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 May 2017

 
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Six inducted into
LSU Alumni 2017 Hall of Distinction


Six notable LSU graduates were inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction during ceremonies at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on April 7. Pictured, from left, are William Shelby McKenzie, of counsel with Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips; former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, policy adviser with Van Ness Feldman, Washington, D.C.; Young Alumnus of the Year Brandon P. Landry, founder, co-owner, and CEO of Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar; Alumnus of the Year Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, Louisiana adjutant general; and Jake L. Netterville, chairman of the board emeritus of Postlethwaite & Netterville. Not pictured, Dr. Charles M. Smith, retired family medicine practitioner, of Sulphur.  Click for full-length program and for purple carpet event recap video.

  


Film and television star Denise Boutté

 
Actress, Producer Cook: Dene Boutté
By Ed Cullen
Photo by Birdie Thompson

 
Denise Boutté (1999 BACH MCOM) parlayed talent, hard work, and luck into a career in the movies and television. Oh, and she has a cookbook coming out that taps the roots of her South Louisiana childhood, working title, Cookin’ in California with Louisiana Roots.

Boutté, daughter of Betty and the late Nelson Joseph, grew up in a farming community north of Maurice near Lafayette, La. “Lots of soybeans and sugar cane,” she said from her home in Los Angeles. “We got our meat from boucheries. My dad was an appliance repairman, and my mother cooked for the Head Start program.”

With the help of TOPS and student loans, Boutté, valedictorian at North Vermillion High School, worked as an intern in a Dallas ad agency while earning her degree at LSU. When she graduated from LSU, she had offers from three ad agencies in Dallas. “I was ready to leave (Louisiana),” she said. “I was young and wanted to see what was out there. In hindsight, I have an appreciation for the simplicity of small-town life.”

Click here to read more of Boutté's story.


Terrie Johnson's IBM career leads her
back home to Baton Rouge 

 

Fresh out of college with a computer science degree in hand, Terrie Johnson wanted to start her career in her hometown of Baton Rouge, but the U.S. technology boom of the late 1980s had not yet translated into Louisiana jobs.

 

“There were very few jobs in Baton Rouge for computer science graduates,” Terrie explained. “I had to leave Louisiana, and I relocated to Boulder, Colorado with IBM.”

 

Terrie thrived in the IBM culture, and she traveled the world, visiting with clients in Copenhagen, Belgium and Paris. Her role with IBM expanded, going from “application programming to more of a leadership role. I was asked if I wanted to go into management.”

In 2015, IBM asked her to join the senior management team in Baton Rouge’s new Client Innovation Center. They didn’t have to ask twice.


More technology professionals like Terrie are discovering that they can come home to Louisiana to find great software and technology jobs. If you’re looking for a great job in the greatest place, check out Louisiana Job Connection, the site that custom matches you to your perfect job. Louisiana Job Connection is more than a search site; it’s your ticket home. Or, if you want to learn more about Terrie’s story in a video, click here.


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