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Liberal Arts Graduates

Major La' Ketha Prioleau

What I do now: I am an Acquisition Professional for the US Army serving as a Project Engineer at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA.

My work/job consists of: Assistant Product Manager and satellite communications government lead for $8 Billion+ next-generation SIGINT Intel collection space system within the National Reconnaissance Office.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present): I commissioned through the Army ROTC Program at LSUS/Northwestern State University in May 2000 and served as a Military Intelligence Officer in various commands and deployment locations from 2000 - 2008. After company command (in 2008), I was selected to become an Acquisition Professional. Upon completion of Graduate School at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, having been conferred a Masters Degree in Science - Information Technology in 2013, I was selected to work with the Air Force Activity at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS): I chose LSUS because it was close to home. My father, Ret. MSgt Bennie Hampton, Jr. was active duty Air Force. My mother, Gloria R. Hampton, is the Director of the Child Development Center. We were stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City.

Fond memories of LSUS: My fondest memories were participating in the ROTC program, the Art class I took my senior year, and the Washington, DC trips (Washington Semester) with Dr. Pederson.

LSUS faculty who helped me: Dr. Bill Pederson.

How LSUS helped me succeed: It prepared me for military service through education and discipline.

Advice to college-bound students: One should take college seriously. If you do not plan to take it seriously, don't waste your parent's or the government's money. You can have fun and be responsible while in school!

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field: Serving in the military is the most humbling experience I have ever had. The Army needs smart, intelligent, motivated, and confident leaders. Look up MAJ (Ret) Kevin Robinson, Signal Corps; former MAJ Aaron Herrera, Field Artillery; and Former Captain Brandon Friedman, Infantry and author. We are all Army Veterans, former, and or current, all Combat Veterans who served in either OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM/ENDURING FREEDOM, and proud graduates of Louisiana State University- Shreveport!

I have received three degrees, including Masters degrees, from my favorite Uncle, Uncle Sam. I have had the greatest opportunities for personal and professional development through various educational institutions, both government and private. Never miss a chance of a lifetime, no matter what it is. I look forward to many more to come.

Tips on choosing a major or career: If you don't know what you want to do, take an inventory and try various careers. Never choose a career for the money, but for the enjoyment and satisfaction of living out your dreams and doing something you are passionate about.

My toughest professional challenge: My toughest professional challenge was serving as a Casualty Assistance Officer to Mrs. Millagros Perez, wife of fallen service member SGT Joel Perez. You never fully understand DUTY until you have to lay to rest a brother in arms while preparing a family to live without him. It was the hardest thing I have had to do professionally.

My toughest personal challenge: My toughest personal challenge was joining the military and completing my undergraduate degree as a single parent. It was not easy, yet I had my ROTC brothers, family, the determination, and focus to see it through. If I can do it, you can do; all things are possible through Christ which gives me strength.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
US Army Military Intelligence Knowlton Award (2007)
US Army Signal Corps Wahatchee Award (2006)
Certificate of Achievement, I2WD Team of the Quarter, 4d QTR 2002, 2d QTR 2003
Army Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Army Commendation Medal (3)
Army Achievement Medal (4)
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Combat Deployment Service Stripe (2)

I've learned this from life: God is the giver of all things great and small. He honors those who honor Him. Be honest in all you do; it allows you to sleep at night. Don't be lazy; life is a blessing. Do not be afraid to share your thoughts and feelings in a spirit of understanding and consideration of others. We face serious social issues and injustices as a HUMAN race. Fight for what is right. Love someone more than you love yourself.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world: I would attend Cosmetology school, become a Karaoke DJ, or work on my PhD, serve as a professor at the collegiate level. I would spend as much time with my family as possible, travel, and perform community service until I could do no more.