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Summer 2014, Volume 90, Number 2

2014 Hall of Distinction

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President/Chancellor LSU – A Lot to Brag About As we enter the homestretch facing the end of my first year of being President and Chancellor of LSU, I can honestly say that I could not be more proud to call LSU home. Learning about all our strengths and assets has been an intense but rewarding, process, including getting to know one of our most treasured assets – you, our loyal alumni base. Reflecting on the past year, I can’t believe how far we’ve come, and how much potential we have for growth. One of the privileges of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant university is the indepth connection we have with our state . . . we serve as not only a partner but also a problem-solver. And Louisiana’s challenges, just like the solutions we provide, are every bit as unique as our state itself. Consider that our state’s agricultural industry is worth nearly $12 billion, but it is susceptible to drought, disease, and other natural phenomena. Our researchers and agricultural extension agents are in every parish of the state assisting farmers through proper training and guidance while also improving yield production and crop resistance to disease. Our state is also heavily reliant upon the energy sector for economic stability, but traditional energy sources are difficult to locate and sometimes dangerous to extricate. Our faculty provide solutions to these challenges by developing more efficient methods of location and extraction, while running the country’s only universityowned blowout training facility to train current and future professionals on improved safety techniques. In the energy research arena we also boast one of only forty-six Department of Energy-designated Energy Frontier Research Centers in the country, geared toward developing new materials for sustainable energy. Furthermore, our AgCenter has a $17.2 million USDA grant to support analysis of new methods to turn cash crop waste into biofuels. To top it off, LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law School recently developed the John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, the first such center in Louisiana and one of only a handful nationwide. It will prepare lawyers for the complex world of law for tomorrow’s energy sector. We provide top-notch educational opportunities and solutions-based research all for tuition that’s 21 percent less than comparable flagship universities around the country. We do this while providing a five dollar return on every one dollar the state invests in us. Our students graduate with less debt and enter the market with higher salaries than many of their peers, making an LSU education a real value. As you no doubt already know, our graduates don’t just start off strong, but the mid-career earnings of our LSU graduates also are well above national averages. It’s a great feeling to be a part of LSU’s solutions. I hope that after reading this and enjoying all the stories in this issue, you’ll sit back and feel even more proud to call LSU your alma mater.

F. King Alexander LSU President and Chancellor @lsuprez

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Publisher Charlie W. Roberts


Editor Jackie Bartkiewicz Advertising James Fisher Art Director Chuck Sanchez STUN Design & Interactive

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16 2014 LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction The LSU Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves and the University through their careers, their personal and civic accomplishments, their volunteer activities, and their loyalty to their alma mater at its prestigious Hall of Distinction gala. In April, Pat Bodin, of Houston, retired chief information officer and vice president of information technology at ExxonMobil, and Adrian Mitchell, of Winnetka, Ill., chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Crate & Barrel, highlighted the roster of eight distinguished alumni who were inducted into the 2014 LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction.


From the President/Chancellor


President’s Message


LSU Alumni Association News

26 Around Campus 44 Focus on Faculty 46 Locker Room 52 Tiger Nation

Contributors Ashley Arceneaux, Barry Cowan, Ed Cullen, Rebecca Docter, Danielle Kelley, Norm Marcocci, Jake Terry Photography Darlene Aguillard/Real Life Photos, Margot Ardoin, Sarah Brown, April Buffington/AB Photography, Ray Dry, Steve Franz, Johnny Gordon, Ginger Guttner, Larry Hubbard, Bud Johnson, Chris Parent, Eddy Perez, Jeannie Frey Rhodes, Jim Zietz Printing Baton Rouge Printing NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gil Rew Chair, Mansfield, La.

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Jan K. Liuzza Chair-Elect, Kenner, La. Jack A. Andonie Immediate Past Chair, Metairie, La. Lodwrick M. Cook Director Emeritus, Sherman Oaks, Calif. 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. Beverly Shea, New Iberia, La. J. Hals Benhard, Palmetto, La. John T. Shelton, Jr., Houston, Texas C. A. “Buddy” Brice III, Biloxi, Miss. Carl J. Streva, Morgan City, La. Guy Campbell III, Monroe, La. Susan K. Whitelaw, Shreveport, La. Gregg Cordaro, Baton Rouge, La. Michel H. Woods, Shreveport, La. Kathy Fives, Las Vegas, Nev. Ronald M. Johnson, Baton Rouge, La. LSU ALUMNI MAGAZINE is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December by the LSU Alumni Association. Annual donations are $50, of which $6 is allocated for a subscription to LSU Alumni Magazine. Approval of Periodicals Postage Paid prices is pending at Baton Rouge, La., and at additional mailing offices. The LSU Alumni Association is not liable for any loss that might be incurred by a purchaser responding to an advertisement in this magazine. Editorial and Advertising Office LSU Alumni Association 3838 West Lakeshore Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4686 225-578-3838 • 888-RINGLSU / e-mail: © 2014 by LSU ALUMNI MAGAZINE. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to LSU ALUMNI MAGAZINE, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4686

On the cover: Alumna of the Year Pat Bodin, right, and Adrian Mitchell, Young Alumnus of the Year. Cover photo by Eddy Perez. Design by STUN Design & Interactive.

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Busy, Exciting Times – On the Road and at Home Some of our most exciting times at the LSU Alumni Association take place in late spring and early summer. Our chapter meetings and Tiger Tour trips are in full swing, with activities across Louisiana and from coast to coast. We have had outstanding events with the Southern California Chapter in Los Angeles, in Las Vegas, Miami, Dallas, Houston, North Houston, Memphis, Ft. Worth, Pensacola, Shreveport, Monroe, Houma, Alexandria, and Lafayette. In fact, on one weekend in May, nearly the entire staff was “on the road.” In Las Vegas, we were SEC strong – with Texas A&M alumni club representatives as our guests. Next on the schedule was the Golden Tigers Reunion and spring commencement, which is always an exciting and uplifting time on campus. Graduates from the Class of 1964 (seems like only yesterday!) were our honorees, and the reunion-goers – donned in gold caps and gowns – were recognized at graduation. The following week, we hosted the Lod Cook Alumni Center 20th Anniversary celebration. Lod Cook and many of the guests and building donors who attended the dedication in 1994 were on hand for the event. On a sad note, we lost two of our strong chapter leaders and supporters. Charles Jeffries with the Southern California Chapter died in early April. Charley, as he was known, was a former chapter president and vocal supporter of LSU. He will surely be missed. Thomas “Tom” Stephens, also of Los Angeles and a major supporter of the Association, also died in April. Two great leaders and excellent examples of Tiger Spirit – they will be missed. As always, our primary vision is to develop and maintain contact with alumni where they are located. This mission is accomplished through chapter meetings, reunions, the LSU Alumni Magazine, the monthly E-Letter, sports trips, and personal contacts. Guests at The Cook Hotel provide another source of contact. On many occasions, a guest is returning to campus for the first time. We make the contact and begin to develop a relationship with a new friend and supporter. This fall, there will be an exciting event in Houston. On Saturday, Sept. 7, LSU will host the University of Wisconsin in the football season opener. This event provides a great opportunity to showcase the strength in numbers of LSU alumni in the Greater Houston area as well as in the state of Texas. It is more than a football game – it is the reuniting of alumni and friends of the University with each other and with LSU. In closing, wherever you go, show your colors – wear your LSU apparel, be strong, and be proud that you are part of a great tradition and a great institution.

Forever LSU,

Charlie W. Roberts President/CEO

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From Our Readers Dear Editor: I am not sure what parts of the LSU Alumni Magazine most people read, but, sadly at 81, most of us read what fellow students are no longer with us. But I also glance at what young ones are doing, and so want to say how good it is to read the news of Sehzad Sooklall, 2006 MCOM, who is now at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law. I wonder if he was active in the LSU LGBT group as he is at the law school. That may be helpful to others who wonder if LGBT people are active in such organizations. It would be interesting to see an article on what happened to graduates who were active in LGBT work at LSU and what they are doing today. Since I was at LSU from 1950 to 1955, there was no such group or resource.

Billy Glover 1955 BACH H&SS

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Accolades Banquet Purple & Gold, Chapter Service Winners Recognized

Photos by Johnny Gordon

The LSU Alumni Association has many distinguished donors and volunteers who make possible the Association’s many programs. On Feb. 7, nine notable supporters were recognized at the Accolades Banquet as Purple & Gold Award winners and Chapter Service Award recipients. First awarded in 1997, the Purple & Gold Award recognizes generous individuals who donate their time, devote their energy, and graciously dedicate resources to help the Association continue its mission to provide support to the University in various ways. The Chapter Service Award, presented since 1987, recognizes loyal service and honors the voluntary efforts of alumni and friends whose time, talents, and leadership contribute immensely to the Association’s mission to keep the spirit of LSU alive worldwide.

Purple & Gold Awards J. Hals and Rebecca Benhard Hals Benhard, owner and manager of Benhard Grain, Inc., and PMG, Inc., in Palmetto, La., is a 1972 business graduate, and he also earned a J.D. from Loyola University. Rebecca earned a degree in education from LSU in 1973. The Benhards are generous supporters of the LSU Alumni Annual Fund and other special projects of the LSU Alumni Association, such as The Cook Hotel & Conference Center, and the LSU War Memorial. They also support student and faculty through gifts to the LSU Foundation, the LSU AgCenter, the Museum of Art, the Greek Excellence Fund, and the School of Music. Hals is a longtime member of the board of directors of the National LSU Alumni Association and has served in various leadership positions, including chairman. J. Hals and Rebecca Benhard

Dr. C.A. “Buddy” and Jaye Brice Buddy Brice, a pediatric dentist, earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from LSU in 1974 and a D.D.S. from the LSU School of Dentistry in 1978. Jaye Brice earned a degree in journalism in 1977 and is the office manager for the Brice Pediatric Dental Clinic in Biloxi, Miss. They are active volunteers in numerous community affairs in their hometown, and Jaye was named Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen for 2012. The Brices are longtime generous supporters of the LSU Alumni Annual Fund and the LSU Tiger Band. Buddy serves on the board of directors of the National LSU Alumni Association, and Jaye, a former Golden Girl, is an officer of the Golden Girl Alumni Chapter and takes part in the Tiger Band Reunion each year.

Larry G. Franceski Dr. C.A. “Buddy” and Jaye Brice

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Larry Franceski, of Potomac, Md., attended LSU as a Top 100 Scholar and was enrolled in the Honors Division of the College of Arts & Sciences (now Humanities & Social Sciences). He graduated in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a partner and head of the Washington, D.C., international practice with Norton Rose Fulbright. A member of the LSU Alumni Association, LSU Foundation, and Tiger Athletic Foundation, Larry is a generous supporter of the Honors College and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. He was a sponsor for former Chancellor Sean O’Keefe’s “Call to Service” reception in Washington, the Forever LSU campaign launch video, and the Marsh Mission-Louisiana’s Vanishing Wetland exhibition at the National Botanical Garden. He and his law firm host receptions for Washington-Baltimore area alumni and prospective students. To “give back” to LSU for the opportunities afforded him through the Association’s scholarship program, Larry last year established the Larry G. Franceski Endowed Flagship Scholarship.

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Accolades Banquet Chapter Service Awards Ted Mansfield LSU Panhandle Chapter

Dale and Carol Mansfield

Kenneth G. Hill

Dale and Carol Mansfield accepted the Chapter Service Award for their son, Ted Mansfield, of Pensacola, Fla., who was unable to attend the banquet. Ted, CEO of K2 and president of Mansfield Industrial, attended LSU from 1981 to 1985 and majored in construction. He is a founding member and major supporter of the LSU Panhandle Chapter and donates cookers, grills, work crews – and more – for the chapter’s annual crawfish boil.

Kenneth G. Hill LSU Alumni Dallas

Stephen M. “Steve” Tope

Ken Hill, of Forney, Texas, earned a degree in environmental design in 1975. He is a past president of the chapter, serves on the board, and is chair of the annual crawfish boil. His leadership was crucial in holding the chapter together during a time of turmoil on the board, and he continues to lend his wisdom to board decisions. He considers it a privilege to work with the chapter and calls its members “unpaid volunteers not because they are, but because they are priceless!”

Stephen M. “Steve” Tope Greater Baton Rouge Chapter While living in Cincinnati, Steve Tope and his wife, Beth, an LSU graduate, formed an LSU alumni chapter for southwestern Ohio and soon had some sixty people gathering at their home for crawfish boils or meeting at sports bars to cheer the Tigers to victory in football and basketball. The couple retired to Baton Rouge in 2001, and they are leaders in the Greater Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter. Steve is described as “the one constant” in the Baton Rouge Chapter. He is always ready to serve and to perform whatever needs to be accomplished. He totes food and supplies to meetings, handles reservations, helps with computer tasks – designing the program for the Tiger Tour hosted by the chapter annually – and more.

Harold W. “Will” Washington III Austin Chapter Will Washington graduated from LSU in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. He has been a member of the Austin Chapter for more than fifteen years and served in a variety of capacities – president, vice president, secretary, webmaster, and coordinator of the crawfish boil, party barge coordinator, happy hour, game view-ins, membership luncheon, and membership, as well as newsletter and e-mail editor.

