Louisiana College Distinguished Alumni 2009

October 14th, 2009

Press Release
For Immediate Release: October 14, 2009

Contact: Luana Cunningham, Director of Alumni Relations
(318) 487-7301

Pineville, La. … On Thursday, October 15, 2009 Louisiana College will honor three distinguished alumni during the annual Homecoming chapel service. The special chapel
will begin at 10:50 a.m. in Guinn Auditorium on the campus of Louisiana College.

This year’s distinguished alumni are:
Larry Jeane class of 1970, Donna Burnley Cavanaugh Class of 1977 and John David Murphy Class of 1979.

Larry Jeane
Louisiana College 1970 graduate, Larry Jeane, is a well-recognized figure in the State of Louisiana and particularly in Central Louisiana. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and sociology at Louisiana College, Larry Jeane received the MA in Criminal Justice Administration at Northeast Louisiana University.
Larry is currently serving a third term as Pineville City Marshal, having held that office since 1997. Larry has also served as an adjunct instructor of Criminal Justice at Louisiana College in addition to years of working in the criminal justice and public safety and corrections field.

Donna Burnley Cavanaugh

Donna Burnley Cavanaugh attended Louisiana College from 1974-1976. While studying at Louisiana College, Donna pursued a degree in Elementary Education. Donna began her career in San Antonio, TX, as a special education classroom teacher.
Donna has achieved wide recognition both locally and nationally for her efforts to promote the organization, ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation.” As Director of the ThinkFirst Louisiana State Chapter and Training Center, Donna has trained health educators and individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries to be effective chapter directors and injury prevention education speakers. These speakers visit schools and organizations in the community to speak to students and families about making safe choices to prevent traumatic injuries to themselves. Donna’s devotion to injury prevention goes far beyond her community and state: she has served several terms on the Think First National Injury Prevention Foundation Board of Directors, has served as Chairperson for the State Chapter Director’s Subcommittee and has been an active committee member on at least two committees per year over the past 10 years. Donna has spent countless hours on the ThinkFirst project and she does this with energy, enthusiasm, humor and a serving spirit.

John David Murphy

Distinguished as a dedicated Christian counselor to youth and adults, an outstanding churchman and family man, John David Murphy has touched countless lives in fulfilling the mission for which God called him.
J.D. graduated cum laude from Louisiana College in 1981 with a degree in Church Music. While attending Louisiana College, he was the recipient of the 1977 Presidential Scholarship Award. He earned his Master of Arts in Religious Education with a major in Counseling at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in 1984 where he graduated magna cum laude. Since receiving his master’s degree, J.D. has pursued a career in counseling families and victims of alcohol and drug abuse. J.D. has worked as a clinical counselor at Family Service Agency, a minister of counseling and Director of Support Group Ministries at Alpine First Baptist Church, and is presently serving as a family therapist at Red River Treatment Center.

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