Environmental management systems student named K.C. Toups Memorial Les Voyageurs Award recipient

November 09, 2021

Josephine Engelman

– Photo by Annabelle Lang

By Annabelle Lang

Josephine Engelman was named the 2021 K.C. Toups Memorial Les Voyageurs Award recipient. Engelman is majoring in environmental management systems with a concentration in resource conservation.

The K.C. Toups Memorial Award is given to an outstanding senior member of Les Voyageurs, a student ambassador organization for the college. The award recipient is selected based on the recipient’s willingness to serve and help others.

Engelman shows pride for the College of Agriculture and LSU. In addition to serving as a Les Voyageur, she is the president of the LSU rowing team and an agriculture senator for Student Government.

“Being a Les Voyageur is special to me because of all the people I get to meet,” said Engelman. “As an ambassador, my job is to encourage students to pursue higher education with the College of Agriculture, and this is important because I genuinely do love to see people reach their full potential and achieve more than what they thought possible. Les Voyageurs is an avenue for me to help people do that.”

Engelman shared that one of her favorite experiences at LSU was getting to have a close look at Mike the Tiger. Mike’s veterinarian, David Baker, met with the Les Voyageurs group to show them an in-depth look at the caretaking process for the tiger, including a tour inside the tiger habitat facility.

Once she receives her degree from LSU, Engelman plans on working as a soil conservationist. She spent one summer interning with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, where she developed a passion for helping landowners care for their land.

She feels that her degree and collegiate experiences have helped her discover her full potential.