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Chapter Events Mardi Gras in Phoenix – Members

Mardi Gras arrives in Phoenix.

Bridget Livingston, center, winner of the “best Mardi Gras mask” contest, celebrates with friends.

of the Phoenix Chapter celebrated Mardi Gras at the chapter’s view-in home, Ventura Grill, in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 1. Some fifty people took part in the festivities, including members of area SEC alumni groups. Guests were treated to red beans and rice, jambalaya, and King Cake, and Ventura Grill offered drink specials on hurricanes and Abita beer. Bridget Livingston, a member of the local Texas A&M club, took top honors in the “best Mardi Gras mask” contest.

Tiger Tour BR – More than 160 enthusiastic fans listened as six coaches recapped their 201314 campaigns and whetted appetites for next season at the 2014 Baton Rouge Tiger Tour, held on May 7 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. D-D Breaux kicked off the event with a salute to her team and staff who netted a third place national finish at the Super Six competition in April. Basketball coaches Nikki Caldwell and Johnny Jones followed, expressing satisfaction for a great season, while outlining plans for an even better 2015. With a national top-three recruiting class, football coaches Frank Wilson, running backs and recruiting coordinator; John Chavis, defensive From left, John Chavis, D-D Breaux, Frank Wilson, Johnny Jones, Beth Tope, Nikki Caldwell, coordinator; and Cam Cameron, offensive Cam Cameron, and Sharon Pol. coordinator; are ready to get back on the gridiron. The event was sponsored by the Greater Baton Rouge LSU Alumni. “The annual Baton Rouge Tiger Tour serves as a fundraiser for the group’s scholarships for area students to attend LSU,” said chapter secretary Beth Tope. Photo by Johny Gordon

Carolinas Tigers – In January, members of the LSU Carolinas chapter put their own “twist” on the well-known fleur-de-lis at a painting party at Painting with a Twist in Charlotte, N.C. The following month, they donned masks and beads to pass a good time at the chapter’s annual Mardi Gras Party & Gumbo Cook-Off at Wet Willies in Charlotte. Masked for Mardi Gras are chapter secretary Angela “We sampled the offerings of each of the Koch and Chris Magno. LSU Carolinas Painting. eight gumbo cooking teams and voted on the best gumbo,” writes chapter president Dan Lafayette. “We added a new bread pudding category this year, and this was voted on as well.” LSU Carolinas Chapter members at Painting with a Twist.

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National Capital Chapter By Norm Marcocci

More than fifty National Capital Chapter alumni gathered at Bayou Bakery in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 5 for a Cajun lunch and a visit with University administrators and LSU Alumni Association officials, including Association Executive Vice President Cliff Vannoy, who updated the crowd on campus events. A special guest at the lunch was Washington Wizards guard – and former U-High and LSU standout – Garrett Temple.

President and Chancellor F. King Alexander addresses the crowd in the Rayburn House Office Building.

LSU Alumni Association Executive Vice President Cliff Vannoy, Washington Wizards guard and LSU alum Garrett Temple, and DC Chapter President Brian Holoubek.

That evening, some 170 Tigers attended a reception at the Rayburn House Office Building to meet and visit with President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. The reception took place on National Signing Day, and the crowd was ecstatic when Alexander announced that LSU ended up having the No. 2 recruiting class in the country. The chapter will join other Louisiana collegiate alumni associations in the area for Bayou Fete XI, the annual crawfish boil, on June 14. For details, visit For information on the DC Chapter, visit or And, remember, you can enjoy the full benefits of both the DC Chapter and the National LSU Alumni Association for only $50 per year. To join, visit:

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The Ball Is in Your Court Chapter Leaders Gather for Annual Workshop

Photos by Johnny Gordon and Margot Ardoin

Chapter leaders take time for a photo before the LSU vs. Auburn basketball game.

LSU Alumni Dallas members from left, Bruce Emery, Jeremy Jones, Linda and Ron Young, and Ken Hill.

Forty-five alumni chapter presidents and officers from across the country gathered at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on Feb. 8 for the annual Chapter Leadership Workshop. The theme of this year’s event was The Ball Is in Your Court. Following a welcome by Association President Charlie Roberts, the LSU Alumni Dallas and Panhandle Bayou Bengal chapters presented checks for the scholarship fund in an amount totaling $63,500. Besides sessions presented by alumni staffers on website/social media, financials/insurance, and the joint

membership program, participants heard from senior admissions counselor Olivia Jolet; Houston recruitment officer Ashley Wright; and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Enrollment Darrell Ray. John Spurny, of the Panhandle Bayou Bengals, led a breakout session on reorganizing/re-energizing chapters, and Beth Tope, of the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, headed up a session on planning chapter events and socials. Following a wrap-up session, the group headed to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for the LSU vs. Auburn basketball game and returned to the alumni center for a victory party.

Panhandle Bayou Bengals Jacob Colle, John Spurny, and Larry Scheetz with President Charlie Roberts.

Future Tigers Michaela Heitler, Jamie Potter, and Ashley Heitler.

Chapter officers and board members, from left, Irwin Prescott, Sally Prescott, Percy Legendre, Mary Lou England, David Bilyeu, Doug Herbert, and Jeff DeBosier.

Michael Clayton and Tampa Bay Chapter treasurer Mary Lou England.

Mudbugs in Tampa – More than 200 Tigers – including former LSU and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Michael Clayton – gathered at Ferg’s Sports Bar in St. Petersburg, Fla., on April 12 for the Tampa Bay Chapter’s annual crawfish boil. Proceeds from the event help fund chapter scholarships for LSU students hailing from Gatorland.

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Bobby Soileau, Crowe Peele, and Bobby Freeman.

Put ‘Em Up! – Three of LSU’s all-time boxing greats – Bobby Soileau, Crowe Peele, and Bobby Freeman visited the Andonie Sports Museum in March to take part in the production of a documentary on the sport and its glory days in Tigertown. Soileau and Peele were national champions in their weight class. Freeman, a former Louisiana lieutenant governor, won three Sugar Bowl championships in his weight class – the only collegiate boxer ever to do so. Photo by Larry Hubbard

Posing for senior photos by Candid Campus Photography are, from left, Blake Villarrubia, of Metairie, La.; Felicia Goldsmith, of New York City, and Aaron McDonald.

Alaina Dugas, of New Iberia, La., checks out the LSU Rings at the Balfour table.

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Qinqin Lu, of Wuxue, China; Victoria Beadles; and Nija Clark, of Fayetteville, N.C., were among seniors attending Spring Grad Fair.

Waiting to pick up their caps and gowns are, from left, Brandon Kieffer, of Sulphur, La.; Joseph DeVillier, of Church Point, La.; and Leah Selcer, of Lafayette, La.

Spring Grad Fair – More than 1,900 soon-to-be LSU graduates passed through the doors at Lod Cook Alumni Center for Spring Grad Fair on Feb. 24-25. The twoday event lets students take care of all their commencement needs – caps and gowns, diploma frames, senior portraits, LSU Rings, and more – at one time. Some 230 joined the LSU Alumni Association and many purchased bricks on Tiger Walk as well as merchandise from the Shelton Gift Shop. Also taking part were Balfour, LSU Career Services, Candid Campus Photography, LSU Graduate School, LSU Financial Aid & Scholarships, Campus Federal Credit Union, and the Gumbo yearbook. Food was provided by Unique Cuisine, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Domino’s Pizza. Photos by Larry Hubbard

Belinda Gaile and President Charlie Roberts.

Ring Donation – Belinda Gaile, of Belle Chasse, La., donated her late husband’s 1967 LSU Ring to the LSU Alumni Association Ring Collection on Feb. 6. James W. Gaile, Jr., earned a bachelor’s degree in business. Photo by Johnny Gordon

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Bodin, Mitchell Highlight

2014 Hall

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Honorees’ photos by Eddy Perez and Jim Zietz | Additional photos by Larry Hubbard and Johnny Gordon

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at Bodin, of Houston, retired chief information officer and vice president of information technology at ExxonMobil, and Adrian Mitchell, of Winnetka, Ill., chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Crate & Barrel, highlighted the roster of distinguished alumni who were inducted into the 2014 LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction on April 4 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. Also inducted were Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne; John Havens, president of Seismic Exchange and vice chair of the Houston Astros; Dr. Charles Kaufman, chief of neurology at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge; Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Bobby Page, deputy chief of chaplains, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon; Peggy Scott, executive vice president, chief operating officer, chief financial officer and treasurer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; and Doyle Williams, of Canton Ga., dean emeritus of Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. President and CEO Charlie Roberts welcomed guests and presided over the gala, which included spotlighted entrances of the honorees and a final bow amidst a shower of purple and gold streamers. Also taking part in the evening’s festivities was Dr. Gil Rew, chair of the Association’s National Board of Directors. Tenor sax Brian Babin entertained during the reception, and Doug Pacas, Johnny Gordon, and Larry Hubbard, played during the program. The trio, which provides musical entertainment for all alumni-sponsored events, was officially dubbed the Doug Pacas Trio at the event. Dinner was catered by Unique Cuisine.

The LSU Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves and the University through their careers, their personal & civic accomplishments, their volunteer activities, and their loyalty to their alma mater. Family photos by Johnny Gordon Honorees’ photos by Eddy Perez

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Alumna of the Year Patricia Curtis Hewlett Bodin Pat Bodin graduated from LSU in 1972 with a degree in mathematics and did graduate work in finance and accounting at the University of Houston. Bodin retired as chief information officer and vice president of information technology at ExxonMobil in 2008, after more than thirty-five years of service in the management of information technology and finance. A former member and chair of the LSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors, Bodin serves on the LSU 2015 Transition Subcommittee on Technology, the College of Science Executive Committee, and the E.J. Ourso College of Business Advisory Council. She is a member of the Dean’s Circle of both colleges and has established numerous scholarships and fellowships in each. She also served on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council under Chancellor Mike Martin. She is an executive committee member of the Board of Visitors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and chairs the center’s cancer prevention and control advisory group. Bodin volunteers and has worked with Kappa Delta Sorority national finance and investment committees, the University of West Florida Business Advisory Council, American University M.B.A. Advisory Board, Houston Downtown Management Corporation, and several other civic organizations. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them the 2007 Most Influential CIO Award presented by Baseline, CIO Insight, and eWeek magazines; the YWCA Academy of Young Women Achievers; and Gartner Group’s Best of the Best Award for information technology excellence. She has been featured in Computerword, CIO-Today, and The Lamp magazines and was commencement speaker for the College of Science in 2011. She received a Purple & Gold Award for philanthropy from the LSU Alumni Association in 2006, an LSU Foundation Laureate Society recognition in 2007, and was named to the Business Hall of Distinction in 2005 and the Science Hall of Distinction in 2013. In retirement, Bodin has entered the world of competitive ballroom dancing and in 2013 was among the top twenty competitors in the country in her division. She and her husband, Dr. Eric Bodin, enjoy international travel and Colorado hiking. They reside in Houston.

LSU opened my eyes to a world of opportunities and I learned that it is possible to work hard and play hard – an important life lesson.

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Young Alumnus of the Year Adrian Vaughn Mitchell Adrian Mitchell earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from LSU in 1996 and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2000. Mitchell joined Crate & Barrel in 2010 and today serves as chief financial and chief operating officer, leading a team of international associates as head of the international retail and e-commerce operations, global supply chain operations, architecture and construction, real estate, facilities, tax, treasury, controller/accounting and finance departments. Prior to joining Crate & Barrel, Mitchell spent four years with Target Corporation in Minneapolis, Minn. He advanced from senior group manager to director of innovation and productivity during his first year with the organization and in 2009 was named director of strategy and interactive design, reporting directly to the president. During his career with Target, Mitchell was appointed to the Diversity Action Committee and was an executive member of multiple steering committees. During eight years with the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, Inc., in Dallas and Chicago, Mitchell served as a business analyst, associate, engagement manager, and associate principal/junior partner. Early in his career, he was an associate in corporate finance with the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs & Company, Inc., in New York City. Mitchell excelled academically and as a student leader. At LSU, he was named the University and College of Engineering Most Outstanding Student three years in a row, U.S. Black Engineering Student of the Year, and National Society of Black Engineers Member of the Year and was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Minority Engineering Program. He received the Bert King Foundation Fellow for Student Leadership at Harvard Business School. Mitchell and his wife, Lily, a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, have three children – Lydia, Abel, and Nathanael. The family resides in Winnetka, Ill.

I am eternally grateful to LSU for the opportunities it provided me and for the many mentors among faculty who supported me every step of the way. LSU, thank you!

