April 28, 2011

Taylor Morris and Ifeanyi Okoro, seniors, mechanical engineering, have been named two of this year’s Tiger Twelve. This prestigious accolade recognizes student leaders university-wide for their campus and community service.

Each spring, the Office of the Dean of Students recognizes 12 outstanding seniors with the Tiger Twelve honor. The selected seniors must “contribute positively to the life of the campus and surrounding community.” Seniors must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and have best demonstrated the seven basic principles outlined in LSU’s Commitment to Community.

Morris, a native of Baton Rouge, La., is graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is involved in LA-STEM Research Scholars and Diversity Ambassadors. Morris is also the talent chairman for LSU Ambassadors, the communications director for Volunteer LSU, an intern at NASA Langley Research Center and Procter & Gamble Co., and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship recipient. After graduation, Morris will pursue a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on product design. His research interests include integrating educational values into products, specifically toys, in order to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) proficiency in K-12 public schools.

Okoro, a native of Imo, Nigeria, has held leadership positions in several LSU student organizations. He is currently the supplementary instruction leader for Physics 2101 and Physics 1100, as well as a College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) certified advanced tutor for the LSU Center for Academic Success. Okoro has served as the membership coordinator of Tau Beta Pi and the vice president for academic excellence of both the National Society for Black Engineers and the Nigerian Students’ Organization. Following graduation, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Upon completion of his master’s, Okoro plans to earn a Ph.D. or enter the workforce.

Recipients of the Tiger Twelve distinction must adhere to the following seven principles: accepting responsibility for their actions; holding themselves and others to the highest standards of academic, personal and social integrity; practicing justice, equality and compassion in human relations; respecting the dignity of all persons and accepting individual differences; respecting the environment and the rights and property of others and the university; contributing positively to the life of the campus and surrounding community; and using their LSU experience to be an active citizen in an international and interdependent world.

“It’s one thing to try to make an impact, and it’s another thing to be recognized for it,” said Okoro. “I surely am grateful for the honor, and I’ll work to uphold the high standards that it both deserves and demands.” 

A ceremony and reception will be held to celebrate the Tiger Twelve Class of 2011 on April 30 from 3 - 5 p.m. in the Abell Room of the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

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Article by Aariel Charbonnet, College of Engineering Public Relations Graduate Assistant



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