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In Memoriam: Larry B. Jones, 1933-2013
A Message From the
chancellor I Will Forever Love Purple, Live Gold As I reflect back on my years at LSU and ponder about this final letter for the LSU Alumni Magazine, I am overwhelmed by the privilege that it has been for me to have served this great university. I have held a number of positions at LSU, and my current appointment as Interim President and Chancellor is one that has been particularly challenging. I hope, during this period of transition for LSU, that I have at least brought some stabilization to our institution so it can regain the momentum it needs to be a world leader in learning, research, and service at the highest levels. LSU enjoys an abundance of strengths – its history, its tradition, the most beautiful campus in America, and so on. But easily the greatest strength is its people. My experiences with our students have been exhilarating. We have so many students with world-class talent that they imbue optimism for the future of Louisiana. Year after year, LSU boasts of Goldwater, Truman and Udall award winners who can compete with any student at any university in America. Their performance reinforces the excellence in education offered at LSU. We have terrific faculty and staff working under very demanding conditions. My admiration for Louisiana State University is higher now than ever before because of what our faculty and staff are accomplishing every day during trying economic times. Their commitment, dedication, and loyalty to LSU are inspiring. LSU is simply among the finest comprehensive research-intensive public institutions in America. I say it often but cannot say it enough – LSU is a mystical and magical place. The spirit of everyone associated with LSU – students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters – is just incredible to behold and experience firsthand. It is comforting for me to leave the reins of the University in the hands of F. King Alexander, LSU’s new president. I am very confident that he will provide exemplary leadership. I will watch with great interest as LSU thrives as a leader in the 21st century world of higher education. I am honored and humbled to have served you for so many years and I wish all of you, my friends, only the best of times. I will forever Love Purple and Live Gold.
William L. Jenkins, Interim LSU Chancellor
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22 2013 Hall of Distinction Eight LSU alumni were inducted into LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction this spring including LSU Alumnus of the Year Larry B. Jones and Young Alumnus of the Year Michael Tipton. Also inducted were Keith Comeaux, Dr. Ronald B. Marks, Kevin Mawae, Karlynn O’Shaughnessy, Michael Papajohn, and Dr. Kevin R. Ward.
32 Six Generations The story starts on June 25, 1873, when Milton A. Strickland received a Bachelor of Arts degree during commencement exercises at the Institute for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind, LSU’s first Baton Rouge home. Strickland, one of eight graduates, delivered the “Oration,” Man’s Relation to His State, at the ceremony. Fast-forward 140 years to May 16, 2013. Charlotte Garman Baker carried forward her great-great-great-grandfather’s legacy, claiming her LSU credentials along with more than 3,900 fellow graduates at the main commencement ceremony in the Maravich Assembly Center.
In Each Issue 1 A Message from the Chancellor 4 President’s Message 6 LSU Alumni Association News 36 Around Campus 50 Focus on Faculty 52 Locker Room 56 Tiger Nation
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Editorial Assistants Patti Garner; Brenda Macon, Copy Editor Contributors Barry Cowan, Billy Gomila, Emily Herrington, Danielle Kelley, Kent Lowe, Brenda Macon, Hannah McClain, Holly Phillips, Emily Puzz, William Stafford Photography E.J. Ourso College of Business, Mark Claesgens, Bill Franques, Steve Franz, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, Sherry Hayes, Johnny Gordon, Larry Hubbard, LSU Sports Information, W. Randall Macon, Paula Ouder, Eddy Perez, Michelle Staffield, Jim Zietz Printing Baton Rouge Printing Editorial and Advertising Office LSU Alumni Association 3838 West Lakeshore Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4686 225-578-3838 • 888-RINGLSU www.lsualumni.org / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org LSU ALUMNI MAGAZINE is published quarterly in March, June, September and December by the LSU Alumni Association. A contribution of $50 or more for an annual subscription includes membership in the Alumni Association. Letters to the editor are encouraged. Please write to the address listed above. LSU ALUMNI MAGAZINE reserves the right to edit all material accepted for publication. Publication of material does not indicate endorsement of the author’s viewpoint by the magazine, the LSUAA or LSU. © 2013 by LSU ALUMNI MAGAZINE. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to LSU ALUMNI MAGAZINE, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4686 The mission of the LSU Alumni Association is to protect, promote, and foster the welfare of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College and to create and nurture mutually beneficial relationships between the University and its alumni and friends. The Association, using the talents and resources of alumni and friends of Louisiana State University, supports the University in pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and public service to future and current alumni. NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jack Andonie Chair, Metairie, La. Gil Rew Chair-Elect, Mansfield, La. Michael H. Woods Past Chair, Shreveport, La. Scott L. Anderson, Monroe, La. Ted A Martin, Baton Rouge, La. Mary Lou Applewhite, New Orleans, La. Louis R. Minksy, Baton Rouge, La. Jon D. “Jay” Babb, Baton Rouge, La. Richard C. “Ricky” Oustalet, Jennings, La. Gil Rew, Mansfield, La. J. Hals Benhard, Palmetto, La. Beverly Shea, New Iberia, La. C. A. “Buddy” Brice III, Biloxi, Miss. John T. Shelton, Jr., Houston, Texas Guy Campbell III, Monroe, La. Carl J. Streva, Morgan City, La. Gregg Cordaro, Baton Rouge, La. Susan K. Whitelaw, Shreveport, La. Theresa M. Gallion, Tampa, Fla. Lodwrick M. Cook, Director Emeritus Ronald M. Johnson, Baton Rouge, La. Sherman Oaks, Calif. Jan K. Liuzza, Kenner, La.
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Keeping the Spirit of Tiger Nation Alive The 2013 Hall of Distinction was a very exciting and emotional event. All the honorees were present with the exception of 2013 Alumnus of the Year Larry Jones, who received his award in his hospital bed at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. You’ll read about the event – and the new inductees – in this issue of the magazine. On April 30, through the graciousness of the Woods family, Larry was transported to the Mayo Clinic for evaluation. He returned to Baton Rouge by the graciousness of Kent Anderson, Lod Cook, Jerry Dumas, John Shelton, Carl Streva, and the Woods family on May 7 and is now in hospice care at Carpenter House in Baton Rouge. Please keep Larry and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Chapter season is in full swing. Already we have attended events in Dallas, Houston, Miami, Pensacola, Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, Las Vegas, Memphis, Wilmington, N.C., Lafayette, Lake Charles, Jackson, Miss., and Los Angeles. The spirit of Tiger Nation is truly awesome among our former students and friends. In Las Vegas, we had a former Stanford University football player and an Oregon graduate purchase our LSU apparel because they “liked LSU.” These chapters put forth great effort as they raise funds primarily for scholarships. Chapter members are hard-working supporters indeed. Our new president, King Alexander, is making plans to arrive on campus by early July. He attended our Los Angeles Chapter event and was able to see the pride and support of all our former students and friends in Southern California. Before you know it, we will be into football season. The LSU Alumni Association and the Tiger Athletic Foundation have joined together for our Traveling Tigers program. If you haven’t made plans to attend away games, please consider our travel program. The first trip will be to Cowboy Stadium in Irvine, Texas, for the LSU vs. TCU game. This session of the legislature is under way, and we are hoping that no significant budget reductions take place. That is all the more reason we need your private financial support. Again, thank you for all you do for LSU and the Association. Keep the spirit of Tiger Nation alive! Forever LSU!
Charlie W. Roberts President/CEO
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Accolades Banquet Purple & Gold, Chapter Service Winners Recognized
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Liberty Mutual representatives, from left, Todd Edzell, De’Ette Ross, and Rebecca Mikell with President Charlie Roberts.
The LSU Alumni Association paid tribute to its Purple & Gold and Chapter Service award winners at the 2013 Accolades Banquet on March 6 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. The Purple & Gold Award recognizes philanthropists who support programs and activities of the Association. Receiving awards from Association National Board of Directors Chair Dr. Jack Andonie this year were Ron and Dr. Mary Neal, of Baton Rouge; David M. Thornton, of Zachary, La.; and the Greater Atlanta Alumni Chapter. Winners Richard and Susan Dugas, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Alan and Patricia Fiorenza, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., were unable to attend the banquet. Chapter Service awards, given to those who have played major roles in the success and progress of their alumni chapters, were awarded to Clay Duarte, National Capital Chapter, Washington, D.C.; Paula Root Dupuy, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter; Larry Scheetz, Panhandle Bayou Bengals, Pensacola, Fla.; and Mary Scott, A.P. Tureaud, Sr., Black Alumni Chapter, Baton Rouge. During the event, De’Ette Ross, a sales representative with Association affinity partner Liberty Mutual Insurance, presented President Charlie Roberts with an award recognizing the Association for having more than 10,000 insurance policies in force with the company.
Purple & Gold Awards Ron and Mary Neal
Mary and Ron Neal
Ronald and Dr. Mary Neal, both LSU graduates, credit the University for success in many areas of their lives – especially for finding each other – and over the years they have given back to their alma mater in numerous ways. The Neals have been members of the LSU Foundation since 2000 and the LSU College of Science’s Dean’s Circle since its inception in 2007. Both were named to the College of Science Hall of Distinction in 2012. Ron Neal serves on the Campanile Charities Board, and the couple has funded the Ronald E. and Dr. Mary E. Neal Distinguished Professorship in Biological Sciences. Ron and Mary Neal are major donors to the Alumni Fund and have a room named for them in The Cook Hotel.
Chris Tilley, Greater Atlanta Chapter
David Thornton graduated from LSU in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. While at LSU, he was a member of Acacia Fraternity. A generous supporter of the LSU Alumni Association, Thornton established the David M. Thornton Endowed Flagship Scholarship.
The Greater Atlanta Chapter Chapter President Chris Tilley accepted the award for the Greater Atlanta Chapter, which provides service to and hosts a variety of community events for alumni, fans, and supporters who bleed purple and gold. Through the volunteer efforts of board members and the contributions from chapter supporters, the Greater Atlanta Chapter is committed to its largest initiative – scholarships. A variety of local events held throughout the year raise money to fund four scholarship endowments. A recent chapter endeavor is the LSU license plate campaign, which offers a purple-and-gold presence in both metro Atlanta and across the state of Georgia.
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Chapter Service Awards Clay H. Duarte, National Capital Chapter Clay Duarte graduated from LSU in 1993 with a master’s degree in political science. While living in northern Virginia, Duarte served as the alumni chapter vice-president for one year and president for three years. While president, he helped the chapter update and enlarge its media presence; enlarge its membership; increase its social activities to include restarting the previously dormant intramural sports teams; and improve and expand the football view-in locations. As the Clay H. Duarte LSU representative, he has served for four years as the volunteer coordinator for the Washington, D.C., Louisiana Collegiate Coalition Crawfish Boil, and he coordinates the chapter’s high school recruiting efforts in Northern Virginia.
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Paula Root Dupuy, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter Paula Dupuy holds LSU bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and taught for 34 years in the East Baton Rouge Parish public school system. Dupuy helped revitalize and reorganize the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter in 2001, believing it was her chance to give back to the University that had awarded her daughter an Alumni Scholarship when she enrolled at LSU in 1992. Dupuy and her husband, Paul, are active members of the chapter, volunteering for every activity and event from the first Tiger Tour fundraiser to the annual Grad Fair. The family has established the Barry Root Memorial Endowed Flagship Scholarship in memory of her brother.
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Accolades Banquet Larry Scheetz, Panhandle Bayou Bengals Lifelong LSU fan and Alumni-by-Choice Larry Scheetz joined the Panhandle Bayou Bengals seven years ago. During that time, he has served as vice-president and as a member of the board of directors and currently holds the office of president-elect. Scheetz has chaired the annual crawfish boil since 2010, doubling the number of corporate sponsors for the event. He is a member of the Mardi Gras float committee, the scholarship recipient selection committee, and Summer Sendoff Party committee.
Mary K. Scott, A.P. Tureaud, Sr., Chapter Larry Scheetz
Mary K. Scott was co-chair of the first LSU black alumni reunion held in 1988, which resulted in the establishment of the A.P. Tureaud Alumni Chapter in 1990. She was a charter officer of the chapter, served as treasurer for a number of years, and was the fiscal officer for the chapterâ€™s Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities grant that funded the Tureaud documentary Journey for Justice: The A.P. Tureaud Story. She was chapter president in 1993 and is one of five donors for a recent Development Challenge Grant that netted a $10,000 scholarship for the chapter. She is a member of the Tureaud Chapter Executive Advisory Committee, which is planning the 2013 Chapter Reunion. ON THE WEB www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3CElAsiXOg
Mary K. Scott
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Alums in Malaysia – A reunion of LSU graduates in Malaysia on Feb. 16 attracted some 250 Tiger graduates from the 1960s to the 1990s. The event was organized by LSU alumna Zaitun Yassin (1973 BACH AGR, 1974 BACH AGR) in the hopes of organizing an official alumni chapter in the future.
Recruiting Event – LSU Atlanta
Future Tiger William Smith, center, with Warren Quirrett, LSU admissions counselor, left, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management David Kurpius.
member David Songy hosted the third annual student recruiting party in March. The event, attended by Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management David Kurpius and several members of the admissions staff, attracted more than 50 Atlanta-area students considering LSU.
Correction – The cutline under the photo Development Challenge in the spring issue of the magazine incorrectly stated that only Todd Schexnayder of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana provided a donation to support the A.P. Tureaud, Sr., Chapter Scholarship. Also making donations were College of Humanities & Social Sciences Dean Gaines Foster, Mary K. Scott, and Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. The challenge was established by College of Human Sciences & Education Dean Laura Lindsay, who offered to match each $1,000 donation up to $5,000 to support the scholarship. LSU Alumni Magazine regrets the error.
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2013 Calendar of Events July 1
Retired Faculty/Staff July 4th Celebration
Dr. Don Taylor LSU Alumni Golf Classic DeSoto Parish Gil Rew at email@example.com
Atlanta Sweet Send Off Party Sarah Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni Board of Directors Meeting
LSU vs. Texas Christian University (Cowboys Stadium)
LSU vs. University of Alabama-Birmingham (Home)
LSU vs. Kent St. (Home)
LSU vs. Auburn (Home)
LSU vs. Georgia (Away)
LSU vs. Mississippi State (Away)
LSU vs. Florida (Home)
LSU vs. Ole Miss (Away)
25-26 Band Reunion 26 LSU vs. Furman (Home)
LSU vs. Alabama (Away)
Alumni Board of Directors Meeting
LSU vs. Texas A&M (Home)
LSU vs. Arkansas (Home)
December 10 Retired Faculty Staff Christmas Celebration 31
Kickoff 2014 at The Cook New Years Eve Celebration
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The 4.3 acre practice field at Qualcomm Stadium was the site for the “largest crayfish [sic] party at a single venue,” according to the Guinness World Record citation.
Leyla Soileau and her friends, Breanna and Alia, counted a major heap of tickets to supply the numbers for the chapter’s Guinness World Record application.
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San Diego Crawdad Boil Sets World Record
Louisiana native and U.S. Navy veteran Derrick Isaac, left, coach at Morse High School in San Diego, visits with John Robinson, former head football coach of USC and the LA Rams; LSU alumna Beverly Robinson; and Karl Wilson, defensive end for LSU and several NFL teams.
San Diego Tigers set a world record on May 27, 2012, at their 24th annual crawfish boil. The 3,399 attendees, who enjoyed 20,000 pounds of crayfish [sic] boiled by Louisiana chefs, along with beer and good Cajun music, set a world record for the largest “crayfish [sic] party at a single venue” according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
From a crowd of 100-200 in the early years, the event grew to thousands in the last few years as new friends and an increasing number of Louisiana transplants to Southern California joined the party. Among the crawfish boils put on by the LSU Alumni Association family across America, San Diego’s is by far the largest. San Diego alums often found themselves saying that they held the largest boil outside of Louisiana, or in the west, or in America. “When we learned that there was such a record in the Guinness Book of Acadiana’s Crawfish Express trucked in 20,000 World Records and that our attendance pounds of crawfish from Louisiana and cooked them on site at the Qualcomm Stadium practice field. Boxes was about seven times greater than the with 50 pounds of crawfish plus corn and potatoes current record, we decided to attempt were served to each of the 360 tables of ten. to break the current record,” said Kathy Crossin.”We also hoped that our attempt to break the record would stimulate others to challenge our record if we should be successful!” The record certificate states, “The largest crayfish [sic] party at a single venue included 3,399 participants at an event organized by Louisiana State University Alumni of San Diego (USA) at Qualcomm Practice Field in San Diego, California, USA, on 27 May 2012.” Sierra Terrebonne, a sophomore at LSU at the time and the daughter of the chapter founding members Pete and Pam Terrebonne sang the national anthem, and a local U.S. Navy unit provided the color guard for a Memorial Day ceremony.