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Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne Jay Dardenne graduated from LSU in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and earned a J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1979. While at LSU, he was president of the student body, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Sigma Chi, as well as a student member of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Dardenne has been Louisiana’s lieutenant governor since November 2010 when he was elected to fill an unexpired term. He was re-elected to a four-year term in 2011 after serving one year. Prior to his election, he served four years as secretary of state and fifteen years as a state senator. As a legislator, Dardenne chaired the Senate Finance Committee, spearheading efforts to reduce government waste and to create a single State Board of Ethics. He also helped pass constitutional amendments on term limits, coastal erosion, and victims’ rights. In 2003 he was named national Republican Legislator of the Year. During his tenure as secretary of state, Dardenne pushed for election reform, expanded early voting, and established the Heroes and Heritage Trail. As lieutenant governor, he created Pick your Passion, the state’s award-winning tourism brand. His popular presentation “Why Louisiana Ain’t Mississippi” is a lively look at the state’s culture, history, music, and politics. Active in social and civic endeavors throughout the state, Dardenne volunteers with numerous groups and has served as president of ten nonprofit organizations in Greater Baton Rouge. Among his many awards are the Americans for the Arts Leadership Award, the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association Louisiana Tourism Champion Award, and the Louisiana Public Broadcasting President’s Award. Dardenne is married to the former Catherine “Cathy” McDonald, an LSU alumna, and the couple has two grown sons, John and Matthew.

The opportunities afforded me at LSU shaped my entire career. The University has been center of my social, cultural, political, and family spheres for my entire life.

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John P. Havens John Havens, who earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from LSU in 1978, has a passion for growing businesses. It started with his leadership in growing SEI to the largest 2D seismic data owner (1,850,000 miles) and one of the largest 3D seismic data owners (50,000 miles) in North America. After Havens graduated from LSU, his father, SEI founder P.C. Havens, sent his son to Houston to open SEI’s third office, which was soon to be its largest office and is currently SEI’s corporate headquarters. In 1998, Havens persuaded a skeptical executive management team that acquiring 2D seismic databases during a downturn market was a good strategic business move. His success with this and other ventures led to more than 100 acquisitions over fourteen years, resulting in a fifty-fold growth in SEI’s seismic inventory. The passion continued with Havens and his wife, Terri, following a personal zeal for promoting a healthy lifestyle by growing Cal-a-Vie, a spa near San Diego, to be named the No. 1 destination health spa by Travel + Leisure magazine. The couple also own Vista Valley Country Club, a private club in California, and are part owners of Houston Oaks Golf Club in the greater Houston area. Through the Young Presidents’ Organization and Cal-aVie, Havens became good friends with Jim and Franci Crane. When Jim Crane became the lead investor in the purchase of the Houston Astros he invited Havens to participate. The deal was finalized in November 2011, and Havens, as second largest investor, is the team’s vice-chairman. One of Havens’ memorable LSU experiences was attending the six-week Geology Field Camp outside of Colorado Springs, Colo. Membership in Kappa Sigma was also a defining experience; one that he says led him to mature as he became an active member and balanced high expectations and the trust of his fraternity brothers, especially through his role as rush chairman. John and Terri Havens have three children, Prentiss, 16, Davis, 13, and Mallette, 11. The family puts its heart into causes dear to them, as evidenced by their many philanthropic endeavors, and they always find time for travel, collecting antiques, and restoring historic homes.

LSU provided me with the education and tools to succeed as I graduated and left Louisiana to open SEI’s Houston office. To this day, I consider many LSU alums my closest friends and colleagues. I will always be grateful for all of the doors that opened for me I am an alum of LSU. LSU Alumni Magazine | Summer 2014


Dr. Charles E. Kaufman Dr. Charles Kaufman graduated from LSU in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and earned his M.D. from the LSU Medical Center in 1975. He completed his residency in neurology at Charity Hospital in 1979 and was a Neurophysiology Fellow at Peter Brent Brigham Hospital at Harvard Medical School in 1979-80. Prior to his appointment as chief of neurology at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in 1998, Kaufman held faculty positions at Peter Brent Brigham and Brown University and was on staff at St. Joseph Hospital and in private practice in Providence, R.I. He opened a private practice in Baton Rouge in 1992 and the following year joined the Department of Neurology at the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans as assistant clinical professor of neurology. He has been a member of the Medicare Advisory Committee for Louisiana and Arkansas since 1993. Kaufman and his wife, Elise, an LSU instructor in communication sciences and disorders, are generous contributors – both professional and financial – to LSU. Kaufman joined the New England chapter of the LSU Alumni Association and continued his involvement with his alma mater when the family relocated to Baton Rouge. The Kaufmans are active members of the Greater Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter and Tower-level members of the Association, and he is a member of the LSU Foundation and Tiger Athletic Foundation, LSU Gridiron Club, Sixth Man Club, and Tip Off Club. The couple sponsored fundraising for the Welcome Mark Emmert gathering, established the Elise S. and Charles E. Kaufman Scholarship in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences (H&SS), were founding donors to the LSU Museum of Art, contributors to Mike the Tiger’s habitat, and donors at the Cice de Couchon level of Swine Palace. Kaufman is a founding member and contributor to the Committee of 100 at the LSU Medical School and a member of the H&SS Advisory Council. From 1993-2011, he was a neurologic consultant to LSU Athletics. The Kaufmans have two sons. Bert, of Washington, D.C., is a senior adviser to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Mark is an attorney in the Greater New Orleans area.

LSU has given my life a purpose and along the way taught me the virtue of perseverance. I hold the deepest gratitude for my teachers, mentors, and lifelong friends.

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Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Bobby V. Page Chaplain Bobby V. Page graduated from LSU in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in history and was commissioned through LSU Air Force ROTC. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Page is deputy chief of chaplains, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon. A member of the special staff of the chief of staff, he assists the chief of chaplains in all matters pertaining to the religious and moral welfare of Air Force personnel and their dependents and directing a Chaplain Corps of more than 2,200 chaplains and chaplain assistants. Page earned his wings in January 1975 and served as a navigator, instructor navigator, and senior navigator. He separated from the Air Force in 1980 to attend Southwestern Theological Seminary and after graduation served pastorates in Arkansas and North Carolina. During that time he also served as a chaplain in the Air National Guard in Arkansas and Georgia, then the Air Force Reserve in South Carolina. He returned to active duty in 1989 and has served a variety of chaplain assignments at the wing, two major commands, and Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Page has significant deployed experience serving as wing chaplain at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, twice and leading the largest Air Force chapel team in the Central Command area of responsibility during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also established the first Air Force chaplain ministry at the Baghdad International Airport. He has garnered numerous awards and decorations, among them the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and five oak leaf clusters. Page and his wife, Ruth Alewine, who reside in Washington, D.C., have two married daughters, Anne King and Allison Woodland.

LSU made possible the wonderful life I’ve been privileged to live – a life serving our great country as a chaplain with Ruth at my side.

Peggy B. Scott Peggy Scott graduated from LSU magna cum laude in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and earned an Executive M.B.A. from Tulane University in 1992. As executive vice president, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, and treasurer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Scott is responsible for operations and oversees all finance and treasury functions of the company. In addition, she is president of the Blue Cross Foundation, having chaired the foundation’s board for four years. Scott began her career in public accounting with Deloitte and quickly advanced to partner and the firm’s first female office managing partner. Before joining Blue Cross, Scott served in senior leadership roles at General Health System in Baton Rouge, Novant Health of North Carolina, and Pan-American Life in New Orleans, where she led some of the nation’s largest acquisitions and managed operations in seven countries. Her community involvement is extensive, including board service with the Louisiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Baton Rouge Chamber, and Junior League, to name a few. She serves on the E.J. Ourso College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, most recently as president, and is on the executive committee. Professionally, she has served on numerous corporate boards, in leadership roles with the American Institute of CPAs, and as an adjunct professor with Tulane University’s Medical School. Among the numerous awards recognizing her achievements, Scott was named one of 10 Outstanding Young Women of America; featured in the Wall Street Journal as National Financial Executive of the year – the first woman and only Louisianian; and inducted into the American Institute of CPAs Hall of Fame – the first from Louisiana. Business Insurance Magazine selected her as one of the nation’s Women to Watch. She was inducted into the E.J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction and named an Influential Woman in Business by Business Report and a Woman of the Year by New Orleans City Business. Scott is married to LSU Professor Emeritus Loren C. Scott, and they have two daughters, Stacy and Kelly.

My education at LSU prepared me to be among the first females to enter the male-dominated field of national public accounting and consulting. I will forever Love Purple Live Gold.

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Doyle Zane Williams Doyle Z. Williams earned master’s and doctoral degrees in accounting from LSU in 1962 and 1965, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1960. During his distinguished career, Williams has served as an accounting educator, administrator, consultant, fundraiser, and volunteer to numerous academic, civic, and professional organizations. He served as member of the University of Arkansas Chancellor’s Advisory Board and Chancellor’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee. Williams is dean emeritus of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He was the founding dean of the School of Accounting at the University of Southern California, accounting area coordinator at Texas Tech University, and former senior scholar in the Department of Accountancy at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Williams has been recognized by numerous organizations and holds the highest awards bestowed by the American Accounting Association (AAA), the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA), and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He was the fifth educator to receive the AICPA Gold Medal and served as vice president of the AICPA, president of the AAA, chair of the board for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, president of the FSA, and president of the Accounting Programs Leadership Group. In 2012, the Journal of Accountancy recognized Williams as one of its “125 People of Impact in Accounting Since 1887.” Most recently he received the AAA’s Lifetime Service Award. Williams was inducted into the E.J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction in 2007 and has endowed the Doyle Z. Williams Professorship in Accounting in the college. Williams and his wife, the former Maynette Derr, reside in Canton, Ga. They have a son and daughter and three granddaughters.

I will always be grateful to LSU for providing me opportunities I never imagined. The faculty prepared me for a career I never thought possible, and I developed friendships that have lasted through the years.

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Joel Baines

Mark Batzer

Russ Carson

Joel Baines has been named dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, effective Sept. 1. Baines is the associate dean for research and graduate education and the James Law Professor of Virology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a professor in the Cornell Department of Microbiology and Immunology and has been associated with the department since 1993. He received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Kansas State University in 1979 and a V.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1988.

Mark Batzer, Boyd Professor and Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor, received a 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award in April recognizing his outstanding records of teaching, research, and scholarship. SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners receive a $5,000 honorarium from the Southeastern Conference and become their university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award.

David Chicoine

Jennifer Davis

Charles Lee

Louis Haber

Stacia Haynie

Christopher Mores

Russ Carson, associate professor of kinesiology, was selected as the 2014 Southern District Scholar Award from the Southern District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). This award is given to an outstanding professional scholar who promotes and stimulates scholarly activity among professionals representing the various disciplines within the field. It recognizes senior-level scholars who have made and continue to make significant contributions to the profession. Non-Tenured Faculty Award winners David Chicoine, assistant professor of geography and anthropology; Louis Haber, assistant professor of chemistry; and Jennifer Davis, assistant professor of English, were recognized at the 84th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Awards and Induction Ceremony on March 6. The Non-Tenured Faculty Award, which recognizes emerging faculty, is cosponsored by the honor society and the LSU Alumni Association. Stacia Haynie has been named dean of the College of Humanities & Social Science, effective July 1. Haynie, the J.W. Annison, Jr. Family Alumni Professor in the Department of Political Science, served previously as department chair, associate dean, and interim dean of the Graduate School, as well as vice provost for academic affairs. She received a bachelor’s degree in theater in 1981 and a master’s degree in political science in 1986, both from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1990, she received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Texas. Charles Lee, assistant professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, received the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence, which recognizes a faculty member who has excelled in veterinary medical research during the past two years. Christopher Mores, associate professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine Department of Pathobiological Sciences, received the school’s Faculty Distinguished Scholar Award recognizing his significant contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine through research and/ or scholarly activities.

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Cynthia Peterson, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology and current associate dean of academic personnel in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, has been appointed dean of the College of Science. Peterson, the first female dean of the College of Science, will begin at Cynthia Peterson LSU on Aug. 1. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at LSU and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the LSU Medical School in Shreveport. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee (UT), she served as the director of the graduate program in genome science and technology, a joint program between UT and the Oak Ridge National Lab.

Todd Queen

Todd Queen, professor of voice and the chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance in the College of Liberal Arts Richard D. White, Jr. at Colorado State University, has been named dean of the College of Music & Dramatic Arts. He will begin at LSU on July 1. Queen earned his master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music after completing his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University. In addition to Colorado State, he has held faculty positions at Alfred University, Houghton College, Syracuse University, North Dakota State University, and Operafestival di Roma. Richard D. White, Jr., has been named dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business. White, who has served as interim dean since June 2012, is the Marjory B. Ourso Professor and associate dean, a professor in the Public Administration Institute, and a professor for the LSU Flores M.B.A. Program. His appointment began April 1. White earned his Ph.D. in public administration from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from Purdue University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Old Dominion College. He was a Research Fellow at Harvard University, where he studied leadership and ethics and taught a public policy seminar in Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

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Noteworthy The Department of Finance & Public Administration Institute (PAI) are included in Eduniversal’s 2013-2014 ranking of the best 4,000 master’s programs for thirty majors. The worldwide ranking body designated PAI’s Master of Public Administration as twenty-second and the Master of Science in Finance curriculum as thirty-eighth in North America. This is the third annual edition of these Eduniversal rankings, which are separate and unrelated to its global rankings for business schools. LSU’s economic impact on Louisiana totals $3.9 billion, according to a study by the LSU Division of Economic Development at the E.J. Ourso College of Business. The study measures the impact of all nine LSU campuses – LSU, the LSU AgCenter, the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU Alexandria, LSU Eunice, LSU Shreveport, and the LSU Health Sciences Centers in Shreveport and New Orleans – at both the state level and on a regional basis. The total economic impact of local LSU institutions on the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) comes to $2.1 billion in sales, $764 million in earnings, and more than 21,400 jobs. LSU itself brings $1.7 billion in sales, $610 million in earnings and 17,806 jobs to the Baton Rouge MSA. Six LSU Press books received national and regional awards earlier this year. Recognized were China Mission: A Personal History from the Last Imperial Dynasty to the People’s Republic by Audrey Ronning Topping, 2013 PROSE Award in Media and Cultural Studies; Concert Life in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans by John Baron, honorable mention for the PROSE Award for Single Volume Reference in Humanities and Social Sciences; Women of the Iberian Atlantic by Sarah E. Owens and Jane E. Mangan, 2013’s Best Collaborative Project by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women; Swamper: Letters from a Louisiana Swamp Rabbit by Amy Griffin Ouchley, Outstanding Interpretive Book of 2013 by the Southeast Region of the National Association of Interpretation; The Biscuit Joint by David Kirby, the silver medal in poetry for the 2013 Florida Book Awards; and Black Aperture by Matt Rasmussen, a finalist for the 26th Annual Minnesota Book Awards for Poetry.

