Distinguished Donors Past Honorees

2016 Hall of Honor Inductees

Gene & Peggy Fortier

Gene & Peggy Fortier First Generation Scholarship in Business

 

Lafayette Geological Society  

Lafayette Geological Society Michael O’Brien Memorial Field Camp Support Fund

 

Terri & Gerald Landry

Terri Landry/State Farm First Generation Scholarship in Business

 

Friends & family of Dr. Tommy Comeaux

Dr. Tommy Comeaux Memorial Professorship in Traditional Music XI

 

Dr. Mary B. Neiheisel

Richard G. Neiheisel Professorship in History

 

2016 Distinguished Donors

ACADEMICS

Dr. Grant & Melissa Gibson

Dr. Herman D. Hughes

Lafayette Music Company

Richard & Sheila Zepernick

Frank’s International

ACADEMICS AND ATHLETICS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Brad & Leah Mosing

ACADEMICS, ATHLETICS AND ATHLETICS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Donald E. Mosing

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick

Larry & Janice Sikes

ACADEMICS, ATHLETICS, ATHLETICS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN AND FOUNDATION

Jim & Charlotte Doyle

ATHLETICS

Cox Communications

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center

ATHLETICS AND ATHLETICS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

David & Barbara Friedrichs

Tommie & Janice Rogers

Southern Lifestyle Development Company

ATHLETICS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Richard & Sandi Chalmers

Dupré Logistics, LLC

Wayne & Connie Elmore

Dr. David E. Fisher, Sr.

Scott & Lisa Kerstetter

B. J. & Candace Ryan

Rodney & Cindi Savoy and The Savoy Family, LLC

Whitney Bank 

 

 

 

Richard & Sandi Chalmers

Richard & Sandi Chalmers are honored for their recent gift benefiting the RCAF Baseball Capital Campaign. As co-owners of the Acadiana Canecutters, there’s no doubt the Chalmers enjoy a little bit of baseball. Richard, President of Chalmers, Collins & Alwell, a consulting engineering firm, began coaching youth baseball in the 1980’s. Sandi is a retired bank executive and remembers baseball always being part of the family.
Richard grew up in Lafayette and Sandi in Houston, TX. Both attended Texas A&M University, but state they feel at home with the Ragin’ Cajuns. The single most important consideration in their recent decision to make a gift to athletics was the need for people to step up. They are inspired by Coach Tony Robichaux and excited to see their gift for the Baseball Capital Campaign offset the associated costs of the M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field renovations.

Dupré Logistics, LLC

Reggie Dupré founded Dupré Logistics in Lafayette in the 1980’s as a specialized hauler of bulk liquid commodities. After further acquisitions, he expanded to Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Oklahoma. Today he operates three major business groups: Site & Private Fleet Services, Strategic Capacity Services and Energy Distribution Services. Dupré Logistics provides services throughout the country and parts of Canada and Mexico.

A UL Lafayette alumnus, Reggie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. While attending the University he played football. Reggie is among the group of former football players honoring the late Russ Faulkinberry, the 1960’s head football coach known for his striking size and stern discipline. Reggie is honored for his commitment to the RCAF Capital Campaign. He is married to Marie Martinez Dupré and they have four children.

Wayne & Connie Elmore

When Wayne Elmore made the decision to assist in the current athletic fundraising campaign, he knew he would have to lead by example. He stated, “If you believe in something strongly, you should be willing to invest before you ask others to invest.” This mindset is what drove he and his wife, Connie, to invest in the future of UL Lafayette Athletics.

The Elmores possess a history of giving to the University. While attending UL Lafayette, Dr. Rex Hauser and Dr. Bernard Bienvenu were very special to Wayne and had tremendous influence on his success in the business world
and life overall. Wayne and Connie established an endowed professorship in their name in 1998. Graduates of UL Lafayette, Wayne and Connie Elmore understand the importance of educating young adults and preparing them for success in life.

Wayne is the owner of Mello Joy Coffee. His service to UL includes past chairman of the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation, co-chair of the RCAF Capital Campaign, and secretary/treasurer of the UL Lafayette Foundation Board of Trustees. The Elmores are honored for their recent gift benefiting the RCAF Capital Campaign.

Dr. David H. Fisher, Sr.

The Fishers are well-known throughout Acadiana. They give true meaning and validity to all that represents a family dedicated to learning and helping others learn. Dr. Fisher, Sr. studied at UL, married a UL graduate, taught as a faculty member and educated his seven children at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is a true Ragin’ Cajun!

