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Scott Longon remembers attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and making great memories and life-long friends. Years later, Scott, along with his wife Yvonne, continue to make memories through their support of campus organizations and their children who attend the University.
Scott graduated in 1985 with a bachelor of science in Petroleum Engineering. Scott and Yvonne are longtime supporters of the Alumni Loyalty Fund and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, which Scott said they enjoy being members of.
According to Scott, their children attended UL Lafayette because of the reputation of the University for their children’s fields of study and the impressive scholarships for incoming freshmen and living in Lafayette. They continue to keep up to date with what is going on at the University by reading University’s official magazine La Louisiane, emails from the Hilliard Museum, social media, as well as attending the events their children participate in. Scott said they visited the campus one time to see their daughter’s work in the art studio.
“That was a lot of fun,” Scott said. “We think the impromptu ‘family day’ embarrassed our daughter, making it even more enjoyable for her parents.”
Scott said it is important for parents to give additional support to the University because supporting the University is supporting education in your child’s community. He said there are various ways to support the University such as volunteering your time, donating to any number of causes, or being members of the Hilliard Art Museum or Friends of the Dupré Library.
Although the Longons are involved in organizations around campus, they said they believe other University parents should let their children who are attending college have some space.
“Definitely check in on them to let them know you are there for them, but allow them this time to make their own decisions and grow as individuals,” Scott said.