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Chapter Leadership Workshop Step Up to the Plate
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Ready to tackle the issues of chapter leadership.
Bundled up for the baseball game.
Forty alumni chapter presidents and officers from across the country were on hand for the 2013 Chapter Leadership Workshop on March 2 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center, with former LSU baseball player and Hollywood stunt man Michael Papajohn getting things going. Papajohn, who was Dennis Quaid’s stunt double in Everybody’s All-American, has enjoyed a movie and television career that has seen him appear alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in some of the biggest films in history. He shared stories about his jobs, attributing
much of his success to LSU and the relationships he established here. The theme of this year’s event was Step Up to the Plate for Your Chapter. The full day of fellowship and learning included sessions on fundraising, affinity partnerships, recruiting and admissions, and more. And five chapters made check presentations total $50,500 the LSU Alumni Scholarship Fund. At the end of the day, the group bundled against the cold and traveled to Alex Box Stadium for a tailgate party sponsored by Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar and the baseball game between LSU and Brown.
Keynote speaker movie and television actor Michael Papajohn.
President Charlie Roberts, left, with Greater Baton Rouge Chapter members, from left, Sharon Pol, Beth Tope, Wayne Parker, Paula Dupuy, Paul Dupuy, Carmen Parker, Juan Carrillo, and Joanne Carrillo.
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President Charlie Roberts, left, and Vice President Cliff Vannoy, right, with Panhandle Bayou Bengals members Dianne Bernasconi, Will Clause, Leslie Danks, Larry Scheetz, Lynn Pendleton, and John Spurny.
Northeast Oklahoma Chapter represented by Scott Gentry, center, with Charlie Roberts and Cliff Vannoy.
Charlie Roberts with Southern California Chapter members Dan Pitre, Becky Patin, and Michael Patin.
Greater Atlanta Chapter members Chris Tilley and Sarah Clayton with Charlie Roberts and Cliff Vannoy.
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Snapshots Book Donation – Martha Holoubek Fitzgerald, formerly a columnist and associate editorial page editor of the Shreveport Times, presented LSU Alumni Association President Charlie Roberts with a copy of her new book, The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope & Healing on Feb. 8. Fitzgerald’s parents, the late Drs. Joe and Alice Baker Holoubek, were wellknown in medical and Catholic circles throughout Louisiana and across the nation. Alice Baker was the eighth woman to graduate from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. She met Joe Holoubek during a summer fellowship at Mayo Clinic. They corresponded by letter for two years before marrying in 1939 and beginning their lives together in New Orleans with three-year fellowships. They moved to Shreveport, La., after World War II and practiced internal medicine together for more than 40 years. Dr. Joe co-founded LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport in the 1960s. Dr. Alice was a founding member of the clinical faculty.
National Recognition – LSU Alumni Association President Charlie Roberts congratulates Susan Whitelaw (1971 BACH H&SS), a member of the National LSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, on being named winner of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) 2012 AICPA National Public Service Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding public service at the local, state, regional, and national levels, will be presented in Fall 2013 in Washington, D.C. Whitelaw was winner of the Louisiana Society of CPAs 2012 Distinguished Public Service Award and was nominated by the state society. She is in private practice in Shreveport, La.
From left, James Fisher, John Shorter, Tammy Brown, B.J. Bellow, Cassie Hutchinson, Danielle Gueho, and Jenee Galjour.
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The Baton Rouge Food Truck Wround-Up at The Cook Hotel.
Wround-Up – The Baton Rouge Food Truck Wround-Up visited The Cook Hotel on April 10, offering a variety of scrumptious items available for purchase to a couple of hundred foodies on hand. Feeding the hungry crowd were Taco de Paco, CURBSIDE, Pullin’ Pork, Three Bones, Dolce de Vita Wood Fired Pizza, FRESHjunkie, and Fleur de Licious. Folks also enjoyed the music of David St. Romain and a cash bar provided by Unique Cuisine.
Bayou Bash â€“ The LSU Alumni Association was well represented at the annual Tiger Gridiron Club Bayou Recruiting Bash on Feb. 6 at the Baton Rouge River Center. On hand to promote 2013 Traveling Tigers trips were, from left, Tracy Jones, Brandli Roberts, Jason Ramezan, James Fisher, and Margot Ardoin.
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Glen E. Howie, Jr., left, and LSU Alumni Association President Charlie Roberts. Photo by Johnny Gordon
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President Charlie Roberts and Robert J. Barham.
Several readers have contacted us about donating their rings to the LSU Ring Collection. Glen E. Howie, Jr. (2008 BACH BUS), of Lafayette, La., dropped off his 2008 ring on April 10 and Robert J. Barham (1970 BACH BUS), of Oak Ridge, La., presented his 1970 ring to LSU Alumni Association President Charlie Roberts on April 11.
We have also received a 1970 ring from Dudley Beene (1970 BACH A&D), of Shreveport, La.; a 1988 ring from Edward J. Corona, III (1986 BACH BUS, 1988 MAST BUS), of Roswell, Ga.; and a 1957 ring from Lynn L. LeBlanc (1957 BACH ENGR), of Pineville, La. The date of the LSU Ring donated by Cindy Gleason Traugott appeared incorrectly as 1977. It should have read 1969. And the date of the LSU Ring donated by Mary Elizabeth Norckauer appeared incorrectly as 1950. It is a 1945 ring. LSU Alumni Magazine regrets the errors.
Photo by Larry Hubbard
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Grad Fair Attracts 1,500 There are myriad details to attend to before graduating seniors walk across the stage to claim their diplomas. And what with studying for finals, brushing up that resumé, and job hunting, the last thing graduates-to-be want to worry about are caps and gowns, rings, and senior portraits.
Welcoming new members.
Taking a break.
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That’s where the LSU Alumni Association steps in – providing three days of one-stop shopping for the big day at Grad Fair. More than 1,500 seniors passed through the doors of the Lod Cook Alumni Center for the three-day event Feb. 18-20. More than 280 students joined the Association, and an additional 52 students made commitments through the Enhanced Membership program. “It was great to see so many of our seniors join the Association,” said Jason Ramezan, vice president of alumni relations. “They are the future of our organization and our University.” On hand to help seniors through the process were Balfour, Barnes & Noble, Campus Federal Credit Union, Career Services, the Gumbo, Student Aid & Scholarships, University Registrar, Graduate School, and Finance & Administrative Services. Ordering invites.
Choosing a ring.
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Jones Named Alumnus of the year
Eight Inducted into 2013 Hall of Distinction
ight notable LSU alumni were inducted into LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction this
spring including LSU Alumnus of the Year Larry B.
Jones and Young Alumnus of the Year Michael Tipton. The black
tie gala took place April 12 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.
Clockwise from top left: Velma Jones accepts Larry Jones’ Alumnus of the Year plaque from Dr. Jack Andonie; the Kevin Mawae family; the Dr. Ronald B. Marks family; and the Keith Comeaux family and guests. Honorees’ photos by Eddy Perez; Family photos by Johnny Gordon.
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Also inducted were Keith Comeaux, Dr. Ronald B. Marks, Kevin Mawae, Karlynn O’Shaughnessy, Michael Papajohn, and Dr. Kevin R. Ward. Association President Charlie Roberts welcomed guests and presided over the ceremony, which included spotlighted entrances of the honorees, a video tribute to each, and a final bow amidst a shower of purple and gold streamers. Alumnus of the Year Larry Jones was hospitalized and unable to attend but shared the event via Face Time. His wife, Velma, accepted his award during the ceremony, and following the program, Roberts presented Jones his plaque and medal at the hospital. In pre-recorded video remarks, Jones congratulated his fellow honorees, thanked his “team – the LSU Alumni Association,” and paid tribute to the “three most important people in [his] life – Paul Dietzel, Charlie Roberts, and [his] wife, Velma.” “When I first started my job as a development officer, I had no idea what it meant,” Jones said, recalling his early days at the Association. “But my philosophy was to get on the road and visit as many people as I could to ask for their help in funding scholarships and professorships and facilities. I also had the
philosophy that at the end of the day, I’d make one more call.” Jones spoke nostalgically about “his” donors who contributed dollars for numerous professorships and scholarships, The Cook Hotel, the Andonie Museum, the War Memorial and rooms in the hotel and alumni center, as well as to the Alumni Fund. “Any success that I’ve had in raising money comes from these donors and what they did for me, and the way they accepted me, and the way they helped me,” Jones said. “These donors made my job very rewarding. These donors made my job one that made me proud to work at LSU. The reason for my success was my desire to make LSU a better place.” Also taking part in the evening’s festivities were LSU Interim President and Chancellor William Jenkins, and Association National Board of Directors Chair Dr. Jack Andonie. Musical entertainment was provided by the LSU Alumni Trio – Doug Pacas, Johnny Gordon, and Larry Hubbard – and vocalist Ron Pennington. The event was catered by Unique Cuisine. ON THE WEB www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ez4anW-1FY
Above left: The 2013 Hall of Distinction inductees, from left, Kevin Mawae, Dr. Kevin Ward, Karlynn O’Shaughnessey, Young Alumnus of the Year Michael Tipton, Keith Comeaux, Dr. Ronald Marks, and Michael Papajohn. Above right from top: Dr. Kevin R. Ward and family; the Michael Papajohn family and guests; the Michael Tipton family; the Karlynn O’Shaughnessy family.
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arry Jones, chief fundraiser for the LSU Alumni Association, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from LSU in 1956 and 1961, respectively. He was commissioned through LSU Air Force ROTC, served his country three years on active duty, and was discharged at the rank of captain. In 1957, while stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., he was named to the All-Air Force football team. A former Tigers center and linebacker, Jones joined Paul construction of the Lod Cook Alumni Center, The Cook Hotel Dietzel’s coaching staff for the 1958 season, the first year the Tigers and Conference Center, the Jack and Priscilla Andonie Museum, won the national championship and followed Dietzel to Army LSU War Memorial, Tiger Walk, and Tiger Plaza. Open heart and South Carolina. While at South Carolina he was assistant surgery in 2003 did not slow him down, and even while dealing head coach and defensive coordinator and while at Tennessee with current serious health issues, Jones’ first concern is taking was twice assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. He care of “his donors.” Jones was honored in 1983 as National L Club Man of the was also a defensive coordinator at Kansas. Jones was head coach at Florida State University for three years and led the Seminoles Year and in the mid-eighties received the LSU Foundation’s to the Fiesta Bowl in 1971, his first season. He returned to LSU in Fundraiser Emeritus Award. In 2011, Jones was recognized by the 1979 as associate athletics director. Before heeding the call of his Association as Most Valuable Player at the Accolades Banquet alma mater, Jones turned down an opportunity to join the Dallas and a scholarship in his name was established. Jones and his first wife, the late Judy Bianchi, adopted three Cowboys scouting department. Over the past twenty-three years, he has raised more than children, David Bruce, Kevin, and Laura. He married Velma $35 million in contributions for scholarships, professorships, Thornton in 1989 and is stepfather to Dale Thornton and Allison and facilities. His fundraising accomplishments are evident in Thornton. He has 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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ichael Tipton, executive director of Teach For America-South Louisiana, graduated from LSU in 2005 with degrees in political science and history and earned a master’s degree from Pace University in 2007. A University Medalist, he received the Outstanding Senior, Outstanding Honors College Senior, and Arden O. French Leadership awards. Selected from among 17,000 applicants to join the 2005 Teach for America corps in New York City, Tipton was the founding humanities teacher, service learning coordinator and student council adviser at Mott Hall Bronx High School from 2005-2007. During his tenure the school achieved 75 percent and 82 percent passage rates on the American History Regents Exam compared with 2 percent and 5 percent likely passage rates predicted by initial student assessments. Under Tipton’s leadership since 2007, Teach For America-South Louisiana has more than quadrupled fundraising, nearly tripled the corps of teachers, dramatically increased the number of Teach For America alumni in South Louisiana, and increased the number of alumni in senior state and community roles by more than 10 times. Tipton was president of ODK Alpha Nu LSU Circle, served as student national board member from 2004-2006, as regional director from 2006-08, and was selected as a national at-large member of the board in 2012. He is a member, former trustee, and current deacon of University Baptist Church; a member of the Swine Palace Board of Directors; serves on the board and advisory council of Dreams Teachers; and is a member and director of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge. He was named a Baton Rouge Business Report 40 Under 40 recipient in 2007; chosen to participate in the 2009 class of Leadership Greater Baton Rouge; took part in the Center for Creative Leadership Program in 2010; was selected for Leadership Louisiana in 2011; named to the Baton Rouge Business Report’s 2012 list of People of Influence in Baton Rouge; and received the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Barton Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management in Baton Rouge in 2012.
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eith Comeaux, flight director for Curiosity’s August 2012 entry, descent, and landing on Mars, graduated from LSU in 1989 with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and physics. He joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2006 and has served as verification lead, test conductor, team chief, and mission manager in the seven years he has worked on the Curiosity rover. Comeaux earned master’s and doctoral degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University, and he also holds an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Project Management Institute (PMI) and also serves on LSU’s Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. Comeaux has been recognized with numerous awards and honors during his career, among them the Boeing Superior Performance Award, 2000; the George Washington Engineer of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Council of Engineering Societies, 2001; and the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, 2001, presented for a notable contribution by a young person, age 35 or under to the advancement of aeronautics or astronautics. Previous recipients of the Sperry Award include Sally Ride, Gene Kranz, Scott Crossfield, and Comeaux’s Ph.D. thesis adviser, Dean Chapman. He completed the Boeing Engineering Leadership Program in 2005 and in 2013 delivered the LSU Mechanical Engineering Alumni Achievement Lecture. Comeaux and his wife, Cecilia, live in Redondo Beach, Calif., with their children, Maxwell and Evangeline.
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r. Ronald Marks graduated from LSU in 1964 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in chemistry, received his dental training at Loyola University, and finished his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency in 1973 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. A partner in Alexandria Oral Surgery Associates, he has held faculty appointments at Tulane School of Medicine, LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans, and LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, where he is a clinical professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery. A past and present member of numerous professional organizations, Dr. Marks has served as president of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Louisiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Louisiana State Board of Dentistry, Louisiana Dental Association, and the Central Louisiana Dental Association. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He counts among his proudest achievements his ascendency to the presidency of AAOMS, which allowed him to develop strong relationships with academic leaders around the world striving to forge a lasting place in medicine and dentistry for oral and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Marks has served as president of Temple Gemiluth Chassodim, is an alumnus of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, a member of the LSU Foundation and the LSU Alumni Association, and served on the board of directors of the Tiger Athletic Foundation. He was instrumental in the formation of the James Peltier Endowed Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the first endowed chair at the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, and served on that bodyâ€™s board as well as that of the Jack Gamble Endowed Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Dr. Marks and his wife, Nat, live in Alexandria, La. They have two sons, Alan and Spencer, both LSU graduates, and five grandchildren.
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evin Mawae, 1993 LSU general studies graduate, is a former LSU and National Football League standout. He holds a masterâ€™s degree in sports management from Adelphi University and certificates of completion from the Stanford University NFL Business Executive Program and the Wharton School of Business Executive Program. Mawae was a four-year starter for the LSU Tigers and as a senior was named second-team All-SEC by Associated Press and SEC coaches. He was selected for the Pro Bowl on six consecutive occasions and selected All-Pro eight times. He was inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 1994, played for the New York Jets, and ended his pro career with the Tennessee Titans in 2009. He earned all-rookie honors in his first season with the Seahawks, and in his eight years with the Jets earned six Pro Bowls. He earned six All-Pro selections with the Titans and earned two Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro twice. Among his career highlights and awards are the Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award for professionalism in working with team staff, the Marty Lyons Award for community service, and the Ed Block Courage Award. He was named to the NFL 2000s AllDecade Team, the New York Jets All-Time Four Decade Team, and the Tennessee Titans 10th Anniversary Team. Mawae served as president of the National Football League Players Association from 2008 to 2012, volunteers for numerous community outreach programs, is vice-president of the board of directors of Healing Place Serve, and is a member of the Dunham School Advancement Committee. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children, Kirkland and Abigail. The Mawaes support several outreach ministries and in 2008 joined a Childrenâ€™s Cup International mission in Swaziland and Mozambique, Africa. The family resides in Baton Rouge.
