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
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
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:
“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:
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.
For more information about the College of Human Sciences & Education, visit www.lsu.edu/chse.
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014