2022-23 Rucks Fellows Announced
November 01, 2022
BATON ROUGE - The E. J. Ourso College of Business Rucks Department of Management recognizes
10 students as Rucks Fellows each year. These students are selected by faculty and
represent the highest level of academic achievement among senior management majors
in any of the department’s concentrations. To qualify, a student must have a grade-point
average in the top 10 of all graduating seniors in the management curriculum.
The students selected for the 2022-2023 Rucks Fellows class are Maxwell Bond of New Orleans; Kylan Borskey of Baton Rouge, La.; Rylie Brown of Baton Rouge, La.; Lauren Craig of Baton Rouge, La.; Dane Eastman of Kingwood, Texas; Andrew Gallmann of Baton Rouge, La.; John Heimendinger of Franklin, Tenn.; Ashley Laughlin of Dallas; Cody Pech of Raceland, La. and Isiah Travis of New Orleans.
Maxwell Bond is pursuing a dual degree in psychology and management with a concentration in strategic leadership. He is an executive council member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, having served previously as philanthropy chair. Bond’s most recent job experience was a wealth management summer internship for Beacon Pointe in New Orleans. Upon graduation in May 2023, he plans to start a career in business with the long-term goal of earning an MBA and becoming an executive officer.
Kylan Borskey is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership. Borskey’s professional experience includes an internship with Skilltype in New Orleans and roles as camp director and teen-and-adult program director at David Vincent’s Martial Arts, where he has been practicing since age nine. His hobbies include playing drums, spending time with loved ones and cheering on LSU and Southern University. An Episcopal High School graduate, Borskey is a follower of Jesus who enjoys spreading love and joy.
Rylie Brown is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership and a mass communication minor with a concentration in public relations. In addition to being Kappa Delta sorority’s vice president of recruitment and marketing, she is a member of Women in Business, the Order of Omega, the Pre-Law Society and Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society. After graduation, Brown plans to attend law school and pursue a career that combines law and strategic leadership management.
Lauren Craig is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership and a minor in biology. She is a member of Delta Zeta sorority. Craig grew up competing in rodeo, an activity she continued through college. In addition, the St. Joseph’s Academy graduate enjoys travel. She plans to pursue a career in medical sales to harness her enthusiasm for meeting new people, relationship-building skills and interest in the medical field.
Dane Eastman is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership and a minor in psychology. He is a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. In addition, Eastman serves as a human resource student worker with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. His interests include sports, the outdoors, and business. After graduation in May 2023, he plans to attend law school to achieve his goal of becoming an agent for athletes and entertainers.
Andrew Gallmann is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership. A self-described “LSU Tiger since birth,” Gallmann hopes to bring the same passion into his professional life as a business leader. He works in IT sales for General Informatics in Baton Rouge. Following graduation, he hopes to further his career in the IT industry and help businesses gain success through the best use of technology.
John Heimendinger is a management major with a concentration in international management. He is a National Society of Collegiate Scholars member and served as the alumni relations chairman for the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. A native of Franklin, Tenn., Heimendinger is a long-time LSU fan and feels fortunate to attend a university he grew up loving. Following graduation in December 2022, he plans to travel in Europe and the United States before beginning an MBA program in fall 2023.
Ashley Laughlin is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership and a minor in entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, where she has served as a leader among her peers. Laughlin currently works at Alexander Sides Commercial Law Firm. She plans to attend law school and eventually create a successful business with the knowledge gained from her time at LSU. She hopes to continue to be a leader in the future.
Cody Pech is a management major with a concentration in human resource management. Pech’s work experience includes serving as a human resources student worker at the Louisiana Department of Treasury and an administrative internship with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group. These positions and his coursework have prepared Pech for career success. After graduation in May 2023, he plans to pursue a dual MBA and Master of Health Administration and start a career in healthcare administration. A graduate of E. D. White Catholic High School, Pech loves all things LSU and spending time with his family.
Isiah Travis is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership. A Benjamin Franklin High School graduate, Travis is a member of the LSU Track & Field team, specializing in the 800-meter run. Travis recently completed an internship at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Following graduation, he plans to pursue a Master’s in Finance to become a financial advisor for athletes and eventually launch a financial advising firm.
About the Rucks Fellows Program
Thanks to a generous gift from William W. and Catherine M. Rucks, 10 students are recognized each year as Rucks Fellows. To enrich their development as future business leaders, these students receive opportunities not available to others, including the chance to interact with faculty and business leaders at special events, preferential enrollment in management courses, recognition during graduation, and the distinction of identifying themselves as Rucks Fellows.
About the Rucks Department of Management
The Rucks Department of Management at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business endeavors to prepare students for careers in fields such as international management, human resources, and strategic leadership. A generous donation by LSU alumnus William W. Rucks and his wife, Catherine, has aided the department in securing faculty who are repeatedly recognized for their research and has aided student-affiliated organizations in achieving top honors nationally. For more information, visit the Rucks Department of Management or call 225-578-6101.