Leadership LSU Recognizes the First Fall Cohort

Leadership LSU

Leadership LSU Fall Cohort (from left to right):
McCaala Nelson, Dependra Bhatta, Courtney Warner, DeJean Verrett, Brandon Means, Solomon Lee, Victoria Landry, Shelby Waddell, Kadaja Cryer and Shelbie Sampson.
Photo: LSU Campus Life

BATON ROUGE – LSU has recognized 10 students as the Fall Cohort Class of 2019 for Leadership LSU, an annual program coordinated by LSU Campus Life on behalf of the LSU Office of the Dean of Students.           

In its 30th year as an LSU tradition, the program provides juniors, seniors and graduate students the opportunity to develop and apply their leadership at high levels while in their final semesters at LSU. Participants chosen for the Leadership LSU Fall Cohort exhibit the capacity to learn and impact others positively through their leadership experiences. Active participation in Leadership LSU challenges students to sharpen their leadership skills and abilities, regardless of their career choices and plans following graduation.

The luncheon to honor the participants of the Leadership LSU Fall 2019 Cohort took place on Friday, Nov. 15, where each student was recognized for their commitment to leadership. The fall cohort had national and international graduate and undergraduate students.

During the luncheon, the Robert Beverly Pancake Memorial Scholarship was awarded to an undergraduate student of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, who exemplified what it meant to be a leader. Courtney Warner was the recipient of the scholarship for the 2019 fall cohort.

This is the first semester that LSU Campus Life offered a fall cohort for Leadership LSU. LSU Campus Life received feedback from students, staff and faculty members about offering a cohort in the fall semester. It was then developed with the goal of reaching students who find themselves unable to participate in the spring, such as winter graduates, but still looking to explore and develop their leadership.

According to Caleb Wells, Campus Life’s Assistant Director of Leadership and Service, “From the opening retreat it was apparent that this inaugural fall cohort was going to be a tight knit group that enjoyed communicating and supporting each other. We enjoyed watching their leadership skills develop and are excited to see what is in store for future cohorts.”

The curriculum of Leadership LSU is based in adaptive leadership through group discussion and extracurricular lectures with LSU and community leaders. By the end of the program, students have learned how to identify adaptive leadership challenges, address social issues with the community, recognize the opportunities that come from an adaptive leadership experience and support the Leadership LSU peer network.

Members of the LSU Leadership 2019 Fall Cohort include:

Wilmington, Del.
Courtney Warner, senior, finance

Albany, La.
Victoria Landry, senior, mass communication with a concentration in public relations

Baton Rouge, La.
Solomon Lee, senior, marketing
McCaala Nelson, senior, mass communication with a concentration in public relations

Marksville, La.
Shelbie Sampson, senior, accounting

New Orleans, La.
DeJean Verrett, senior, kinesiology with a concentration in fitness studies

Watson, La.
Brandon Means, senior, management with a concentration in human resource management

Zachary, La.
Shelby Waddell, senior, education: general/special education (grades 1-5)

Arlington, Texas
Kadaja Cryer, senior, sports administration with a concentration in sport commerce

Silgadhi Doti
Dependra Bhatta, graduate student, Ph.D. in agricultural economics

Congratulations goes to these leaders for excelling throughout the rigorous application and selection process as well as their participation in Leadership LSU’s adaptive leadership and seminars throughout the fall semester.

LSU Campus Life supports and advises seven student organizations that uphold the three tenets of Involvement, Leadership, and Service. Those organizations include Geaux Big Baton Rouge, Homecoming Committee, Involvement Krewe, Kitchens on the Geaux, Service Breaks, Student Activities Board, and Volunteer LSU. LSU Campus Life also works closely with the 400+ student organizations and countless individuals daily to make LSU an increasingly vibrant campus. Visit http://lsu.edu/campuslife for more information.

Media Note:
Media can contact Alison Paz at 225-578-5955 or apaz6@lsu.edu for individual headshots of the participants.



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