Sigma Tau Delta Students Attend Humanities Conference

In early April, five members of the Epsilon Xi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an International English Honor Society, were invited to attend the Second Annual Humanities Conference at LSUA.  The students heard papers presented by both faculty and students and then participated in the panel and forum discussions. 

Sigma Tau Delta Inducts Five New Members

The Louisiana College Epsilon Xi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta inducted five new members Tuesday evening, April 23, 2013 in the Formal Lounge of Granberry Conference Center.  Membership is by invitation only. Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the universities general education requirments in English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class, and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work. Sigma Tau Delta President Haley Laird led the ceremony and inducted the new members.  Dr. Cheryl D. Clark, Chair of the Humanities Division, offered a welcome and shared with the attendees the value of an English degree.  Dr. Neil Johnston, Assistant Professor of English, spoke about the purpose of the English honor society, built on Sincerity, Truth, and Design.  The five new members inducted are Alexa Edwards, Steven Craig Jones, Paige Jordan, Ashley Price, and Emily Smith.  A reception followed the induction ceremony. Faculty sponsors for Sigma Tau Delta are Ms. Lillian Purdy, Ms. Jill Reed, and Dr. Neil Johnston.

Sigma Tau Delta Partners with Better World Books and the National Center for Family Literacy in Book Drive

The Louisiana College Epsilon Xi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta has partnered with Better World Books to participate in a book drive to increase literacy rates worldwide and to provide campuses with an environmentally responsible outlet for books. Last academic year, over 50 Sigma Tau Delta chapters collected nearly 50,000 books from campus book drives and raised over 10 million dollars for non-profit literacy initiatives and libraries worldwide. The collected books are shipped to the BWB warehouse and are listed for resell on over twenty online marketplaces. Every book that sells funds a non-profit partner of the chapter’s choice. Unsellable books are donated to a literacy partner or recycled. President Haley Laird and Vice President Paige Jordan announced that LC’s Sigma Tau Delta has designated the National Center for Family Literacy as its literacy partner. Since 1989, this organization has helped more than 1 million families make educational and economic progress by pioneering and improving family literacy programs. According to NCFL, research shows that home and community are the true drivers of a child’s education. Children’s reading scores dramatically improve when parents are involved in helping them learn to read. Because literacy is essential in today’s economy, Sigma Tau Delta alongside Better World Books and the National Council Family Literacy are building a bridge to ensure that the cycle of learning and progress passes from generation to generation. Please donate your used textbooks and other used books to assist in this important cause. Book bins are located in the Student Center.

Freshman Dean’s List Ceremony Recognizes 42 Outstanding Freshmen

On Friday, April 26, Louisiana College held its first annual ceremony for freshmen students who achieved the Dean’s List.  With over one hundred guests in attendance, forty-three students were honored for their freshman academic success.  LC President Dr. Joe Aguillard and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Travis Wright conducted the ceremony, presenting students with certificates and especially recognizing their parents and their most challenging LC professors.  Administration and faculty enjoyed socializing with students, parents, and friends. The LC administration, faculty, and staff congratulate all the freshmen Dean’s List honorees. Faulty sponsors for the Freshman’s Dean List are Ms. Lillian Purdy and Ms. Nancy Whitlock. 

Humanities Division Sponsors Second Spanish Immersion Night

Louisiana College Humanities Division celebrated its second Spanish Immersion Night this year on Friday, April 11.  Ms. Nancy Whitlock reports that more than 50 LC students mingled with special guests from Argentina and Puerto Rico.  Students practiced speaking Spanish with each other and with guests.  Professor Kathleen Scataglini prepared several international dishes, including Argentine oregano chicken, Puerto Rican Beans, Mexican rice, and flan.  Spanish students ranging from beginners to advanced enjoyed international food, music, and cultural exchange, all while practicing their conversation skills.    

