The Manship Ambassadors help recruit great students, give tours of facilities, meet with dignitaries and visitors, and help run Manship School student orientations for freshmen, pre-mass communication students and newly admitted students. You must be an incoming junior or senior in the Manship School to apply to be a Manship Ambassador. Ambassador applications are available early in the spring semester. A committee interviews and selects the student ambassadors. Leadership experience and knowledge of the Manship School are key components in the selection.
Meet the 2016-2017 Manship Ambassadors
Dondalyn Breaux is an advertising and public relations graduate student. She has been a Manship Ambassador for four years. Dondalyn has interned with Think PR, a fashion and lifestyle public relations firm, in New York City and has also interned at New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corp. in New Orleans, Louisiana. She currently conducts target market research for Southern Coalition Fashion & Design, a network and resource company based in New Orleans offering designer incubator services. She graduates with her Master of Mass Communication in December 2016.
Nicole Plunkett is a public relations senior with minors in business administration and leadership development. Nicole is also a Distinguished Communicator Candidate. She has interned for the St. Charles Parish President, in the Grants Department. In addition, she also works with the Texas Roadhouse of Baton Rouge’s marketing team. Her dream is to one day work for a non-profit organization giving back to people who need it most. Nicole is excited to spend her final year as a Manship Ambassador and plans to graduate in May 2017.
Samantha Ramey is a senior from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is currently pursuing a degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Digital Advertising, and a minor in Business. Throughout her time at LSU, Samantha has been involved in many organizations such as the Association of Black Communicators, the LSU chapter of the Advertising Federation, and the Black History Month Committee. She is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Kappa Tau Alpha Mass Communications Honor Society, and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. During the Summer of 2015, Samantha participated in the Hidden Treasures abroad program, where she traveled to, among other places, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Madison Thomas is a junior Digital Advertising major originally from Rochester, NY. This is her first year as a Manship Ambassador. In addition to being an ambassador, she currently serves as a Resident Assistant for the Department of Residential Life, a Marketing Manager for SecureNation, LLC and an active member of LSU AdFed. She will graduate in May 2017.
Kaci Cazenave is a second-year Manship Ambassador and a public relations senior with minors in business administration and visual communication. She is the current vice president of recruitment for Alpha Phi Sorority, a Distinguished Communicator candidate, and an active member of Forum35, Baton Rouge Social Media Association and Women in Media. Formerly, she served as the public relations director for St. Jude Up ’til Dawn and — for two years — as a news writer for The Daily Reveille. Kaci previously interned at Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. She currently works for FUSE Branding and Advertising Agency and hopes to someday be an account executive or chief marketing officer. She is excited to spend her final academic year as a Manship Ambassador and will graduate in December 2016 to later pursue a Master in Business Administration at LSU in fall 2017.
Joanie Lyons is a Senior Political Communication major with minors in Political Science, History and Leadership Development. This is her second year as a Manship Ambassador. She is a Manship School of Mass Communication Senator and Speaker pro tempore for LSU’s Student Government Senate, the Communications Assistant for the LSU Honors College, a LASAL Scholar, a CxC Degree Candidate, T3 Mentor, a Knight Foundation Social Media Challenge Grant Recipient and is a member of Delta Delta Delta. Joanie has previously interned at the United States House of Representatives for a Congressional Member, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and at Women’s Global Empowerment Fund. Joanie is incredibly excited to serve as a Manship Ambassador for the second year in a row and hopes to serve the Manship School of Mass Communication in as many ways as she can.
Dalita Collins is a senior public relations major with a minor in dance and business administration. Dalita hails from New Orleans where she first discovered her love for public relations as well as politics. She currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for ImPRint Communication, Outreach Coordinator for SEPA, and has interned with U.S. House Representative Cedric Richmond. Dalita is super excited to do her part as a Manship Ambassador and instill a passion and love for the Manship School of Mass Communication into as many students as she can.
Brenna Vial is a mass communication junior at Louisiana State University with a concentration in public relations and minors in business administration and political science. Brenna currently interns at BASF Corporation in Geismar, Louisiana. In her role at BASF as a Communications Intern, she supports the southeast communications hub in the areas of public relations, marketing, event management and social media. Brenna is currently an active member of Public Relations Student Society of America at LSU and Delta Gamma sorority. She is working on her distinguished communicator certification through the Communication across the Curriculum Program. Brenna was recognized on homecoming court during her freshman year at LSU, earned the Chancellor’s Honor Roll award and the Kathleen Forte Cooper Honorary scholarship. Brenna is from Luling, La and graduated from Hahnville High School. She will graduate in May 2018.
Paige Raley is a digital advertising junior with a minor in visual design. This is Paige’s first year serving as an ambassador. After moving from her hometown of Slidell to Kingwood, Texas, she has returned to Louisiana to fulfill her dream of being an LSU student. She holds a leadership position for Delta Gamma at LSU, and is involved in many campus activities such as TEDxLSU, Students on Target, and Phi Sigma Theta honor society. She will be graduating in May 2018.
