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LSU Honors College Recognized for Spring Service Project

The LSU Honors College was recognized during the April 13 Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council meeting for the college’s Spring Service Project.

This year, more than 70 students, faculty and staff teamed up to clean up the Old Lutheran Cemetery in Old South Baton Rouge, the oldest African-American cemetery in the city, as part of the sixth annual Honors College Spring Service Project.

Councilwoman for District 10 Tara Wicker presented the recognition to LSU Honors College Dean Nancy Clark; Cindy Seghers, experiential learning coordinator for the Honors College; Honors College student Stewart Humble, biology major in the College of Science and a native of Egan, La.; Derrick Johnson from LSU Facility Services; and Blaine Grimes, Campus Federal financial aid coordinator.

“They totally redid the cemetery; it looks like a completely new place,” Wicker said. “I just want to thank them, give them honor because they really did help to bring a beacon of light into the Old South Baton Rouge community.”

On behalf of the student volunteers, Humble thanked each of the council members for the recognition.

“I didn’t really understand the scope of what we had done until we were out there doing it and with today’s recognition,” Humble said. “It was definitely just a continuation of the partnership that LSU has with the community here in Baton Rouge, and I’m definitely proud and honored to be a part of that.”

The service project took place April 2 at Lutheran Cemetery. Campus Federal helped to coordinate the connection between Wicker and the Honors College to make the clean up possible. They also provided lunch to volunteers. Lawn equipment for the project was provided by Joseph Ard Jr., the supervisor at the Department of Public Works, and Johnson.

The Honors College Spring Service Project is linked to the learning outcomes for Honors 2000 and also to the Honors College freshman theme of service.   

“The LSU Honors College is committed to developing the leaders of tomorrow and we believe the best way to develop leaders is to put them into the community as early as possible,” Clark said.