Hall of Distinction Inductees Announced

Hall of Distinction Inductees Announced

The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) presents the Hall of Distinction, an event that recognizes outstanding alumni and partners who help the college positively impact our community.

This year’s reception is Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m., at the LSU Lod 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.


Laurie Aronson, Alumna of Distinction, University Laboratory School

Gina M. Rossi, Alumna of Distinction, School of Social Work

Beverly Brooks Thompson, Alumna of Distinction, School of Leadership & Human Resource Development

Arlington Preparatory Academy, Community Partner, School of Kinesiology

            Margot Morgan Forbes, Principal

Colegio Concepción San Pedro, Community Partner, School of Education

            Maximiliano Díaz Soto, President of Masonic Educational Corporation of Concepción

            Roberto Mora Mella, Headmaster of Colegio Concepción San Pedro

Louisiana Library Association, Community Partner, School of Library & Information Science

            Mary Cosper LeBoeuf, President 


About the honorees:

Laurie Aronson is the President and CEO of Lipsey’s, LLC, a wholesale distributor of sporting goods, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Aronson is also President, CEO, and owner of Haspel, LLC in Baton Rouge and New York City, a family-owned manufacturer and distributor of a men’s tailored clothing and sportswear brand.

Aronson has served on the University Laboratory School Foundation Executive Committee as Vice Chair, Board Chair, and Secretary, and served as a Board member since 2011. She has been a board member of Crime Stoppers of Baton Rouge since 2004 and has served as President since 2010.

Aronson attended LSU’s University Laboratory School, where she graduated in 1985.

Gina M. Rossi manages the Long Term Personal Care Services and Single Point of Entry program for the Office of Aging and Adult Services. She is also the Louisiana Department of Health liaison and a field supervisor for the LSU School of Social Work. Rossi received her BA in Political Science and Masters of Social Work from LSU, and her Masters of Health Services, Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

After Hurricane Katrina, Rossi was demobilized from Operation Iraqi Freedom and immediately volunteered at Southern University to help in the areas of mental health and repatriate persons. She is also very involved with activities involving Alzheimer’s awareness and serves on the advisory board for Charlie’s Place. She conducts caregiving and Alzheimer’s educational presentations for her colleagues and the community.

Beverly Brooks Thompson is a four-time alumna of Louisiana State University, and two of her degrees come from the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development.

Thompson has a bachelor degree with concentrations in Human Resource Management, Speech Communication, and English Literature, Master of Science in Leadership and Human Resource Development, Master of Arts, Liberal Arts, Organizational Communication & Leadership Development, and a PhD in Human Resource Development specializing in Organizational Leadership. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, government and nonprofit executive leadership. She owns her own national fundraising consulting business. Prior appointments include serving as the President and Chief Development Officer at the Foundation for Woman’s and at LSU as the director of the Forever LSU Campaign.

Arlington Preparatory Academy and School of Kinesiology have been partners for more than 10 years. Arlington is committed to the mental, social, and physical development of students with special needs, which aligns with the School of Kinesiology’s mission to advance the understanding of physical activity, sport, and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement.

School of Kinesiology students work with Arlington students, helping these special-needs children via service learning initiatives. The community-based program introduces Arlington students to diverse social settings and interactions with the non-disabled community at large. The partnership helps Arlington student’s physical development and social development through interaction with Kinesiology students involved in the program. Kinesiology students participate in an adaptive experience that influences their perspective on populations with disabilities while also giving them diverse strategies to interact and communicate with individuals who have special needs.

Colegio Concepción San Pedro, a comprehensive PreK-12 school in Concepción Chile, and the School of Education began an international student exchange in 2013. LSU teacher candidates spent three weeks in the school in Chile, co-teaching and working closely with teachers and administrators. Now students at Colegio Concepción improve their English-speaking skills while LSU teacher candidates and teachers from across the U.S. gain teaching experience on an international level.

During the five-year partnership, more than 120 LSU students and in-service teachers, 10 LSU faculty, and five LSU administrators have gone to Chile, engaging in service-learning and professional training. The exchange has provided significant professional development opportunities between the two institutions, led to a student exchange with the University Laboratory School, East Baton Rouge Parish, and Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, as well as a strong trinity partnership between LSU, Colegio Concepción, and the University of Concepción.

The Louisiana Library Association and the School of Library & Information Science collaborate as both strive to develop students into leaders who can help solve human, social, and information issues. From advocacy efforts and professional development opportunities, to the development and support of student scholarships, LLA continuously contributes to SLIS students, faculty, and staff’s experience in the library profession.

In 1956, LLA established a scholarship fund for SLIS students. Now two scholarships, along with two at the LSU Foundation, continue to benefit SLIS students today.


For more information about the honorees, visit the event's website.

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