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In Focus Breaking New Ground – The College of Engineering announced in February the success of a record breaking capital campaign to enhance and expand the college. Publicly launched in April 2013, more than 450 individual and corporate donors pledged $52.5 million in private funds, fulfilling the college’s commitment to a $100 million public/ private partnership to renovate Patrick F. Taylor Hall and construct a new chemical engineering addition. The campaign, concluded three months ahead of schedule, was the most successful, short-term fundraising effort in the history of LSU. Photo by Eddy Perez

President and Chancellor F. King Alexander announces the completion of the College of Engineering capital campaign.

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Tiger Trivia 1. When was the Department of Veterinary Science established? 1860 1889 1976 1978 2. When did the dedication of the School of Veterinary Medicine building take place? 1977 1988 1992 2005 3. Where was the first sugar experiment station located? Near City Park in Baton Rouge Near Calhoun, La. In Audubon Park in New Orleans In Carville, La. 4. According to the Cadet Regulations of 1908, how often were cadets required to bathe? Daily At least twice a week No more than three times a week At least once every seven days

Science Hall of Distinction – The College of Science inducted five individuals into the 2014 Hall of Distinction on March 28 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. Recognized were Keith Comeaux (1989 BACH ENGR, 1989 BACH SCI), NASA team chief for cruise/ engineering operations; Lodwrick Cook (1950 BACH H&SS, 1955 MAST ENGR, 1990 HON SCI), chairman emeritus of Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO); the late Henry Goodrich (1951 BACH SCI), chairman emeritus of Goodrich Petroleum Corporation; Arlo Landoldt, alumni professor emeritus of physics and astronomy; and the late Marion “Soc” Socolofsky, alumni professor emeritus of biological sciences. April Buffington/AB Photography

6. Of what school was Thomas Boyd president before being named president of LSU? Louisiana Tech in Ruston The Soule Business College in New Orleans The State Normal School Southeastern Louisiana University in Natchitoches in Hammond 7. Who was the first instructor of fine arts hired by LSU? Louis Hasselmans Conrad Albrizio Pasquale Amato Caroline Durieux 8. Which work by the students of the person in Question 7 can still be seen on campus? The bronze cannons in front of the The metal sculpture in Military Science Building Middleton Library The murals in Allen Hall The marble stairway in Hill Memorial Library 9. When did LSU win its first SEC championship in boxing? 1934 1939 1949 1956 10. When did LSU first field a varsity wrestling team? 1958 1961 1966 1970 11. Who was the first varsity wrestling coach? Carl Maddox Dale Ketelson Ed Khoury Mike Donohue 12. According to the 1949-50 L Book, what time was curfew for freshman women students on weeknights? 8:00 PM 9:00 PM Midnight There was no curfew Tiger Trivia is compiled by Barry Cowan, assistant archivist, Hill Memorial Library. Answers: 1:b, 2:a, 3:c, 4:d, 5:a, 6:c, 7:b, 8:c, 9:a, 10:d, 11:b, 12:a

Inductees Lod Cook, Arlo Landolt, Keith Comeaux, and Esther Socolofsky, representing her husband, the late Marion “Soc” Socolofsky.

5. In its early days, LSU imposed military discipline upon its students and some faculty members were given a military rank. What rank was given to President Thomas Boyd? Colonel Major General Captain

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White Coat Ceremony – Six of the eighty-three School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) students who received their white coats on Feb. 7 were assisted by their parents, five of whom are SVM alums. The students are seated on the first row with their parents standing behind them. From left are Jonuel CruzSanabria with his father, Dr. José CruzRivera; Christopher Rumore with his father, Dr. James Rumore (1981 DVM); Christian Taylor Lay with his father, Dr. Blaine Firmin (1994 DVM); Matthew At the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) Year III White Coat Ceremony, the students can designate a Greene with his parents, Dr. Kim Greene mentor to “coat” them. Six Class of 2015 students were coated by parents who are veterinarians, five of whom are LSU SVM graduates. (Texas A&M CVM 1980) and Dr. Gary Greene (1982 DVM); Amanda Seemann with her father, Dr. Paul Seemann (1983 DVM); and Bridger Smithers with his father, Dr. Mark Smithers (1984 DVM). Photo by Ginger Guttner

Discover Vet Med – More than 8,000 people attended the School of Veterinary Medicine’s 32nd Annual Open House on Feb. 8, setting a new attendance record for the annual event. Fifty-nine exhibits plus a petting zoo gave visitors the opportunity to discover the fantastic world of veterinary medicine and the latest developments in animal health care, welfare and biomedical research. The teddy bear repair station allowed children to get their stuffed animals “sutured,” an endoscopy station let children “fish” for prizes, and animal Veterinary student Ali Robin introduces visitors to demonstrations introduced people to the fistulated steer. many different animals. Equine treadmill and companion animal underwater treadmill demonstrations were held throughout the day. Visit for more photos. Photo by Ginger Guttner

Distinguished Business Alumni – Three business graduates were inducted

Gregory Hamer, Sr.

Rose Hudson

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John Landon

into the E.J. Ourso Hall of Distinction on March 28 during ceremonies at the Business Education Complex. Those honored were Gregory Hamer, Sr. (1968 BACH BUS), chief executive officer of B&G Food Enterprises, which operates more than 80 YUM! Brands’ Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Long John Silver’s fast food restaurants; Rose Hudson (1989 MPA), president and chief executive officer of the Louisiana Lottery Corporation; and John Landon (1980 BACH BUS), president and owner of Landon Development Company.

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In Focus Hip-Hop and R&B – Senior psychology major Arielle Brown, of Norco, La., and Associate Professor of Social Work Cassandra Chaney, came together through University College’s Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars program to delve into the realms of hip-hop and R&B music to explore how motherhood is presented in song lyrics. Their research presentation, “Is Black Motherhood a Marker of Oppression or Empowerment? HipHop and R&B Lessons about Mama,” kicked-off Women’s History Month at LSU’s Women’s Center. During their presentation, Brown and Chaney discussed the results of examining fiftynine hip-hop and R&B songs, some as early as the 1950s, through which they identified four typologies, or themes, relating to black motherhood. Arielle Brown and Cassandra Chaney.

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Phi Kappa Phi Chapter President Richard Vlosky and LSU Alumni Association Executive Vice President Cliff Vannoy, who was inducted as an honorary member.

From left, Student Vice President Lacey Sanchez, Treasurer Missy Korduner, Vice President Michael Kaller, Fellowship Chairwoman Ruth Patrick, Mayor Kip Holden, President Richard Vlosky, Executive Secretary Regina Leingang, and Student Vice Presidents Eric Romig, Rachel Bradley, Jenna LaChenaye and Misagh Naderi.

PKP Awards – More than 150 students, faculty, and staff became members of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi at the annual awards and induction ceremony on March 6, including Association Executive Vice President Cliff Vannoy, who was inducted as an honorary member. Chapter president Richard Vlosky presided over the ceremony, and Mayor Kip Holden was keynote speaker. Photos provided by Sarah Brown

LSU BMLI Fellows at the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference.

Leading the Conversation – LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative (BMLI) Fellows attended the 26th Annual Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference hosted by Texas A&M University in January. As part of the conference, the LSU group presented “Delinquent or Law Abiding Citizen? Perceptions of the Black Male College Student,” a workshop focused on how young black males can challenge and overcome black male stereotypes that are socially constructed and maintained in social and professional interactions. They participated in workshops focusing on leadership and professional development and attended keynote addresses by astrophysicist and TED Fellow Hakeem Oluseyi, award-winning journalist Angela B. Murray, and crisis management specialist Judy Smith, the subject of the ABC television show “Scandal.”

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Brandon Oubre, Paul Koenig, Paxton Turner, and Rachael Keller.

Goldwater Honors – Brandon Oubre and Paxton Turner have been awarded the prestigious, nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, and Rachael Keller and Paul Koenig received Honorable Mention. All four students are members of the Honors College, and Oubre is also a LA-STEM Research Scholar. This is the third year in a row that all of LSU’s candidates nominated to the competition were recognized by the Goldwater Foundation. Photo by Eddy Perez

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In Focus Engineering Alumni Inducted –

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell, College of Engineering Associate Dean for Academic Programs Warren N. Waggenspack, Jr., inductees Bobby Savoie and Bill Hise, and President and Chancellor F. King Alexander.

The College of Engineering inducted two members, Bill R. Hise and Robert A. “Bobby” Savoie, at its Hall of Distinction ceremony on April 3, at the French House. Hise (1951 BACH ENGR, 1954 MAST ENGR), part owner and vice president of The Hise Company, was the first director of the IADC Petroleum Industry Blowout Prevention and Well Control Training Center at LSU. Savoie (1980 BACH ENGR) is chief executive officer of Geocent, LLC, one of the nation’s largest information technology and engineering services companies, headquartered in New Orleans. Photo by Darlene Aguillard/Real Life Photos

Front, from left, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell, President and Chancellor F. King Alexander, Hongchao Zhang, Sharon Weltman, Campus Federal Credit Union President and CEO Dawn Harris, Michael Malisoff, and Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development Kalliat T. Valsaraj; back, Michael Pasquier, Brian Shaw, and Troy Blanchard.

LSU Rainmakers – Rainmaker Awards for Research and Creative Activity were presented to six faculty members in April. The awards, presented by the Office of Research & Economic Development, with the support of Campus Federal Credit Union, recognize faculty who balance their extensive responsibilities, which extend far beyond the classroom, with external expectations such as securing funding for their research and establishing the impact of their findings to the scholarly community and society as a whole. Those honored were Michael Pasquier and Brian Shaw, Emerging Scholar Awards in Arts, Humanities, Social, or Behavioral Sciences; Hongchao Zhang, Emerging Scholar Award in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics; Troy Blanchard, Mid-Career Scholar Award in Arts, Humanities, Social, or Behavioral Sciences; Michael Malisoff, Mid-Career Scholar Award in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics; and Sharon Weltman, Senior Scholar Award in Arts, Humanities, Social, or Behavioral Sciences. Photo by Jim Zietz

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Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development Kalliat T. Valsaraj, Distinguished Dissertation Award winners Michael Robinson and Caitlin King, Graduate School Dean Gary Byerly, LSU Alumni Association Executive Vice President Cliff Vannoy, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell.

Distinguished Research Masters – R. Kelley Pace, professor of finance, and Susanne C. Brenner, professor of mathematics, were recognized in April for their outstanding accomplishments in research and scholarship with the designation Distinguished Research Master. Also recognized were Michael Robinson, who received the Josephine A. Roberts Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award in Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, and Caitlin King, who received the LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award in Science, Engineering, & Technology. The awards are sponsored by the Office of Research & Economic Development, the Council of Research, and the Graduate School.

Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development Kalliat T. Valsaraj, Distinguished Research Masters Susanne C. Brenner and R. Kelley Pace, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell.

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New Program Graduates Certified Financial Planners

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In the past few years, LSU has added quite a few programs to its roster, but among the newest, and arguably most rewarding, is the Certified Financial Planning Program established last year.

By Rebecca Docter Student photos by Johnny Gordon and Larry Hubbard

Program Director Frances Lawrence.

