College of Human Sciences & Education Celebrates, Honors Faculty and Staff

05/21/2014 12:02 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education honored faculty and staff for another outstanding academic year with its annual awards banquet, earlier this month in the LSU Student Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom. Established during its initial year of operation, the College of Human Sciences & Education, or CHSE, Awards Banquet honors distinguished alumni, supporters, faculty and staff who drive the mission of CHSE through their gifts, talents and time.

Dean Damon Andrew began the evening thanking attendees, introducing each of the six schools directors, welcoming LSU administrators and public officials and introducing Nancy Hammatt, chair of the Peabody Society Alumni & Friends Board of Directors, to the stage.

Hammatt spoke about the Peabody Society Alumni & Friends Board of Director’s work on behalf of the College. The Peabody Society Alumni and Friends Board is dedicated to assisting the college attract resources in support of its mission and goals. Peabody Society promotes the college and its programs, assists in development activities designed to enhance its mission and goals and serves as advocates for the college within our communities.

Hammatt also thanked the Tiger Sponsor SASOL, Purple Sponsor Baton Rouge General, and event partners Carol Albritton Biedenharn, Margaret Champagne Womack Hart, Peabody Society Dean’s Circle, School of Kinesiology, University Laboratory School Foundation and West Baton Rouge Parish Schools for making the evening possible.
Renee Boutte Myer, director of advocacy & outreach, presented the 2014 CHSE Faculty and Staff, Community Partner and External Awards.

The faculty and staff awards recipients are as follows:

  • Laura H. Choate, associate professor in the School of Education, received the Distinguished Research Award for her sustained record of excellence in research and scholarly productivity.

  • Elizabeth H. Dow, J. Franklin Bahyi Professor in the School of Library & Information Science received the Distinguished Teaching Award for her superior teaching and related activities.

  • Cecile C. Guin, director of the CHSE Office of Social Service Research and Development, received the Engagement Award for her established collaboration with agencies and government institutions for the mutual exchange of knowledge and resources that address significant social issues in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

  • Wanda G. Hargroder, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, received the Outstanding Service Award for her proven record of exceptional service to the profession, school, college and university.

  • Neil M. Johannsen, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, received the Early Career Award for his extraordinary performance in teaching, research and service within the first few years of his career.

  • Elaine M. Maccio, associate professor in the School of Social Work, received the Advocate for Diversity Award for her impact on improving diversity and understanding of diverse cultures.


“One of the things that make the CHSE unique is our ability to reach beyond LSU’s gates to impact people, policies and programs that make differences in the lives of many,” said Myer.

To highlight these activities, Community Partner Awards were recognized for the first time as follows:

  • West Baton Rouge Parish Schools – Superintendent David Corona and David Strauss, nominated by the School of Education

  • State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton and the State Library of Louisiana, nominated by the School of Library & Information Science

  • Theresa Townsend and the Sensational Seniors Fitness Program at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, nominated by the School of Kinesiology:

  • The Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation, nominated by the University Laboratory School

  • District Attorney Hillar Moore, nominated by the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development and the School of Social Work

  • Wayne Miller, Senior Development Director of CHSE, recognized the following alumni, philanthropists, and ambassadors.

  • Mary Jack Wintle and T. Elon Dancy II, received the College of Human Sciences & Education Alumni Distinction Awards.  


Dancy is an associate professor of higher education at the University of Oklahoma. He works in African & African American studies, women & gender studies and the Center for Social Justice. His research investigates the experiences and sociocognitive outcomes of college students, related to the nexus of race, gender and culture and informs the scholarly literature and institutional practices incident to African American males in K-12 educational settings. He received his Ph.D. with distinction in higher education from LSU with a cognate in sociology.

After graduating from LSU in 1956, Wintle headed to New Haven, Conn. for a master’s degree in teaching at Yale University, eventually teaching tenth-grade English. After deciding that teaching was not for her, she returned to Shreveport and ultimately to LSU for a master’s degree in Library Science in 1962.  From there, she went to Washington, D.C., where she began as a special recruit at the Library of Congress and carved a 30-year career. It gave her special pleasure to establish an endowment at the LSU School of Library and Information Science.

Margaret Champagne Womack Hart received the Distinguished Ambassador Award. Hart is a Baton Rouge native with a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in Social Work from LSU. When Hart received her master’s in social work from LSU in 1988, she not only became a dedicated practitioner, but she also recognized the contributions the school made to Louisiana through its programs and internships. She saw the tremendous need for competently trained social workers and stepped forward to address that gap, evidenced by her ongoing support of the Margaret Champagne Womack Professorship in Addictive Disorders within the school. Hart has given and continues to give her time, talents and resources to support LSU through membership as well as leadership positions on boards and committees. While her volunteer footprint is visible all across the university, it is most visible in CHSE, where she is an active member of the Peabody Society and the Dean’s Circle. Her commitment to serve extends far beyond LSU’s gates as she is a well-known community volunteer throughout the Baton Rouge area. Her many years of service include involvement with the Baton Rouge General Foundation, Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Myriam’s House, Hilltop Arboretum, Junior League and many others for which she has received numerous awards.

Carol Albritton Biedenhard received the Philanthropy Award. A Baton Rouge native and 1974 U-High Alumnus, she was president of student council, member of the National Honor Society, and dance team among others.  She was a Hi-Y Sweetheart, on the Homecoming, May and Winter Courts and was selected as a Senior Special.  Presently, Biedenhard is a manager of various LLCs and partnerships that include timber, speculative real estate and mineral interests. An avid hunter and fisherman, she intertwines her interests throughout her business endeavors. She supports the community and has held leadership positions in the Mississippi Children’s Home Society, Galloway United Methodist Church and the Mississippi Symphony Board.

The College of Human Sciences & Education was formed through the realignment of six schools: the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. By bringing together these programs and capitalizing on their individual strengths, LSU has created a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant problems we face as a state and a nation. In this new configuration, the schools are increasing their impact by forging partnerships and sharing resources that enrich and empower their ability to provide students with extraordinary education and opportunities to impact the lives of citizens.  

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Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014