Rayne’s Elise Peltier named outstanding grad

LAFAYETTE – Rayne native Elise Peltier has been named as one of eight Outstanding Graduates chosen to represent the academic colleges at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The graduates were honored during commencement exercises on Sunday, May 17. The UL Lafayette Alumni Association named the Spring 2009 Outstanding Graduate during Graduate School ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. in the Cajundome.

Selected by the Alumni Association Awards Committee, the award is based on leadership, scholarship and service. The eight finalists are nominated by the deans of their respective colleges.

Spring 2009 Outstanding Graduates included Elise Peltier, General Studies; Caroline Randall, Arts; Katherine Dallas, Business Administration; Lauren Jankower, Education; Amy Henschke, Engineering; Megan Broussard, Liberal Arts; Renee Judice, Nursing; and Lan Pham, Sciences.


Elise H. Peltier, daughter of Chuck and Sylvia Peltier of Rayne, has been chosen as the Spring 2009 Outstanding Graduate from the College of General Studies.

Peltier was on the Student Orientation Staff from 2001 to 2002 and was selected as the outstanding member in 2001. She’s been a member of Order of Omega, a tour guide with Cajun Connection and staff writer and editor of The Vermilion.

She’s also a member of Tri Sigma Sorority, participated in Our Lady of Wisdom’s Youth Program and volunteered with Up Till Dawn.

Peltier is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been a senator and president of General Studies with the Student Government Association. She has been on the Dean’s List during her academic career.

In addition to her university organizations, Peltier served her community by participating in a number of fundraisers. Those include the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Campus Cleanup 2008, recycling efforts at Festival International, RUN Bus Project (Resourcing University Network) and Critical Mass Bike Rally to raise public awareness of biking.

Peltier has attended the Louisiana Catholic College Students retreat, Society of Professional Journalists National Conference in Washington, D.C., South East Journalism Conference in Nashville, Powershift 2009 in Washington, D.C. and Southern Regional Orientation Workshop. She has also completed an internship program at the Times of Acadiana in 2008. Following her graduation from Rayne High School, she served as a sports editor for The Rayne Acadian-Tribune.

Peltier is currently working on launching a website that would allow her to travel post-graduation around the country and write about issues pertinent to the Lafayette culture. She would like to find UL Lafayette Alumni around the world and document their contributions. She plans to attain a master’s degree and become a university professor.


Caroline Randall, daughter of Charles and Mary Randall of Pineville, has been selected as the Spring 2009 outstanding graduate from the College of the Arts. Having a 3.85 cumulative GPA.


With a perfect 4.0 grade point average, Katherine Dallas is the Spring 2009 Outstanding Graduate of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration. She is double major in management information systems and accounting. She is the daughter of Robert and Dolores Dallas of Lafayette and engaged to be married to Matthew Mayer in 2010.


Lauren Ashley Jankower, a secondary English education major, has been selected for the Spring 2009 College of Education Outstanding Graduate Award. She is the daughter of Steve and Laura Jankower of Lafayette.


Amy Henschke has been chosen as the Spring 2009 Outstanding Graduate of the College of Engineering. She is the daughter of Jo and Richard Douglas of Lafayette. After receiving a modern languages degree in 2006 and graduating summa cum laude, she enrolled in the College of Engineering to continue her education. Henschke has achieved a 3.847 GPA in the civil engineering program.


Megan Elizabeth Broussard, the daughter of Brandon and Mary Broussard of Lafayette is the Spring 2009 Outstanding Graduate for the College of Liberal Arts. She is a public relations major with minors in business and Spanish.


Renee Judice, the daughter of Marc Judice of Lafayette and Anne Keaty of Baton Rouge and fiancée of Matthew Casbon, is the Spring 2009 Outstanding Graduate for the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.


Lan Pham, daughter of Tan and Levy Mai Pham of Abbeville, is the Spring 2009 Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. She is a biology major with a 4.0 GPA who has been on the Dean’s List every semester.

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