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rigadier General Karlynn O’Shaughnessy, former commanding general, 2d Brigade, 75th Division, Fort Dix, N.J., earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from LSU in 1979 and was commissioned as a Regular Army 2nd Lieutenant through LSU Army ROTC. She also holds an accounting certificate from the University of Virginia, an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and she completed the National Security Management Course at Syracuse University. O’Shaughnessy began her military career in 1979 as a platoon leader in the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., serving in leadership and staff positions in the division for four years. Her Reserve assignments include deputy commanding general, 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), and assistant division commander-operations, chief of staff, and commander, 6th Brigade (Professional Development) in the 108th Division (Institutional Training). Before assuming command of 6th Brigade, she served as deputy chief of staff, Eighth U.S. Army in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Her other Eighth Army assignments include deputy chief of staff, G5, and Chief, G2 Plans and Readiness Division. She has held positions in the 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; U.S. Special Operations Command and Special Operations Command Central, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.; and U.S. Army Special Operations Command and the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. She was promoted to brigadier general in 2008. O’Shaughnessy was named the New York Area USO Woman of the Year in 2010. Among her military honors are the Master Parachutist Badge, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, and Reserve Component Overseas Service Ribbon. O’Shaughnessy is principal fiscal analyst and team leader for transportation and information technology for the Fiscal Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly, Raleigh, N.C. She is a member of the Reserve Officers Association, Information Technology Financial Management Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae Association, YMCA of the Triangle, Habitat for Humanity, and the U.S. Army War College Alumni Association. She and her husband, retired Army Lieutenant Col. John F. O’Shaughnessy, Jr., have two daughters, Kelly and Jackie. The family resides in Holly Springs, N.C.
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ichael Papajohn, a 1988 general studies graduate, first made a name for himself as the starting centerfielder for the Tigers baseball team when they made their inaugural trip to the College World Series in 1986. A role as Dennis Quaid’s stunt double in Everybody’s All-American saw his career shift from the diamond to the silver screen though, launching a movie and television career that has seen him appear alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in some of the biggest films in history. Papajohn is best known for playing the carjacker who killed Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben in Spider-Man, and he is also known for doing Adam Sandler’s stunts as Bobby Boucher in The Waterboy, playing Kevin Costner’s nemesis in For the Love of the Game and Megan Fox’s recently incarcerated father in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. A truly good guy who makes a living playing bad guys, Papajohn incurred the wrath of Cameron Diaz in Charlie’s Angels, was shot by Moon Bloodgood in Terminator: Salvation, and was killed by Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy. In 2013 alone he can be seen in Gangster Squad, alongside Sean Penn and James Brolin, as well as The Tomb, with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Homefront with Jason Statham and James Franco. A natural storyteller, Papajohn is equally talented behind the camera, too, where he also produces films and is currently working on a pair of documentaries. Papajohn and his wife, Paula, are heavily involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He served alongside Steven Spielberg and George Lucas on the committee for the Los Angeles chapter that organized the 2009 Alfred Hitchcock Legacy Gala at Universal Studios, raising awareness for CF. He is also the founder of the Action Actor Academy, bringing industry professionals together to help aspiring actors and stunt men and women launch their own careers. A gifted and passionate orator, Papajohn is frequently invited to headline public speaking events, and in August 2012 he delivered the commencement address at LSU’s 278th Commencement Ceremony. The Papajohns reside in Baton Rouge with their son, Sean.
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r. Kevin Ward is currently professor of emergency medicine and director of the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care at the University of Michigan Medical School. He graduated cum laude from LSU in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and physiology and earned his M.D. in 1989 from Tulane University School of Medicine. He did his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh followed by an Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship at Ohio State University. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Dr. Ward was professor, associate chair, and director of research of Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Department of Emergency Medicine. While there he was a founding member and director of the VCU Reanimation Engineering Science Center (VCURES) and director of its combat casualty care research program, Operation Purple Heart. He has also held academic appointments at the Ohio State University and the Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Ward’s research interests focus on care for the critically ill and injured ranging from children to adults and civilians to those wounded in war. He counts among his accomplishments the development and testing of technologies that save the lives of warriors wounded in combat and the privilege of overseeing the clinical training of more than a thousand Special Operation Combat Medics while at VCU. The latter program garnered recognition by the Department of the Army and the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center, which presented him a 2012 Certificate of Appreciation for Patriotic Civilian Service. Among his numerous awards for research and education is also the 2010 Billie R. Martin Innovation Award – Inventor of the Year – presented by VCU as well as the Department of Defense’s Advanced Technologies Applications in Combat Casualty Care Award for his research in battlefield hemorrhage control. Dr. Ward is a member and leader in many national and international professional medical organizations such as the Society for Critical Care Medicine, and Shock Society. He has served as an adviser to the U.S. Army and Navy on combat casualty carerelated matters. The Ward family supports a number of civic organizations including the Boy Scouts of America as well as several Christian charities. He is a generous donor to the LSU Alumni Association, College of Science, and Honors College. Dr. Ward and his wife, Alyson, have two children, Abigail and Avery. They reside in Superior Township, Mich. LSU Alumni Magazine | Summer 2013
six generations Spring Graduate Carries on Family Tradition By Jackie Bartkiewicz
Top photo: The Class of 1873. LSU Photograph Collection, RG #A5000, LSU Archives, LSU Libraries. Bottom: The Class of 1898. Photograph Collection, RG #A5000, LSU Archives, LSU Libraries.
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A 140-year line of LSU graduates –
a timeline of
six generations of graduates
a Baton Rouge family’s legacy.
he story starts on June 25, 1873, when Milton A. Strickland received a Bachelor of Arts degree during commencement exercises at the Institute for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind, LSU’s first Baton Rouge home. Strickland, one of eight graduates, delivered the “Oration,” Man’s Relation to His State, at the ceremony. Fast-forward 140 years to May 16, 2013. Charlotte Garman Baker carried forward her great-great-great-grandfather’s legacy, claiming her LSU credentials along with more than 3,900 fellow graduates at the main commencement ceremony in the Maravich Assembly Center. Charlotte Baker left LSU with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and an impressive resumé of on- and off-campus accomplishments: membership in several honor societies, including Phi Kappa Phi; Dean’s List and Chancellor’s Honor Roll; a four-year run as a Golden Girl, her last year as captain; and numerous valuable experiences afforded by Delta Delta Delta, LSU Study Abroad Program in Alaska, Campus Crusade for Christ, and First Presbyterian Church. She plans to continue her internship with the Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic until she pursues a master’s degree in the LSU Health Sciences physician’s assistant program in the near future. “My family history might make my choice to attend LSU seem planned, but I was never pressured or expected to go to LSU,” Baker said. “Honestly, I did not know that I would be a sixth-generation graduate until my senior year. I chose LSU because I simply never wanted to go anywhere else for college. My curriculum at LSU, and the organizations I’ve been a part of, have given me the knowledge and skills to be successful in graduate school and in my career. For that I am very grateful. I made many lifelong memories while I was at LSU, and I love that the University is part of my family tradition.” The sixth-generation graduate’s proud parents, Carl and Robin Richmond Baker, and maternal grandparents, James Dilton “Moe” and Nancy Mathews Richmond were in the audience at commencement, no doubt recalling their own college days at LSU, their own graduation ceremonies, and their University forebears.
Milton A. Strickland Graduated 1873
Henry Kinchen Strickland graduated 1898 & ’99
Joy Strickland Mathews
James Dilton “Moe ” Richmond, Sr.
Nancy Mathews Richmond
James Dilton “Moe ” Richmond, Jr. graduated 1967 & ’70
Robin Richmond Baker graduated 1988 & ’90
a Carl Baker graduated 1988
Charlotte Garman Baker graduated 2013
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Clockwise from left: Milton A. Strickland and Henry Kinchen Strickland; Joy Strickland Mathews. 1939 Gumbo; George Mathews. 1935 Gumbo; Garman Kemp Richmond. 1943 Gumbo; Nancy Mathews Richmond. 1963 Gumbo
A Tradition Begins
on of a Civil War veteran, 1873 grad Milton Strickland was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1877. He was politically active, serving two terms as a state senator and elected judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. His son, Henry Kinchen Strickland, earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1898 and a Master of Arts in 1899 and was on the English faculty from 1902 to 1906, when he was elected superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools. Also an attorney, he practiced law from 1912 to 1929. Henry’s daughter, Joy Strickland Mathews, Charlotte’s maternal great-grandmother, graduated from LSU in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at LSU she was a member of Kappa Delta. After a stint as a social worker, she married her college sweetheart, George Mathews, and devoted herself
to home and family. George, a Sigma Nu at LSU, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1936. He was admitted to the bar before joining the U.S. Army and serving his country during World War II. After his discharge at the rank of major in 1945, he practiced law in Baton Rouge. Born in Fullerton, La., James Dilton “Moe” Richmond, Sr., Charlotte’s maternal great-grandfather, played offensive and defensive end for the Tiger football team in 1941 and 1942 before serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He returned to campus to finish his education, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in general agriculture in 1947. He lettered in 1941, 1942, and 1946, the same year he was team captain. Moe met his wife, Garman Kemp, at LSU, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942.
I made many lifelong memories while I was at LSU, I love that the University is part of my family tradition.
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Clockwise from left: James Dilton “Moe” Richmond. Photo from Andonie Sports Museum Archives; James Dilton “Moe” Richmond, Jr. 1967 Gumbo; May 2013 graduate Charlotte Baker poses for a graduation photo taken by Candid Campus photographer Amy Lombardi during Grad Fair on Feb. 18. Her parents, Carl and Robin Baker, are pictured at left; her grandparents, Moe and Nancy Richmond at right. Photo by Johnny Gordon; Carl and Robin Baker at their 1988 graduation ceremony.
Carrying It Forward
ames D. “Moe” Richmond, Jr., earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture in 1967 and 1970, respectively, accepting his diplomas in the John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum, affectionately called the “Cow Palace.” He recalled growing up in the shadow of Tiger Stadium, as the family lived in married housing while Moe, Sr., completed his degree. The campus was his back yard. “We lived in the LSU hutments* on Nicholson Drive, and I played on the field in the stadium while the team was practicing. In grammar school my family lived close enough that riding bikes around campus was a frequent activity for me and my brother,” he said. As a University student, he enjoyed free housing in the Beef Barn (now the Swine Palace/Reilly Theatre), a benefit of his student job caring for the Brahman show cattle. Moe retired in 2001 after 33 years as a vocational agriculture teacher. Nancy Richmond pledged Tri Delta at LSU, establishing a new tradition for females in the family, and in 1970 received her bachelor’s degree in the Cow Palace. She shared memories of her days – and dress – on campus. “I was one of a limited number of ‘Baton Rouge girls’ who got to live on campus for freshman year,” she said. “And the dress code during my years at LSU prohibited females from wearing pants unless we were going directly to PE or to bowl or go horseback riding.” Nancy retired in 1999 as executive vice president of what is now Chase Bank, after a 31-year career at the financial institution.
Like their daughter, Carl and Robin Baker claimed their undergraduate diplomas – Carl a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Robin a bachelor’s degree in finance – at 1988 spring commencement in the Assembly Center. Robin earned an M.B.A. in 1990 and was among those awarded degrees in Tiger Stadium, with President Ronald Reagan as commencement speaker. Carl, a Virginia native, arrived in Baton Rouge for his freshman year in high school, where he met his future bride, then attended LSU. “After moving frequently during my childhood, I decided to adopt Baton Rouge as my home and attend LSU for college,” he said, recalling his days in Sigma Chi fraternity and his favorite memory, Tiger football games. After graduation he pursued careers in chemical sales and commercial insurance and today is a risk strategist at Louisiana Companies. Robin’s favorite LSU memories are “living on campus – in Miller, Blake, and East halls, and in the Tri Delta house – and football games.” Another coincidence can be noted in that both Nancy and Charlotte lived for a time in East Hall. After leaving LSU, Robin worked for several years in the marketing department at Premier Bank and then spent more than a decade as a homemaker. Today she works part time for the Health Enrichment Network and is heavily involved in community projects. A family’s LSU legacy. 1873 • 2013 • 20__ and beyond. *Military surplus prefabricated buildings known as hutments were used as married student housing from 1946-47 until the early 1960s.
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Catherine Fontenot and Matthew Landrieu
Catherine Fontenot, of Basile, La., and Matthew Landrieu, of New Orleans, are among 62 students nationwide to receive the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Both students are in the Honors College. Fontenot is a biological sciences major in the College of Science, and Landrieu is an elementary education major in the College of Human Sciences & Education. The scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study, along with priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Truman Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a foundation-funded graduate degree program as a condition of their receiving Truman funds. Jonathan Lambert, of Madisonville, La., was named a Udall Scholar by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Lambert, an Honors College junior double majoring in coastal environmental science and marine biology, is LSU’s third Udall Scholar. Fifty students from 43 colleges and universities were selected as 2013 Udall Scholars. Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the scholar’s junior or senior year. Erin Percevault, a native of Verona, N.J., was named an Udall Honorable Mention. She is an Honors College junior majoring in landscape architecture. Joseph Ricapito, Yenni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Italian, Spanish and Comparative Literature at LSU, has been elected to the executive board of the Italian American Studies Association (IASA). An affiliate of the American Historical Association, IASA’s purpose is to collect, preserve, and disseminate information about the Italian experience in North America; to promote scholarship and publications that document every aspect of the immigration movement; and to serve as a resource for individuals and groups seeking information on the Italian experience in North America. Lois Kuyper-Rushing, formerly the head of music resources in the LSU Libraries, assumed the role of interim assistant dean of the LSU Libraries on March 1. KuyperRushing has worked with the LSU Libraries since 1993, when she joined the faculty as music librarian. In 1996, she became head of the Music Resources department, an internal branch library which was developed under her supervision. Prior to coming to LSU, Kuyper-Rushing was a music cataloger at the Kansas State University Library. Elaine Smyth, current assistant dean of LSU Libraries since July 2012, assumed the role of interim dean of LSU Libraries on March 1, replacing Director Jennifer Cargill, who retired after more than 20 years with LSU Libraries. Smyth has worked with LSU Libraries since 1988, when she joined the faculty as the head of the manuscripts processing unit. During her tenure, she has served as curator and head of the Special Collections division and as interim assistant dean of libraries. Prior to coming to LSU, Smyth worked in multiple capacities with Cornell University’s Olin Library. The LSU Flores M.B.A. Program made a significant 20-spot leap overall in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranking for 2014, coming in at 61 overall and 31 among public institutions. Nine Southeastern Conference institutions ranked in the Top 70 of America’s Best Graduate Schools for 2014, with Vanderbilt University being the highest ranked at 30 overall. LSU placed ahead of the University of Arkansas (No. 66) and the University of Tennessee (67) and was ranked seventh among SEC schools. Tulane University, the only other Louisiana institution to make the list, was ranked 67.
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Other LSU graduate programs appearing in the U.S. News & World Report rankings are the Ph.D. programs in English, 82 out of 156 schools listed; history, 84 out of 147; political science, 68 out of 119; psychology, 117 out of 246; and sociology, 76 out of 117. The master’s program in library and information studies ranked 27 out of 51 schools, and other updated rankings in the 2014 report include the College of Engineering, ranked 97, and the College of Human Sciences & Education, ranked 100. LSU was selected as a best value on both the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the “Best Values in Public Colleges, 2013” and The Princeton Review “100 Best Value Colleges for 2013,” presented by USA Today. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance annually names the 100 best values in public colleges, ranking four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. This year, LSU ranks 90 overall for in-state student value, and for out-of-state student value, LSU is ranked 100. LSU has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. LSU has received recognition on the Honor Roll annually since its inception in 2006. LSU was recognized for its campus-wide commitment to community, with special recognition for the University’s integrated approaches to addressing literacy and promoting healthy communities. LSU was also recognized for service-learning activities facilitated through the Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership (CCELL).
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Senior Associate Athletic Director Mark Ewing, center, with, from left, Bobby Kilpatrick, Joy Bagur, Beverly Rodriguez, and Jack Haynes.
