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McNeese People Briefs

Taina Savoit, director of financial aid at McNeese State University, was one of six individuals honored with a Regional Leadership Award by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators at the 2012 Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators conference in San Antonio, Texas. Savoit has been on NASFAA's Board of Directors, served as president of both the Louisiana Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the SWASFAA region and has chaired multiple committees across all levels of the financial aid community.

"Taina Savoit has served as an outstanding leader at the state, regional and national levels," said Ron Day, NASFAA national chair. "She continues to volunteer and serve as an important resource to assist new members of the board. She is a true champion in the financial aid community." 

Erica LeJeune, Stafford loan manager in the financial aid office at McNeese, received the Philo Brasher Emerging Leadership Award at the recent SWASFAA conference. This award is named after former McNeese Assistant Director of Financial Aid Philo Brasher who served as treasurer of SWASFAA for several years and provided extraordinary leadership to the organization.

LeJeune was also named LASFAA's Rookie of the Year at its fall conference in Bossier City. She served as LASFAA's chair for the Financial Aid Awareness Committee, as well as promoted and organized several charitable and community service project events for the organization.

The McNeese Department of Chemistry and Physics recently recognized chemistry students at its annual awards ceremony.

This year's recipients of the Chemistry Excellence Awards for undergraduates are: Ngan Nguyen, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Chelsie Morein, Lake Charles, and Hailey Veillion, Thibodaux, sophomores; Tatiana Estrada-Mendoza, Ibarra, Ecuador, Manish Singh, Kathmandu, Nepal, Logan Metz, Shreveport, and Lauren Snider, Lake Charles, juniors; Elizabeth Sullivan, Lake Charles, Anjela Manandhar, Kathmandu, Nepal, Shreedu Pradhan, Kathmandu, Nepal, and Sonia Adtani, Lake Charles, seniors.

Outstanding Research Student Awards went to: Pradhan, Manandhar and Erik Sneddon, Lake Charles. Pradhan was also awarded the James David Tauber Chemistry Scholarship while Morein was awarded the Eugene Cox Scholarship. Faith Redwine-Hawkins, San Antonio, Texas, was named the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant.