Meet a Member: Sallie Rose Hollis

I became acquainted with the writing of Sallie Rose Hollis when she entered the at-large competition of the 2018 NFPW professional communications contest. She is a freelance columnist for the Ruston Daily Leader in Louisiana. She has a nice writing style and I enjoy her perspective. I’m hoping to meet her in person next June, when the Louisiana affiliate hosts the NFPW conference. I hope you enjoy getting to know this unique and unbelievable NFPW member.

Name:  Sallie Rose Hollis 

City and State:  Ruston, Louisiana

Affiliate and any leadership positions:  Louisiana; past affiliate secretary

Sallie Rose Hollis

Sallie Rose Hollis

Years a member of NFPW:  I was a member for decades while teaching journalism at Louisiana Tech University.  Then when I retired in 2008, I dropped out for a few years. Now that I am a freelance newspaper columnist, I have re-upped.

Tell us a little about you:

I’m a North Louisiana native, born and raised in Union Parish. I was named after both my grandmothers, so I like to use both names in my byline. I attended Louisiana Tech, majoring in journalism, and ended up teaching there for 34 years.  While there, I also served in the university News Bureau, eventually becoming assistant director.  I now have a biweekly column that I began about two years ago in the Ruston Daily Leader, “The Journey.”  It combines slice of life, nostalgia and inspiration.

My husband is the talented artist Hooshang Khorasani. 

Sallie Rose Hollis helping sort cans for a food drive with Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha.  

Sallie Rose Hollis helping sort cans for a food drive with members of Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha.

I belong to several groups: Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines. We sing four-part a cappella harmony.  (I’m assistant director for showmanship and visual expression, and baritone section leader.) Epsilon Sigma Alpha service group.  (I’m the outgoing president of the local Zeta Rho chapter. Our main philanthropic project is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.)   Of course, I serve as the PR/marketing chair for both these groups, as well as for my husband’s art business. Most importantly, I’m a Christian and am involved with the worldwide Bible Study Fellowship; plus, I teach online at World English Institute, which uses the Bible as the foundation for its lessons.

Any career advice you would give?  Don’t give up easily. When I began teaching, I was terrified and also not very proficient.  But I hung in there and think that, in time, I did grow into the job.

Which talent would you most like to have?  

Hmmm … The ability to keep my house clean. That is, other than being a really nice, loving person at all times.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?  I’m there. It’s here.

What book are you reading?  

“Building Bridges in Marriage Communication” by Bill Stewart.  Recently finished “The Dragon Slayer: Reflections on the Saving of the World” by Jim McGuiggan.  I read more non-fiction than fiction. “The Other Einstein” by Marie Benedict is on my to-read list – a gift from my home-ec-teacher-turned-author sister, Dianne Hollis Lundy.  “Sister” has written her autobiography, “The Girl from Nip ‘n’ Tuck” and a collection of short stories, “Summerfield,” with its sequel soon to follow.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  

I had polio when I was 3 years old. 

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?  

They offer a place to be united with like-minded people; they provide avenues to continue your education; they supply a means of having your work assessed and receiving awards when it is deemed top-quality.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.:  

Facebook – Sallie Rose Hollis; blog – (mainly an anthology of my columns).

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