The Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL) recognized two outstanding Louisiana State University (LSU) students for their dedication to the field of public relations: Jeffrei Anne Clifton and Luke J. Coussan, Jr.
The two students were presented with their awards at PRAL’s Annual Awards Banquet, held at Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge on January 27.
“Jeffrei and Luke have amazing credentials and are well on their way toward successful careers in public relations,” said Michelle Spielman, APR, PRAL Awards Committee Chair. “As an organization, we strongly support the development of our future colleagues and are thrilled to present these awards to such accomplished students.”
Clifton was awarded the $1,000 William M. Michelet Honorary Award, a designation that honors the founder of PRAL, a former LSU professor and accomplished public relations practitioner. A senior at LSU, Clifton demonstrates exceptional proficiency in the field of public relations and a strong commitment to community involvement. She has donated her time to the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, Habitat for Humanity, Pet Adoption Companion Services and LifeShare Blood Center. Clifton has a 3.9 grade point average and is scheduled to graduate in May 2009 with a major in public relations and a triple minor in business administration, leadership development and history. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in international business administration. Clifton is the daughter of Paul and Karen Clifton of Sulphur, La.
Coussan was awarded the $1,000 Jack H. Sanders Memorial Award, a designation that honors the first president of PRAL and a visionary leader in the field of public relations. Coussan, a junior at LSU, exhibited the proficiency, excellence and dedication to pursuing public relations knowledge, skills and abilities that this award requires. He plans to graduate in May 2010 with a major in public relations and a minor in business administration. Coussan is active in many professional and student organizations at LSU. He is currently serving as the president of the Manship School of Mass Communication’s College Council and is a LSU Ambassador. Coussan has actively participated in various public relation activities, most recently including a summer internship with PepsiCo. Coussan is the son of Luke and Jan Coussan of Carencro, La.
Chair, PRAL Awards Committee