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Commemorating LSU

Visitors to LSU's historic campus are quick to note two unique features: the intensity of Tiger spirit and the beautiful landscaping. The LSU Ornament series, now in its fourth year, celebrates both.

In 2009, the LSU Foundation partnered with LSU to introduce the "LSU 150" ornament, commemorating LSU's sesquicentennial year in 2010. Interest was so strong that the program continued, with a Mike the Tiger ornament following in 2010, then a Stately Oaks ornament last year. All proceeds from the sale of the three-dimensional, brass ornaments benefit the LSU Foundation's Campus Beautification Fund.

LSU Ornament Collection
2012 Quad Ornament

LSU Ornament Collection
2011 Stately Oaks Ornament

LSU Ornament Collection
2010 Mike the Tiger Ornament

LSU Ornament Collection
2009 LSU 150 Ornament
Eddy Perez/University Relations

The Campus Beautification Fund makes possible campus enhancements that state funds cannot support. Projects have included renewing flower beds, planting and pruning oaks, developing educational walkways, and easing traffic flow through landscaping. One such initiative is Spring Greening Day, an annual event through which LSU students, faculty and staff participate in campus-wide beautification projects to demonstrate and encourage a sense of pride and ownership in the university's campus. Through the Green Tiger Project, volunteers are educated about ongoing campus sustainability efforts and proper recycling procedures.

During the third annual 2012 Spring Greening Day, held April 27, volunteers worked near Memorial Tower; the Tower Drive triangle at the intersection of Dalrymple Drive, the Life Sciences Building and the Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex; and many other locations. Spring Greening Day is co-sponsored by Facility Services' Office of Landscape Services and the Division of Student Life and Enrollment's Campus Life office in support of the Green Tiger Project. The Campus Beautification Fund and support from the Albemarle Foundation provided the tools and materials volunteers needed to make campus enhancements. In just a few hours, the collective work of these volunteers accomplished what would take LSU's grounds crew weeks to do.

2012 Quad Ornament
The 2012 LSU Ornament features LSU's quadrangle. Known simply as "The Quad," this expansive courtyard is located in the heart of campus. The area's beautifully maintained green spaces and decades-old oak trees are a favored study and relaxation spot among LSU students. The Quad is encircled by several historic buildings that bear the campus's distinctive Italian Renaissance character, with red pantile roofing, honey-colored stucco, and stone archways.

The Dodson Fountain, depicted on this ornament, was installed in the 1930s, at the same time Dodson Auditorium was built. When installed, the side of the fountain that faces the auditorium had a drinking fountain, complete with a tiger head through which water flowed continuously. As part of repair and restoration efforts in 2011, the drinking fountain was converted to a garden fountain.

The Quad is anchored by Middleton Library at one end and by Atkinson Hall at the other. The library, completed in 1958, was formally dedicated to Gen. Troy H. Middleton, the university's 15th president. Atkinson Hall is marked by a cupola that has aged to a light green patina that can be spotted throughout campus.

2011 Stately Oaks Ornament
Steele Burden, LSU's landscaper from 1932 through 1970, planted many of LSU's roughly 1,200 live oak trees, which have been valued at $50 million. Burden's careful planting was done with the future in mind, a legacy continued by those who endow his majestic work through the LSU Foundation's Endow an Oak program.

2010 Mike the Tiger Ornament
Mike VI is the live, walking and roaring face of LSU. This ornament, featuring Mike VI in his natural habitat, celebrates the 7-year-old tiger and the spirit of the LSU Foundation's 50 years of service to LSU as the university's main academic fundraising entity. The LSU Foundation was founded in 1960.

2009 LSU 150 Ornament
In celebration of LSU's 150th anniversary, or sesquicentennial, this ornament features the Memorial Tower, one of the first structures completed on the current campus. The 175-foot tall tower, or campanile, was built as a memorial to the 1,447 Louisianans who died in World War I; their names are inscribed in the four bronze plaques within the rotunda.

Future ornaments will feature the LSU lakes (2013), azaleas (2014), a "broad magnolia" (2015), the Golden Band from Tigerland (2016), Death Valley (2017), and the gates of campus (2018).

LSU Ornaments are $20. A Quad Pack -- one of each ornament -- is $70.  Each ornament is lightweight and three-dimensional; is packaged in an attractive, shrink-wrapped presentation box; and includes an information card about the ornament and the Campus Beautification Fund. To receive information and updates about the LSU Ornament Collection, or to purchase an ornament, please visit www.lsuornament.com.