LSU Honors Tiger Twelve Class of 2013

05/16/2013 12:19 PM

BATON ROUGE – Twelve outstanding LSU seniors were recently recognized as the Tiger Twelve Class of 2013. The award recognizes current, full-time students, who are seniors, have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5, and have best demonstrated the seven basic principles outlined in LSU’s Commitment to Community, a statement of the mutually agreed upon expectations for each LSU community member established by students, faculty and staff in 1995.

The Office of the Dean of Students held a ceremony to honor the Tiger Twelve Class of 2013 on Saturday, April 27, in the Holliday Forum of the LSU Journalism Building.

The Tiger Twelve Class of 2013 includes Brianne Bergeron, Kelsey Bradbury, Aimee Chalin, Christine Derbins, Maxwell N. Derrickson, Elaine Giles, Kameron V. Kilchrist, Sarah A. Lichterman, Kolby Lirette, Lara Mertens, Adrienne Simon, and Sharis N. Steib.


Brianne Bergeron
Major: Kinesiology – Human Movement
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Houma, La.


Brianne Bergeron is a four-year member of LSU’s track and field team and served as team representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for three years. She is currently the president of LSU’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of the LSU Ambassadors.


Future Plans:  In July, Bergeron will begin the master’s program in prosthetics and orthotics at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. Through this career field she will be able to craft artificial limbs for amputees. She also has ambitions of using these skills after local and international natural disasters.


Kelsey Bradbury
Major: Kinesiology – Human Movement
Minor: Biology
Hometown: Metairie, La.


Kelsey Bradbury is the executive vice president of Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical honor society, served as a resident assistant for two years, and as a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary. She is involved in the LSU Ambassadors, Leadership LSU and serves as a reading friend with Volunteers in Public Schools.


Future Plans:  After graduating in December 2013, Bradbury will participate in the Disney College Program in Orlando, Fla. In the fall of 2014, she will attend medical school and hopes to specialize in pediatrics.


Aimee Chalin
Major: Political Science
Minors: English and History
Hometown: Gretna, La.


Aimee Chalin is the president of Focus on College and Unlimited Success, or FOCUS, and vice president of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law honor society. She has served as historian and parliamentarian of the Honors College Student Council, was selected as an Honors College Peer Leader and volunteered with the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition.


Future Plans:  After graduation, Chalin plans to attend Loyola College of Law in New Orleans, La. She wants to take full advantage of Loyola’s commitment to social justice in the law and hopes to become a child advocacy attorney.


Christine Derbins
Majors: Mathematics and Mass Communication
Hometown: Mandeville, La.


Christine Derbins is a four-year member of the Honors College Advocates, served as campus life coordinator and small group leader for STRIPES Extended Orientation Program, volunteered as a team leader for Community Bound, raised funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and served as a phone counselor at THE PHONE, Baton Rouge’s crisis hotline.


Future Plans:  After graduation, Derbins will move to Houston, Texas, to work for the world’s largest oilfield services company, Schlumberger. She will be training to become a seismic engineer, where she will analyze seismic wave data to help locate oil.


Maxwell N. Derrickson
Major: Sports Administration
Minor: Business
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.


Maxwell N. Derrickson is the current president of the Interfraternity Council, served as president of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and served as member-at-large for the College of Human Sciences & Education Student Council. He is also involved with the Greek Board of Directors and serves as a university hearing panelist for the LSU Office of Student Advocacy & Accountability.


Future Plans:  After graduation in December 2013, Derrickson plans to move back to Atlanta, Ga., to pursue a career in sports marketing or management. He hopes to find a career with one of the many professional sports teams in Atlanta or work for the new College Football Hall of Fame that is being built in Atlanta.


Elaine Giles
Major: Mass Communication
Minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Denham Springs, La.


Elaine Giles is a four-year student assistant in the LSU Office of First Year Experience, president and founder of Geaux BIG Baton Rouge, and past president of Student Activities Board at LSU. She was also the LSU student chairperson for the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship joint service project between LSU and the University of Alabama.  


