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Ed Cullen

Ed Cullen, an LSU journalism graduate, is author of Letter in a Woodpile, a collection of his essays for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” He is retired from the Baton Rouge Advocate where he wrote the Sunday column “Attic Salt.”

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LSU Alumni Spotlight: Lee Romaire, Emmy-winning entrepreneur artist donates Christmas display to his hometown

Emmy-award winning artist Lee Romaire, shown with two of his creations for the Cajun-themed Christmas display in Morgan City, La.

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Alumni Spotlights: LSU Student Government Presidents Then and Now - Part III

This is the third in a series of stories on LSU Student Government presidents, which will appear in future issues of LSU Alumni Magazine.

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Alumni Spotlights: LSU Student Government Presidents Then and Now - Part II

This is the second in a series of stories on LSU Student Government presidents, which will appear in future issues of LSU Alumni Magazine.

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Alumni Spotlights: LSU Student Government Presidents Then and Now

This is the first in a series of stories on LSU Student Government presidents, which will appear on LSU Alumni Association blog and in future issues of LSU Alumni Magazine.

Stories told by LSU Student Government presidents from the 1950s to the present are a reminder of how much things change and how much they stay the same.

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Alumni Spotlight: Kelly Kissel

“I tell you it felt good walking across this campus tonight,” said Kelly Kissel, retired Associated Press Arkansas news editor and now metro editor of The (Baton Rouge) Advocate. Kissel earned bachelor’s degree in journalism from LSU in 1984.

Kissel was talking about the short walk from the University’s Visitor Center parking lot to The Chimes Restaurant one weekday night in late June. He had been in the metro editor’s chair at The Advocate two days. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Trey Litel and Tim Litel

Louisiana People, Louisiana Product

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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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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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