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Leadership LSU Welcomes 35 Seniors

03/06/2014 02:39 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU has selected 35 members of the LSU Class of 2014 for Leadership LSU, an annual spring program that teaches adaptive leadership to students who will graduate in May, August or December of the same year. Selected students have followed a rigorous application and selection process and will participate in a bi-weekly seminar throughout the spring semester.


Members of the Leadership LSU Class of 2014 include:



Baton Rouge

Whitney Antoine, majoring in psychology
Abiola Ige, majoring in biological engineering (originally form Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria)
Morgan Matchett, majoring in mathematics
Elaine Vidrine, majoring in mass communication with a concentration in public relations

Lyndsay Neel, majoring in psychology

Erineka Mulligan, majoring in business management major from Houma, La.

Andrew Hall, majoring in business
Cathy Juarez, majoring in mass communication with a concentration in public relations

Alex Cagnola, majoring in biological engineering

Lake Charles
Paul Broussard, majoring in marketing

Victoria Naquin, majoring in kinesiology

Reem Al-Juraid, majoring in psychology
Jackson Voss, majoring in political science

Mercedes Townsend, a double-major in political science and English

Melanie McKoin, majoring in human resource education

New Iberia
Tuan Tran, majoring in biological sciences

New Orleans
Taylor LeBlanc, majoring in mass communication with a concentration in advertising
Shelisa Robinson, majoring in business
Kristen Smith, majoring in business

Meredith Keating, majoring in human resource education

River Ridge
Ryan Ehrhardt, majoring in human resource education

Annu Dixit, majoring in a biological sciences
Casey Fiorella, majoring in animal, dairy and poultry sciences

Elizabeth Ellington, majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing

Abigail O'Neal, majoring in history

Rachel Rhodes, majoring in history



White Hall
Sarah Beth Theriot, majoring in biology



Kalena Thomhave, a double-major in political science and English



West Shokan
Margaret Price, majoring in a mass communication with a concentration in public relations



Raylea Barrow, a double major in Spanish and mass communication with a concentration in journalism
DeAndre’ Beadle, majoring in sociology with a concentration in criminology
Nicole Brooks, majoring in psychology
Alanna Dumas, majoring in communication sciences and disorders

Dario Scalco, majoring in political science

Lindsey Bennett, majoring in mass communication with a concentration in political communication.


Leadership LSU guest speakers will include Ryann Denham, chief of staff, City Year Baton Rouge; Kenneth Miles, interim vice provost for Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach and assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, LSU; Camille Manning-Broome, senior vice president for the Center for Planning Excellence; the Rev. Raymond A. Jetson, pastor, Star Hill Baptist Church and president and CEO of MetroMorphosis; and Stuart R. Bell, executive vice chancellor and provost, LSU.


The Leadership LSU Class of 2014 will volunteer together during the second annual Geaux BIG Baton Rouge service day, scheduled for Saturday, March 22. 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.


Leadership LSU is a campus tradition during which seniors 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 only 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. Students who complete the program will be honored at a luncheon at the end of the seminar series and will be presented stoles to wear on their academic robes at some commencement ceremonies.


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  or call 225-578-5160.




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LSU Campus Life


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