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Released: 04/27/1998

<p> Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) presented over 115 awards to 85 students during its 36th Annual Honors Day Convocation held on Monday, April 27, 1998. Dr. Patsy Jenkins, superintendent of schools for the Rapides Parish School District, presented the convocation address. </p><p> Dr. Jenkins is a product of the Rapides Parish School System and received her B.A. degree in elementary education from Northwestern State University, graduating with honors. She received her M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision and her doctorate in Middle and Early Childhood Education. </p><p>

Dr. Jenkins has taught at all grade levels including graduate school, served as an assistant principal, principal, supervisor, director, and assistant superintendent prior to being named to her current position. </p><p> The Colonel W. R. Middleton Memorial Award for outstanding service to the University and community was presented to sophomore Frances Alexandria Beaubouef of Deville. The Middleton award, which is the highest honor given to an LSUA student, was established in honor of Colonel W. R. Middleton who came to LSUA as a counselor and assistant professor of geography when the University was first established in August 1960. Mrs. W. R. Middleton was on hand to assist in the presentation of this prestigious award. </p><p>Ms. Beaubouef&acute;s major is physician assistant and she serves as the treasurer of Gamma Beta Phi, a National Honor Society. She is a single mother, who is attending college and also working part-time. Ms. Beaubouef is very dependable as an officer of Gamma Beta Phi and she is also active at her child&acute;s school, volunteering to help when needed. She also teaches a Sunday School class and works during Vacation Bible School at her church. </p><p> The LSU Outstanding Senior College Student award was presented to Tracy Renae Johnson of Pollock by Janice Guillory, director LSU Teacher Education program at LSUA. </p><p> In addition, several awards were presented to students for outstanding community service. Sophomore-plus Wisti Lemons of Olla received the Civitan Citizenship Award from the Alexandria Civitan Club. Sophomore-plus Tracy Johnson of Pollock received the Phi Delta Kappa Award for the Most Outstanding Student Teacher from the LSU Teacher Education Program at LSUA. Sophomore Joan Hebert of Alexandria received the Rapides Medical Society Alliance Award from the Rapides Medical Society Alliance. Sophomore-plus Heidi Peavy of Hessmer received the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Spirit of Nursing Award. Sophomore-plus Mary Koski received the Shakespeare Award for a play. </p><p> Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, chancellor, presented certificates to students who were named to Who&acute;s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. They are sophomore-plus Kathy Colbert of Alexandria, sophomore-plus Brenda Doyle of Marksville, sophomore-plus Tonia Faust of St. Francisville, sophomore-plus Traci Hays of Oakdale, sophomore-plus Stephani James of Alexandria, sophomore April Laborde of Marksville, sophomore-plus James Lacombe of Marksville, sophomore-plus Brenda Parmley of Alexandria, sophomore-plus Heidi Peavy of Hessmer, sophomore-plus Michelle Serret of Alexandria, and sophomore Kenneth Wood of Alexandria.</p><p>

