’s honors convocation. Pictured are, front left, Todd Lawson (Charles Wesley Merritt Scholarship recipient, Amite), Annie Labruzzo (Independence), Heather Vincent Thompson (Ponchatoula), Roger James (Loranger), Arron Pierre (Charles Wesley Merritt Scholarship recipient, Loranger), April Field (Charles Wesley Merritt Scholarship recipient, Amite), Ashley Wozniak (Charles Wesley Merritt Scholarship recipient, Ponchatoula), back left, Kelly Bratton (Charles Wesley Merritt Scholarship recipient, Amite), Richard Hight Jr. (Charles Wesley Merritt Scholarship recipient, Hammond), Nancy Roach (Charles Wesley Merritt Scholarship recipient, Ponchatoula), Robert Perilloux II (Amite), Sarah Bounds (Hammond), Claire Beauvais (Charles Wesley Merritt Scholarship recipient, Hammond), Chase Pierson (Ponchatoula) and Tony Anzalone (Independence).

SOUTHEASTERN HONORS AREA STUDENTS (St. Tammany) -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Business and Technology recently recognized outstanding students at the college’s honors convocation. Pictured are, front left, Renee Vinson (Covington), Lara Kessler (Mandeville), Rose Corder (Slidell), Valerie Dominique (Charles Wesley Merritt Scholarship recipient, Robert), Vickie Martinson (Madisonville), Shara Deese (Slidell), back left, Michael Coulter (Covington), Kevin Sharp (Covington), Don Elbers (Mandeville), Cliff Lloyd (Mandeville), Scott Gray (Slidell), Heather Lamber (Slidell) and Charlene Grush (Mandeville).

SOUTHEASTERN HONORS AREA STUDENTS (Livingston) -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Business and Technology recently recognized outstanding students at the college’s honors convocation. Pictured are, left, Rachel Beard (Denham Springs), Bradley Tate (Albany), Katherine Lockhart (Walker), and Jason Fontenot (Maurepas).

SOUTHEASTERN HONORS AREA STUDENTS (East Baton Rouge/Ascension) -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Business and Technology recently recognized outstanding students at the college’s honors convocation. Pictured are, left, Lisa Bourgeois (St. Amant), Megan Venable (Baton Rouge) and April Travis McKean (Baton Rouge).

SOUTHEASTERN HONORS AREA STUDENTS (Jefferson/New Orleans/St. John the Baptist) -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Business and Technology recently recognized outstanding students at the college’s honors convocation. Pictured are, left, Christopher Pecoul (LaPlace), Heather Belanger (Grand Isle), Frances Taromina (LaPlace) and Merin McCollum.

PINE GROVE STUDENT HONORED AT SOUTHEASTERN – Khalli Hagan of Pine Grove was among the award winners at the Southeastern Louisiana University College of Business and Technology’s April 28 honors convocation. Hagan received the Beta Alpha Psi Graduate Senior Award. 

HAMMOND STUDENT RECEIVES TOP AWARD – Crystal Williams of Hammond received one of the top academic honors of Southeastern Louisiana University College of Business and Technology at the college’s annual honors convocation April 28. Williams received the Award for Academic and Leadership Excellence.


