LSU College of Ag awards five university medals
Five College of Agriculture students received University Medals during the 2018 LSU spring commencement. Left to right are: Jennifer Olinde, Karen Robbins, Meghan Roberts and Caroline Winer. Not pictured is Brandon Thibodeaux. The University Medal goes to LSU undergraduate students with the highest grade-point average in their class. Olinde is an animal sciences major from Panama City, Panama; Robbins is an animal sciences major from Folsom, Louisiana; Roberts is a natural resource ecology and management major from Mandeville, Louisiana; Winer is a nutrition and food sciences major from West Palm Beach, Florida; and Thibodaux is a natural resource ecology and management major from Houma, Louisiana.
Chuanlan Liu receives mid-career excellence award
Chuanlan Liu, associate professor in the Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising, is the recipient of the International Textile and Apparel Association Mid-Career Excellence Award. Liu’s research focuses on consumer experiences and well-being, slow fashion, mass customization, sustainability, co-branding and ingredient branding, and entrepreneurship in fashion. Her research has been recognized nationally and internationally with more than 70 refereed journal articles.
Intern studies streamside management zones
In the course of two semesters, Sarah Catherine LeBlanc often found herself in deep water. The senior, studying natural resource ecology and management, was waist deep in streams observing water quality and other issues as part of an internship with land management company A. Wilbert’s Sons LLC.
LeBlanc’s research focused on the effect of streamside management zones, which are areas near waterways managed to protect the stream from forestry operations. She was looking at the effect these zones have on the aquatic ecology in Louisiana bottomland hardwood forests.
“I have always been fascinated with how different ecosystems work and how we as environmental specialists, researchers and students are able to manage and learn about how certain systems work,” LeBlanc said.She focused on four sites near Ramah, Louisiana. Two of the sites were SMZs and two were used as controls. She concluded that the SMZs do not differ significantly from the controlled sites and that A. Wilbert’s Sons is doing an effective job of managing their land.
Cameron named new TAM head
Bruce Cameron, formerly head of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Wyoming, has been named the new head of the LSU College of Agriculture Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising. He replaces Jenna Kuttruff, who retired. A native of Australia, Cameron received his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in textile technology from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. His plans for the department include achieving accreditation and expanding technology available to faculty and students.
Students use nutrition, gardening to create healthy corporate space
At the Baton Rouge headquarters of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health Systems, two LSU College of Agriculture students in different majors worked to create a healthy environment for the employees and the public.
Lauren Martin, who was a senior studying nutrition and food sciences during the internship, worked with the corporate wellness program, Healthy Lives. She was tasked with starting a nutrition-focused grocery store tour program to help people make better food shopping choices.
Kaylee Deynzer, a junior studying plant and soil systems, took a plot of land at the headquarters and turned it into a thriving garden.
Pete Guarisco, vice president of Franciscan Missionaries, said he wanted to build a partnership with the LSU College of Agriculture through gardening and nutrition education internships. Both interns were creating new programs and learning as they went.
“I’ve never had this much autonomy in a job,” Martin said. She is passionate about food and helping people, and this internship allowed her to explore those passions.
Deynzer wanted to create a peaceful spot for employees while also creating a bountiful harvest. She organized a volunteer workday for employees to help with the garden. She planted bush beans, tomatoes, peppers, purple bell peppers, eggplant, squash and zucchini and put the harvest in four locations for employee access.
Lauren Martin, left, was a nutrition intern working with Marcy Bowman, health coach dietitian at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health Systems in Baton Rouge. Photo by Tobie Blanchard
Kaylee Deynzer planted vegetables at the headquarters of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health Systems in Baton Rouge. Photo by Tobie Blanchard