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LSU officials, student scholars, athletes, coaches, and Mike the Tiger attend LSU Day at the Louisiana State Capitol on April 30. The students and coaches were recognized for their achievements in the classroom and on the playing field.


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LSU Day at the Louisiana State Capitol

BATON ROUGE – LSU officials, student scholars, athletes, coaches and Mike the Tiger were recognized on Wednesday, April 30, as part of LSU Day at the Louisiana State Capitol for achievements in the classroom and on the playing field.

A group from LSU visited both the Louisiana State Senate and House of Representatives during the LSU Day activities. The party included LSU officials; LSU’s Truman Scholar Claire Kendig of Shreveport; LSU’s Goldwater Scholars: Brian Goh of Denham Springs, Leah Muller of Hammond, Nabil Thalji of Baton Rouge and Michael Parent of Brandon, Miss.; and LSU accounting major Trista Sanders of Iowa, La., who received the highest score on the Certified Internal Auditor Exam.

The LSU athletic department was represented by LSU Football Head Coach Les Miles, who led his team to the BCS national championship; LSU Women’s Basketball Coach Van Chancellor, who led his team to its fifth straight Final Four appearance; LSU Gymnastics Coach D-D Breaux, who led her team to LSU’s first-ever appearance in the Super Six; LSU gymnasts Susan Jackson, NCAA vault national champion, Summer Hubbard and Ashleigh Clare-Kearney; LSU Men’s Basketball Coach Trent Johnson; and the costumed Mike the Tiger. The BCS National Championship Trophy was also on display during the celebration.

The LSU group’s first stop was the Louisiana Senate, where they were greeted by State Senate President Joel Chaisson.

“Each of you has represented Louisiana, and we commend you on your performance and achievements,” Chaisson said to the group.

LSU Acting Chancellor William Jenkins introduced the coaches, student scholars and athletes to the senators and each was met with a round of applause.

“Today I am pleased to introduce to you LSU’s finest − our champions in the classrooms, research labs and on their respective fields of athletic competition − whereas these individuals who stand before you have competed on a nationwide and worldwide level to achieve great success for themselves, their university, and for the state of Louisiana,” Jenkins said.

During the visit, the students were presented with resolutions of congratulations for their achievements from the Senate. LSU Men’s Basketball Coach Trent Johnson was presented with a resolution by the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, recognizing him as the first African American head coach in LSU men’s basketball history. Jenkins was also recognized for hiring Johnson.

The group then made their way to the House of Representatives side of the State Capitol building, where they were welcomed by House Speaker Jim Tucker.

“We are really honored today to have representatives from LSU’s National Championship team, Dr. Bill Jenkins and coach Les Miles. Let’s welcome them to the House of Representatives,” Tucker said.

When Miles and the BCS National Champion LSU football team were recognized, the House of Representatives offered the microphone to the coach for a few words.

“I can only tell you that I’m with a distinguished group of representatives from a great school,” Miles told the Louisiana House of Representatives. “It’s my great pleasure to represent that great school, and I’ll do so with the best of my ability for as long as I can.”

The students were all introduced by Jenkins and each was applauded for their accomplishments by the House of Representatives. They were each presented with resolutions of congratulations on the House side as well.

Jenkins thanked both the senators and representatives for everything they do to support LSU.

“On behalf of LSU, I thank all of you for being a part of our championship spirit. We have demonstrated and proven that Louisiana State University can compete with the very best and win,” Jenkins said. “You should be very proud of your Flagship University.”

The LSU group closed out its day with a photo shoot on the Capitol steps with Mike the Tiger, who became the center of attention for all the elementary school field trip groups at the Capitol.

For more information on LSU Day, contact Jamie Segar, director of strategic planning in the LSU Office of Legislative and External Affairs, at 225-578-0388 or jsegar@lsu.edu.

Ernie Ballard | LSU Office of Public Affairs
Spring 2008

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