Southeastern’s Athletic Director Jay Artigues will accept the recognition tonight at the Southland Conference Honors Dinner at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco.”We’re extremely proud to receive the Southland Strong Community Service Award,” said Artigues. “Our department’s mission statement outlines expectations of excellence in the classroom, in the community and in competition. With 23 community service hours per student-athlete, our coaches and student-athletes are dedicating themselves to living that mission statement. We’re fortunate to be a part of a special community here in Hammond and our Lions and Lady Lions have shown their dedication and understanding of how important it is to give back.”The Southland Strong Community Service Award is given to the member institution that is most active in the community through student-athletes’ individual service hours, institution’s organized community service events and participation in Southland league-wide activities, including a campus initiative selected by each institution and the Southland Gives Back community service project during winter break. Southeastern Louisiana’s community service efforts included: SLU Move-In Mania; SLU Season of Giving; elementary school visits; Tangi humane society; assisted living facility; Hammond local food bank; sports clinics; Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center; Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program; blood drive; local recreation centers; Chappapeela sports facility; Hammond library reading; Walk, Run & Roll 5k; and City of Hammond clean-up. FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana University is the Southland Strong Community Service Award winner for the 2018-19 academic year. Commissioner Tom Burnett made the announcement Tuesday. Lions student-athletes combined for 7,460 community service hours over the past fall and spring seasons — the most community service hours in the Southland among 13 member institutions. The Southland Strong program recently completed its fifth year. The total for Southeastern was 2,638 more hours than the runner-up school. In total, Southland Conference student-athletes worked more than 38,000 hours — bettering the 30,000 hours completed in 2017-18. Each participating school performed more than 1,000 hours in 2018-19.