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Alumni Spotlight: Laura Hobson Herlihy


Laura Hobson Herlihy (1990 MAST H&SS) is a big fish in a small pond. A lecturer in Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas (KU), Herlihy is one of a small number of North Americans who speak, and an even smaller number who teach, the language of the indigenous Central American Miskitu people. Through her work with the Miskitu in Nicaragua, Herlihy has become the star of a thrice-weekly radio show in the region and the writer and impresario of a Miskitu operetta that drew 5,000 people to a performance on the beach in Puerto Cabezas over Easter weekend.

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Alumni Spotlight: Kirk Bovill

To hear Kirk Bovill (1987 MAST MCOM) tell it, he fell into LSU’s golden years of women’s track and field, a career in promoting fiber optics and, then, movies and television. He wouldn’t mind falling into movie making and teaching at LSU, a place the Nebraska native remembers fondly and visits every chance he gets. “My first acting job was a total fluke,” said Bovill.

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Alumni Spotlight: Lance Person

The books Lance Person’s Belle Lutte Press has published get reviews that include the words “captivating” and “compelling.” The reviews he likes best say Belle Lutte’s books are “well-written.”

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Alumni Spotlight: Courtney Farnet uses her fitness platform to impact lives in a big way

Courtney Farnet is a recent LSU grad who has accomplished much in her young age but she doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.  She graduated summa cum laude in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.  She was heavily involved in her sorority, Delta Zeta, having served as Fundraising Director and Executive Director for the chapter’s philanthropy - St. Jude Up 'til Dawn - during her junior and senior years. She also had the distinct honor of serving on the St. Jude Up ’til Dawn National Vision Committee in Memphis for over two years.  During that time she was the first person ever to receive the prestigious "Be Like Danny" Award named in honor of St. Jude founder, Danny Thomas.

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Lod Cook: A Legendary Alumnus Shares His Story on a Life of Success and Love


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Jay Ducote aka ‘Chef Tailgate’ Is Devoted to Food


The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Jay Ducote, food blogger, food products entrepreneur, and food radio show host, was in the Baton Rouge airport to catch a flight to College Station for the LSU-Texas A&M game. It was a trip he described as business and pleasure, but every waking moment of Ducote’s life is devoted to the preparation, celebration, and consumption of food.

“I’m going over there on behalf of the Bryan-College Station tourism commission,” Ducote said, airport sounds in the background. “I’m judging some tailgate food and making appearances. I’ll go to the Aggie midnight Yell and experience their culture to use on the radio show and podcast.”

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LSU Electrical Engineering Grad Takes Giant Leap After College

After graduating in May, Marlou de Guzman (2017 BACH ENGR) received a phone call that resulted in a dream come true. The twenty-three-year-old electrical engineering major was called for a job interview at MRI Technologies. MRI, along with other companies, was subcontracted to provide support services to the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Engineering Directorate and Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate.

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Former LSU All-American Makes PostSeason Debut

Alex Bregman is the starting 3rd baseman for the Houston Astros and one of five former LSU Tigers playing in the MLB playoffs this season.  Big league baseball runs in his blood. He was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and began playing baseball at the young age of four. Bregman’s dad and uncle both played college baseball at the University of New Mexico.  Also, his grandfather, Stan Bregman, was general counsel for the major league baseball team, The Washington Senators (which later moved to Texas and became the Texas Rangers.) His grandfather attended every one of his high school baseball games.  

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The Definition of a Passionate LSU Alum

St. Francisville native Brittany Ernest graduated from LSU in 2011 with a degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.  She then earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from LSU in 2013 with a concentration in non-profit management. 

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Alumnus of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year Revealed

LSU 2018 Hall of Distinction

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