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Students Earn Academic Recognition at Honors Convocation

Released: 04/28/2011

Middleton Awards – the most prestigious recognition LSU Alexandria bestows upon students – were awarded to three students at the university’s 49th annual Honors Convocation. The award is presented to students in the name of the late Col. W. R. Middleton, a legendary assistant professor of geology and counselor on the original LSUA faculty.

Middleton Award winners were Amy Leonard, senior, education, Marrero; Megan Clark, junior, business administration, Moreauville; and Nathan Jacob Lewellyn, sophomore, communication studies, Sunset. The award is presented to full-time students based on leadership, service and academic achievement. Middleton Award recipients receive a $500 scholarship and plaque.

The university awarded Academic Excellence Medals to full- and part-time students who hold the highest grade point average in each class. Medal winners for each class were as follows;

Full-time Freshmen – Janelle Mayon, Forest Hill. Part-time Freshmen – Iniki Chante Lowery, Alexandia; and Lara Hope Duncan, Forest Hill.

Full-time Sophomores – Olivia Michelle Normand, Libuse; Noah Miller, Mamou; Lauren Elizabeth Griffin, Loreauville; Marley Elizabeth Laborde, Alexandria; Michael Howard Cameron, Alexandria; and Veronica Layne Fralick, Dry Prong. Part-time Sophomores – Maya Li Telfer, Alexandria.

Full-time Juniors – Tim Landry, Alexandria. Part-time Juniors – Mariia Holatsevych, Deville.

Full-time Seniors – Julia McClure, Jonesville; and Johnna Lyn Odom, Pineville. Part-time Seniors – Patrick Allen Roberts, Alexandria.

Certificates for Academic Excellence, which are earned by students in each class who have maintained a minimum 3.7 GPA, were awarded to the following:

Freshmen – Robert Bates, Forest Hill; Mary Renee Brouillette, Marksville; Ashley Marie Brunson, Pineville; Christin Butler, Lecompte; Angelle Marie Caubarreaux, Marksville; Michael David Chaffin, Center Point; Lydia Gallup, Wisner; Andrea Nicole Guin, Forest Hill; Lori Stacey Reynolds, Center Point; Eunice Isabel UsCan, Florien; and Chasity Lynn Warren, Marksville.

Sophomores -- John Braswell, Pineville; Nathan Jacob Lewellyn, Sunset; Ashton Suzette Merchant, Hineston; Christina Nugent, Pollock; Arielle Elizabeth Seaver, Cottonport; Sharon Tirabassi, Alexandria; and Miranda Hope Warner, Deville.

Juniors – Amanda Elizabeth Austin, Simmesport; Surendra Kokoro Bhati, Alexandria; Cynthia Callahan, Alexandria; Bobi Sue Delaney, Woodworth; Kristi Gulley, Pineville; Avron Elijah Lewellyn, Sunset; Amanda Mayeux, Marksville; Dustin Novo, Mansura; and Brandi Michelle Vines, Buckeye.

Seniors – Jamie Funderburk, Woodworth; Susan Gremillion, Mansura; Brandie Nicole Guillory, Ball; Jacob Daniel Nichols, Pineville; Jessica Beth Parpart, Lena; and Randi Ann Willis, Pineville.

Academic Discipline Medals, which are awarded to students with a minimum 2.5 GPA, nine credit hours in the discipline and who have demonstrated “outstanding competence and potential,” were won by the following:

Accounting – Jennifer Theriot, Lecompte.

Biological Sciences – Walter Randall, Woodworth.

Chemistry – Aubrey Madewell, Alexandria.

Clinical Laboratory Technology – Lyndsey Hargrove, Marksville.

Communication Studies – Amelia Weaver, Oakdale.

Mass Communication – Britni Campbell, Lecompte.

Criminal Justice, Associate Level – Spencer Chapin, Evergreen.

Criminal Justice, Bachelor Level – James Schopper, Deville.

English – Susan Gremillion, Mansura.

Fine Arts – Terrie Simms, Pineville.

History – Frederick McNeal, Alexandria.

Kinesiology – James Ott, Belle Chasse.

Management – Richard Emberly, Alexandria.

Marketing – Eric Veillon, Ville Platte.

Mathematics – Sharon Henard, Pollock.

Nursing, Associate Level – Jessica Parpart, Lena.

Nursing, Bachelor Level – Amy Edmond, Hessmer.

Performing Arts – Jonathan Belgard, Pineville.

Pharmacy Technology – Justine Thomas, Mamou.

Political Science – Michelle Stanford, Pineville.

Psychology – Christina Scroggs, Pineville.

Radiologic Technology – Mindy Fontenot, Alexandria.

Religion/Philosophy – Tory Parks, Hessmer.

Secondary Education – Kristie Parker, Marksville.

Carolyn Lindo, Ball, won the Professional Disposition and Outstanding Student Teacher awards from the Department of Education. They are presented to the student who “consistently displays the dispositions essential for a proactive educator” and the student teacher who best “uses exemplary lesson plans, instructional strategies, skills and professional knowledge to enhance the learning of children.”

Dr. Barbara Hatfield, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, delivered the keynote convocation address. The event was coordinated by Dr. Adena LeJeune, associate professor of accounting in the Department of Business Administration.