Students interested in pursuing designation complete the education requirements to sit for the CFP exam. Once a student passes the exam, he or she is deemed a certified financial planner. CFP students Kyle Epperson and Junette Mahler. Paige Johannessen (2013 BACH BUS) is the University’s first CFP. She credits the program and Frances Lawrence, associate dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business and program director, with her continued success after graduation. “We keep the highest standards, and they [the students] are committed,” said Lawrence, who holds the Gerald Cire and Lena Grand Williams Alumni Professorship in Finance. “They’re here because they care about the program.” Johannessen is now a financial planning analyst with the practice of Candace Blasi Gary, CFP, the firm for which she has worked since her junior year. “It completely turned my career path around,” Johannessen said. “I was sort of lost in what I was going to do after graduation, and it was toward the end of my junior year that I really figured out what I was going to be and what I was going to do. It [CFP Program] helped me land a job, and it helped me network tremendously.” Graduating senior Junette Mahler, who has a job lined up with Graf Financial, said when the University announced that it would be adding a comprehensive CFP program, she immediately changed her schedule to accommodate it. “Having the CFP will provide me with a serious advantage, not just in getting a position as an advisor but also over other advisors with prospective clients,” Mahler said. “I was told recently by a CFP Advisory Board Member that having the CFP designation will open doors in his company that would be closed to me without it. He tells his existing staff to be concerned with the new LSU CFP class as we will be in direct competition with them and in his mind have a knowledge advantage that is not easily overcome.” Kyle Epperson, a senior, was influenced by his parents to enter the program. “I learned IRA and 401k before ABC and 123, so I knew I would eventually end up in this career path,” Epperson said. “The experience I’ve had being a part of the LSU CFP Program goes beyond the top-notch education I’ve received.” And, he said, it’s opened the door to many opportunities. “I’ve been able to serve as the student representative on the Baton Rouge Financial Planning Associations Board, I’ve been able to go to great networking events in New Orleans, and I’ve been able to meet successful financial planners, many of whom are also my instructors,” he explained. “The CFP Program at LSU is so much more than just a series of classes, it is an experience that I will benefit from for many years to come.”

Certified Financial Planner Paige Johannessen.

“The experience I’ve had being a part of the LSU CFP Program goes beyond the top-notch education I’ve received.”

Rebecca Docter is a sophomore in the Manship School of Mass Communication and entertainment editor for The Daily Reveille.

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ID Verification

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Passport Face Matching Incredibly Fallible By Ashley Arceneaux Photo by Jim Zietz

Megan Papesh and her students explore the difficulty of matching faces to photo IDs.

“Face matching is poor under the best of conditions and even worse when conditions become more challenging.”

New research finds face matching, as when customs agents check passports, to be incredibly fallible, with error rates between 10 and 20 percent under ideal, laboratory-induced conditions and much worse in more realistic settings. “Because society relies on face perception and ID verification for many tasks, people are often under the impression that we are experts in this domain,” said Assistant Professor of Psychology Megan Papesh. “Our research shows the precise opposite.” In a recent article published in Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, Papesh explores the difficulty of matching faces to photo IDs and demonstrates how observers who rarely encounter fakes or stolen IDs are actually far more likely to “miss” them when they do occur. Issues such as lighting and angles used in photography as well as cosmetic changes – such as haircuts, growing a beard, or weight gain/loss – complicate matters considerably. “In most high-risk situations (e.g., passport control), people can assume a very low rate of fake or stolen IDs,” said Papesh. “Unfortunately, these conditions are also those most likely to give rise to poor detection rates. In our research, when observers infrequently encountered fake IDs, they failed to catch approximately 45 percent of them, even when given multiple opportunities to correct their errors.” Along with her co-author, Stephen Goldinger of Arizona State University, Papesh found that error rates in face-to-face identifications might be alarmingly high due to the complexities involved in mental processes used to identify an unfamiliar face. In their study, volunteers viewed recent photographs of consenting adults paired with a matching or non-matching student ID photo taken up to seven years earlier. Each subject made match/non-match decisions to more than two hundred pairs, with non-matching targets appearing frequently (50 percent of the time) or infrequently (10 percent of the time). When the targets appeared frequently, observers missed approximately 20 percent of them. When those targets appeared infrequently, however, error rates jumped to more than 40 percent. These high miss rates persisted despite several attempts to get observers to slow down and catch their errors, suggesting that face matching is poor under the best of conditions and even worse when conditions become more challenging. Consider that miss rates of up to 30 percent are harmless in laboratory settings but vital in real-life settings, such as airport security screenings. Ashley Arceneaux is director of research communications in the Office of Communications & University Relations.

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A Wonderful Day for Anthropology By Danielle Kelley Photo by Johnny Gordon

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“If you start with, ‘I’m interested in this,’ it [gets] their attention.”

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“This is a wonderful day for anthropology!” Every student in Robert Tague’s classes hears that phrase at the beginning of each of his lessons. “I bellow it out in an unabashed way,” he said. “Oftentimes I’m in some public context, and I hear from the aisle, ‘This is a wonderful day for anthropology.’” Tague, who holds the Earleene Nolan Sanders Endowed Alumni Professorship, joined the LSU faculty in the fall of 1987. In these twenty-seven years, he’s taught about fifteen thousand students and is devoted to making them interested in the field of anthropology. “Every academic discipline is interesting. Students gain an interest in the subject if the instructor is interested,” Tague said. “If you start with, ‘I’m interested in this,’ it lends itself well for getting their attention.” For Tague, the University is a family affair. He met his wife, Heather McKillop, the Doris Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Studies, when she began teaching archaeology three years after Tague. “We didn’t know one another when we were hired,” he said. Through a series of unrelated events, the couple now works next door to one another in HoweRussell Geoscience Complex. Their daughter is a ninth grader at University Laboratory School. Tague teaches two classes a year – an introductory anthropology class and an upper-level anthropology class. Evolutionary theory and human adaptation are major components of the curriculum of these two courses. In addition to teaching, Tague researches and studies skeletons of more than fifty different species of mammals. The most famous skeleton he has studied is Lucy, an early human ancestor who lived about three million years ago. He particularly researched her pelvis bone to

make interpretations of birth in humans. “I look at skeletons. Skeletons preserve predominantly after most of our tissues decay,” he said. “These early human ancestors would have given birth to less developed newborns.” He is planning a summer trip to several museums in the southwest United States to further his research. Of all the classes he’s taught, the research he’s done, and his achievements, Tague is most proud of receiving the Sanders Alumni Professorship in August 2013. “It recognizes a career’s worth of outstanding teaching, and this is a nice recognition,” he said. He was especially honored to become an alumni professor because Earleene Nolan Sanders was “highly devoted to education.” During her life, she served as a Baton Rouge elementary school principal and established several scholarships for students and teachers, including the alumni professor award that Tague received. As for future impact, Tague hopes to accommodate more graduate and doctoral students in anthropology, as the department received permission to rename the doctoral program to geography and anthropology this year. Previously, anthropology students could only study up to a master’s degree. “They can meaningfully give back,” he explained. With these recent changes and his nearly three decades of dedication to the University, one thing is certain: Tague is staying put. “I’ve never thought about leaving here,” he said. “LSU is a great institution.” Danielle Kelley, a senior in the Manship School of Mass Communication, holds a communications internship at the College of Engineering and is a Manship Ambassador.

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Tigers Find New Home on SEC Network


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“Fans will find more games and more coverage than ever before possible.”

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Beginning Aug. 14, LSU fans will have a new home for their insatiable appetite for Tiger sports competition – the SEC Network. In May 2013, ESPN and the Southeastern Conference announced the creation of a multi-platform network devoted to all things SEC sports. The television channel and its associated digital platforms will give LSU fans more games and more coverage of their teams than ever before possible. The channel will be home to live LSU sports and will also include expert analysis from two notable LSU alumni – former Tiger defensive tackle “Booger” McFarland (1999 BACH BUS) and defensive end Marcus Spears (attended 2001-2004), who will be seen and heard on the network as college football analysts. The two are part of a distinguished commentator roster that includes ESPN’s Jesse Palmer, BCS National Champion Greg McElroy, and Heisman Winner Tim Tebow, as well as nationally recognized sportscasters Brent Booger McFarland and Marcus Spears. Musburger and Joe Tessitore. “SEC football is in my blood and is literally as much a part of my life as anything else,” said Spears. “I plan on bringing a wealth of football knowledge and explaining it in a way for fans to understand the game better. I want it to feel like I am sitting in the living room with our fans, debating and sharing knowledge.” McFarland and Spears will add their analysis to coverage of forty-five SEC football games airing exclusively on the network this year. Those games are part of one thousand events slated for the new national network. Fans will have access to more than a hundred men’s basketball and sixty women’s basketball games, seventy-five baseball games, fifty softball games, and an array of Olympic sports. The nation’s most competitive action will be accompanied with a dedicated daily news and information show, original studio shows with expert analysis, and in-depth features documenting the storied history of the conference. LSU fans and SEC followers should visit to ensure their cable provider will offer the network. Don’t miss a game, don’t miss a moment, of LSU history in the making.

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Best Season Ever Gymnasts Finish Third in NCAA

By Bud Johnson Photos by Ray Dry and Steve Franz

LSU’s gymnastics team has never been better. • Dee-Dee Breaux’s Tigers finished third in the NCAA championships, LSU’s highest finish ever. • The Tigers scored a school-record 198.325, tying the nation’s highest score of the season, in winning the NCAA Baton Rouge regional in April. • The Bengal gymnasts won the thirteenth regional title in school history and advanced to the NCAA championships for the twenty-fifth time. • Rheagan Courville won her second straight NCAA vault title. She won her eighth all-around title of the season with a 39.725 score in the NCAA regionals. She also captured the beam title with a career-high 9.975 and tied for the vault title with a 9.95. • Lloimincia Hall scored her third perfect 10.0 on the floor of the season and the fifth of her career to win the title in the NCAA regionals. She now has twenty-four career floor titles that rank third in LSU history. • Ashleigh Gnat and Sarie Morrison shared the vault title with Courville by scoring 9.95s in the NCAA regionals.

“LSU’s gymnastics team has never been better.”

Hosting the NCAA regionals was one of many highlights of the season. “The crowd was into the meet from the start to the finish,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “It made for a really fun and exciting atmosphere in the arena.” With a crowd of nearly six thousand, the NCAA Regionals attendance figure ranks sixth in LSU gymnastics history. Bud Johnson, director of the Andonie Sports Museum, is a former LSU Sports Information director and author of The Perfect Season: LSU’s Magic Year – 1958.

Second Vault Title – Rheagan Courville, a junior from University High, won her second straight NCAA vault title this season. It was the fourth national vault title in LSU history, all came under guidance of assistant coach Bob Moore. In the NCAA regionals, Courville won her eighth all-around title of the season with a 39.725 score. She also captured the beam title with a careerhigh 9.975 and tied for the vault title with a score of 9.95.

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Gymnastic Coaches Win National Awards

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After the completion of arguably the finest season in school history, LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux was named National Coach of the Year and Jay Clark and Bob Moore shared National Assistant Coach of the Year honors, the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) announced April 21. It is the first time in Breaux’s distinguished career that she earned the National Coach of the Year Award. It is also the first national award for Moore. Clark won NACGC/W National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2006. The awards were voted on by the head coaches of all Division I women’s collegiate gymnastics teams. “To be selected by your peers is truly a very gratifying award,” Breaux said. “I am honored that coaches around the country recognized the outstanding work our team has accomplished all season, and I am extremely proud that Jay and Bob could earn this award together because they are two of the finest coaches in the nation.” Breaux led LSU to the highest placement in school history with a third place finish at the NCAA Super Six. Breaux, who also earned NACGC/W Central Region Coach of the Year honors, guided the Tigers to the No. 1 national ranking for three straight weeks during the season, the first time LSU has held the No. 1 ranking since 2005. The Tigers shattered the school record for highest team score three times in 2014, including a 198.325 in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional that ended up in a tie as the highest score of any team in the nation this season. LSU also established a school

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record with thirteen straight meets with a score of 197 or higher, breaking the previous best of eight consecutive meets in 2004. In his second season at LSU, Clark coached the bars lineup to the No. 1 ranking in the region and the No. 5 national ranking with a school-record 49.430 regional qualifying score. LSU tallied three of the top ten bars scores in school history, including a 49.600 on the road at the Metroplex Challenge that ranks as the second best. Moore coached the vault lineup to the No. 1 national ranking with a school-record 49.550 RQS, and LSU recorded the highest vault total in program history with a 49.650 in the regional. Moore also guided junior Rheagan Courville to the NCAA vault national title for the second straight season. It marked the fourth national title on vault in LSU history, and all four have come under the direction and leadership of Moore. “On the ride home from the NCAA Championships, we heard from Sen. Mary Landrieu, Rep. Nick Lorusso, our boosters, TAF members, Bengal Belles, and several people who come to our events, and it was extremely gratifying and rewarding to speak with all these wonderful people who have supported our program all year,� Breaux said. Jake Terry is associate sports information director for LSU Athletics.