Game Day Dollars – Senior Associate Athletic Director Mark Ewing spoke to the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees Club on March 11 about the expenses of football travel. In addition to food, transportation, and lodging, sending the entire Tiger Band costs up to $200,000. The program is self-sustaining, without student fees or LSU support, and donates millions to the main campus. Photo by Mark Claesgens
Distinguished Engineers – William A. Brookshire, Edward “Eddie” L. Rispone, and Gerard “Jerry” L. Rispone were inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Distinction on April 19. Brookshire (1957 BACH ENGR, 1959 MAST ENGR, 1961 PHD ENGR) is co-founder and chairman of the board of S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd., a privately owned company based in Houston, Texas. Eddie Rispone (1972 BACH ENGR) is co-founder and chairman of ISC Constructors, LLC, Gerard Rispone which specializes in electrical and instrumentation engineering and construction. Jerry Rispone (1985 BACH ENGR) is co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of ISC Constructors, LLC, which performs work for industrial owners throughout the Gulf Coast. Correction – Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity and Community Outreach Katrice Albert was incorrectly identified as the former vice provost in the article in the spring issue on the National Diversity Board. Albert assumed her duties as vice president for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota System on June 1. LSU Alumni Magazine regrets the error.
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From left, LSU System Interim President and Chancellor William Jenkins, Bill Balhoff, Toni Stephenson, Rob Stuart, Jr., and E.J. Ourso College Dean Richard D. White Jr.
Distinguished Business Alums – The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business hosted its 2013 Hall of Distinction Banquet in the Business Education Complex on March 22. More than 150 guests, including LSU System Interim President William Jenkins, attended the event. The college inducted Baton Rouge native and Postlethwaite & Netterville Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Bill Balhoff; Bastrop, La., native and Domain.com, Inc., President and StarTek, Inc., Co-founder Toni Stephenson; and Baton Rouge native and Capital One Bank Head of Middle Market Commercial Banking and Capital One Bank Louisiana State President Rob Stuart, Jr. A cocktail reception preceded the banquet, which was catered by Bergeron Catering. Photo provided by E.J. Ourso College of Business
From left, Manship School of Mass Communication Dean Jerry Ceppos, sponsor John Barnidge, Manship Media representative Ralph Bender, Law School Chancellor Jack Weiss, and LSU Foundation President Lee Griffin.
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Freedom Sings – More than 200 students, faculty, and sponsors gathered in the Journalism Building’s Holliday Forum on March 21 to kick off the school’s year-long centennial anniversary celebrating the freedom of expression. During the event, Manship School of Mass Communication Dean Jerry Ceppos dedicated an 8-foot, purple-andgold First Amendment banner, which stands at the entrance of the school, to the eternal vigilance of principles of freedom. Grammy Award-winning musical artists Freedom Sings regaled the audience with a medley of songs that battled infringement of the First Amendment and censorship in the past. John and Linda Barnidge and Manship Media sponsored the event.
Tiger Trivia 1. How many times was David Boyd superintendent or president of LSU? Once Twice Three times Four times 2. Which person who became LSU’s president in 1941 was first recruited for the position in the late 1920s? Campbell B. Hodges E.S. Richardson William B. Hatcher Otis B. Wheeler 3. Which president left LSU in 1883 and become president of Tulane the following year? Paul M. Hebert James W. Nicholson William Preston Johnston Thomas Boyd
President of Cadets of the Ole War Skule Norman Deumite, Dr. David Baker of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Chair of the LSU Military Museum Harvey Schwartzberg, and Past President John W. Milazzo, Jr.
Spirit of LSU – A reproduction of the nose art panel of the World War II B-24 Liberator Bomber “Spirit of LSU” was donated to the future LSU Military Museum by Dr. David Baker of the School of Veterinary Medicine on March 6 in honor of LSU alumnus Lt. Alfred M.L. “Smokey” Sanders. The bomber’s official name was “Mike – the Spirit of LSU,” and its crew – the 8th Air Force, 832nd Squadron, 486 Bombardment Group – was under Sanders’s command. Nose gunner A.B. Smith was also an LSU graduate. According to Baker, the panel design is different than that depicted in a painting by artist Glenn Gore (www.lsuart.net) but is true to the original intent of the crew, which provided a model for the painting.
4. Who was LSU’s longest-serving president? David Boyd William Jenkins Troy Middleton Thomas Boyd 5. Who was the first president of the LSU System? John Hunter Martin Woodin Troy Middleton Allen Copping 6. When did the LSU baseball team first play the NCAA tournament? 1935 1975 1991 1998 7. Who was the team’s coach in question 6? Skip Bertman Harry Rabenhorst Smoke Laval Jim Smith 8. Which baseball coach had the longest tenure? Skip Bertman Jim Smith Harry Rabenhorst Ray Didier
Photo by Johnny Gordon
Photo by Sherri Hayes
10. When was the L Book (student handbook) first published? 1860 1897 1916 1925 11. Who published the first L Book? The Office of Public Relations The Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the President The YMCA
12. What was Foster Hall’s original purpose? It has always housed art studios It has always been home of the Museum of Natural Science It was the main campus dining hall It housed administrative offices
Tiger Trivia is compiled by Barry Cowan, assistant archivist, Hill Memorial Library. Answers: 1.b, 2.a, 3.c, 4.d, 5.a, 6.b, 7.d, 8.c, 9.a, 10.b, 11.d, 12.c
Celebrating 40 – Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain (1983 DVM), left, WAFB-TV’s Diane Deaton, and Dean Peter F. Haynes helped kick off the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s 40th Anniversary celebrations with a launch party in January. The event commemorated the 10th anniversary of the school’s Cancer Treatment Unit, which opened in 2003.
9. Which head coach of any sport has had the longest tenure? D-D Breaux Charles McClendon Harry Rabenhorst Skip Bertman
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Metaphorical Lassos at the Ready, Louisiana Sea Grant Rides into the Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos
By Brenda Macon
LSU faculty, staff, and students are currently involved in a number of ways to ensure the viability of the state’s waters. One of those many efforts is the partnership between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Sea Grant program at LSU. This cooperative effort, which began in 2004, has as one of its primary goals to maintain safe marine navigation in the shallow waters off the coast of Louisiana by clearing abandoned crab traps from those waters. Recently dubbed Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos, LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant organize a fun-loving and communityminded group of folks to spend a few early spring Saturdays finding, collecting, and hauling in the old crab traps.
Robert Caballero, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries marine fisheries biologist from New Orleans, pulls an abandoned crab trap into his boat during the March 9 Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo. Photo by Paula Ouder
In the early years of the project, crab trap collection events were well attended. Over the years, however, participation in the events began to slide. Add to that the burden of cleaning up after a series of storms – for example, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Isaac – and LDWF had a hard time getting around to setting up the events and simply hauled in the most obvious hazards themselves. Then, in 2010, LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant came together again to reboot the crab trap collection events. Having newly arrived on campus, Julie Anderson, an assistant professor in the Louisiana Sea Grant Program, discussed the possibility of reinstating this partnership with Martin Bourgeois, LDWF director of the crab trap removal program. While the crab trap removal program has been funded since its inception by fees on crab trap licenses, Louisiana Sea Grant sought and was awarded grant funding, which augments this effort, from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
A Festival Atmosphere
All kinds of boats were used to bring in abandoned crab traps at the Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo. Most, like this john boat, were loaded from bow to stern. Photo by Paula Ouder
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An expert on blue crabs and other marine invertebrates, Anderson was a natural choice to serve as the University’s representative in this project. In addition to expertise and academic credentials, her personable manner and her admiration for South Louisiana festivals serve her well as the unofficial host of these events. She promptly rebranded the collection events as “Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos” and set out to create a new image for these events. LDWF is the agency in charge of this project, while Louisiana Sea Grant takes the lead in organizing the many volunteers who participate in this rollicking civic endeavor. “LDWF sets the time and orders the closures,” Anderson explained. “During any other time of the year, it’s against Louisiana law to touch anyone else’s active crab traps. The closure means that all active traps must be removed from the area so that only abandoned ones remain. Then we get busy organizing the volunteers.” Firm believers in catching more flies with honey than vinegar, Anderson and her unit set up the events like festivals, making a party out of what would otherwise be a dirty, muddy, drudgery of a chore. To lighten the financial burden of producing this event, she and Paula Ouder, editor and science writer with the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, first worked to get the two-year, $164,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation that promotes the Derelict Crab Trap Removal and Prevention Project. The grant was supplemented with a $50,000 commitment from LDWF. “The project itself is a win-win because it helps the environment and the crab and shrimp fisheries,” Ouder pointed out. “It removes navigation hazards and improves the appearance and functionality of coastal habitats.” Anderson and her group bring in the crowds with South Louisiana food and simple, inexpensive tchotchkes, like crab claw pens and t-shirts. They spray paint rubber crabs gold, send them out with LDWF agents who locate the traps and place the crabs,
and give prizes to those who bring in the traps with the golden crabs. They also give away door prizes, mostly fishing gear and bait. As a result of their efforts, the rodeos draw a broad range of volunteers. “We get all kinds of people,” Anderson marveled, “crabbers, fishermen, recreational Holly Rogers, a graduate student in LSU’s Department of Renewable Natural Resources, hoists a flattened boaters, students, trap away from the smashing trailer. airboats from Photo by W. Randall Macon LSU – we even had someone in a kayak load a couple of traps onto the front of his boat and haul them in.”
Volunteers Galore Volunteers at the Saturday, March 9 rodeo in Hopedale, La., ranged from local residents to conservation organizations to university students from as far away as Purdue. LSU was also well represented, with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends working together with LDWF personnel. One organization, the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), a statewide, non-profit entity dedicated to conserving Louisiana’s marine resources, supports all of the rodeos. CCA was represented at the Hopedale event by members from both its East Jefferson and Livingston chapters. Early in the morning, these volunteers provided pastries and hot coffee and began to prepare for a day of cooking at the marina, serving up chicken and sausage gumbo, fried catfish, french fries, and hot dogs for the many workers. Deborah LeJeune, an LSU alumna and member of CCA’s East Jefferson chapter, is passionate about conservation in Louisiana. “We’ve been involved in efforts to preserve the Louisiana coast for years,” she explained. “And we’re working to find ways to use the traps for something other than scrap – maybe recycling them to make silt traps. More than anything, we’re working to find sponsors for projects like this.” LeJeune and her husband, Bill, who is on the state CCA Board of Directors, were clearly in their element at the rodeo, signing up new members, serving up food, and generally adding South Louisiana hospitality to the event. They and their CCA
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LDWF personnel developed a unique crab trap smashing device by repurposing a log splitter. Photo by W. Randall Macon
Christina Leonard and her daughter, eight-year-old Trysten Tallada, work together to move a heavy crab trap to the smashing platform. The two traveled from Morgan City, La., to volunteer at the Hopedale, La., event. Photo by Paula Ouder
colleagues, obviously at home with the hard work of coastal cleanup efforts, helped the novices among them feel right at home. Among those who were new to the event were ten students from Purdue, who left four inches of snow in Indiana to come south for their spring break. Rather than taking a vacation on some pristine beach, however, these members of The Wildlife Society at their university spent their week helping with coastal restoration projects, including the March Bill and Deborah Lejeune, long time members of the 9 rodeo. Led by senior Jessica Rodkey, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), stir the gumbo pot as part of their work to feed volunteers. the students went out on the boats and The Lejeunes are members of the St. Bernard Parish returned to pull load after load of muddy, Chapter of the LSU Alumni Association, and Bill is on the CCA Board of Directors. mangled crab traps onto the docks. Photo by W. Randall Macon Not to be outdone by the snowbirds from Indiana, LSU students, most of whom are in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, worked alongside the docks and on the boats themselves. One, James Ialeggio, a graduate student, even piloted one of the airboats that went out time after time to collect the traps. Ialeggio works with Andy Nyman, who teaches in the School of Renewable Natural Resources and who was in the thick of things at the Hopedale event. In addition to these students, several others from Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources were on hand to assist with the event. Among these was graduate student Holly Rogers, who is working with Julie Anderson on some of the first research on disease in Louisiana blue crabs. Additionally, Amy Alford, a research associate with Louisiana Sea Grant, was on hand at the Hopedale rodeo. She manages public education opportunities for Louisiana Sea Grant, pulling in volunteers as she does. For example, the youngest volunteer, eight-year-old Trysten Tallada, signed up to help at “La Fete d’Ecologie” in Morgan City, La., at which Louisiana Sea Grant participated with an informational exhibit. Trysten and her mother, Christina Leonard, traveled from Morgan City to participate in the rodeo. Alford’s participation in the rodeos is part of her affiliation with Louisiana Sea Grant, but she works on a variety of projects related to the coast. A true “multi-tasker,” she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Mississippi State University, while also working at LSU with Anderson on research in the area of “ghost fishing,” a reference to marine animals captured in abandoned traps. Her husband, Brian Alford, is an agent with LDWF who specializes in fisheries biology. Brian holds a Ph.D. from Mississippi State as well. All of these volunteers have one thing in common: a desire to help preserve coastal Louisiana. They understand that the survival of both Louisiana’s economy and its culture is closely tied to the health of its waterways, including the Gulf of Mexico. Knowing the importance of maintaining that vitality, they tackled a nasty job with the joie de vivre that is what Louisiana is all about. Brenda Macon is a writer/editor with the LSU Office of Communications & University Relations and the former editor of Kaleidoscope, the magazine of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. ON THE WEB www.laseagrant.org/crabtraps/index.html
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Civil War-Era Sea Chest Donated to LSU
By Ernie Ballard Photo by Eddy Perez
Shipping log books dating back to 1850; diaries from pre- and post-Civil War America; newspaper clippings; and personal items such as photographs, eye glasses, a pocket watch, and engraved silverware are just a few of the treasures Department of Geography & Anthropology faculty have discovered in a recent gift to the University – a sea chest belonging to the Lord family.
The sea chest last belonged to the late Evelyn Lord Pruitt, long-time friend, donor to the Department of Geography & Anthropology, and sponsor of the Coastal Studies Institute. The chest’s original owner was likely Pruitt’s grandfather, William A. Lord, who commanded ships that sailed to China, India, Europe, and around Cape Horn. “Evelyn had told me many times that she got her love for the sea from listening to her grandfather’s stories,” said Boyd Professor Emeritus H. Jesse Walker. “He obviously left the chest to his granddaughters … she had it as a keepsake of her grandfather.” Pruitt died in 2000, and the chest was stored by family friends. Walker received the chest from those friends in early January, and he, along with other faculty members unveiled its contents. LSU faculty members are working to Boyd Professor Emeritus H. Jesse Walker examines contents of a Civil War-era sea chest. catalog and research the contents, which “LSU faculty members date from the 1850s through the mid-1900s. The diaries and shipping logs have already begun to provide insight and context to life during that period. In just thumbing are working to catalog through the texts, faculty have found entries discussing the guano trade in Peru and and research the contents, even a mention of Napoleon. The ship’s logs include those from the vessel the Emily Farnum, which has a unique which date from the 1850s tie to LSU. On Oct. 3, 1862, the Emily Farnum, captained by Nathan Parker Simes, was through the mid-1900s.” captured and released by the Confederate Raider the Alabama. The Alabama’s captain was Raphael Semmes, who following the Civil War became a professor of philosophy and literature at LSU, and the street running in front of the LSU Student Union is named after Semmes. The Emily Farnum became one of the only American ships boarded by Semmes not to be destroyed. Walker said the next steps will be to bring in students to help catalog the contents and to find someone to help transcribe the texts. Historians and other professors will be brought in to analyze the contents, and eventually the chest and its treasures could be put on display in an exhibit. Pruitt contributed more than $900,000 to the University to be used “to educate women in the field of geography.” Thanks to her contributions, the Evelyn L. Pruitt Lecture Series was established and, thus far, 10 women scholars have been brought to campus to lecture and work with students. In 1983, LSU conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Pruitt. Ernie Ballard is director of Media Relations in the Office of Communications & University Relations.
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LSU President Named
King Alexander to Assume Duties in July
“I am pleased and humbled by your faith in me and your confidence in me, and I look forward to working with you closely to build these bonds.”
