CAM-tastic Stories highlights the journeys of our CAM students in a brief narrative fashion.

“Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and meet new people. It’s harder than it sounds but you could miss out on great friendships.” Olivia McDaniel offers this suggestion for incoming students at Southeastern University. Olivia is a senior at SEU and is majoring in public relations. Graduating in April, she looks back at her time at SEU with positivity. “I think Southeastern University has helped me learn how to stay organized and create good habits for myself. I see myself working in an office helping with events and social media content after I graduate, but the end goal is to work at a wedding venue in an event manager’s position.” While Olivia has made the most of her time in the classroom, she is also actively involved on campus in a leadership position as the resident Assistant for the Esperanza dorms. “My favorite part of my time at Southeastern has been being involved in leadership and living with best friends.”
– story by Emilia Pombo

“It is truly amazing to work with people who are so passionate about music,” says Brandon Pasquence, a junior at Southeastern University, who has been elected as Parliamentarian in the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Music Education. “This position has helped me realize that the process is just as important as the product.” Brandon is one of three SEU students who have been elected to serve NAfME. “My responsibilities are to become an expert on interpreting and applying Robert’s Rules of Order to all of our meetings as well as to give advice regarding parliamentary procedure.” Brandon attributes his success to what he learned at SEU. “The concept of servant leadership has changed my mindset on being a leader by shifting my focus towards serving and lifting others to a higher level.” Brandon offers this advice for students who are considering elected positions: “Know your stuff and have a thirst for knowledge.”
– story by Emilia Pombo

Southeastern University CAM student gallery

Originally written by Eric Pera and published by the Ledger Media Group. Visit the Ledger.com to view the original article.

LAKELAND — Southeastern University unveiled its burgeoning commitment to the arts Thursday evening with the debut of its College of Arts & Media Gallery.

The gallery will be open to the public during business hours beginning Wednesday. It is situated within the sprawling $22 million Buena Vida Building, which comprises Southeastern’s business college, the newly completed College of Arts & Media, student housing, classrooms and more.

A private reception Thursday allowed college benefactors a chance to peruse the gallery and chat with Jonathan Simon, an accomplished artist and arts instructor who has been hired to help build Southeastern’s fledgling arts program.

This fall, the private, Christian liberal arts university will debut a bachelor’s program in visual arts.

The gallery, and indeed the entire College of Arts & Media facility, is evidence of Southeastern’s robust development, said Kent Ingle, president of Southeastern.

“This is wonderful,” he said during Thursday’s reception. “We have an absolute commitment to the arts. This is a historic moment.”

The gallery’s inaugural exhibit is all about Simon, 43, a realist painter who primarily uses oil on linen canvas. He holds a bachelor’s in fine arts in illustration from Memphis College of Art, and a master’s in fine arts in painting from the New York Academy of Figurative Art.

Having taught previously at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Frostburg State University, Simon left academia in 2012 to return to painting full time.

He said he was drawn back into teaching for the challenge of building a program at Southeastern.

“It’s a lot of work but it’s coming in on the ground floor,” he said. “It’s like an egg; we’re just hatching, but the potential is endless.”

The art gallery was designed with the future in mind, especially in attracting professional exhibitions.

Published: January 19, 2018

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