Elise H. Peltier, daughter of Chuck and Sylvia Peltier of Rayne, has been chosen as the Spring 2009 Outstanding Graduate from the College of General Studies.

Peltier Elise, College of General Studies, University of LouisianaPeltier was on the Student Orientation Staff from 2001 to 2002 and was selected as the outstanding member in 2001. She’s been a member of Order of Omega, a tour guide with Cajun Connection and staff writer and editor of The Vermilion.

She’s also a member of Tri Sigma Sorority, participated in Our Lady of Wisdom’s Youth Program and volunteered with Up Till Dawn.

Peltier is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been a senator and president of General Studies with the Student Government Association. She has been on the Dean’s List during her academic career.

In addition to her university organizations, Peltier served her community by participating in a number of fundraisers. Those include the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Campus Cleanup 2008, recycling efforts at Festival International, RUN Bus Project (Resourcing University Network) and Critical Mass Bike Rally to raise public awareness of biking.

Peltier has attended the Louisiana Catholic College Students retreat, Society of Professional Journalists National Conference in Washington, D.C., South East Journalism Conference in Nashville, Powershift 2009 in Washington, D.C. and Southern Regional Orientation Workshop. She has also completed an internship program at the Times of Acadiana in 2008.

Peltier is currently working on launching a website that would allow her to travel post-graduation around the country and write about issues pertinent to the Lafayette culture. She would like to find UL Lafayette Alumni around the world and document their contributions. She plans to attain a master’s degree and become a university professor.

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