Sarah Liggett, PhD
210 Coates Hall
Dr. Sarah Liggett, CxC’s Director, was raised on a family farm in Rushville, Indiana, a small town with a population of about 7,000. Her hobbies include traveling, knitting, refinishing old furniture and reading. “I only read good books. If I don’t like a book, I don’t keep reading,” explained Liggett. One of the favorite parts of her job is the people she works with. “Students, faculty, staff, my husband—they are why I’ve been a LSU for 30 years.” Of all LSU events, including Tiger football, her favorite is the Distinguished Communicator Medal Ceremony.
210 Coates Hall
Rebecca Burdette, a Brusly native, earned her BA in Mass Communication in 2000 and her MA in Marketing and Communications in 2008, both from LSU. Burdette enjoys seeing students and faculty grow and succeed. Rebecca loves reading, traveling and playing tennis. Her favorite LSU event is Tigerama, where LSU’s band performs a concert in the PMAC. She also enjoys hearing the Memorial Clock Tower chime from her office. If she could have her choice in a dream job, Burdette would like the job of Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown.
Melissa Thompson, PhD
Student Services Coordinator
208 Coates Hall
Melissa Thompson is CxC’s Student Services Coordinator. She grew up in Searcy, Arkansas. Dr. Thompson earned her BA in Communication Studies from LSU in 2006, her MA in Communication Theory from the University of Memphis in 2008, and her PhD in Communication from the University of Memphis in 2014. She enjoys cycling and teaching cycling classes at the LSU UREC. Her favorite LSU events include LSU football, LSU baseball, and TEDxLSU. Melissa loves working with students and even if she could have any job in the world, she’d still want to work at LSU with the great students.
208 Coates Hall
Lezlie Haynes, CxC’s Administrative Assistant, is from El Paso, Texas. She attended both LSU and Southeastern Louisiana University. Lezlie spends her free time running and participating in running events. One of her favorite LSU events, like many of us, is LSU football. She enjoys helping other, but if she could have any job in the world, she would be a military nurse.
Becky Carmichael, PhD
College of Science Coordinator
School for the Coast & Environment Coordinator
151 Coates Hall
Dr. Becky Carmichael earned her PhD in Biological Sciences at LSU. She is CxC’s College of Science and School of Coast & Environment Coordinator. “Assisting others reach their desired goal and beyond” is the favorite part of her job. Her favorite LSU event is the Distinguished Communicator graduation. Dr. Carmichael enjoys exploring nature, yoga, wine tasting, and everything related to food. Most of all, she enjoys spending her time off with her awesome toddler, Keller.
College of Art + Design Studio Manager
104-A Design Building
Vincent Cellucci, CxC’s College of Art + Design Studio Manager, earned his MFA in Poetry from LSU. He attended Loyola University and received his Bachelor’s degree in English Writing with a background in studio arts, studying painting with Carol Leake, and cross-enrolled at Tulane University, where he studied glassblowing with Gene Koss. When not helping students or writing poetry, Vincent is off scuba diving, whitewater kayaking, biking, cooking, or painting. The favorite part of his job is “working with impressive, young dreamers to articulate their vision(s) to the rest of the world, superseded only by seeing them succeed.” One of Vincent’s favorite benefits of working at LSU event is that they observe Mardi Gras as an official holiday.
College of Engineering Coordinator
Chevron Center for Engineering Education
2302 Patrick F. Taylor Hall
Boz Bowles, CxC’s College of Engineering Coordinator, is from Richmond, VA. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. His hobbies include martial arts and drumming. His favorite LSU event is E2 Camp. One of the best books he’s read lately was The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone. The favorite part of his job is the “thrumming hive of activity in the studio.” Like Melissa, if he could have any dream job, he’d still want his current job, maybe just come in a few hours later.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Coordinator
Studio 151 Manager
151 Coates Hall
Kevin DiBenedetto, a Port Allen native, earned his BA in Mass Communication from LSU. He enjoys photography and is a film buff. Baseball games are his favorite LSU event. Mr. DiBenedetto’s favorite part of his job is knowing that each day brings something new. If not working for CxC and had the choice of any job in the world, Mr. DiBenedetto would be living in Italy, pressing extra virgin olive oil and making the “best artisan loaves of bread you’ve ever tasted.”