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Fall 2009 Highlights

2009 In Review
As the university looks forward to 2010, the celebration of LSU’s 150th year, we remember 2009 as a year full of achievement in academics, research, service-learning, athletics and tradition.

Season's Greetings from LSU
Get into the holiday spirit with our photo gallery of the 2009 Candlelight Celebration. Held this year on December 1, this multicultural event features performances from LSU students and includes traditions from Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas.

End of an Era: LSU's Longtime Finance Chief Jerry Baudin Retires
As 2009 comes to a close, so does the exceptional career of one of the university's top officials. Jerry Baudin, vice chancellor of finance and administrative services, says goodbye to LSU after more than 42 years of service.

Forever LSU Student Video Contest Selects Three Finalists
The three finalists were chosen from seven student entries, with the only requirements being that the video had to include why students should give to Forever LSU and how students can give to the campaign – through PAWS or by swiping their Tiger Cards at participating locations.

LSU Recognizes 1,696 Graduates at December Commencement
The 1,696 graduates included 1,371 bachelor’s degrees, 237 master’s and professional degrees and 88 doctoral degrees. The graduates represent 52 Louisiana parishes, 36 states and 43 countries.

LSU Service-Learning Students Having Major Impacts in Area Public Schools
With its wealth of resources and expertise, LSU service-learning is reaching out to the local elementary and high school community, with projects ranging from school beautification to collaborative projects between college and K-12 students. Through a number of long-standing partnerships, service-learning faculty and students are helping K-12 youth to develop as citizens of the Baton Rouge, LSU and world community.

College of Music and Dramatic Arts Announces Partnership with Christopher O'Riley, From The Top Program
The college announced that internationally renowned pianist and media personality Christopher O'Riley will be affiliated with the college as its first Distinguished Visiting Artist and will hold the appointment from 2010 to 2013.

Faculty and Students ASPIRE to Excellence in Research
Recently, the LSU College of Arts & Sciences launched a new initiative that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct meaningful research under faculty guidance.

LSU Takes Part in International Census of Marine Life
Robert Carney, professor of oceanography at LSU, is leading a team of scientists from the United States and France through the final stages of a project that, when complete, will yield the most comprehensive details ever of the fauna of the continental slopes.

University Christmas tree native to Louisiana
This year, the university picked its Christmas tree from Windy Hills Farm in Ethel, La. The tree, a 26-foot tall Murray Cypress.

LSU Gets to the Bottom of Things – In Antarctica
LSU researchers are part of a team planning to drill through the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and Ross Ice Shelf to explore what lies beneath.

Students, community members express themselves in Annual Poetry Slam
12 performers compete in The Poetry Slam hosted by the Student Activities Board, which is a division of Campus Life.

LSU Honors Military Veterans with LSU Salutes
As the nation celebrates Veterans Day this week, LSU will honor its proud military heritage at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, with LSU Salutes, an annual celebration of the contributions of U.S. veterans sponsored by LSU and the Cadets of the Ole War Skule, at the LSU War Memorial on the Parade Ground. The event is free and open to the public.

LSU Museum of Natural Science to Play Major Role in Creation of "Genome Zoo"
Museum’s collection of genetic resources, largest of its kind, expected to provide approximately half of the specimens for project

LSU Celebrates 100 Years of Homecoming
LSU Homecoming, the time-honored tradition for alumni, students and members of the Tiger community alike, will celebrate 100 years with fun-filled festivities starting Monday, Nov. 9, and concluding with the LSU football game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Nov. 14.

University Working on New Signage as Part of Wayfinding Project
Many in the LSU community as well as visitors to the campus may have seen new signage adorning the LSU campus at the start of the fall semester.

LSU Ichthyologist Lands Major Grant to Study Fish Family History
Prosanta Chakrabarty has been curator of ichthyology at the LSU Museum of Natural Science for a little more than one year, and he’s already landed two major catches: a large grant from the National Science Foundation and the discovery of two new species of fish found in Louisiana.

