Loudine Louis named 2016 Outstanding Senior

Loudine Louis named 2016 Outstanding Senior

May 29, 2016 

Loudine Louis, a psychology and theatre studies double major from Lehigh Acres, Fla., was named the 2016 Outstanding Senior at Maryville College during the Academic Awards Ceremony held on April 23 in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Established by the Maryville College Alumni Association in 1974, the Outstanding Senior award recognizes those students whose overall record of academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities stand out as most exemplary.

Specifically, the award seeks to recognize a senior who has been active in a broad range of activities in college, who best exemplifies an “ideal” Maryville College graduate and who has the potential to be an outstanding alumnus/alumna – both as a representative of the College and in his or her service to the institution.

Only those seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 are considered for nomination for the Outstanding Senior Award. A committee that includes student, faculty and staff representation is given the responsibility of choosing five finalists. Those finalists are invited to respond in writing to questions about their view of their future role as alumni of Maryville College, their goals for the future and their understanding of how the College has influenced them and helped shape those goals.

Dr. Heather McMahon, associate director of theatre at Maryville College, introduced Louis during the Academic Awards Ceremony

“Loudine’s story is a great MC success story, as well as a testament to Loudine’s own intelligence, talent, work ethic and enthusiasm,” McMahon said. “She is the youngest of eight children and is a first-generation American, her parents having immigrated to the United States from Haiti. She came to Maryville College from Florida, having never set foot on the campus before she paid her deposit and bought her plane ticket to Tennessee. But Loudine took a leap of faith and has never looked back.”

Since her arrival on campus in 2012, Louis has taken advantage of the many opportunities on campus. In addition to performing in numerous MC Theatre Department productions, she has been a member of the Maryville College Concert Choir, the Lassies, and Voices of Praise, which she served as president and vice president. She has served as an ambassador in the College’s Office of Admissions, a peer mentor, a resident assistant and a tutor in the Academic Support Center. She has worked with the Black Student Association and interned in the Office of Diversity. She served as the student representative on the board of the Tennessee Theatre Association for two years. She has been inducted into honor societies, including Alpha Psi Omega, Alpha Lambda Delta and Alpha Gamma Sigma, and she won several awards on campus, such as the First-Year Spirit of the Ambassador Award, the Sharon Murphy Crane Award in theatre, the Voices of Praise Leadership Award and the Residence Hall Association’s First-Year Experience Award.

“Because Loudine’s mind and heart and goals and plans are just too big for one major, she has pursued two: theatre and psychology,” McMahon said. “[Associate Professor of Psychology] Dr. Crystal Colter and I were elated when a student came along who saw the connections between our fields that we had always seen: both offer powerful knowledge for greater awareness of ourselves and others and both are powerful tools for social change. In fact, Loudine’s senior study made these connections clear as she explored the techniques of Theatre of the Oppressed to increase people’s confidence to stand up and speak out in everyday situations of racial prejudice and injustice.”

Louis was presented a framed award along with a $500 cash award. Her name will be added to the Outstanding Senior plaque displayed on campus.

Finalists for the Outstanding Senior Award included: Cole Burns, a senior finance/accounting and child development and learning double major from Maryville, Tenn.; Blaine Coyle, a senior neuroscience (psychology) major from Knoxville, Tenn.; Nami Falhan, a senior computer science and mathematics double major from Nicosia, Cyprus; and Taylor Rigatti, a senior international studies major from Maryville, Tenn. They were each presented with a frame award.

In addition to the Outstanding Senior Award, Louis took home the Bates Forensic-Drama Award, which is presented to the most outstanding senior in drama.

Louis, a 2012 graduate of Riverdale High School, is the daughter of Brunett Hyppolite of Lehigh Acres, Fla.

“Loudine came to MC well prepared for success here, and she will be leaving MC in just a few weeks with all that she needs for this next part of her journey,” McMahon said. “She will leave with a fundamental knowledge of human thought and behavior and an understanding of the power of human interaction and collaboration that comes from both of her majors. She will leave with a heart full of love and compassion to serve the peoples of the world. She will leave with a passion to work for justice of all kinds. She will be a leader wherever she goes. And she will continue to take leaps of faith, to follow her heart, to take chances, and to make a difference.”

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.