May 11, 2011

The National Society of Black Engineers’ (NSBE) LSU chapter was recognized with the Project of Excellence Award (Small) at the 2011 Campus Life Leadership & Involvement Awards on April 28 for the organization’s work with Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) of Baton Rouge.

For the last two years, NSBE has maintained a partnership with BHGH, a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential. BHGH empowers children by providing value-centered and family-oriented homes, as well as first-class educational opportunities. 

NSBE’s involvement with BHGH of Baton Rouge focuses on four goals:

  • to increase the awareness and interest levels in engineering-related fields among middle and high school students
  • to provide BHGH students with professional development workshops and activities that will serve to make them better individuals
  • to provide tutoring and homework assistance to help them become better students
  • to ensure that NSBE members help BHGH participants become future leaders.

NSBE-LSU members serve as mentors to the BHGH students. Once a month, they conduct an activity at the BHGH-Baton Rouge house. The activities range from science demonstrations, such as building popsicle stick bridges and making silly putty, to mock interviews and public speaking workshops.

“[NSBE’s] work in the community, specifically with Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baton Rouge, is very extensive, and I am happy that they have received recognition for their service to the community,” said NSBE-LSU’s faculty adviser Martin Feldman, distinguished professor, department of electrical and computer engineering. “I know that this award will motivate them to continue their commitment to the community in the future.”

Earning the Project of Excellence Award (Small) represented an enormous accomplishment for the NSBE-LSU chapter. The student organization selected for this honor “demonstrated the commitment of the organization to enhance the quality of campus life at LSU by coordinating programs that promote academics, leadership development, student involvement, diversity, service and collaboration.”      

“This recognition is proof that our organization has truly made a positive impact in the Baton Rouge community,” said Glennwich Stewart, senior, industrial engineering, and NSBE-LSU president.

“It is a great honor for our officers and members to have been nominated and to subsequently win an award centered around our commitment to the community. However, the true reward comes in the form of the smiling faces and admiration shown by the Boys Hope Girls Hope students.

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About NSBE

NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.



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