What does it mean to be a Southernite?
To be a Southernite means everything to me. It is people and a place that I will always call home.
Stephanie Duell is the daughter of Paul and Norma Duell, a Baton Rouge native and graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy. She graduated in 2001 from the Dr. Delores Spikes Honors College with a degree in Biology. Stephanie was a member of The Southern Digest staff, a 2000 Miss Bayou Classic contestant and a member of SU’s 2000 National Runner Up Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Quiz Bowl team. After Southern, Stephanie attended Vanderbilt University, where she served as president of the Organization for Black Graduate and Professional Students in 2003. She completed a master’s degree in cancer biology under the direction of Dr. Philip J. Browning.
Stephanie lives in Cypress, TX where she is an Advanced Placement and on level science teacher at Klein Cain High School. She is a cancer survivor and advocate for other cancer survivors. She is a lifetime member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of Baton Rouge, several teacher organizations, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx, the Southern alumni chapter in Houston and is a Southern University Alumni Federation Life Member. Stephanie loves her Southern University and is always looking for an opportunity to share that love and/or recruit new students. She was a captain in the initial Million Dollar March and has been a donor to the university ever since. Stephanie credits much of her success to the curiosity, support and life lessons taught on Southern’s campus. Stephanie would like to particularly acknowledge Florence T. Robinson, Dean Beverly Wade, Dr. Brian Lewis, and Dr. Troy Allen for their truly integral influence on her educational career.