Ashleigh Piazza, Senior
Hometown: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Major: Environmental Management Systems
Scholarship: Louisiana Division - American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Undergraduate
How does this scholarship help you?
I’m out-of-state, so I don’t have TOPS, and I have two younger sisters who will be
in college soon, so I am trying to help my parents out.
Why did you choose your major?
When I was doing research about LSU, I read about Environmental Management Systems,
and it seemed like doing public relations for the environment, and I liked that. I
wanted to do something with the environment, but with this degree I have options.
I could go to law school or work in environmental policy or consulting.
What are you plans after graduation?
I want to go to graduate school and study either public health or toxicology. I’d
like to do research or work in environmental health issues such as water quality.
What do you like about the College of Agriculture?
I like how diverse it is. There are so many opportunities. Everyone is very friendly
and willing to help the students. I get one-on-one experiences. I went to a small
high school, so being in the College of Agriculture makes LSU feel smaller and more
What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
I am a Les Voyageur. I joined because I wanted to help advocate for the College of
Agriculture and keep in touch with college events. I am part of the LSU Equestrian
Team. I’m also a member of the student chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association,
which offers professional outreach and networking as well as promotes environmentally
friendly ideas on campus. I am also a resident assistant (RA) at West Laville Hall.
A simple handshake wasn’t enough when sisters Cindy Coffey, Linda Dowling, and Suzan
Simpson met Kenneth Bondioli. The sisters hugged the researcher who holds the professorship
named in their father’s honor.
Bondioli is the Daniel Ivy Dupree Professor of Animal Sciences. Coffey, Dowling and
Simpson endowed the professorship to preserve the memory of their father’s passion
for animal sciences.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to honor our dad than giving back to the College
of Agriculture at LSU, where he received his animal science degree,” Dowling said.
“Agriculture was an important part of his life, and he truly enjoyed raising and marketing
farm animals,” Coffey added. “He checked his pastures
daily and took pride in knowing the history of every cow he owned.”
Dupree earned a degree in animal sciences from LSU in 1947 and worked as a county
agent in Bienville Parish. In 1949, he opened Dupree Tractor Co. Shortly after that,
he began acquiring land and started his cattle operation, Dowling said of her father,
adding that it gave him and the family much joy.
“Some of my favorite memories are being on the farm with my family, Sunday picnics,
and the famous ride all over the place so Daddy could count the cows and calves,”
The sisters met Bondioli, who conducts reproductive research on beef cattle when they
toured the LSU College of Agriculture and the LSU AgCenter’s new Animal and Food Sciences
Laboratory on campus.
“It was apparent to all three of us that he loved his work and research,” Coffey said
of Bondioli. “Our father had a great work ethic, and after meeting Dr. Bondioli, we
think he shares that work ethic. Our father would have thought his research was very
interesting and exciting.”
Bondioli said the professorship has been very important for his research.
“The availability of funds from the professorship has provided me additional opportunities
to explore research areas with a strong potential for enhancing reproductive performance
in beef,” Bondioli said. “It is these efforts that define future research.”
The sisters continue to keep the cattle operation that their father started going
“My children and grandchildren also love the farm. Nothing would have pleased Daddy
more than having it there for the generations that follow,” Dowling said.