Bioarchaeology Expert Presents on Co-Evolution of Humans and Infectious Pathogens for CDLS
On Oct. 26, LSU welcomed internationally renowned bioarchaeologist and forensic expert Jane E. Buikstra for the fall installment of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lectureship Series.

LSU Arts & Sciences Professors Team up for Fellini Project
Students study filmmaker Federico Fellini and travel to Italy for film project.

LSU Announces 2009 Rainmakers
LSU recently announced its second annual list of “Rainmakers,” those faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized for innovative research and creative scholarship, compete for external funding at the highest levels and attract and mentor exceptional graduate students.

LSU Libraries to celebrate Middleton Library’s 50th anniversary
The year 1958 was significant for LSU. Not only did the Tiger football team capture its first national championship, but the university also opened a new, $3.5 million library.

Former U.S. Sens. John Breaux, J. Bennett Johnston Speak on “Civility in Public Life”
Former U.S. Sen. John Breaux laughed as he pointed to a sheet of loose-leafed paper featuring hand-written notes and edits, encased at LSU’s Hill Memorial Library among other items from his political history.

LSU Gives Back to Old South Baton Rouge Through Saturday-in-Service
One of the ways LSU gives back to the surrounding community is through its Saturday-in-Service program, which recently completed work on a home in the Old South Baton Rouge, or OSBR, community just north of the main campus.

LSU's Annual Fall Fest Celebration Gets Green Makeover
LSU’s annual welcome back celebration for students has taken an eco-friendly turn. Fall Fest, a university tradition for more than 15 years, will now feature a composting and recycling effort to minimize the amount of waste produced by the event.

Study Abroad Fair brings global opportunities to students
“Come see where LSU can take you!”—Such is the slogan for Academic Programs Abroad, which hosted a Study Abroad Fair.

Algae and Pollen Grains Provide Evidence of Remarkably Warm Period in Antarctica’s History
For Sophie Warny, LSU assistant professor of geology and geophysics and curator at the LSU Museum of Natural Science, years of patience in analyzing Antarctic samples with low fossil recovery finally led to a scientific breakthrough.

Storm Killers: LSU’s Earth Scan Lab Tracks Cold Water Upwellings in Gulf
Cold water cyclones may have strong impact on hurricane intensity and activity

“LSU: Building an American Renaissance” Exhibit Traces History of Campus’ Original 18 Buildings
For nearly 30 years, J. Michael Desmond walked through the quadrangle of the LSU campus and never noticed something was amiss.

"The Royal Family" makes Shaver Theatre home
It’s a story about fame, fortune and a family dedicated to Broadway acting. “The Royal Family” premiered on Broadway in the late 1920s but has now found itself on the newly renovated stage at Shaver Theatre.

Career expo brings 185 recruiters to campus this week
While job hunting is still a difficult task, Career Services is trying to make it as easy as possible for students and alumni. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Career Services is hosting the Career Expo in the Maddox Field House.

Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Inductions Historic for LSU Tiger Marching Band and Songwriters Huey P. Long and Castro Carazo
With their respective inductions into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, or LMHOF, last week, the LSU Tiger Marching Band and two of its most historic figures once again marched into the history books.

LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts Set to Rededicate Renovated Building
After nearly five years of work and restoration, the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts is finally singing the praises of returning to its long-time home.

Golden Girls celebrate 50 years of an LSU tradition
They are often seen as the beauties dancing with the Golden Band from Tigerland. Each time they perform, all of them in glittered glory, nearly 100,000 fans cheer for their next move.

LSU Professor Receives $3.6 Million to Fund Center Studying Hazardous Waste Cleanup and Health Impacts of Pollutants
LSU Professor and Patrick F. Taylor Chair of Chemistry Barry Dellinger was recently awarded a grant of $3.6 million by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, or NIEHS, to support a Superfund Research Center focusing on hazardous waste disposal and its impact on public health.