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Spring 2009 Highlights

Future Leader: LSU’s Lauren DeFrank Selected as a Presidential Management Fellow
LSU graduate student Lauren DeFrank of League City, Texas, was recently selected as a 2009 Presidential Management Fellow, or PMF, a prestigious and highly competitive program administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Making Waves: LSU’s WAVCIS Increases Modeling Capabilities
Technology offers better ways for officials and public to see the storm ahead.

LSU Honors Its Military Tradition on Memorial Day
As the nation observes Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, LSU honors its proud military heritage, while remembering the sacrifices and contributions of U.S. veterans.

LSU Researcher First to Demonstrate Link Between Bird Songs and Habitat Change
Museum of Natural Science post-doctoral researcher finds birds alter songs in reaction to habitat change.

LSU Mechanical Engineering Students Showcase Final Projects
LSU mechanical engineering students got a head start on professional development recently when the Department of Mechanical Engineering hosted its annual senior project display and demonstration.

LSU Architecture Students Take Top Honors in New Orleans Design Competition
Drawing for inspiration on the shipping and seafood industries, the French Quarter landscape and the traditional shotgun home, a team of fifth-year architecture students in the LSU School of Architecture designed a uniquely New Orleans home that was a finalist in the Billes Architecture Home Design Competition.

Senator Mary Landrieu Speaks; 3,427 Receive Degrees at LSU’s 268th Commencement Exercises
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu delivered the commencement address and 3,427 students received degrees during LSU’s 268th commencement exercises held May 15.

Digital Media Festival Honors Talented Students
LSU’s Communication across the Curriculum program held its third annual Digital Media Festival April 16-17.

Graduating Seniors Among America’s Top 100 Student Journalists
A pair of LSU student journalists have been ranked among the top 100 student journalists in the nation according to UWIRE.

Outstanding LSU Seniors Named Tiger Twelve
Twelve graduating seniors were recently named this year’s Tiger Twelve. Each spring, the Office of the Dean of Students recognizes twelve outstanding seniors who best demonstrate LSU’s Commitment to Community while achieving at least a 2.5 grade-point-average as current, full-time students.

College of Education offers summer program for gifted children
While most children spend their summers outside the classroom, others will partake in a unique learning experience.

University Dedicates Dodson West Garden as 2009 Senior Class Gift
In an effort to give back to the university, the 2009 LSU graduating class found a way to do just that while also beautifying an area of campus that had been in need of a facelift.

Louisiana Students Show off at State Science Fair
More than 650 students from around the state gathered on LSU’s campus on Monday, April 20, to compete in the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair.

LSU Well Represented on the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team
USA Today has released its 20th Annual All-USA College Academic Team, and LSU is well represented. For the third year in a row, LSU has placed a student on USA Today’s First Team.

Carville: LSU Students Living in “Glory Days”
James Carville, a LSU alumnus, visited campus on Friday, April 24, to discuss the state of LSU and Louisiana in general, along with his new book 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation. The visit was set up by the Manship School’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs.

University celebrates Earth Day, makes efforts for a greener campus
The world celebrated Earth Day on April 22. LSU, which is making strides in becoming a greener campus, took part in the holiday by holding several eco-friendly activities throughout the week. The goal: To teach the community about recycling and reducing negative impacts on the planet.

LSU joins fewer than 100 institutions worldwide as a CFA Institute Program Partner
LSU recently joined an elite group of institutions worldwide when the Department of Finance at the E. J. Ourso College of Business was recognized as a CFA Institute Program Partner. LSU joins a group of fewer than 100 institutions across the globe and 30 in North America as a CFA Institute Program Partner. LSU becomes the first university in Louisiana and the second Southeastern Conference school to be recognized.

Landrieu to speak at LSU’s Spring 2009 Commencement
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will be the keynote speaker during LSU's 2009 Spring Commencement main ceremony, scheduled for Friday, May 15 at 9 a.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Persepolis author brings lessons from youth to readers, University
Students, faculty, and members of the Baton Rouge community gathered in the Bo Campbell Auditorium in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes Tuesday evening to hear the words of a familiar name, internationally acclaimed author Marjane Satrapi.

