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3 LSUA Students Developing Social Media for Forest Museum

Released: 10/19/2010

Three student interns from LSU Alexandria are developing a social media component for the Southern Forest Heritage Museum in Long Leaf in preparation for an exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

English majors Susan Cowart of Shreveport and Marie Milton Chenevert of Lecompte and history major Micki Johnson of Ville Platte are creating Facebook, Twitter and website materials for the museum under the direction of education director Claudia Troll. These and other social media outlets will be used to publicize Journey Stories, a six-week exhibit scheduled at the museum late next year.

“This internship is a terrific experience for our students with very practical application,” said Dr. Ginger Jones, professor of English and faculty supervisor. “Internships are extremely valuable to our students’ overall education, and a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Education shows graduates with field experience are paid approximately $7,000 more in starting salary than those without it.”

Jones, who has conducted extensive research on work migration patterns, was appointed lead scholar on the Journey Stories exhibit by the Smithsonian Institution.

The LSUA students are engaged in research and writing in addition to establishing social media outlets. They receive two hours of college credit.

The students also are using social media to promote a fundraiser for the museum Oct. 22-23. The event includes a mystery dinner theatre, a train ride through “alien infested woods,” wagon rides, outdoor movies and junior field agent certification.