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The LSU Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of F. King Alexander as President of the LSU System and Chancellor of LSU A&M on March 27, with the understanding that these two positions will be combined under the title of LSU President upon compliance with accreditation standards. Alexander, currently president of California State University Long Beach, plans to begin at LSU in July. “This is indeed a wonderful honor, and I’d like to thank our board members; I’d like to thank the faculty and staff of this great university and the people of the state of Louisiana because, ultimately, the true beneficiaries of a great LSU will be the people and citizens of the state of Louisiana,” Alexander said. “I am pleased and humbled by your faith in me and your confidence in me, and I look forward to working with you closely to build these bonds, to build these bridges, and to build LSU to its best capability possible to benefit . . . every person that lives within the state of Louisiana. “My tenure as president of Cal State Long Beach has prepared me to assume the role as the head of the Louisiana State University system,” Alexander said. “The challenges facing LSU are similar to those in California and elsewhere. Universities throughout the nation are struggling to serve more students while managing declining state revenues. At the same time, leaders in the field of higher education know the burden is on us to demonstrate that the public’s money is well spent. “We also know,” he added, “it’s time to begin the process of modernizing our institutions so we may accommodate the next generation of tech-savvy students who are in the elementary and secondary pipeline and soon will be seeking college degrees.” Prior to becoming president at CSU Long Beach in 2006, Alexander was the
president of Murray State University from 2001 to 2006. He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin, his master’s degree in educational studies/comparative educational policy in 1991 from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Lawrence University in 1987. Under his leadership, CSU Long Beach improved graduation rates to their highest levels in school history; enhanced the number of graduates to their highest levels, totaling approximately 9,000 degrees per year; and obtained capital funding and constructed a new $110 million Hall of Science, a $70 million Student Recreation and Wellness Center and a new School of Nursing facility during an economic recession. Alexander significantly increased CSU Long Beach’s research and external funding capacity and support. He oversaw a reorganization of CSU Long Beach’s institutional advancement and public relations office, and the university’s private philanthropic giving has set institutional records and currently is in the midst of a first “Capital Campaign,” where more than $200 million has already been raised, resulting in a doubling of the university’s endowment. During this same time, he maintained and modified budgeting processes to accommodate an $85 million reduction in state appropriation during the economic recession. Alexander was twice voted “President of the Year” by the California State University Student Association, representing 23 student governments and 435,000 students throughout California. In addition to serving as president at CSU Long Beach and Murray State, Alexander has held positions at the University of Illinois, ChampaignUrbana; University of Wisconsin, Madison; and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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Cliff & Nancy Spanier Alumni Professor of Biological & Agricultural Engineering By Danielle Kelley Photo by Larry Hubbard
“I want people to feel like they can accomplish extraordinary things by doing ordinary things together.”
Alumni Professor Marybeth Lima understands that in order for local schoolchildren to play hard, she must work hard. Lima, director of the Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership, and her Biological Engineering 1252 students have created 28 playgrounds for local public schools since 1998 as part of the LSU Community Playground Project. Most of the playgrounds are located in East Baton Rouge Parish, but her work has extended to surrounding parishes like Iberville and Ascension. She splits her students into nine groups to design playgrounds for one school. By the end of the semester, the nine drafts are collaborated into one project. “The more designs that you have, the more creativity you have,” Lima said. “I really want the students to capture the soul of the community.” Each LSU student is required to visit the grade school at least eight times a semester to serve as a reading partner. In serving the community, the designers better understand the personality of the school to create unique playgrounds. The groups present the drafts to the children before the final designs are put into place. Lima said the children’s opinions are important because “they’re the experts at play.” “The kids are unfiltered, so my students might get a standing ovation or they might get booed,” Lima laughed. “That’s why the students work so hard. The kids are tough, but they’re fair.” Lima said seeing the finished project can be rewarding for herself, her students, and the children. “When the playground is actually built, the kids are amazing. They own the space. [The LSU students] are so excited. It’s like their ideas are translated into reality. That’s a powerful thing for my students, and also for the community,” Lima said. Because Lima has worked with the LSU Community Playground Project for 15 years, her service sometimes comes full circle. One of her current students played on the playground Lima’s students designed years ago at Villa Del Rey Elementary School. That student is now writing grants to help Villa Del Rey gain a prekindergarten playground. “I think sometimes young people, my students, don’t feel like they can contribute in a great way to the health of our communities, but they can. They really can. They show me that every day in class, in life,” Lima said. Besides building playgrounds, Lima said she wanted to reveal to her students through the LSU Community Playground Project that engineering is an accessible profession that can create change within a community. LSU Press approached Lima and asked her to write her first single-author book recounting her 15 years of experiences with the project. Building Playgrounds, Engaging Communities was released in February. Lima said she hopes the book will encourage young people to believe it is possible to “really make a difference for the common good.” “I want people to feel like they can accomplish extraordinary things by doing ordinary things together,” she said. “[My students] are so committed to making the world a better place.” Danielle Kelley is a sophomore in the Manship School of Mass Communication concentrating in public relations.
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‘Learning Experience’ Guarantees a Spot in NCAA Regional Round
By H. Kent Lowe Photos by Steve Franz/LSU Sports Information
Coach Karen Bahnsen and Madelene Sagstrom.
The 2012-13 LSU women’s golf season has been a “learning experience” for a group of young and talented players that are learning to play at the elite level of collegiate golf.
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With that learning experience has come the guarantee of a spot in the NCAA Regional Round in May, the 19th time in the 21 years of the NCAA Regional in the women’s postseason that LSU has advanced to the post-season. The top eight teams in each of the regionals goes on to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships in late May. What Coach Karen Bahnsen has talked about many times is the fight this team has and how hard they work. “This is probably one of the hardest working teams I’ve had in a long time, if not ever,” said Bahnsen, the dean of Southeastern Conference women’s coaches in her 29th year and a member of the WGCA Hall of Fame. “They practice smart. They don’t just go out and beat balls in practice. It’s not with (assistant
Alexis Rather) or I having to force them. We’ll go out there and they are working on the areas they need to work on. They practice smart.” Highlighting the season was a second place finish in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and third place finishes in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and its own tournament at the University Club. Swedish sophomore Madelene Sagstrom is right in the hunt for All-SEC honors after averaging 72.83 in the regular season with three top five finishes on the season. Lindsay Gahm just missed a top 10 finish in the Southeastern Conference championships and also has a top five finish in a season in which she has dropped her average over one stroke from her first to second year at LSU after transferring prior to last season from Indiana.
Kent Lowe is senior associate sports information director for LSU Athletics. ON THE WEB www.lsusports.net
Ellis Named to Golf Hall of Fame John B. “Sonny” Ellis (1948 BACH BUS), of Atlanta, was inducted earlier this year into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013 with a wide-ranging record as a fine competitor and of service to the game. Ellis is a fixture at Capital City Club in Atlanta where he still plays golf twice a week with a regular group. As a young golfer, Ellis won the 1939 Columbus Junior Championship, the 1940 Georgia Interscholastic High School tournament and the 1941 Southern Interscholastic (Southern Prep) tournament in Chattanooga. His junior record earned him a scholarship to LSU, one of only two southern universities to award golf scholarships at the time (the other was Duke University). Ellis was an individual medalist in the 1943 NCAA Championship in Chicago as a member of the golf team at LSU before joining the U.S. Navy. During World War II he served as a “Seabee.” He returned to LSU in 1946 and for the next two years was a teammate of future PGA Tour stars Gardner Dickinson and Lionel and Jay Hebert. The LSU team won the 1946 Southeastern Conference and 1947 NCAA titles and was NCAA runner-up in 1948. As an individual, Ellis won the 1946 Southern Intercollegiate and 1947 Colonial in Memphis. He became the third LSU golfer to be named a first team All-American in 1943. Other events of note that he won during his college days include invitationals in Griffin, Selma, and Eufaula in 1942 and the 1945 Rhode Island Open and Ft. Benning Open while on leave from the Navy. His participation in competitive golf continued after moving to Atlanta. Included among his accomplishments were championships at three different Atlanta area clubs in the late 1950s – Peachtree (1955-1956-1957), Capital City (1958) and Cherokee (1958-1959); qualifying medalist in the 1954 Georgia Amateur; runner-up to Billy Joe Patton in the 1961 Southern Amateur at Knoxville, Tenn.; runner-up in the 1955 Atlanta Amateur; and member of the winning team in the Southern States Four-Ball in 1957 and 1958. Ellis has also given of his time in volunteer golf administration. He served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association from 1957-65. He was president of the Georgia State Golf Association in 1962 and 1963 and remains an ex-officio member of the GSGA Board as a past president. Ellis is married to Marion W. Ellis, a 1948 LSU graduate. John B. “Sonny” Ellis. Photos courtesy Georgia Golf Hall of Fame
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David Toms, John Peterson
LSU Alums Play 2013 Masters Tournament While carding six birdies on the day, including four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine, LSU alum David Toms fired the lowest score in the field during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament with a 5-under par 67 at Augusta National Golf Club to tie for 13th place on the final leaderboard.
By William Stafford Photo courtesy Michael Bonnette/LSU Sports Information
Toms catapulted himself 25 spots up the leaderboard in the final round while matching PGA Tour veteran Michael Thompson with the lowest score of the day among the 61 players in the field. The LSU great broke par for 72 holes at The Masters with a tournament score of 1-under par 287 to finish in a tie for 13th place overall along with Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Dustin Johnson, and Nick Watney. After tying one another for first place with matching 72-hole scores of 9-under par 279, Australia’s Adam Scott defeated Argentina’s Angel Cabrera in a sudden-death playoff to win his first major championship and the honor of wearing the green jacket in 2013. Toms dipped into red figures in the final round with back-toback birdies at the par-four seventh and par-five eighth holes before making the turn at 2-under par with his round. He then made three straight birdies on the back nine on the par-five 13th, David Toms and John Peterson during the 2013 Masters practice round. par-four 14th and par-five 15th holes before trading shots with a bogey at the par-three 16th hole and par-four 17th hole for a round of 5-under 67. It marks the fifth time in 15 career appearances at The Masters that Toms has finished among the Top 15 of the final leaderboard while tying for 13th place following Sunday’s action. He tied for sixth place in 1998 and eighth place in 2003, finished in ninth place in 2007, and tied for 14th place in 2010. He has claimed 10 career Top 10 finishes in major championships, including a victory at the 2001 PGA Championship. While Toms made his 15th career appearance at The Masters, LSU’s 2011 NCAA Champion John Peterson finished in 60th place in his Masters debut with a 72-hole score of 14-over 302 after making the cut following the second round. He wrapped up the weekend by carding an 8-over 80 in Sunday’s final round after posting rounds of 1-under 71 in the first round, 5-over 77 in the second round, and 2-over 74 in the third round. Both Toms and Peterson earned an invitational to The Masters this season after tying one another for fourth place at the 2012 U.S. Open Championship held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco in June of last year. William Stafford is associate sports information director for LSU Athletics.
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ON THE WEB www.lsusports.net
Hometown Hero – Jim Taylor, right, returned to his Baton Rouge High School roots in March to accept a “Hometown Hall of Famer” award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He received a plaque that will be permanently displayed at his high school alma mater, BRHS. Taylor, an LSU All-American in 1957, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976 after a brilliant career with the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. He still holds many Packer records. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1962. His good friend, Skip Bertman, left, former LSU athletics director and baseball coach, introduced Taylor to the audience, which included friends, former classmates, teammates, and coaches. Photo by Johnny Gordon
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Ted Roggen (1941 BACH MCOM) joined Tigers on the field this season in honor of his 95th birthday. Roggen was senior manager of the team in 1939.
John A. Boudreaux (1966 BACH A&D), founding principal of the Boudreaux Group, a Columbia, S.C., architecture, interior design, and planning firm, completed ownership transition and retired at the end of 2012. The firm, established in 1976, specializes in religious, municipal, corporate, civic, and education projects. Boudreaux counts as his most prized award one bestowed by Tau Sigma Delta, an honor society at Clemson University, for a high degree of integrity and excellence in professional practice and design.
Degrees BACH Bachelor’s Degree MAST Master’s Degree PHD Doctorate DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine JD Juris Doctorate (LSU Law School) MD Medical Doctor (LSU School of Medicine) DDS Doctor of Dental Science (LSU School of Dentistry) Colleges/Schools AGR Agriculture A&D Art & Design H&SS Humanities & Social Sciences SCI Science BUS Business HS&E Human Sciences & Education ENGR Engineering M&DA Music & Dramatic Arts MCOM Mass Communication SCE School of the Coast & Environment SVM School of Veterinary Medicine SW Social Work
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Gary Keller (1968 BACH H&SS), of Lafayette, La., has returned to Schumacher Group (SG) to serve as the emergency medicine management company’s president of corporate services. Keller has a strong history with Schumacher Group, where he first served as executive vice president and principal in 1995. It was under his leadership that the company grew from $3 million to $270 million in the first twelve years of operation and expanded from Louisiana into sixteen states. After retiring in 2007, Keller continued to serve as a board member. He accepted a CEO position at Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, where he remained until his most recent position with Opelousas General Health System. Keller began his career in hospital administration in 1975 at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. He has held major leadership positions with Quorum Health Resources and Hospital Management Professionals and has consulted with the Lemoine Company and LHC Group. He received his commission from LSU as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and he earned a master’s degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University in 1975. David B. Graham (1966 BACH ENGR, 1969 JD), partner in Kaufman & Canoles, Williamsburg, Va., was featured as one of the leading environmental attorneys in the Commonwealth in Virginia Business Magazine. He was named a 2012 Virginia Legal Elite in the legislative/regulatory/ administrative area. Graham also specializes in environmental litigation. Graham and his wife, Linda, have two children, Owen and Mary.
Alton E. “Biff” Bayard, III (1975 BACH BUS, 1976 JD), an attorney and shareholder in Baker Donelson’s Baton Rouge office, has been named chair of the firm’s tax department. Bayard will oversee approximately 30 professionals in 18 offices. He earned his LL.M. from Southern Methodist University in 1980 and is board certified in tax law and estate planning. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America since 1996 in multiple areas of tax law and litigation and has been listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2007 in the area of estate planning and probate. Bayard is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a member of the American, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge Bar associations. Tommy Chiasson (1971 BACH H&SS) has been named executive vice president and manager of special assets and loan review at Investar Bank in Baton Rouge. He joins Investar after a 43-year career at Capital One Bank and its predecessors, at which he most recently served as senior vice president. Chiasson holds accreditation in credit risk from the Risk Management Association, and he received a graduate degree from the LSU School of Banking of the South. He provides financial management expertise as a volunteer to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and its school. Lonnie J. Dore (1976 BACH H&SS), former vice president of sales and vice president of information technology with Kellogg’s, has been appointed to the University College Advisory Board. Dore began his 34-year career at Kellogg’s as a
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retail sales representative managing international sales in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. He retired from Kellogg’s in 2010 and returned to Louisiana as vice president of sales for Bruce Foods. Dore and his wife, Carol Simpson Dore (1977 BACH H&SS), have two daughters, Ann and Christine, and one grandchild, Caroline Christine. The couple volunteers with numerous community organizations such as the Junior Theater Board, Painted Chair Fundraiser, Junior League, and Make a Difference Day, among others. Dr. Charles B. Foy, Jr. (1978 BACH H&SS, 1984 DDS), of Madisonville, La., received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) on March 9. The
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award, the highest honor bestowed by the LDA, is given annually to individual members who exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct in dentistry and make extraordinary contributions in organized dentistry and their community. Foy has been a member of the LDA, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Northlake Dental Association for more than 28 years, serving in numerous capacities in the local, state, and national arenas. He is president of the Louisiana International College of Dentists, was appointed by the governor to the Louisiana Fluoridation Advisory Board, and is on the Dental Lifeline Network Board of Directors. Actively involved in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), he has received the group’s Lifetime Learning and Service Recognition Award and the Mark Locantro Award for distinguished service. He was elected a Fellow and
Master in AGD and a Fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Dental Society, the International College of Dentists, and the American College of Dentists. Foy has served on the faculty at LSU and the LSU School of Dentistry and on the Alumni Advisory Council. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, and Rotary International, as well as a volunteer for the Samaritan Center and the St. Vincent DePaul Society’s All Saints dental clinic, a lector at St. Peter’s Church, and a dental consultant/forensic odontologist for St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Additionally, he works with Habitat for Humanity, and has performed dental missions in Honduras and Guatemala. Foy and his wife, Anne, have three daughters, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Sarah.
