Southeastern NEWS Southeastern Louisiana University Public Information Office SLU 880, Hammond, LA 70402 504/549-2341/fax 504-549-2061 firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 8/23/96 Contact: Christina Chapple FIRST GUARANTY BANK DONATES $250,000 TO SLU HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University President Sally Clausen Friday announced that First Guaranty Bank of Hammond has donated $250,000 to Southeastern, the largest single corporate gift in the university's history. The donation, said First Guaranty Bank Chief Financial Officer Michael Landry, will be made in $50,000 a year installments over the next five years. He credited Clausen's "persistent" inquiries of "What can you do for Southeastern?" with inspiring the bank's board of directors to make the donation. "I am told that this has not happened before," said Clausen, who made the surprise announcement at the university's annual faculty convocation. She said the bank's gift will likely be used to meet the Southeastern Development Foundation's goals of establishing additional scholarships, professorships or an endowed chair. The quarter-million donation was one of several surprises at the convocation. Clausen also announced a $60,000 donation from the Merritt family of Hammond to establish the first endowed professorship in Southeastern's College of Education. The Merritt family previously endowed a professorship in Southeastern's department of accounting. Dr. Clausen also indicated that an endowed professorship in environmental science may be announced soon. The president also announced the appointment of two new vice presidents, both of them long-time Southeastern's deans. College of Basic Studies Dean Patsy Causey has named to the newly created position of vice president for student affairs, while College of Business Dean Joseph Miller has been appointed acting vice president for institutional advancement, pending approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Trustees. As in past convocations, the university president presented plaques to faculty and staff recipients of the President's Award for Excellence for teaching, research, artistic activity and service. This year's award winners were professors William Robison, history and government; Gary Shaffer, biological sciences; Harriet Vogt, music and Fanfare; Anne Ferguson, Junior Division, and Judy Couvillion, Human Resources. Also recognized were retired Southeaster professors Lou E. Ballard and Roy J. Bernard, who recently were named professors emeriti for their long-term service to the university. Retirees recognized were Lou E. Ballard, Macel K. Bourgeois, Jagit Brar, Peggy Brumfield, Linda Chaloux, Tony Coniglio, Shirley A. Earnest, Edwin J. France Jr., Bertram Groene, John S. Henry, Jake D. Johnson, Rosalie Lato, Avery Lay, Cynthia H. Lobue, Thurrell O. McClendon, Angie M. Navarra, Wanda R. Pettigrew, Janice M. Riggs, Fred Travis, M. Malissa Turner, and Edward Williams. Recipients of 30-year service awards were Kay T. Adams, Headley Adelmann, Betty Baker, Milton R. Ballard, Walter Corkern, Larry Hymel, Robert Priez and Joyce Travis. Receiving 25-year service awards were Vera DePriest, Mary Blalock, Carol Giles, Barbara Hyde-Robertson, Mary Margaret Linton, Bryan Schisler, Jerry Voorhees and Henry Ziller.