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CCACSA Names September 2018 Students of the Month

by Judy Willson
CCACSA Names September 2018 Students of the Month

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes recognizes five student-athletes for their academic achievements and one for community service each month. LSU student-athletes are honored for their commitment to academic success to earn one of the five slots. The Life Skills honoree is chosen for their volunteerism and service to the community by the LSU Student-Athlete Affairs program.


Here are the September 2018 CCACSA Student-Athletes of the Month as selected by the CCACSA staff:


  • Ellie Baldwin, So., Women’s Swimming & Diving, Derby, England (Major: Natural Resource Ecology & Management)

Nominator – Associate Director Ashley Granger: “Ellie worked really hard over the summer, staying positive and keeping up with her biology courses. She has also become a great mentor to the incoming freshmen, providing guidance during freshman orientation and during their first weeks on campus.”

Nominator – Associate Director Adriana Mason: “Kavell showed hard work and determination over the summer to ensure that he was prepared academically for the upcoming season.”

  • Ersula Farrow, Sr., Women’s Cross Country, Detroit, Michigan (Major: Interdisciplinary Studies)

Nominator – Academic Advisor John Parham: “Ersula has made a great bounce back from a tough spring semester. She ended up changing her major during the summer and is back on track this year.”

  • Todd Peterson, Jr., Baseball, Lake Mary, Florida (Major: Interdisciplinary Studies)

Nominator – Assistant Director Kristin DeFusco: “Academics has been a journey for Todd. We have seen him mature and progress so much from his freshman year. His entire approach to school and his classwork has changed, and I am proud of him for his efforts.”

  • Badara Traore, Jr., Football, Hyde Park, Massachusetts (Major: Interdisciplinary Studies)

Nominator – Learning Specialist Sarah Varner: “Badara exemplifies resilience, commitment, integrity, hard work and determination. He has taken ownership of his learning and is setting a positive example for other student-athletes.”

  • Life Skills: Emma Grace Goldman, Jr., Soccer, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Major: Kinesiology)

Nominator – Manager of Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Brenton Sumler: “Emma was active in our annual LSU Move-In Day and volunteers at the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS).”

Accountability – Commitment – Success – Integrity – Diversity – Teamwork – Service – Education

It is through living the values of the Total Team Commitment 2017-2022, particularly education, academic success, and service to the community that six student-athletes are recognized as Cox Communications Academic Center Student-Athlete of the month. These values are fundamental to the growth and development of our student-athletes as they enter to learn, then leave to serve.

The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square-foot facility comprised of teams for academic affairs, student affairs and information technology, who annually serve more than 500 student-athletes. The purpose of the CCACSA is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation, and life beyond.