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Distinguished Service

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes alumni who have rendered outstanding and continuing service to the University and the Alumni Association. It honors those who have given of their time, talents, and resources over a period of no less than five years.


Marty Audiffred is a Past President of the Alumni Association and has served in various leadership roles through the years. He has remained active as a past president and spearheaded the Past Presidents’ Council over the past few years to reinvigorate that group of dedicated volunteers.


Tommy & Karren Hays are long time volunteers with the Alumni Association. Karren is a Past President and served on the board and in various capacities. Tommy has also served on the board and council for many years. They have always very generous supporters for the Spring Gala and Alumni Center Campaign. Both of them are also active volunteers in other areas of the University, including athletics, academics and student life.

Past Recipients

2017 Martin Audiffred

2017 Tommy and Karren Hays

2009 Sherry Young

2002 Gene Lognion

2002 Dona Renegar

2002 Louis B. Roth, Jr.

2001 Camille Pavy Claibourne

2001 Theresa Boudreaux Gaspard

2001 Liz Baudoin Landry

1997 Kenneth A. Ardoin

1997 A.J.P. “Sonny” Launey

1991 Robert E. Trahan

1989 Dr. Sammie Cosper

1989 Hardy Edminston