More than 200 students, faculty members and instructors became members of LSU’s chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during its awards and induction ceremony March 31 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. Featured speaker for the evening was Mayor Kip Holden, who also proclaimed it Phi Kappa Phi Day throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.

Receiving awards from chapter President Richard Vlosky were students Danica Garcia, Outstanding Junior; Andrew Mahtook, Outstanding Senior; Danielle Kelley, Outstanding Masters Student; Holden Smith, Outstanding Terminal Degree Student; and Philip McLean, 2016 National Graduate Fellowship nominee.

Non-tenured faculty winners included Abbigail Granger, veterinary medicine, co-sponsored by the LSU Alumni Association; Jeffrey Leichman, French studies; Casey Stannard, textiles, apparel design and merchandising ; Steven Pomarico Outstanding Instructor, co-sponsored by the LSU Alumni Association; and Mary Bowen, Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Appreciation Award.

Surprise visitors

The Old State Capitol recently had some interesting visitors. Last weekend Ji mmy Stanley, in town playing with the band Odd Men Out at the Blues Festival, popped in for a quick hello and to check out his great-great grandfather Will Strong’s former office. Strong served as secretary of state from 1877 to 1884.

Earlier, 90-something Betty Toepfer, whose father was the groundskeeper of the Old State Capitol, came to call. She actually lived in the “castle” from 1941-47 and shared lots of stories with OSC staff, including how the family secretly housed soldiers on the fourth floor as a favor to the military.

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