Alumnus Dylon Hoffpauir hired as Manship recruiter 
Dylon Hoffpauir , a 2014 graduate of the Manship School, joined the staff last October as our admissions coordinator (student recruiter). He is the first to fill this new position. 
Dylon has university recruiting experience, including serving as a campus tour guide liaison, student and parent orientation leader and LSU ambassador. He was also an LSU cheerleader and a member of the homecoming court in 2012 and 2013.
After graduation Dylon was a social media director for the Disney College Program Outlet and assisted in event organization at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Dylon works with Associate Dean Andrea Miller to recruit excellent students from around the country. We welcome Dylon to our staff.
Roxanne Dill wins university teaching award 
Roxanne Dill (MMC 2006), instructor in the Manship School since 2008, won the 2017 George H. Deer Distinguished Teaching Award for outstanding university teaching. She is a rector for the Mass Communication Residential College and supervises beginning-writing courses in the school. 

Roxanne advises and mentors University College students, both for the Center for Freshman Year and the Center for Advising and Counseling as well as Manship Ambassadors.
Six alumni contribute to Emergent Method's success 

The Greater Better Baton Rouge Business Report announced in January that Emergent Method is  the 2017 Company of the Year. Our alumni contributing to that success are John Snow, vice president; Julie Laperouse, director of training; Norisha Kirts, senior consultant; Alyson Gaharan, consultant, Seth Irby, consultant and Garrett Miles, consultant.
Three alumni honored in "40 Under 40" list
Three Manship graduates were named to the 2016 "40 Under 40" list by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report . They are Rebecca Burdette (2000), director of LSU Across the Curriculum; Adonica Pelichet Duggan (1998), chief of communications and public relations for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System and Josh Howard (2009), production manager, NewAperio and associate director for Building Together Baton Rouge.
Mary Ann Pippen Leeman (1960) continues to work as a free-lance writer and public relations consultant. She is currently vice president of communications for Bay Area Harbour Playhouse in Dickinson, Texas.
Dees, far right.
Rachel L. Emanuel (1977 BAMC; 1990 MMC), director of communications and development support at Southern University Law Center, has joined the Foundation for Historical Louisiana Board of Directors, serving on the preservation and business development committees.
Donna Dees' (1979) film won Best Louisiana Feature at the New Orleans Film Festival. The film is about domestic violence bills passed during the 2014 session of the Louisiana legislature.

Katie Walthall Mehner (1997) launched Pink Petro, a social media community aimed at disrupting the gender gap in energy. Backed by several large energy companies, schools and associations, Pink Petrol now has members in 31 countries worldwide.
Sadie Wilks (1998) is in her second year as a full-time instructor at the Manship School. She teaches public relations courses and advises the Public Relations Student Socity of America. 
Jason Feirman (2000) in January, 2016, returned to LSU Athletics as the executive director of creative services.
Kimberlin Butler (2002) was named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a "40 Under 40" area mover and shaker. Kimberlin formerly worked for the Obama administration in Washington before moving to Atlanta. She is Director of Strategic Partnerships for  StriveTogether of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation .
Adam Kealoha Causey (2005) moved from Phoenix to Oklahoma City for a promotion with the Associated Press. As administrative correspondent, he will be reporting more but also leading a team of four reporters covering the state.
Bryan Jones (2005) was promoted to deputy office leader for HNTB's Gulf Coast Region. HNTB is an architecture, civil engineering consulting and construction management firm. Bryan is based in the firm's Baton Rouge office and is on the transition team of Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome.
Paul Lieber (MMC, 2002; Ph.D., 2005), a resident senior fellow at Joint Special Operations University, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, was named Faculty Member of the Quarter.
Tamar Gregorian ( MMC 2007), director of public relations and special events with the Marketing Hub in New Orleans, successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations. She is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Elizabeth Liuzza (2008) joined the law firm of Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli & Frieman as an associate attorney in New Orleans.
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.

Lindsey Fussell  (2010) recently accepted the role of senior director of development for the LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture.
Lindsey Ratcliff (2010) graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from the Univeristy of Texas at Austin.  She joined Deloitte Consulting as a senior consultant in Austin, Texas.
Alyson Neel (2010) is a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar based in Yongon, Myanmar. 
Brandy McMills Shillings (2011) has a new job as recruiting specialist for the LSU Foundation.
Mo Isom (2011) wrote a book, "Wreck My Life: Journeying from Broken to Bold" (Baker Books).

Sara Navoy Fry (2011) won an Emmy in the education category for an investigative piece on the Texas Teacher Retirement System. "The Stuff of Dreams" found that investors were travelling overseas frequently and staying at luxury hotels at the taxpayers' expense. She is a reporter for CBS in Austin (KEYE-TV). 
Caroline Gerdes (2012) has a book coming out in April, "An Oral history of the New Orleans Ninth Ward," by Pelican Publishing. She interviewed more than 50 people from the Ninth Ward. Caroline resides in Seattle.
Sydni Dunn (2012) has a new job as press secretary for the Louisiana Department of Education. Previously, she was the communications manager in the LSU College of Engineering.
Katie Avinger (2013) joined The Monument Group, a public affairs firm in Austin, Texas. Previously, she served in the press office of the Texas Attorney General.
Chris Abshire (2013) recently moved to Fort Collins, Colorado from Houston to accept a job as a producer at The Coloradoan.
Joe Wanko (2013) has moved to Tokyo with other colleagues from his agency, R/GA, to work as an embedded development team at Google Japan. He is a software engineer at Google.
Thomas Rodgers (2013)  recently joined Whiteboard Advisors' Washington, D.C. office as an associate. Whiteboard is a multidisciplinary agency specializing in business development, complex research and breakthrough communications.
Garrett Miles (2014) is working full time at Emergent Method and pursuing a Master's in Public Administration part time.
Briana Hopes (2014) is working as a corporate communications specialist at American International Group (AIG).
Morgan Arnold (2015) is sales and marketing coordinator at Mason Hosker in Charleston, South Carolina. She was formerly with the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
Nicole Wierschem (2015) is a social media coordinator at 31,000 FT. in Addison, Texas.
Hailey Curtis

