BATON ROUGE – LSU University College’s Student Support Services graduated exceptional students for December 2016.
“It is with great pride that University College acknowledges the 2016 fall semester graduates who have been participants in our Student Support Services program,” said R. Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “This federally funded retention effort has been a long-standing success story at LSU with graduation rates as high at 77 percent, oftentimes exceeding the graduation rates for the overall student enrollment at LSU.”
"Student Support Services helped me grow my learning ability,” said Sterling Atkins, who participated in Student Support Services. “This organization taught me to understand what I am capable of achieving. SSS workshops taught me how to present myself in a professional standing, and the resume-building workshops encouraged me to strive for the best opportunities. I owe my early college development to SSS.”
Tirzah Alvarenga echoed Atkins’ statement, “Being a member in SSS during college has truly been a blessing to me. I had free tutoring for classes that I struggled with, as well as access to many useful resources. The SSS counselors guided me with my career path, finances and class scheduling. I was able meet and make great connections with other SSS students.”
University College and Student Support Services salutes the following Fall 2016 graduates:
Dominique Antoine, a graduate in marketing from the E. J. Ourso College of Business. Antoine, son of Patrice and Wendell T. Antoine Jr., is a graduate of Grace King Senior High School in Metairie, La. He is a member of Student Support Services and various LSU intramural sports.
Sterling Atkins, a graduate in accounting from the E. J. Ourso College of Business. Atkins, son of Melissa Atkins and Sterling Celistan, is a graduate of Eleanor McMain in New Orleans, La. He is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants. Atkins plans to move to Dallas, Texas, to work as an Indirect Tax Consultant, while preparing for the Certified Public Accountant exam.
Amy Martinez, a graduate in elementary education with a minor in leadership development from the College of Human Sciences & Education. Dahmer, daughter of Darlene and Ronald Dahmer, is a graduate of East Jefferson High School in Metairie, La. She is a member of Kappa Delta Epsilon and the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. Dahmer plans to work for Zachary Elementary and attend graduate school with a concentration on gifted education.
Travis M. Harris, a graduate in human resources education with a concentration of leadership development from the College of Human Sciences & Education. Harris, son of L. Frunk and Jeffrey Harris, is a graduate of Channel Islands High School in Oxnard, Calif. He is a member of the LSU UREC. Harris plans to have a leadership position with Target Corporation.
Erin Jackson, a graduate in accounting from the E. J Ourso College of Business. Jackson, daughter of Charmaine Jackson and Kevin Lemons, is a graduate of C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, La. She is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Student Activities Board. Jackson plans to pursue a master’s degree in accounting, while preparing for the Certified Public Accountant exam. She seeks to pursue a position with Price-Waterhouse Coopers in 2018.
Tirzah Alvarenga, a graduate in communication disorders with a minor in Spanish from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Alvarenga, daughter of Lucinda and Jorge Alvarenga, is a graduate of Cabrini High School in New Orleans, La. She is a member of Sigma Phi Lambda, Sigma Delta Pi, Phi Sigma Theta and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club. Alvarenga plants to attend graduate school to pursue a doctorate in audiology.
Jeremy Williams, a graduate in construction management with a minor in business administration and technical sales from the College of Engineering. Williams, son of Lynell and Edwin Williams, is a graduate of Livonia High School in Livonia, La. He is a member of Beta Theta Pi and the Construction Student Association.
Carrera Green, a graduate in kinesiology with a concentration of human movement science and pre-physical therapy from the College of Human Sciences & Education. Green, daughter of Jaunee Brazier and Terence Green, is a graduate of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif. She is a member of the Association of Pre-Physical Therapy Students and the Kinesiology Club. Green seeks a position as a physical therapist assistant with a sports therapy clinic in Harbor City, Calif.
Meredith Anne Glass, a graduate in communication studies with a minor in leadership development and business administration from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Glass, daughter of Kim and Novy Glass, is a graduate of The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Alpha Delta, the Tiger Transition Team and the Student Real Estate Association. Glass plans to work in pharmaceutical sales.
Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally, University College offers retention-specific programs: Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars and Summer Scholars. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College.
Since 1978, Student Support Services’ vision has always focused on increasing retention and graduation rates for disadvantaged students as identified in the Higher Education Act of 1965 Revised. This five-year federal grant (2015-2020), providing over $336,000 per year, serves hundreds of low-income, first generation, or students with disabilities who have an academic need for support. SSS participants are provided tutoring; academic, personal, and career advising; financial aid and economic literacy counseling; assistance with transition to graduate programs; exposure to cultural activities; and academic programs not typically available to disadvantage students.
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