Meet the 2015 Parent Orientation Leader Team

One very unique thing about LSU is the way its orientation program is structured. We are one of the few universities that have a separate program for the families of future tigers. The program is designed to help ease the concerns of the family members as well as provide information to help their students be successful at LSU. Every year a team of LSU Ambassadors is selected to help lead this program by contributing their first-hand knowledge of the university. This year’s team consists of eleven members that hope to make every family feel at home at LSU.

IMG_5998Drake Boudreaux will be serving as the Head Parent Orientation Leader. He is a junior from Lafayette, Louisiana. He is majoring in Mass Communication with a concentration in Digital Advertising and minoring in Visual Communication. Drake is involved in several organizations on campus such as LSU Ambassadors, Student Government and Dance Marathon. His favorite place on campus is Tiger Stadium. His advice for parents is to support your student in whatever way will be most beneficial for them. If that is with a phone call every night or with encouraging text messages throughout the day, it is always great to be reminded by the ones we love that we are being thought of while going through the hustle and bustle of college.

IMG_6003Briana Guillory will be serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for the College of Human Sciences and Education. She is a recent graduate from Houston, Texas with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Briana will go on to teach 1st grade in the fall. She is involved in LSU Ambassadors, STRIPES Program and AEYC at LSU. Her favorite place on campus is 102 Allen Hall. Her advice for parents is to be patient with your student. This new independence is empowering for them, so allow them to make their own decisions and learn from their mistakes but ensure them that you are there for them every step of the way.

IMG_6005Taylor Bourne will be serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for the College of Agriculture. She is a junior from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is majoring in Sports Administration with a minor in Business. Taylor is involved in LSU Ambassadors, LSU Move-In-Day, Geaux Big and works at the LSU Ticket Office. Her favorite place on campus is the Greek Theatre. Her advice for parents is to stay calm during any situation, not to hover and trust your student to be great!

IMG_6019Brandon Power will be serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for the College of Engineering. He is a junior from Mandeville, Louisiana. He is majoring in Industrial Engineering. Brandon is involved in LSU Ambassadors, Engineering Ambassadors, Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Sophomore Gold Program. His favorite place on campus is the Parade Ground. His advice for parents is to tell their students to get involved in as many things as possible at LSU and for them to get involved with the LSU Parent and Family Programs to stay connected to the university.

IMG_6013Madison Lusco will be serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for the College of Music & Dramatic Arts and College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is a junior from Madisonville, Louisiana. She is majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. Madison is involved with LSU Ambassadors and Dance Marathon. Her favorite place on campus is in front of the Bell Tower. Her advice for parents is to know your student has made it here because of everything you have taught them while growing up. Keep this in mind and know that they are ready; you have taught them well.

IMG_6043Lisa Jalilian will be serving as the Parent Oriental Leader for the University College for Advising & Counseling. She is a senior from Denham Springs, Louisiana. She is majoring in Biological Sciences. Lisa is involved in LSU Ambassadors and the LSU Pre-Dental Society. Her favorite spot on campus is the LSU Campanile or as many know it, the Memorial Tower. She finds it to be iconic as well as a strong presence on campus. Its silhouette is found on many of LSU’s logos and she is always able to give campus directions in proximity to the Campanile. Also, last summer as a STRIPES small group leader, she lead a group of first year tigers though a four day retreat with the small group name of “Campanile” and shared many found memories with them. She would advise parents to focus on just their role at orientation and trust that their student(s) are capable of doing the same. By family members focusing on Parent Orientation and allowing their student(s) to focus on Freshman Orientation, they will be getting the most out of FOAP and could ultimately help and learn from each other in the future.

IMG_5987Ryan Bolotte will be serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for the University College for Freshman Year. He is a recent graduate from New Orleans, Louisiana with a degree in Biological Sciences. He will attend LSU Medical School in New Orleans in the fall. Ryan is involved in LSU Ambassadors, STRIPES Program, Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring. His favorite place on campus is the LSU Lakes. His advice for parents is to know it is 100% okay for your student to make mistakes, especially within the first year. This year is a time of learning for both students and family members so when mistakes happen on either end, learn from those and then move on.

IMG_5980Meagan Johnson will be serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for the Manship School of Mass Communication. She is a senior from Hackberry, Louisiana. She is majoring in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Political Science and History. Meagan is involved in LSU Ambassadors, Collegiate 4-H and the University Baptist Church College Group. Her favorite place on campus is the Parade Ground. Her best advice for parents is to just be supportive of their students. This is a very new experience for them and having your support can be the best thing to help them get through it. Just a few supportive words letting them know you are there if they need anything or that you are proud of them can really make all the difference.

IMG_6035Jewel Goodly will be serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for the E.J. Ourso College of Business. She is a junior from Champaign, Illinois. She is majoring in Human Resource Education-Leadership Development with a minor in Business. Jewel is involved in LSU Ambassadors and the STRIPES Program. Her favorite spot on campus is the Quad. Her advice for parents is to trust not only students, but that your hard work has paid off!

IMG_5991Blaise LaCour will be serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for the College of Art and Design. She is a sophomore from Natchitoches, Louisiana. She is majoring in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. Blaise is involved in LSU Ambassadors, Tiger TV and the Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. Her favorite place on campus is 203 Herget Hall. Her advice to parents is to know that your student is about to encounter a workload much different than what they experienced in high school. When they get wound up, be the voice of reason. Sometimes they just need to hear that everything is going to be all right.

IMG_6024Nicole Dominique will be serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for the College of Science and the School of the Coast and Environment. She is a junior from Thibodaux, Louisiana. She is currently pursuing a dual-degree in Microbiology and English Literature with the intentions of applying to medical school in the coming year. At LSU, She is involved with LSU Ambassadors, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Gamma Beta Phi and Honors College Advocates. She also researches in a microbiology lab on campus in Life Sciences and works as a content tutor for the Academic Center for Student Athletes. Her favorite location on campus is Middleton Library because of the different floors with varying noise levels, the great views of campus, and the CC’s that can be found on the first floor. Her advice for you to have your best experience would be to download the LSU mobile app and just to embrace your time here. Her second piece of advice is just to enjoy everything around you. LSU has a phenomenal culture with great people comprising our campus, so just enjoy all of this while you’re here despite any stress or anxiety you may experience.

All of us POLs are here for you if you ever have any questions. We look forward to spending time with you all! Geaux Tigers!

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