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Making History: Memorable moments in 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, we didn’t want to forget some of the great accomplishments LSU has achieved over the last 12 months.

The Gold Standard: Undergraduate Research at LSU

LSU is home to a variety of outstanding research programs and opportunities. Some, like the Office of Research & Economic Development’s Chancellor’s Future Leaders in Research, or CFLR, program, offer scholarships to undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential.LSU students also successfully compete for excellent internship opportunities at foundations, museums, and universities across the globe.

Only the Beginning

Graduation is a season of celebration. On Dec. 16, family and friends were able to celebrate the accomplishments of 1,651 new LSU graduates who earned bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees at the university's 276th commencement.

We Got Male: LSU Program Hosts Preview Day for Black Male Teens

During Homecoming Week in November, the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative, or BMLI, hosted its inaugural LSU Preview Day. The program was designed to provide young black males with an insight into college life. With increasing admission standards at LSU and universities across the nation, the Preview Day also encouraged the participants to begin preparing for college while they are in high school.

Current Robots

It sounds like a science fiction film: in the wake of an epic disaster, robots are unleashed into a dangerous environment to assess the aftermath, while humans receive and analyze the results from a safe location. No matter how fictional it seems, that’s exactly what happened after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Michael Malisoff, LSU professor of mathematics, partnered with a colleague at Georgia Tech, Fumin Zhang, and Mark Patterson from the College of William and Mary, to develop marine robotic methods for conducting surveys on the weathered crude oil off the coast of Louisiana.

Saving Winter

In December 2005, a 3-month-old bottlenose dolphin became entrapped in a crab trap line in the Indian River Lagoon near Cape Canaveral, Fla. The baby dolphin would come to be known as "Winter", in recognition of the cold winter day on which she was found. The story of the dolphin's rescue and rehabilitation is the basis of the Warner Brothers movie, "Dolphin Tale." David Kilpatrick, an LSU School of Veterinary Medicine alumnus, was on a team of marine mammal stranding responders from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute that helped to rescue Winter.

Making Connections

The LSU Office of Research & Economic Development and the Gordon A. Cain Center for Scientific, Technological Engineering and Mathematical Literacy, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, or NSF, sponsored the first ever Early Career Development, or CAREER, Award Regional Forum in November. The forum brought together the state's current and past NSF CAREER award recipients, as well as participants from 17 of Louisiana's institutes of higher education, including four Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs.

Deck the Halls

The holidays are here, and to get in the spirit, the university is following the annual tradition of the Candlelight Celebration. While lighting a Christmas tree might be a joyous tradition in apartments, homes, and even dorms across the country, LSU’s Christmas tree is a sight to behold.

Settle the Score

In an upcoming study to be published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, researchers from LSU, Texas Tech University and Northern Illinois University have showcased the link between credit ratings and an individual’s personality, and shown no connection between poor credit scores and theft.

LSU Food & Health Experts Offer Tips for a Healthy and Delicious Thanksgiving Meal

Every November, people across the United States observe the Thanksgiving holiday, which honors the practice originated by the first American settlers gathering with Native Americans for large group meals and to give thanks after the work of a completed harvest season.

Continuing Excellence: LSU's Manship School Celebrates Past with an Eye on the Future

In 1912-13 the English Department offered the first journalism courses at LSU. In the 100 years since that first class began pecking out their assignments on manual typewriters the school has trained about 8,000 students with the skills and knowledge to successfully enter the world of media.

 

LSU Salutes Proud Military History

LSU's long and proud military history began more than 150 years ago and was never more evident than during World War II when LSU boasted more officers on active duty than any other institution in the nation other than the military academies. On Friday, Nov. 11, LSU will honor its proud military heritage with LSU Salutes activities, which will include a Veterans Day observance, a star-studded USO Show, and the Annual Assembly and Hall of Honor induction ceremony this year.

Home Free

LSU Homecoming is an annual, time-honored tradition for alumni, students and members of the Tiger community. The university will celebrate Homecoming with the traditional events – a pep rally, tailgate, the Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Court – as well as events for Family Weekend and LSU Salutes.

The Dark Side of Community: LSU Sociologists Find that Community Involvement Causes More Stress During Crises

When confronted with disaster, many people turn to their communities for comfort, becoming involved in volunteer work and other forms of civic engagement. Recent studies byLSU sociologists indicate that social involvement actually increases stress levels for individuals during crises.

