LSU School of Kinesiology Honors Scholars, Scholarship Winners

BATON ROUGE – The LSU School of Kinesiology, located in the College of Human Sciences & Education, hosted a reception in honor of scholarship donors, community partners, and award-winning students on Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Tiger Stadium Lawton Room. The reception followed an awards ceremony held in the Lawton Room auditorium. Wanda Hargroder, an assistant professor of professional practice in the School of Kinesiology, served as the emcee for the event.
The Premier Scholar Award is conferred upon one student in each of the undergraduate degree programs in LSU’s School of Kinesiology who most demonstrates exemplary scholarship, service and leadership.
The college’s 2012 premier scholars and the majors they represent are:
• Kelsey Bradbury from Metairie  – Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with concentration in human movement science
• Clay Fritscher from Mandeville – Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with concentration in K-12 health and physical education teacher certification
• Taylor Heinen from San Jose, Calif. – Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with concentration in fitness studies
• Jennifer Thompson from Harrison, Ark. – Bachelor’s degree in sports administration
• Jared Williams from Haughton, La. – Bachelor’s degree in athletic training


Scholarship winners and the scholarships they earned were:
• Olivia Denham from LaPlace – Lea Thomas Memorial Scholarship
• Tyler Dupont from Shreveport – Jinks Coleman Memorial Scholarship
• Emily Harb from Baton Rouge – Judy Bhatia Memorial Scholarship
• David Hoang from Metairie – Gerry Owens Scholarship in Kinesiology
• Nathan Macaluso from River Ridge – Robert and Irene Cosgrove Scholarship
• Ethan Vesling from Lake Jackson, Texas – Harry Rabenhorst Memorial Scholarship
• Gerard Zimmerman III from Baton Rouge – Legends Scholarship honoring Katherine Hill and Amelia Lee


The Legends Scholarship was created this year.
“Amelia Lee and Kathy Hill led kinesiology as chair and assistant chair, respectively, for many years,” said School of Kinesiology Director Melinda Solmon. “Their leadership, vision, and dedication enabled the Department of Kinesiology to grow from 100 undergraduate majors to the present School of Kinesiology with more than 1,100 majors.  Their individual accomplishments are far too numerous to recite, but it is clear that our school is now flourishing because of their efforts.”
“Although they have both recently retired, they continue to be active in our school and in the profession,” said Dee Jacobsen, assistant professor of professional practice. “They are definitely LSU legends.”
Jacobsen, Lee and Hill conferred the inaugural Legends Scholarship upon Gerard Zimmerman III at the ceremony.
The program also recognized the contributions of more than 60 individuals representing 40 agencies and organizations who have donated time, leadership, activity space and/or a forum for community involvement in experiential and research activities for faculty and students as kinesiology community partners.
At the reception, donors, partners, students, and faculty not only celebrated student excellence and expressed their gratitude to one another but also shared the ways kinesiology impacts the community, the importance of community voluntarism and philanthropy, and the difference support to academic programs means to the university.
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