Mahmood Khan (1972 MAST AGR, 1975 PHD AGR), professor and director of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center, was invited by the United Nations World Tourism Organization to serve as a keynote speaker at the international conference, Universal Values and Cultural Diversity in the 21st Century: How Can Tourism Make a Difference, held in Yerevan, Armenia. At the conclusion of the conference, leading Armenian tourism industry stakeholders signed the Private Sector Commitment to the United Nations World Tourism Organization Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. As a participant, Khan represented Pamplin College, Virginia Tech, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Khan’s presentation was entitled “Comparative Overview of the Impact of Hospitality and Tourism Industry on a Nation’s Development: Opportunities and Constraints with Reference to Armenia.” As a result, Khan has been asked by the U.S. Agency for International Development to serve as a part-time consultant on curriculum development for four Armenian universities – Russian Armenian Slavonic University, Armenian State University of Economics, American University of Armenia, and European Regional Academy. He joined Virginia Tech in 1987. Oliver G. “Rick” Richard, III (1974 BACH MCOM, 1977 JD) has been elected to the American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) Board of Directors. Richard was chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Columbia Energy Group from 1995 to 2000. Previously, he served as chairman,
president, and chief executive officer of New Jersey Resources Corp., as president and chief executive officer of Northern Natural Gas Co., and as vice president and general counsel of Tenngasco. He served as a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from 1982 to 1985. Before joining FERC, he served as legislative assistant for energy issues to U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D-La). Prior to that, he practiced tax law in Louisiana. Currently, Richard is president of Empire of the Seed, a consulting firm in the energy, management, and private investments industries. He serves as a director of Buckeye Partners L.P. and as chairman of CleanFUEL USA. He holds a master’s degree of tax law from Georgetown University.
Paul Coreil (1984 MAST AGR, 1995 PHD AGR), vice chancellor and director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service for the LSU AgCenter since 2001, has been named interim chancellor at LSU Alexandria. Coreil has been with the AgCenter for more than 34 years, serving as an extension agent, specialist, assistant director, and vice chancellor. A national leader for the Cooperative Extension Service, he chaired the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors in 2006, a committee that developed a national Web-based extension information system called eXtension.org, and the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, or ECOP, in 2009. Coreil has received numerous awards including the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors Excellence in Leadership Award in 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1976.
Robert J. “Bobby” Crifasi (1981 BACH BUS), general manager of the New Orleans Country Club, was elected to the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) Board of Directors for a threeyear term. Crifasi, a Certified Club Manager (CCM), Certified Club Executive (CCE), and Certified Public Accountant (CPA), has been general manager of the club since 1992. He began his career at New Orleans Country Club first as the controller/chief financial officer and was then named clubhouse manager. A member of CMAA since 1991, he has served on many national committees and was twice host club general manager for the International Wine Society Dinner in conjunction with the world conference. At the chapter level, Crifasi served the Pelican Chapter as chair of legislative affairs, career services, and golf tournament committees and as secretary-treasurer, vice president, president, and local conference co-chair. He has served on numerous advisory boards for the University of New Orleans School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism, University of New Orleans College of Business, and the Louisiana State Society of CPAs. Crifasi serves as a guest lecturer at the University of New Orleans on club management. John D. Dalier (1986 BACH BUS, 1990 JD) moved with his wife and children to Charleston, S.C., in July 2011 to serve under the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 as a trademark examining attorney with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Dalier is approaching his 19th year of service with the USPTO. This past March, he was recognized in Washington, D.C., by the Department of Commerce with the 2013 Exceptional Career Achievement Award,
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recognizing his outstanding contributions toward increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the Trademarks Business Unit at the USPTO, his years of demonstrated excellence in trademark prosecution/examination, and his high standards of professionalism in public service. Susan Halsey (1980 BACH BUS, 1983 JD), an attorney in Jackson Walker LLP’s Fort Worth office, has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of each attorney’s contributions to the legal profession. Stephen Herbert (1986 BACH H&SS), chairman and chief executive officer of USA Technologies, rang the NASDAQ closing bell in Times Square in New York City Jan. 29. Earlier that day, USA Technologies, a three-time LSU 100 nominee, conducted its quarterly earnings call, and the company announced GAAP and non-GAAP profitability for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The company’s total revenues are up 29 percent and recurring revenues are up 33 percent. In celebration of this milestone profitability event, USA Technologies was invited to ring the NASDAQ Stock Market closing bell. Herbert was elected chairman and chief executive officer of USA Technologies in December 2011 after having served as
interim chairman and CEO since October 2011. He joined the company and its board in 1996 and served as chief operating officer before becoming CEO. Previously, Herbert held several management positions with Pepsi-Cola Company. Sarah Holliday (1984 BACH H&SS) received a Community Service Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., during the fraternity’s 67th Regional Convention in Baton Rouge on April 4. The presentation was made by Southwestern Regional Vice President Roderick Smothers (1995 BACH H&SS, 1997 MPA, 2004 PHD HS&E) and Past International President Charles Teamer. The event commemorated Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s, speech in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968, and his assassination the following day. David C. Myers (1981 BACH MCOM, 1985 JD), a partner in Jackson Walker LLP’s Dallas office, was selected for inclusion in the 2013 BTI Client Service All-Star Team report published by The BTI Consulting Group. The BTI All-Stars are an elite group of attorneys recognized as delivering the absolute best in client service. Selection is determined based solely on direct feedback from corporate counsel at the largest, most influential companies in the world. Myers has practiced for more than 25 years and is a member of the firm’s litigation, insurance, and appellate practice groups.
Mohd Fauzi H. Ramlan (1985 MAST ENGR) has been named vice chancellor of the Universiti Putra Malaysia. He will serve a three-year term, which began Jan. 1. A professor of agriculture at the university, he has served as deputy vice chancellor of student affairs and alumni and director of the higher education department, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, in charge of student management and development. He was associate professor of agricultural science and principal of the 2nd Residential College. Ramlan is a member of the Board of Directors (LPU) of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and a substitute member of LPU for Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He was conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Johan Setia Mahkota (J.S.M) in 2009, Darjah and Pingat Kebesaran Negeri Melaka - Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (D.M.S.M) in 2011, which carries the title Datuk. He holds a Diploma in Agriculture from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of York. Fred Rubin (1983 BACH H&SS) is director of credit review at Susquehanna Bank in Lititz, Penn. He is responsible for the development, oversight, and administration of an in-house credit review program for a bank with $18 billion in assets, including a commercial loan portfolio of $13 billion. Rubin was a member of the Golden Band from Tigerland from 1979 to 1983. He is married to the former Amy Goldman and is the nephew of Alvin Rubin, a 2005 inductee into the LSU Hall of Distinction.
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Dr. George Arch, Jr. (1996 BACH SCI), of New Orleans, received the New Dentist Award from the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) on March 9. The award is given annually to a member who has practiced for less than 10 years and distinguished himself or herself through civic involvement, public service, and unselfish devotion to the dental profession. Arch is also a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), and the New Orleans Dental Association (NODA). He serves on the LDA House of Delegates, is a member of the Council on the New Dentist, served on the ADA New Dentist Committee, served on the board as president of NODA, and volunteers with the New Orleans Dental Conference and LDA Annual Session. An
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endodontist, Arch is a clinical assistant professor at the LSU School of Dentistry and has lectured for the New Orleans Dental Hygiene Association. He is a member of the American Association of Endodontists and volunteers with the Academy of the Sacred Heart and the Dental Lifeline Network. Arch and his wife, Shannon, have one daughter, Ava. Roxanne Rutledge Connelly (1992 BACH AGR, 1995 MAST AGR, 1998 PHD AGR), associate professor and extension specialist of medical entomology at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) in Vero Beach, Fla., has been named president of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCT). The AMCT, a scientific/ educational, not-for-profit public service association, has members or subscribers
to its publications in more than 50 countries. Connelly joined the University of Florida in 1999 as an extension medical entomologist and has worked at FMEL for more than 13 years with mosquito control and public health programs in Florida, the United States, and several countries around the world. She has instructed hundreds of mosquito control professionals, mentored several masterâ€™s and doctoral degree students, and authored many peer-reviewed publications on the subject of insects of medical importance to humans. Connelly lives with her husband and their three dogs in Vero Beach. Patrick M. Evans (1993 BACH BUS) has been promoted to first vice president-wealth management with UBS Financial Services in Houston. A 20-year
veteran of the financial industry, Evans has been with UBS since 2000. His team of financial advisers, WTC Investment Group, works with clients to provide them a wide range of financial planning solutions with emphasis on asset preservation, income generation, and generational wealth transfer. He is actively involved with LSU through the LSU Alumni Association, LSU Foundation, and PetroTigers. After many years in Dallas, Patrick now resides in Houston with his two children, Santana, 11, and Sultan, 8. Clarissa A. Preston (1994 BACH H&SS), former head of the Office of Consumer Advocacy for the Louisiana Department of Insurance and the department’s first deputy commissioner, has joined
Adams and Reese law firm’s Baton Rouge office as a lobbyist and member of the governmental relations team. Following 15 years in the insurance industry, Preston opened her own business, Montage Enterprises, LLC. She holds Louisiana property/casualty and life/health insurance licenses, Associate Professional in Insurance Regulation (APIR) designation through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Designation with the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. She is an American Bar Associationapproved certified paralegal and commissioned civil law notary public, and she holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. She is immediate past lieutenant governor of Division 8B of Kiwanis International LouisianaMississippi-West Tennessee District, 2011-2015 Division 8B coordinator for
Kiwanis Worldwide ELIMINATE project, president of the board of Pathways to Learning Community Outreach and Tutorial Program, a member of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board hearing committee, and a “reading friend” for Volunteers in Public Schools. Heather Boshears Robbins (1997 BACH BUS) recently joined Alameda County’s Auditor-Controller Agency as principal auditor. She says she has found her true calling volunteering as a cat adoption counselor at the San Francisco SPCA. Heather lives in northern California with husband Douglas and her cat, Michelob.
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Sean P. Brady (2000 BACH H&SS), an attorney with Flanagan Partners LLP, New Orleans, is included among Louisiana Super Lawyers 2013 “Rising Stars” in the area of business litigation. He also practices in insurance recovery, construction, maritime law, and whitecollar criminal matters. The annual listing recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas across the United States who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Amanda D’Assaro (2006 BACH MCOM) married Tim Casting on Nov. 17, 2012, in Winter Park, Fla. She is associate director of alumni and development at Rollins College in Winter Park.
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Lisa Mathiak (2005 BACH H&SS), an alumna of the LSU Center for Internal Auditing program and a senior auditor at Ernst & Young LLP, was recently featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle article “Mathiak Brings Youthful Vibe to IIA Chapter.” In the article, Mathiak credits her time in the internal audit program as well as her anthropology degree from LSU for her career at Ernst & Young. The article profiles Mathiak’s involvement with the Institute of Internal Auditors, a professional association for internal auditors. In addition to her work with the IIA, Mathiak serves as a United Way Ambassador for Ernst & Young. The article, published Feb. 8, can be read in full at http://www.bizjournals.com/ atlanta/print-edition/2013/02/08/mathiakbrings-youthful-vibe-to-iia.html.
Alex Michalek (2003 MAST SCI), of Sonora, Calif., has been named resource manager for the New Melones Lake in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. In his new position, Michalek assists the area manager of the Mid-Pacific Region’s Central California Area Office in managing public recreation and natural resources at New Melones, and he is responsible for the management and maintenance of developed recreation areas, natural and cultural resources, visitor services, and concession management at New Melones, which includes more than 30,000 surface acres of water and land and the Peoria Wildlife Management Area. A federal employee for 15 years, he began his career as a forestry technician and wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service.
Michalek earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Lauren Biglane Middleton (2004 BACH BUS) has been admitted as a partner in the Gillon Group, PLLC, accounting firm in Natchez, Miss. Middleton, who earned an M.B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi, has spent the last seven years concentrating on her practice in the areas of tax and accounting services for a wide range of clients including individuals and small businesses. Outside of the firm, she serves as a board member of the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce and is active in various civic organizations.
Lauren Wilde (2009 M&DA), an M.F.A. student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNSCA), received the USITT Makeup Design Award on March 20, at the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology’s 2013 Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Milwaukee, Wis. The award is sponsored by Kryolan Makeup. Wilde won the award for creative application in makeup design for UNCSA productions. She received $500, a Kryolan makeup kit, and free registration to the four-day USITT Conference, which draws 5,000 people from the world of theatre design and technology.
Marco J. Barker (2012 PHD HS&E) has been appointed to the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity’s Committee on Diversity. Barker currently serves as senior director for education, operations, and initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. James Carroll (2010 BACH AGR), of Carthage, Texas, was featured in a recent CNNMoney online article by writer Annalyn Kurtz, profiling seven people from across the country in their mid-20s who have held numerous jobs over relatively short periods of time in search of their ideal job. Currently an independent petroleum landman, Carroll will enter the Loyola University New
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Orleans College of Law this fall. “When I was 16, I was hoping for a new vehicle and it never happened,” Carroll was quoted in the April 9 article, titled “I had 10 jobs before 25.” “I realized [that] if I wanted to get it, I would have to raise the money myself.” Since that time, he’s held a total of 17 jobs, many of which were seasonal positions. Carroll said that holding so many jobs over such a short period of time helped him to eliminate his student debt quickly. “I graduated with $22,000 in debt and, at my new job, I’ve managed to pay off all my debt in just two years,” he said. See the full article at http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/ economy/2013/04/09/jobs-before-25/ index.html. Aubrey DeVillez (2012 BACH H&SS) has joined Bose Public Affairs Group LLC’s Washington, D.C., office as a legislative assistant. DeVillez was chosen for the full-time position after completing an internship with the firm. She previously served as an intern for U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.
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Gabriela McCall Delgado (2011 BACH H&SS), of Humacao, Puerto Rico, is the creator of We Connect Now (WCN), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing college students with disabilities access to higher education and assistance with employment issues. Delgado started the website with a grant from YP4 in 2008 to address two issues of primary concern, the lack of a centralized site on the Internet with basic information regarding rights, services, and support for college students with disabilities, and the absence of a network that could provide additional information and support to such students. During the last five years, WCN has been viewed over 148,000 times by visitors from 134 different countries on six continents. We Connect Now has not received government funding nor funding from for-profit corporations, and throughout its years of service has sparked discussion of disability issues from the grassroots level to those who determine public policy regarding those concerns. Visit http:// weconnectnow.wordpress.com/
Ian Miller (2012 BACH SCI) has joined Zehnder Communications, Inc., New Orleans, as a junior Web/mobile application developer. In his new position, Miller helps develop custom database applications, websites, and mobile applications for Zehnder’s interactive clients. Previously, he worked for LSU Sustainability as a webpage designer and served as head of production and marketing for Fewo Music Productions. Grace Montgomery (2012 BACH MCOM) has joined Zehnder Communications as public relations coordinator for clients such as US Radiosurgery, DuPage Medical Group, and Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Montgomery previously worked in Washington, D.C., for U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany of Lafayette, La., and in Baton Rouge for Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne.
Jude. Cohen’s paternal grandmother is Martha Ortego Coulon (1971 BACH HS&E, 1974 MAST HS&E), Bunkie, La.
James Coughlin (1996 BACH BUS) and Erin (Mathison) Coughlin, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., announce the birth of future Tiger Andrew Jonathan Coughlin on Jan. 19, 2013. Andrew was welcomed home by brothers Zachary (11), Caleb (9), Joshua (6), Eli (4), and Thomas (15 months).
Joshua Johnson (2006 BACH SCI, 2009 MBA) and his wife, Laura, announce the arrival of their son, Nathan Edward, on Feb 18, 2013, at 3:38 p.m. Nathan weighed 5 lbs. 10 oz. His proud grandparents are LSU Professor of Horticulture Charles E. Johnson (1979 PHD AGR) and his wife, Rebecca.
