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2016 LSU Shreveport Circle of Excellence Award Winners Announced

June 06, 2016

The 2016 LSU Shreveport Circle of Excellence Award winners were honored at the LSUS Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting Party in the University Center Ballroom June 2. 

The Circle of Excellence Award, which honors alumni for leadership and professional achievements, was instituted in 2007 for the LSU Shreveport 40th Anniversary. The recipients are as follows:

Mary Pam Atchison
Executive Director, Shreveport Regional Arts Council

Atchison received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephen F. Austin in 1974. In 2003, she fulfilled a long-term dream with her MS in Liberal Arts from LSUS under the direction of Dr. Norm Dolch. Not surprisingly, she recently received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Centenary College.

She has served as Executive Director of Shreveport Regional Arts Council since 1986. SRAC provides educational and informational services as well as technical assistance to the artists, artistic organizations, and citizens in Region 7, Northwest Louisiana. SRAC serves as the officially designated arts agency for the City of Shreveport, and the State of Louisiana and for Region 7 which encompasses the Parishes of Bossier, Bienville, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, and Webster!

Atchison is the creator of the ArtBreak Festival which has celebrated the importance of curriculum-based and community supported arts educational programs since 1984. She also oversees Christmas in the Sky, the phenomenally successful gala which generates funds to support community arts programs produced by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council for the 10 parishes of Northwest Louisiana.

SRAC’s Shreveport Common project was named the Outstanding Community Development Project in the Nation in (year) by the National Development Council and has now grown to become its own 501(c)(3) named ShreveportCommon. The quarterly happenings called "UNSCENE!" have brought many nationally recognized artist to work in a collaboration with area artist to create and present new works of art that shed light on the creative authenticity of Shreveport Common.

Laurie Smith Boswell
Chief Executive Officer, Holy Angels Residential Facility

Boswell graduated cum laude from LSUS with a Bachelor of Education in French and English.  After studying at the Sorbonne in France and teaching high school French, she began a business career in Houston.  She later returned to Shreveport to obtain a Master of Business Administration from Centenary College. 

Boswell has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, business development and health care administration. She was previously Director of Business Development for Brentwood Hospital, Director of Rehab and Senior Care for Minden Medical Center, and Director of Advocacy and Strategic Planning for CHRISTUS Schumpert. 

In 2007 she joined Holy Angels Residential Facility as Chief Operating Officer. At Sister Concetta Scipione’s retirement in 2009 Boswell was named Chief Executive Officer. 

Since 2007, she has been recognized for her commitment to Holy Angels, winning the 2010 Louisiana Office of Social Entrepreneurship Award, the 2011 Shreveport Times 10 Outstanding Leaders in the Community Award, the 2011 Association of Fundraising Professional North Louisiana Chapter’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award, and the Kiwanis Club of Shreveport Lay Person of the Year Award. She was a finalist for the 2013 Shreveport - Bossier Athena Awards. In recognition for her commitment to create career pathways for low income workers, Holy Angels was honored along with Beth Israel Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital with the 2014 Frontline Worker Champion Award. 

Boswell is a member of First United Methodist Church of Shreveport, United Methodist Women Circle One, and the Women’s Philanthropy Network.  Her hobbies include supporting her grandchildren’s events, attending the Shreveport Symphony, LSU football, and working as a pet partners team with her golden retriever, Luke. 

 

Clint M. Cormier, M.D.
Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Regional Perinatal Group, Willis-Knighton Health System

A Bossier City native and graduate of Parkway High School, Cormier received his BS in Biological Sciences from LSU Shreveport in 1995. He earned his Medical Doctorate from LSU Health Shreveport in 1999. After finishing his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at LSUHSC, he spent four years in private practice in Shreveport.

Cormier’s interest in high risk obstetrics led him to pursue a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. After completing his fellowship in 2010, Dr. Cormier joined Dr. Christian Briery at Regional Perinatal Group. Cormier is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Cormier has particular interest in the management of diabetes in pregnancy, prenatal fetal diagnosis, management of multiple pregnancies and twins/triplets.

 

Nicholas J. Crafts, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer, Houston Physician’s Hospital & Surgery Center

Crafts graduated in 1999 with a BS in Business Management. At that time, LSUS did not yet offer a Masters in Healthcare Administration, so he went on to earn a Master of Healthcare Administration/Master of Business Administration in Houston.

Crafts subsequently worked for LifeGift Organ Donation Center and then completed his administrative residency in hospital administration with Hillcrest Health Care System in Tulsa, OK.  After residency, he joined the executive team at one of Hillcrest's academic facilities - Oklahoma State University Medical Center (formerly Tulsa Regional Medical Center). From Tulsa, he and his family moved to Enid, OK where he served as COO of a 250-bed hospital for 5 years. In an effort to get back closer to his Shreveport-Bossier home base, he served as COO of Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, and later as CEO of Victory Medical Center in Houston, before coming to Houston Physicians' Hospital and Surgery Center.

 

Brigadier General John J. Mooney III
Inspector General, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia

Brigadier General Mooney received his BS in Education, University of Maine, Orono in 1977 and his MS in Computer Systems Technology – Content CS from LSU Shreveport in 2013. 

He is responsible for advising the command's leadership on how to optimize resources and enhance mission effectiveness by upholding standards and influencing positive change. He also ensures the existence of responsive inquiry and complaint resolution characterized by objectivity, integrity, and impartiality.

A native of Bangor, Maine, General Mooney spent 12 years in various roles including radar navigator, flight commander and B-52G/H command evaluator. He joined the Air Force Reserve in 1994, and is a command navigator with more than 5,440 flying hours, including more than 615 combat flying hours.

He was deployed to support combat missions in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Aerial Achievement Medal.

Jason C. Penry, Ph.D. – B.A. 2001 – Secondary Education
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Arkansas State University

Penry earned a B.A. in Secondary Education from LSUS in 2001.  While on campus he served as student body president and was a letterman on the baseball team. He earned a master’s degree from LSU and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Texas A&M University. 

Beginning in 2012 at Arkansas State, Penry he led a collaborative effort to start the state’s second medical school, which will begin classes for its inaugural class of 115 students in August. In 2015, his team at Arkansas State recorded the best fundraising year in the school’s 107-year history. 

From 2009-2012, Penry served within the Texas Tech University System as a vice president at Angelo State University under Joseph Rallo, now commissioner of higher education in Louisiana. The duo helped Angelo State secure a prestigious "Circle of Excellence Award for Overall Improvement” by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Penry started his career in development at Texas A&M’s 12th Man Foundation. He then became the executive director of POSSE, the official fundraising arm of Oklahoma State University Athletics. He led the POSSE through its best period of growth in its 45-year history.

The LSU Shreveport Alumni Association is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that supports the mission of the university. Founded in 1977 shortly after LSUS became a four-year institution, the Alumni Association has played an important part in the growth of the university.

For more information or to join the LSUS Alumni Association, visit www.lsus.edu/alumni