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Samuel Burgess '98 coauthored two grant applications to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both of the grants have been funded. The grants, totaling more than 2 million dollars, will fund HIV prevention efforts in Louisiana communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.

Sean C. O'Keefe '77 was named GE's new vice president, Washington Operations for GE Aviation, a business within GE Infrastructure. Prior to joining GE, he was the chancellor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.

Chauntis T. Jenkins, A'95, was a recipient of the 2008 CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award.  CityBusiness recognized approximately 50 lawyers for their community and legal contributions.

Oliver Bonke '87 was named the senior vice president, sales and marketing for the Europe, Africa and Middle East Division. He leads the sales and marketing for the organization.

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.

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