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Alum Checks In

Rob Holbrook imageSince graduating LSU in 1997, Rob Holbrook has worked with Ducks Unlimited, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, and now the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Rob also worked with the East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture and help coordinate a multi-state partnership to conserve migratory bird habitat across six southeastern states, including portions of southeast Louisiana. He now lives in Daphne, Alabama with his wife Shannon and daughter Virginia.

Ducks in the Desert

Clint Pace, NREM 2018

Clint Pace (NREM ’18) is enjoying life in Scottsdale where he serves as Regional Director for Arizona and New Mexico for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Clint’s primary responsibilities include volunteer recruitment and fundraising.

Under his guidance, AZ DU ranked #2 and NM DU at #4 in Ducks Unlimited’s Top Ten State award for calendar year 2019. Both states also received the Gold Excellence Award.

See Clint hunting with 2 volunteers in the following video: DU TV 2020: Tombstone Territory

He assure us that there are, indeed, ducks in the desert!

LSU RNR Alum and
Tiger Chapter Make DU News

Ethan Massey, LSU RNR Alumnus photo
LSU Chapter of Ducks Unlimited member photo

In other news:

  • February 2019. Photos from the Tour of the River Campus and Cane Land Distilling are now posted to our Photo Gallery page

  • Photos from the Spring 2018 meeting of the RNR/FWF Alumni Association are now available on the Gallery page.

  • The retirement of Dr. Jim L. Chambers after 40 years of teaching, research, and service to the School of Renewable Natural Resources was celebrated with a dinner recepiton and gathering on 7 April 2016. Photos from the event are located on our Photo Gallery page.

  • Go to our "Alumni Updates" page to see what your fellow Alums are up to lately.

TAMU Forest Service names RNR Alum as new East Texas Operations Department Head

Jacob Donellan, imageCongratulations to Jacob Donellan, for being named as the new east Texas Operations Department Head. The former regional forester at Texas A&M Forest Service, Jacob is 1999 RNR Alumnus, with a BS in Forest Resource Management.

Donellan started with the agency in 2000 as the Best Management Practices forester in Linden before moving into the district forester role for Huntsville. He most recently served as the regional forester for East Texas Operations’ central region.

A profile of Jacob's contributions to the TAMU Forest Service is here.

Dr. Paul Coreil - Featured Alumnus

Dr. Paul CoreilDr. Paul D. Coreil was appointed Chancellor of LSU of Alexandria effective October 25, 2019 after being appointed Interim Chancellor of LSU of Alexandria effective June 1, 2019 and then Chancellor in October of 2019. He also served as the LSUA Interim Chancellor from February, 2013-February, 2014. His focus at LSUA has been on the development and implementation of a major LSUA Marketing Plan devoted to increasing university visibility, student enrollment, student retention, graduation rates and upon graduation - student career success. Prior to his LSUA appointment in 2013, he served in the position of Vice Chancellor of the LSU Agricultural Center and Director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service (LCES), a position he held from September, 2001-February, 2013 when he officially retired and was named LCES Director, Vice Chancellor and Professor Emeritus by the LSU Board of Supervisors soon thereafter. He has also served in several previous positions within the LSU Agricultural Center, beginning his Extension career as a Sea Grant Assistant Area Agent in Fisheries and Wildlife for Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes in 1978. He also served as Parish Chair of the Cameron Parish Extension Service office from 1987-1992.

Dr. Coreil was appointed as Wetlands and Coastal Resources Specialist for LCES/Sea Grant in 1992 and served in that capacity until 1998. In 1998, he assumed the position of Wetlands Administrator for Burlington Resources (formally Louisiana Land and Exploration Company - L,L & E – the largest private coastal landowner in Louisiana), managing over 600,000 acres of fee title coastal wetlands owned by the company. In 1999, he returned to the LSU AgCenter as Assistant Director for Environmental Programs, a position he held until being named Extension Director in 2001. He served as Chair the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors in 2006; he also served as Chair of the eXtension National Governing Committee – a committee that oversees the development of a national web-based information system covering a variety of topic areas important to a diversity of public interests. Dr. Coreil also served as the Chair of the National Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) in 2009.

Dr. Coreil received his Bachelors of Science in Zoology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana; both his Master’s Degree (in Wildlife Management) and PhD (in Extension Education) are from Louisiana State University. His Master’s research at Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge in Cameron and Vermilion Parishes included a radio telemetry study of habitat preferences and activities of nutria in southwest Louisiana. His PhD research was focused on landowners’ perceptions related to wetland regulatory policy in coastal Louisiana. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Coreil received the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Coastal Stewardship (Professional Category) Award, the LSU AgCenter Chancellor's Diversity Leadership Award and the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors (ASRED) Excellence in Leadership Award. He currently serves on the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees and is a past member of the Board for the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. He was also inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame in 2015 and into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2017.

Dr. Coreil was born and raised in Ville Platte, Louisiana and has been married to Arlene Pitre Coreil, also from Ville Platte, for 45 years. They are the parents of 3 children; Abram Luke who is deceased, and two living adult children – Dr. Ashley Coreil Record, a dermatologist in Baton Rouge, and Adam Paul Coreil, a cyber security computer analyst for a major banking corporation in Dallas, Texas. Paul is an avid hunter and fisherman, spending as much of his free time at his lake house on Lake St. John in Concordia Parish. He enjoys volunteering for his church, supporting conservation and 4-H youth education related programs, and fundraising across the state. He has also been blessed with three wonderful grandchildren, Lillian, Abram, and Lucien.

LSU 2019 Hall of Distinction:
Alumnus of the Year Named

H. Dale Hall, 2019 LSU Alumnus of the Year BATON ROUGE – H. Dale Hall, chief executive officer of Ducks Unlimited Inc., was named the 2019 LSU Alumnus of the Year, and Wendy McMahon, president of ABC Owned Television Stations Group, is LSU Young Alumna of the Year.

They will be inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction on Friday, April 5, 2019, along with Gregory M. Bowser, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, Baton Rouge; retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy, former commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command and a member of the NASA Advisory Council, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and architect A. Hays Town, founding owner of Town Construction, Baton Rouge.

“The LSU Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves and the university through their careers, their personal and civic accomplishments, their volunteer activities and their loyalty to their alma mater,” said Cliff Vannoy, association president and CEO. “These individuals have excelled in all of these areas and exemplify the essence of a true Tiger.”

Hall, of Charlotte, N.C., joined Ducks Unlimited in 2010 after 31 years with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which he served as director from 2005-09. He serves on the boards of numerous conservation organizations and has received many honors recognizing his achievements, the most recent being his induction into the LSU School of Renewable Resources Hall of Fame as Alumnus of the Year in Spring 2018. Hall earned a master’s degree in fisheries management from LSU in 1979. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from Cumberland College in Kentucky.

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Alumni News: Checking In -

Dr. Bob Blackmon, PhD '69
RNR Director 2000-2005

Bob Blackmon with two of his paintingsDuring 2017, I continued to make progress on my second career – art. As some of you know I am an oil painter, painting mostly Baroque-style still life. I began painting in 1973 but took a 25-year leave of absence, because of career and family. Since my retirement in 2005, I have been able to paint a lot, though never as much as I would like to.

Last year I had two very successful solo shows (three are planned for 2018) and exhibited my work in several group shows. I also continue to be represented by the Ardmore Gallery in County Waterford, Ireland. Having an invited presence there for some time now has been very rewarding and an honor for me. I am also active in the eastern New York arts community, with membership in five art organizations and serving as co-founder, officer, and board member in one of those groups.

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