UL Lafayette names two Vermilion Parish students as outstanding grads

LAFAYETTE – Two Outstanding Graduates from Vermilion Parish have been chosen to represent their academic colleges at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 20. 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.

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Eric Lege, son of Herman and Alice Lege of Abbeville, is the Fall 2008 Outstanding Graduate for the College of Engineering.

Lege is a petroleum engineering major. As a freshman he was actively involved in the Student Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Louisiana Engineering Society.

As a sophomore, he was initiated into the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, the Gamma Beta Phi Society, and served as secretary of the Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society. At that time, Lege became treasurer of the Louisiana Engineering Society and served as vice president of the Student Society of Petroleum Engineers. He also was a member of Chevron’s United Way of Acadiana planning committee and was a founding member of the Evangeline Section of Young Exploration and Production Professionals Network.

During his junior year, Lege served as president of the Student Society of Petroleum Engineers and was an active member of the Engineering and Technology Expo Week planning committee. He served as president of the Petroleum Engineering Department Student Council where he led the charge to achieve the College’s “Most Outstanding Engineering Department of the Year” in 2007. The council won the award again in 2008 when Lege was its president.

He was also inducted into both Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Pi Epsilon Tau Petroleum Engineering Honor Society, and served as a staff member for the RICA program at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Abbeville.

Lege has been included in Who’s Who and was first place winner of the E.R. “Ray” DesOrmeaux Engineering and Technology Undergraduate Paper Competition.

During his senior year, he served as president of the UL Lafayette American Association of Drilling Engineers Student Section, and led that organization to achieve the status of “Most Outstanding AADE Student Section.”

He also served as interim president of the Student Society of Petroleum Engineers, which achieved “Most Outstanding SPE Student Chapter in the World” among 195 student chapters.

He has been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Phi Beta Delta International Scholars Honor Society and is an SGA senator for the College of Engineering.

Lege is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and was one of 75 students from around the world selected to attend Education Week at the International Petroleum Technology Conference in Malaysia.

While finishing his undergraduate studies, Lege was accepted into dual enrollment in Graduate School and has completed nine hours toward his MBA.

He’s received numerous scholarships including: UL Lafayette Valedictorian Scholarship, UL Lafayette Academic Scholarship, TOPS Honors Scholarship, Walton Family Scholarship, Petroleum Engineering Department Scholarship, Society of Petroleum Engineers Scholarship, Chevron Corporation Intern Scholarship and the American Association of Drilling Engineers Scholarship. He is also a member of the MBA Association and the Association of Future Alumni.

He was recruited as a freshman by Chevron Corporation and has worked for them since. He spent four summers working as an engineering intern in Louisiana, Texas and California.

Lege accepted a full time position with Chevron as a Drill Site Manager. His future plans including completing his MBA and obtaining his license to become a Professional Engineer.


Nicole Langlinais, daughter of Monica and Justin Langlinais of Erath, is the Fall 2008 Outstanding Graduate for the College of Liberal Arts.

Langlinais is a speech pathology and audiology major with a 4.0 GPA. She has been on the Dean’s List throughout her college career and is the Fall 2008 Outstanding Graduate in the Communicative Disorders Department.

She is a member of several honor societies including Alpha Lambda Delta, Blue Key Honor Society, Communicative Disorders Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi.

She’s received numerous scholarships including: TOPS Opportunity Award, UL Lafayette Academic Scholarship, UL Lafayette Valedictorian Scholarship, A.L. Barcelona Scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts, SGA Scholarship, Dr. Bernard and Marie Lahasky Scholarship, Tibby Faulk Memorial Scholarship, UL Lafayette Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship, Junior League of Lafayette Liberal Arts Scholarship and the Louisiana Speech and Hearing Association Undergraduate Scholarship.

Langlinais has been in Who’s Who and was the 2006-2007 Communicative Disorders Honor Society’s Outstanding Undergraduate in the department.

She served as president of the UPC council, Traditions chair and was a member of the Spirit, Traditions, Events and African American Culture committees. Langlinais is president of the Association for Future Alumni, and has served as public relations chair and helped with Red Carpet Day committee.

She is a Student Alumni Ambassador, is on the Alumni Homecoming Committee and is the student at-large member of the Alumni Council. She is also president of the National Student Speech-Language Association and a member of the Louisiana Speech and Hearing Association.

Her volunteer work includes St. Jude’s Up ‘Til Dawn event, Festival International, Festival Acadiens, Hurricane Rita Clean Up in Erath, Adopt-A-Family, Adopt-A-Road, American Hearth Association Heart Walk, St. Joseph’s Diner and Toys for Therapy Drive.

After graduation, she plans to begin graduate school to become a certified speech-language pathologist. She wants to work with children who have language disorders and hopes to own her own clinic in the future and specialize in early intervention.

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