2020 Rucks Fellows Announced
November 16, 2020
BATON ROUGE – Each year, the E. J. Ourso College of Business Rucks Department of Management recognizes 10 students as Rucks Fellows. 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. A senior management major must have a grade-point average in the top 10 of all graduating seniors in the management curriculum to qualify.
The students selected for the 2020-2021 Rucks Fellows class are Meghan Causey of Baton Rouge, La.; Rileigh Fontenot of Denham Springs, La.; Sarah Helmstetter of New Orleans, La.; Christopher LaNeve of Leesville, La.; Shelby Lednicky of Frederick, Md.; Andrew Leger of Port Barre, La.; Samantha Messonnier of Metairie, La.; Meredith Parker of Crowville, La.; Zachary Scheurich of Mandeville, La.; and Gabriel Sigl of Mandeville, La.
Meghan Causey is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership. She is a Stephenson Entrepreneurship Fellow (2019-2020), a Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity member, and the vice president of membership for Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Causey plans to pursue an MBA after graduation with the goal of a career in business consulting focused on management and start-up companies.
Rileigh Fontenot is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership and minors in communications studies and entrepreneurship. She is a member of Phi Mu sorority and works as a consulting intern with Postlewaite and Netterville. Fontenot plans to pursue an MBA after graduation with the goal of starting her own business.
Sarah Helmstetter is a management major with a concentration in international management and minors in sociology and political science. Helmstetter has held several leadership roles within the Delta Gamma sorority. She also completed an internship with Ernst and Young. Helmstetter plans to begin law school in the fall of 2021.
Christopher LaNeve is a management major with a concentration in international management and a minor in professional leadership development. He is in the Army ROTC, is battalion commander of the LSU Army ROTC, a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and serves as an LSU Student Government senator. LaNeve plans to enter the U.S. Army upon graduation in the spring of 2021.
Shelby Lednicky is a management major with a concentration in human resource management. She is a member and former service coordinator of Phi Sigma Theta honor society and enjoys volunteer work with the Companion Animal Alliance and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Lednicky’s recent internship with Sweet Baton Rouge, a Louisiana-based goods and apparel store, became a full-time management position of the Sweet Baton Rouge flagship store. Upon graduation, Lednicky plans to start a career in management with the long-term goal of owning and operating a large-scale event company.
Andrew Leger is a management major with a concentration in human resource management. He has served as the assistant manager for Cash Savers in Opelousas, La., throughout his collegiate career. Leger plans to pursue a career in human resources with the long-term goal of owning and operating a real estate venture.
Samantha Messonnier is a management major with a concentration in human resource management. She is the director of e-communications for Delta Gamma sorority and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management chapter at LSU. Upon graduation in the spring of 2021, Messonnier plans to pursue a career in human resources in the travel industry.
Meredith Parker is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership. She is actively involved in the LSU Wesley Foundation and participates in several service and outreach projects with the University United Methodist Church on-campus ministry. Parker plans to attend law school with the goal of becoming an assistant United States attorney.
Zachary Scheurich is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership. He completed a summer internship with Southern Mortgage Corporation in Atlanta, Ga., which turned into a part-time position assisting with structuring loans. In his free time, Scheurich is working on completing his mortgage loan officer license in Georgia and Louisiana. Following graduation, he intends to pursue a career in management training in either the pharmaceutical, energy, or technology industry.
Gabriel Sigl is a management major with a concentration in strategic leadership and a minor in public relations. He is an active member of the LSU Ambassadors and serves on LSU Student Government. He also worked as an intern for the LSU Office of Admissions, where he recruited and assisted prospective students through the LSU application process. Sigl hopes to work in higher education in a recruiting and advising capacity with the long-term goal of attending law school and obtaining 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. 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.
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