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Clubs & Chapters News: July 2019

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Ark-La-Tex Ragin' Cajun Club

The Ark-La-Tex Ragin’ Cajun Club gathered for their annual crawfish boil on Saturday, May 4. The club met at the River City Grille for an afternoon of Ragin’ Cajun pride with 28 in attendance. View the photos here.

Contact the chapter: Tommy Meaux | gotboudin@bellsouth.net | Facebook

 

Association of Future Alumni (AFA)

Spring 2019 was one of AFA’s most successful semesters with the Philanthropy Cord. The cord is worn at commencement and earned by completing 20 hours of community service work throughout their time as a student (10 hours during their senior semesters) and making a minimum monetary donation of their class year to their designated university area of choice (Spring 2019 graduate’s minimum gift amount was $20.19).

With a total of 100 recipients, students contributed over 22,000 hours of volunteer service in the community and $2,500 in financial support to programs and initiatives across the university. A breakdown of the monetary donations shows that students largely contributed to the academic colleges and the University Annual Fund-Greatest Need. Overall the students’ passion for UL Lafayette shined through the Philanthropy Cord, and we are proud of their philanthropic interest in the university.

The Association of Future Alumni has also assisted with the Exceptional Service Award, which had 48 recipients. These recipients had a combined total of approximately 17,000 hours dedicated to community service. AFA is proud of its Spring 2019 cord and medal recipients and is excited to see the growth in both programs in the semesters to come.

Contact the chapter: Jonathan Adams | jra2940@louisiana.edu | Facebook

 

College of Business Alumni Chapter & College of Liberal Arts Alumni Chapter

On May 19, the College of Business and College of Liberal Arts alumni chapters teamed up for a family fun day at the Alumni Center. The event attracted 30 alumni and family members. Those in attendance enjoyed BBQ, networking, and family yard games. View the photos here.

Contact the chapters:
Business — Monique Villien | monique.villien@bxs.com | Facebook
Liberal Arts — Joelle Boudreaux | joelle.boudreaux@gmail.com | Facebook

 

Communication Alumni Chapter

The Communication Alumni Chapter helped host the Department of Communication Spring 2019 Honors Banquet on Thursday, May 2, 2019. The banquet recognized the outstanding work of undergraduate communication students and honored the 2019 Outstanding Communication Alumna, Agnes DeRouen, who also served as the keynote speaker.

DeRouen, Managing Editor of KPLC News, has spent 20 years as an anchor, reporter, managing editor, and on several occasions, interim news director at KATC in Lafayette. She is the winner of numerous AP awards in feature reporting and documentaries including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. During her career, DeRouen has also interviewed notable individuals such as Ella Fitzgerald, Rudolph Nureyev, the Crusaders, and Mother Teresa.

KATC’s Marcelle Fontenot was the emcee for the crowd of 106 alumni and students. Event sponsors included BBR Creative, Foster Marketing, KATC TV3, and Sides & Associates. View the photos here.

Contact the chapter: Sara Bourque | sara@realtoracadiana.com | Facebook

 

Golden Ambassador Society

The Golden Ambassador Society, alumni who have reached the milestone of their 50th reunion, invited the class of 1969 to the Golden Reunion on May 15-17. Golden graduates enjoyed three days of dinners, campus tours and stories leading up to commencement. The class of 1969 dressed in golden robes and led the procession of General Assembly Friday morning to conclude their reunion. View the photos here and video here.

Contact the chapter: Dalta Gary | dljgary@aol.com

 

Gridiron Alumni Chapter

Save the date for the Gridiron’s upcoming fall events! The chapter will hold its annual team feed, where members get together to feed the current football team, on Friday, August 16, prior to the annual fall game the following day. The chapter will also hold its reunion weekend on September 6-7, 2019. Don’t miss the details when they come! Update your information today.

Contact the chapter: Nathan Thornton | nathan@louisiana.edu | Facebook

 

Houston Ragin’ Cajun Club

On Friday, May 24, 55 Houston area alums gathered at Logan Farms Café on Westheimer for a spring alumni social and coaches caravan. Those in attendance got to hear from Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard, Head Football Coach Billy Napier and Head Basketball Coach Bob Marlin. View the photos here.

Contact the chapter: Adam Pisani | adampisani@allstate.com | Facebook

 

Ragin’ Cajun Spirit Alumni Chapter

Save the date for the 2019 Ragin’ Cajun Spirit Reunion! This year’s reunion will be the weekend of November 22-23. Don’t miss the details when they come! Update your information today.

Contact the chapter: Bridget Meaux | bridgetmeaux@yahoo.com | Facebook

 

Ragin’ Cajun Veterans Alumni Chapter

On Saturday, May 11, the Ragin’ Cajun Veterans Alumni Chapter partnered with the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) for a spring crawfish boil. The event was at the George Bowles Activity Center with 40 veterans in attendance. View the photos here.

The Ragin’ Cajun Veterans Alumni Chapter needs your help to ensure that our alumni with military service are accurately noted. If you served in the military, or are a veteran, and have not yet filled out the form, please do so at alumni.louisiana.edu/militaryservice.

Contact the chapter: Jeremy Meyers | jeremydmeyers@yahoo.com | Facebook

 

Washington DC Ragin’ Cajun Club

On Saturday, May 18, Washington DC alums gathered at Nottoway Park for a spring crawfish boil. Thirty alumni attended.

To follow that event up, 26 Washington DC alumni gathered on June 8 at Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria for the last Louisiana Collegiate Coalition (LCC) Crawfish boil, which is an annual crawfish boil involving 12-13 Louisiana universities.

Contact the chapter: Steve Vonderheide | svonderheide@comcast.net | Facebook

 

West Louisiana Ragin' Cajun Club

The West Louisiana Ragin' Cajun Club hosted its inaugural spring crawfish boil on Saturday, May 4. The boil was at the Seafood Palace. Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of Ragin’ Cajun pride. View the photos here.

Contact the chapter: Steve LeBlanc | steve7sfb@aol.com | Facebook

 

Find a club or chapter for you by viewing a full list of the Alumni Association’s clubs and chapters online. If there is not a Ragin' Cajun Club in your area and you are interested in finding out how to start one, call John Claude Arceneaux at (337) 482-0900.

 

Photo: Alumni Association Past President Chantelle Aaron, hangs out with future Ragin' Cajuns at the Houston Ragin' Cajun Club crawfish boil.

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