Manship Alumna Hired to Direct Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs
Jenee Slocum, who has extensive experience working in and studying Louisiana state government, will become the director of the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs. She will start in mid-October. Jenee has been policy director of the Louisiana Budget Project since February. The group analyzes budget policy and how it affects low- to moderate-income families.

Previously she was director of the Workforce Investment Council of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. The 53-member council is responsible for aligning workforce supply and demand. Earlier, she directed special projects for Louisiana Economic Development (LED), where her roles included research and writing policy briefings for the governor and LED secretary, and serving as a liaison between LED and the higher-education community. She is a 1999 Manship graduate and was president of Student Government here. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in education at UCLA.
Long-time Professor Louis Day Retires in December 
It is hard to say how many students Professor Louis Day has taught since coming to LSU in 1981, but this semester's classes will be his last in the Manship School. Dr. Day is retiring in December, and we will celebrate his accomplishments and wish him well at a reception on Dec. 15, 2016, in the Manship School Holliday Forum.

Please email Jessica McAlum at if you would like to receive an invitation to the reception on December 15.
Manship Alumnae Meet in Korea

When Laura Weems Ybarra (2009) read that another Manship graduate, Shaunda Johnson (2015) was living in South Korea, Laura reached out to her and discovered they lived only an hour away from each other. They arranged to get together with their families in Dalseong Park in Daegu, South Korea. Laura earned a master's degree in public relations from Ball State University in May. Shaunda teaches English.
Hall of Fame Nominations Deadline Set 
The deadline to submit nominees is Jan. 27, 2017, for next year's Hall of Fame induction to be held in May. Please send nominations to Dean Jerry Ceppos at 
Alumni and faculty of the school are invited each year to make nominations to the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors alumni, faculty or friends whose distinguished careers reflect on the school in three areas: (1) outstanding professional record; (2) demonstrated distinguished service to the profession including interest in and dedication to the school; (3) a personal reputation at the local, state or national level for outstanding character and citizenship for a period of time to reflect great credit and honor upon the university. No university employee, while in active service, is eligible for the award. 
Genevieve Munson Trimble (1941) wrote "Afton Villa: The Birth and Rebirth of a Nineteenth-Century Louisiana Garden," published by LSU Press.  Trimble and her husband purchased the fire-damaged plantation in 1972, and the book documents the history and her decades-long restoration of the property and gardens.   
John Batty, Rex Reed (1960), and Charlie deGravelles reunite at the Tennessee Williams Book Festival. Reed is the author of eight books, including four best sellers. 
Charlie N. deGravelles  (1971) recently published the biography of Billy Cannon, "Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run." He is an Episcopal minister for the Angola Prison Chapel and serves as deacon at Trinity Church in Baton Rouge. 

John Batty (1971) is the co-author of "Voices of Angels, Disaster Lessons from Katrina Nurses," and is an adjunct instructor in the graduate school of nursing at Loyola University in New Orleans. He is an experienced psychiatric nurse who received the Greater New Orleans Health Service Corps grant awarded to nurses who elected to stay in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. 

Kim Hunter Reed (right) with Kimberlin Butler (2002 alumna) at the U.S. Dept. of Education in Washington. 
Todd Schexnayder (1981) was honored with the T.C. Shields award for service at the 2016 Manship Hall of Fame Banquet in September. 

Abram McGull (1983), an Assistant U.S. Attorney, delivered the commencement address at Missouri State University in May. He served 21 years in the U.S. Navy and earned a bronze star for his outstanding work as media operation chief in Baghdad. From 1995-99 he served as the first African-American mayor and city councilman of Pleasant Valley, Missouri. 

Kat Gallagher (1985; MMC 1988) a partner in the Beck Reddin law firm in Houston, received the 2016 Women in Law Award from Lawyer Monthly in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise.

Kim Hunter Reed (BACH 1987, MMC 1995) was appointed deputy undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education in March. She will work on the  administration's higher education priorities
such as access, affordability and completion. 

Stephen Pitalo (1990) currently runs Music Video Time Machine, a content and event producing company in Brooklyn, New York that focuses on immersive events of the Golden Age of Music Video (1976-1993). 
Denni Cravins (1998) is the communications manager at Raytheon Intelligence, Information & Services in Sterling, Va. She is also owner and principal of Cravins Consulting. 

Zack Smith (1998), owner of Zack Smith Photography in New Orleans, visited campus to advise Student Media photographers and visual communications classes in the Manship School. 

