LSU’s Manship School to Induct Four into Hall of Fame

09/11/2014 01:52 PM

BATON ROUGE – The Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU will honor a legendary reporter and cartoonist, a long-time CBS publicity official, a Wal-Mart vice president and an interim dean of the school at its 40th annual Hall of Fame gala on Friday, Sept. 19.
 

The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Juban’s restaurant, 3739 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. Tickets are $50 and tables are available for $500. For more information on the Manship Hall of Fame, contact Sara Courtney at 225-578-2418.
 

The honorees are as follows:
 

Edward E. “Jersey” Smith
Smith, a World War II veteran, business executive, journalist and cartoonist, graduated from LSU in 1949. He continued his prolific, lifelong interest in cartooning and had his work published in independent comic books such as “Eddie Extra,” “Li’l Partner” and “Illustrated Classics” and other periodicals.. He was a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed cartoon “Pepper...and Salt” and his cartoons appear in several books published by Dow Jones, including the “Wall Street Journal Portfolio of Business Cartoons,” “Women in Business Cartoons” and “Golf Cartoons.”
 

Donna Dees
Dees graduated from LSU in 1979 and began her career in journalism in Shreveport, later becoming assistant press secretary to Russell Long. Over the last 25 years, she has managed publicity and communications for CBS for multiple programs of the CBS-affiliated networks, most recently as vice president of communication for the CBS distribution of Inside Edition.
She is currently co-producing a documentary about the pioneers of the gun violence prevention movement.  Dees was perhaps the first to bring wide-scale attention to this movement with the organization of the “Million Mom March” on Washington in May 2000.
 

Mona Williams
Williams, a 1975 bachelor’s and 1976 master’s graduate from LSU, spent more than 11 years as vice president of corporate communications for Walmart in Bentonville, Ark. There, she led all external communication in the U.S. for the massive store chain. PR Week magazine called her role one of the “10 Toughest Jobs in PR” and named her to its “People We Love” list.
Williams spent much of her career with AT&T, eventually leading AT&T’s efforts against SBC in the “telecom wars,” ultimately assuming this responsibility for the 24 states west of the Mississippi River.  Williams went on to lead worldwide field public relations for AT&T Business Services, directing teams in the U.S., France, Germany, Japan, the U.K., Hong Kong and Latin America.
 

Ralph Izard
Izard has been an active part of the Manship School’s leadership as both teacher and administrator since 2001, holding the Sig Michelson/CBS Professorship. Beyond the positive effect he had on the lives of many students, his greatest passion is to improve the number of minority journalists in the profession, especially at the management level. He is responsible for making the Manship School a national leader in this area. He set up the Forum for Media Diversity website, organized seminars and symposia, conducted panels, wrote many grants and helped raise funds for the Chair in Media Diversity, now called the Chair in Media, Race and Cultural Literacy. Izard’s life-long contribution to the field of journalism did not only benefit the Manship School, but he served on the faculty of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism for 32 years, 12 as director.

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations
225-578-3867
bgomila@lsu.edu

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014