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Ms. Kelley Dupuis

607 Sandpiper Lane
Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

Bank One
3930 W Congress Street
Lafayette, LA 70506

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Taking new paths
May 19, 2006
UL honors top grads from its nine colleges
Marsha Sills

From teaching English in Sudan to climbing the corporate ladder in the world of fashion, these nine outstanding graduates all plan to make their mark in their own ways.
Going to class during college wasn’t enough for the nine graduates honored as outstanding this year by the UL Alumni Association.

Honor societies, volunteer work, student organizations and even jobs filled up the days for these students.

Choosing this year’s graduates was extremely difficult, said Robbie Bush, chairman of the association’s awards committee.
“All students were outstanding in all categories,” Bush said. “What we like to see is a combination of academic achievement, meaningful community outreach on a consistent basis and a focus on how that relates to the next step of their continued careers.”

Hannah Landry’s next step is to Sudan. The College of General Studies graduate is one of the nine students selected as outstanding graduates by the Alumni Association.

Landry, the daughter of Dale and Michelle Landry of Abbeville, spent two months in the African nation last summer teaching English. She’ll leave in August to work in the predominantly Muslim country for the next two years teaching and working as a secretary for a company there. Despite the violence in the country, Landry said she feels going back is a calling.

“Personally, I feel that the safest place for me is to be in God’s will,” Landry said. “I definitely prayed about this. I didn’t really want to go back there. I trust that God is going to keep me safe.”

Landry, who leaves July 30, will study Arabic while she’s there.

She’ll return to 115-degree heat and days wearing traditional Muslim dress – shirts to the elbows, skirts (pants are not allowed) and a head covering.

“It’s a hard place to be,” Landry said. “I also feel that even though it’s hard, there are good things about it. The people are wonderful and very hospitable. There’s a need for education there.”

That drive to make a difference is what makes each these graduates stand out, Bush said.

Here are the other students selected for their standout contributions. Students were nominated by their college deans. The university’s outstanding graduate will be selected at the Graduate School ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. today.

College of Business Administration
Learning about life is what college was about for Kelley Dupuis.
“I’ve always been told that you need the full college experience,” said Dupuis, who stayed involved in campus and community organizations while at UL. “Being in those organizations, I got to do so many things that I never would have accomplished.”

The accounting major and 4.0 graduate will move to Houston this summer to begin a job with Ernst & Young in July.

She’s not free from studying, though. She’s preparing for her CPA exam and her graduate management admissions test. She hopes to enroll at the University of Houston to work on her master’s and doctoral degrees. Eventually, she’d like to teach accounting to college students.

“And maybe even come back to UL and teach here,” Dupuis said.

Dupuis is the daughter of Glenn and Janet Dupuis of Opelousas.

Originally published May 19, 2006