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DEN OF DISTINCTION
The Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication recognizes outstanding SMC alumni through its hall of fame, the School of Mass Communication Den of Distinction.
This honor recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves nationally through a lifetime of accomplishments or by extraordinary achievement. Nominees, through those accomplishments and achievements, should be innovative leaders, set new standards of excellence and clearly serve as role models for Loyola’s students, alumni and our greater community.
The Den of Distinction recognizes unparalleled achievement by alumni who stand out as the finest examples of their profession and also embody the ideals of a Jesuit education brought to life, including:
- pursuit of excellence
- development of personal potential
- critical thinking
- effective communication
- commitment to service
- global perspective
The Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication seeks nominations for the school’s Den of Distinction. Please share the reasons you believe a nominee meets the requirements and include as much biographical data as possible to help the selection committee in its deliberations. Send the information to:
John Deveney, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA
Chair, Nominating Chair, SMC Den of Distinction
Sonya F. Duhé, Ph.D.
Chair, Loyola School of Mass Communication
Congratulations to the 2018 Den of Distinction inductee:
RHONDA SHEAR, class of 1977
Check out the photos from the Sept. 15 fundraiser, hosted by Rhonda Shear, supporting the J. Michael Early Studio fund.
SMC ALUMNI AWARDS & SUCCESSES
Journalism grad Eric Knoepfler, digital strategist and copywriter at Deep Fried Advertising, was part of the team that took home at Silver Addy in the consumer website category at the 2019 American Advertising Awards, presented by the Ad Club of New Orleans. At the Addys, Heather Miranne, public relations alum, and her team won two Silver Addys for Specialty Advertising - Other Merchandise. Heather is project manager at Imaginal Marketing Group.
Cameron Hill, 2014 PR alum, was named Educator of the Year for Plaquemines Parish. He is athletic director and basketball coach at South Plaquemines High School.
Public relations alumni Gretchen Hirt Gendron (2012) and James Lambert (2014) were recognized at the 2019 Flambeaux Awards, presented by the Public Relations Association of Louisiana - New Orleans chapter, with (respectively) the SPARK Award for practitioner of the year and the EMBER Award for rising PR professional.
Michelle Dunnick, class of 2008, was named the NACE New Orleans Member of the Year. Michelle, special events manager at United Way of Southeast Louisiana, is past-president of the New Orleans chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events.
Marlene Sharp, director of production at Level-5 abby, inc., was a top 5 nominee/finalist for Best TV Pilot in the August script competition (Action on Film/Script Summit Film Festival) for her project, “Born in LA: Dolls and All.” Marlene graduated in 1992 with a BA in Drama/Communications.
Brandi Boatner, class of 2006, is the winner of the 2018 PRSSA National Hall of Fame Award. Brandi is social and influencer communications lead, Global Markets at IBM CHQ Communications.
SMC alumni were stars of the night at the 60th Annual Excellence in Journalism awards, presented by the Press Club of New Orleans.
The Clarion Herald, led by Loyola alum Peter Finney, Jr., won 10 awards at the Catholic Media Conference of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.
NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more - Third Place
BEST REPORTING OF SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES: Care for God’s Creation - First Place
BEST NEWS WRITING ON A NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL EVENT: National Event, Diocesan Newspaper - Second Place
BEST PERSONALITY PROFILE: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more - Second Place and Third Place
BEST PHOTOGRAPH: Best General News Photo - Second Place
BEST INVESTIGATIVE/ANALYSIS NEWS WRITING: Investigative News Writing, Diocesan Newspaper - Third Place
BEST NEWS WRITING ON A NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL EVENT: National Event, Diocesan Newspaper - Honorable Mention
BEST NEWS WRITING ON A LOCAL OR REGIONAL EVENT: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more - Honorable Mention
BEST REPORTING ON VOCATIONS TO PRIESTHOOD, RELIGIOUS LIFE OR DIACONATE: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more - Honorable Mention
Eric Eyre, Class of 1987, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner for investigative reporting. A reporter for the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail, Eyre won for his investigative coverage of the opiod crisis
Do you have awards and successes to share? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll share them here. Don't forget to include your class year and degree.