Everybody's here, so everybody CHEER!

Wow! What a great opening convocation! We were so excited to see former staff and delegates joining us in the LSU Ballroom. Andrew Mahtook, current LSU student body president welcomed the delegates to the University campus. Andrew is a graduate of St. Thomas Moore in Lafayette and will graduate LSU in May 2016 in Finance. Andrew shared his journey through his collegiate leadership experiences and encouraged the delegation to take advantage of their time here at LYS and to take chances. As Carley stressed, it’s important to step out of your comfort zone so that we can learn from our mistakes and grow as leaders. LSU has generously allowed the Louisiana Youth Seminar the opportunity to work with Louisiana’s youth for 25 years in their facilities, and we are very grateful for that!

At LYS, we give out awards to honor those that are truly living out the meaning of LYS in their own lives and are making a difference in their community and world around them. Since 2012, we have awarded the “No Man is an Island Award” to an Outstanding Delegate Alumni who exemplifies the ideals of LYS and who makes exceptional contributions to something greater than him or herself since his/her year as a delegate at LYS.

The 2015 No Man is an Island Award was awarded to Liz Landry.

Liz Baudoin Landry first attended LYS in 1975. She has a BS in Business Administration from UL.  She is a 32-year veteran employee of the University, with nearly 25 of those years spent in the University Advancement area, serving as Alumni Director and as the University's first Director of Advancement Services.  Liz has a distinguished record of service with the Council of Advancement and Support Education (CASE). Liz has extensive special events planning experience and served as the University's Centennial Celebration Chair (1998-2001) and she also chaired the University's Presidential Inauguration Committee in 2008.  In addition to her interim responsibilities with the Alumni Association/Advancement areas, Liz serves as Assistant to the President and is responsible for directing the operational affairs of the President's Office for managing the details of events hosted by the President and other events that cross departmental/organizational lines.  Liz is married to Ivy Landry (UL '80). They have three children: Brett Landry, Lauren Landry Sarver (UL Director of Orientation) and Lainey Landry.

Liz served two terms on the LYS Board of Directors and was very helpful in providing school contact for recruiting at Lafayette schools. She has been a long time LYS supporter in every way.


It was great to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. The staff was introduced, Head Table put on a hilarious skit, and the JCs showed us their dancing skills! Check out the pictures below to get a sense of the excitement that will continue throughout the week!

Now we’re heading out of the ballroom to spend some more time with our home groups, get to know each other a little better, and learn more about the friendly competitions and activities that will go on throughout the week! We’ll be sure to check back in later tonight!