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School of Mass Communication celebrates anniversary by inducting four alumni into Den of Distinction

May 11, 2012

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication has established a reputation of excellence over the last 75 years. Today, they will celebrate that rich history by inducting four prominent alumni into the school’s inaugural Den of Distinction Hall of Fame. The event will take place on the third floor of the Communications/Music Complex, outside the School of Mass Communication offices, at 5:30 p.m.

The 2012 inductees include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Marshall ’71, political strategist and philanthropist Shawn Donnelley ’91, nationally acclaimed public relations executive John Deveney ’88, and longtime WWL-TV news executive Maurice “Mo” Guillerman ’53.

“We wanted to do something special to highlight our wonderful alumni who have passed through the School of Mass Communication over the last 75 years,” said director Sonya Duhé, Ph.D. “Our Den of Distinction is one way we can recognize some of our former students who have gone out to make their own mark of distinction. We are thrilled with their success and feel fortunate to have been a part of it.”

Although best known as The Times-Picayune’s outdoors editor, Marshall’s 40-year career includes regular special projects concerning environmental issues. In 1997, he was a member of the three-man team that earned the newspaper's first Pulitzer Prize, taking the coveted public service award for the series “Oceans of Trouble,” which examined the plight of the world’s fisheries. In 2005, Marshall won his second Pulitzer Prize for his investigation into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' missteps in building the New Orleans levees and floodwalls as a part of the paper’s post-Katrina coverage. He also was awarded the 2007 John H. Oakes Prize for Distinguished Environmental Reporting from Columbia University and the Keck Award for best science reporting from the National Academies of Sciences.

Donnelley is currently the president of Strategic Giving, a Chicago-based firm created to provide philanthropic consulting services. She was recognized by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine as one of “100 Women Making a Difference in Chicago” and named a “Top 40 under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business magazine. Through a generous gift to Loyola, her support created the Donnelley Center for Nonprofit Communications, where Loyola students work to help implement communications goals for nonprofits in the New Orleans area. Since its inception in 1996, more than 200 local nonprofits have benefited from the center.

Deveney is president and founder of Deveney Communication, specializing in strategic planning, crisis management, media training, community relations, internet marketing and media relations. He started the firm in 1996 and soon after was selected by PR News as one of its “15 to Watch” in public relations. A decade later, PR News named him “Agency Executive of the Year,” and in 2011 inducted him into its Hall of Fame.

Guillerman was a driving force in establishing WWL-TV as a local media powerhouse. Starting in 1958, Guillerman held several positions at the television station, including station manager, but made the most impact in the news room, hiring local television legends such as Jim Henderson, Hap Glaudy, Bill Elder, Eric Paulsen and Angela Hill. After helping WWL become CBS’s most dominant affiliate, he retired in 1985 after 27 years of service.

For more information about the Den of Distinction Hall of Fame, contact Matt Lambert in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or mlambert@loyno.edu.

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