Dr. David H. Fisher is a graduate of Jennings High School and served in World War II as a radio operator on a B-29 Bomber. After serving his country, he enrolled at SLI (UL Lafayette) in 1946. He played football and ran track from 1946-1949. David was the only freshman to start on the varsity team in 1946. Graduating in 1949 with a degree in education, Dr. Fisher went on to coach at Jennings High School. He joined the physical education staff at UL Lafayette in 1958 and later earned a master’s and doctorate degree in physical education. As a member of the football and track team he was the first inductee in the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1950.

Dr. Fisher met his wife, Shirley Rhodes, at her aunt’s residence in Houma. He followed her to SLI and they later married. Their legacy of UL Lafayette students includes their children: Susan Fisher, Sharon Fisher O’Neill, Sandra Fisher, Dr. David Fisher, Jr., Shelly Fisher Romero, Lindsey Fisher, and Stacy Fisher Brown. Dr. Fisher is honored for his commitment to the RCAF Capital Campaign benefiting the Defensive Backs Meeting Room in the Student Athlete Performance Center.

Scott & Lisa Kerstetter

Scott & Lisa Kerstetter are alumni of UL Lafayette. The Kerstetters speak highly of Coach Robichaux and his dedication to the Baseball Program. According to Scott, Coach Robichaux reminds him of his father, Ron, who was committed to his sons. He says the two men have much in common. The Kerstetters made their gift to the RCAF Baseball Capital Campaign in honor of Ron, an avid baseball fan.

B.J. & Candace Ryan

Originally from Bossier City, La, B.J. Ryan is a former relief pitcher for Major League Baseball. He attended UL Lafayette (USL) and was a member of the Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team. He went on to pitch in 560 major league games for the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays. Ryan never officially retired, but has not played since 2009. B.J. is married to Candace and they have one child. They are recognized for their gift and commitment to the RCAF Baseball Capital Campaign.

Rodney & Cindi Savoy and The Savoy Family, LLC

Rodney L. Savoy is one of three original founders of Southern Lifestyle Development. SLD reached success with the acclaimed Village of River Ranch Development, the most well-known smart growth community in the nation. Currently, SLD has a number of communities under various stages of development throughout the United States. Rodney is a successful CPA and known for his analytical, aggressive entrepreneurial skills. He is married to Cindi M. Savoy and both are UL Lafayette (USL) alumni. They have three children. Together with the Savoy Family, LLC, they support the athletics program and are honored for their gift to the RCAF Baseball Capital Campaign.

Whitney Bank

Whitney Bank has a long history of UL Lafayette support. The Bank’s generous commitment was designated to enhance the RCAF Baseball Capital Campaign and offsets costs accompanying facility upgrades. Lafayette Market President Bill Hendrix hopes their gift aids in the continual recognition of Coach Tony Robichaux and the Ragin’ Cajuns Baseball Program.

David & Barbara Friedrichs

David Friedrichs is the youngest of five children and attended UL Lafayette (USL), graduating with a degree in finance. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and served as treasurer of the Campus Inter-Fraternity Council. David worked part-time as a bookkeeper for an oilfield rental company, Rig Tools, serving as business manager and comptroller for over 20 years. Friedrichs is passionate about the community having served as a member of the Lafayette Jaycees, Kappa Alpha Fraternity House Corporation and the American Heart Association. David Friedrichs is a devoted fan of Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns and enjoys supporting his team. He is married to Barbara and together they are recognized for their gifts in support of softball, baseball and the RCAF Capital Campaign.

Tommy & Janice Rogers

Tommie Rogers attended UL Lafayette (USL) and graduated with a degree in business. His wife Janice also graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. All four of the Rogers children attended UL Lafayette as well. Tommie currently serves on the RCAF Board of Directors. A football player during his tenure at UL, Tommie is part of the special group of former football players honoring the late Russ Faulkinberry, former head football coach of the Ragin’ Cajuns. Their gift to athletics also benefits the RCAF Football Bridge the Gap program.

Southern Lifestyle Development Company

Formed out of the desire by its principals to change the way real estate should be developed, the mission of Southern Lifestyle Development Company is to build communities that celebrate lifestyle by introducing components that elevate quality of life. SLD reached success with the acclaimed Village of River Ranch Development, the most well-known smart growth community in the nation. Formed by Robert Daigle, Rodney Savoy and Robert Gagnard, SLD has a number of communities under various development stages throughout the State of Louisiana. Robert Daigle currently serves as executive chair of the RCAF Board. The Company is honored for their gift and commitment to the RCAF Capital Campaign and Ragin’ Cajun athletics.