Koby J. Coulon (2001 BACH ENGR) and his wife, Jessica, of Hattiesburg, Miss., announce the birth of future Tiger Cohen Claire on July 17, 2012. Cohen weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was welcomed home by big brother Noah
Morgan Lamandre (2006 BACH H&SS) and husband Jeremy Bergeron announce the birth of their son, Brendyn Michael, on Sept.2, 2012. Brendyn weighed 7 lbs. and was 20 1/2 inches long. “We are big LSU fans,” writes Morgan,
“and Brendyn’s room is all LSU themed.” The family resides in Baton Rouge. Raymond and Kelly Landry DeRossette (2007 BACH MCOM, 2009 MAST HS&E) announce the birth of future Tiger Dalton David on Feb. 1, 2013. Dalton weighed in at 8 lbs. 9 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Kelly is director of operations and services at the Tiger Athletic Foundation. Kate (2002 BACH BUS) and Jeremy Spikes welcomed future Tiger John Henry on April 3, 2013, at 1 p.m. John weighed in a 9 lbs. 10 oz. and was 22 inches long. He was welcomed home by big brother Jack. Kate is director of financial accounting and reporting at the LSU Foundation.
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Tigers in Print Helana Brigman (2010 MAST H&SS) The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round (LSU Press) Louisiana’s identity is inextricably tied to its famous foods; gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and étouffée are among the delicious dishes that locals cherish and visitors remember. But Louisiana’s traditional cuisine has undergone a recent revision, incorporating more local ingredients and focusing on healthier cooking styles. In The Fresh Table, locavore and native New Orleanian Helana Brigman shares more than 100 recipes that reflect these changes while taking advantage of the state’s year-round growing season. Her book offers staples of Louisiana fare – seafood, sausage, tomatoes, peppers, and plenty of spices – pairing these elements with advice about stocking one’s pantry, useful substitutions for ingredients, and online resources for out-of-state cooks. With each season The Fresh Table provides an irresistible selection of recipes, each introduced with a personal story that adds the last ingredient required for any Louisiana dish – a connection with and appreciation for one’s community. Melissa K. Burkhardt (1991 BACH H&SS) Exceptionally Good Friends: Building Relationships with Autism (Executive Publishing Company) Melissa Burkhardt’s Exceptionally Good Friends was written to help those who
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know little or nothing about autism, as well as to assist both regular and special education teachers in meeting the needs of the increasing number of autistic children in their classrooms. The flip-over book is actually two books in one, told through the perspectives of Ruthie, a young girl who is developing typically, and Clay, a boy with autism, who become friends in an inclusive early childhood classroom. The story teaches understanding and empathy, thus helping to reduce bullying episodes, and gives teachers, therapists, parents, and relatives practical, easyto-implement ideas and resources to help children with autism spectrum disorder experience success. Visit www. exceptionallygoodfriends.com. A.C.F. Crawford (2002 BACH SCI) Sailor of the Skysea (Kindle Direct and CreateSpace) Hardened sailor Ytzak Anan is an outsider. The color of his skin holds him back in a brutal, post-colonial world, and his dreams of captaining his own ship, along with all his savings, have been stolen by a faithless lover. Up a mighty river and out to sea once again, Ytzak searches for meaning and a new star, but the cruelties of ruthless men dog his steps, and mysterious forces seem to be guiding his journey for purposes unknown. In this explosive debut, author A.C.F. Crawford has created something new in the realm of fantasy. From high-seas adventure
to a climactic clash with a malevolent autocrat, from back-alley brawls to arcane shamanic sorcery, Sailor of the Skysea explores a mythical world with a truly American feel. Sailor of the Skysea is available as an ebook and paperback on Amazon.com. J. Michael Desmond (1979 BACH A&D) The Architecture of LSU (LSU Press) In The Architecture of LSU, author, professor, and architect J. Michael Desmond traces the University’s development, including a wealth of photographs, plans, drawings, and maps that underscore the contributions of key historical figures and the genealogies of the campus’s architecture and planning. By meticulously detailing the origins and evolution of LSU’s architectural core and exploring the fundamentals of American college campus design, Desmond shows the far-reaching rewards of public environments that integrate natural and constructed elements to meet both practical and aesthetic goals. When viewed from the technical vantage point of an architect, the discerning eye of an artist, or sociocultural perspective of a historian, LSU’s remarkable buildings reveal not only a legacy that goes back to the Renaissance but also a primer of architectural principles that guided the creation of one of the most unique academic environments in the United States.
Ronlyn Domingue (1993 BACH H&SS, 2003 MAST H&SS) The Mapmaker’s War: A Legend (Atria Books) In an ancient time, in a faraway land, a young woman named Aoife is allowed a rare apprenticeship to become her kingdom’s mapmaker, tasked with charting the entire domain. Traveling beyond its borders, she finds a secretive people who live in peace, among great wealth. They claim to protect a mythic treasure, one connected to the creation of the world. When Aoife reports their existence to her kingdom, the community is targeted as a threat. Attempting to warn them of imminent danger, Aoife is exiled for treason and finds refuge among the very people who had been declared her enemy. She begins a new life surrounded by kindness, equality, and cooperation. But Aoife has no peace. She cannot share the grief she feels for the home and children she left behind. She cannot bear the warrior scars of the man she comes to love. When she gives birth to their gifted daughter, Aoife cannot avoid what the child forces her to confront about her past and its truth. On this most important of journeys, there is no map to guide her. Bradley Ensor (1984 MAST H&SS) Crafting Prehispanic Maya Kinship (University of Alabama Press) Using recent data from an archaeological project within the Chontalpa Maya region of Tabasco, Mexico, Bradley Ensor illustrates how archaeologists can interpret and explain the diversity of kinship behavior and its influence on gender within any given Maya social formation. Crafting
Prehispanic Maya Kinship provides an example of how archaeology can help to explain the formation of disparate classes and kinship patterns within an ancient state-level society. Ensor provides a new theoretical contribution to Maya ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological research. Rather than operating solely as a symbolic order unobservable to archaeologists, kinship, according to Ensor, forms concrete social relations that structure daily life and can be reflected in the material remains of a society. He argues that the use of cross-culturally identified and confirmed material indicators of postmarital residence and descent group organization enable archaeologists to overturn a traditional reliance on competing and problematic ethnohistorical models. Camille Caillouet Gannon (1962 BACH H&SS) Woman Overboard: Living the Dream (Neaptide Publishing) Camille Gannon cannot swim. In fact, she suffers from a gut-wrenching fear of drowning. At the peak of her professional career, her husband, Peter, reveals his lifelong dream of circumnavigating the world on a sailboat. She must decide if she can set sail for the Seven Seas and whether her marriage can survive such an experience. So begins a nearly two-year saga where Camille must suppress her fears and dreams and find the will to accept a life of isolation and her own inadequacies as a sailor. Living within the confines of the 44-foot sailboat, Sojourner, experiencing the awesome power of nature on the open sea, and enduring the intrusion of different crew members along the way,
she struggles to support Peter as they island-hop across the South Pacific. Camille’s anxiety slowly evolves into confidence in her abilities as a sailor, a wife, and a woman. The memoir is a warm-hearted and honest glimpse into the life of a cruising couple as they discover the true meaning of bon voyage. Roland A. Gravois (1950 BACH ENGR) de Générès and Allied Families (Virtualbookworm.com) Follow the trials and tribulations of the de Générès and allied families on paths that led them to settle in Louisiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. The allied families – Abat, Antonini, Claiborne, Daboval, Damare, de Lesseps, Derbes, Druilhet, Gravois, LaCour, Malacher, Mayre, Morrison, Petit, Story, and Theriot – faced the slave insurrection in Saint Domingue, the Acadian deportation from Nova Scotia, the French Revolution, and the Natchez Massacre. Nevertheless, they overcame these tragedies to gain statehood in Louisiana, and their descendants are here today. The children of Jean Constantine de Générès, who had escaped the slave insurrection during which his parents were killed, spread out all over Louisiana. Two sons, Henry and Louis Florval, were active in banking in New Orleans; John Lawrence was a well-known attorney in North Louisiana; and daughter Fredriska was the wife of Pierre Auguste Mayre, a well-known banker in Alexandria, La. From the Morrison and Claiborne families, Louisiana gained Lindy Boggs, deLesseps Story “Chep” Morrison, and William C.C. Claiborne, Louisiana’s first governor.
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Tigers in Print James Richards (1978 BACH A&D) Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers (John Wiley and Sons Publishing) While computer-aided design has changed the way designers explore and communicate their visions, freehand drawing remains an essential skill for capturing a flow of visual ideas and developing them on the spot. Freehand Drawing & Discovery takes an updated and practical approach to using hand sketching in a digital world, employing a “both/and” philosophy that shows you how to rapidly capture ideas with hand sketching that can then be further
explored and refined using digital tools. Created by an urban designer and blog correspondent for Urban Sketchers, this resource-rich, user-friendly guide provides step-by-step instruction on drawing tools and techniques. It offers practical suggestions on how to use freehand sketching skills in conjunction with digital tools on real-world projects. It’s a must-have handbook for students and professionals in urban planning, landscape architecture, and architecture.
called as an Anglican priest, became an international Olympic hero, discovered his connection to the British royal family, and reunited with the girl of his dreams. In A Light Shining, the sequel, Michael faces his greatest and most violent challenge yet, a challenge that threatens him and his entire family – terrorism.
Glynn Young (1973 BACH MCOM) A Light Shining (Dunrobin Publishing) In Dancing Priest, Michael Kent faced tragedy and triumph, love and loss, was
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In Memoriam Murray Free Hawkins, Jr., professor emeritus of petroleum engineering, passed away on March 7, 2013, at the age of 95. Hawkins received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1938 and a master’s degree in physics in 1940 from LSU. He worked for the Carter Oil Company research laboratories before serving in the South Pacific in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was employed at Ethyl Corporation before joining the Department of Petroleum Engineering in 1946, where he was a professor and director of the LSU Geology Camp in Colorado until his retirement in 1977. He played a significant role in developing the department into one of the leading units of its kind in the world, and in 1998 alumni were instrumental in having it named the Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering. His best known work is the world-renowned textbook Applied Petroleum Reservoir Engineering that he co-authored with his friend and mentor, B.C. Craft, Sr. He served on numerous boards and commissions and was the recipient of many awards and honors during his career, including the Halliburton Award for Teaching Excellence; the 1976 Mineral Industry Education Medal; the 1979 John Franklin Carl Award; and the 1980 Lester C. Uren Award. He was named an LSU Alumni Distinguished Faculty Fellow, the LSU Foundation Campanile Charities Professor, a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and was inducted into the LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction in 1985. Professor Emeritus of Humanities Huel Davis Perkins, one of Baton Rouge’s most beloved civic leaders and educators, passed away on April 15. Perkins, who served as assistant vice chancellor of Academic Affairs, executive assistant to the chancellor and special assistant to the chancellor during his 27-year career at LSU, was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from LSU in 2005 and the University established the Huel D. Perkins Doctoral Fellowship Program in his honor. The LSU Black Faculty and Staff Caucus also presents the Huel D. Perkins Leadership Award. A Baton Rouge native, Perkins graduated with honors from Southern University in 1947 then earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University in 1951 and 1958, respectively. He began his career in education at Lincoln University in Missouri as a music instructor in 1948. From 1951-1960, Perkins was an associate professor of music at Southern University. From 1968-1978, he was the dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Southern before being appointed deputy director of education programming at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. In 1988, Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer appointed him to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. In 1996, President Bill Clinton appointed him to the advisory board of the J.W. Fulbright foreign scholarship program. Perkins has been honored with the Humanist of the Year award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Brotherhood Award by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Outstanding Educator award by the LSU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the Brotherhood Award by the Baton Rouge Human Relations Council, the Citizen of the Year award by the Istrouma Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, the A.P. Tureaud Award by the Louisiana Chapter of the NAACP, the Award of Merit by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and the Centennial Award given by Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He served on the board of advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and served on many additional boards, including the Baton Rouge Symphony, Louisiana Public Broadcasting Corp. and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Perkins was the first African-American elected to the United Way and the first African-American admitted to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club. William Brockway Retired Professor of Architecture April 7, 2013 Baton Rouge, La.
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Nickolas Kalivoda Former Director of News Service March 10, 2013 Baton Rouge, La.
1932 Chetta Mary Cangelosi, 1932 BACH HS&E, March 1, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Katherine Louise Lowe McGehee, 1931 BACH H&SS, 1932 MAST HS&E, March 4, 2013, Baton Rouge, La.
1940s Dorothy Harrell Brown, 1949 BACH MCOM, Jan. 13, 2013, Atlanta, Ga. Kermit Joseph Coulon, 1949 BACH AGR, March 19, 2013, Gramercy, La. Mildred Gray Harrell Fossett, 1949 BACH H&SS, Dec. 16, 2012, New Roads, La. Lucile Hopkins Hodge, 1942 BACH BUS, April 3, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Frank L. Johnson, 1947 BACH SCI, Nov. 14, 2012, Dickinson, Texas James Kenneth “Ken” Land, II 1943 BACH ENGR, March 29, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Sylvia Irene Steiner, 1940 BACH BUS, Jan. 27, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Leona Margaret Wilbert Major, 1948 BACH HS&E, March 16, 2013, Rosedale, La. Estelle Hawkins Maxwell, 1949 BACH M&DA, Jan. 4, 2013, Daphne, Ala. William Morrison Meyers, 1948 JD, Feb. 22, 2013, Covington, La.
1950s St. Clair Bienvenu, Sr., 1958 BACH BUS, March 8, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Lionel Paul “Leo” Blaize, Jr., 1950 BACH BUS, Jan. 20, 2013, Port Allen, La. Louis A. Clouatre, 1951 BACH HS&E, 1957 MAST HS&E, March 30, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Philip Edward Hermann, 1954 BACH ENGR, Dec. 16, 2012, Sun Lakes, Ariz. William E. “Coach Bill” Johnson, 1950 BACH HS&E, April 14, 2013, Ponchatoula, La. Hazel Deane “Deanie” Kemp, 1958 BACH HS&E, Jan. 17, 2013, Pensacola, Fla. Levin Freeland “Mac” Magruder, 1952 BACH H&SS, 1956 MD, Dec. 9, 2012, Seattle, Wash. Joseph Clark Mayers, 1959 BACH ENGR, Feb. 5, 2013, Overland Park, Kan. Garrett A. Mayon, Jr., 1950 BACH ENGR, Feb. 25, 2013, Carencro, La. Freeman Morgan, 1954 BACH ENGR, March 14, 2013, Montgomery, Texas. Thomas Wilbert “Bert” Schnadelbach, 1959 BACH A&D, March 19, 2013, Diamondhead, Miss. Ira Joseph Schneider, 1956 BACH ENGR, April 2, 2013, Marksville, La. Doyle Joseph Suarez, Jr., 1950 BACH, H&SS, Jan. 27, 2013, Baton Rouge, La.
1960s Garland Lee Bryant, Jr., 1965 BACH BUS, 1967 MAST BUS, Feb. 13, 2013, Clinton, La. Ronald W. Carriere, 1966 MAST HS&E, March 10, 2013, Port Barre, La. Clyde Louis Carter, 1962 BACH HS&E, Jan. 13, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Juanita Reynolds Catha, 1962 BACH HS&E, 1969 CERT HS&E, Jan. 28, 2013, Slaughter, La.
Nelda J. Edwards, 1960 BACH BUS, March 9, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Donald S. Gardner, Jr., 1961 BACH AGR, March 12, 2013, Opelousas, La. George F. Griffing, 1960 BACH BUS, 1960 JD, April 4, 2013, Pineville, La. Arthur J. Haas, 1963 BACH ENGR, Aug. 4, 2012, Lake Jackson, Texas Melba “Nanny” Peabody Kinchen, 1962 BACH HS&E, 1966 MAST HS&E, Jan. 17, 2012, Baton Rouge, La. Milton Alexander “Sandy” McLeod, 1969 BACH H&SS, March 19, 2013, New Orleans, La. Frank J. Polozola, 1965 JD, Feb. 24, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Sharon Swenson Rogers, 1968 BACH EDUC, March 27, 2013, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Julie Sholars Strange, 1961 BACH HS&E, Feb. 28, 2013, Asheville, N.C.