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Gene W. Lafitte (1950 H&SS, 1952 JD), of counsel with Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans, has has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for being named to the publication for thirty years, the entirety of the publication’s existence. He is among approximately one thousand attorneys nationwide receiving the honor. Lafitte has been practicing law since 1952, and his wide-ranging experience includes oil and gas exploration issues, lessor/ lessee royalty controversies, pipeline construction, gas sales contracts, environmental issues affecting the oil and gas industry, antitrust and trade regulation, securities fraud, and legal malpractice. Degrees BACH

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Christopher E. Cenac, Sr. (1964-1966, MD 1971) received a 2014 Humanities Book of the Year award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) for his book Livestock Brands & Marks: An Unexpected Bayou Country History: 1822-1946 Pioneer Families Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana (University Press of Mississippi). The award was presented at the LEH Humanities Awards Event on March 29 in New Orleans. Cenac, a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Houma, La., and his wife, Cindy, reside at Winter Quarters on Bayou Black. He has two sons and a daughter, eight grandchildren, and a widespread family both in and beyond Terrebonne Parish. Laura F. Lindsay (1967 BACH H&SS, 1969 MAST H&SS, 1976 PHD H&SS ), professor emerita, Manship School of Mass Communication, received an Esprit de Femme Award in March as part of the LSU Women’s Center’s celebration of Women’s History Month. The award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional efforts toward the advancement of women in Louisiana. Jamie M. Manders (1967 BACH H&SS, 1979 DDS), of New Orleans, received the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) 2014 Distinguished Service Award in April. The award, the highest honor bestowed by the LDA, recognizes individuals who exemplify the highest

standards of professional conduct in dentistry and make extraordinary contributions in organized dentistry and their community. Manders, a retired general dentist, has been a member of the LDA, the American Dental Association (ADA), and the New Orleans Dental Association (NODA) for thirty-four years. She was a member of the NODABoard of Governors and a volunteer with both the ADA Annual Session and the New Orleans Dental Conference. She received the NODA Honor Dentist Award in 2012. Her community volunteer efforts include work with the Algiers Point Association Board of Directors, American Association of University Women, Louisiana Philharmonic Symphony, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Track Club, and Chalmette Track Club. She is married to James Riopelle, a New Orleans physician.


Daniel Adams (1978 BACH M&DA) is the author of an article entitled “Indeterminate Passages as Temporal and Spatial Components of Three Selected Compositions for Snare Drum Ensemble,” which was published in the Fall 2013 issue of the Journal of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (Vol. 62, No. 1). Adams is a co-author of the “Miami” entry appearing in the Grove Dictionary of American Music (Second Edition) and included on Grove Music Online. Alton E. Bayard III (1975 BACH BUS), an attorney with Baker Donelson, New Orleans, was recognized in the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in the area of estate planning and probate.

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Marvin Borgmeyer (1979 MBA) is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Entre Nous, a publication of the Junior League of Baton Rouge, Inc. In the article “Insight on Involvement,’ Borgmeyer, a member of the Junior League Community Advisory Board, shares his view on volunteering and giving back to the community. Photo by Jeannie Frey Rhodes.

Florent Hardy, Jr. (1974 PHD HS&E), state archivist and director of archival services in the Office of the Secretary of State, had the article “Trademarks of a Vitally Functioning State Archives” published in the January/February 2014 issue of

Archival Outlook, a publication of the Society of American Archivists. Jan M. Hayden (1976 BACH H&SS, 1979 JD), an attorney with Baker Donelson, was recognized in the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in the area of bankruptcy and creditor/ debtor rights. She was also named among the top fifty attorneys in New Louisiana. Glenn M. Kidder (1976 H&SS, 1980 DDS), a Baton Rouge dentist, received the the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) Humanitarian Award in April. The award recognizes dentists who have distinguished themselves through outstanding dental service activities in the United States or abroad. Kidder is a

member of the LDA, American Dental Association (ADA) and Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association (GBRDA). He has served in numerous leadership positions in Cortana Kiwanis, which works with local public and private schools, cooks jambalaya for thousands in need, provides Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for needy families, and participates in the Eliminate Project (global elimination of maternal/neonatal tetanus). A member of First United Methodist Church, he has participated in Kairos Prison Ministry teams, working with Angola prison inmates. He was instrumental in founding the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic in 2000 and is a member of the board of directors. He also volunteers with Donated Dental Services, Habitat for Humanity, and East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Career Day. He is married to Stacey Kidder, and they

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have three sons, fellow LDA members Dustin Kidder and. Kevin Kidder, and Austin Kidder. W. Andrew “Andy” Knight (1975 BACH H&SS),has been accepted into the Doctor of Business Administration Program at the Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas. Paul S. West (1977 BACH H&SS, 1980 JD, 2005 MBA), an attorney with Baker Donelson, was recognized in the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in the area of gaming.


classroom and in scholarly endeavors and her role in the North Carolina literary community. Bauer holds the Ralph Hardee Rives Chair in Southern Literature at East Carolina. Her most recent book, which examines Scarlett O’Hara-type characters in literature, is slated for release this summer by University of South Carolina Press. Other ongoing projects include getting a critical edition of Paul Green’s play “The House of Connolly” published. Gregory E. Bodin (1984 BACH BUS, 1988 JD), an attorney with Baker Donelson, was recognized in the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in the area of business litigation.

Edward H. “Hank” Arnold III (1983 BACH H&SS), an attorney with Baker Donelson, was recognized in the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in the area of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights.

Phyllis G. Cancienne (1985 BACH MCOM, 1989 JD), an attorney with Baker Donelson, was recognized in the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in the area of employment and labor.

Margaret D. Bauer (1985 BACH H&SS), a professor at East Carolina University and editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. The award recognizes her successes in the

L. David Cazes (1981 BACH AGR, 1986 BACH ENGR), after working in the aerospace industry since 1987 as a NASA contractor, was named chief executive officer of MEI Technologies, a Houstonbased advanced technology company that offers innovative services and solutions in

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systems design and development, applied engineering, cyber service & security, and research and development. Monica A. Frois (1987 BACH H&SS), aan attorney with Baker Donelson, was recognized in the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in the area of health care. Frois was also named among the top twenty-five female attorneys in Louisiana. William A. Hadlock (1980 H&SS, 1984 DDS), a dentist in Baton Rouge, received the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) Distinguished Service Award in April. The award, the highest honor bestowed by the LDA, is given annually to members who exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct in dentistry and make extraordinary contributions in organized dentistry and their community. Hadlock is a member of the LDA, American Dental Association (ADA) and Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association (GBRDA) and has served in leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. Hadlock is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the American College of Dentists. He is a member and a past president of Continuing Dental Education of Baton

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Rouge and on the adjunct faculty and board of directors for the Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education in San Francisco. He volunteers with the Arts Council of Baton Rouge, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, and Our Lady of Mercy Church, coached youth soccer and basketball, held leadership positions with Le Cercle de Bacchus, and Bocage Racquet Club, and has been a member of Krewe of Achilles and Krewe of Endymion. He is married to Monica Hadlock, and they have two children, Claire and Robert. Rose J. Hudson (1989 MPA), chief executive officer and president of the Louisiana Lottery, received an Esprit de Femme Award in March as part of the LSU Women’s Center’s celebration of Women’s History Month. The award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional efforts toward the advancement of women in Louisiana David L. “Dave” Kemmerly (1984 BACH H&SS), a governmental relations and health care attorney with Adams and Reese, has joined the firm’s Baton Rouge office as special counsel. Kemmerly spent more

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than eight years with Humana in Louisville, Ky., as a regional legislative manager and director of state public affairs. Before joining Humana, he served as associate director of governmental affairs for the Louisiana State Medical Society, legislative assistant to Congressman Buddy Roemer and special assistant during Roemer’s tenure as governor, legal counsel to the Louisiana State Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs, and was a political consultant to numerous local, state, and federal campaigns. Kemmerly is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and served on the State Government Relations Committee for America’s Health Insurance Plans. He received a J.D. from Tulane University in 1996. Donna Lamonte (1981 BACH HS&E, 1984 MAST HS&E), a firstgrade teacher at University Laboratory School, was named as the math recipient of the 2012 Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from President Barack Obama. Winners received $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to be spent as they wish, along with a trip for two to Washington D.C., for a series of recognition events, including a visit to

the White House, an awards ceremony and banquet, a few days of professional development with the National Science Foundation, and scheduled meetings with education leaders and policy makers. Elke S. Laughlin (1988 BACH BUS), executive vice president and chief operating officer of NAI Houston, is one of four new members appointed to join the NAI Global Members Leadership Board. NAI Houston is a member firm of NAI Global, the largest global network of owner-operated real estate brokerage firms. Laughlin is a founding board member of NAI Global Women’s Alliance and was recently appointed to the 2014 Commercial Board of Directors for Commercial Gateway (Commercial Division of the Houston Associate of Realtors). Prior to joining NAI Houston, Laughlin was a twenty-year veteran of CBRE, a real estate services company. Patricia Pecquet Menard (1982 BACH H&SS) was elected treasurer of the West Virginia Iota chapter of Pi Gamma Mu international honor society for 20132014. Menard received a M.P.A. with a concentration in human resources from American Public University in February 2013.

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R. David Wheat, Jr. (1985 BACH BUS) an attorney in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight is listed in the 2014 Chambers USA “Leaders in their Field” legal directory in the area of tax law.


Brian M. Ballay (1997 BACH H&SS), an attorney with Baker Donelson, was named to the Rising Stars list in the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers. Scott Corbitt (1995 BACH MCOM), of Denver, Colo., is a senior copywriter with the Integer Group, a global promotional, retail, and shopper marketing agency. Chris Furlow (1992 BACH H&SS) has been named president of Ridge Global, the international security and risk management firm founded by Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former Pennsylvania governor. Furlow previously served as chief operating officer of the

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Washington, D.C.-based company that helps business and government leaders meet complex security, preparedness, and cyber challenges. Ginger Guttner (1992 BACH H&SS, 1997 BACH MCOM), public relations director for the School of Veterinary Medicine, received the 2013 Member of the Year Award from the Baton Rouge chapter of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL). The award recognizes an association member who has gone above and beyond to contribute to the chapter through his or her time and talents. The award is given annually in January. In 2010, Guttner successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling her to use the APR professional designation. Kevin Higginbotham (1999 BACH EDUC), a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Atlanta since 1999, was recently recognized as one of America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors by Barron’s magazine and, for the second year in a row, as one of Financial Times Top 400 Advisors. He

was named one of Wall Street’s Top 40 under 40 Advisors in 2010. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Higginbotham served on active duty during the Gulf War and is a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal. He and his wife, Cherice, live in the Brookhaven area and are active supporters of the Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Clubs of Atlanta, Feed the Children, March of Dimes, and the Atlanta Children’s Shelter. Todd D. Keator (1999 H&SS, 2002 JD), a partner in Thompson & Knight’s Dallas office, was selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars 2014 by Thomson Reuters in the area of tax. The list was published in the April 2014 issue of Texas Monthly. Christopher G. Morris (1998 BACH H&SS), an attorney with Baker Donelson, was recognized in the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in the area of employee benefits.

Kelly Picard (1993 BACH H&SS) of Mobile, Ala., has been promoted to chief executive officer of Hackbarth Delivery Service. Picard has been with the company since 1994 and has held a variety of positions, most recently vice president/sales and chief operating officer. An active member of her profession, Picard has been involved in the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association, Express Carriers Association, Southeastern Warehouse Association, Mobile United, Leadership Mobile, Mobile Chamber of Commerce, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. She received an M.B.A. from Ohio State University. She and her husband, Larry, have five children, and she is active in community activities, participating in St. Ignatius

Church, Junior League of Mobile, L’Arche, America’s Distinguished Young Women, and St. Mary’s Home. Heather Boshears Robbins (1997 BACH BUS) joined Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu, a law firm based in San Mateo, Calif., specializing in estate planning, probate litigation, business and real estate transactions, civil litigation, employment disputes, and bankruptcy. She is a member of the executive committee of the San Mateo County Bar Association Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law Section and serves as co-chair of the section’s New Attorney Group. Robbins is an avid supporter of animal welfare and a long-term volunteer at the San Francisco SPCA. Terrie Sterling (1996 MBA),executive vice president and chief operating

officer of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, received an Esprit de Femme Award in March as part of the LSU Women’s Center’s celebration of Women’s History Month. The award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional efforts toward the advancement of women in Louisiana. Laura Pevehouse Thomas (1991 BACH MCOM) has been named chief blogger at Dell, managing the official corporate blog, which she helped launch. She has been part of the Dell organization since 2000 and held various positions in corporate communications, employee communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing, branding,

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social media, and online communication. Before joining Dell Financial Services, she worked at the Texas Workforce Commission and PepsiCo Food Systems Worldwide. Thomas was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators.


David Balhoff (2000 BACH SCI), an orthodontist in Baton Rouge, received the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) New Dentist Award in April.

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The award is presented to an LDA member who has practiced for less than ten years, and whose contributions include civic involvement, public service, and unselfish devotion to the dental profession. Balhoff is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Louisiana Dental Association (LDA), and Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association (GBRDA), which he served as president in 2010. He serves on the LDA Council on Government Affairs and the LDA Council on Membership and Dental Practice, has been a Give Kids A Smile Day volunteer, and participates in Dentists’ Day at the Legislature. He was the first orthodontist in Louisiana to volunteer for Smiles Change Lives, and his office raises money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and annually participates in the Dream Day Foundation’s Fishin’ Galore event. He is a

member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, and Louisiana Association of Orthodontists. Balhoff is married to Leah Blaize Balhoff and they have two sons, Thomas and Andrew. Christopher L. “Chris” Chauvin (2001 H&SS, 2004 JD), a partner in Thompson & Knight’s Dallas office, was selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars 2014 by Thomson Reuters in the area of general litigation. The list was published in the April 2014 issue of Texas Monthly.

