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

The College of Arts & Media at Southeastern University is pleased to announce that five time best-selling author, blogger, speaker, and writing coach, Jeff Goins, will headline our Expressions Writers’ Conference and Storytelling Institute, hosted on SEU’s campus in Lakeland, Florida. Mr. Goins will speak at several sessions at various locations throughout the day on Friday, January 31. Events will include a business breakfast (in partnership with Catapult and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce) geared toward local business professionals and a keynote address Friday evening for writers of all genres, skill-levels, and interests. 

Expressions Writers’ Conference and Storytelling Institute will take place on January 31, 2020. Through a combination of pragmatic workshops and experienced guest speakers, the conference will provide writers and communicators of all skill levels with the tools they need to take the next step in mastering the craft of storytelling. Whether pursued for a hobby or a career, this conference will leave attendees with practical knowledge on how to advance their writing and communication skills.

For more information, contact the Department of Humanities at 863-667-5113.

The College of Arts & Media has partnered with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (CBSS) for the community-wide event, “Not Alone: Isolation to Connection,” an evening purposed to shed light on mental illness. This event, presented by the senior social work class of 2019 hosts world-renowned author, speaker, and Harvard Graduate, Hakeem Rahim. Hakeem is an “acceptance ambassador,” and his mission focuses on helping students overcome perceived limitations in order to live their best life. Additionally, CAM and CBSS welcome a panel of experienced individuals to speak on the subject including Jennifer Angelidis, Psy.D.; Coach R-Jay Barsh; Meghan Wagner, PA-C; and Paula Whitaker, Ph.D.

“Not Alone: Isolation to Connection” will take place on the campus of Southeastern University at 7:00 P.M. on April 10 in the Student Activities’ Center. This event is free to attend.

The College of Arts & Media at Southeastern University will be offering a two-day conference for writers. The “Expressions Writers’ Conference” is open to participants of all interests and experience levels desiring to polish their skills in the arts of writing, storytelling and communication. The annual conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, 2019. Now in its third year, this unique conference combines inspiration and technique, equipping attendees in all fields of writing.

The first session begins at 9:00 a.m. on March 8, 2019, with the conclusion of the seminar the following day on March 9 at 1:00 p.m. “Expressions Writers’ Conference” takes place on SEU’s main campus in Lakeland, FL. An advanced registration of $50 is required to participate. Tickets can be purchased at

Through a combination of pragmatic workshops and seasoned guest speakers, attendees will participate in sessions designed to refine their craft.  World-renowned and local professionals will share their experiences and key elements to storytelling and publishing. Whether writing is a hobby or full-time career, this conference will leave attendees with practical knowledge on how to improve and advance their writing.

This year, “Expressions Writers’ Conference” will focus on the importance of storytelling across genres with experienced fiction writers, novelists and poets, who will demonstrate their processes for crafting and designing stories.

Participating this year as the keynote speaker is Josip Novakovich, world-renowned author of the fiction craft book “Fiction Writer’s Workshop. Novakovich has received a multitude of awards for his works, such as the Whiting Award, The National Endowment of the Arts fellowship (twice), an award from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He was anthologized in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize (three times), and O. Henry Prize Stories. Kirkus Reviews called Novakovich “the best American short stories writer of the decade.” In 2017, his work “Tumbleweed” was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

In addition to Novakovich, this year’s lineup will include Joni M. Fisher, Jamie Beckett, Donna Kelly, Carol J. Post, Dr. Paul E. Linzey, and Ana Coton, as well as faculty members of SEU’s Department of Humanities.

“‘Expressions will have several award-winning authors that will guide us through the process of discovering ideas, plotting them out, using description to bring the story to life, building memorable characters, and then taking the written story and editing it ‘down to the bones,’” states Professor Hannah Benefield, the coordinator for the conference. “In addition, we have genre break-out sessions, panel discussions and a book signing. It is an action-packed two days that will leave you with the keys to unlock the potential of your next story.”

For more information regarding event details and registration, call the Department of Humanities at (863) 667-5113 or email