2019 Rucks Fellows Announced

November 12, 2019

2019 Rucks Fellows

2019 Rucks Fellows

BATON ROUGE – Management is a universal phenomenon. All organizations – business, political, cultural or social – are involved in management because it is the management that helps and directs the various efforts toward a definite purpose. Good management leads to optimum utilization of resources, reduced costs and achieving organizational goals.

Each year, 10 students are recognized as Rucks Fellows within the Rucks Department of Management. 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 preferential enrollment in management courses. The Fellows are senior management majors in any of the department’s concentrations — Human Resource Management, International Management and Strategic Leadership— and must have a grade-point average in the top 10 of all graduating seniors in the management curriculum.

This year’s cohort feels being selected is a testament to the hard work they have put in throughout their schooling and hope this honor will help achieve future goals. The students selected for the 2019-20 Rucks Fellows Program are Calvin Bond, Taylor Boykin, Elizabeth Cooper, Taylor Dottley, Victoria Liakos, Chloe Pelitere, Maci Quebedeaux, Trendell Shorty, Taylor Stirling and Teresa Vallee.

Calvin Bond is a human resources management major with a minor in psychology from New Orleans. Bond became a Rucks Fellow because he does not consider his academic success as an end goal, but a tool to reach his goal. He wants to enter the training and development field. He wants to get a master's in industrial and organizational psychology where he will help others achieve professional and purposeful success in their lives.

Taylor Boykin is an international management major from Greenwell Springs, La. Boykin hopes to continue her education with a graduate degree in the international management field and hopes to become a certified Customs broker so she can pursue a career in trade compliance. She is grateful to be chosen for the Rucks Fellowship and knows it will provide great credibility to her hard work.

Elizabeth Cooper from Mandeville, La. and is concentrating on entrepreneurship. She’s feels being selected as a Rucks Fellow is the highest recognition of her passion for entrepreneurship and her accomplishments at LSU.  Cooper has a passion for animals and will pursue a management position to own her pet care facility.

Taylor Dottley is majoring in human resource management and Information Systems and Decision Sciences and is from Baton Rouge, La. Dottley was able to attend LSU on a scholarship and sought all the knowledge and experience she could. This led to an outstanding academic record, a variety of internships and club memberships. She is thankful to be selected and looks forward to the opportunities it will provide. Dottley hopes to leverage her skills and experience into a training manager or a liaison between the technical and nontechnical worlds of business.

Victoria Liakos is an international management major, minoring in Spanish from Omaha, Neb. Liakos is grateful for the opportunity to be a Rucks Fellow as it is a recognition of years of hard work and will further prepare her for what the future holds. She would like to help native Spanish speakers living in the United States and would like to start a nonprofit helping English Language learners in our school systems.

Chloe Pelitere is from New Orleans and is concentrating in entrepreneurship. After interning in New York City, she would love to return and work in the fashion industry. It has always been a goal of hers to run the financial and fashion components of a business, so she would like to open a designer boutique and cater to the New Orleans community. She is honored to be recognized as a Rucks Fellow.

Maci Quebedeaux is a strategic leadership management major and is from Arnaudville, La.  Becoming a Rucks Fellow means her work and academic success have allowed her to be distinguished in her field and this is a great way to leave a legacy. Quebedeaux plans to get her MBA and work for a marketing firm or with an event planner.

Trendell Shorty is a strategic leadership management major and is minoring in personal investing from New Orleans. Shorty would like to pursue a PhD in management or a JD/MBA so he can help others as much as possible through research or community involvement. He is hoping the fellowship will create opportunities for him and will help him achieve his goals.

Taylor Stirling is from Franklin, La., with a concentration in strategic leadership. After graduation, he would like to go into management consulting and will return to school after gaining some experience to get his MBA. Stirling is proud to be a Rucks Fellow and appreciates all the E. J. Ourso College of Business and the Rucks Department of Management have given him.

Teresa Vallee is from Mobile, Ala. and plans to return home to pursue a career. She has worked hard throughout college to make the best grades possible and is honored to have been chosen as a Rucks Fellow.

Calvin Bond headshotCalvin Bond

Taylor Boykin headshot

Taylor Boykin

Elizabeth Cooper headshotElizabeth Cooper

Taylor Dottley headshote

Taylor Dottley

Victoria LiakosVictoria Liakos
Chloe Pelitere headshotChloe Pelitere
Maci Quebedeaux headshotMaci Quebedeaux
Trendell Shorty headshotTrendell Shorty
Carl Stirling headshotTaylor Stirling
Teresa Vallee headshotTeresa Vallee


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 supported student-affiliated organizations in achieving top honors nationally. For more information, visit our home page or call 225-578-6101.

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Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business