More than a Game: Athletics meets Academics

LSU researchers Anne Osborne and Lance Porter are studying how fans interact with each other at the game, in front of the TV, and online. Turn on the TV, walk into a Baton Rouge restaurant or take a stroll through the Quad and you will feel it — the excitement in Tiger Country is palpable. While the No. 1 ranked LSU football team prepares for an epic showdown against No. 2 Alabama, it’s the fans who are restlessly waiting to descend on Tuscaloosa to show their Tiger Pride.

The Bone Lady: A Snapshot into the Life of a Forensic Anthropologist

Thousands of students walk through the Quad toward the LSU Union each day, but not many of them take notice of the small building sitting beside the Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex. Housed inside this building is the LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services, or FACES, Lab, home to the renowned "Bone Lady," Mary Manhein.

LSU's Reilly Center to Host Retrospective on Landmark in Presidential Campaign Ads

The image remains impactful nearly 50 years later. A young girl in a meadow counts off the petals as she picks them from a daisy. Suddenly, the countdown takes on a more sinister voice, the young girl looks up and the audience is greeted by the blinding flash of a nuclear explosion. "These are the stakes. To make a world in which all of God's children can live. Or to go into the dark."

LSU Researchers Go Batty: Graduate Student Studies Bat Behavior

Aside from witches and black cats, bats are one of the creatures most synonymous with Halloween – and, perhaps, one of the most villainized mammals in existence.

Seventy-Five Years of the Tiger

LSU's beautiful Bengal tiger, known by millions of Tiger fans simply as "Mike," is one of the most beloved college mascots in the country. What other tiger can lay claim to more than 100,000 visitors each year and a devoted fan base responsible for donations to develop a top-tier habitat fit for a king? Mike VI, the current mascot, has reigned over the LSU campus since 2007, but the tiger's tale began 75 years ago, on Oct. 21, 1936, when Mike I, LSU's first live tiger mascot, arrived on campus.

Give a Year

When asked about her greatest accomplishment, Baton Rouge native and LSU graduate student Reagan Samuel quickly answered, "City Year." As the nation celebrates "Make a Difference" day, the most encompassing national day of helping others, on Saturday, Oct. 22, LSU is recognizing Samuel for the difference she has made, not only at LSU and in Baton Rouge, but also in her year spent in Boston with the City Year program.

Daisy…Daisy…

On Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, LSU's Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs and LSU Press will host a retrospective on the infamous "Daisy Girl" ad, to be held at the Manship School of Mass Communication's Journalism Building at 5 p.m.

Midas Touch

Christopher Mores, associate professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, has received an award from the National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences branch to join the group Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study, or MIDAS.

Do Deutsch!

Call it “Septemberfest!” The third week of last month was a big one for German history, culture and education on the LSU campus on multiple levels. “Do Deutsch” festivities kicked off and were coupled with a weeklong visit by a Fulbright delegation who travelled to Louisiana from Germany to learn more about the best practices of American universities in fundraising, promotion, and also maybe just a little about what it means to “Love Purple” and “Live Gold.”

Geek Squad

There’s something that sets Eric Reid Jr. apart from the rest of the honor roll students in the E. J. Ourso College of Business: When the No. 1-ranked LSU football team takes the field in Tiger Stadium to play Florida on Saturday afternoon, he’ll be out there at safety trying to disrupt the Gators’ offense, swatting away passes intended for receivers and delivering devastating tackles to ball carriers.

Stage Advice

Students in the LSU Department of Theatre and actors in the Swine Palace theatre group had the opportunity to do just that recently, as Academy-Award winning actress Olympia Dukakis visited the campus on Sept. 21 to teach a theatre master class in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building's Studio Theatre.

Tigerama

If you were to ask the tens of thousands who attend each LSU Tiger home football game and the millions of LSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans around the world, many would likely tell you that the “Golden Band from Tigerland” is arguably the heartbeat of the university.

2011 LSU Fall Fest

It was free food, fun and games as one of the most anticipated events of the fall semester took place on Friday, Sept. 30, in the LSU Quadrangle and Exxon Quad. The annual LSU Fall Fest celebration welcomed more than 30,000 new and returning students, faculty and staff to campus.

Step Ahead

The silence in the air is cracked with the hard sound of a combat boot hitting the stage. First it's one, and then the others follow, in a sequence of snaps creating a simple beat. That beat builds when joined with synchronized handclaps and practiced chants.