Terri Broussard Williams (1999) was named at-large director of the Board of Directors of the Association of Junior Leagues International, which has more than 150,000 members. She currently serves as the vice president for government relations for the American Heart Association's SouthWest Affiliate, overseeing all policy efforts and staff for a six-state area.
Ryan Christopher (2002) in March joined Pandora Media, leading their agency and advertiser development marketing in New York. 

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin (2003) was recently promoted to assistant editorial director for news at Tulane University. Her primary responsibility is to manage the content of the "Tulane New Wave." She also serves as an adjunct professor in the Tulane Department of Communication. 

Sonora Jha (2004, Ph.D.) was promoted to Professor of Journalism at Seattle University.

Natalie Jennings (2005) is senior producer of Washington Post Video at The Washington Post. 

Adam Kealoha Causey (2005) wrote "100 Things To Do in Las Vegas Before You Die," a guide to dining and entertainment, hiking and more. 

Paul Coussan (2006) was named federal relations manager of the Civil War Trust in Washington after working on state and local issues for the organization for two years. 

Kayla Stafford (2008) works as a content and social media consultant for TIMG in Sydney, Australia. She has lived in Australia since 2010. 

Ginger Gibson (2008) is a political reporter at Thomson Reuters in Washington.

Marissa DeCuir (2008) was promoted to president and partner at JKS Communications, a book marketing and publicity firm that has represented 1,000+ books and 600+ authors. She served as managing editor at The Daily Reveille and and has written for USA Today, National Geographic and the Chicago Sun-Times.   
Tyler Batiste (2009) has been named sports editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was formerly head of digital operations.

Laura Weems Ybarra (2009) graduated from Ball State University with a Master of Arts in public relations in May.

Amy Brittain (2009) is part of the Washington Post staff recently recognized with the Pulitzer Prize for "its revelatory initiative in creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot to kill and who the victims are mostly likely to be." 
Alyson Neel (2010) is a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar based in Yongon, Myanmar. 
Lance Frank (2011) is on the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" team that finished the 2015-16 television season with CBS's highest rating in the time period in 10 years. Lance is the executive director of communications at CBS. 

Erica Pater Hawthorne (2011) is communications and corporate relations specialist in the LSU Office of Academic Affairs. She recently transferred from the College of Engineering. 
Katherine Terrell (2012) just joined ESPN's NFL Nation as their new Bengals writer. 

Ryan Buxton (2012) is a producer at Entertainment Weekly and People magazine.

Jennifer Phillips (2012) is a board member, digital advertising manager and project manager at Blue Sky Marketing in Houston. She has created a mentor program for college marketing students and professionals. 

Chris Branch (2012) is a copywriter at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. 

Julie McGowen (2013) is the community development coordinator for Hermann Park Conservancy in Houston. It is a nonprofit dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Houston's iconic Hermann Park. 

Chelsea Bennett Lockhard (2013) is a senior marketing specialist for Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. Previously, she worked on statewide public health campaigns with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. 

Claire Callier (2013) is attending law school at Southern University. 

Chelsea Moreau (2013) works in Baton Rouge for the American Heart Association as the Go Red for Women Director.

Seth Medvin (2013), media relations coordinator for the Denver Broncos, was on the public relations team that won the 2016 Pete Rozelle Award from the Football Writers of America. The award is given to the NFL club public relations staff that consistently strives for excellence in its relations with the media.  
Remy Plas Martinez (2013) is a social media coordinator for Academy Sports + Outdoors corporate headquarters in Katy, Texas.

Taylor Halsey (2013) is a sports reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Christina Persaud (2013 MMC) is a senior account executive at MESH in Baton Rouge. She was presented with the 2016 Advertising Agency Professional Award of Excellence from Women in Media Baton Rouge.   
Leslie Leavoy (2013) is deputy state director for Democrats for Education Reform Louisiana. Prior to this position, she served as a communications assistant at Pew Research Center in Washington and as the deputy press secretary for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. In 2014 she earned a master's degree from Georgetown University.
Manship's Cindy Carter with
Kelsey at a game.

Kelsey Wingert (2014) is the Atlanta Braves team reporter for Fox Sports South in Atlanta. She was previously sports director at KALB-TV in Alexandria, La.
Morgan Beard (2014) was hired as a sports anchor/reporter at WJET in Erie, Penn. right after graduation. He has covered the NBA finals and numerous professional baseball, basketball and football teams.

