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Achievements

Award winning television executive producer, Victor J. Montilla, A'98 is the president of the Puerto Rico Corporation of Public Broadcasting.

Sandy Breland, A'83, was named vice president and general manager of WAFB Television in Baton Rouge. Breland, a former School of Mass Communication Visiting Committee member, worked formerly as an executive news director at KTVK-TV in Phoenix, Ariz.

Dr. Robert A. Thomas, interim director of the Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication, was given the Outstanding Citizen Diplomat Award from the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council on June 26 at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in the Riverwalk Marketplace.

The Loyola University 2008 PRSSA Bateman Team received first place in the National PRSSA Bateman Case Study Competition for its public relations campaign promoting Safe Kids Worldwide, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury.

Boatner, a graduate student studying for her master's degree in communications and international marketing at Hawaii Pacific University, is the organization's first African-American female president as well as first national president to represent Hawaii.

Prof. Lisa Martin, '95, worked as a field producer in March on the cable network TNT movie, The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice.

The Loyola University New Orleans chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha inducted new members into the organization in December 2007. The purpose of Pi Sigma Alpha is to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science.

Thirty-five Department of Political Science students were honored with inclusion on the Dean's List for Fall 2007. To be eligible for this distinction, students must have earned a 3.5 grade point average.

Maria Calzada's project involves new methods for determining the isotopic ratios of atoms in molecules. Calzada and Spence will also develop course materials for interdisciplinary computation-intensive courses.

Frank Jordan arranged for seven high school students from East Harlem, New York to spend their spring break restoring habitat of a tiny endangered fish, the Okaloosa darter, which is restricted to six streams in northwestern Florida.

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