Empowering Women

Titled "Power & Possibilities," the 2011 Louisiana Women's Summit will take place at the Lod Cook Alumni Conference Center on LSU's campus on Friday, Oct. 14. This statewide conference is being hosted by the LSU Women's Center and sponsored by LSU and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.

Looking Up

Entrepreneurship was celebrated and Louisiana's positive business news was highlighted at the eighth annual Louisiana Looking Up event, held on Thursday, Sept. 15, at LSU.

Keys to Success: The LSU Honors College Experience

On its own 10-acre campus in the heart of LSU, the Honors College offers students a living and learning community within a large top tier university, where they are challenged, nurtured and encouraged to find their own path to success.

Bound for Brazil

LSU doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography & Anthropology Case Watkins recently received a prestigious IIE Graduate Fellowship for International Study (formerly, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program) to conduct a yearlong research project on sustainable agriculture practices in Bahia, Brazil.

Four in a Row

For the fourth consecutive year and despite facing budget cuts during that time, LSU is ranked in the first tier for "Best National Universities" in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 edition of Best Colleges.

LSU Remembers

Sept. 11, 2001. Ten years ago. How time flies, and how it drags. For this year's college freshmen, the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, occurred when most of them were only 8 years old. For them, that probably seems like a very long time ago. But for others, especially those who lost loved ones in New York City, Washington, D.C., and a field in rural Pennsylvania, it probably feels like only yesterday.

Life After the NFL

While a majority of the sports world spent the summer wondering about the future of the National Football League by following news of the NFL lockout, a group of former NFL players were focusing on their own futures by attending the "Personal Branding for Athletes: Transitioning from the NFL to Your Next Career" program, hosted by LSU Executive Education in the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

Sharing Knowledge

LSU's Cain Center helps Louisiana science and math teachers from across the state. STEM skills – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – are some of the most difficult courses to teach and yet some of the most important for our country's future development.

Mike's Welcome Back

As the new school year begins more than 5,000 new students roar onto campus, droves return for the next step in collegiate careers, and faculty and staff look up from their desks to witness a sea of purple and gold flow beneath the stately oaks and broad magnolias.

Are You Blue?

Ronald Reagan, Bobby Jindal, Andy Warhol, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton, Edwin Edwards and one famous "Blue Dog." What do all of these have in common? Louisiana's artist laureate, George Rodrigue.

For the Future

LSU's College of Engineering rises to top 10 percent in number of graduates. Recently-released 2011 edition of Profiles of Engineering & Engineering Technology Colleges, produced by American Society of Engineering Education, or ASEE, cites improvement.

Generations to Come

Whether preparing the youth of today for the challenges of tomorrow or promoting health and wellness for generations to come, the LSU College of Education is shaping the future.

Knowledge is Power

772 students receive degrees at LSU's 275th Commencement. Louisiana State Sen. Ben Nevers delivered the commencement address, and 772 students received degrees at LSU's 275th commencement exercises on Friday, Aug. 5.

Oil Impact

More than a year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill devastated coastal communities in Louisiana, there are still sections of oiled coastlines, livelihoods hanging in the balance and many lingering questions about the long-term impacts of the disaster.

Creative Outlet

The LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts combines education with community outreach. In any society, performing arts are often seen as a uniting force. For centuries, music and theatre have provided a forum for entertainment as well as enlightenment.

New Dean Plans on Keeping LSU at the Forefront of Media Education

LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication has always worked diligently to remain on the forefront of the ever-changing world of mass media. That is something that Jerry Ceppos has always admired, and it's work he plans to continue as the Manship School's new dean.

Alumnus Anthony Ryan Auld competes on Project Runway

"Reap what you sew" — the tagline for season nine of "Project Runway," which premiered on Lifetime late last month — started off with a slew of hopefuls hungry for Fashion Week. But for LSU students and Baton Rouge residents alike, there was one of us on the screen.

College of Education shapes the future

Whether preparing the youth of today for the challenges of tomorrow or promoting health and wellness for generations to come, the LSU College of Education is shaping the future.

Louisiana Sen. Ben Nevers Speaks, 772 Students Receive Degrees at LSU's 275th Commencement

Louisiana State Sen. Ben Nevers delivered the commencement address, and 772 students received degrees at LSU's 275th commencement exercises on Friday, Aug. 5.

