Home Search Index A-Z Contact Us Portal
News About Us Academics Student Life Library Research Athletics
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Public Relations & News Services
Prospective Students
Current Students
Alumni, Donors & Friends
Faculty & Staff
Go to our new site at louisiana.edu
news & events | for media | about us | la louisiane | faculty assistance | logos & licensing
Contact: Christine Payton MAY 9, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The Spring 2011 Outstanding Graduates include a budding fashion designer who wants to put Louisiana’s fashion industry on the map, a student who wrote a short children’s book and a mechanical engineering major who plans to attend medical school.

A total of eight students will be honored as the UL Lafayette Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduates from their respective academic colleges. Each semester deans from the eight academic colleges nominate a student as an Outstanding Graduate based on leadership, scholarship and service. A selection committee with the Alumni Association interviews each candidate and selects one for the overall award.

The overall winner will be announced during the General Assembly Commencement on May 14 at the Cajundome. The event starts at 9 a.m.

Here is this semester’s Outstanding Graduates.

Amanda Green – College of the Arts

Amanda Green, daughter of Charles and Rebecca Green of Berwick, is the Outstanding Graduate for the College of the Arts.

She is a fashion design major with a 3.950 GPA. She has been on the President’s List for six semesters. She received the Couture History Award for the highest class GPA and is a member of Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts along with Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

In 2009, she was the Artesia Fashion Promotions and Press Kit competition winner. Her group created a fashion promotion plan for the local boutique.

On campus, she is treasurer of the Professional Fashion Merchandising Association. She also participated in the Study Abroad France program in 2010 and completed 12 hours of embroidery lessons in Paris.

Green has participated in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, Operation Christmas Child and was an instructor for Lafayette Music’s Drum Major Camp.
She plans to earn an MBA with a specialization in marketing. She wants to use her combined knowledge of fashion and business to promote local designers on a national level.

Allen Latour – B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration

Allen Latour, son of David and Arlene Latour of Carencro, is the Outstanding Graduate for the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration.

The management information systems major has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his college career. Latour is also a member of the UL Lafayette Honors Program.

He’s the recipient of the UL Lafayette Centennial Scholarship, the Valedictorian Scholarship and the Mr. and Mrs. J. Wesley Steen Scholarship.

Latour has been on the President’s List and the Dean’s List. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and received an invitation to join Phi Beta Delta Honors Society.

He is a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, where he serves as vice president and treasurer.

Latour is active in the St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church community. He is an Extraordinary Minister and the Altar Server Coordinator.

He works as an assistant manager at Carencro Feed Supply and also works in UL Lafayette’s Academic Success Center.

Upon graduation, he plans to pursue an MBA. He eventually wants to obtain a job in the networking or database administration field, with the possibility of teaching on a college level.

Tiffany Segura – College of Education

Tiffany Segura of Abbeville, daughter of James and Lula Segura of Lafayette, is the Outstanding Graduate for the College of Education. She’s a middle school education major.

She has maintained a 3.899 GPA during college and was nominated for Outstanding College of Education Senior in 2010. She’s been on the President’s List, and is a member of the UL Lafayette Honors Program, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Segura has earned several awards with UL Lafayette’s AmeriCorps program. In Fall 2009, she won the Initiative Award and the Team Service Award. As an AmeriCorps members, she has helped build homes for low-income families, tutored fourth-graders at Alice Boucher Elementary, volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club, helped with disaster relief in Galveston after Hurricane Ike and helped collect 11 tons of recyclables at Festival International 2010.

She’s also participated in Up Til Dawn and volunteered with the Special Olympics. Segura has also been on several mission trips to Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. In addition, she helped with several religious retreats for high schoolers. Some of her extra coursework projects including writing a short children's book and recruiting volunteers for the Summer Scholars program at UL Lafayette.

After graduation, she plans to teach in Vermilion Parish. She eventually wants to earn a master’s degree in gifted education.

Patrick Adams – College of Engineering

Patrick Adams, son of David and Sue Adams of Lafayette, is the Outstanding Graduate for the College of Engineering. The mechanical engineering major has a 4.0 GPA.

He’s been on the President’s and Dean’s lists each semester and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and Blue Key Honors Society. He’s also a member of UL Lafayette’s Honor Program and has served on the Mechanical Engineering Student Advisory committee for two years.

Adams has received several scholarships including the UL Lafayette Academic Scholarship, the Keith Lindley Scholarship, the Tau Beta Pi Stabile Scholarship, the UL Lafayette Alumni Association Scholarship, the Blue Key Honor Society Scholarship and the DAAD RISE Scholarship, an award through Germany’s academic exchange program.
He’s also served as an SGA senator and has been a member of the Baja team for the past three years. He is captain of the Baja team currently.

Adams also worked with the school newspaper, The Vermilion, as the photography editor and as a tutor with The Learning Center. Within his college, he is a member of the Engineering Ambassadors, Designing Leaders Class of 2010 and the Louisiana Engineering Society.

In the community, Adams has volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Acadiana and currently volunteers at the Baton Rouge Medical Center in the oncology department.

This past summer, he worked as a student researcher at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. In 2008, he traveled to Germany to help develop a visualization system for rollercoaster simulation with a Ph.D. candidate.

