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LSU Shreveport Alumni Association Proudly Announces Seven Alumni among the 40 Under Forty Class of 2020

August 26, 2020

Erin Smith, LSUS Alumna
Erin Smith, LSUS Alumna

Shreveport, LA – Louisiana State University Shreveport Alumni Association proudly recognizes seven alumni among the ranks of the 40 Under Forty Class of 2020 being honored by the Young Professionals Initiative and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.

“Each year’s class of honorees finds a host of LSUS alums being named to YPI’s 40 Under Forty, and this year is no exception,” affirmed Laura Beeman Nugent, Director of Alumni Affairs at LSUS. “I think it not only speaks to the level of leadership and education each alum gained while at LSUS but also to the caliber of student our university attracts.”

The alumni being honored are Candice A. Battiste, Mallory Cooper, Michael Gould, Halena M. Jones, Kevin Nolten, Brittany Pike, and Erin Smith. “Each of these seven honorees is a model example of the kind of professional leader LSUS produces. We are so proud of them,” said Nugent.

These seven alumni, as well as the 33 other honorees, will be featured in the November edition of the 318 Forum and honored at the virtual gala in December. During the gala, the Young Professional of 2020 will be announced.

For more information on the Young Professionals Initiative or 40 Under Forty Awards Program, contact the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce at 318-677-2500. For Zoom or phone interviews with Laura Beeman Nugent or other LSUS officials, contact Wendell Riley, Director of Media and External Relations at LSUS at or by calling 318-797-5108.

Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university’s mission is to educate a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service; and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors.

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