Cox Communications

Cox Communications has a rich history of supporting organizations that are committed to education and UL Lafayette is no exception. They understand the importance of a strong athletics program. Athletics is the window through which much of the world sees the University and makes a choice to support the University. Inspired to become a University partner, Cox wants to be part of something larger within the community, creating a better future for UL Lafayette students, athletes and the people of this great region. Cox Communications takes great pride in assisting student athletes and coaches in fulfilling their highest potential on and off the field. Cox is recognized for their gifts to athletics and the Louisiana Classics Fund.

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center

In 1949 Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital was opened by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. For more than 60 years, Lourdes has served South Louisiana while upholding a continued mission of stewardship and outreach to those most in need. In 2011, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center moved into a new, world-class hospital revolutionizing the way health care is delivered to Acadiana residents. Lourdes has supported a variety of programs at the University since the 1980’s. They are recognized for their gifts to athletics, all of which continue to be a leading source of support across the program.

Jim & Charlotte Doyle

Jim & Charlotte Doyle have been loyal supporters of the University for a number of years. Their support reaches across the board to areas of academics, athletics and the Foundation. The Doyles have a strong believe in education and its relevance to a productive society. Over the years, the Doyles have established multiple endowments benefiting the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration and Athletics. As an alumnus of the University and a member of the Ragin’ Cajuns football team, Jim is among the group of former football players honoring the late Russ Faulkinberry, 1960’s head coach of the Ragin’ Cajuns football team. They are also honored for their support of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration and the UL Foundation Honor Roll.

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick
Larry & Janice Sikes

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick and Larry & Janice Sikes are loyal supporters of academics, athletics and the RCAF Capital Campaign. Larry Sikes serves as president and senior member of Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick, one of the most respected accounting firms in southern Louisiana. Over the years, Larry has developed noteworthy experience in the areas of debt restructuring consultation and negotiating high level mergers and acquisitions. Larry earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UL Lafayette (USL) and is married to Janice Sikes. Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick is recognized for their commitment to and support of the RCAF Capital Campaign, athletics, and the B.I. Moody III College of Business Accounting Scholarship. Larry and Janice are recognized for their support of both the RCAF Capital Campaign and Football Bridge the Gap Program. As a former team member for Ragin’ Cajuns football, Larry joins former teammates in honoring the late Coach Russ Faulkinberry.

Donald E. Mosing

Donald E. Mosing graduated from UL Lafayette (SLI) in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. The eldest of three sons of Frank Mosing, the founder of Frank’s Casing Crew, Donald oversaw the technological end of the business, designing tools that included power tongs and the diesel hammer - innovative devices transforming the casing industry. His innovation translated into numerous patents which combined new technology and improvements on existing technology. After most people would have retired, Donald was instrumental in developing technology for deep water and reservoirs. He has worked with the Special Operations Group of engineers which experiments with and creates cutting edge technological advancements. As the company president, he served many years until his retirement in 2011. Donald was presented with World Oil’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

In addition to the Eminent Scholar Chair in Engineering he endowed in 2011, the Frank’s Computer Aided Design Laboratory for Engineering and Frank & Jessie Mosing Endowed Student Career Development Program in 2012, the initial lead gift to the RCAF Capital Campaign in November 2013 and establishment of four scholarships in his children’s names: Keith, Gregory Stanton, William Bradford, and Melanie Christine in 2015, Donald continues to passionately support academics and athletics programs. His most recent gifts provide support for the Mechanical Engineering Robotx Competition and the Mosing Family Scholarship. Additional gifts deliver funding for the RCAF Golf Capital Campaign as well as women’s softball and baseball. His gift benefiting the Golf Capital Campaign supports the new, UL Lafayette state-of-the-art golf facility at Oakbourne Country Club. Donald Mosing has a love for the University unlike any other. His magnanimous support continues to benefit UL Lafayette students and athletes, local industry and beyond.

Frank’s International

In 1981, Keith Mosing, son of Donald E. Mosing, formed Frank’s International. The company was separate from Frank’s Casing; however, both companies shared equipment, technology, safety systems and services protocols through cooperation and technology sharing agreements. Keith’s entrepreneurial efforts led to expansion of both companies’ operations and footprint across the U.S. and throughout the world. Frank’s International now has sales, operations and manufacturing facilities in more than 60 countries on six continents.

