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Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- Receiving the President’s Awards for Excellence at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond on Aug. 14 are, from left, music instructor Philip Schuessler, Artistic Activity; Director of Safety and Hazardous Materials Management Camille Moniotte, Unclassified Staff Service; associate professor of nursing Kristin Whitty, Faculty Service; professor Paula Varnado-Sullivan, teaching; and biology professor Kyle R. Piller, research.

Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond opened the 2015-16 academic year Aug. 14 with its fall convocation at the Student Union Grand Ballroom, a news release said.

The university gave out the President’s Awards for Excellence, the university’s highest honor for faculty and staff, and elevated three retired professors to emeritus status.

Receiving the President’s Awards for Excellence were music instructor Philip Schuessler, artistic activity; biology professor Kyle R. Piller, research; psychology professor Paula Varnado-Sullivan, teaching; associate professor of nursing Kristin Whitty, faculty service; and director of Safety and Hazardous Materials Management Camille Moniotte, unclassified staff service.

SLU President John L. Crain presented plaques designating emeritus status to biology professors William P. Bond, William “Nick” Norton and David M. Sever.

Bond retired in 2011 after 44 years with SLU. Norton retired from SLU last year after 37 years. Sever also retired last year, having joined SLU in 2004.