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Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: 5/5/04
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Left, Jerry Luke LeBlanc; Marjorie Morrison
      HAMMOND – Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Jerry Luke LeBlanc will deliver the keynote address at Southeastern Louisiana University’s spring commencement on Saturday, May 15.
      Southeastern will confer associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees on approximately 945 students at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center. In addition, the university will present its Golden Ambassador Award to Marjorie A. Morrison of Hammond in recognition of her outstanding service, achievements and humanitarian efforts. 
      LeBlanc was appointed to the state’s highest non-elected position by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco in January after serving in the Louisiana House of Representatives for 13 years.  A native of Lafayette, he represented District 45 and was the only individual in Lafayette Parish history to be elected five times to the House of Representatives.
      The first member of the House to serve as chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Budget, he also served as chair of the Appropriations Committee and as a member of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee, Transportation and Highways Committee, and Natural Resources Committee. He is a graduate in business administration from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and is recognized as the originator of performance-based budgeting in Louisiana.
      Morrison is being recognized for her long affiliation with Southeastern and the area community. After marrying the late James Hobson Morrison in 1940, she began a life of public service as the wife of one of Louisiana’s distinguished Congressmen in Washington, D.C. The records, photos, and memorabilia of James Morrison’s 24 years in Congress were donated by the Morrison family to the university and are housed in the “Morrison Room” of the Linus A. Sims Memorial Library.
      An avid supporter of the arts, Marjorie Morrison serves as a member of the University Arts and Cultural Committee and has been a member of Southeastern’s Fanfare Board of Directors since its inception. She continues to serve on the President’s Advisory Committee and as honorary co-chair of the university’s Campaign for the Visual and Performing Arts.
      She was a founding member of the Hammond Arts Council, a member of the executive board of the Louisiana State Arts Council, a charter member of the Louisiana Alliance for Arts in Education and a vice president of  the Louisiana Council for Music and the Performing Arts. Among her honors are Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London; Medals of Appreciation from the Louisiana Council for Music and Performing Arts in 1973 and 1998; and being named Hammond Junior Auxiliary’s Woman of the Year and the Hammond Cultural Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year. In 1988, Southeastern presented Morrison with the honorary “Doctor of Humanities” degree.