Col. Stanley John Whidden, of Fairfax, Virginia, a U.S. Army physician and scientist and an expert in incident management, chemical and bioterrorism risk analysis, was recognized as Alumnus of the Year at Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual Alumni Awards Evening on Oct. 16.
Whidden is a double graduate of SLU, earning a bachelor’s degree in physiology in 1970 and a master’s in biology in 1973. He has a doctorate in physiology from Auburn University and a doctor of medicine degree from the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico.
Matthew Magnuson, of Baton Rouge, was recognized as Young Alumnus of the Year. He is a 2006 graduate with a degree in computer science and is chief technology officer for Associated Terminals.
Individual distinguished alumni include the following:
COLLEGE OF ARTS, HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES: David Armand, of Hammond, received his bachelor’s in English in 2004 and master’s in 2006. He is an SLU instructor of English and author of several novels and a book of poetry.
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS: Robert Watkins, of Robert, is a 1975 graduate in accounting, managing partner of Wegmann Dazet & Co. and a member of the board of the Southeastern Foundation.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION: Patrice Pujol received her bachelor’s degree in 1976 and her doctorate in educational leadership in 2013. She is superintendent of the Ascension Parish school system and the 2015 Louisiana Superintendent of the Year.
COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES: Samone Cammon is a 2010 graduate of SLU’s kinesiology and sports management program, where she was named the graduate of the year.
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Ralph J. Daigle, of The Woodlands, Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree in math with a minor in physics in 1970 after attending SLU on an athletic scholarship.
Other awards presented at the event include the following:
E XCELLENCE IN ACADEMICS AWARD: James E. Smith, of the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary, is a graduate in accounting from SLU. He later earned an MBA and doctoral degree.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: Terry Brown, of Ponchatoula, received the award as an outstanding alumnus who has donated his time and talent to the betterment of the Alumni Association.
L.E. CHANDLER AWARD: Lee Lind, director of Student Publications, was recognized for his work in assisting students in their efforts and accomplishments in extracurricular activities.
FRIENDSHIP OAK AWARDS: Kappa Alpha Order, on its 35th anniversary; Alpha Sigma Tau, on its 75th anniversary; Theta Phi Alpha, on its 25th anniversary; Chris Bentley, associate professor of general studies and assistant to the athletic director; Stephen Smith, former vice president for administration and finance; and David Faucheaux, of the College of Business, for his recognition as the No. 2-ranked professor by ratemyprofessor.com.