BATON ROUGE – During LSU University College’s annual Phi Eta Sigma Initiation Ceremony, 316 freshmen scholastic achievers were inducted and the L. B. Lucky Award and Senior Award was presented to Richard M. Tuminello Jr. and Emily A. Guarisco, both natives of Baton Rouge.
Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society rewarding first-collegiate-year scholarship. Since 1928, the LSU Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma has inducted more than 10,828 students. The goal of the society is to encourage and reward academic excellence among full-time, freshmen students in institutions of higher learning, who have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Inductees receive national recognition, membership, and undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities of over $300,000.
“Phi Eta Sigma is a well-respected honor society of which I am pleased to be the advisor for the LSU Chapter,” said R. Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “Our LSU chapter is one of several programs that University College integrates into our retention efforts as a means to recognize the academic excellence of our freshmen students.”
The oldest and largest first-year honor society, Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923. Since its founding, more than 1,100,000 scholars have been inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, and more than 378 collegiate chapters have been established throughout the United States.
“Phi Eta Sigma is pleased to recognize our outstanding sophomore and graduating senior members for their academic achievement,” Ivey said. “These annual awards are an important part of our Spring Induction Ceremonies and hopefully provide our newest members with inspiration to continue their academic excellence.”
L. B. Lucky Award
Tuminello, who is pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in physics, received LSU University College’s Phi Eta Sigma L.B. Lucky Award. He has continued his musical interests as a clarinet player in LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland. Tuminello, son of Rick and Barbara Tuminello, attended St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge, La.
Established in 1959, the L.B. Lucky Award recognizes a Phi Eta Sigma member who achieved the best overall academic performance during the first three semesters of work taken at LSU.
Guarisco, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, received LSU University College’s Phi Eta Sigma Senior Award. She has earned the President’s Honor Roll for every semester while at LSU. She is a member of Pre-Dental Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta and Chi Omega sorority, which she currently serves as vice president and formerly as director of community service.
Guarisco has participated in numerous service opportunities, including a two-week mission trip to Honduras and volunteering at the LA Mission of Mercy, providing free dental services in the clinic. She has done extensive research with the Department of Horticulture and written a scientific paper, which was published in LSU’s Horticulture Journal. Upon graduation in May 2016, Guarisco will be attending LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans.
Established in 1992, the Senior Award recognizes a Phi Eta Sigma member who is a graduating LSU senior and has maintained the best cumulative grade point average and overall academic record at LSU.
LSU Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma Fall 2015 Inductees:
David Lawrence and Nicole Suarez
Andrew Beary and Derek Forrester
Nicole Eghtesadi and Steven Epperson
LSU Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma Spring 2016 Inductees:
Mary Elisabeth Tarpley