Marissa Adams is a junior from Seabrook, TX, pursuing a degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations with a minor in Psychology. She is a Distinguished Communicator Candidate and a member and former secretary of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Marissa currently holds public relations internships with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation. She plays on the LSU Women’s Club Volleyball Team which travels to tournaments in Texas in the spring. Upon graduation, Marissa plans to become a public relations practitioner in a corporate office. She will graduate in December 2017.
Amanda Capritto is a junior mass communication major with a concentration in print journalism. She has worked for the Daily Reveille and 225 Magazine and holds an internship in strategic communication with LSU’s College of Human Sciences & Education. Amanda is also a Distinguished Communicator Candidate. She hopes to either work at a major magazine such as Time, Los Angeles magazine or New York magazine, or at a public relations or advertising firm as a copywriter and/or social media manager. While not at school or work, Amanda likes to spend her time reading and partaking in outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking and rock climbing.
Maura Maher is a digital advertising senior with minors in business administration and political science. This is her second year serving as a Manship Ambassador. She has interned at ThreeSixtyEight and Slingshot Dallas, is Treasurer of the American Advertising Federation student chapter, a part of Kappa Tau Alpha honors society, and spent a semester abroad in Europe for the Fall 2015. Maura was selected as one of the top 20 AFF students in the United States and participated in the 2016 AAF Stickell Internship Program. She will graduate December 2016.
Kaylin Parker is a senior at Louisiana State University majoring in mass communication with a concentration in public relations and minoring in business administration and history. She currently is a student worker at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources in the Office of the Secretary. Kaylin spent as a public relations intern for Javelin Group, LLC in Alexandria, Va. Kaylin serves as a Manship Ambassador for the Manship School of Mass Communication. She holds the position of vp: social standards for the Gamma Zeta chapter of Delta Gamma. She is an officer of Geaux Vote, an affiliate organization of Andrew Goodman Foundation, to promote civic engagement on LSU’s campus. Kaylin will graduate in May 2017.
Mary Allison Mitchell is a native of West Monroe, LA. She is a Senior Public Relations student with minors in Business Administration and Leadership Development. On campus, Mary Allison serves on the communications committee for student government. Mary Allison previously served as President of the Manship School’s College Council, as well as the Vice President of Public Relations for Kappa Delta Sorority. One of Mary Allison’s favorite college experiences was studying abroad in Australia and New Zealand. She plans to pursue a law degree upon graduation. Mary Allison can’t wait to show students why there’s no better place to call home than the Manship school!
Ember Jones will graduate with a Master of Mass Communication in May 2017. As an intern for the News Department Ember gained hands-on experience on the daily operations of a fast-paced news environment at KRIV FOX 26 in Houston, TX. For the past several years she has primarily worked in research positions for various institutions including University of Houston and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She currently works for Baylor College of Medicine as a Research Coordinator coordinating HIV and smoking cessation studies with underserved patient populations. In her spare time Ember rehabilitates abused parrots and volunteers for Nomad Two Worlds, an organization focused on collaboration with Indigenous artists.
DeJa Smith is a junior from Powder Springs, Georgia pursuing a degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Political Communication and a minor in Political Science. DeJa serves as a Resident Assistant for the department of Residental Life at LSU and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. DeJa is also a recipient of the Knight Foundation Social Media Grant and the Walter Hitesman Scholarship. After graduating from LSU, DeJa plans to work in state government to provide services to minorities and underprivileged communities.
Anesha Pink is a junior from Houston, Texas pursuing a degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Political Communication and a minor in Political Science. She is the current president of the Undergrad Chapter of the National Black Law Student Association, and also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Society of Politics, Communication, and Law, You Got Served Community Service Organization and the Association of Black Communicators. She also tutors children in inner city Houston during the summer at Bethel Baptist Church. Anesha has previously interned at Walter J. and Associates Law Firm and she is extremely excited to serve as a first-year Manship Ambassador and share the love she has for her school with other students.
Miranda Rigol is a junior majoring is Mass Communication and concentrating in public relations with a minor in business administration. She is currently the communications intern for Community Coffee Company, a distinguished communicator candidate, volunteer at Capital Area Animal Welfare Society, and an active member in PRSSA. Miranda hopes to make incoming Manship students feel welcome and at home while serving as a Manship Ambassador.
Kia Sims is a junior pursuing a degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in political communication with a minor in political science. This is her first year serving as a Manship Ambassador. Kia is currently an intern in the state capitol in the Governor’s Office of Programs and Planning. She also serves as the president of the Student Event Planners Association. She previously worked in the advertising and marketing department at LSU Student Media.
Ellen Farmer is a Baton Rouge native pursuing a degree in public relations accompanied by minors in business administration and sports studies. Farmer, a junior, currently serves as the communications coordinator for the LSU Baptist Collegiate Ministry with duties such as posting to social media accounts and organizing student events along with many other responsibilities. She has had internships with LSU Athletic Communications, Single Stop non-profit and currently works with Tapingo, an app for college students, in marketing and promotions. This is her first year with the Manship Ambassadors and she is honored to represent her senior college.