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COPGS Tiger Showcase Dustin Barnes, a spring 2007 graduate of Grambling State University, is the public information coordinator/spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Career Education (ACE). In this role, Barnes helps to oversee all communication efforts and to enlighten Arkansans about the services offered by the state agency through its four divisions: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Adult Education, Career & Technical Education, and the Office of Skills Development. He has been in this role since May 2014. Before joining ACE, Barnes enjoyed a successful seven years as a television news reporter, informing viewers while at stations in Monroe, La., Jackson, Miss., and Little Rock, Ark. His reporting allowed him to tell a plethora of stories, ranging from crime to education. His investigative skills won him recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists (Arkansas Chapter), winning first place for continuing coverage. His series of reports on the disappearance of a Pine Bluff teenager prompted authorities to search for clues in areas that had not been conducted. Barnes, a native of Jonesboro, Louisiana, graduated summa cum laude from GSU. He studied mass communication with an emphasis in broadcast. While at Grambling, Barnes was the voice of KGRM, serving as an on-air personality and host of Good Morning Grambling. He was also active in the National Association of Black Journalists, Student Government Association, the Earl Lester Cole Honors College, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated (Delta Sigma Chapter). Barnes is forever indebted to Grambling State University for serving as a training ground to hone communication skills that have taken him to places he never imagined. Riki Burroughs is a senior Criminal Justice major at Grambling State University. She is a member of the Earl Lester Cole Honors College. While at GSU, Riki has been on the President’s List and was the recipient of an academic scholarship from Ellis Law, New York, NY. She is also a member of StrutLA Modeling Troup and serves as a big sister in the Big Sister-Little Sister Program on the GSU campus. Burroughs is the Miss July 2017 in the 2016-2017 Grambling State University’s Favrot Student Union Board-Sponsored Activities Calendar. During the Fall semester of 2016, Riki became a member of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Riki is also active in service activities in the community. She serves as a member of the Anonymous Angels of Monroe, Louisiana, an organization that provides services to the less fortunate and persons in need. Riki is also a phlebotomist at a plasma donation center. She is currently an intern with Heath Hattaway, Attorney and Counselor at Law, at Gallot Law Office in Ruston, Louisiana. She is aspiring to be a criminal defense attorney who plans to enter law school after graduating from GSU. Riki is from Las Vegas, Nevada. Academic Viewbook Page 24