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Melissa M. Grand (2005 BACH H&SS, 2009 JD), an attorney at Adams and Reese, has been elected president and board chair of Boys Hope Girls Hope Baton Rouge (BHGH). As a member of the board since 2011, Grand has an extensive history of service to the organization and to the Baton Rouge community. BHGH is a residential scholar program that helps academically capable and motivated children in need to meet their full potential by providing family-like, value-centered homes and opportunities for an education. Scholars begin the program as young as ten years and remain through high school and college.

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Bradie James (2003 BACH H&SS), former LSU football Tiger and linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, received a Men Who Champion Women Award in March as part of the LSU Women’s Center’s celebration of Women’s History Month. The award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional efforts toward the advancement of women in Louisiana. James founded Foundation 56 to help stamp out breast cancer following the death of his mother.

Aya M. Salem (2006 BACH H&SS), an associate in Conrad O’Brien law firm in Philadelphia, Pa., served as a panelist on a “Women in the Profession” roundtable event, held in conjunction with The Legal Intelligence. Salem is on the board of directors of Misr Elkheir Foundation – USA, a nonprofit organization that raises money for social and charitable programs in Egypt. She earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in 2010 and served as executive editor of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy.

P. Jared Smith (2000 BACH H&SS) is director of business development at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and director of the Baton Rouge Area Digital Industries Consortium (BRADIC), an organization committed to recruiting and growing Baton Rouge’s digital media companies. Smith was appointed to the Baton Rouge Airport Commission in January for a five-year term, during which he will help guide outreach and operations of the Baton Rouge Airport. Smith works closely with the Mayor President’s Office and the Metropolitan Council to recruit and retain companies in East Baton Rouge Parish. He played a critical role in bringing new business to the greater metro area, including IBM’s technology center and Katoen Natie’s

storage and production facility. Smith earned a master’s degree in business administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. He resides in Baton Rouge with his wife, Jennifer Causey Smith (2000 BACH H&SS, 2005 MAST HS&E), a counselor in University College Center for the Freshman Year and their daughters, Ava and Lauren.


Caroline Boley (2013 BACH H&SS), of Shreveport, La., was honored on the Louisiana Senate floor in March with a resolution by Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Shreveport (1996 MBA). A University Medalist, Boley was 2010 valedictorian of Captain Shreve High School.

Hunter Hopkins (2013 BACH SCI), of Shreveport, La., was honored with a resolution by Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Shreveport (1996 MBA). A University Medalist, Hopkins received his resolution in Sen. Peacock’s office. David Wesse (2012 PHD HS&E), has been named vice chancellor for financial and administrative affairs (VCFAA) at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Wesse was formerly vice chancellor for finance and administrative services at LSU at Alexandria and prior to that was assistant

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Maia Youngbrandt Meunier (2002 BACH H&SS) and husband Benjamin of San Clemente, Calif., proudly announce the birth of their son, Jackson Benjamin, born on Nov. 27, 2013. Jackson weighed in at 8 lbs. 15 oz.

Connor and Emily Roy Snellings announce the birth of future Tiger Maddox Parker, born on Jan. 30, 2014. Proud grandparents are Frank Snellings (1976 JD) and Mary Landrieu (1977 BACH H&SS), of Washington, D.C., and Greg Roy (1975 BACH H&SS) and his wife, Suzanne Beauclair-Roy (1981 BACH HS&E, 1984 MAST HS&E, 1997 PHD HS&E) of New Roads, La. Maddox weighed in a 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 22 inches long. The family resides in Baton Rouge.

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Tigers in Print Barry Cowan (1991 BACH H&SS, 1992 BACH H&SS) Louisiana State University (Arcadia Publishing) Louisiana State University began as a small, all-male military school near Pineville. The institution survived the Civil War, Reconstruction politics, and budgetary difficulties to become a nationally and internationally recognized leader in research and teaching. Louisiana State University documents the evolution of the University with photographs and illustrations covering such topics as the physical campuses, students and student life, academics and administration, and Tiger athletics. Most of the images used are found in the Louisiana State University Archives and the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections located in Hill Memorial Library, home of the LSU Libraries Special Collections. Van Mayhall, Jr. (1964-1971, combined program, 1971 JD) The Last Sicairus (iUniverse) In the exciting sequel to Judas the Apostle, Dr. Clotile Lejeune races against time to find the ancient jars before Christianity is destroyed forever. Cloe barely survived her encounter with the Kolektor, a billionaire arms merchant desperate to possess the ancient oil jar bequeathed to Cloe by her father. Now that the Kolektor has met his fate at the hands of the Sicarii, Cloe is busy

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translating the newly discovered and potentially earth-shaking journal of Christ’s public ministry. But when she is called to a personal audience with the pope, Cloe soon realizes her past has caught up with her once again. Pope Francis charges Cloe to find the cache of jars and keep them away from their adversaries. Meanwhile, the Kolektor’s criminal organization has been taken over by a ruthless man intent on stopping at nothing to find the cave of jars – and the Sicarii. Led by biblical clues, Cloe; her son, J.E.; and the monsignor, a mysterious Vatican operative, embark on a perilous journey relentlessly pursued by the Kolektor’s replacement. Only time will tell who will find the cave of jars first. Henry Herbert Sennett, Jr. (2002 PHD M&DA) The Reluctant General: A Novel about Ancient Israel (WestBow Press) The story of Deborah and Barak from the biblical book of Judges describes amazing courage and fortitude beyond modern comprehension. In this modern retelling of the old story, Herb Sennett brings to life the people of 1150 BC in such a way that their hopes, dreams, struggles, pain, and suffering help us face our own problems in the light of God’s willingness to help his people whenever they are threatened with extinction. The Jewish people of that day knew little of warfare and tactics,

but they were able to defeat the most powerful army of the day and then conquer the most heavily defended city in the area. This novel tells of their struggle to live free of oppression and fear through their faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Fabián Martínez Siccardi (1994 MAST AGR) Beasts Outside (Alfaguara) Fabián Siccardi’s novel Bestias afuera (Beasts Outside), winner of the 2013 Clarín Novel Prize, explores the primitive urges and uncontrollable passions that lurk inside all of us. A young agricultural scientist goes to a farm in Patagonia to carry out some pest control. He’s accompanied by his dog, Atila, to whom he is closer than any human. The owners of the house await him in the remote valley: an old man with a degenerative disease, the surly woman who takes care of him and her young son. Tension starts to build as soon as he arrives: the isolation of the place is extreme, the nature hostile, the animals that roam in the region are attacking the livestock, and a dark, sinister presence can be felt throughout the area. The story will keep readers on tenterhooks, beset by a chilling atmosphere filled with an undefined threat.

Tara Elizabeth Wainwright (2005 BACH A&D) Zoo (The Enclosure Chronicles: Book 1), EXALTED (Exalted Trilogy: Book 1), DENOUNCED (Exalted Trilogy: Book 2) Tara Elizabeth writes young adult fiction, mostly dystopian/sci-fi novels with a splash of romance and a hint of sarcasm. Zoo chronicles Emma’s time living in a zoo. “I’m not really sure where to start, and you may have trouble believing me even as I tell you my story. My family did. They laughed the first time I told them, so now I just say it was all a crazy dream. You see, I died in a totally preventable car accident . . . or so I thought. When I opened my eyes, I was shocked to discover that I had been resurrected into the year 2282 and, just as unbelievably, was locked up in a zoo! A human zoo! Oh wait, I mean the People’s Past Anthropological Center.” Exalted takes place after the fall of mankind, when the Exalted became the protectors of the people. As an Exalted trainee, all Mena ever wanted was to be strong, to serve and to fearlessly protect the people of the United Republic of the Saved. Under the veil of the emotion blocking drug, the Pump, all Exalted feel the same – in fact,

that’s all they feel. In this bleak future, trainees compete in Trials to earn a position amongst the strongest Exalted. The outcome: the United Ceremony, pairing trainees together for life based on how they place. The ultimate hope is to breed stronger Exalted and even better protectors. Only when Ryker, an outsider, crashes into Mena’s life, does she learn that people are meant to feel much more. Will she choose to leave with Ryker and be free or stay with her childhood friend, Ethan, and be United? Denounced finds Mena facing a difficult choice: to leave the United Republic of the Saved with Ryker or return with Ethan and be United. Her decision changes things she never considered. She has to overcome shocking realizations and tough challenges in the new life she has chosen. The people she thought she knew are not who she thought they were. Secrets come to light that were never meant to be known. The truth about the Republic is worse than Mena thought possible. Though she struggles, she continues on her mission to save the people of the Republic from the emotion-controlling drug called the Pump and set them free. She will do whatever she has to do for them and the people she loves.

Glynn Young (1973 BACH MCOM) Poetry at Work (T.S. Poetry Press) There is value in taking poetry to work and finding the poetry that’s already there. Publications like Harvard Business Review and Fast Company are starting to write about the power of poetry, noting poetry’s effectiveness in building creative thinkers and problem solvers. Yet there is no single source to guide those who are “at work” every day, with little direction for how to explore the power of poetry in the workplace. Poetry at Work is that guide. From discussions about how poetry is built into the very fabric of work, to practical suggestions on how to be a poet at work, this is a book that meets a very real need. Altogether, this is a landmark book that moves beyond David Whyte’s Saving the Corporate Soul, a seminal book on poetry and the corporate world. More than just philosophy, this book brings the hope of practice and surprising discovery, the benefits of stress relief and increased accomplishment.

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In Memoriam Henry Goodrich died on March 26, 2014, in Shreveport, La. He received a bachelor’s degree in geology from LSU in 1951 and began his career as an exploration geologist with Union Producing Company and McCord Oil Company in Shreveport, eventually becoming president and chief executive officer of McCord-Goodrich. In 1995 Goodrich Oil Company became Goodrich Petroleum Corporation, which he served as chairman and CEO and later as chairman emeritus. He served as president of the Louisiana Association of Independent Producers and Royalty Owners and during his career received numerous awards and honors. He was a member of the LSU Alumni Association and the LSU Foundation and served on the Foundation Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of Rhodes College. He was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction and the College of Science Hall of Distinction.

1930s Martha Helen Connor Byrd, 1938 BACH H&SS, April 3, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Earl E. Turner, Sr., 1936 BACH ENGR, March 27, 2014, Slaughter, La.

1940s Dorothy McGraw Anderson, 1942 BACH HS&E, Jan. 16, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Maude Allen Bossier, 1945 BACH BUS, March 15, 2014, Alexandria, La. Elaine Caldwell Brown, 1945 BACH BUS, Jan. 15, 2014, Baton Rouge, La Rose Santangelo Cefalu, 1949 BACH AGR, 1970 MAST AGR, March 28, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. May Bolling Cross, 1940 BACH HS&E, Feb. 19, 2014, Laurel Hill, La. Jean Percy Highfill Dougherty, 1940 BACH HS&E, March 18, 2014, St. Francisville, La. Margaret M. Duckworth, 1948 BACH HS&E, Feb. 3, 2012, Huntsville, Ala. Barbara Wyatt Dupree, 1945 BACH H&SS, March 4, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Edward E. Kern, Jr., 1948 BACH AGR, 1950 MAST AGR, Aug. 28, 2006, Auburn, Ala. Joseph Benton Kidd, 1949 BACH AGR, 1950 MAST AGR, Feb. 23, 2014, Gonzales, La. Carolyn Blanchard Landry, 1947 BACH AGR, 1978 MAST AGR, March 28, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Alta Maria Grace MacGowan, 1944 BACH HS&E, Feb. 7, 2014, Zachary, La.

1950s LeRoy Joseph Bourque, 1957 BACH ENGR, 1973 BACH AGR, Feb. 19, 2014, Gonzales, La. Donald Thomas Crochet, 1953 H&SS, 1956 MD, April 7, 2014, Thibodaux, La. Carl W. Custer, 1953 BACH ENGR, March 2, 2014, Wilmington, N.C. Andrew H. Gasperecz, 1958 BACH HS&E, Dec. 27, 2013, Baton Rouge, La. Ernest Rand Guy, Sr., 1955 BACH BUS, Jan. 19, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Jada J. Hirschmann, 1956 BACH SCI, Jan. 25, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Harold D. Jelks, 1959 BACH ENGR, March 19, 2014, Norwood, La. Marguerite E. Kniffen, 1952 BACH H&SS, Jan. 20, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Jacqueline Lejeune, 1959 BACH H&SS, Jan. 17, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Royce Julius Leonard, Sr., 1956 BACH HS&E, Feb. 10, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Patsy Jean Farr May, 1953 BACH HS&E, Feb. 7, 2014, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Nell Cowart McKenzie, 1954 BACH HS&E, Feb. 14, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Eleanor B. Oliver, 1959 BACH HS&E, March 29, 2014, Baton Rouge, La.

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Horace Ory, 1957 PHD SCI, Jan. 16, 2014, Ponchatoula, La. Parry Hepburn Richardson, 1950 BACH AGR, Feb. 14, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Curtis J. “Curt” Simmons, 1953 BACH AGR, former director of LSU Graphic Services, April 4, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Robert Franklin Smith, 1950 BACH SCI, Jan. 17, 2014, Tyler, Texas Carolyn Borne Stewart, 1959 BACH BUS, March 18, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Bettie Lou Garron Sullwold, 1951 BACH HS&E, Jan. 20, 2014, Metairie, La. Ruby Frey Carley Thompson, 1954 MAST M&DA, Feb. 6, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Albert Wehe, 1952 BACH ENGR, Jan. 31, 2014, Raleigh, N.C.

