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Ogden Honors students Zack Faircloth and Lindsey Landry lead LSU

Here at the Ogden Honors College, we pride ourselves in educating the future leaders of the world through our dedication to service and scholarship. It’s hard to find two Ogden Honors students who embody leadership more than Zachary Faircloth and Lindsey Landry.

Faircloth, a Stamps Scholar majoring in electrical engineering and political science, spent this past year as LSU Student Body President and was elected to represent students on the LSU Board of Supervisors. Landry, a child and family studies major, served as Vice President.

Landry believes that her success both at LSU and in Student Government is due to the critical thinking and analysis skills that she learned in her Honors classes.

“Whenever you are serving a student body that is as diverse as it is, you need to be able to see things from a lot of perspectives,” Landry said. “I would not have been able to do that as well as I can without taking those initial Honors courses, where you learn how to speak in a seminar-style environment.”

Faircloth and Landry said they took those diverse perspectives into account as they developed initiatives that would benefit the entire LSU student body. Some highlights include the 24-hour Union study space, which benefited over 1,000 students, and a program called LSU Local, which helps freshmen and sophomores obtain apprenticeships and part-time jobs in the Baton Rouge community. The pair also recently partnered with LSU to release the LSU Mobile app, which allows students, alumni, and visitors to customize their campus experience. They also worked with the LSU Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office to create the LSU Gold Standard Student Housing Program, which will launch this fall. Among their many projects, Landry is most proud of the Contraflow Buses initiative, which last fall transported nearly 800 LSU students home safely after LSU home football games.   

Student Government is a perfect place for Honors students to put their leadership skills into practice. In fact, many Ogden Honors students thrive in Student Government, Landry said, “because most of the Honors College students are hard-working and end up having really great experiences while at LSU.”

Faircloth agreed, adding that more than two-thirds of Student Government leadership is in the Honors College. Faircloth said that their resounding leadership “just goes to show you that Honors College students end up rising to the top.”

Since Faircloth and Landry are leaders of the LSU student body, it’s no surprise that they are leaders in the Honors College as well. Both will graduate on Thursday with College Honors, LSU’s highest graduation distinction.

Landry’s thesis was on the effects of adolescent mothers on the child’s development and on the mothers themselves. Writing a thesis paid off, she said, because the research process taught her essential skills for graduate school.

“It has definitely been hard work, but I know that going into grad school I am going to be so thankful that I had this experience,” Landry said.

Faircloth’s thesis was on legal precedence that has been set about higher education decisions, specifically where it relates to race.

“Looking at this from a legal lens will give me a leg up in law school where I’ll be reviewing case studies and reviews prior to entering a program,” Faircloth said.

While both students are graduating with College Honors, they each reflect different aspects of the Ogden Honors experience.  

As a Stamps Scholar, “my support system lies within the French House,” Faircloth said. “The first person I talked to on LSU’s campus, besides my sister, was Dr. Arms when I decided I wanted to run for Student Body President.”

“That confidence and closeness in community puts you a leg up knowing that people are looking out for you,” Faircloth continued. “It definitely influenced me to run and gave me the confidence knowing I had a support system like the Honors College behind me.”

When Landry arrived at LSU, she dove into campus life.

“From Student Government to Greek life, LSU Ambassadors to First Year Experience programming, I’ve been around different people and programs where I wouldn’t have learned the things that I have or met the people I did without having that diverse involvement.”

She believes that Ogden students can do it all and encouraged them to branch out and become involved on campus.

“You can still do all of your honors coursework and study abroad while being involved in these programs in different areas of campus,” Landry said. “You won’t get that holistic LSU experience unless you put yourself out there and try.”

 

 

Article by Zoë Williamson, Ogden Honors College