Tobie Blanchard, the communications coordinator for the LSU College of Agriculture, holds two degrees from the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications and has worked at LSU for more than 15 years. Tobie also serves as the assistant director for news and media relations for LSU AgCenter Communications. Prior to joining the AgCenter, she worked as a television reporter and anchor. This semester you also can find her in the classroom, teaching agricultural communications.
What drew you to LSU and the College of Agriculture?
After several years of working in television, I moved back to Baton Rouge for love, but subsequently fell in love with telling the story of agriculture in Louisiana - I've been with both the husband and the AgCenter ever since. I was excited to join the College of Agriculture's Dean's Office in 2014 as the college began expanding its communication efforts.
What advice do you have for future students?
Explore possibilities at LSU and get involved. Join clubs, participate in activities and even geaux abroad! LSU and the College of Agriculture present you with a world of opportunities. Of course, study hard and do well, but don't hesitate to get outside of your comfort zone and experience new things. Also get to know the faculty and staff - we want to help you grow as a student and succeed!
What is your favorite part of your job?
Capturing the words, sounds and images of our students. They do so many amazing things, I often get to tag along with them - from hummingbird banding to electrofishing to fashion shows or food tasting. In my role, I also get a broad view of all the college has to offer. I don't have an agriculture background, but I love working in ag, and I am in awe of our students and their dedication to making the world a better place through agriculture.