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LSU’s Manship School to Celebrate 100 Years

Events, Visitors to Mark School’s Centennial

10/21/2013 02:25 PM

BATON ROUGE – As one of the oldest schools of mass communication in the nation, the Manship School at LSU is celebrating 100 years of journalism education. This fall, the school is planning a series of events to celebrate its centennial the weekend of Oct. 23-26.

The theme of this centennial year is “Connecting the past to influence the future.”

“In my third year as dean of the Manship School, I consider it an honor to preside during our centennial,” Manship School Dean Jerry Ceppos said. “We’re in a select group of top universities that have been teaching journalism and mass communication for 100 years. We’re even more select because we’re the only school that teaches and conducts research at the intersection of media and public affairs at all three levels – undergraduate, master’s and doctoral.”

The October events will feature the school’s annual 1913 Society Dinner with Alberto Ibargüen, CEO of the Knight Foundation, who will speak and be awarded the Manship Prize for using digital media and technology in the service of public affairs. At the annual Hall of Fame Gala, the school will induct Dan Borné, the voice of Tiger Stadium and Manship School graduate; Jay Perkins, a retired Manship School faculty member and former Reveille adviser; and, posthumously, Kevin Reilly Sr., a former Lamar Advertising CEO and supporter and friend of the school. The also will honor all of the Hall of Fame’s inductees, since its origin in 1975.

The keynote speaker of the centennial celebration is journalism legend Carl Bernstein, of the infamous Watergate investigation. Bernstein will speak at a lunch for 150 attendees.
Additionally, a series of retrospective panels will highlight the changes at Tiger TV and the Daily Reveille, as well as updates in public relations and a spotlight on the future of news. An entire day will be devoted to developments in media and the advancing digital world. A birthday party celebration in downtown Baton Rouge and a tailgate party overlooking Tiger Stadium before the LSU-Furman football game will conclude the long weekend of events.

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The school also launched a digital timeline featuring alumni profiles, historical benchmarks, videos, photos and other Manship School memories. Alumni, friends and students can add stories, photos and videos to the timeline, commemorating experiences at the school. Memories also can be tagged on Twitter with #Manship100. The timeline is available at

On March 21, the Manship School kicked off the centennial and dedicated a new First Amendment banner with a spectacular musical performance on the Journalism Building terrace by Grammy-award-winning artists from a group called Freedom Sings, part of the First Amendment Center in Nashville. In May, the Manship School’s Reilly Center held its annual John Breaux Symposium in Washington, D.C., on the topic of “making Congress work.” The panels featured former Senators John Breaux, Trent Lott and Blanche Lincoln, as well as numerous other former members of Congress.

In a letter to alumni and friends, Dean Ceppos said, “As a result of those tumultuous 100 years, I’m more convinced that we must teach students that nothing is forever. We hope that we’re teaching students to use their analytical skills to think ahead to the future of communication. Thank you to the many who have contributed so richly to the history of this school through giving, teaching, learning and visiting. We’re looking forward to meeting many more friends of the school during this centennial year.”

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LSU Media Relations