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As the University celebrates its 150th year, we look back on generations of shared stories and pictures. The history shows many challenges and changes for LSU. There have been different campuses and several traditions, but what remains today is the loyal spirit surrounding the University. This year we reflect on how far we have come, and make the first steps to another 150 years of LSU.

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LSU Set To Kick Off Year-Long Sesquicentennial Celebration

LSU is embarking on a year-long celebration 150 years in the making.

The year 2010 marks LSU’s 150th, or sesquicentennial, anniversary. To recognize this momentous occasion, LSU will hold a series of programs throughout the year that include premier events as well as special editions of annual university traditions.

The university will officially kick off its sesquicentennial celebration with a launch gathering titled “LSU 150: The Year Ahead,” on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 12:15 p.m. in front of the LSU Memorial Tower. In the case of rain or inclement weather, the event will be held in the LSU Student Union’s Live Oak Lounge.

Chancellor Michael Martin will join LSU faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to ring in the university’s historic celebration during the event. Also featured will be ensembles from the LSU School of Music and presentations by Martin and other past and present student leaders and administrators. Sponsors for the celebration will also be recognized during the event.

The kickoff also coincides with the beginning of the spring 2010 semester, when new and returning students begin classes.

Because no proper birthday celebration is complete without a birthday cake, the university will also cut and serve pieces of a commemorative cake during the event and at serving stations in the LSU Quadrangle and LSU Student Union immediately following the event.

The sesquicentennial is 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, Entergy, ExxonMobil and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

The LSU Sesquicentennial Launch is one of several signature activities taking place throughout 2010 as part of the university’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.

LSU: Building an American Renaissance

From Pineville’s stone slabs to Baton Rouge’s Italian-inspired stucco and tiles, “LSU: Building an American Renaissance” is year-long event tracing the architectural history of LSU and its founding fathers’ commitment to higher learning, which shaped the state’s flagship institution.

Visitors to the exhibit, which will travel the state throughout the year, will have the opportunity to view information highlighting LSU’s lifespan. This includes the university’s beginnings as the Louisiana State Seminary for Learning in Pineville through its move to the Pentagon Barracks in downtown Baton Rouge to its current location.

The exhibit, created by LSU architecture professor J. Michael Desmond along with fellow professors and students and made possible by a Campus Heritage Grant from the Getty Foundation, focuses on the original 19 buildings that made up the heart of the original campus. Featuring 30 display boards of LSU architectural history, it will also include three-dimensional wooden models built by students and graduate assistants in the LSU School of Architecture of buildings in the university’s quadrangle.

The statewide tour will be made possible by the Louisiana Department of State Museums Division, operated by Secretary of State Jay Dardenne.

The exhibit will be housed at numerous state museums throughout 2010, with stops in Tioga, Ferriday, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Monroe, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

LSU Serves the World

LSU Serves the World was launched to honor the university’s land-grant mission, flagship position, military heritage and history of service and civic outreach. Through its Web site at, the program provides an online forum to reflect on the university’s history, celebrate its community relationships and commit to mobilizing the LSU family to serve the world more than ever before.

The mission of LSU Serves the World is to encourage LSU’s students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends to be more fully engaged in their communities through voluntary service. LSU Serves the World provides the resources and support for individuals to find a place to volunteer time, talents, resources and energy to make communities stronger and to reflect on that experience. In this online mechanism, visitors can learn more about community engagement; find opportunities for service activities with campus, city, state, national and international groups; pledge the LSU Commitment to Community; and read inspiring stories of others who have served.

LSU Serves the World will feature four signature service events — one each quarter — to bring students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community together to serve. To learn more about these and other service opportunities, click on the “Commit” tab on the LSU Serves the World home page.

LSU Documentary Broadcast Premiere – March 10, 7 p.m., LPB

A university with a history as rich and colorful as LSU’s deserves more than just an average souvenir to commemorate its 150th birthday. That is why LSU, in conjunction with Louisiana Public Broadcasting, is producing a one-hour-long documentary that will trace LSU’s origins from the 1860 Pineville campus to the world-renowned educational institution it is today.

The documentary — co-produced by LPB’s Tika Laudun, who produced the six-part series, “Louisiana: A History” — will be a journey through the history of LSU, touching on the good, the bad and the hilarious.