SOUTHEASTERN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY HONORS TOP STUDENTS
       HAMMOND – Crystal Williams of Hammond and Frances Taromina of LaPlace received Southeastern Louisiana University College of Business and Technology’s highest academic honors, the Award for Academic and Leadership Excellence and the Award for Professional Excellence and Ethics (respectively), at the college's annual honors convocation April 28.
       Williams and Taromina were two of several students who received department awards and scholarships at the annual awards ceremony. Dean Michael Budden recognized the 81 students awarded Charles Wesley Merritt Scholarships, the university's largest scholarship endowment. Also recognized were Beta Gamma Sigma nominees, 13 Club inductees, recipients of the College of Business and Technology Certificate of International Friendship Awards, the Student Government Association Study Abroad Scholarships, Presidential Honors Scholarships, University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors Scholarship, and the Students in Free Enterprise 2002-2003 Achievement Awards.
       Kevin Osterberger was named the Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Business and Technology. Osterberger received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southeastern in 1982 and is a resident of Spokane, Wash. After gaining several years experience in the construction management business in Baton Rouge, Osterberger became construction manager for Circle K Food Stores in Phoenix, managing a seven-state region. He then went to Denver, Colo., for a construction management position with Conoco, Inc., where he managed a $40 million budget. He later moved with the company to Spokane, where he joined the marketing department as an account manager and worked his way into corporate headquarters.
       While working for Conoco, Osterberger began to diversify his business endeavors, creating West Plains Conoco, a highway travel plaza consisting of a gas station, car wash, laundromat and Burger King restaurant, which he owns and operates today. Shortly after West Plains Conoco, he started West Plains Auto, an importer of motor vehicles from Canada into the U.S. for the purpose of selling the vehicles at wholesale auctions.  In 2000, Osterberger became the CEO of U.S. CASHexpress, Inc., a business that, in his own words, “banks the un-bankable” by providing check cashing wire service, money orders and pay day loans.”
       Additional departmental awards and scholarships were presented to:
       ABITA SPRINGS – Gina Zavsza, Transportation Club of Baton Rouge Scholarship.
       AMITE – Robert Perilloux II, Distinguished Graduate in Industrial Technology.
       BAKER – Keri Runnels, Joseph A. Luquet Jr. Excellence in Business Scholarship.
       BATON ROUGE – Megan Venable, Outstanding Academic Scholarship in Economics; M. Cody Reed, Transportation Club of Baton Rouge Scholarship; David Hutchinson, Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Award.
       BOGALUSA – Thomas Pounds, Frances Payne Edwards Scholarship in Business.
       BRANDON – Neill Berry, Richard Sharp Scholarship.
       COVINGTON – Renee Vinson, Distinguished Graduate in Accounting Award and Julius J. Prokop Jr. Endowed Scholarship; Kevin Sharp, Taylor Jeansonne Scholarship.
       DENHAM SPRINGS – Wendy Kelly, Charles & Patricia O’Drobinak Excellence in Accounting Scholarship.
       FOLSOM - Debbie Adams, Linda Sullivan Scholarship.
       GONZALES – David Robert Young III, Southeastern Louisiana University Students Scholarship Fund.
       HAMMOND – Valentina Afanasii, Beta Gamma Sigma; Janice Ezeghunam, Richard Sharp Scholarship; Anders Hofvander, Richard Sharp Scholarship; Juliana Neves, Richard Sharp Scholarship; Natalie Dunagan, Dick & Glory Sharp Scholarship; Yessica Rizelia, Byard Edwards MBA; Sarah Bounds, Wegmann-Dazet Accounting Scholarship; Darrell Lanus, Mark MacNutt Memorial Scholarship in Computer Science; John Fuselier, Walter L. Drott Memorial Scholarship; Paul Blache, Tracie Jeansonne Scholarship; David Barker, James R. Owens Scholarship; Clint Bordelon; Dallas LaRoy & Helen D. Calmes Memorial Scholarship; Katie Campbell, Dallas LaRoy & Helen D. Calmes Memorial Scholarship; Ryan Sides, Dallas LaRoy & Helen D. Calmes Memorial Scholarship; Aaron Darouse, Transportation Club of Baton Rouge Scholarship; Rachel Beard, Society for Human Resource Management Student Excellence Award and Northshore Region Human Resource Association Student Excellence Award; Crystal Williams, Distinguished Graduate in Marketing.
       INDEPENDENCE – Annie Labruzzo, Walter L. Drott Memorial Scholarship; Tony Anzalone, Mark MacNutt Memorial Scholarship.
       JEFFERSON - Lynsi Brown, Charles Emery Cate Excellence in Business Scholarship.
       LACOMBE – Scott Hueschen, Thomas A. Utsey Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
       LAPLACE – Christopher Pecoul, Joey Lewis Scholarship; Merin McCollum, Distinguished Graduate in General Business.
       LIVINGSTON - Christian Lotz, Althouse Kwik Kopy Scholarship.
       LORANGER – Melissa Stovesand, Dick & Glory Sharp Scholarship; Jeremy Larson, American Welding Society District 9 Scholarship; Roger James, Distinguished Graduate in Management Award; Arron Pierre, Alexander J. Berey Scholarship in Business.
       MADISONVILLE – Rachael Bougere, Sarah Dosher Waters Scholarship.
       MANDEVILLE – Michael Coulter, ODE Outstanding Service Award and Faculty Appreciation Scholarship in Economics; Don Elbers, Distinguished Graduate in Computer Science and Neill Family Scholarship; David Raggio Jr., Transportation Club of Baton Rouge Scholarship; Bevann McCartney, Dallas LaRoy & Helen D. Calmes Memorial Scholarship; Amy Simmons, The Association of Government Accountants Scholarship; Lara Kessler, Northshore Chapter of the Society of Louisiana CPA’s Scholarship.
       NEW ORLEANS - Ivionne Divinity, Julien A. and Doris Evelyn Waller Tillery Scholarship.
       PEARL RIVER – Heather Lambert, Department of Accounting Advisory Board Scholarship.
       PINE GROVE – Sarah Singleton, Faculty Appreciation Scholarship in Economics, Khalli Hagan, Beta Alpha Psi Graduate Senior Award.
       PONCHATOULA - Heather Vincent Thompson, Hood Automotive Scholarship, Reeves Family Scholarship, Distinguished Graduate in Finance and Wall Street Journal Award; Amy Nelson, Audrey & Nicholas Tournillion Endowed Presidential Level Scholarship; Jeannette Hill, Accounting Faculty & Alumni Scholarship.
       PRAIRIEVILLE – Brittany Miranda, First Guaranty Bank Assistantship.
       ROBERT - Anthony Catalanatto III, American Welding Society District 9 Scholarship.
       SAINT AMANT – Linda Bourgeois, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the ASSE Don Jones Excellence in Safety Scholarship.
       SLIDELL - Jean Hindrichs, The American Society of Women Accountants Scholarship; R. Michael Berlier, Transportation Club of Baton Rouge Scholarship; Craig Santicola, Distinguished MBA Graduate Award; Rose Corder, Theodore G. “Teddy” Betz Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
       TICKFAW – Justin Morgan, Joey Lewis Scholarship; April Travis, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Scholarship.
       WALKER - Katherine Johnson, Beta Alpha Psi Award