Future Plans:  After graduation, Giles will attend Florida State University, pursuing a master’s degree in higher education. She will also serve as the community engagement cluster graduate assistant in FSU’s Center for Leadership and Social Change.


Kameron V. Kilchrist
Major: Biological Engineering
Hometown: Lafayette, La.


Kameron V. Kilchrist served as a research assistant in the LSU Departments of Biological Engineering and Chemistry. He is a member and mentor for the LA-STEM Research Scholars Program; served as secretary, vice president of administration, and president for Spectrum; chaired the 2012 Louisiana Queer Conference committee; and volunteers with Capital City Alliance and Equality Louisiana.


Future Plans:  After graduation, Kilchrist will attend Vanderbilt University to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical engineering as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. He will be working to develop new bio-materials.  


Sarah A. Lichterman
Major: Mass Communication
Minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.


Sarah A. Lichterman served as the activities chair and vice president of public relations for Delta Delta Delta sorority, president and public relations director for Greek Board of Directors, and member and chair of the Auxiliary Services Advisory Committee. She is also involved in Habitat for Humanity and the Student Life & Enrollment Advisory Council.


Future Plans:  In June, Lichterman will begin working full-time at Obsidian Public Relations in Memphis, Tenn., as an account assistant. She is excited and feels lucky to be able to start her career as a public relations professional upon graduation.


Kolby Lirette
Major: Human Resources & Leadership Development
Minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Marrero, La.


Kolby Lirette is a four-year member of the LSU Ambassadors and has served as the chair for the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop, senator for the Agriculture College Council, and co-director for Be the Match bone marrow drive. He was selected as the orientation team leader for 2012, and served as a small group leader for the STRIPES Extended Orientation Program.


Future Plans:  Lirette has accepted a position with Teach for America, where he will be teaching special education on the south side of Chicago, while also pursuing a master’s degree in education. After his two year commitment, he plans to pursue a career in higher education, focusing on student affairs.


Lara Mertens
Major: International Studies
Minor: French
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.


Lara Mertens interned with the International Institute of St. Louis, is a member of Kappa Delta sorority, served the Greek community as a Gamma Chi and volunteered with Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana and Hospice of Baton Rouge. Metens also spent five weeks in Uganda volunteering for Empower A Child, where she assisted with children in orphanages and dug wells to provide villagers with fresh water.


Future Plans:  After graduation, Mertens will begin her service in the Peace Corps as a community health educator in Cameroon. During her 27-month service, she will be working on HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention, as well as reproductive health education.


Adrienne Simon
Major: Psychology
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: New Iberia, La.


Adrienne Simon is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, where she has served in multiple leadership roles such as leadership chairman, sisterhood and ritual chairman, and vice president of member education.  She has also served as the president of Greek Leadership Institute, president of Order of Omega, and volunteered with Students On Target and the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center.


Future Plans:  After graduation, Simon will serve as a leadership development consultant for Kappa Delta Sorority, where she will meet with collegiate women to help them enhance their organizations. In the fall of 2014, she plans to begin a graduate program in leadership and organizational development.


Sharis N. Steib
Major: Biological Engineering
Hometown: Vacherie, La.


Sharis N. Steib interned with Abbott Internships in Sligo, Ireland. She is a four-year member of the National Society of Black Engineers, where she has served as the parliamentarian; senator for the Engineering College Council; and member of the LA-STEM Research Scholars Program. She has also volunteered with Big Buddy, 101 Black Men’s ACT prep tutoring program, and LSU’s Innovation through Institutional Integration Program (or I3).


Future Plans: After graduation, Steib will take a year off from school to pursue a research-based entrepreneurial endeavor, and help expand her family's catering business. She will also be starting a non-profit organization named Verbiage, which has the mission of encouraging students to use writing and other forms of expression as remediation methods. In the fall of 2014, she plans to begin medical school.
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Margo  Jolet 
LSU Campus Life

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013