1970s Elizabeth “Libbie” Lowe Babb, 1975 BACH HS&E, Feb. 1, 2013, Elgin, Texas John D. Bernhardt, 1976 BACH, H&SS, Feb. 8, 2013, Lafayette, La. Kathryn Berwick, 1979 BACH H&SS, Jan. 22, 2013, Lake Charles, La. Mary “Mayzie” Hobson Burke, 1972 BACH H&SS, 1973 BACH H&SS, March 17, 2013, Houston, Texas Charles Richard Egedy, Jr., 1972 BACH SCI, 2007 BACH SCI, Baton Rouge, La. Jerold S. “Jerry” Girod, 1971 BACH A&D, April 14, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Janel Kathleen Churchman Langlois, 1978 MAST HS&E, March 1, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Beryl Ann Griffith Talbot, 1971 BACH BUS, March 30, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Robert Gelston “Fuzzy” Thurston, 1975 BACH H&SS, Feb. 20, 2013, Arlington, Texas
1980s Humberto Alfonso “Bert” Arriaga, 1986 BACH H&SS, March 19, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. John Garett Bozant, 1986 BACH H&SS, 1988 BACH H&SS, March 16, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Julie “Jill” Barfield Hamilton, 1982 BACH HS&E, 1983 MAST, Jan. 17, 2013, Conway, Ark. Bonnie Jean Guidry, 1983 BACH H&SS, Feb. 25, 2013, Baton Rouge, La.
1990s James “Jim” Dixon, 1991 MBA, April 1, 2013, Austin, Texas Russell Robelot, 1996 BACH A&D, Jan. 31, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Charles L. “Chuck” Quinn, Jr., 1996 PHD M&DA, May 5, 2012, Birmingham, Ala.
2000s Marc Christopher Lundberg, 2002 BACH BUS, Jan. 15, 2013, New Orleans, La.
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Tackling Goals from Coast to Coast By Emily Herrington Photo by Michelle Staffield
Culture shock is no longer much of a shock for LSU alumna Victoria Ippolito.
Ippolito (2010 MAST AGR) has gone from coast to coast tackling her goals. The New Jersey native attended college in Rhode Island for her undergraduate degree then made a cross-country trip to the Deep South to earn her master’s degree in fisheries science with a minor in environmental science at LSU. Now, Ippolito finds herself on the California shore. “I loved Louisiana. I was really happy to be there,” Ippolito said. “The culture is so different, and that’s kind of why I moved [to Santa Monica], too. I like to see what our country’s like.” Ippolito is a boater education program associate for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC). She works with multiple programs, but her primary role is educating boaters about environmental issues and safe practices. This is a change of pace for the scienceoriented Ippolito, who said learning how to communicate with various groups of people presented a different type of challenge than working on the giant clam project at LSU. “You have to learn that facts and numbers don’t hold as much as weight as they used to when you dealt with science,” she said. “When you deal with people, it’s a lot more about that emotion to Victoria Ippolito places plants at specific elevations as part of the Malibu Lagoon restoration project. inspire change.” In addition to encouraging boaters to change their behaviors to do what’s best for “When you deal with the environment, Ippolito manages grants on restoration and pollution prevention and people, it’s a lot more works with a program restoring the population of abalone, which, she says, are closely about that emotion to related to oysters. inspire change.” Of course, Louisiana’s seafood brings droves to the Bayou State, and Ippolito counts herself among them. But instead of coming here to debate preferences among chargrilled, fried, or raw seafood, Ippolito worked alongside the Louisiana seafood industry, examining the restoration and environmental aspects of the state’s beloved oysters. It was the latter part of her work – the environmental and restoration efforts – that really drew her in, she said. The environment, especially the marine environment, has long been one of Ippolito’s passions, and she’s always wanted to help in that area. Her work at SMBRC allows her to fulfill her goal because the organization has multiple programs that support the marine environment. Her ultimate goal, she said, is to help restore ecosystems, whether it’s that of kelp forests or oyster beds. And she wants to help the entire ecosystem – not just an individual animal. When she’s not working with boaters or marine habitats, Ippolito still prefers to embrace the environment. She names scuba diving and hiking as her favorite off-theclock hobbies. Emily Herrington, a junior public relations major in the Manship School of Mass Communication, is managing editor of The Daily Reveille.
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Anton Pursues Dream of Filmmaking By Hannah McLain Photo by Larry Hubbard
“A business degree equipped him with practical knowledge to couple with the creative aspects of filmmaking.”
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Filmmaker Tom Anton says all of his friends are about to retire. As for him, he’s just getting started. Tom Anton (1975 BACH H&SS), who recently released his second film The Pardon, began his career in filmmaking after years of working as an energy consultant in North Louisiana. In 1994, Anton sold his business and moved to New Orleans, where he reconnected with his childhood friend Sandi, who is now his wife. Anton said the couple wrote their first film, At Last (2005), about the story of their love. The Pardon, which premiered in theaters across Louisiana on March 22, tells the true story of Toni Jo Henry, a Louisiana woman accused of murder in the 1940s. Anton explains that before her execution, Toni Jo met a Catholic priest who brought God into her life. Anton says though he does not consider it a faith-based movie, he wants the film to present a message of hope and redemption. Anton chose to premiere the movie in Louisiana because of its deep ties to the state. The film’s events took place outside of Lake Charles, and filming took place in Shreveport, where, he says, “the people were so supportive throughout the process.” Though now living in North Carolina, Anton holds onto his memories of Louisiana. He moved from his childhood home in Grosse Pointe, Mich., to New Orleans, where he attended high school at Sam Barthe School for Boys. Anton recalls the tremendous impact of music
on his life, and said he’s carried his experiences − like his first Jazz Fest − with him wherever he’s lived. He also misses the tremendous sense of community of living in the French Quarter, where he moved after reconnecting with Sandi. Anton said he knew he wanted to be a filmmaker when he saw To Kill a Mockingbird at age 5, but his family discouraged him from pursuing his dream, instead emphasizing the need for a business degree. He majored in psychology and finance, working as a waiter and assistant manager at a restaurant to pay his way through school. He spent the little free time he had around the theater and drama department. Though he’s been passionate about film throughout his life, Anton acknowledges the value of his time in a business career, and he doesn’t regret his choices because without them he wouldn’t be who he is now. He feels that working his way through school and receiving a business degree equipped him with practical knowledge to couple with the creative aspects of filmmaking. Indeed, he thinks if he’d been making films his whole life, he might be tired of it by now. Instead, his career is just beginning. And, just as others helped him along the way, Anton is always willing to pass on his knowledge to aspiring filmmakers − especially students. Hannah McLain is a freshman in the Manship School of Mass Communication and the Honors College.
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All for Auld By Holly A. Phillips Photo by Eddy Perez
“Anthony Ryan Auld continues to blaze fashion runways.”
Since graduating from the School of Human Ecology, Anthony Ryan Auld (2010 BACH AGR) has made quite a name for himself. In 2011, Auld auditioned for Lifetime’s popular reality fashion show, Project Runway, landing a spot on season nine. While the Project Runway judges and fans were initially won over by Auld’s personal triumph – battling testicular cancer – he soon convinced them with his signature design aesthetic. “I like things that are wearable, but also have showmanship,” Auld said. “I am dressing the everyday woman, that trendy girl who is fashion forward.” Auld made it through 10 episodes before he was sent home, but not without a mission. In 2012, he highlighted Louisiana fashion by hosting the first-ever Fashion Week in Baton Rouge. “We don’t have a reputation of good fashion,” he said. “But we can change that one person at a time.” Baton Rouge Fashion Week was five days of events, seminars, parties, and designer previews, followed by a runway show featuring designs from Auld and three of Project Runway’s season nine designers. When the lights shut off after the runway show, Auld hopped on a plane to New York City, unable to tell anyone the purpose for his visit. Months later, his secret was out – he had been cast on season two of Project Runway Anthony Ryan Auld All Stars. Auld quickly became a favorite among the show’s judges, winning almost half of the challenges. It was no surprise Auld made it to the finale show, where he was asked to create a mini collection in four days with just $3,000. Auld invited the city to join him for a finale viewing party at the Capitol Park Museum, where the winner of the show would be announced. At the end of the episode, nearly 500 attendees cheered as Auld was revealed as the season two winner. That night, Auld also announced a special partnership with the School of Human Ecology’s Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising program (TAM). With the re-launch of his Rock One foundation, now called ROAR, Auld has been working with the TAM students to create custom looks for those who have faced adversity. Auld announced he would be creating a custom look for LSU athlete and alumnus Lori “Lolo” Jones as part of the partnership. Since winning Project Runway All Stars, Auld has visited New Orleans, Birmingham, New York, Paris, Columbia, and Palm Springs to present his work at fashion weeks across the globe. Holly Phillips is a writer/editor in the Office of Communications & University Relations.
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By Billy Gomila Photos by Steve Franz and LSU Sports Information
Above: Stanley Roberts’ long journey to a college degree ended at winter commencement. Right: Roberts (far right) was recruited by Dale Brown.
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Basketball Alum Returns to LSU, Graduates
Stanley Roberts’ name has often been associated with cautionary tales for athletes, as a promising basketball career was cut short due to injuries and personal problems. But now he serves as an example to anyone who has ever thought about starting or finishing a college degree late in life. “It’s possible for anybody,” Roberts said. Roberts (2012 BACH HS&E) completed a degree in sports administration at age 42, the culmination of a process that began in 1988 and resumed nearly 20 years later. Recruited to LSU by legendary basketball coach Dale Brown, he joined a team that included superstar Chris Jackson and future NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. At seven-feet tall, Roberts was known for incredible athleticism and polish on the court, and many considered him a better player than even O’Neal. Roberts’ and O’Neal’s showdowns in practice hold a mythical status in the Tiger basketball program even today. By Roberts’ own admission, school was never a priority. He sat out his freshman season because of academic ineligibility and played one season before joining the professional ranks. He spent 15 years bouncing back and forth between the NBA and European basketball leagues, dealing with injuries and personal issues. Friends, family, and University connections encouraged him to return and finish what he began. “LSU really took an interest in guiding me,” Roberts said. “It never really left my heart, and I have so many people to thank for pushing me to come back.”
Roberts returned in 2007. Coursework completed in his original stint didn’t carry over, so he didn’t have much of a foundation. Still, he managed to maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better over four semesters, overcoming previously undiagnosed dyslexia and even undergoing triple-bypass surgery. “Life throws you curveballs all the time,” Roberts said. “You just have to fight through them.” Returning to campus was a bit of a shock for a man in his late thirties. “When I first came to LSU, computers were still a new thing, and we used typewriters in classes,” he said. And being the oldest student in most of his classes was interesting as well – especially for a man who already stands out because of his height. “I was the grandpa,” Roberts joked. “But the kids took to me.” Roberts took to today’s students as well, and began to figure out just what he’d like to do with his college degree: coach the game he still loves. “Right now, I’m just letting things happen,” Roberts said. “I really just need to get some experience. It’s going to take a while, but I want to work with kids; help players today make the right life choices.” He’s also aware of the example he can set for anybody else who has ever thought about returning to college. “Just do it,” said Roberts. “People say they’ll go back – a lot of my ex-teammates used to say they would go back, and I always encourage them. The reward is so great.”
“Just do it. The reward is so great.”
Billy Gomila is an editor/writer in the Office of Communications & University Relations.
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Brice Named Outstanding Citizen
By Emily Puzz, Staff Reporter Reprinted with permission of the BiloxiD’Iberville Press, Feb. 28, 2013 edition Photo by Johnny Gordon
Jaye Gilich Brice
“Jaye Gilich Brice is Biloxi’s greatest cheerleader.”
“There is no one more deserving of this honor than my sister,” Andrea Gilich said. “To me she has been citizen of the year every year of her life.” The Biloxi Lions Club honored Jaye Gilich Brice on Wednesday, Feb. 20, as she was recognized as Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen for 2012. Brice was selected because of her outstanding involvement in the City of Biloxi. She is currently a member of the Slavic Ladies Auxiliary, long time and current chairperson of the Biloxi Lions Club Annual Camellia Queen Pageant, member of the Billikins Carnival Organization, member of St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, and a promoter of dental health in area schools. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Board of Directors for Back Bay Mission, and a former member of the Board of Directors for Biloxi Public Schools. Brice is also a past president of the auxiliary for the Mississippi Dental Association and past president of the Biloxi Lion’s Club. Brice was presented the Outstanding Citizen’s trophy by Thomas Varble, 2011 Outstanding Citizen. “I must say, I did not see this coming,” Brice said. “I was working hard trying to get other people in this room nominated, and they surely pulled a fast one on me.
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Being awarded for something you love to do really does take you by surprise. I am truly overwhelmed and humbled by this prestigious award.” Brice is the vice-president and office manager of Pediatric Dental Specialists, which is owned by her and her husband, Dr. Carney “Buddy” Brice. She is a promoter of dental health, taking time to visit each area school annually to deliver a presentation on dental health. She is an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, where she is known to volunteer before being asked. She presently serves as a chairperson of the lectors for all masses, coordinator for the annual Rosary Rally, organizer for the rosary recitation this year at Our Lady of Fatima Feast Day, and coordinator of the pusharata booth at Fatima’s annual International Spring Festival. “An outstanding citizen, an outstanding Christian, a friend to many, including the downtrodden, Jaye Gilich Brice is Biloxi’s greatest cheerleader,” the Rev. Patrick Mockler said. “The love for her hometown and its people drives her to actions above and beyond the call – all for the purpose of a better Biloxi.” Editor’s note: Jaye Brice (1977 BACH MCOM), a former Golden Girl, takes part in the Tiger Band Reunion each year. Her husband, Dr. Carney A. “Buddy” Brice, III, serves on the LSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors.
Update Kyrgyzstan – Peace Corps volunteer and magazine contributor Judson Moore missed his deadline for this issue – but with good reason. Our Tiger abroad had an emergency appendectomy on April 12 and spent nearly a week in the hospital. “I tried to write something, but they didn’t take me off the pain killers until a little while ago and everything I have written has been a little loopy,” he writes. “You can’t keep a Tiger down, though – I’ll be back for the next issue.” You can drop him a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
Licensed Tigers Tigers across the country share photos and information about their personalized plates.
ROARLSU – “Just moved home after six years in Virginia and Washington, D.C.,” writes Erin St. Pierre England (2002 BACH H&SS, 2005 MAST H&SS), of Covington, La. “In Virginia, I had LSUGIRL. My husband helped think up my new plate. Geaux Tigers!”
LSU TGRZ – Clare King (1982 BACH A&D) and husband Randy (1983 DVM), of Mason, Ohio, proudly boast a Tiger plate. “My LSU plate hasn’t always been popular here, especially when we beat OSU in the national championship game in 2007,” Clare writes. “While in Columbus once, an angry fan tried to yank it off.”
N4LSU – H.R. “Butch” Norckauer, Jr. (1972 BACH SCI, 1974 MAST SCI), of Guntersville, Ala., writes, “How about this plate displaying my amateur radio license call sign on the specialty plate? Not bad for a two-time LSU grad named Norckauer.”
ROAR LSU – Charles D. Noblin (1962 PHD H&SS), of Blacksburg, Va., writes: “I was sitting in the student section of Tiger Stadium on Halloween night in 1959 when Billy Cannon fielded his dramatic 89-yard punt return leading to #1 ranked LSU defeating #3 ranked Ole Miss. My LSU license plate is certainly noticed by many here in Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech, where my wife and I currently reside.”
AURA83 – Michele Aura Reynolds (1983 BACH BUS) writes, “I have lived in Houston for 23 years now, working in the energy industry. I have two Texas LSU plates. I got my first one to honor my stepfather, David Klotz, who was a huge Tiger fan. The next one – AURA83 – was for my car. My maiden name was Aura and I graduated from LSU in 1983. This way I can always remember my license plate number.” Keep the photos coming! And remember, while you travel this summer – boasting LSU colors, of course – snap a photo to share.
ON THE WEB www.lsulicenseplates.com
Bragging Rights Fund Scholarships. The LSU License Plate Program has generated more than $2.8
million since its inception in 1992; in 2011, it generated $405,990. In Louisiana $25 of the $26 annual fee goes to the scholarship fund. Currently non-revenue-generating plates are in Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas. A second Texas plate released in September 2010 generates $5 per year per plate in royalties for the University.
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Tigers Around the World
From left, Dr. Ronald Marks, Dr. Stephen Katz of Alexandria, La.; Bob Middleton, of Mandeville, La.; Bill Levinson, of Monroe, La.; Lee Rubin, of Alexandria; Ben Weil, of Alexandria; and Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy.
Exploring Israel – “You can find or meet LSU alumni anywhere in the world,” says Dr. Ronald Marks (1964 BACH SCI), far left, of Alexandria, La. “The photo was taken in March at the entrance of Ceasera, Israel, which dates back to 12,000 BC. The big guy in the middle has on a yellow shirt with LSU in Hebrew. The big hats also have LSU.”
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