Some 70 graduates from eight colleges have received LSU’s Distinguished Communicator Medals as outstanding writers and speakers who have mastered visual literacy and technology communication. These nominees, including eight from St. Tammany Parish, achieved high GPAs in their intensive communications courses throughout their undergraduate years, sought mentorships with professors, and created websites that display their communication skills and their professional talents, both in and beyond the classroom.
These outstanding students were honored at a medal ceremony and through a series of digital posts on social media and cxc.lsu.edu. This honor is the first of its kind in the nation and is sponsored by LSU Communication across the Curriculum, or CxC, a program nationally recognized for excellence in enhancing learning experiences and enhancing communication skills. students in all disciplines. Those nominated by St. Tammany included:
Inhabitant of Lacombe Bryce Hombrecht, an architecture graduate, is passionate about architectural preservation, restoration and renovation and uses emerging technologies such as virtual reality and generative design to explore creative design solutions. While at LSU, he was elected four times president of Students for Historic Preservation, received the William R. Brockway Scholarship, FAIA Scholarship in Architecture, and earned a Historic Home Specialist certification from the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. . He is also good at shelling and grilling oysters.
Resident of Mandeville Hayden Lake, with a degree in architecture and minors in digital media arts and engineering, wants to “create cities and buildings that we want to spend time in, where we are happier and more engaged.” While at LSU, she served as an ambassador and mentor for fellow architecture students and led as resident assistant. She also plays the violin and will work as an architect at Cockfield Jackson Architects in Baton Rouge after graduation.
from Madisonville Chad Wilkins, a landscape architecture graduate, came to the LSU program with a decade of experience in landscape construction, where he discovered his passion for landscaping. As a non-traditional student, he worked hard to balance school, work, and caring for his family, and yet he will graduate magna cum laude. His interest in green infrastructure led to his current internship at Dana Brown & Associates in New Orleans, and he will continue as an associate there after graduation.
from Mandeville Elizabeth Grace Stewart, graduated with a degree in finance and a minor in internal audit, completed her honors thesis on “corporate social responsibility and environmental, social and governance criteria” and went abroad with the Honors College of Oxford to study classical literature and Greek and Roman mythology. After graduating, she will participate in a one-year MBA program in analytics at LSU before completing her CPA exam and moving to Houston to work at Deloitte.
from Mandeville george stokes specializes in marketing and is working to expand her hands-on experience in the field of digital marketing. As part of his role at Sandler Training, he contributes as a facilitator of team communication, leveraging his skills in written, technological, oral and visual communication. He is currently interning at BBR Creative, learning to apply concepts from his courses to real-world situations and diving into digital marketing. After graduation, Stokes will pursue an MBA.
Covington’s Olivia Armand will earn a degree in construction management and minors in business administration and technical sales. She is a three-time recipient of the S&B Engineers and Constructors Scholarship, a member of the Public School Volunteers, Resident Assistant for two years, Staff MVP, Staff of the Year winner, and was inducted into the National Residence Hall Honorary. . , which includes the top 1% of student leaders in residential life. She will work as a pre-construction engineer in Phoenix, Arizona, and continue her creative quest in interior design.
Resident of Slidell Ham Alejandra graduated as an engineer in biology with a minor in robotics. She was part of the LSU MARC and McNair program; she completed research and observation at Johns Hopkins University and presented at Discover Day, where she was a top ten individual presenter. She was also part of the Society for Peer Mentors, the Society for Women Engineers, and as part of the LSU Tiger Twelve Class of ’22, she will begin LSU’s Masters in Biological Engineering program.
from Mandeville Camille Wetekamm, with a major in mechanical engineering and a minor in robotics, is heading towards a career in design engineering that will allow her to explore her passions for design and technology. She was a stamp fellow at LSU Honors College. In this role, Camille studied abroad at Oxford and during her undergraduate studies she also interned for Luminary Design Company. After graduation, Wetekamm will start working full-time as an engineer.