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2015 LSU Shreveport Distinguished Alumni Award and Circle of Excellence Award Winners Announced

May 22, 2015

The 2015 LSU Shreveport Distinguished Alumni Award winner and the LSU Shreveport Circle of Excellence Award winners will be honored at the Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting Party in the LSUS University Center Ballroom May 29 at 6 p.m.

2015 LSUS Distinguished Alumni Award

Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator is the recipient of the LSUS Alumni Distinguished Alumni Award. The award honors graduates who have made a significant contribution to LSUS and are recognized leaders in our community, region or nation. It is the highest award given by the LSUS Alumni Association.

 Prator attended LSU in Baton Rouge for three years, then came home to Shreveport, joined the Police Department, and graduated from LSU Shreveport in 1975. He says that LSUS provided a setting that encouraged him to concentrate on his academic efforts. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute in Quantico, Virginia.

Prator’s pathway in law enforcement includes Shreveport Police Department patrol officer, detective, narcotics agent and Chief of Police. He was appointed Chief of Police in 1990 by former Mayor Hazel Beard, also an LSUS graduate and the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1999, he was elected to the first of currently four terms as Caddo Parish Sheriff. In this role, he is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Caddo Parish and the Ex-Officio Tax Collector.

 During his law-enforcement career, Prator established bicycle patrols, neighborhood watch teams, the Caddo Shreveport Narcotics Task Force, and a drug interdiction unit. He also developed a work-release program for inmates at the Caddo Correctional Center. He was instrumental in creating “Safety Town” which teaches children how to avoid danger and how to protect their own safety. He also launched a program to train children between 8 and 12 years of age in gun safety. The course is taught as a gun safety camp sponsored by the sheriff’s department. On July 1, 2014, Steve took on the role of Director of the Caddo Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness which is a State agency.

 Prator is a member of the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame for Law Enforcement, the Academic Hall of Fame of Northwood High School and the LSUS Foundation Board. He has received the Shreveport Bar Association Liberty Bell Award for outstanding leadership and community service; the Juvenile Justice “Shining Star” Award; and the Whitney M. Young, Jr., Service Award.  He and his wife Carolyn live in Dixie, LA.

LSUS Circle of Excellence Awards
Five Circle of Excellence Award winners will also be honored. The award, which honors alumni for leadership and professional achievements, was instituted in 2007 for the LSU Shreveport 40th Anniversary. The recipients are as follows:

Hardy D. Foreman, CPA, received a BS in Accounting in 1999. He is Tax Partner with Carr Riggs & Ingram, LLC. Foreman was named a 40 Under 40 Honoree by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce in 2008. He is a Past President of the LSUS Alumni Association; Past President of the Shreveport Chapter of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA); and was Director of Finance for the Mudbug Festival in 2005 and 2006. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Northwest Louisiana. He and his wife Alyson, owner of Aly B’s Bakery, have a son and twin girls.

Allen Garcie, MFA, received a Bachelor of General Studies in Liberal Arts in 2002. He is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at LSUS in the Digital Arts Program. He began by teaching a non-credit course with the Division of Continuing Education and Public Service; served as adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Fine Arts, Foreign Languages & Humanities; and became Instructor of Fine Arts in both the Graphic Design and Animation & Visual Effects Programs. Garcie has received national recognition and several national awards, as well as multiple ADDY advertising awards for his designs. He also maintains multiple industry-level certifications such as an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Certified Associate Educator. He and his wife Kathi have been married for twelve years.  

Trey Gibson, MA, received a BA in History in 1994. Gibson is Instructor of Communications, and Director of Debate at LSUS. Gibson has coached programs and students to more than five dozen national championship titles in 17 years, including more than three dozen at LSUS. He was the 2015 assistant coach of the US Montgomery Cup Debate Team that defeated the British 19-17. He was Louisiana Debate Coach of the Year for 2014 and 2015, and received the 2011 LSUS Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow Award. He and his wife Candi have two children.

Victor A. Mainiero, M.Ed., received a BS in Primary & Secondary Education Health & Physician Education in 1993. He is a graduate of Caddo Magnet High School and received his Master of Education from Centenary College. Mainiero is Director of High Schools for Caddo Parish, and a candidate for the 4th District Board of Elementary and Secondary Education election scheduled for October 24. He previously served as Communications/Marketing Director for Caddo Parish Schools and Principal at Youree Drive Middle School. He and his wife Melissa, a Deputy Director for the Louisiana Department of Education and an LSUS grad, have three children.

Bryan G. Sibley, MD, FAAP,  received a BS in Medicine in the Accelerated Medical Program in 1987, and his MD from LSU Health Shreveport in 1989. Sibley is the owner of Bryan G. Sibley, MD, APMC, in Lafayette, Louisiana, a general pediatrics practice with emphasis on children with special health care needs. He is a Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics; President of the Louisiana Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics; Vice Chair of the Medicaid Quality Committee, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; and Chairman of the St. Thomas More High School Advisory Council. In June, he is scheduled to become a Certified Lay Minister in the Louisiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He and his wife Shelley have three children.

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