Chelsea LeBlanc (2014), previously a producer at WTOC in Savannah, Georgia, now produces "The Louisiana Weekend" at WAFB in Baton Rouge.

Kaitlyn Loyacano (2014) is a news reporter at KNOW in Monroe, La.

Travis Cobb (2014) is the morning producer at KPLC7 in Lake Charles, La.

Dominique McShan (2015) is the program coordinator of multicultural programming at the University of Louisville.

Alex Cheney (2015) is a sports/news anchor in Yuma, Arizona.

Jacque Masse (2015) is a news reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Johnny Lombardi (2015) is an associate producer at WAFB in Baton Rouge.
Rebecca Doctor (2015) is an editor at DIG magazine.
Jenny Dillon (2015) is a brand manager at the Richards Group in Dallas.

Paige Jarreau (2015 Ph.D.) is a science communication specialist in the LSU College of Science.

Alejandra Rosa (2015) is a media planner at GSD & M in Austin.

Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez (2015) writes for the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington.

Wilborn Nobles (2016) is a reporter for in New Orleans.

Annie Ourso (2016) is a reporter for the Baton Rouge Business Journal.

De'Andra Roberts (2016) is communications coordinator at General Motors in Detroit.

Paige Vaughn (2016) is a reporter for WOW!6 News in Lawrence, Kansas. 
Michael Haarala (2016) is an account coordinator at Foursquare (advertising) in New York.

Hailey Caldwell (2016) is an assistant brand manager at DiMassimo Goldstein in New York.

Brent Chapuis (2016) is in New Orleans working for Teach for America.

Jessica McAlum (2016) is a coordinator in the Manship School of Mass Communication.

Taylor Curet (2016) is a sports reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Jasper Cicero (2016) is working for Maggie Productions in New York City, NY.
Chelsea Brasted (2012) married Luke Johnson (2012) on August 24 in New Orleans. Chelsea is the Lifestyle and Culture reporter for, and Luke is a reporter for the Advocate. 
Patrick Clay (2014) married Marina Gelpi (2015) in March. He is a sports reporter/anchor at KNOW in Monroe; Marina is an evening producer at KNOE.
Sydni Dunn (2012) married Baret Bercier on April 2. Sydni is the external communication director in the LSU College of Engineering. Baret is a medical resident at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. 

Jessica McAlum (2016) is engaged to R. Devin Ricci (LSU 2009, LSU Law 2012). Jessica is a coordinator for the Manship School of Mass Communication. Devin is an associate at Kean Miller LLP. They will marry in June 2017.

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin (2003) and husband Orenthal (LSU PoliSci 2003) welcomed a daughter, Olivia Juliet, on Jan. 14, 2016. Their son, Lucas Benjamin is four years old.  They reside in New Orleans. 

Marian Claire Bordelon Braud (1945) died August 17, 2016, in Marksville, La. Her daughter states that she was a proud alumna of LSU and the Manship School. 

John D. Graham (1950) died March 3, 2016, in Jackson, Tenn. 

Ralph Brewer Jr. (1950; 1955 JD) died March 5, 2016, in Baton Rouge. 

Mary Kent Thomas (1958) died Jan. 16, 2016, in Baton Rouge.

Kenneth F. Englade (1960) died June 6, 2016. Kenneth was inducted into the Manship School Hall of Fame in 2010. Kenneth was a UPI southeast Asia war correspondent; one of last two reporters to depart Saigon at end of Vietnam War; capital correspondent and political columnist, Florida Times-Union; author of 17 books of fiction and non-fiction.  
Marshall "Marty" Mulè (1971) died March 12, 2016, in Covington, La.

John Blanchard (1943) died July 15, 2016, in Mansfield, La. 

Longtime friend of the school Louis Curet died June 9, 2016, in Baton Rouge. 

Longtime Manship Board of Visitors member Peter Mayer, an advertising pioneer, died July 14 in New Orleans. He was a true friend and supporter of the Manship School and its students.

Taylor Huckaby  (2012) speaks to a Mass Communication class. He is a communications officer at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

TaRhonda Thomas (1999) speaks to  broadcast students. She is an anchor at KUSA 9 News in Denver. 

Manship Hall of Fame 2016 inductees and representatives (left to right): Freda Yarbrough Dunne; Bill Sherman; Charlie McBride; Craig Kelley; Randy Hayden; Cathy Delahaye Dunn, neice of Alfred Delahaye; Lauren Wright, widow of Jeffrey Wright; Darin Mann.
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