CCACSA Announces April 2019 Students of the Month

by Judy Willson
CCACSA Announces April 2019 Students of the Month

BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCACSA) recognizes six athletes for their scholastic and community achievements each month. Five student-athletes are chosen based on their commitment to academic success, while the Life Skills honoree is selected for their devotion to volunteerism and service to the community.

Here are the April 2019 CCASA’s staff Student-Athletes of the month:

•    Taryn Antoine, So., Softball, Alexandria, Louisiana (Major: Biology)

Nominator – Senior Associate Director Carole Walker: “Taryn is a model student who works hard in the classroom and is always willing to help her teammates in regards to studying or understanding difficult content in biology and chemistry courses that she is taking this semester. When it comes to study hall, she always comes in ready to work.”


•    Dorian Camel, Fr., Men’s Track & Field, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Major: Business)

Nominator – Learning Specialist Lauren Bove: “Dorian has taken full advantage of the CCACSA resources during his freshman year to ensure that he has a successful collegiate experience. He works hard during his sessions at the Cox Academic Center and outside of sessions on his own.”


•    Lisa Gunnarsson, So., Women’s Track & Field, Paris, France (Major: Mechanical Engineering)

Nominator – Academic Advisor John Parham: “Lisa continues to achieve high marks in the classroom this semester, while being challenged with an injury that has kept her out of competition for an extended period of time.”


•    Dare Rosenthal, Fr., Football, Ferriday, Louisiana (Major: Interdisciplinary Studies)

Nominators – Learning Specialist Sarah Varner: “Dare has committed to improving academically this semester and has demonstrated notable improvements in his effort and attitude. He comes to his sessions prepared and works ahead on his course work. Our math specialist, Brad Jones, has been impressed with the initiative that Dare has taken to help others in his group during math tutoring sessions.”


•   Lauren Thompson, Sr., Women’s Swimming & Diving, Austin, Texas (Major: Marketing)

Nominator – Associate Director Ashley Granger: “Lauren has shown great leadership as she served as an active member of the team, active in the community and on track to graduate. She also provides an awesome example of how to navigate being a collegiate athlete for younger sister, Brittany, who is a freshman in the program this year.”


•    Life Skills: Caitlin Broadwell, Gr., Beach Volleyball, Lawrence, Kansas (Major: Master’s in Kinesiology)

Nominator – Manager of the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Brenton Sumler: “Caitlin has jumped right in to life at LSU. Over the year she has been on campus, Caitlin has volunteered her time at It Takes A Village and St. Vincent de Paul.”


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.