LSU Honors Leadership LSU Class of 2017
BATON ROUGE – LSU has recognized 46 students as the Class of 2017 for Leadership LSU, an annual spring program coordinated by LSU Campus Life on behalf of the LSU Office of the Dean of Students.
Leadership LSU is a campus tradition during which students explore the concepts of adaptive leadership through group discussion and extracurricular lectures with LSU and community leaders. The work of adaptive leadership challenges leaders to engage others and build their own capacity to address complex social issues from within communities, rather than simply solve issues for others. The program connects students’ leadership experiences with the challenges of their future career choices, to develop a leadership network and to deepen an understanding of leadership within a larger societal context.
Thirty-nine of the 46 students in the Class of 2017 for Leadership LSU are undergraduates in their senior year. Five are juniors and two are graduate students (noted in listing). The class is made up of LSU students from eight states and two countries.
Members of the class followed a rigorous application and selection process and participated in bi-weekly seminars about adaptive leadership throughout the spring semester. For those students who ordered one, LSU will present a stole to wear on their academic robes at some commencement ceremonies.
Members of the Leadership LSU Class of 2017 include:
Josh Knutsen, a first-year higher education administration graduate student
Jessica Kreger, a psychology senior
Joan Lyons, a mass communication senior concentrated in political communication
Jewel Goodly, a human resource education major concentrated in human resource education and leadership development
Denisha Thomas, a kinesiology senior concentrated in human movement science
Ashley Boudreaux, a mass communication junior concentrated in political communication
Baton Rouge, La.
Camille Beste, a psychology senior
Madelinn Fink, a biochemistry senior
Amanda Jane Ourso, a communication disorders senior
Nicole Rinaudo, a kinesiology senior concentrated in human movement science
Connor Dizor, a philosophy major concentrated in religious studies
Cut Off, La.
Renzi Terrebonne, an architecture senior
Dustin Campbell, an industrial engineering senior
Jordan Lange, a biological sciences senior
Kendra Davis, a mass communication senior concentrated in political communication
Marissa Maynard, an industrial engineering senior
Drake Boudreaux, a mass communication senior concentrated in digital advertising
Matthew Boudreaux, a human resource education senior concentrated in human resource education and leadership development
Kyesha Isadore, a psychology senior
Nikka Khorsandi, a biological sciences senior
Katherine Lantier, a psychology junior
Monique LeBlanc, a senior double majoring in international studies concentrated in the Middle East and political science
Therese Walker, a mass communication senior concentrated in public relations
John Brown, a biological sciences senior
Kaylin Parker, a mass communication senior concentrated in public relations
Jacques Petit, a senior double majoring in economics and mass communication concentrated in political communication
Lauren Guillot, a mass communication senior concentrated in political communication
Zachary Williams, a senior double majoring in psychology and sociology
Angela Bautista, a mass communication senior concentrated in political communication
Brittany Klein, a communication disorders senior
Ashley Pattison, a psychology senior
New Orleans, La.
Francesca Tusa, a communication disorders senior
Ivyonne Variet, a sociology senior
Jessica Black, a mass communication senior concentrated in digital advertising
Ari’yana Gibson, an English major concentrated in secondary education
Brett Houser, a mass communication senior concentrated in political communication
Abigail Holley, an English junior concentrated in creative writing
Cierra Burnett, a first-year higher education administration graduate student
Destinee Merida, a sport administration senior concentrated in sport commerce
Jillian Davis, a communication disorders senior
Chloe Pink, a sport administration junior concentrated in sport commerce
Kolby Ledbetter, an English senior concentrated in rhetoric, writing, and culture
Bria Davis, a general business senior
The Woodlands, Texas
Ana Forero, a psychology senior
Kennedy Sam, a mass communication junior concentrated in public relations
Ghana, West Africa
James Wi-Afedzi, an accounting senior
Leadership LSU 2017 guest speakers included Eric Agyemang, co-founder and programs director, Cheerful Hearts Foundation, Kasoa, Ghana; Warren Drake (LSU ’79 and ’89), superintendent, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools; Mari Fuentes-Martin, Ed.D., LSU associate vice president of student affairs and dean of students; Racheal Hebert, president and CEO, Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response, or STAR, Baton Rouge; Julia Scarnato, executive director, Hispanic Apostolate, Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge; Roxson Welch (LSU ’84 and ’94; LSU Law ‘11), executive director, Family & Youth Services Center, Baton Rouge; Mary Wallace, Ph.D. (LSU ’12), LSU associate dean of students and director of campus life.
The Leadership LSU Class of 2017 volunteered with the Family and Youth Services Center in Baton Rouge during the fifth annual Geaux BIG Baton Rouge service day on Saturday, April 1. Geaux BIG Baton Rouge is a one-day event, planned by a student organization of the same name within LSU Campus Life and seeks to unite LSU students and Baton Rouge residents through service in order to strengthen the university’s relationship with the community.
LSU Campus Life is dedicated to developing student learning outside the classroom through innovative leadership development, involvement, student activities and service opportunities for LSU students at all levels.
For more information, visit www.lsu.edu/campuslife.
Professional portraits of each member of the Leadership LSU Class of 2017 can be obtained by contacting Margo Jolet at firstname.lastname@example.org. A group photo of all honorees is also available.
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