HUMAN ECOLOGY FEATURED STUDENTS 2017
Ashley Stone Dexter – Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate Program (Alumna)
My experience at Louisiana Tech has prepared me for a successful career in dietetics. The faculty were not only encouraging and helpful but were amazing mentors that were always available to guide me through my courses and research project. The graduate program's online courses allowed me to work full time as a clinical dietitian while completing my Master's degree. I could not imagine a better experience for both my dietetic internship and Master’s degree and I am thankful for all LA Tech has done to prepare me for my future.
Callie Betman – Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate Student
My favorite part of being part of the School of Ecology is that I was able to individualize my studies to coincide with my professional interests and career path. I was able to pick classes that have strengthened my clinical background and worked closely with knowledgeable professors with clinical experience. My professors and classmates have challenged me to continue to expand my knowledge and have given me the resources to excel in my career.
Germaine Guy – Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate Student
I'm honored to be selected as a featured student for 2017-2018. Being a graduate student in the School of Human Ecology has facilitated my growth as a registered dietitian. Taking classes that includes various topics of nutrition such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, oncology and worksite wellness has expanding my knowledge in nutritional sciences. The graduate faculty has been very supportive throughout my time in grad school and has provided valuable guidance and feedback throughout the process of working on my gradual project. I feel grateful that I have found this graduate program where I'm able to grow both personally and professionally.
Hailey Hutchinson – Nutrition and Dietetics Undergraduate Student
I transferred into the School of Human Ecology during the spring quarter of my freshman year at Louisiana Tech University. That was one of the best choices I have made since I've been in college. The faculty of the School of Human Ecology is extremely encouraging and they all genuinely want the best for their students. I have gained the confidence, professional skills, and communication skills that I will need in order to succeed in my profession. If I had not transferred into the School of Human Ecology at the end of my freshman year I would not be the student I am today, so I will be eternally grateful for the experience I have had in the School of Human Ecology.
Iris Garbarino – Nutrition and Dietetics Undergraduate Student
The School of Human Ecology has provided a positive, professional environment for me to learn and grow as a person, a student, and a future dietitian. One of the many advantages of being a part of a smaller college are the relationships that develop between the students and the faculty. Not only have my professors equipped me with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the classroom, but their constant encouragement has influenced me to further my education and pursue my goals. Through the School of Human Ecology, I have gained the education, experience, and confidence to move towards a bright future in the dietetic field.
Mallory Russell – Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies Undergraduate Student
I came to Louisiana Tech University knowing that I wanted to major in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies. My decision was confirmed with in my first quarter at Tech. I love the School of Human Ecology and what it stands for. The faculty and staff enjoy what they do and truly care about the success of their students. The School of Human Ecology has challenged me to be the best I can be and has given me the confidence to succeed professionally. The Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies program offers a unique classroom setting that is personable and allows students to receive hands on experience. The program has given me once in a lifetime opportunities to study in Dallas, Texas and New York, New York. Through my personal experiences I hope to encourage you to be apart of an excellent and growing part of Louisiana Tech University. I will forever loyal be.
Mayasim Bajammal – Family and Child Studies – Child Development Specialist
After struggling for many years to find the best major and the best university, I have finally found a place that has met above and beyond my expectations in a university such as Louisiana Tech University. Being a student in the School of Human Ecology offers me many opportunities that are enriching my education experience. Additionally, the friendly atmosphere, the caring people and the ethics and professionalism are among the main characteristics that give our School that vital value. I feel so grateful and proud to be part of this family, and having my daughter studying in a preschool that is operated by my college has greatly increased the value of it in my life. Thank you School of Human Ecology for being a part of me and my family's path toward success!
Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies (Alumna)
Staci Faulkner is the owner and operator of Staci Faulkner Designs in Ruston, LA, and has been involved in the interior design business for 23 years. Staci’s mother taught her to sew by hand not long after she learned to walk, and began to sew on machines at the age of 5. Creating clothing and other project with fabric became a way to earn money in junior high and high school, and lead to her studies of Fashion at Louisiana Tech University in the fall of 1986. After graduating and creating custom clothing and wedding gowns, Staci turned her interest to sewing for the home, sparking a passion for interiors.
Staci went to work in a small interior design business and learned how the art of dressing people could be translated into dressing a home, and most importantly, the windows. From that experience, Staci realized that she could turn her love of fabrics into a business focused on dressing windows. After moving to Houston, Staci started her own design business from home, focusing on retail clients. As the business grew, the fabrics began to spread into every room in her home. Staci sought an outside workroom to help accommodate the production, and within a short time that workroom was purchased, along with two business partners, and became Alexandra’s Custom Draperies in 2009.
Alexandra’s started with 4 employees in a very small space, and today ACD has 14 employees and has expanded into a creative, open workroom that creates award-winning window treatments for wholesale clients. During that time Staci also became the National Workroom Director for WFCP and travels nationwide to instruct drapery workroom owners and employees on fabrication techniques, as well as runs the workroom certification program.
In July of 2016 Staci and her husband, Gary, decided to relocate back home to Ruston, Louisiana. Staci sold her shares of Alexandra’s to her business partners, and started smaller workroom in Ruston. In addition to the drapery workroom, Staci and her daughter-in-law, Megan Faulkner own and operate Garden Baby, LLC, which has recently opened in downtown Ruston. Garden Baby features their own line of organic cotton children’s clothing that is all produced by Staci & Megan in their downtown store location.
