Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in The School of Human Ecology
by Robin Danielle McFatter B.S., McNeese State University, 2002 May 2005
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the members of my graduate committee. I would first like to thank my major professor, Dr. Bonnie Belleau, for her patience, dedication, and guidance over this project. I am grateful for the opportunity to have studied under her direction and am confident that the skills that I have gained at LSU will benefit me throughout my career. I would also like to thank Dr. Kathleen Rees for her support and kindness. She has been a wonderful and considerate professor to work for and I will always cherish all of our enjoyable conversations. Next, I would like to thank Dr. Betsy Garrison for her commitment and assistance with this project. I could not have gotten through this process without her. Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Teresa Summers for motivating me to conduct this research. Her advice and generosity regarding this project is greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank my fellow graduate students, who have been so friendly and helpful to me during my stay at LSU. Thanks to Jennifer Banning, who has been so kind and dedicated to helping me in my journey at LSU. She always had the answers to my questions and was such a pleasure to be around. Thanks to Gillian Sims, who was so generous in donating his time and expertise to help me whenever I needed him. Thanks to Monica Santaella, for her assistance with all of the projects and activities that she has helped me with. She has left a colorful and decorative impression on my memories of LSU. I would finally like to thank Lisa McRoberts, who I believe will remain one of my lifelong friends....