1960s John Ortlieb Averette, 1960 BACH H&SS, Feb. 1, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Billy Dean Bryan, 1962 BACH BUS, Sept. 16, 2013, Downsville, La. Ethlyn Byrd, 1965 BACH HS&E, March 21, 2014, Hendersonville, N.C. Robert Charles “Bobby” Duhé, 1965 BACH H&SS, March 7, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Rea Reaux Gilbert, 1965 MAST AGR, Feb. 15, 2014, Thibodaux, La. Harry Arnold Gish, 1969 BACH H&SS, Feb. 14, 2014, Dallas, Texas Brien P. Guillory, 1962 MAST HS&E, Feb. 25, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Rob Edwin Hanchey, 1968 MD, Jan. 16, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Catherine Mayne Hecker, 1960 BACH MCOM, 1975 MAST HS&E, March 7, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Devall Chamberlain King, 1961 BACH H&SS, Jan. 6, 2014, Atlanta, Ga. Edith Kirkpatrick, 1965 MAST M&DA, April 15, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Roland C. Kizer, Jr., 1963 JD, March 20, 2014, Boerne, Texas Donald J. Mills, 1965 BACH BUS, 1968 JD, March 4, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Daniel R. Scullin, 1964 MD, March 28, 2014, New Orleans, La. Earline Jo Jennings Smith, 1960 BACH HS&E, March 13, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Joan Lee Diehl Smith, 1966 BACH BUS, Jan. 11, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. William Earle Smith, 1969 MAST H&SS, Jan. 20, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Justin Jess Spiehler, Jr, 1962 BACH ENGR, March 4, 2014, Lafayette, La. John A Tyson, 1967 BACH ENGR, 1970 MAST ENGR, Feb, 13, 2014, Lawndale, Calif.

1970s Thomas R. Bourgeois, Jr., 1972 BACH ENGR, April 7, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Marion Medo Cardwell, 1972 BACH H&SS, Feb.15, 2014, New Orleans, La. Mark K. Churay, 1971 BACH AGR, Feb. 24, 2014, Baton Rouge, La.

David Neilson Crawford, 1977 BACH BUS, 1984 JD, March 13, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Dorothy Kostuch, 1978 MAST HS&E, Feb. 3, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Robert Paul Lemann, Sr, 1971 BACH AGR, March 28, 2014, Donaldsonville, La. Jeffrey Wayne Lovett, 1971 BACH H&SS, 1978 MD, Feb. 16, 2013, Reno, Nev. Joseph Riley Nelson, Jr, 1970 BACH AGR, March 9, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Nelson Adam Reeves, 1971 BACH BUS, Feb. 17, 2014, Jensen Beach, Fla.

1980s Ray P. “Chip” Bankston, III, 1984 BACH SCI, Feb. 11, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Mary Elizabeth Gugich, 1989 BACH H&SS, Jan. 27, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. John Philip Hagman, 1984 BACH ENGR, Jan. 10, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Ruth Ann McNeiland, 1983 MAST HS&E, Jan. 13, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Patrick Lynnwood O’Bannon, 1984 BACH MCOM, April 6, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Mary Elizabeth Jones Polito, 1984 BACH BUS, Jan. 14, 2014, Lake Charles, La.

1990s Andrea Murphy Cunningham, 1996 BACH H&SS, Jan. 25, 2014, Santa Rosa, Fla. Jessie Ann Henchy, 1999 BACH AGR, Feb. 9, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Clifford Neal Lowe, 1991 BACH SCI, Feb. 15, 2014, Slidell, La. John D. Raborn, Jr, 1996 BACH MCOM, 2001 JD, Jan. 8, 2014, Baton Rouge, La. Mary Margaret Waycaster, 1992 BACH H&SS, Feb. 20, 2014, Jackson, Miss. Tiffany Lynn Bennett Williams, 1994 BACH H&SS, Feb. 8, 2014, Baton Rouge, La.

2000s Brett Thomas Doussan, 2009 BACH SCI, Jan. 3, 2014, New Orleans, La. Melissa M. Durbin, 2009 BACH H&SS, Jan. 15, 2014, Covington, La. Joshua John Thurmond, 2006 BACH BUS, Feb. 24, 2014, Baton Rouge, La.

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Michael Scarborough: Act II By Ed Cullen

Michael Scarborough

Tea in the Forest from the Sandy’s Childrens series.

“The greatest influence on my early life, however, was growing up in rural Japan in the late 1950s . . . within walking distance of the ancient Kintaikyo Bridge..”

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Michael Scarborough, an undergraduate at LSU in the early seventies, had his heart broken by a young woman named Lucinda. His favorite voice teacher took a job in another state. Yet, Scarborough remembers his four semesters at LSU as the best time in his life. Today, after a twenty-five-year career in opera, Scarborough, 61, lives in Queens where he turns out exquisite art in wood. He got over Lucinda. He followed voice teacher Dallas Draper to Kansas City. “I wish I’d stayed at LSU,” Scarborough said. “The women were beautiful, I was playing lacrosse, and I was doing a lot of plays. Dr. Gresdna Doty (theatre professor emeritus) thought I had something to offer.” Though Scarborough (attended January 1974-December 1975) attended nine colleges and has “zillions of professional credits,” he doesn’t have a degree. “I call myself an LSU alum,” Scarborough said. “The place, when I look back, that makes my heart beat fast” is LSU. Scarborough’s work in wood is quickening the pulse of the fine crafts world. Though he had a long career in opera, Scarborough thinks he’ll be better remembered for the Japanese-inspired art he began producing, as though by spontaneous combustion, a few years after he left opera in 2000. Drawing on skills first learned in his father’s home workshop in Japan, where the Scarboroughs were a U.S. Navy family in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Scarborough began doing antique furniture restoration. That became design-and-build furniture in his Sunnyside Gardens home workshop in Queens. When Scarborough was thinking about leaving opera for fine crafts, he talked the move over with his wife, Diane Bounds, an associate investments portfolio manager from Ackerman, Miss. “Do it,” she said. To refine his skills as a designer, Scarborough took the subway to classes at the Parsons School of Design and the Institute of Classical Architecture. Scarborough’s grandfather was a mosaic artist from Northern Italy. His father built him a work bench when Scarborough was five. “The greatest influence on my early life, however, was growing up in rural Japan in the late 1950s inundated with beauty and living within walking distance of the ancient Kintaikyo Bridge,” Scarborough said. “I constantly followed Japanese craftsmen around our home when they were working and was fascinated by their tools and their amazing concentration. I witnessed every step of the building of our family boat. On visits to ancient temples or Samurai fortresses, I was mesmerized by the architecture and decoration.” Though Scarborough says it’s more important to train the eye than the hand in art, his skill at manipulating wood, especially with the lathe, and his attention to the finishes on his work, continued to develop. “Until, one day – literally, one day – I started doing these pieces inspired by things in my childhood,” he said. “In 2011, Scarborough juried into his first large retail show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show,” writes Andrew Zoellner in American Craft Magazine. “His first sale was a big one.” A “nice man” came into Scarborough’s booth. He kept saying, “This is so different.” The man bought one of Scarborough’s pieces. The buyer was Albert LeCoff, executive director of the Center for Art in Wood. At the 2012 American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, Scarborough sold more than half his stock. Later that year, just six months on the fine craft show circuit, he received an award of excellence at Craft New York. Scarborough calls his “level of success” magical. “It’s been freaky. Twenty-five years of working my ass off as a singer – traveling around the world. I don’t know where all this is coming from, but I’m so happy it’s coming.” Scarborough was in his “botanical road kill” period before Hurricane Sandy hit New York on Oct. 29, 2012, but found that wood gained new meaning in the storm’s aftermath. He calls “Tea in the Forest” his breakout piece. The wooden tea service,

a pot (locust and rose bush root) and two cups from ash, rest on a flat piece of maple. The service is No. 1 in Scarborough’s “Sandy’s Children” series. An essay by Scarborough on his website describes his collecting wood from Hurricane Sandy’s wreckage in his neighborhood: “I was unloading large chunks of maple when my UPS man, who hails from Jamaica, said, ‘Ah, bringing in The Head Abbots Bowl firewood.’ I said, ‘No, these blocks will all be turned into bowls.’ He responded with one of those voices for the ages. ‘Ya see, everyone else sees a disahstah, but you see a blessin’, mon.’” “Leave it to a man who claimed to know nothing of art to be able to voice exactly what I’d been thinking,” Scarborough said.

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Scandia By Ed Cullen

Alton Pertuit and Bijou.

Sky, named Best in Show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

“As a boy, Pertuit was captivated by a wire fox terrier named Asta in the Thin Man films.”

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An LSU animal science class, which included “meat marketing,” helped push Alton Pertuit, Jr., (1962 BACH AGR, 1954 MAST AGR) into horticulture. Animals, however, wire fox terriers to be precise, are why the retired Clemson University professor was getting calls from friends in Louisiana in February. Sky, a wire fox terrier bred by Pertuit, had taken Best in Show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden. Sky (Grand Champion After All Painting The Sky), star of the show, was born more than five years ago from a sire Pertuit owned and a female owned by Pertuit and fellow dog breeder and longtime friend Betty Seaton who lives in Scandia, Minn. Pertuit, 74, grew up on France Street in Baton Rouge, walking or riding his bicycle to Catholic High School, then on North and Fourth Streets. The family pronounces its name “Per-twee.” “I graduated from Catholic High in 1958 in the first class to graduate from the new school” on Hearthstone Drive, Pertuit said. At LSU, Pertuit thought about studying veterinary medicine. “But you had to take animal science and a meat marketing class,” he said. “You’d go to class the next week and the animals’ carcasses would be hanging up. I dreaded it. I’d skip lab so I didn’t have to deal with it. I loved plants, so I switched to horticulture.” Pertuit earned a doctorate in horticulture at the University of Maryland in 1970, eventually making a career as a horticulture professor at Clemson. He retired ten years ago. In Maryland, Pertuit bought his first wire fox terrier, naming the dog Mike after LSU’s mascot. He met a woman at a dog show in Greenville, S.C., in 1980 who introduced him to the world of dog shows. Pertuit went on to breed sixty champions. Sky took Best in Show at Westminster, beating out a Cardigan Welsh corgi owned by Baton Rougean Dina Manship Planche. Why terriers? As a boy, Pertuit was captivated by a wire fox terrier named Asta in the Thin Man films. His parents didn’t want a wire fox terrier in the house because they thought the dog would shed hair everywhere. They got Pertuit a smooth fox terrier. “What they didn’t know is that the smooth fox terrier sheds madly,” said the dog breeder horticulturist. Dogs have taught Pertuit a lot about people. “Terriers are very attentive to their owners,” he said. “I had a lady return a puppy to me once. She said she was making the bed, went around the corner and ‘she was watching me.’” Pertuit took back the puppy. “I should have said, ‘Well, you need a pet rock.’” Pertuit has five wire fox terriers at home in runs on “a gigantic deck” attached to the house. Sky’s big win won’t mean much to Pertuit monetarily. “I only breed a litter a year, and that’s four dogs,” he said. The Louisiana transplant is tied to home by friends, food, and coffee. At Clemson, Pertuit compared his colleagues’ coffee to dishwater. “I used to have Community dark roast shipped to me,” he said. “Now, you can buy it here. I do miss the food. When I’m in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, I figure out how many days I’m going to be there and what I’ll have to eat each day.” Editor’s note: Sugar (Ch. Fyrewyre Brown Sugar), Sky’s younger, full sister, took Best in Show (BIS) honors at France’s Concours Général Agricole in March. According to Pertuit, “the dog that gets BIS is considered the top dog in France.”

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Tigers Around the World Purple, Gold & Green – Randy

Randy and Mary Radabaugh pose with Dublin gardai, or policemen.

Kay Heath, Mary Raudabaugh, Charlene Favre, Aimeé Simon, and Sharon Pol.

Raudabaugh (1972 BACH BUS, 1973 MBA) and wife Mary were among scores of Tiger fans who traveled to Ireland to watch the Golden Band from Tigerland march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin on March 17. “I was a Tigerette in the band from 1969 to 1971, and Randy was a cheerleader in 1969-70 and a gymnast from 1969 to 1972,” writes Mary. “We went to see the band march in the parade and made a vacation out of it.”

Covington Collector - Steve Hendry (1975 BACH BUS), of Covington, La., shows off his collection of LSU football memorabilia, which focuses on the 1958 national champions. (To share your Tiger collection/memorabilia with fellow alumns, send a photo and information to Photo by Bud Johnson

Steve Hendry

50 Years – John Althans (1961 MBA) and his wife, Gaynell Davis Althans (1962 BACH HS&E), of Austin, Texas, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in June 2013. They were married at First English Lutheran Church in New Orleans, La., in 1963. They have two children, son Kevin, of Dallas, and daughter Jane, of Metairie, La., who earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the LSU Health Sciences School in May.

Gaynell and John Althans

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