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February 26, 2013

The LSUS Department of Communications has selected Rani Graff, Mercedes Taylor, Julie Thomas, and Crystal Vandegriff as the Spring 2013 Scholars. 

Rani Graff of Bossier City is majoring in mass communications with a public relation concentration.  She is serving her second term as president of the local chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for undergraduate communication students. As part of her internship duties in the LSUS media office, she is writing and producing infomercials for each campus department that will play during commencement so that those attending graduation can see what LSU Shreveport has to offer.

Julie Thomas from Haughton is also majoring in mass communications with a concentration in public relations and is serving as an associate vice-president of Lambda Pi Eta chapter. She is working the PR field as the Shreveport representative for Girl Scouts of Louisiana. 

Crystal Vandegriff of Shreveport is concentrating on a career in journalism.  She is the executive editor of the Almagest, the official student publication at LSU Shreveport, which includes writing stories and editorials for the paper. Also a member of the Lambda Pi Eta national honor organization, Crystal is serving her second term as treasurer.

Mercedes Taylor also from Bossier City is interning with the LSUS Media Office and honing her skills in public relations.  She is serving as secretary to the LSUS chapter of Lambda Pi Eta and is hoping to continue working in social media and video production. 

The scholars are selected from faculty nominations each fall and spring semester. Each student receives a scholarship award from the royalty fund from the sale of the public speaking textbook.

Students must demonstrate both academic achievement and a combination of leadership, professionalism, and portfolio work directly related to the field they hope to enter.

Scholars will be recognized at the Lambda Pi Eta/departmental awards ceremony on March 15.  For additional information, contact:  Dr. Linda Webster in the Department of Communications at 318-797-5376 or




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