Elizabeth Armstrong, Jasmine Bekkaye, Sydney Boudreaux, Carley Bowman, James Capps, Emily Caruso, Kathryn Cook, Justin David, Brenna Dennis, William Dowden, Brett Dupree, Nabil Essajee, Jacie Evans, Evan Falgoust, Emily Fruge, Claire Jolly, Lauren Hives, Haley Hoffer, Haley Honore’, Kyle Huber, Sarah Karam, Katie Keogh, Samantha Knotts, Annabelle Laville, John Le, Sarah Catherine LeBlanc, Christopher Mai, Mae Anne Claire Mangaoil, Ainsley Mann, Remy McConnell, Tyler McDonald, Kirby Moore, Tia Morgan, Alexandra Nicholson, Jonathan Nunez, Elissa Nunnally, Sean Perry, Amanda Salario, Michael Schmidt, Autumn Smith, Christian Smith, Allison Smith, Allison Sommers, Rebekah Spence, Anna Spring, Bradley Thornton, Matthew Tynes, Katlyn Upp, Brett Vidrine, Richard Weaver and Eric Wharton
Cayden Alexander and Mallory Coco
Hailey Amato, Avery Autin, Sara Breaux, Emily Brooks, Harrison Gitz, Victoria Harp, Alexander Harp, Madeline Meyer, Warner Moore, Brent Neal, Ryan O’Krepki and Macy Zawada
Jewel Bond, Keenan Buie, Layne Landry, Alaina Marcomb and Patrick Tapalla
Grace Amar, Bobbi Amar, Cara Anderson, Murphy Conlin, David Hunt, Paige Kastner and Brittany Lofaso
Madeline Adams, Mason Arnette, Joseph Bourg, Jyra Dark, James Erny, Emma Espenan, Courtney Fondren, Mackenzie Tulak and Catherine Voisin
Alyssa Burdine, Megan Perez, Hannah Prendergast and Br̩ana Ramsey
Charles Conner, Michelle Gautreaux, Isabella Hundley, Molly Jacobsen, David Juneau, Jeffery Longman, Mary Loos, Elizabeth Mitchell, Niki Nguyen, Alyssa Simoneaux, Shane Toomey, Monique Touchet and Luke Stpe
Sarah Duncan, Raleigh Goodwin, Nicholas Leblanc and Daniel Ortego
Alyssa Azuara, Caroline Crosby, Jack Donham, Brooke Doyle, Lauren Heffker, Olivia Hunt, Keith Hunter, Amanda Kohls, Marley McInnis, Emily Noggerath, Madeline Norton, Mackenzie Powers, Cecily Stewart, Hailey Teachout, Marin Thomas, Alex Wandler, Megan Whittemore and Hope Winkler
Blake Abadie, Marli Baquet, Monte Besselman, Paige Botts, Elise Delahoussaye, Daniel Edmund, Lainey Henican, Matthew Junot, Kathryn Kampen, Adam Karrigan, Molly Katz, Olivia Leonovicz, Elizabeth LeRouge ,Victoria Monzon ,Victoria Nielsen, Christiane Petitbon, Collette Pitre, Kristin Selle, Kathryn Spahn, Taylor St Pierre, Alyssa Storey, Anthony Taffaro, Bradley Watts and Caroline Welker
Kiley Fincher, Layne Fincher, Thomas Johnson, Emery Miller, Mitchell Mobley, Mariah Rogers, Mackenzie Treadwell, Shadman Yusuf and Margaret Zentner
John Bailey, Austen Bailey, Matthew Baird, Ellyn Culotta, Danielle Dean, Katie Fox, Shaina Grace, Emily Hingle, Kryslyn Johnston, Cecilia McAlear, Austin Nguyen Rachel O’Leary, Carrie Pham, Andrea Sagnard, Cora Schneider, Amy Sequeira, Taylor Sigur, Jamia Steptore, Jude Sterkx, Kayla Swanson, Amy Turner, Kristen Vicknair and Dynna Washington
Cicely Dupre and Lindsey Lamana
Garrett Barton, Colin Daigle, Kacie Philippe, Ashley Twigg and Catherine Wethey
Katherine Bickham and Victoria Cannon
John Maxwell, Corey Moss and Taylor Witten
Caroline Brainard, Patrick Hernandez, Morgan Johnson, Sophia Lester, Cosette Loper and Brandi Sun
Rachel Collignon, Alissa Dennis, Bethany Ganucheau, Kaitlin Griffin, Max Long, Matthew Oakman, Sabrina Schenk and Madalynn Traylor
Kelsey Booth and Jacob Bullard
Braxton Smith, Clayton Cain and Madelyne Easley
Rhashan Brazelton and Julie Town
OUT OF STATE:
Madeline Polson and Sarah Weiss
Derek Burmaster, Madeline McCurry, Schlea Thomas
Allen Eschete, Lia Nicotra and Lucille Verster
Dominion Ajayi and Malorie LaMagna
Stuart Skopec, Paul Stokes and Sadie Thompson
Photos of all attending inductees can be accessed at www.lsu.edu/universitycollege/phietasigma.
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, and hosts Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society rewarding first-collegiate-year scholarship. These academic support programs focus on particular student populations and are a significant part of the role and mission of University College.
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