In 2011, Frank’s International and Frank’s Casing became one company known throughout the world as Frank’s International. In August 2013, with Keith Mosing as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of both U.S. and international operations, Frank’s International N.V. completed an initial public offering of its stock and today is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Frank’s International is recognized for their substantial gifts advancing the Frank’s Civil Engineering Hydraulics Laboratory.

Brad & Leah Mosing

Brad & Leah Mosing are recognized for their recent academic support benefiting the Mosing Family Scholarship and most notably, the RCAF Capital Campaign gift. Oakbourne Country Club is the home of the new, state-of-the-art teaching facility for Ragin’ Cajuns Golf. Brad & Leah made the lead gift backing the collaborative endeavor. Plans for the facility include hitting bays, coaches’ offices, a locker room, lobby, meeting and gallery areas.

Dr. Grant & Melissa Gibson

When Grant and Melissa Gibson made a recent gift benefiting the Physics Lab in the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences, they knew the importance of providing state of the art research equipment to UL Lafayette Physics students. The Grant & Melissa Gibson Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory is made possible by a fund established by Dr. & Mrs. Grant Gibson.

Providing the means for a new, cutting edge laboratory enhances the overall educational and research preparation of UL Lafayette students and builds a bridge between classroom and industry. Over the next two semesters, the Gibson’s gift enables 100-150 UL Lafayette students enrolled in physics labs from all colleges campus to gain exposure and work with advanced modern physics equipment. The renovated lab incorporates six educational and research directions. New equipment allows faculty to use a new curriculum featuring hands-on experience.

The Gibsons believe in the “pay it forward” philosophy. Dr. Grant Gibson attended UL Lafayette in the mid-1990s, where he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear physics. At the time he attended the University, he recalls being a student in a small physics department where professors took keen interest in their students. He credits Professors Emeriti Drs. Gary Glass, John Meriwether, James Garber and L. Dwynn Lafleur for their instruction and mentorship. This special connection between teacher and student provided Grant with the ambition to later earn a doctorate degree in corrosion science and materials engineering at the University of Manchester in the UK.

Today, Dr. Grant Gibson is CEO of GATE, Inc. (Gibson Applied Technology and Engineering) in Houston, TX. GATE, Inc. is a nationally recognized consulting and engineering firm providing world class engineering and project management services to the oil and gas industry.

Dr. Herman D. Hughes

Dr. Herman D. Hughes earned a B.S. degree in mathematics from Stillman College, a M.A. degree in chemistry from Tuskegee University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He began his academic career as a high school mathematics teacher in 1959. He later held faculty positions in mathematics at Tuskegee University and Grambling State University. During the summer months, professor Hughes worked in both industry and government including IBM, American Oil Company, Dow Chemical, Advanced Avionics Research Lab.

In 1973, Dr. Hughes joined the faculty at Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and today is Professor Emeritus. Over the years, Dr. Hughes became a national and international leader in the area of network traffic management and modeling with respect to wireless and high speed networks. Today, Dr. Hughes is retired and resides in Georgia. He serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is affiliated with Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology, housed in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The recently established endowment, Dr. Herman Hughes Distinguished Lecture Series will provide a lectureship opportunity focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and will foster collaboration among the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences and College of Engineering. Additionally, Dr. Hughes has provided support for the Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS) by way of establishing the Dr. Herman Hughes Scholarship in Computer Science for graduate students.

Lafayette Music Company

The Goodrich family and Lafayette Music Company continue their commitment to UL Lafayette. Lafayette Music owners Raymond and Karen Goodrich previously established six endowments in music. Their collective passion for music, belief in the university, and desire for strong music education in the region are the catalysts for the creation and continued commitment to scholarships at UL Lafayette. Lafayette Music Company is proud to have many alumni and current UL Lafayette students as part of its team.

Richard & Sheila Zepernick

Richard & Sheila Zepernick are recognized for their support of the UL Lafayette Learning is for Everyone (LIFE) Support Fund. Their gift benefits the pilot program engaging UL students with intellectual disabilities. The UL LIFE Program is a highly personalized program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. LIFE Courses are combined with college level courses and allow students to learn by doing. Accompanied by academic mentors, the two-year program incorporates functional academics with daily living skills, employment, social and health and wellness skills. By combining the academic, social, and career development skills at the college level, young adults with intellectual disabilities are given the opportunity to become thriving members of the community.