LSU's College of Engineering Rises to Top 10 Percent in Number of Graduates

Recently-released 2011 edition of Profiles of Engineering & Engineering Technology Colleges, produced by American Society of Engineering Education, or ASEE, cites improvement.

Living for the Gold

Fans of the Olympic games won't soon forget the night of Aug. 16, 2008. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt blew away the men's 100-meter field in Beijing, with a blistering world record time of 9.69 seconds, fully 0.03 seconds faster than the record he had set in May three months prior.

Digital Development

On July 27, Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Electronic Arts Inc. Head of Worldwide Quality Assurance Mike Robinson, LSU Chancellor Michael Martin and East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden to break ground on the 94,000-square-foot Louisiana Digital Media Center that eventually will be home to 600 video game development workers and LSU's Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT.

Above and Beyond

LSU Names 2010 Distinguished Research Masters and Dissertation Awards

Tailored for Leadership

A tailored suit, an affinity for skinny ties and a drive to help students are just a few of the defining characteristics of LSU's Student Leader of the Year, John Parker Ford.

Designing for Tomorrow

Imagine designing an exoskeleton that will enable a quadriplegic to stand or building a platform that assists quadriplegic hunters, specifically disabled veterans, in their sport. Or, imagine designing a system that ejects a data capsule in the event that a blowout preventer loses electricity.

Wizard Showdown: LSU muggles gather to witness the fate of Harry Potter

In the 14 years since the first Harry Potter book hit stores, the culture around the series has expanded to epic proportions, inspiring films, theme parks, language and a dedicated fan base. LSU has not been untouched by the magical world created by J.K. Rowling.

Get In Gear

The LSU College of Engineering is home to a high-tech driving simulator. The new equipment will stimulate funding opportunities, graduate student recruitment and multidisciplinary studies on campus.

CampUs Out: Opportunities for Students of All Ages

Every kid spends most of their year waiting for the blessed freedom of summer. And every working parent wonders what to do with those children once those months roll around.

LSU Community Counseling Students Help Guide Teen Offenders Down Better Path

Every Thursday evening during the spring semester, a group of LSU students gathered around a conference table at the Baton Rouge Bar Association. They weren't aspiring lawyers, but master's degree candidates in the College of Education Counselor Education Program.

Hurricanes: LSU Researchers Answer Questions about Storm Lore and History

It's hurricane season again, a time when residents of coastal states, particularly those lining the Gulf of Mexico, batten down the hatches, lay in supplies of batteries and canned goods, and anxiously scan weather reports for the slightest tropical disturbance that could, with time, become the next storm to impact their lives.

Emphasizing Art

In May 2012, particle accelerator scientists from all around the world will descend on New Orleans for the third annual International Particle Accelerator Conference, or IPAC 12, which CAMD is helping organize. In an attempt to create a unique look for the conference, researchers at CAMD approached the LSU College of Art + Design about creating the printed material for the conference.

Close to Home

LSU is Louisiana's flagship university. While its physical campus is located in Baton Rouge, the research, economic development efforts and educational mission of LSU pays dividends for the entire state.

Calling the Shots

Sports Illustrated, a magazine that's covered the ins and outs of athletics for more than 60 years, is a summer home for journalism senior Matt Marcantonio. Marcantonio, a student worker at the LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center, was one of seven in the country to receive an editorial internship with Sports Illustrated magazine. Although the internship will be over at the end of the summer, Marcantonio said writing at Sports Illustrated would be a dream job after graduation.

Exceptional Honor

The National Science Foundation, or NSF, is one of the country's top funding sources for scientific research at the university level. Part of the independent federal agency's mission has been to promote the progress of science and advance the health and prosperity of the United States. In support of this mission, the organization each year recognizes outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. Recently, two LSU students and two recent alumni have received the prestigious award.

SpringFest Recruits Outstanding Minority High School Students

With so many options out there for high school students who excel academically, the choice of where to attend college can often be a difficult decision.

Behind the Numbers: LSU participates in World IPv6 Day, prepares to switch to new system

Behind the highly trafficked pages of Facebook and LSU.edu lie droves of numerical coding that builds the infrastructure of the Internet – but those numbers are about to change.

A Cut Above: LSU and Campus Federal Credit Union Name 2010 Rainmakers

Being a faculty member at a large university is no easy job. In order to succeed, one must cover demanding teaching loads, research and publication quotas, and departmental responsibilities, in addition to fieldwork, post-doctoral experience and sustained excellence within an individual's field.

