Alumni from LSU College of Agriculture’s Les Voyageurs Reunite to Celebrate Program’s 25th Anniversary
BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Agriculture’s Les Voyageurs program recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, with more than 50 alumni, current students, faculty, staff and family members attending a reunion event held at the LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Resource Center.
Representatives from various Les Voyageurs classes were in attendance, including a member of the 2nd Les Voyageurs class (1988-89), Dee Ann Rentz Parvino, who now lives in Mobile, Ala., with her family.
Les Voyageurs is a carefully selected group of students from the College of Agriculture who represent the college and LSU in recruitment efforts, such as high school college fairs, science fairs, 4-H and FFA events and alumni and development activities.
A highlight of the reunion was the unveiling of the K.C. Toups Memorial Les Voyageurs Award. A Les Voyageurs alumnus, Toups tragically passed away in January 2011. A tribute to Toups was led by Lori Henry Richard, and in attendance were Toups’ parents, Randy and Debbie Toups, and his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Erline Toups. During the presentation of the award, a quote was read that Toups had written while he was an LSU student, which displays the level of passion and admiration students have for the College of Agriculture.
“As a student, receiving an education is the main objective to attending a university,” he wrote. “However, a student should take much more with him as he leaves his alma mater. I can truly say that the College of Agriculture was the perfect choice for me, and I can’t imagine what my life would be like without it. I have made great friends, studied under terrific professors and instructors, and have really developed as an individual. After completing my education here, both in class and in the community, I believe that I will be able to face any challenges, endeavors, or successes that life may have to offer.”
Les Voyageurs alumni indicated that they still have this passion and use it in promoting agriculture in their everyday lives as professionals in various agriculture-related fields, working for such firms as Pizza Hut, Blackwater River State Forest in Florida, CASA New Orleans, Louisiana Land Bank and the LSU AgCenter, as well as various schools and colleges including Nicholls State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.
For more information, or to see additional pictures from the event, visit www.facebook.com/LesVoyageurs25 or contact Mary Claire Gilder, coordinator of recruitment for the College of Agriculture, at firstname.lastname@example.org.