LSU AgCenter faculty members honored by international communications organization

Frances Gould, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  6/19/2008 2:11:55 AM

News Release Distributed 06/19/08

LSU AgCenter faculty members and administrators were among those honored by an international communicators group last week during its annual meeting in Traverse City, Mich.

Two from the LSU AgCenter won some of the top honors from ACE – the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences – during the June 10-13 meeting. Tom Merrill, a professor/editor in LSU AgCenter Communications, was recognized with the ACE Media Relations Award of Excellence, and Fred Piazza, chief information officer for the AgCenter, received the group’s Information Technology Award of Excellence.

In addition, Frankie Gould, director of communications and public relations for the LSU AgCenter, became the international association’s president for 2008-09 after serving previous terms as the ACE vice president and president-elect.

Other honors also went to LSU AgCenter Communications and Information Technology faculty and staff members in the ACE Critique and Awards Program. Those included three bronze awards in the categories of information technology, photography and marketing and media relations.

The bronze award for best innovative use of communication technology recognized the efforts Bruce Schultz, Davis Dautreuil and Megan Smith on a new rice blog for the LSU AgCenter.

Another of the bronze awards went to Mark Claesgens in the service photo category for a shot of the LSU AgCenter’s Smart Bodies program.

The final award recognized a team of LSU AgCenter Communications faculty members for their work in promoting its AgMagic event. The award for that marketing communications campaign honored Elma Sue McCallum, Tom Merrill, Tobie Blanchard, Craig Gautreaux and Linda Benedict.


Contact: Frankie Gould at (225) 578-5679 or 
Writer: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or

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