LSU certifies 32 Distinguished Communicator graduates

Students undergo additional training to advance their writing, speaking, visual and technological communication skills to excel in their field post-graduation

Adolphe G. Gueymard: A Tiger Veteran's Legacy

The late Dolphe Gueymard was a towering figure of philanthropic support for LSU and was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction in 2000. But before Gueymard made his impact in the corporate world and left an indelible legacy at LSU, he was a U.S. Army major with the 101st Airborne.

A.P. Tureaud Jr., W. Henson Moore Receive Honorary Degrees; 3,559 Students Graduate at LSU's 274th Commencement Exercises

More than 50 years after setting foot on campus as the first African-American undergraduate, and subsequently being rejected by students and teachers and being forced to finish his studies at Xavier University in New Orleans, Alexander Pierre "A.P." Tureaud Jr. is officially an alumnus of LSU.

 

 

LSU Alumnus Hosts Hollywood Workshop for Aspiring Actors and Moviemakers

When Papajohn’s LSU baseball career ended in 1988, he took a job on a whim serving as Dennis Quaid’s stunt double in Everybody’s All-American. Before he knew it, Papajohn was among the top stunt men in Hollywood, doing everything from sliding off the deck of the RMS Titanic in James Cameron’s Oscar-winning epic to tackling people as Adam Sandler’s personal stunt double in The Waterboy.

Spin the Wheel…University Students Win Big on Wheel of Fortune

Three LSU students recently had the opportunity to discover just what it feels like, as James Lowder, Arquavious Gordon and Otisha Reed participated in the game show's annual "College Week," which was filmed in New Orleans.

Modeling the Mississippi: LSU Researchers Study Methods to Use River Sediment to Repair the Coast

They say that time and tide wait for no man – well, neither does the mighty Mississippi River.

LSU Tiger Twelve Class of 2011 Honored

LSU's Commitment to Community states that Louisiana State University is an interactive community in which students, faculty and staff together strive to pursue truth, advance learning and uphold the highest standards of performance in an academic and social environment. It is a community that fosters individual development and the creation of bonds that transcend the time spent within the gates of LSU.

Sensational Seniors: LSU Kinesiology Students Helping with an Exercise Program at Local Community Center

For eight years, students in the LSU College of Education Department of Kinesiology have assisted with a unique group exercise program for middle and older adults at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center in neighboring Old South Baton Rouge.

Alumnus finds labor of love in horse training

It was Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, and excitement was in the air. The sun had set, the lights were on, and the stands were packed. ESPN was broadcasting from the historic venue, and fans across the country – across the world – were watching, wondering if there would be an upset. There was.

LSU's Communication across the Curriculum Joins with Wikimedia Foundation to Incorporate Wikipedia in Classrooms

When looking at the popular information website Wikipedia, one can see that numerous contributors add reference content to respective entries.

LSU Student Named Prestigious Goldwater Scholar, Another Receives Honorable Mention

LSU juniors Mytrang Do and Winston Capps have a lot in common, including both being part of The LSU Honors College. Neither is fond of writing essays, and both were born in a foreign country. They are LA-STEM Research Scholars and aspiring scientists, and they both enjoy trying new things.

LSU Professor of Chemistry epitomizes the bow tie-wearing, quirky professor

To a chemist, mixing disparate elements and compounds to create something new is simply a day in the lab, but LSU Chemistry Professor John Pojman has taken this to another level – combining amphibians, vogue style, space flight and pocket protectors with a result that makes him a unique figure on LSU's campus.

LSU Screenwriting Professor Writes for HBO's "Treme"

People along the Gulf Coast have had their share of recent manmade and natural disasters to contend with, from oil spills to hurricanes, and from those trials, both heartbreaking and inspiring stories have emerged.

LSU Researcher Studies South Louisiana's Historical Ties to the Oil Industry

On the one year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that took the lives of 11 men and devastated the livelihoods of many residents of coastal Louisiana, it's difficult to put the complicated relationship between people and oil into perspective.

Far and Wide

A recent study by Stephen Barnes, assistant professor of economics and associate director of the LSU Division of Economic Development at the E. J. Ourso College of Business, underscores LSU's impact on Baton Rouge area's economy, showing that the university generates more than $1.3 billion annually and created almost 22,000 jobs during economically tough times when unemployment has reached record highs.

