Honoring CHSE University Medalists and CHSE Ambassadors

Distinguished Honors Ceremony

Honoring CHSE University Medalists and CHSE Ambassadors

On Friday, December 16, 2016, the College of Human Sciences & Education celebrated students who went above and beyond during their time at LSU.


University Medalists

The University medal is presented to undergraduate students who have completed all requirements for the Bachelor’s degree with a perfect 4.0 average.


Morgan Booker

Morgan is from Shreveport, La. and attended C.E. Byrd High School. She majored in Child & Family Studies within the School of Social Work and minored in Psychology. She has been a member of the Kapa Delta Sorority, Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, Pi Kappa Phi, The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement, Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society, Gamma Beta Phi Society, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, to name a few.

Her favorite memory at LSU occurred in a class she took during her sophomore year.  During this class her professor explained, “most majors at LSU are focused around learning to build physical things, but in Child & Family Studies, we are here to learn how to build better people, and in order to do that, you have to become a better person yourself.” It was at that moment she knew Child & Family Studies was the perfect fit for her.

"It is so special to have a major that not only challenges you academically, but also pushes you to be a better person at the same time," Booker said. Her inspiring professors further instilled upon her a love for learning, community outreach, and helping others. Morgan said she will cherish the lifelong, strong friendships with dynamic, intelligent men and women she has made during her time at LSU. She is particularly grateful to Drs. Monroe and Pierce for the countless hours spent mentoring and encouraging her to pursue her dreams.  She says it is because of these professors that she aspires to be a college professor in social work, hoping to inspire college students like they have inspired her.



DarbyLauren Darby 

Lauren is a Arnaudville, La. native, where she attended Teurlings Catholic High School. She majored in Kinesiology with a concentration in Human Movement Science and is a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Pi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Rho Lambda Honor Society, National Society of Leadership and Success and National Society of Collegiate Scholars, to name a few.

Her favorite class at LSU was the Cadaver Dissection class with Dr. Landon. She considers her most memorable experience at LSU was her internship at McMain’s Children’s Developmental Center. It was there that she truly realized she was in the right field and that she absolutely loved what she was doing. She says she loved getting to see the progress the children made each and every week and the bonds they formed with their therapist.

Lauren realized how much she loved LSU this summer when the flood hit and countless Tigers sprang into action day and night to assist friends who had lost everything. Seeing everyone working together and giving anything they had was an experience she will remember forever.

When she leaves LSU she will attend St. Augustine for Occupational Therapy School in Austin, Texas starting in January. After graduate school she plans to return home and work either with geriatrics or pediatrics. Lauren is grateful to her family and friends for being there for her and supporting her along the way.






Chauncey Stephens

Chauncey is from Gonzales, La., where she attended East Ascension High School. She is an Elementary Education major within the School of Education. She is a Truman Scholar, LSU Ogden Honors College Outstanding Student, Tiger 12 recipient, McCollister Leadership Award recipient, Louisiana Association of Housing Officers Female Rising Star, Tom Dutton Outstanding Service Award recipient, Tiger Athletic Foundation LSU Honors College Promising Scholar and a Louisiana Service and Leadership Scholar to name a few. 

Some of her most enjoyable experiences at LSU has been serving on the first International CHANGE Break service project in 2013 and helping to grow the program throughout her time at LSU and commemorating the tenth year of Hurricane Katrina with a day of service in Baton Rouge and New Orleans for Community Bound 2015.  

Because she has had such strong community support at LSU, Chauncey says, she believes in herself, her passions, and her purpose. Now she will begin working with the Louisiana Association of Educators as an Institute Organizer to advocate for community-centered, public schools.  In the summer of 2017, she will complete an internship in Washington D.C. as a part of the Truman Scholar’s Summer Institute. After working in public service for a couple of years and investigating the community schools reform model, she will attend graduate school to earn her master’s degree potentially in Public Administration, Public Policy, or Social Work.  Thereafter, she intends to work in public education, focusing on how to systemically improve equity for all students, especially those from low-income backgrounds.





In 2014, the college ambassador program began with a group of high achieving, diverse, and well-rounded students who declared a major within the college. This group has assisted in recruiting and developing awareness and the presence of the college on campus, in the community, and statewide. The group has provided leadership and expertise for incoming students and their family about the benefits of choosing a degree program in the College of Human Sciences and Education. Our graduating Ambassador exemplifies the best of our college in scholarship and service.


Porsha Blackmore

Porsha is graduating from Kinesiology, Sport Administration. Her best memory from college would have to be CHSE Ambassador cohesion activities and when they were together as a group. It seems that ALLLLL of these activities involved animals. She believes it is quite ironic how those ended up being her favorite memories given she is not that fond of animals. Porsha says she really began to bond with everyone else, since she was constantly running and hiding behind the closest person. 

After graduation, Porsha will continue to work for the post office.  She is looking forward to venturing out into the real estate industry. She has a strong passion for this line of work and is looking forward to seeing what it has to offer. She would like to work in the sport industry during her spare time.