LSU Chancellor’s Day Parade – March 18

The Chancellor’s Day Parade takes place on the Parade Ground at the LSU War Memorial. This is an opportunity for the chancellor to re-assert the university’s commitment to a military presence at LSU and express support for ongoing efforts to strengthen the Corps of the Cadets. In addition, the commandant of cadets uses this event as the official Change of Command Ceremony when the new corps commander officially takes command of the LSU Corps of Cadets.

LSU Day – April 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

LSU will open its doors to the public for a free, fun-filled day of exploration and discovery, highlighted by performing arts showcases, tours and exhibitions showing off LSU’s rich history.

Staged in the heart of the LSU campus, including the LSU Quandrangle and LSU Parade Ground, the day of events will highlight LSU’s achievements in athletics, research, the arts, academics and community outreach, and will provide a sneak peek of what this world-class institution has to come.

With stages showcasing the arts and interactive displays highlighting LSU’s many research achievements, LSU Day will be a destination for fun and discovery. Alumni are invited to attend and reconnect with old friends and professors, while prospective students can make new friends and meet future professors. The public is invited to attend and simply enjoy the food and entertainment and learn more about LSU.

LSU Spring Commencement - May 21

After 150 years and more than 350 semesters spent educating generations of outstanding students, LSU aims to pay homage to all of its former and future degree earners in a sesquicentennial celebration of academic excellence that celebrates the role everyone with ties to LSU has played in getting the university to the place it is today—the top tier of universities and colleges nationwide.

A keynote speaker will address the students on the roles that the university and its graduates play in society, and how a degree holder from LSU can help make a difference in the world. All 2010 graduates will receive a commemorative item marking their graduation in this historic year.

LSU Fall Fest – Sept. 17, 11 a.m., LSU Quadrangle and ExxonMobil Quadrangle

Each fall, the LSU chancellor officially welcomes both new and returning students to the university in the annual tradition known as Fall Fest.

Held on the Friday before an LSU Tigers football game, this decade-old celebration features a food court, exhibition booths, performances by the Golden Band from Tigerland and a welcome from Chancellor Michael Martin. The sesquicentennial Fall Fest will feature more performances, more booths and more food than ever before as LSU goes all out to infuse the campus with Tiger spirit.

While the crowd mingles and enjoys free food and drinks, select fraternities put on a step show, the LSU Marching Band performs timeless seasonal standards, the Tiger Girls dance and the cheerleaders lead the assembled masses in cheers to get them ready for the upcoming home football game.

“Treasures of LSU” Book Launch – Sept. 30

When outsiders look at LSU, they typically see three things — a good football team, a good time and a good education.

But a closer look shows a number of gems hidden throughout the campus that bring LSU to life and give the oaks and arches a very distinct personality. These gems are captured in the book “Treasures of LSU,” a high-quality, large-format book that showcases many of the university’s treasures and brings them to life through a series of interpretive essays and vibrant photographs.

One hundred examples of artwork, artifacts and architectural highlights will be featured in the book, which will be published by LSU Press specifically for the sesquicentennial celebration. Essays written by LSU students and staff members will give the story behind each treasure illustrated, explain how LSU acquired it and what its significance is to the university.

“Treasures of LSU” will be distributed and sold on the general retail market in the fall. Two versions will be produced — 250 copies of a limited-edition hardcover version and 2,500 copies of a soft-cover edition.

LSU Salutes – Nov. 5

LSU Salutes is an opportunity for the Ole War Skule to recognize and honor all those who served with distinction in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, with special guests including all veterans and former and current cadets. By resolution of the LSU Board of Supervisors in March of 1998, LSU Salutes was established as an official university observance. It occurs each November on the Saturday of a home football game that falls nearest to Veteran’s Day.

LSU Homecoming – Nov. 8-13

Homecoming is a time-honored tradition for alumni, students and members of the LSU community. Last year, the university celebrated 100 years of Homecoming and this year the celebration will take note of LSU’s sesquicentennial.

Homecoming is celebrated all week long with student competitions, charity drives, a coronation and parades. The week of activities wraps up with a home football game at Tiger Stadium Nov. 13.

For more information on LSU’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, visit


Aaron Looney | Editor | Office of Communications & University Relations
January 2010