Hall of Distinction Inductees Announced


The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education presents the 2016 Hall of Distinction to recognize outstanding alumni and partners who help the college positively impact our community. This year’s reception is Friday, April 1, 2016, 6:00 p.m., at The Cook Conference Center.

The Hall of Distinction recognizes and celebrates our honorees for the significant contributions they have made to LSU and the extended community.

Recipients exemplify the mission of CHSE to address complex human issues and policy decisions facing Louisiana and the nation through their gifts, talents, and time. 


Cate Heroman, Alumna of Distinction | School of Education

Wendy McLain, Alumna of Distinction | School of Library & Information Science

Wally McMakin, Alumnus of Distinction | School of Kinesiology

Ronnie & Allyson Morris, Philanthropy Award

Lieutenant Herbert “Tweety” Anny, Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) Leader, Community Partner | School of Social Work

Mayor Holden’s Love Our Community Summer Youth Employment Program, Community Partner | School of Leadership & Human Resource Development

Cub Club, Community Partner | University Laboratory School


Cate Heroman is a two-time alumna from the College of Human Sciences & Education. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education in 1974 and her Masters of Education (M.Ed.), Reading in 1977. She has worked in the field of education for more than 38 years. From classroom teacher, to state early childhood administrator, to author of early childhood curriculum and assessment materials, to consultant, she has truly accomplished her lifelong passion of helping young children become successful learners and socially competent.

Wendy McLain graduated with her Masters in Library & Information Science from the School of Library & Information Science in 1990. McLain has been an active volunteer with SLIS for more than 12 years. She holds the position of Manager Enterprise Content & Records Management at Valero Energy Corporation, San Antonio, Tx.

Charles Wallace “Wally” McMakin, School of KInesiology alumnus, started the LSU Baseball Coaches Committee group during his time at LSU, which is a primary arm for fundraising for the baseball program. The group started with nine members, and now it has more than 500. In 1976, he was drafted from LSU to the Minnesota Twins, where he played pitcher and second baseman. His advice to recent alumni is, “Understand where you have been and where you are going. The privileges you have today are because of what others before you have built and done. I don't believe in giving back, but in giving forward to those coming after you.”

Ronnie & Allyson Morris, both graduates of LSU, established a leadership award in the College of Human Sciences & Education almost ten years ago providing scholarship support for students studying to become teachers. Their philanthropic investment in the college will soon be funding four “full-ride” scholarships for deserving School of Education students. In an interview for the LSU Foundation’s Cornerstone, Ronnie said “I have a lot of appreciation for those pursuing this career path and the need for quality educators. I wanted to make a difference in our community, and I am confident these folks are impacting lives in a very positive way.”

Lieutenant Herbert “Tweety” Anny is the program director for BRAVE, which aims to eliminate violent juvenile crime in high-risk areas of the Capital City. The program, established in 2012, relies on a strong collaboration between the mayor, the district attorney, the police chief, the sheriff, the school superintendent, and LSU. Tweety works tirelessly to build and maintain these relationships, which are a crucial part of the program’s success.

Mayor Holden’s Love Our Community Summer Youth Employment Program, established in 2013, engages young people in meaningful activities that benefit themselves, their environment and their community while giving them a chance to earn an income. The program provides youth ages 14-17 with educational, professional and personal wellness development opportunities to prepare them for successful futures.

The University Laboratory School's Cub Club is a volunteer group composed of parents and faculty who work together to inspire and impact lives through school and community involvement. The organization has a Board of Directors and 19 sub-committees that work diligently to support University Lab School initiatives. The Cub Club seeks to connect parents, faculty and staff through promotion of membership and volunteerism, while providing service to enhance the University Laboratory School community. The organization boasts over 300 members who volunteer and support a variety of programs and events that promote community involvement and fellowship year round.


Learn more about the Hall of Distinction.

For information about the College of Human Sciences & Education, visit www.lsu.edu/chse.