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Summer 2008

LSU Moves into Top Tier on U.S. News & World Report Rankings
In U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges, LSU is ranked in the first tier for “Best National Universities” for the first time.

LSU Teams With EA Sports for Video Game Excellence
Electronic Arts Inc., more commonly known to gaming buffs throughout the world as EA Sports, announced a partnership with LSU and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development that will result in a new global quality assurance center – the first of its kind in the United States – located on LSU’s South Campus.

Preparing for the 10,000-Year Storm
With the third anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita rapidly approaching, flood protection continues to be of critical interest to the public. Bruce Sharky, professor of landscape architecture at LSU, recently took 15 students to the Netherlands for three weeks to study how the Dutch deal with flooding and windblown storm surge not unlike what occurs from hurricanes.

Getting Gold
H. Jesse Walker, Boyd Professor Emeritus in the LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology, is the 2008 recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s Patron’s Medal, which is one of the two most prestigious awards given by the society. Walker was awarded the gold medal “for the encouragement, development and promotion of coastal geomorphology.”

STARTALK Treatment
Students came to LSU to learn Arabic in the STARTALK program, a multi-agency effort to expand foreign language education in under-taught critical languages. Along with Arabic, the initiative also promotes the teaching of Chinese, Hindi, Persian and Urdu.

Author Shares Stories of Rwandan Holocaust
On Thursday, July 31, Immaculeé Ilibagiza, author of One Book One Community selection Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, addressed community readers at during a free public event at LSU’s Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes. Ilibagiza discussed the events leading up to the and through the 1994 Rwandan holocaust.

Meet LSU Chancellor Michael V. Martin
Dr. Michael V. Martin assumed the chancellorship of Louisiana State University and A&M College on August 1, 2008. Prior to his appointment as LSU’s eighth chancellor, Dr. Martin established a distinguished career in higher education, serving most recently as president of New Mexico State University.

Engineering a Generation
LSU’s College of Engineering hosted two pre-engineering camps for high-school students: REHAMS, or Recruiting into Engineering High Achieving Multi-Cultural Students, sponsored by Shell Oil, and Xcite!, the eXploration Camp Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers, for girls, sponsored by Fluor Corporation. Both camps were meant to give groups of students typically underrepresented in engineering the opportunity to gain exposure to the field.

Jump Start
On July 1st, Eli Jones took office officially as the seventh dean in the history of the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

Fresh Perspective
Approximately 3,500 students received their first taste of life as an LSU student this summer as the University held its annual orientation programs. Through six sessions hosted in June and July, incoming freshmen and transfer students along with their parents were able to learn about life on LSU's campus.

Camp Counseling
LSU researchers have put theory into practice with BIOS, the Biology Intensive Orientation for Students. Students who participate in BIOS, a week-long intensive biology camp held the week before LSU’s fall classes begin, not only consistently score better grades in their introductory classes, but also end up with a significantly higher GPA after four semesters than other LSU students.

Federal Express
For LSU graduate students Adam Shilling, Allison L. Snell, Ryan Williams and Ryan Machtmes, 2008 has been a year of opportunity. They have all been named finalists for the 2008 Presidential Management Fellows program, a prestigious and highly competitive program administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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