University College Holds Advisory Board Annual Meeting and Pigskin Preview

09/08/2014 10:34 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU University College Advisory Board gathered for its Annual Meeting and Pigskin Preview on Friday, Aug. 22. Hosted by LSU University College Executive Director R. Paul Ivey, the highlight of the Pigskin Preview was a visit from LSU Football Head Coach Les Miles, who addressed the board with an overview of the upcoming football season.


The day began with a testimony by Morgan Decuir, a senior majoring in elementary education with LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Decuir shared her experiences as a Summer Scholars and Student Support Services participant.


“They have the best counselors who I can confide in academically and personally,” Decuir said of University College and Student Support Services. “The program is extremely beneficial. Whenever I need something, Student Support Services is always there to help.”


Following the welcome and introductions, advisory board members toured LSU’s new School of Nutrition and Food Sciences Building. Members were treated to an amazing culinary experience and learned about various in-house food scientists, as well as the LSU AgCenter’s Food Incubator program, which specializes in the development of emerging food ventures such as Hanley’s Sensation salad dressing and Militello’s Gourmet Specialties. Then, it was off to the LSU Football Operations Building to visit with Miles and receive an overview of the upcoming football season, before the day ended with a brief business meeting.


LSU University College Advisory Board members on hand for this year’s event were Board Chairman Norman Deumite of Deumite Construction; and Board Members Tim Abendroth of Abendroth Investments; Robert D. Bond of Business First Bank; Greg Bowser of the Louisiana Chemical Association; Stephen C. Carleton of Carleton, Loraso & Hebert LLC; Mimi Close, J. Charles Dabadie III of ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Plastics; John L. Daniel Jr. of JP Morgan Chase Bank; Lonnie J. Dore; Gregory D. Inman of Neighbors Federal Credit Union; Ron Liuzz; Mahlon P. Poche Jr.; Gerard “Rock” Rockenbaugh of Kean’s Fine Dry Cleaners; Becky T. Rogers of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United; Beverly Brooks Thompson of Woman’s Hospital Foundation; Paul Tweedy of the Bank of Jena; and honorary member Carolyn Collins, an emeritus employee of LSU University College.


About University College
Since 1933, LSU University College has served as the portal of entry for students enrolled at LSU. Academic and personal success is the hallmark of a well-rounded student, and University College provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. University College has two enrollment divisions: The Center for Freshman Year and The Center for Advising and Counseling. Additionally, University College offers retention-specific programs: Student Support Services, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars and Summer Scholars. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College. For more information on University College, visit or follow the conversation at





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Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014