Students also received certificates in recognition of outstanding service as student leaders in campus organizations. The recipients and the respective organizations they are affiliated with are sophomore Francis Katrina Parker of Jonesville, Art Association; sophomore Keren Bowdon of Jonesville, Baptist Student Union; freshman Patricia Lopez of Cottonport, Empty Space Players; sophomore-plus Brenda Parmley of Alexandria and sophomore Frances Beaubouef of Deville, Gamma Beta Phi; sophomore-plus Henrietta Lewis of Woodworth, Identity; sophomore Kathryn McCauslin of Pineville, Non-Traditional Students; sophomore-plus Brad Fontenot of Alexandria, Pentecostal Student Fellowship; sophomore Cassandra Armstrong of Alexandria, Phi Rho Pi; sophomore-plus Kathryn Hope Bartlett of Pineville, Sauce Piquante; sophomore April Laborde of Marksville, Student Government Association; Kim Jouban of Pineville and Wisti Lemons of Olla, both at the sophomore-plus level, Student Nurses Association. </p><p> The Outstanding Club of the Year Award was given to Gamma Beta Phi for contributions to the campus and community service. </p><p> Dr. Randall Stovall, vice chancellor for academic affairs, presented medals for academic excellence in various disciplines. The students are listed below, followed by the discipline in which they excelled: sophomore-plus Danielle Prince of Alexandria, accounting; sophomore Reynard Perry of Elizabeth, biological sciences; sophomore Donna Jones of Pineville, business; freshman Rusty Dauzat of Marksville, chemistry; freshman Alfred Ehlers of Alexandria, computer science; sophomore-plus Theresa Dianne Henry of Ville Platte, education; sophomore-plus Mary Koski of Alexandria, English; sophomore-plus Carolyn Faye Edwards of Alexandria, fine arts; sophomore-plus Jeanne Elizabeth Russell of Jonesville, kinesiology; sophomore-plus Jacob Vizinat of St. Landry, mathematics; sophomore-plus Linda Wesson of Olla, nursing; freshman Daniel Hale of Alexandria, philosophy; sophomore-plus Jane Ann Cavanaugh of Lecompte, physics; sophomore William Benel of Alexandria, political science; sophomore Colin Smith of Pineville, psychology; and freshman Daniel Brown of Pollock, speech. </p><p> LSU Senior college students received medals for academic excellence in three areas. </p><p> Douglas Sealey of Alexandria was the recipient from the general business discipline. Tracy Renae Johnson of Pollock received the elementary education award. Douglas Mark Hollingsworth of Ball was awarded the medal for general studies. </p><p> Dr. Stovall presented certificates for academic excellence to both full and part-time students who had maintained a 3.5 grade point average or above. Students are classified as full-time when enrolled in 12 or more credit hours per semester. Part-time students are those enrolled in 6-11 credit hours per semester. </p><p> Full-time freshmen honored were Wendy Arthurs of Columbia, Amy-Lynn Barrere of Hessmer, Angel Bowman of Lettsworth, Daniel Brown of Pollock, Carey Coco of Cottonport, Heather Comeaux of Alexandria, Rusty Dauzat of Marksville, Erin Desselle of Moreauville, Kurt Dubroc of Pineville, Alfred Ehlers of Alexandria, Paula Elias of Alexandria, Rachael Faircloth of Pineville, Daniel Hale of Alexandria, Melissa Head of Tioga, Jonathan Huddleston of Pineville, Donna Johnson of Glenmora, Riley Jones of Alexandria, Jessie Kordish of Ville Platte, Gary Kuykendall of Alexandria, Wayne Litton of Pineville, Penny Manuel of Pine Prairie, Kimberly Masters of Pineville, Amy McNeal of Marksville, Alisha Pearson of Alexandria, Diane Peart of Alexandria, Holli Rachal of Pineville, Tracy Schexnyder of Lecompte, Glen Sxczechowski of Marksville, and Valerie Voorhies of Alexandria. </p><p> Sophomores enrolled full-time receiving certificates were Britni Gisclair of Cottonport, Sunny Gulley of Pineville, Jeremiah Honea of Plaucheville, Tracie Hugenroth of Alexandria, Donna Jones of Pineville, June Michot of Bunkie, Francis Parker of Jonesville, Reynard Perry of Elizabeth, Cindy Smith of Olla, and Linda Young of Tioga. </p><p> Full-time students at the sophomore-plus level receiving certificates were Sara Bashrum of Bentley, Jane Ann Cavanaugh of Lecompte, Theresa Henry of Ville Platte, and Jacob Vizinat of St. Landry. </p><p> Freshman Melissa Walters, of Pineville, received a certificate for academic excellence for maintaining a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) or above while enrolled part-time. Sophomores Michelle Brossett of Alexandria, Jason Dupont of Plaucheville, and Judith Thompson of Boyce, also received certificates. Sophomore-plus students honored were April Fontenot of Ville Platte, Michael Hailey of Jena, and Tracy Woods of Fort Polk. </p><p> Additionally, medals for the highest grade point average were awarded to both full and part-time students. Seven full-time freshmen were awarded medals for having the highest grade point average in their class. They were Angel Bowman of Lettsworth, Heather Comeaux of Alexandria, Paula Elias of Alexandria, Donna Johnson of Glenmora, Jessie Kordish of Ville Platte, Kimberly Masters of Pineville, and Alisha Pearson of Alexandria. </p><p> Jeremiah Honea of Plaucheville and Donna Jones of Pineville were honored as the sophomore students enrolled full-time with the highest GPA&acute;s. </p><p> Theresa Henry of Ville Platte was named the sophomore-plus student with the highest GPA enrolled full-time. </p><p> Part-time students honored for the highest grade point average in their class were freshman Melissa Walters of Pineville, sophomore Judith Thompson of Boyce and sophomore-plus, April Fontenot of Ville Platte. </p><p> Mr. Raymond Boswell, director of student aid and scholarships presented scholarships to 11 students during the ceremony. Receiving honor awards to Louisiana College were Jane Ann Cavanaugh of Lecompte and Kathy Colbert of Alexandria. Louisiana State University awarded scholarships to Britni Gisclair of Cottonport, Theresa Dianne Henry of Ville Platte, Tracie A. Hugenroth of Alexandria, and Jacob Ryan Vizinat of St. Landry. Jacob Vizinat was also awarded a scholarship to the LSU College of Engineering. </p><p> Jessica M. Smith of Colfax received an honor award from Louisiana Tech University and Northwestern State University awarded a scholarship to Michelle Brossett of Alexandria. </p><p> Three endowed scholarships were also awarded during the Honors Day ceremony. Sophomore-plus Angel David of Pineville received the Thomas and Barbara Rothschild-Allen Scholarship. Sophomore Donna Jones of Pineville received the George H. Rothschild Business Administration Scholarship. Sophomore Jeff Powell of Alexandria received the James C. Bolton Memorial Scholarship which was presented by Mr. Robert Bolton, a long-time supporter of LSUA and member of the LSUA Foundation Board. </p>