Rucks Fellows Class 2016-2017 Announced

The 2016-2017 Rucks Fellows are (left to right) Makayla McManus, Ashton Lane, Krishna Surakanti, Rhiannon Ballard, Claire Schnell, Sally Robichaux, Katherine Key, Hannah Brown, Christina Davisson, and Brent Swann. Not pictured is Benjamin LaPlace.

The 2016-2017 Rucks Fellows are (left to right) Makayla McManus, Ashton Lane, Krishna Surakanti, Rhiannon Ballard, Claire Schnell, Sally Robichaux, Katherine Key, Hannah Brown, Christina Davisson, and Brent Swann. Not pictured is Benjamin LaPlace.

October 25, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The Class of 2016-2017 Rucks Fellows have been announced by the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Rucks Department of Management. They are Rhiannon Ballard of Grand Isle, La.; Hannah Brown of Pride, La.; Christina Davisson of Covington, La.; Katherine Key of Pensacola, Fla.; Ashton Lane of Baton Rouge; Benjamin LaPlace of Baton Rouge; Makayla McManus of Baton Rouge; Sally Robichaux of Baton Rouge; Claire Schnell of New Orleans; Krishna Surakanti of Baton Rouge; and Brent Swann of Eunice, La.

To qualify, a senior management major must have a grade-point average in the Top 10 of all graduating seniors in the management curriculum.

Ballard is a human resource management major with dual minors in dance and personal investing. She is also a Chancellor’s Future Leaders in Research Scholar and recently completed an internship with Walt Disney World as an attractions hostess, which involved operating the famous ride Space Mountain. She plans to pursue her passion for dance after graduation by working for and buying in to her own dance studio.

Brown is a business management major with a minor in information systems and decision sciences. She is a recipient of the Tiger Excellence Award and has made the Dean’s List for the last six semesters. She is also a four-year member of The Golden Band from Tigerland, a three-year captain of the Tiger Band Colorguard and recently spent the summer in Williamsport, Penn., where she completed a human resource internship with Lycoming Engines.

Davisson will graduate early this December with a bachelor’s in management and a concentration in entrepreneurship. She has been named to the Chancellor’s List multiple times and been awarded with the TOPS Honors scholarship and Tiger Athletic Foundation scholarship. During her time at LSU, Davisson studied abroad in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Dubrovnik and London, among other locations. After graduation, she plans to work within the nonprofit sector before pursuing a master’s in social entrepreneurship.

Key is a business management major with a concentration in human resources and a minor in ceramics. She will also graduate this December. She has made the Dean’s List and President’s List on multiple occasions and has been part of the LSU Honors College and LSU Ambassadors. Key recently interned with Target in a role that was part human resources and part logistics. She plans to work in human resources for a business or corporation after graduation.

Lane is a business management major with a minor in personal investing. During her time at LSU, she has been inducted into four national honor societies, been named to the Dean’s List, and studied abroad in Greece and Spain. After graduation, she plans on working for her father, Eric Lane, at Gerry Lane Enterprises.

LaPlace is a management major who is currently attending the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as part of a student exchange program. He has made the President's Honor Roll and Dean's List and worked as part of Mission Honduras, helping to build a water supply for the town and ministering to the youth. He will graduate in spring 2017.

McManus is a human resources management major with a minor in communication studies. She has made the Dean’s List and Chancellor’s List and been part of the LSU Music Theatre Club and Society of Human Resource Management. She recently interned with Target as an executive team lead in its human resources department and plans to pursue a master’s in business at LSU after graduation.

Robichaux is a business management major. She has made the Chancellor’s Honor Roll, been a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and was the 2013 PricewaterhouseCoopers Challenge winner. After graduation, Robichaux plans to obtain her teaching certification by enrolling in the Louisiana Research Center for Educators program next summer.

Schnell is a general management major. She has been on the Dean’s List every semester at LSU and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. This past summer, she held an internship at the Louisiana Supreme Court in the Judicial Administrator’s office. After graduation, Schnell plans to attend law school.

Surakanti is a management major and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Alpha Delta Lambda Honors Society. He plans to continue his business education by getting his MBA before going to work for Google to aid in its efforts to bring more connectivity and technological advances to India.

Swann is a business management major with a minor in entrepreneurship. He previously graduated from LSU-Eunice with an associates transfer degree before attending the E. J. Ourso College. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Gamma Beta Phi LSU Honors Associations and he plans attend graduate school following graduation and pursue his MBA.

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. Selected by the faculty, the Rucks Fellows represent the highest level of academic achievement among senior management majors. 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 right to identify 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 industrial/labor relations. 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 our home page or call 225-578-6101.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business
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