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May 26, 2010

RPCC Holds Spring Commencement


By Steven W. Johnston

RPCC graduate Elizabeth Hill of Gonzales is congratulated by RPCC Chancellor Joe Ben Welch, EATEL CEO Robert Burgess, and Executive Vice-Chancellor Bill Martin as she walks across the stage to receive her diploma. Dr. Crystal Lee, left, reads the names of the graduates.
RPCC graduate Elizabeth Hill of Gonzales is congratulated by RPCC Chancellor Joe Ben Welch, EATEL CEO Robert Burgess, and Executive Vice-Chancellor Bill Martin as she walks across the stage to receive her diploma. Dr. Crystal Lee, left, reads the names of the graduates.
Steven W. Johnston

Graduation ceremonies for River Parishes Community College were held Tuesday night, May 18 for the school’s graduates. Graduates received their diplomas, and were treated to an inspirational, motivational speech by EATEL CEO Robert Burgess.

 

In all, 29 students graduated from RPCC in the spring 2010 ceremony. Two graduates, Ashton Guitreau of Prairieville and Melissa Perez of New Orleans, each earned two degrees. Four graduates earned Dean’s Honors when they finished. Those graduates were Brook Carpenter of St. Amant, Jessica Everett of St. Amant, Donald Gibson of Sorrento, and Elizabeth Hill of Gonzales.

 

“I want to congratulate all of the students who graduated this semester,” said Chancellor Joe Ben Welch. “Each of them has earned their diploma with a lot of hard work and effort. Whether they go on to finish a 4-year degree, or enter the workforce, I’m confident they will do well because of the time spent here at RPCC.”

 

EATEL CEO Robert Burgess shared with the graduates some life lessons he has learned. He encouraged graduates to make the best of each day, and to use their RPCC educations to the fullest.

 

He started at EATEL in 2005. Burgess formerly worked as the president of Gulf Coast Wireless, a Baton Rouge-based Sprint affiliate. In his role as EATEL president, Burgess oversees the day-to-day operations of the 75 year-old company, including financial, marketing, engineering and customer service.

 

EATEL is the only privately-owned company in south Louisiana to provide phone, Internet and television services to Ascension and lower Livingston residents over an all-fiber communications network that offers a broad array of digital programming, including 58 high- definition channels and hundreds of on-demand titles. EATEL marks its 75th anniversary as a service provider and leader in Ascension Parish this year.

River Parishes Community College is an open admissions, SACS-accredited, two-year college offering a wide range of day, evening, and online courses.  Classes taken at RPCC are transferable to any college or university in the state.  RPCC offers associate degree programs in General Science, Liberal Arts, Science in Teaching and General Studies, with concentrations including Environmental Science, General Business, Criminal Justice, and Computer Science. To apply for admission, or for more information, log on to www.rpcc.edu, or call 225-675-8270. The college can be found on Facebook, as well, at www.facebook.com/rpcc.edu.

The RPCC Spring 2010 graduates are:

 

Baton Rouge

Name                          Degree                                            Concentration

Klippert, Pam              Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts        NA

Krogstad, Sarah          Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts        NA

 

Donaldsonville

Name                          Degree                                          Concentration

Bayham, Dustin          Associate of General Studies              Social/Behavioral Sciences

Phillip, Mary               Associate of General Studies             General Business

Rome, Melissa             Associate of General Studies            Social/Behavioral Sciences

Williams, Beverly        Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts        NA

 

Garyville

Name                          Degree                                          Concentration

Zeno, Anika                Associate of General Studies            Natural Sciences/Mathematics

 

Gonzales

Name                          Degree                                          Concentration

Boudreaux, Temika     Associate of General Studies            Natural Sciences/Mathematics

Caballero, Deshea       Associate of General Studies            General Business

Hill, Elizabeth             Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts        NA

Joffrion, Seth              Associate of General Studies             Natural Sciences/Mathematics

Liotto, Vincent           Associate of General Studies             General Business

 

Hacienda Heights, CA

Name                          Degree                                          Concentration

Headden, Kathleen     Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts        NA

 

LaPlace

Name                          Degree                                           Concentration

Armant, Amanda        Associate of General Studies              Social/Behavioral Sciences

East, Stephanie           Associate of General Studies              Social/Behavioral Sciences

Morgan, Tracy             Associate of General Studies            Natural Sciences/Mathematics

  

New Orleans

Name                          Degree                                          Concentration

Perez, Melissa             Associate of Science in General Science        NA

                                    Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts                   NA

 

Prairieville

Name                          Degree                                           Concentration

Ellis, Kristen               Associate of General Studies             General Business

Elrod, Brandy             Associate of General Studies             General Business

Guitreau, Ashton        Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts        NA

                                  Associate of General Studies              Natural Sciences/Mathematics

Villar, Ashlie               Associate of General Studies              Natural Sciences/Mathematics

 

Reserve

Name                          Degree                                            Concentration

Williams, Pamela         Associate of General Studies              Natural Sciences/Mathematics

 

St. Amant

Name                          Degree                                            Concentration

Brown, Mollie             Associate of Science in General Science        NA

Carpenter, Brooke       Associate of Science in Teaching                   NA

Dedon, Erika               Associate of Science in General Science        NA

Everett, Jessica            Associate of General Studies             Social/Behavioral Sciences

Lobell, Megan             Associate of General Studies             Computer Science

 

St. James

Name                          Degree                                           Concentration

Jones, Louise               Associate of General Studies             Early Childhood Education

 

Sorrento

Name                          Degree                                           Concentration

Gibson, Donald           Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts        NA

 

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River Parishes Community College in Sorrento, La., is an open-admission, two-year, postsecondary public institution dedicated to developing and assisting students in achieving personal, professional and academic success. A component of the Louisiana Community and Technical College system and its board of supervisors, RPCC serves the Louisiana river parishes by providing transferable courses and curricula through certificates and associate's degrees. Please visit www.rpcc.edu or call (225) 675-8270 for more information.