Noble Cause

As the nation acknowledged the sesquicentennial anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter marking the start of the Civil War, LSU honored Tureaud Hall namesake and Civil Rights pioneer Alexander Pierre Tureaud, one of the most influential men in 20th century Louisiana.

LSU Community comes together to beautify campus

In the shade of stately oaks and broad magnolias, nearly 300 students, faculty and staff volunteered during LSU's Spring Greening Day held Friday, April 8.

Digital Media Fest celebrates entries, creativity

From blogging and music to videos and social networking, digital media is at its most accessible. LSU students are no strangers to the technology associated with digital media, and this year, participants in the Digital Media Fest showcased their creative talent.

Reaching Beyond

LSU Announces National Partnership with City Year Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of high school in the United States. Louisiana has one of the worst dropout rates in the nation. But there is hope despite these bleak statistics, as dedicated individuals tackle this challenge every day.

Top Minds

Titled "In the Name of Democracy: Political Communication Research & Practice in a Polarized Media Environment," the 2011 Breaux Symposium sought to examine the study and practice of political communication, focused on topics like incivility in political discourse, divided government and the challenges of reporting in a polarized media environment, and how universities bridge the gap between academia and the professional world.

Best in Show

In the world of advertising and public relations, getting noticed is a key to success. LSU graphic design and advertising students set a historic first in AAF-BR ADDY awards history, as judges honored the students' collective body of work with the prestigious "Best in Show" award.AAF-BR Several LSU advertising and graphic design students, university faculty and staff did just that, earning honors at the recent 2011 Baton Rouge ADDY Awards, including the LSU students achieving a historic honor in the process.

Challenge Course

During a span of several weeks, nominated employees have faced challenges in team building and leadership through a program called LEAD…Emerge.

Proud Moment

For many filmmakers, getting a film shown at the Sundance Film Festival is a life-long dream, but for LSU alumnus and screenwriter-in-residence Zack Godshall, it was only the beginning. LSU alumnus and screenwriter-in-residence Zack Godshall, the 2009 Louisiana Filmmaker of the Year, makes both short- and feature-length fiction and documentary films. Jim Zietz/LSU University Relations

Dreams Come True

LSU students join forces with The Cinderella Project of Baton Rouge to provide dresses for area teens. Spring is a time where high school students across the country look forward to certain rites of passage. For young women who are juniors and seniors, this includes finding that perfect dress to wear to their school's annual prom event.

Well-stocked

The LSU SMART Lab functions as a real-world trading floor, complete with 44 workstations, a streaming ticker, two Bloomberg terminals, data feeds and modern trading analytic software.Recently, John Tarleton, director and chief compliance officer of LavaFlow Inc., has become the first donor to make an ongoing commitment to help sustain the SMART Lab by committing $500 monthly for two years. That amount totals $6,000 annually from the New York resident and LSU alumnus.

Discovering Science

The LSU School of the Coast and Environment, or SC&E, and the College of Education have partnered to bring EnvironMentors, a national college access initiative that prepares at-risk high school juniors and seniors for college degree programs in environmental and related science fields, to LSU. This past year, LSU was one of only three universities selected to become an EnvironMentors university chapter.

Shaking Things Up

LSU's Seismeauxbile helps identify weak spots in New Orleans levee system . Professor Juan Lorenzo uses the LSU-built machine to study Earth processes around the world.

Turkey Rap

LSU alum Aly Neel blogs about her first time in the Middle East. Manship School of Mass Communication and Honors College graduate Aly Neel had many options upon graduating from LSU this past fall. Putting her political communication knowledge to use in Washington, D.C., or here at home in Louisiana were both viable ones.

History Lessons

Two LSU Civil Rights Pioneers Share Their Experiences Ignorance and fear of the unknown are parasites within human nature that can subsist on one another, making each stronger. Over centuries together, the two have led to some of the greatest injustices that man has perpetrated on man.

In the Event

The Center for Strategic and International Studies, or CSIS, one of the preeminent international policy think tanks in Washington, D.C., has partnered with LSU, the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, or SDMI, and the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation to host an international speaker series, "The CSIS-LSU Series on Disaster Management and Emergency Response."

