A LSU Cheerleader greets a group of elementary school students visiting the Louisiana State Capitol during LSU Day at the Capitol. The Tiger Band, cheerleaders, Golden Girls and Mike the Tiger performed on the steps, while exhibits from university departments were on display in the Capitol Rotunda.

LSU Day at the State Capitol

The state of Louisiana celebrated its flagship university on Thursday, April 29, as LSU Day at the Capitol was held at the Louisiana State Capitol.

During the celebration, the Tiger Band, cheerleaders, Golden Girls and Mike the Tiger performed on the Capitol steps, with university students, administrators and coaches in attendance. In the Capitol Rotunda, interactive exhibits from several departments were on display, including the FACES Lab, Hill Memorial Library, the LSU Dairy Store, chemistry and engineering, among others.

Resolutions honoring LSU’s sesquicentennial; national scholar students; and Susan Jackson, who captured LSU’s first all-around national title in gymnastics at the NCAA Championships on April 22, were read in both houses of the Louisiana Legislature. The LSU students being recognized got to see both the Louisiana State Senate and House of Representatives in session and were introduced to their local state legislators.

LSU’s national scholars included students from across the state in a variety of fields. They were recognized for winning prestigious awards such as the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Harry S. Truman Scholarship, Udall Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, among others.

LSU Chancellor Michael Martin was on hand, along with Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva, women’s basketball coach Van Chancellor, softball coach Yvette Girouard, volleyball coach Fran Flory and women’s tennis coach Tony Minnis. Jackson and fellow gymnast Summer Hubbard also attended the celebration to enjoy the festivities.

Coaches, administrators, student-athletes, national scholars and Miss LSU Kelsey Davis were greeted by state legislators and posed for photos with fans.

To learn more about LSU’s impact on Louisiana and for governmental updates, visit the LSU Office of External Affairs’ Website at http://www.lsu.edu/externalaffairs/.


Billy Gomila | Editor | Office of Communications & University Relations
April 2010