After graduation, he plans to start the application process to attend medical school in 2012. He will also work for Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.

Brittany Delco- College of General Studies

Brittany Delco, daughter of Ursula Hawkins of Rayne, is the Outstanding Graduate for the College of General Studies.

She has concentrated on communicative disorders within the behavior sciences area and has achieved a 3.145 GPA. Delco has been named to the Dean’s List and President’s List, awarded the College of General Studies’ SGA scholarship, the three-time winner of the UL Lafayette Black Faculty and Staff Caucus Honor Student, and been involved in the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Since 2010, she has been a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization, the Matthew Simmons Business Luncheon Honor recipient and nominated for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Besides her scholastic achievements, Delco has been involved in campus organizations including UL Lafayette Pre-Professional Society, SGA Senator, UL Lafayette chapter of the NAACP, UL Lafayette National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, and UL Lafayette Blue Key Honor Society, where she has served as Community Chairperson.
Delco has volunteered for Healing House, Ebonite Civic and Social Club, Inc. Pals, Coats for Kids, Canned Food Drives and Toys for Tots. In addition, she has been a member of Cunningham Christian Methodist Episcopal Church her entire life.

Delco would like to continue her education in Speech Pathology and Audiology and earn a Master’s Degree. She would like to continue research, teach and help other minority students become educationally oriented.

Tyler Choate- College of Liberal Arts

Tyler Choate, son of Jodi and Donni of Abbeville, is the Outstanding Graduate for the College of Liberal Arts.

He is a Speech Pathology and Audiology major who has attained a 3.762 GPA. Choate has been a member of the National Blue Key Honor Society, Communicate Disorders Honor Society, PHi Kappa Phi, and the UL Lafayette Honors Program. He has been named Outstanding student in Communicative Disorders, Outstanding Graduate in Communicative Disorders as well as the President’s and Dean’s list numerous times.

Choate also earned the Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar award, TOPS Honors award, UL Lafayette Centennial Scholarship, UL Lafayette High School Valedictorian Scholarship, Harmon F. Roy Endowed Scholarship in Communicative Disorders, SGA Scholarship, UL Lafayette Foundation Scholarship and the Liberal Arts A.L. Barcelona Endowed Scholarship.

Choate has also been on the Student Orientation Staff, where he served as leader and leadership team member and SOUL Camp Staff, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Eta Nu Colony, SGA Senator, Quality Enhancement Program peer mentor, and Louisiana Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. He has also volunteered for the Autism Society of Acadiana, Lafayette Parish Public School System Hearing Screenings and Conservation Outreach, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Relay for Life, Campus Clean Up, Bayou Vermilion Clean Up and Habitat for Humanity. For his hard work both in out of the classroom, Choate was nominated for the Outstanding fraternity Man Community Service Award.

Choate has been accepted into the Communicative Disorders Program in UL Lafayette’s Graduate Program but may want to travel abroad as a literacy interventionist. He would like to continue working in neurogenic communication disorders, such as aphasia and teach at his Alma Mater one day.

Oliver Batiste Jr. – College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Oliver Batiste Jr., son of Kathleen and Oliver Batiste, Sr. of Carencro, has been named this year’s Outstanding Graduate of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

Batiste has earned a 3.49 cumulative GPA and is the recipient of several scholarships including the Lafayette General Medical Center Auxiliary, the Amy Marie St. Julien Dalcour in Nursing, UL Lafayette Black Faculty and Staff Caucus Academic Excellence, the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Intake, the Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church Young Group and the UL Lafayette New Greek Man of the Year.

He has also been involved with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, where he served as Treasurer, Student Orientation Staff, UL Lafayette Residence Hall Staff, Graduate Student and International Student Hall Director and was named Rising Male Star.

Outstanding Male Staff Member and Staff of the Year for the Residence Hall Association.
Upon graduation, Batiste intends on moving to Dallas, Texas to work as a registered nurse in a critical care residency program. He would like to bridge the gap between nursing and the hard biomedical sciences through collaborative involvement.

Tyson Meaux – Ray P. Authement College of Sciences

Tyson Meaux, son of Craig Meaux of Kaplan and Perla Meaux, is the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences Outstanding Graduate.

Meaux has achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in Biology. He has worked in The Learning Center on campus tutoring biology and chemistry students and was awarded for having 314 tutoring visits during Fall 2010 in his supplementary instruction of advanced anatomy and physiology.

He has been a Histology mentor and a member of the Pre-Professional Society. Meaux has also been a member of the Knights of Columbus fraternity-Newman Chapter and Leadership Team for the Catholic Student Center. In addition to his scholastic achievements, he has volunteered for Hospice, visiting with the elderly, served as project leader in the Mexico Mission, Emergency Room at University Medical Center and Alter Server at Our Lady Wisdom Catholic Church.

Meaux has been shadowing Dr. Brent Prather since Janurary 2010 and will continue doing so throughout the summer. He has been accepted to the LSU New Orleans School of Medicine in Shreveport. Meaux would like to become a pediatrician in the near future.

Document last revised Monday, May 9, 2011 4:28 PM

Copyright 2003 by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Public Relations and News Services · Martin Hall Room 319
Post Office Box 41009, Lafayette LA 70504-1009, USA
337/482-6397 · 337/482-5908 (fax) · prns@louisiana.edu