Announcing the Distinguished Graduates of the CHSE Class of May 2022

May 20, 2022

CHSE Class of 2022 Statistics

Bachelor's Degrees | 463
Master's Degrees | 369
Education Specialist Certificate | 3
Graduate Certificates | 37
Doctoral Degrees | 15

University Medalists

At each commencement, the University Medal for “Highest Academic Achievement” is awarded to the undergraduate student (or students) graduating with the highest GPA, provided that more than 50 percent of the credits required for the degree has been earned at LSU-BR. Grade point averages will be computed for (1) all work completed and (2) all work completed at LSU-BR, with the lower of the two averages determining eligibility for the medal.

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Brooke Alexis Burgard
Elementary Education
Meraux, LA

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Gabby Deshotels
Lafayette, LA

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Jordan Glahn
Metairie, LA

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Andrea Huber
Social Work
Lake Charles, LA

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Mackenzie Louviere
Gramercy, LA

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Mary O’Dell
Alexandria, LA


Distinguished Dissertations

The College of Human Sciences & Education dissertation award recognizes research at the highest level of scholarship that makes a significant contribution to a field of study associated with one of our five schools. Each school has a nomination process for this award and the winners at the school level are then evaluated at the college level by a committee for this distinguished award. What makes this process even more special is that in CHSE, those questions addressed by our candidates directly reflect our college’s mission to improve the quality of life across the life span. 

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Heather F. Lavender
Curriculum & Instruction
Shreveport, LA

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Matthew C. Scott
Violet, LA

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Amanda S. Yang
Curriculum & Instruction
Changhua, Taiwan


CHSE Ambassadors

In 2014 the College of Human Sciences & Education Ambassadors Program began with a group of high achieving, diverse, and well-rounded students who declared a major within the College. Since that time, the Ambassadors program has helped: increase student enrollment; promote student diversity; increase community awareness of CHSE  programs; and develop leadership density within the College. Students in the Ambassadors program are the face of our College at recruitment events, campus activities, service projects in the community, and advocacy and alumni initiatives.

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Aliyah East
St. Rose, LA

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Taylor Fowler
New Iberia, LA

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Jessica Frum
Child & Family Studies
Sweden, ME

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Grace Gandy
Leadership & Human Resource Development
New Orleans, LA

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Sarah Hubbell
Sport Administration
Thibodaux, LA

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Vy Phuong Nguyen
Leadership & Human Resource Development
Baton Rouge, LA

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Kari Stephens
Social Work
Baton Rouge, LA


Active and Veteran Military Challenge Coin Recipient

LSU has a proud military tradition since the founding of the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy in 1853, often called the Ole War Skule. Following World War I, the University moved to its present location and built Memorial Tower. Over 12,000 individuals from LSU served during World War II, 5,000 of which were officers—only West Point, Annapolis and Texas A&M exceeded LSU. Students and graduates served in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The College of Human Sciences and Education recognizes and honors its veterans and military service members at our diploma ceremonies every fall and spring. Since 2018 we present each graduating veteran and service member with a unique college challenge coin. Although its origin is disputed (either World War I or as recent as Vietnam), the modern American military challenge coin tradition rewards hard work, excellence, and improves esprit de corps. Coins are awarded for outstanding service, and milestone achievement.

The College of Human Sciences & Education challenge coin obverse side is a field of LSU purple with the college logo, a fleur-de-lis, the word “Service” and the phrase “Geaux Change Lives.” The reverse is an image of the tiger mosaic from the Huey P. Long Field House with the Latin phrase, “Mens sana in corpore sano” or “A sound mind in a sound body.” 

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E-li'-sha Brent
Luling, LA

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Aliyah East
St. Rose, LA

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Jacob Landry
Lafayette, LA

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Anacaren Sanchez
Social Work
Salinas, CA

Distinguished Communicators

Recipients of this honor are outstanding writers and speakers, with a strong command of visual literacy and technological communication. They have earned high GPAs in their communication-intensive courses throughout their baccalaureate years, sought 1-1 mentorships with faculty and have built websites that display their communication competencies and professional talents, both in and beyond the classroom.

Alyssa James | Early Childhood Education
Emily Kleefisch | Early Childhood Education
Natalie Richard | Kinesiology
Kathryn Welty | Child & Family Studies

Discover Day

The LSU Discover Day undergraduate symposium provides a forum for undergraduate students from any major to share their research and creative works. This year, 100 intrepid undergraduate students braved the frontier of remotely presenting their research online. Congratulations to CHSE's Karley Doyle, Abigail Caffey and Stephen Lopez, who were recognized for their topnotch poster presentations.

Iyana Charles | First Place Monetary Prize Winner | Kinesiology
Gideon Adeymo & Tia Watts | Second Place Monetary Prize Winner | Kinesiology
Chloe Glover | Third Place Monetary Prize Winner | Kinesiology

Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher

The LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher designation recognizes the achievements of outstanding LSU undergraduates who participate in a track of educational and research activities leading to a final and public presentation or publication of a faculty-mentored undergraduate scholarly project. An LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher is a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability as an advanced student researcher in their discipline.

Gideon Adeyemo | Kinesiology

Engaged Citizen Honors

The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, & Leadership, in conjunction with Campus Life, established the program to support and recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate students who engage significantly with their communities to address critical community needs. Students must complete a minimum of seven credit hours of coursework designated as service learning, 100 volunteer hours, and one reflective essay over their academic tenure at LSU to receive this distinction.

Emily Baudoin | Early Childhood Education
Kennedy Martin | Kinesiology
Noelle Toups | Kinesiology