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Greg Rose ’76 (communication), was promoted to the position of director of online operations for Park University in Parkville, Mo. Greg joined Park in 2010 as coordinator of online operations for Park Distance Learning, managing the daily operations and processes for Park’s online learning. He has more than 30 years of experience working in both the field of higher education and information technology, often combining the two. He previously worked as assistant dean for faculty online and program chair for the online/visual arts department for Kaplan University.

David Haynes, J.D. ’76, David Haynes, J.D. ’76, has been selected by the board of directors of the Terre Haute, Ind., Chamber of Commerce to serve as president.

Michael M. Davis, M.Ed. ’76, Metairie, La., was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana State Museum system. He also serves as pastoral associate of St. Alphonsus Parish in New Orleans, La.

J. Michael Talbert, M.B.A. ’75, Houston, Texas, chairman of the Board of Directors of Transocean, Ltd., was re-elected Class II director for a three-year term on the board. Michael is also a former chief executive officer of the company.

Jenny Stewart ’75 (piano), a.k.a Virginia Steinberg, Weston, Conn., was appointed as corporate counsel for TestAmerica, the leader in environmental testing. She will lead TestAmerica’s strategic commercial legal initiatives and administration including general corporate practice, government contracts, company litigation, assets, intellectual property, and human resources.

Dr. William Gissy ’75 (religious studies), who was serving as dean of Bang College of Business, was promoted to vice president of planning and development at KIMEP University, a private American-style university located in Almaty, Kazkaahstan.

Donna D. Fraiche, J.D. ’75, shareholder of the New Orleans and Baton Rouge offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and Consul-General of Japan for New Orleans, will receive the Weiss Award from The New Orleans Council for Community and Justice (NOCCJ) on December 6 for being influential in promoting the advancement of social understanding and care.

The Hon. Carl E. Stewart, J.D. ’74, Shreveport, La., on October 1, became the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which hears appeals from federal courts in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. He is the first African American to serve as chief judge of the Fifth Circuit.

The Hon. James F. McKay III, J.D. ’74, The Hon. James F. McKay III, J.D. ’74, New Orleans, La., chief judge of Louisiana’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, was named Hibernian of the Year by the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Louisiana.

The Hon. Sylvia Taylor Dunn, J.D. ’74, Reserve, La., the first African-American woman to graduate from the College of Law and also the first black cashier at the Winn-Dixie in LaPlace, La., was the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration in LaPlace, La.

Steven Cossé, J.D. ’74, El Dorado, Ark., president and CEO of Murphy Oil Corporation, was named 2012 Alumnus of the Year by the Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association.

James LaHam ’73 (accounting), Orlando, Fla., a managing partner with Berman, Hopkins, Wright & LaHam, published True G.R.I.T.—A True Graduated Rational Income Tax System, in which he sets forth his plan to simplify the tax code and end the Internal Revenue Service as it operates today.

The Hon. James E. Kuhn, J.D. ’73, The Hon. James E. Kuhn, J.D. ’73, Ponchatoula, La., of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association.

Gordon Stevens '71, Gordon Stevens '71 (accounting) was named vice president of the board of directors of the Catholic Foundation of New Orleans.

Jim LaPorte ’71 (accounting), Metairie, La., was chosen as a 2012 Volunteer Activist by the St. Elizabeth’s Guild.

John Biguenet ’71 (English), M.F.A., New Orleans, La., Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University New Orleans, was named to New Orleans Magazine’s “People to Watch” list.

August Palumbo ’70 (criminology), Spanish Fort, Ala., a former New Orleans, La., homicide detective and a retired special agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), published Assassin Hunter, which has been on several best seller’s lists on amazon.com since its release and has been #1 in True Crime in the United Kingdom in Kindle version.


Morton Katz, J.D. ’69, New Orleans, La., Of Counsel at Herman, Herman & Katz, L.L.C., was named president designate of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans. He will serve a two-year term as president, beginning in September.

J. Ferrel Guillory ’69 (journalism), Raleigh, N.C., UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication professor of the practice, received the Edward Kidder Graham Award for outstanding service during Carolina’s University Day celebration on Oct. 12, 2012. Ferrel, an expert on Southern politics and demographics, founded UNC’s Program on Public Life in 1997 to build bridges between the academic resources at Carolina and the governmental, journalism, and civic leaders of North Carolina and the South. He has served state committees and boards. In the lead-up to the 2012 Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte, N.C., Guillory organized a panel of six UNC scholars from various disciplines to provide journalists covering the 2012 elections with data and analysis of issues and trends influencing the region’s politics and future.

John R. Kemp ’68 (history), Diamondhead, Miss., was the associate editor and co-author of the new book, A Unique Slant of Light: A Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana, published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the University Press of Mississippi. John has written numerous books and magazine articles on art in the South.