Meet LSU Distinguished Communicators

View the full list of DC alums from 2007 to today, and check out interviews with current candidates and graduates below.

Distinguished Communicator medalFrom engineers and educators to design professionals and future physicians, the May 2020 class of LSU Distinguished Communicators is a dynamic group of 44 individuals ready to change the world.

Meet the May 2020 class

Libby ReinerElectrical Engineering Senior Libby Reiner has not only become a standout team member in the CxC studio, she has also used her time in the Distinguished Communicator program to fully explore the role communication plays in her current research and future career.

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Heidi NowakoskiMed student Heidi Nowakowski, an LSU Spring 2019 College of Science grad, sat down with LSU Experimental to share her insights into what it takes to get into med school, the first semester transition struggles, and advice on how to cope with school stress.

Listen to Heidi's interview


Dwayne Hinton at the LSU Indian MoundsDistinguished Communicator Dwayne Hinton's pursuit of knowledge surpasses any one discipline. This is why he'll be graduating in Fall 2019 with three bachelor's degrees.

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student Chris DeFelice sitting in the QuadChris DeFelice, a Manship School of Mass Communication senior in public relations, shares his path to becoming a Distinguished Communicator and how the program is already impacting his career trajectory.

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student Cindy Nguyen reading a book outside of the Life Sciences buildingCindy Nguyen, graduate with Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, sat down with LSU Experimental host Becky Carmichael to discuss early academic struggles, identifying the right career path, prepping for the MCAT, and more.

Listen to Cindy's interview

student Madelyn Smith giving a TEDxLSU TalkAs a natural resource ecology and management major with a minor in painting and drawing, Madelyn Smith leverages opportunities that occur at the intersection of art, social science and science. In her 2018 TEDxLSU Talk, she shares her photography, and the stories of people photographed, to illuminate the urgency and impacts of Louisiana’s coastal land loss.

Watch Madelyn's TEDxLSU Talk