LSU Tiger Twelve Class of 2011 Honored
LSU's Commitment to Community states that Louisiana State University is an interactive community in which students, faculty and staff together strive to pursue truth, advance learning and uphold the highest standards of performance in an academic and social environment. It is a community that fosters individual development and the creation of bonds that transcend the time spent within the gates of LSU.
A dozen outstanding LSU seniors were recently recognized as the Tiger Twelve class of 2011 for upholding these principles as students who "contribute positively to the life of the campus and surrounding community." This award recognizes graduates who are current, full-time students, who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and have best demonstrated the seven basic principles outlined in LSU's Commitment to Community.
The students hail from cities across Louisiana and outside the state, including Tennessee, Minnesota and Nigeria. The students' post-graduation plans range from working with groups like AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity and Teach for America to attending prestigious post-graduate programs at The American University of Paris, MIT and LSU.
The Office of the Dean of Students held a ceremony and reception in their honor on Saturday, April 30, at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.
The Tiger Twelve Class of 2011 consists of Jennie Armstrong, Laura Carleton, Claire Catherine Hanchey, Seth Irby, Rie Kuplic, Taylor Javier Morris, Courtney Lynn Mumphrey, Ifeanyi 'Ify' Okoro, Catherine Sens, Nicholas P. Totaro, Millena Williams and Alice Chaney Womble.
Major: Mass Communication
Minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Metairie, La.
Jennie Armstrong serves as president of LSU's Public Relations Student Society of America, member of the LSU Bateman Team, administrator for Tigers Against Trafficking, executive director for Up 'til Dawn and Mass Communication College Council treasurer.
Future Plans: Armstrong will be attending The American University of Paris and upon completion of her master's degree, she hopes to work as a foreign officer for the Embassy in the field of human rights.
Hometown: Lake Charles, La.
Laura Carleton is a member of LSU's cross country and track and field teams, served as president for the Canterbury Club and was a 2009-2010 Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute Fellow program graduate. Upon completion of her thesis, "Capital One Getting Down to Business," she will graduate with honors. She is also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
Future Plans: In the fall, Carleton will begin the LSU Flores MBA program and continue to compete for the LSU track team as she completes her master's degree.
Claire Catherine Hanchey
Minor: Disaster Science and Management
Hometown: Fairview, Tenn.
Claire Catherine Hanchey interned for Kids Hope USA, where she was a volunteer and book club leader. She was a part a team for Orphans of Kilimanjaro in Kelima, Tanzania, and Grace Masak Children's Home in Kasoa, Ghana. She is involved in Leadership LSU and was nominated for Outstanding Undergraduate Research for successful completion and defense of her undergraduate honors thesis in sociology. Her thesis is titled "Attitudes toward Education: Parental Involvement and Family Structure."
Future Plans: Hanchey has accepted a position with Teach for America, where she will teaching at middle school special education with the KIPP Academy of Nashville and simultaneously pursuing a master's degree in special education from David Lipscomb University. She also hopes to pursue a master's degree in social work with a concentration in outdoor leadership and work with troubled teens.
Major: Political Communications
Hometown: Shreveport, La.
Seth Irby is president for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, vice president for Greek Board of Directors, senior facilitator for EMPOWER Leadership Program, treasurer for Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and mentor for Kids Hope USA.
Future Plans: After graduation, Irby will be working for Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity, traveling the country working with undergraduates, alumni and university officials to strengthen local chapters.
Major: Disaster Science and Management
Hometown: Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Rie is involved in Leadership LSU, Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter at LSU, crew leader for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, committee member for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge Women's Build and chair for the Hunger Banquet at LSU Founder.
Future Plans: Rie is currently interviewing for the disaster response coordinator of the Gulf Coast with Habitat for Humanity International.
Taylor Javier Morris
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Fine Art
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
Taylor Morris is involved with LA-STEM Research Scholars, Diversity Ambassadors, performance and talent chairman for LSU Ambassadors, communications director for Volunteer LSU and intern at NASA Langley Research Center and Procter and Gamble Inc.
Future plans: Morris has received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and will be attending MIT to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, where his research will focus on educational toy design pedagogy.
Courtney Lynn Mumphrey
Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Plaquemine, La.
Courtney Mumphrey is a four-year member and current Spring Invitational and Overall co-chair for Honors College Advocates, volunteers in public schools with Everybody Reads, member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and has done research in Pat DiMario's lab working on detecting apoptosis and autophagy in drosophila melanogaster using immunofluoresence and dissection techniques.
Future Plans: After graduation, Mumphrey plans to attend LSU medical school. She has been accepted into LSUHSC-Shreveport.
Ifeanyi 'Ify' Okoro
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Imo, Nigeria
Ify Okoro is currently supplemental instruction leader for Physics 2101 and Physics 1100, College Reading & Learning Association-certified advanced tutor for the LSU Center for Academic Success, shift manager and employee trainer for Subway, and was membership coordinator for Tau Beta Pi.
Future Plans: Okoro plans to pursue a master's degree in mechanical engineering and upon completion either continue to obtain a Ph.D. or find a job.
Major: Political Science
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Catherine Sens serves as the civic awareness and engagement focus area chair on Volunteer LSU's Executive Board and also is an LSU Ambassador. She has participated in the 2011 Leadership LSU Class and will graduate as a first-generation college student, who has been on the Dean's List four times for academic achievements.
Future Plans: Sens will serve as an extern for the second consecutive summer at the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans, before beginning law school at LSU in the fall.
Nicholas P. Totaro
Minor: Chemistry, Leadership Development and Sociology
Hometown: Lafayette, La.
Nicholas Totaro is co-founder of The Lataro Corporation, co-founder of Sleep in a Box at LSU, is an LSU Ambassador, member of the National Residence Hall Honorary and a reading friend with the Highland Elementary Reading Friend Program.
Future plans: Following graduation, Totaro will be working in a hospital, while applying to LSU medical schools.
Major: Political Communication
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: Monroe, La.
Millena Williams served as director of Volunteer LSU, Orientation team leader, training chair for the LSU Ambassador Council, fellow in the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program and recipient of the Tom W. Dutton Scholarship Award.
Future plans: After graduation, Williams plans to commit to an AmeriCorps program. She hopes to be placed in south Louisiana working with rebuilding efforts in communities that are still trying to overcome the effects of Hurricane Katrina. In the fall of 2012, she plans to begin a graduate program in higher education, focusing on student affairs.
Alice Chaney Womble
Major: Mass Communication
Minor: Business and Psychology
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Alice Womble served as overall chair for the Tigers After Ten Commission, vice president for membership on the Student Activities Board, a Manship Ambassador, leader in the Association of Black Communicators and mentor in the Big Buddy Program.
Future Plans: After graduation, Womble plans to obtain a job in public relations that will enable her to market ideas and programs that will positively impact in the Baton Rouge community.