Alpha Mu Gamma Inducts Ten New Members

Louisiana College’s foreign language honor society, Alpha Mu Gamma, Zeta Gamma chapter, held its annual initiation and cording ceremony on April 16, 2013 at 6pm in the Alumni House.  Acting president Leah Marshall officiated and welcomed ten new members to the group. Kristin Bonnette and Ashley Price, students of both French and Spanish, were granted full membership.  New associate members include Spanish students Alexa Edwards, Meghan Dove, Prateek JuneJa, Jessica Remedios, Shiping Xu and French students Abbie Golmon and Naomi Majors.  During the cording ceremony, senior members of AMG were presented with golden cords, signifying excellence in the study of foreign languages.  Senior members of AMG will wear these cords during the May graduation ceremony and include full member Leah Marshall and associate members Abbie Golmon, Wynn Harvey, Jessica Hazmark, and Carlee Wilson.  After the initiation and cording ceremonies, a brief business meeting was held during which members discussed possible activities for the next academic year.  Members also elected officers for the 2013-2014 academic year.  They are Lauren Carriere, president, Derek Moncada, vice-president, and Iris Tuttle, secretary-treasurer.  In addition to the officers, returning members of AMG include French students Victoria Lamb, Catherine Pourciau, and Kristie Wright and Spanish student Carrie Roux.  A reception was held after the business meeting. Faculty sponsors for Alpha Mu Gamma are Ms. Cecile Barnhart and Ms. Nancy Whitlock.

Humanities Student Awarded CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) Scholarship and Addie B. Choate Scholarship     

William Justin Branch, junior French major at Louisiana College, was recently awarded a scholarship through CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) to study in Belgium during July 2013.  Branch will have his room, board and educational expenses at a Belgian university covered by the scholarship, which will enable him to improve his fluency in French and his knowledge of Belgian culture. CODOFIL has long benefited Louisiana College's French program. Last summer two Louisiana College French majors were awarded summer study scholarships.  Laura Bertrand, a French Education major from Ville Platte, and Leah Marshall, a French major from Longville.  CODOFIL was created in 1968 by the Louisiana state legislature to "to accomplish the development, utilization, and preservation of the French language as found in Louisiana for the cultural, economic and touristic benefit of the state. In the last seven years, seven LC French majors have been awarded scholarships to complete summer study in Belgium through this organization. In addition to this scholarship, the Humanities Division recognized the outstanding achievement of these outstanding students by awarding each the Addie B. Choate Scholarship in French. This award was created to honor Addie Choate, an exceptional French instructor. She is known for her sacrificial commitment to the college and her students. This scholarship is reserved for students who show exceptional promise in the study of French. This award carries a $500 scholarship to help with the expenses in their study abroad.

Ten Humanities Students Receive Scholarships at 2013 Convocation Day for Outstanding Academic Achievements

Each year the Division of Humanities awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to recognize outstanding students who have distinguished themselves through superior scholastic achievements, creative manuscripts, and researched analytical compositions. These students represent diligence and dedication to academic excellence. The scholarships and awards presented are drawn from endowments created to honor and to remember individuals who have fostered academic achievement and success in the Division of Humanities. These awards not only help students pursue their academic studies, but also honor the legacy of those who established the highest standards of academic achievement. Students who earn awards and scholarships are held to these high academic standards and are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. However, this year’s recipients hold a GPA of 3.6 or above.

The Humanities Division presented Jade Johnson the George Amos English Scholarship, which was established to honor Dr. George Amos who chaired the LC Department of English from 1970-1979. An unusually energetic and creative problem-solver, he developed the strong sense of departmental identity that enabled the academic growth of the department. In addition, through partnerships with area businesses, Dr. Amos became the first to provide LC students an opportunity to study in London. The award is presented to an outstanding freshman who has a 3.0 high school GPA and who earned at least a 26 on the English portion of the ACT. Jade not only exceeded the 3.0 GPA requirement and has maintained a 4.0 throughout high school, but she also scored a 32 on the English portion of the ACT.

Bruce Ragas was awarded the Mary Kate Bailes Freshman Essay Award, established to honor Mrs. Bailes, a 1936 graduate of Louisiana College who taught English in Vernon Parish for 34 years. Even after her retirement, she remained involved with the schools of Leesville and avidly encouraged young people to attend LC. The influence of this vibrant woman continues to enhance the lives of young people through this scholarship. This award goes to a returning student who has written the best overall essay in Freshman Composition.

The Mayme Hamlett English Scholarship went to Emily Smith. This scholarship honors Ms. Hamlett for instilling in her students the rich value that literature brings to life. She taught at Southwest Baptist College, Union University, and Louisiana College and was known as a mentor and role model for her students. This award was presented to Emily, recognized by the Humanities faculty as an outstanding sophomore who displays diligence, determination, academic integrity, and demonstrates superior academic potential for the study of literature.