Absolutely Southern

It all started in the late 1980s with an ad in The Daily Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper. LSU student, and drummer, Cary Bonnecaze was looking to form a band, so he placed an ad in The Daily Reveille looking for members: among the respondents were vocalist/guitarist Kevin Griffin, bass player Tom Drummond and guitarist Joel Rundell.

 

Money Talks

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month. It is a busy time of year for high school seniors. With an eye toward graduation, students are finalizing their college choices, taking the ACT and SAT tests, preparing themselves for living on their own in a few months, shopping for prom dresses and tuxedos, staying involved in extracurricular activities … all while finishing their senior years of high school.

Just Dance

Ringing in a new year is not normally something people have the opportunity to do twice within two month's time. Members of the LSU Golden Girls and Tiger Girls dance troupes, along with LSU's own Mike the Tiger mascot and university faculty and staff, had the opportunity to do just that.

Hot Wheels

Between two teams, Diables Rouges and the Capital Defenders, nearly 40 women participate in the toughest sport on wheels. On and off the track, they are a force to be reckoned with, yet a delight to see. Dressed in the classic attire, their uniforms are a proper juxtaposition of fire and flirt. It's where fishnet stockings and ruffled skirts meet decorated helmets and mouth guards.

World View

The LSU community discusses "Unrest in North Africa and the Middle East." For the past several weeks, the eyes of the nation and the world have been focused on protests in North Africa and the Middle East. The uncertainty of the situation and the lack of resolution thus far have drawn the attention and concern of people worldwide, including many in the LSU community.

Off the Hook

Fish bait: it's messy, smelly and typically problematic. Live bait is inconvenient and only good for one day, but with expensive and more permanent lures, you run the risk of losing an investment if the line breaks. Soft baits are good essentially only as visual cues for fish. LSU Professor John Caprio and Mystic Tackleworks have changed all that by developing Attraxx with Sci-X, a scientifically designed soft bait that preys on fish sight, smell and taste – the major sensory systems that a fish depends on to find its dinner.

Listen In

Elements of visual design are apparent in the world around you. You may observe and appreciate a custom-made gown or a building's unique architecture. However, you probably think less about forms of design that appeal to your other senses like sound or touch.

Plan on It

Late last year, LSU alumna Becky Navarro founded event planning company Pearl Events in Austin, Texas. Although a majority of her job is about planning, Navarro said she got into event planning by mistake.

Voice of Reason

For most, retirement means stepping away from the hectic schedule of work to enjoy personal hobbies and spend more time doing what you love. But for LSU's Ed Overton, retiring actually meant revving up already considerable contributions to the field of environmental science though both scientific research and active communication with the public.

Breaking Point

Everything that moves can and will break, especially metals under strain. And when they fail, the consequences can be catastrophic. LSU's Michael Khonsari has developed and proven a novel method to avoid the danger that comes with reaching the breaking point.

Changing Tune

As the university opened its doors for the beginning of the spring 2011 semester, the LSU Performing Arts Academy – an exciting new outlet for the public to learn musical and dramatic arts skills and train with the most highly educated professionals in the area – officially raised the curtain for the spring semester with an Outreach Day event.

 

Concrete Steps: LSU Professor Joins with Business for First U.S. Test of Pollution-Cleaning Pavement on Campus

LSU researcher Marwa Hassan has teamed up with CSG Pureti, a worldwide leader in sustainable surface treatments, to battle vehicular emissions in a novel way – by pulling them directly out of the air and into the very road you're driving on.

Legal Pursuit: Jimmie Murvin Celebrates 27 Years as Instructor in LSU Paralegal Studies Program

In the spring of 1983, Tokyo Disneyland opened, the final episode of "M*A*S*H" aired, and instructor Jimmie Murvin began her journey with the LSU Paralegal Studies Program.

LSU Celebrates the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy endures almost 43 years after his assassination in Memphis, Tenn. As the nation honors the memory of the famed civil rights leader, members of the LSU community celebrate his life and reflect on the way he has touched their lives with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration.

LSU Tiger Transition Team Helps Freshmen Get the Most Out of the College Experience

For some, adjusting to the first semester of college is not the easiest task, but with guidance, first-year students are able to find their classes, balance social lives with college-level course work and even find time to visit Death Valley on a Saturday night.

Students from LSU's Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Help to Rebuild Coastal City in Haiti

In keeping with its long-standing tradition of serving the public, the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture engaged a group of fifth-year students in a planning and design project that is giving a whole new meaning to the term "service learning."

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