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LSU Shreveport Department of Communications Announces Spring Scholars

January 19, 2012
The LSU Shreveport Department of Communications is pleased to announce the spring 2012 Scholars in Communication. Students are selected by the faculty from mass communication and speech majors who have records of outstanding academic achievement and professional accomplishment.

Each student receives a monetary scholarships supplied by royalties from the sale of the public speaking textbook, Introduction to Public Speaking. Four scholars have been named for the spring 2012 semester.

Rani Graff is a senior public relations major who recently returned to Shreveport from Texas. "As a public relations major, the mass communications program here at LSUS has helped me develop better communication skills on a professional level," she said. "The program has also opened up networks for me which will help in my career after I graduate."

Rachel Taylor, a senior studying journalism from Keatchie, La., currently serves as president of the Psi Kappa Chapter of the national communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication in May. "Being a part of Lambda Pi Eta has meant a lot to me personally. Having the opportunity to be involved with this honor society has been one of my biggest motivations in maintaining my good grades," said Taylor. "The hands-on learning experiences are what I have enjoyed most during my college career."

Kyle Bickham of Shreveport, La., who will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts in speech, devotes much of his time to the debate team. "I love challenging myself to get the most out of my classes. I find new learning opportunities to be very rewarding," he explained. "As a speech communications major, I get to learn and apply useful knowledge that also interests me very much." Bickham is a member of the Lambda Pi Eta honor organization.

Mary Spring, a senior focusing on theatre from Springhill, La., who will also graduate in May, has appeared in several Black Box Theatre productions at LSUS and is serving as secretary for Lambda Pi Eta. "I have always worked very hard to keep up my GPA, but after transferring to LSUS and realizing what I really wanted to study, being a good student became much more satisfying for me," explained Spring. "I enjoy learning and have had some wonderful professors to help me stay focused."

Scholars are named each semester after an application and selection processes have been completed. For more information, contact Dr. Linda Webster in the LSUS Department of Communications at


Media Contact: Dr. Linda Webster, 318.797.5376 (

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