LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication inducted four alumni into its Hall of Fame at a gala at Juban's Restaurant Sept. 9. Jim Engster served as master of ceremonies for the 42nd annual event.
Hall of Fame
This year's honorees are Charlie McBride, founder of Charlie McBride Consultants, a government relations and business consulting firm; Craig Kelley, vice president of public relations for the NFL's past 16 Super Bowls and formerly with the Indianapolis Colts; Alfred Delahaye, founder of the mass communications department at Nicholls State University; and the late Jeffrey Wright, co-counder of Wright Feigley Communications. Delahaye was represented by niece Cathy Delahaye Dunn; Wright was represented by his widow, Lauren Wright. Todd Schexnayder received the T.C. Shields Award for Outstanding Alumni Service.
The evening began with cocktails, allowing guests, family and friends to visit with the honorees and each other. I enjoyed chatting with Sonny Cranch and fraternity brother McBride, Linda Lightfoot, Freda Yarbrough Dunne, Laura Lindsey, Carolyn Hargrave, Jackie and Glen Ducote, Randy Hayden and Sara Courtney, who was all atwitter at becoming a grandmother earlier that day.
Dean Jerry Ceppos gave a update on the status of the school with final remarks delivered by alumni executive board member Mark Lambert.
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Tristi Charpentier chaired this year's gala. Assisting her were committee members Ernie Ballard, Emily Davenport, Mark Grant, Bob Johannessen, Vanessa Lewis, Nancy Malone, Darrin Mann, Bill Sherman, Marcia Vlahos, Hayden and Dunne.
Editor's Note: This story was updated at Sept. 19 at 8:30 a.m.