Diligent to the end, two members of the Louisiana Beta Chapter at Louisiana State University were inducted into LSU’s Tiger Twelve Class of 2014, a selection of students who are judged to best exemplify the university’s Commitment to Community, a statement of LSU’s principles as an academic community.
Brothers Alex Cagnola and Nathan Irby were presented the honor by the Office of the Dean of Students, who selected them as recipients.
Cagnola is a native of Lafayette, La. majoring in biological engineering and minoring in business administration. During his time as an LSU student, Cagnola was a researcher and peer mentor in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program. He has been an active member of the LSU Greek community, serving on the Greek Board of Directors and his chapter’s philanthropy chairman. He also served as a senator in LSU’s student government and was crowned the 2013 LSU Homecoming King. After graduation he will work in San Antonio as a drilling engineer for U.S. Enercorp LTD. He also plans to attend graduate school to attain master’s degrees in petroleum engineering and business. Irby, a native of Shreveport, La., is majoring in marketing and minoring in entrepreneurship.
Irby is currently working with the Office of the Baton Rouge Mayor-President and local employers to place 100 at-risk youth in summer internships in their chosen field. He also served as a fellow of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute at LSU, where he worked with a start-up solar company that leased solar panels to low-income families. Irby also served on the Greek Board of Directors at LSU, as the director of the Greek Leadership Institute, and in several positions planning the LSU Greek Life annual EMPOWER Greek leadership development program. Irby will be working in management consulting for the oil and gas industry working with Trenegy, a Houston based consulting firm. He will begin his role as an analyst in June.