May 9, 2005

Sophomore Rick Nugent, junior Ryan Fontenot and senior Marly Dows were named Outstanding College of Engineering students on Friday, April 29th at LSU’s annual Chancellor’s Honors Convocation in the Quadrangle on campus. These students, along with other undergraduate students from various academic colleges, have been selected by the University College, the Honors College and the senior colleges to be honored by Chancellor Sean O’Keefe as the University’s best for their outstanding scholarship, leadership and service to the University and/or the community.

Sophomore Rick Nugent, a Baton Rouge native and graduate of McKinley High School, is the son of Dennis and Ouida Nugent. Aside from maintaining a stellar 4.0 grade point average in civil engineering, he has participated in the Chancellor’s Future Leaders in Research program and has been awarded a patent for an encryption/decryption program. During his short time at LSU, he has been named the University College Outstanding Freshman award, Presidential Scholar semi-finalist, and Board of Regents Scholar. A member of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honors society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Phi Eta Sigma national honor society, Rick still finds time for involvement with the National Eagle Scout Association, the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society, St. Vincent DePaul, and the Louisiana Center for the Blind.

Ryan Fontenot, a junior chemical engineering major from Texas, is the son of Keith and Madge Fontenot and graduate of Nederland High School in Nederland, Texas. He has also been awarded previously with the Dow Outstanding Junior award, Sophomore Honors Distinction, and is a Chancellor’s Alumni Scholar. A member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi engineering society, the LSU Power Lifting club, Gamma Beta Phi service and honor society, and a member and officer of the Engineering Student Council, he still found the time to intern with Marathon Ashland Petroleum and participate in a co-op with Dow Chemical.

Senior Marly Dows, a biological engineering student and daughter of Wallace and Marlane Dows, is a graduate of Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge. During her four years at LSU, Marly was awarded the Centennial Award, the LSU National Merit Scholarship, and was named the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Junior last year as well. A member of the Honors College, Marly has received Sophomore Honors Distinction and is working on her honors thesis so that she may graduate with Upper Division Honors at the May commencement. She is involved with many honors societies, as well as intramural athletics serving as the captain of her volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She is also the secretary for the Biological Engineering Student Organization, a member of the Society of Women Engineers, and the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. With her experiences working at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, she is sure to get off to a great start when she starts medical school this fall at LSU.

Congratulations to all of the recipients and a special congratulation for the students representing the College of Engineering.

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