Hailey Curtis (2016) is a graphic designer for Melt Sports & Entertainment in Atlanta. 
Paige Vaughn (2016)  has returned to Baton Rouge where she is a reporter for WVLA-33.  Formerly, she was a reporter for WOW! in Lawrence, Kansas.

Claire Cassreino (2016) is a junior graphic designer at Mustache (ad agency) in New York. 
Paige Roberts (2016) is associate of  media and engagement at New Schools for Baton Rouge.
Madeline Engler (2016) is an assistant brand manager at DiMassimo Goldstein  in New York.
Riley Thompson (2016) is an account coordinator at LaneTerralever in Phoenix.
Breaux with Cokie Roberts.

Dondalyn Breaux (BAMC 2014; MMC 2016) is a fashion account coordinator at Think Public Relations in New York. 
Heather Verret (2016) is an assistant media planner intern at Good Apple (Digital) in New York.
Jordan Devlin (2016) is an assistant digital campaign manager at Fitzgerald & Co. in Atlanta.
Ryan Martin (2012) married Elizabeth Martin on Jan. 8.  He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2015 and now lives in Cambridge, Mass.
Courtney Rachal Patrick (2013) married Thomas Patrick on April 2, 2016, at Ormond Plantation in Destrehan, La. She is a strategic marketing analyst at Unity Trust Bank in Birmingham, England.
Darby Isham (2014) married Seth Ratcliff on December 9. She currently works as the executive director for the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival in Morgan City, La.
Anna Brown (2009) married William H. Priestley Jr. in New Orleans on Oct. 23, 2016. She recently accepted a position as an associate attorney with McMichael, Medlin, D'Anna, Wedgeworth & Lafargue, LLC. She was named the 2015-16 Volunteer of the Year for the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier.

Danielle Kelley  (BAMC, 2014; MMC, 2016) married Grant Tolbird on Jan. 14, 2017 in Zachary, La. They are currently living in West Monroe, La., where Danielle is a proposal manager for Oracle. Pictured at left: Garrett Miles, BAMC 2014, Maddie Duhon, BAMC 2015, MMC candidate; Danielle; Lunden Chenevert, BAMC 2015, MMC candidate; Allison McCollister, MMC candidate.


Harry Middleton  (1947), former director of the LBJ Presidential Library, former speechwriter for President Lyndon B. Johnson, teacher and author, died January 20, 2017 in Austin, Texas at age 95. He is a 1986 inductee into the Manship School Hall of Fame.
Marian Claire Bordelon Braud (1945) died Aug. 17, 2016, in Marksville, La. She spent many years writing the society column for the Marksville Weekly News and was a 7th grade teacher at Marksville Elementary.
Joseph Edwin DeJean Sr . (1948) died July 23, 2016, in Baton Rouge. He was employed for 37 years in advertising and sales with Gulf States Utilities in Beaumont, Texas (now Entergy). He  promoted the Nuclear Power Plant in St. Francisville, La. and was a public speaker and writer.
Daniel Eugene "Dan" Bivins III (1954) died July 31, 2016, at age 84 in Chesapeake, Va. He worked as a sports reporter and copywriter before returning to LSU as editor of the Alumni News. His 25-year career at the university culminated in the position of vice chancellor of alumni affairs.
Peter P. Finney Sr.  (MJ, 1957) died Aug. 13, 2016, in New Orleans. He was a decorated sports writer at The States (later the New Orleans States- Item) from 1945-80.  Among other awards, he received the Louisiana Sportswriter of the Year Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriter Association 17 times.
Robert Rainer (MJ, 1963) died Oct. 4, 2016, in Baton Rouge at age 77. He earned a law degree from LSU Law School and co-founded Rainer and Anding. He served on many boards for charitable causes and community organizations across the city.

Former aqssociate dean
David Kurpius and wife Allison (far left) attended the tailgate party before LSU played Missouri. Kurpius is currently the dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri .  

Mark Grant (1981) takes time out from CBS to speak to Prof. Roxanne Dill's class.

Louis Day retirement

Professor Louis Day retired in December after 35 years on the faculty. Former students Judith (1984) and Francesca Brewer (2015) helped him celebrate at a reception held in his honor on December 14. The mother and daughter had Dr. Day as a professor 30 years apart.
Fall graduation

Fifty-two  students graduated from the Manship School at fall graduation. Lauren Tucker of SVP Strategy, Research & Analysis in Chicago was the speaker. At right, Dean Jerry Ceppos is pictured with Hannah McLain, one of our university medalists.

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