MALBRUE RECEIVES WESTMINSTER SCHOLARSHIP: Raphael Malbrue, of Baton Rouge, is one of six veterinary school students selected by their schools to receive 2012-13 Westminster Kennel Foundation scholarships. Malbrue attends Tuskegee University in Alabama.

The foundation has awarded $1.16 million in a total of 127 veterinary school scholarships to students since 1990. The foundation was established in 1971 as a charitable trust to support activities that develop knowledge and understanding of the dog, programs related to the protection, health and well-being of dogs, with emphasis of dogs in the urban society, and activities that preserve the lore of the purebred dog and of dog sport in America.

LSU AMBASSADORS GET AWARDS: LSU won four of an eligible 14 Southern Regional Orientation Workshop awards at SROW 2013, held in March in Memphis, Tenn. LSU beat about 75 other universities from the Southeast.

The LSU Ambassadors SROW Committee took home the first-place educational presentation award for all audiences with “Spinning Your Web: Connecting Social Media and Orientation” and first-place for themed T-shirt.

For the undergraduate case study category, Brandon Guillory, human resources education junior, and Margaret Price, public relations sophomore, were awarded for best communication. Guillory was honored as the most outstanding undergraduate student. The LSU Ambassadors’ Graduate Assistant Kyle Nixon received the outstanding graduate student award.

LSU Ambassadors serve as orientation leaders and parent orientation leaders on campus.

RIALS HONORED FOR PAPER: A paper by Megan Joy Rials, a junior political science major at LSU, was honored for the best undergraduate paper when Houston Baptist University held its third annual Philosophy Conference March 22-23 on the topic “Looking Along the Beam: Philosophical and Theological Themes in the Inklings.”

Rials’ paper and presentation were titled “C.S. Lewis’ Faces of Knowing and of Transformation: The Journey Toward the Divine in ‘Till We Have Faces.’” This paper is a prelude to her LSU honors thesis.

Rials is the daughter of Chris and Nancy Rials, of Baton Rouge. She graduated from high school as a home-schooled student in 2010.


MCCALL NAMED DISTINGUISHED “CURRAHEE”: James McCall, of Baton Rouge, was one of 20 persons inducted as distinguished or honorary members in the 101st Airborne Division’s 506th Infantry Regiment in a ceremony April 11 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

The 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee” held the ceremony to honor members of the regiment who have distinguished themselves in service amongst their peers and to recognize volunteers or non-combat arms service members who have helped the regiment in a significant way.

McCall was nominated by a Vietnam War comrade, James Campbell, of Shreveport. McCall was an infantry platoon leader from February through mid-July 1970, then headquarters company commander, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, until leaving Vietnam in February 1971.

His military honors include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V” for valor, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and Air Medal, He also received during his service in the Louisiana National Guard the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, two Humanitarian Service Medals, and the Legion of Merit.

McCall attended LSU and the University of Southwestern Louisiana receiving a degree in business management from USL. After returning from Vietnam he rejoined the Louisiana National Guard, where he served for 27 years retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1997. He later became director and operations officer of the Youth Challenge program at the Gillis Long Center in Carville, which trained and educated at-risk kids, until his retirement in 2011 as the post commander.

McCall was inducted into the Cadets of the Ole War Skule Hall of Honor at LSU in 2007.

SHELBY COMPLETES BASIC: Air National Guard Airman Brandon C. Shelby graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Tammy Shelby, of Jacksonville, Fla., and grandson of Linda Gladstone, of Baton Rouge. He is a 2005 graduate of Knights Academy and High School of Harvey and received an associate degree in 2010 from Florida State College at Jacksonville.

JONES COMPLETES BASIC: Army National Guard Pvt. Jonathan D. Jones Jr. has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Gloria Jones, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2012 graduate of East Baton Rouge Laboratory Academy.

JONES COMPLETES BASIC: Marine Corps Pvt. John W. Jones, son of Katherine L. Jones, of New Orleans, and Terry D. Jones, of Geismar, earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Jones is a 2011 graduate of Episcopal High School.


BATON ROUGE HIGH SCHOOL: The inaugural BRHS Multi-Class Reunion for classes that have had or will soon have their 50th reunion will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 20 at Boutin’s Restaurant, 8322 Bluebonnet Blvd. Cost is $25 for buffet, including tax and tips. Contact for information and to provide a head count.

BATON ROUGE HIGH SCHOOL: The Class of 1983 will hold a 30-year reunion July 26-28. All BRHS classes from the 1980s are invited. For information, visit the website,

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