Haley Laird won the Ellander Ridge Award. This award is given to a student who demonstrates scholastic achievement in English, possesses intellectual curiosity, displays a spirit that is conducive to learning, and demonstrates the ability to excel in literary studies. The award, given by her son, commemorates Ms. Ridge, a graduate of LC in 1927. She delighted in the study of literature and promoted academic excellence. Haley additionally received the W. P. Carson Scholarship in English, which was established to honor Dr. Carson’s 28 years of service to Louisiana College. From 1917 until 1945, his devotion to literature, quiet dignity, and commitment to learning established an intellectual standard and legacy that has characterized the best in those who have followed him in the study of English. This scholarship is presented to a superior ranking Senior English major who demonstrates academic excellence and superior scholastic achievement.

The Humanities Division awarded Paige Jordan the Ivey Gravette Scholarship that honors the memory of Ms. Gravette, who taught English at Louisiana College from 1945-1961. She returned in 1965-66 to serve as Convener of the Department of English. She combined the qualities of a vigorous intellect and generous spirit, a disciplined mind and a warm personality. Known for her exacting standards, she inspired students to rise to the challenges of scholarship and integrity. The award goes to a Junior English major of superior standing who demonstrates academic excellence and the potential for the study of literature.

Carlee Wilson was selected for the Inez Parker English Education Scholarship, which celebrates the memory of one of this community’s leading high school English teachers. Inez Parker taught at Bolton High School and demanded the very best of her students. She was recognized several times as one of the top ten high school teachers in the nation. Single-minded, she insisted that her students be challenged to rise above what they believed they could accomplish. Following her public school career, she taught English at Louisiana College for eight years. This scholarship is awarded to the student who is deemed the department’s outstanding English education major who shows great promise as an exceptional English teacher.

Jessica Hazmark received the Ada Osborne Scholarship, established to honor Dr. Rosanne Osborne’s mother. While Dr. Osborne’s mother never attended college, she valued the importance of education and provided her daughter with the opportunities to attain four Masters degrees and two Doctorates of Philosophy. The student receiving this award must be an English major who displays a love of learning and a passion for education.

The Humanities faculty selected Leah Marshall for the English Faculty Scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating senior in the Humanities Division. Given to a student who shows intellectual curiosity, dedication to academic studies, leadership qualities among her peers, and stands exemplary in her academic conduct, Leah’s academic accolades are numerous: she received a Top Thirty Scholarship; she has been named on the Dean’s List every semester in the past five years; she was nominated for the Who’s Who Among College Students for three years; and last year, she received a highly coveted CODOFIL scholarship to study French in Belgium during July 2012. She also received last year’s Choate Scholarship in French. She has served LC as a resident assistant, Writing Center assistant, and Alpha Mu Gamma secretary and president. Leah managed these accomplishments while maintaining a 3.91 GPA.

Justin Branch was awarded a CODIFIL Scholarship to study abroad in Belgium this summer. CODOFIL is state organization created in 1968 to advance and preserve the French language and culture in Louisiana. Each year, numerous students from throughout the State compete for these highly coveted scholarships. It covers educational expenses and room and board for the summer.  In addition to this scholarship, the Humanities Division would like to recognize the outstanding achievement of this student by awarding him the Addie B. Choate Scholarship in French. This award honors Addie Choate, an exceptional French instructor known particularly for her sacrificial commitment to the college and her students. This scholarship is reserved for students who show exceptional promise in the study of French.

In addition to these awards and scholarship, the foreign language honor society Alpha Mu Gamma recognizes members for exemplary scholarship and service to the organization. Alpha Mu Gamma is a National Foreign Language Honor Society that was founded in 1931. The Zeta Gamma chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma was founded at Louisiana College in 1968 to recognize outstanding students in the field of foreign languages. Members must have earned an A in at least one foreign language course and have at least a 3.0 GPA. This year the Alpha Mu Gamma presented two awards: Leah Marshall received the Alpha Mu Gamma Senior Award, and the newly elected president Lauren Carriere was presented the Alpha Mu Gamma Award.