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Front row: K.C. White, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students; Astrid E. Merget, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost; Steven Primeaux; Kelly Wingerter; Page Brown; William Jenkins, President Emeritus and Acting Chancellor. Second row: David Hartwig; Em LeBlanc; Dillon Couvillon. Third row: Darien Dabney; Kyle Homan; Claire Reuter. Fourth row: Joe Buttross; D.J. Higgins.

LSU Recognizes Tiger Twelve Class of 2008

BATON ROUGE – Twelve of LSU’s potential graduates were named members of the Tiger Twelve Class of 2008 by the LSU Office of the Dean of Students. The reception honoring the 12 students was held on April 27 at the LSU Faculty Club.

The Tiger Twelve recognizes student leaders for their efforts on campus and in the community. Selection is based on the principles articulated in LSU’s Commitment to Community, which was adopted as a “Statement of University Position” for the university community in 1995.

Recipients must “contribute positively to the life of the campus and surrounding community”; must hold themselves to the “highest standards of academic, personal and social integrity”; must “practice justice, equality and compassion in human relations”; and must “respect the dignity of all persons and accept individual differences.” This award recognizes graduates who are current, full-time students and who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Nominations were accepted from the university community, and a committee selected the final 12 from a pool of more than 200 nominees.

The Tiger Twelve Class of 2008 includes:

Page Brown

Brown, a biological engineering major graduating in May, is from Indianapolis, Ind. Brown is a member of the LSU Swimming and Diving Team, an experienced gymnastics and diving coach and an active participant in the Cox Center CHAMPS program. She is conducting research with Todd Monroe and Julianne Forman on “The Microfabrication and Testing of Apoptosis Detection Microchip.”

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Joe Buttross

Buttross, a business management major graduating in May, is from Lafayette. Buttross has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, The Big Buddy Program, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Baton Rouge Community Clinic. He served as chief justice for the LSU Interfraternity Council and vice president for his fraternity Kappa Sigma. Brown is also a student worker in the LSU Graduate School of Banking.

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Dillon Couvillon

Couvillon, a broadcast journalism major with a minor in communication studies graduating in May, is from Port Allen. Couvillon is currently the stage manager for Tiger TV and a member of Leadership LSU. He has also served as an LSU Ambassadors, Spring Invitational leader and Summer Orientation leader.

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Darien Dabney

Dabney, a business management major with minors in internal audit and mass communication graduating in December, is from Baton Rouge. Dabney served as a football team and Tiger Suites manager, associate director of Volunteer LSU and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

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David “Hunter” Hartwig

Hartwig, a mass communication major with a minor in business administration graduating in May, is from Katy, Texas. Hartwig served as the president of the Mass Communication College Council, a Spring Invitational chairman, Summer Orientation leader and STRIPES small-group leader. He is also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and served as vice president of public relations for the Interfraternity Council.

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D.J. Higgins

Higgins, a biological sciences major graduating in May, is from Lake Charles. Higgins is a Howard Hughes LASTEM Research Scholar and is conducting undergraduate research with John C. Larkin examining the affects of mutant trichomes on the surface of Arabidopsis Thaliana. He is also the president of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and serves as a National Panhellenic Council delegate.

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Kyle Homan

Homan, a double major in animal, dairy, and poultry sciences and political science graduating in May, is from Coldwater, Ohio. Homan is a founding member and current director Volunteer LSU, the president of the Poultry Science Club and a member of Leadership LSU.

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Em LeBlanc

LeBlanc, an elementary education major with a minor in special education and theatre graduating in May, is from Mandeville. LeBlanc has served as an LSU Leadership consultant, LSU Ambassador, Summer Orientation Executive Council member and a member of the Code of Conduct Revisions Committee. She has also served on the Student Government Election Board and as executive chief of staff, and she is a member of Leadership LSU.

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Steven Primeaux

Primeaux, a French studies and philosophy major graduating in May, is from Baton Rouge. Primeaux served as president of the Philosophy Club, chaplin of the Campus Libertarians and served on the Honors College Student Council. He also served as a residence hall adviser and medical volunteer at the PMAC during Hurricane Katrina, volunteered as a mentor at McKinley Magnet School directing students in theatrical performances and served as a volunteer musician.

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Claire Reuter

Reuter, a bio-chemistry major with a minor in chemistry graduating in May, is from New Orleans. Reuter is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, ODK, Red Cross and Rotaract. She serves as a summer camp counselor at Camp Summer Tribe for individuals with cerebral palsy and is the special events coordinator for Volunteer LSU. She will also participate in the Teach for America program.

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Arman Sheybani

Sheybani, a biological sciences major with a minor in sociology graduating in May, is from Baton Rouge. Sheybani is conducting undergraduate research and working on a publication with John Caprio titled “Olfactory and Gustatory Response in Sea Catfish.” He is a founding member of Volunteer LSU and served as the chair for Alternative Spring Break. He has also served as the Residence Hall Association Policy director, the Rotarat Club service director and volunteers with Reading Friends.

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Kelly Wingerter

Wingerter, a biological sciences major with a minor in psychology and sociology graduating in May, is from Winter Springs, Fla. Wingerter is a volunteer with Trinity Hospice and served as the STRIPES small-group leader and then chair. She is also a member of Mortar Board, Student Action Team and Students on Target.

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Abigail Gravois | LSU Office of Public Affairs
Spring 2008

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