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Liberal Arts Graduates

Bess Maxwell

WHAT I DO NOW: I work at St. Mark's Cathedral as an administrative assistant.  

MY WORK/JOB CONSISTS OF: I handle newsletters, website, church bulletins and all communications for the Cathedral. 

HOW I GOT FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT: During my senior year at LSUS I interned at a small radio station (KEPT) and they hired me when I graduated. I worked as a Program Director and "general flunky" until 1979 when I went to work in the News Department at KWKH radio. I worked there for 18 years as Assistant News Director, Reporter and News Anchor. I left in 1996 to work at KSLA TV in Shreveport as Assignments Editor. In 2001 I returned to the radio business in News at KEEL. In 2007 when the station was sold I was laid off and went to work at St. Mark's! 

HOW I GOT TO LSUS (OR WHY I CHOSE LSUS): I had been at Centenary College for two years and wanted to change my major to journalism. Centenary did not have a journalism department, so I moved to LSUS. 

FOND MEMORIES OF LSUS: I worked on the staff of the Almagest and made lifelong friends there. There were no computers or desktop publishing. We wrote on manual typewriters and laid out the issues on sheets of paper, then took all our copy to the Bossier Press Tribune office. They printed our galleys and we pasted the paper together in their offices! 

LSUS FACULTY WHO HELPED ME: Dr. Dalton Cloud, Dr. Robert Russell, John Tabor. 

HOW LSUS HELPED ME SUCCEED: I got a good, solid education. 

ADVICE TO COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS:  Get a strong Liberal Arts education. If you don't know what you want to major in right away, don't worry. Just start with the basics and take some electives that appeal to you. 

ADVICE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO ENTER MY FIELD:  Learn computer skills. Learn to write well. Develop people skills. 

TIPS ON CHOOSING A MAJOR OR CAREER:  What do you love? What are your strengths? Go from there. 

MY TOUGHEST PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE: Changing careers in my 50's with no warning and having to learn a whole new skill set. 


SUCCESSES IN MY LIFE:  Several Associated Press story honors. Served as President of the West Shreveport Rotary Club, and on the Boards of the Shreveport Journalism Foundation and the Shreveport Historic Preservation Society. 

I'VE LEARNED THIS FROM LIFE: Everything happens for a reason. You never know what is around the next corner. Be kind to people. Work hard. 


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