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The Division of Student Affairs honored students and faculty who demonstrated leadership, service and commitment to the university.
Among many awards presented during the convocation, the DSA named Man and Woman of the Year.
Karley Bordelon, a junior social studies education major, was named the 2019 Woman of the Year.
Bordelon is the 2019-2020 Student Government Association president, a member of Phi Mu fraternity, a 2018-19 orientation leader, an Order of Omega member, an EvolveU committee member, a Gamma Beta Phi member, a DSA Ambassador, an ExCEL scholar and a former SGA director of traditions.
Richard Davis Jr., a senior middle school education major, was named 2019 Man of the Year.
Davis was the 2018-2019 SGA president, 2017-2018 orientation leader and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He also serves on the Student Conduct Hearing Board and the Auxiliary Services Student Advisory Board.
Bordelon explained how she felt when she received the honor.
“I was very surprised and also very emotional that two of my mentors on campus had such beautiful and encouraging things to say about me,” shared Bordelon.
Davis explained that the award is such an honor because of the representation that comes behind it.
“I think the award is just all about giving back to the university, giving back to other people,” said Davis. “It is not always about the recognition of the award itself, its just about making sure people feel welcomed and feel cared for, and if awards come along with it, I am very appreciative of it.”
Bordelon expressed a similar sentiment.
“I hope to use this award to show students that it isn’t always about the award,” stated Bordelon. “Leadership is about doing what you know is right. I want to continue to teach students about how to be a leader and how to pour out your hearts to those that need love and compassion. I am beyond grateful for the awards but they are about who helped you to get there and why you are at this certain point then where you plan to go.”
Davis’ passion for being a student at the university can be seen by many. He explained what the university means to him.
“Southeastern has had such a great impact on me,” shared Davis. “Being a first generation college student is an amazing feeling along with the amazing faculty and staff. They are always here to support me and give me the tools that I need to be successful. I am looking forward to using those tools when I graduate in December.”
Bordelon wants to send a message to all of the faculty and staff that were awarded at the convocation.
“A huge congratulations to all the award recipients,” expressed Bordelon. “You are all so deserving, and I am honored to have had the chance to work with so many of you. I cannot wait to make big strides this year with Southeastern and all of our goals for this year.”