Scholarship Spotlight


Ashleigh Piazza, Senior

Hometown: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Major: Environmental Management Systems

Scholarship: Louisiana Division - American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Undergraduate Scholarship 



How does this scholarship help you?

I’m out-of-state, so I don’t have TOPS, and I have two younger sisters who will be in college soon, so I am trying to help my parents out.


Why did you choose your major?AirWaste

When I was doing research about LSU, I read about Environmental Management Systems, and it seemed like doing public relations for the environment, and I liked that. I wanted to do something with the environment, but with this degree I have options. I could go to law school or work in environmental policy or consulting.


What are you plans after graduation?

I want to go to graduate school and study either public health or toxicology. I’d like to do research or work in environmental health issues such as water quality.


What do you like aPiazzaHorsebout the College of Agriculture?

I like how diverse it is. There are so many opportunities. Everyone is very friendly and willing to help the students. I get one-on-one experiences. I went to a small high school, so being in the College of Agriculture makes LSU feel smaller and more personal.


What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?

I am a Les Voyageur. I joined because I wanted to help advocate for the College of Agriculture and keep in touch with college events. I am part of the LSU Equestrian Team. I’m also a member of the student chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association, which offers professional outreach and networking as well as promotes environmentally friendly ideas on campus. I am also a resident assistant (RA) at West Laville Hall.



Professorship Spotlight


A simple handshake wasn’t enough when sisters Cindy Coffey, Linda Dowling, and Suzan Simpson met Kenneth Bondioli. The sisters hugged the researcher who holds the professorship named in their father’s honor.
Bondioli is the Daniel Ivy Dupree Professor of Animal Sciences. Coffey, Dowling and Simpson endowed the professorship to preserve the memory of their father’s passion for animal sciences.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to honor our dad than giving back to the College of Agriculture at LSU, where he received his animal science degree,” Dowling said.
“Agriculture was an important part of his life, and he truly enjoyed raising and marketing farm animals,” Coffey added. “He checked his pastures
daily and took pride in knowing the history of every cow he owned.”
Dupree earned a degree in animal sciences from LSU in 1947 and worked as a county agent in Bienville Parish. In 1949, he opened Dupree Tractor Co. Shortly after that, he began acquiring land and started his cattle operation, Dowling said of her father, adding that it gave him and the family much joy.
“Some of my favorite memories are being on the farm with my family, Sunday picnics, and the famous ride all over the place so Daddy could count the cows and calves,” Dowling said
The sisters met Bondioli, who conducts reproductive research on beef cattle when they toured the LSU College of Agriculture and the LSU AgCenter’s new Animal and Food Sciences Laboratory on campus.
“It was apparent to all three of us that he loved his work and research,” Coffey said of Bondioli. “Our father had a great work ethic, and after meeting Dr. Bondioli, we think he shares that work ethic. Our father would have thought his research was very interesting and exciting.”
Bondioli said the professorship has been very important for his research.
“The availability of funds from the professorship has provided me additional opportunities to explore research areas with a strong potential for enhancing reproductive performance in beef,” Bondioli said. “It is these efforts that define future research.”
The sisters continue to keep the cattle operation that their father started going strong.


“My children and grandchildren also love the farm. Nothing would have pleased Daddy more than having it there for the generations that follow,” Dowling said.