From the Desk of Dr. Buckman: Two newest alumnae and two old(er) ones

Marie Elizabeth deMahy [now Oliver], right, and Sarah Bartlett [now Hughes], both 2005 journalism graduates of UL Lafayette, moved away from Lafayette, but both recently moved back with their respective husbands and two children each. On May 9, we had a mini-reunion at BJ’s; they hadn’t seen each other in those 13 years.

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Marie Elizabeth spent time with Ladies Home Journal in Iowa and then several years with the Washington Post, until her podiatrist husband relocated back to Louisiana, first to New Orleans, then here. M.E. is now freelancing extensively for Acadiana Profile.

Sarah has taken a job as a kind of information specialist with UL’s office of development.

Joining us was Kailey Broussard, left, who along with Leah Cavalier became the two newest UL print journalism alumnae on May 11.

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Kailey was the SPJ chapter president and Leah, right, was the Verm EIC this year. Both have been accepted for the graduate program at the Cronkite School at Arizona State in Phoenix this fall.

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CBS reporter David Begnaud was the commencement speaker.  He, too, was a 2005 UL grad, but in general studies.

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Begnaud has had two reports on CBS this week, which the other networks have ignored, on Louisiana’s nursing home crisis. If you live out of state and don’t watch CBS, the state is sending letters to 37,000 nursing home patients on Medicaid that they can expect to be evicted soon if the Legislature can’t get its act together and pass a balanced budget by the end of this month. It’s a grim situation. Gov. Edwards was at University Medical Center in Lafayette May 10 to stress just how grim. UMC is facing massive layoffs. But legislators, as always, recoil in horror from the “T-word.”

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FYI, here’s Begnaud’s most recent report, which aired May 10.  RTB

Robert Buckman, Ph.D. is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an SPJ Louisiana board member.


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