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Milliern, Longino Win Middleton Awards at Honors Convocation

Released: 04/23/2009

Tiffany Milliern, a senior mathematics major from Mamou, and Bonnie Longino, a sophomore business administration major from St. Landry, were named winners of the 2009 Middleton Awards from LSU at Alexandria at the annual Honors Convocation. Named in honor of the late Col. W.R. Middleton, a revered original member of the LSUA faculty and student counselor, the Middleton Award represents the highest honor a student can receive from the university.

The award is based on leadership, service to the university and community, and academic achievement. Recipients, who are nominated by faculty and staff, receive a cash award and plaque.

Milliern is a much-sought tutor in the LSUA math and science learning center and heads philanthropic activities through the Lambda Tau Chi math club. Longino, a Student Government senator and chairwoman of the Student Life and Affairs Committee, is a student worker in the Office of Auxiliary Services, vice president of Circle K, and teaches Sunday school.

Academic Discipline Awards for outstanding competence and potential were presented to Samantha Weis, accounting, Deville; Eliza Arnaud, biological sciences, Port Barre; Danielle Gremillion, business administration, Plaucheville; Walter Beattie Randall, chemistry, Woodworth; Tara Dufour, clinical laboratory technology, Moreauville; Saana Virden, communication studies, Pollock; Cindy Miller, computer information systems, Lecompte; Mekensie Maxwell, criminal justice, Glenmora; Gaye L. Richard, economics, Cheneyville; Annie Vidrine, education, Ville Platte; Courtney Texada, English, Alexandria; Enjoli Graves, fine arts, Pineville; Christopher McCain, geography, Pineville; Andrew McDowell, geology, Alexandria; Pamela Jean Tolbert, health sciences, Glenmora; Vernon Blood, history, St. Landry; Amy Marie Allen, interpretation, Pineville; Anthony James Soileau, mathematics, Boyce; Jeremy Vidrine, nursing, Ville Platte; David Tubbs, political science, Alexandria; Theresa Guillard-Fatur, psychology, Pineville; Talathia Knight, radiologic technology, Centerpoint; Christina Scroggs, Spanish, Pineville; and Kody Walker, theatre, Atlanta.

The Medal for Academic Excellence, which is awarded to the full-time and part-time students with the highest grade point average in each class, was presented to full-time freshmen Donnette Woodard, Alexandria; Paul Medica, Alexandria; Lauren McCain, Pineville; Rebecca Nassif, Alexandria; Katlin Borman, Pineville; Martin Coco, Pineville; Spencer Gaspard, Bunkie; Kayla Tolbert, Jonesville; Johnna Odom, Pineville; Jacob Rose, Ville Platte; and David Wilson, Lecompte, all with perfect 4.0 averages. Karen Viator, Alexandria, was the winner among part-time freshmen.

The full-time sophomore winners were Wesley Barbaree, Elmer; Daniel Cutler, Alexandria; Julia McClure, Jonesville; and David Tubbs, Alexandria, all with 4.0 averages, and part-time sophomore Rhiannon Lemoine, Plaucheville. Amy Couvillion, Cottonport, took the full-time junior award, and Jose Aguiluz, Forest Hill, was the part-time junior winner. Courtney Texada, Alexandria, earned the full-time senior honor, and Courtney Merriman, Slagle, was the part-time senior winner.

Certificates for Academic Excellence were presented to students who maintain a minimum 3.7 average. Freshman awards went to Amanda Adams, Boyce; Hope Babcock, Ball; Blair Batiste, Marksville; Karla Dauzat, Marksville; Brittney Ducote, Alexandria; Leah Guillory, Colfax; Bethany Hutchinson, Trout; Dustin Novo, Mansura; Fred Pharis, Pineville; Sarah Saucier, Hessmer; Theresa Slaughter, Alexandria; Sharon Tirabassi, Alexandria; Brandi Vines, Buckeye; Misty Willis, Glenmora; and Randi Willis, Pineville.

Sophomore winners were Cathy Bell, Pollock; Haley Deshotel, Ville Platte; Kelli Deshotel, Ville Platte; Lacey Fontenot, Ville Platte; Justin Hilton, Alexandria; Felicia Lovelady, Alexandria; Danielle McMickin, Hineston; Griselda Perez, Alexandria; Michael Shannon, Effie; Sarah Webb, Marksville; and Alice Wilson, Alexandria.

Junior honorees were Clifton Doughty, Pineville; Rebecca Eskew, Alexandria; Morgan Monroe, Glenmora; and Samantha Weis, Deville. Senior awards went to Eliza Arnaud, Port Barre; Vernon Blood, St. Landry; Jeremy Campbell, Lecompte; Brittany Cole, Deville; Laurie Deshotel, Ville Platte; Whitney Estis, Jonesville; Danielle Gremillion, Plaucheville; Elise Kelone, Bunkie; Leland McCullough, Alexandria; and Saana Virden, Pollock.

Wesley Barbaree, Elmer, captured the Shakespeare Award, presented annually to the student who writes the best essay on the renowned English author. Barbaree’s essay, “The Women,” examines Shakespeare’s gentle sense of humor regarding gender issues of the day. It was written for Dr. Arthur Rankin’s sophomore Shakespeare class.

LSUA awards more than 300 scholarships annually. The most prestigious scholarships include the James C. Bolton Scholarship presented to Aspen Bakies, Alexandria; Chase Burns, Leesville; and Kara Viator, Alexandria; Barbara M. Martin Scholarship, Christopher Cather, Monterey; Justin Chenevert, Cottonport; and Amber Hively, Pineville; Huie Dellmon Scholarship, David Melancon, Alexandria; William and Alice Mildred Morros Scholarship, Victoria Edwards, Alexandria, and Erin Moore, Woodworth; Valerie and Robert Neblett Scholarship, Marie Beckstedt, Pineville, and Kristen Lemoine, Ball; and Lavergne and Merrick Turpin Kiwanis Scholarship, Jennifer Posey, Olla.

The Professional Disposition Award was presented to Susan Ingram, Pineville, and the Cleta DeWitt Delta Kappa Gamma Outstanding Student Teacher Award went to Susan Sanders, Jena.