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LSU Day to Celebrate University's Sesquicentennial, Offer Open House Experience for Campus on Nov. 13

For 150 years, LSU has worked to open doors in the realms of education, research and community engagement both in Louisiana and around the world.


Among the events taking place as part of LSU Day on Thursday, Nov. 13, will be preparation and presentation of a record-size king cake, created by LSU Dining and the Sesquicentennial Student Committee. The cake will be served in the LSU Student Union's Cotillion Ballroom beginning at 11 a.m.

As part of LSU's Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2010, as well as the university's Homecoming Week celebration, LSU will open its doors to the public Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for LSU Day – a free, fun-filled day of exploration and discovery, highlighted by performing arts showcases, tours and exhibitions showing off LSU's rich history, current offerings and goals for the future.

A special opening ceremony will be held on the event's main stage, located at the University Recreation Complex, beginning at 10 a.m. WBRZ on-air personalities Whitney Vann and Michael Marsh will serve as emcees for the event, which will feature the LSU Tiger Band, Golden Girls, cheerleaders and Mike the Tiger cheering for an LSU Homecoming victory.

"LSU Day is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see what the state's flagship university has to offer to prospective and current students, the Baton Rouge community, the state of Louisiana and beyond," LSU Chancellor Michael Martin said. "In a time where we reflect on the impact LSU has had over the past 150 years, we also want to celebrate what makes LSU such an outstanding home for education, research and community involvement. It also is a time when we reemphasize our commitment to remain a powerful force in changing the future of Louisiana."

LSU Day experiences will take place at three areas of campus – the Field of Excellence, located at the University Recreation Complex on South Campus Drive near the LSU lakes; the South Campus Promenade, located along South Campus Drive east of Highland Road; and the Union Square, located in and around the Student Union.

Field of Excellence

Numerous university colleges and departments will showcase their activities on the Field of Excellence. This area will house the majority of LSU Day experiences and offer both fun activities as well as educational opportunities for all ages.

Experiences at the Field of Excellence will include the LSU AgCenter's AgMagic animal farm; presentations by LSU Athletics' student-athletes and coaches past and present; examples of increased sustainability efforts at LSU; disaster preparedness lessons from the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute; presentations by LSU Professor Emeritus Ed Overton concerning the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and LSU's involvement in the cleanup and restoration efforts; the College of Engineering's annual Engineering Extravaganza and a Storytime Village; face painting; and a ceramics and painting sale, among many others.

The LSU Day main stage will also be located at the Field of Excellence and will feature Tai Chi demonstrations, international student performances by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, a Homecoming pep rally and LSU Athletics interviews.


As part of LSU Day, high school students who are considering attending LSU will have the opportunity to tour the campus, along with taking part in the numerous experiences offered during LSU Day.

South Campus Promenade

Many of the university's mobile education tools will line South Campus Drive as part of the day's South Campus Promenade area. The street will serve as a closed, direct route between the Field of Excellence and Union Square areas.

Experiences scheduled for the South Campus Promenade include the LSU AgCenter's Mobile Operations Vehicle, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Mobile Emergency Response Unit and the Louisiana Business & Technology Center's mobile incubator. There will also be firefighting and prevention demonstrations by representatives of the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute.

In addition, LSU's Residential Life department will also offer tours of some of the campus' newly renovated residence halls, which feature state-of-the art technology and friendly accommodations for students who choose to live on campus at LSU.

LSU Honors College advisors will also be on hand to meet with those interested in Honors College programs, the college's Residential College program and admission requirements for high-achieving students.

Union Square

Located at the heart of LSU's campus, the Union Square area will feature events such as tours of the Student Union and university; a portable planetarium demonstration; prospective student sessions; airings of LSU's 150th anniversary documentary, "Forever LSU"; LSU Press book signings; a "Best of the Fest" collection of entries in the Red Stick International Animation Festival; a chronicle on the history of Mike the Tiger, LSU's live tiger mascot; and the creation and presentation of a record-sized king cake produced by LSU Dining and the Student Sesquicentennial Subcommittee, along with many other experiences.

Meanwhile, representatives from the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts will conduct performances and discussions in the newly renovated Union Theater and outside the union in Free Speech Alley. Dean Laurence Kaptain will kick things off at 9 a.m. with a welcome and introduction. Exhibitions include Department of Theatre students presenting theatrical scenes, performances by various musical groups, dance and stage combat demonstrations, live opera scenes and improvisational theatre games. Advisors will also be on hand to offer information about the College of Music & Dramatic Arts.

Other LSU Day events, information

Other LSU Day-related events taking place in the area include a celebration of The Southern Review and one of its founders, Robert Penn Warren, at the Old President's House; an International Expo at the LSU International Cultural Center showcasing the university's cultural diversity; demonstrations on energy efficiency in the home at the LSU AgCenter's LaHouse; and tours of the Andonie Museum.

The LSU Museum of Art, located in the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge, will also be open for viewings with free admission Nov. 13 and 14.

Road closures, other information

LSU Day, as well as other Homecoming activities on campus during the day, will be pedestrian-oriented. Therefore, there will be additional street and lot closures aside from the customary football game day closures.

Beginning at 7 a.m., normal football game day road closures will be in effect. These include closures of the following streets: Dalrymple Drive west of Tower Drive; South Campus Drive west of Forestry Lane; South Stadium Drive between Nicholson and Forestry Lane; North Stadium Drive; Fieldhouse Drive; and Cypress Drive.

In addition, South Campus Drive from East Campus Drive to Minnie Fisk Drive will close to through traffic from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for LSU Day activities.

In the case of inclement weather on Nov. 13, the majority of LSU Day events will be relocated to within the Student Union. Experiences unable to be held within the building will be canceled. Decisions regarding weather-related changes for LSU Day events will be made by Thursday, Nov. 11.

Shuttle service, other information

To assist visitors in traveling throughout the campus on Nov. 13, LSU's free Tiger Trails shuttles will be in operation. All shuttles used during the event are wheelchair accessible, as well as most buildings that will be open during LSU Day. Shuttles will run continuously from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Information kiosks will also be available at select points on campus to allow visitors to ask questions and get directions.

For more information on LSU Day, including parking areas, as well as a complete listing of all Homecoming Week events, visit www.homecoming.lsu.edu and click on the "Homecoming Day/LSU Day" icon.

LSU Day is one of several signature activities taking place throughout 2010 as part of the university's Sesquicentennial Celebration. Sesquicentennial-related events throughout the year are made possible thanks to generous donations to the university by the following sponsors: Campus Federal Credit Union, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company, AT&T, Raising Cane's, ExxonMobil, Entergy and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana.

For more information on LSU's Sesquicentennial Celebration, visit www.lsu150.com.