Staci’s love of fabric and textiles has always been at the center of her career, either in clothing or draperies and home décor. Textiles, which was taught by Dr. June Dyson, has been the class that has been most beneficial and relevant, and she still keeps in touch seeks the opinion of Dr. Dyson today!
Tessa Whitten - Family and Child Studies- Child Life
Words cannot describe how thankful I am to be a student in the school of Human Ecology. I can honestly say that I have found the place I am meant to be. Throughout these past 4 years, my professors have challenged me to push past my limits and think outside of the box. I feel as though I have been given a treasure in the form of education. I know that I am equipped to walk alongside those who feel broken, hopeless, and overwhelmed. I am confident that I have been given the tools to bring valuable resources to the table when assisting those who need a little extra help. I was made to work with people, but having a degree in Family and Child Studies has given my life calling a whole new meaning. I am eager to enter the workplace and utilize the knowledge I have been given.
HUMAN ECOLOGY FEATURED STUDENTS 2016
Family and Child Studies
After the first quarter of my freshman year at Tech, I made the decision to transfer to the School of Human Ecology. I will always be thankful to have made that choice. I feel so at home in Human Ecology and value all the opportunities I have been given over the last few years. More than anything, I love and appreciate our mission: enhancing people’s lives. My own life has been positively impacted by the classes, professors, faculty and students in Human Ecology. Everyone here has a common goal of wanting to make a meaningful impact on the world, and I am honored to be a part of such an effort.
"Choosing to be a part of the School of Human Ecology is one of the best decisions I have made concerning my college career. Since I was a young girl, I have always wanted to help people, and by the time I was a freshman in high school I knew that pursuing a degree in Family and Child Studies would enable me to achieve that dream. As I began my freshman year of college, I discovered that my advisor and the professors of this school wanted to come along side me and help me achieve those dreams. By being an active member of the School of Human Ecology, I have been able to meet people from all walks of life, participate in hands on learning, conduct research related to my field, and give back to the community. Because of these dedicated professors, I am being trained and equipped to leave my collegiate days ready to help the world become a better place. I will forever be indebted to the School of Human Ecology for providing me with so many opportunities to grow into a well-rounded individual."
Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies
Being a student in the School of Human Ecology means that I am cared for and my success matters. All of the professors, advisors, and faculty create a positive environment and enjoy what they do. This in return, makes students like myself want to strive to be the best and be attentive to what is being taught inside the classroom. Unlike other students, I did not begin my college career in this particular college. I transferred into this college at the end of my sophomore year. I became interested in what Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies had to offer and felt like it was a better fit for my career goal. I know that I made the right choice. I love participating in the hands on activities in class, having the ability to know fellow classmates due to the small class enrollment, and traveling to places such as New York and Dallas. I am honored to be selected as a featured student for the School of Human Ecology and am grateful for all the privileges this college has allowed me. In return, I hope to encourage others to join this college as I share my personal experience.
When asked how it is being a student in the School of Human Ecology, it triggered something special in my heart. The School of Human Ecology has bridged the gap between me and my future success. It has allotted me friendships, and created a home for me at Louisiana Tech. Here everyone knows me by first name and is always offering a helping hand. Like every major it has its difficulties; however, it challenges the students’ inner professional, and forces he/she into their destiny. It also calls for a strong will and great creativity. Being a student in the School of Human Ecology is challenging, but it is where I belong.
Nutrition and Dietetics, BS
Caitlin Finton: Nutrition and Dietetics (2017)
The school of Human Ecology has given me more than I ever expected. Yes, I am here for college but I have gained so much more than just an education. I have gained confidence in my abilities and developed commutations skills as well as professional skills. I have been constantly encouraged and challenged by my teachers and peers to be the best I can be. I strongly believe we have the greatest staff who love to see their students excel. I will ever loyal be.
The School of Human Ecology creates a great learning environment while attracting driven, motivated students and supportive faculty. Being a student in the School of Human ecology has given me several
opportunities to engage in collaborative discussion and group work preparing me for the future. Students around me are positive and focused offering a helping hand and advice when it is needed. I like
that the faculty gets to know every student on a personal basis and are more than happy to provide the information and tools needed to be successful while also encouraging me to strive for my best.
Nutrition and Dietetics, MS
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, I completed my undergraduate studies in Dietetics and Biology at Purdue University in Indiana. After being accepted into the Louisiana Tech Dietetic Internship program, I completed my supervised practice hours in Alexandria, Louisiana while staying busy with graduate classes. After completion of the Dietetic Internship, I felt confident and prepared as I started my career as a Registered Dietitian in long-term care. Throughout the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian and completing my Master's Degree in Dietetics, I have been nothing short of impressed by the School of Human Ecology at Louisiana Tech. The graduate faculty are not only kind and supportive, but also very experienced, providing valuable and constructive feedback throughout the process of working on my research project. The curriculum has challenged me to think beyond the basics of dietetics to incorporate modern research into my practice. I appreciate the continual work of the staff to incorporate the most current and relevant nutrition research into offered classes to make their students more marketable in a competitive field. I feel grateful to have found a graduate program where I am able to grow both personally and professionally while comfortably balancing graduate work and a full-time job.
The School of Hunan Ecology has given me the education and experience needed to succeed within my nutrition field. The extensive curriculum and hands-on experience has challenged me to go beyond the scope of my practice to actively pursue and incorporate the latest techniques and research within my professional career. The support of the professors and faculty has enabled me to thrive as student, and as an educator. As I am completing my education with a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, I am proud to say that not only am I student at LA Tech, but a part of the Human Ecology family.