Orientation is a great opportunity for students to learn more about their college experience. However, orientation is not just for the students. One of the great aspects of LSU orientation is the Parent Orientation program. Parent and Family Orientation is a great opportunity for Families to learn more about what LSU has to offer. Along with many great presentations and informational sessions, parents will meet student leaders known as Parent Orientation Leaders also known as POLs. We’re so excited to meet you!
Cameron Frazier will be serving as the 2016 Head Parent Orientation Leader. He is a Senior Mechanical Engineering major from Lacassine, Louisiana. He is an LSU Ambassador and has also been involved with STRIPES, Student Government, and LSU Lacrosse. His favorite spot on campus is Tiger Stadium on Saturday night. His advise for parents is to try not to fear the unknown that may come with leaving your tiger. Whether it’s the first time dropping him or her off at their dorm or after a long break or holiday with your third-year tiger, stepping back is never easy I’m sure. As a child of the ultimate helicopter parents, I can assure you the growth your child will experience here will be invaluable and unlike anything they can achieve elsewhere. So don’t be scared, step back and trust this wonderful place. And I’ll let you in on a secret: We may never admit it, but the more time that we spend away, the more we enjoy the time we spend with you. A win-win!
Stacey Ahlemeyer will be serving as the POL for Mass Communications. She is a Junior from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a Child and Family Studies major with a minor in Psychology. She is an LSU Ambassador and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She is also a current member of STRIPES staff and a former LSU Liaison. Her favorite spot on campus is the first floor of Middleton Library. Her advice to parents is if your student is calling you to complain about a problem, they don’t necessarily want you to fix the problem, sometimes they just want someone to listen. College is the time for self-development. The best thing a parent can do during this time is support their student.
Jasmine Bellard will be serving as the POL for the University Center for Freshman Year. She is a Sophomore Psychology major originally born in Landstuhl, Germany to a military family. She is involved with LSU ambassadors and her favorite spot on campus is the Parade Ground. Her advice to parents is your tiger is in for the experience of a lifetime. Although they are leaving home to become and adult, your baby will always be your baby. Make sure you and your tiger are constantly building communication, trust, and respect.
Mel Cotchery will be serving as the EJ Ourso College of Business POL. She is a Business Management major from Baton Rouge. She is involved in LSU Ambassadors and Black Student Union. Her favorite spot on campus is the Quad where she enjoys writing poetry. Her advice to parents is to relax and breathe. Everything will be fine! Your student is getting a great education, they are safe, and they are just a phone call away. They’ll miss you just as much as you’ll miss them!
Lauren Hampton will be serving as the Human Sciences and Education POL. She is a Senior from Shreveport, LA. She is a Kinesiology Major with a Concentration in Physician’s assistant. She is involved in LSU Ambassadors and LSU Athletics. Her favorite spot on campus is the Quad. Her advice to parents is to encourage your child through their struggles and be that listening ear your student may need from time to time. Start to understand when your students need to be parented and when they need their “mom & dad” because they’ll miss them even if they don’t say it. College can be tough and you’re their biggest support system through their next years here at LSU.
Kim Jalilian will be serving as the Engineering POL. She is a Junior Biology major from Denham Springs, Louisiana. She is involved with LSU Ambassadors and is also a current STRIPES leader. Her favorite spot on campus is the Bell Tower. Her advice to parents is to take initiative and stay involved. College kids can be forgetful and as much as we want you to know what’s going on, we may forget to tell you!
Christian Ledet will be serving as the Humanities and Social Sciences POL. She is a Junior Psychology major from Houma, Louisiana. She is involved with Delta Delta Delta, Freshman Leadership Council, STRIPES, Student Government, and LSU Liaisons. Her favorite spot on campus is the Quad. Her advice to parents is that LSU is always here for your students! LSU offers many resources to make sure your students succeed. From orientation to graduation, LSU is here for you and your student every step of the way.
Charlie Loupe will be serving as the POL for the College of Science and the School of Coast and Environment. He is a Junior from Slidell, Louisiana. He is involved in LSU Ambassadors and Beta Theta Pi. His favorite spot on campus is the Law School front steps over looking the Bell Tower and Tiger Stadium. His advice to parents is to always remember that it is okay if your student makes a mistake. They will make a mistake, and that is a part of the college experience. The important part is to make sure they learn from their mistakes because that is how they will make the most of their time here at LSU. Also, always be there for them when they are stressed out or feeling down because a phone call from parents goes a long way.
Paige Picou will be serving as the University Center for Advising and Counseling. She is a Junior Psychology major from Houma, Louisiana. She is involved with LSU Ambassadors, Psi Chi, Freshman Leadership Council, and STRIPES. Her favorite spot on campus is the Bookstore. Her advice to parents is to try to be there for your student in whatever way possible! College can be stressful at times for students, and sometimes simply listening to your student vent during a phone call or guiding them through a sticky situation can help them much more than you may think!
Chandler Wall will be serving as the POL for Music and Dramatic Arts and the College of Agriculture. He is a Junior from Dallas, Texas. He is a Human Resources and Education major with a concentration in Leadership. He is involved with LSU Ambassadors and his favorite spot on campus is Mike’s Habitat. His advice to parents is to have a discussion with your tiger about this new chapter in their life and what they are starting.
DaMika Woodard will be serving as the POL for the College of Art and Design. She is a Senior from DeRidder, Louisiana. She is majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy. She is involved in LSU Ambassadors, STRIPES, and Association of Pre-Physical Therapy Students. Her favorite spot on campus is Middleton Library. Her advice to parents is to trust your student and also believe that you have taught your student how to be a successful adult.