Communication studies senior to be on Wheel of Fortune
Vanna White and communication studies senior Rikki Hegwood have several things in common: both women have signature blond hair, bright smiles, and welcoming personalities. However, there is one thing they share that’s not so obvious—they have both been a part of Wheel of Fortune. While White has made a career of it, Hegwood was a recent contestant. Her episode airs Thursday, April 23, on WBRZ, Baton Rouge’s ABC affiliate at 6:30 p.m.—the perfect ending to Hegwood’s long journey to the game show.

Spring Invitational a success for incoming students and parents
While the graduates of 2013 won’t begin classes until August, their involvement with the University has already begun. On April 1, incoming students invited to the Spring Invitational visited the campus to get a feel for life as a Tiger.

Broadcast Journalism senior received Hearst Journalism Award
On March 2, the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, in conjunction with the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, named senior Anna Brown among the top student broadcasters in the nation, awarding her 10th place in the television news category of the Journalism Awards Program.

LSU Uses Sophisticated Acoustic Technology to Study Fishy Behavior
The Cowan Fisheries Science Labs, housed in LSU’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, has made quite a name for itself – and for the university – by being among the first to employ unique acoustic methods to monitor fish in their natural environment.

LSU Holds Smart & Safe Spring Break Festival
On Tuesday, March 31, LSU held the Smart & Safe Spring Break Festival. The day’s events focused on educating students about spring break safety and health issues before they leave for their spring break vacations. Activities were held at Free Speech Alley, Union Circle, Union Plaza and Tower Drive.

LSU Ag Residential College pilots animal-assisted therapy program
Many professionals in the field of health care believe that animals can play an important role in therapy for patients with various medical conditions. Students in the LSU College of Agriculture’s Residential College program had a chance to witness the practice first hand, as they took part in a pilot program offering animal-assisted therapy — or AAT — to area medical facilities.

LSU Art Students Paint Mural for International School of Louisiana in New Orleans
When visitors walk into the main entrance of the International School of Louisiana – a progressive, language-immersion school in New Orleans – they’re greeted by a giant mural with colorful iconic images of the Crescent City. It’s an eye-catching, 10-by-15-foot creation that was recently completed by students from the LSU School of Art.

Economic, State Budget Concerns Weigh on Minds of Louisianians
Louisiana may have avoided the full brunt of a national economic recession so far but economic concerns are clearly on the rise, according to the 2009 Louisiana Survey, released by Kirby Goidel, director of LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab.

University Volunteers Build Playground for Local Elementary School
More than 200 volunteers were on hand Saturday, March 28, at University Terrace Elementary School, near the LSU campus, to build a new playground for the school.

Micaela de Gruy Named Prestigious Truman Scholar, Becomes Fifth LSU Student to Receive the Award
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has announced that LSU junior Micaela de Gruy of Baton Rouge is among 60 students nationwide to receive the prestigious Truman Scholarship. She is the only student from Louisiana selected to receive the Truman Scholarship this year.

LSU to Host Third Annual Digital Media Festival
LSU’s Communication across the Curriculum program will hold its 3rd Annual Digital Media Festival April 16-17. The festival is a celebration of work submitted by college students from across the state in all forms of digital media, from photography to film to animation.

Seeing is Believing: Students Use Modern Methods to Explain Theories on Religion
During the past two weeks, students in Stephen Finley’s Introduction to the Study of Religion course have offered their interpretations on religion through group projects, many of which involve the use of modern technology, in disseminating theories and presenting views on religion.

English professor recognized for Southern fiction
LSU English professor Moira Crone, along with at least 30 other distinguished writers, will travel to the Arts & Education Council’s Conference on Southern Literature in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on April 2. The Fellowship of Southern Writers will present the 2009 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction to Crone during the conference, recognizing her body of work.

Louisiana Chief Justice Celebrates HERstory for Women's History Month
Ellen Richards. Rachel Carson. Grace Thorpe. Anne Milling. Claudette Colvin. Candy Lightner. Lindy Boggs. Mary Landrieu. All of these women have one thing in common. They were ordinary citizens who, because of life's circumstances, chose to do extraordinary things. That was the theme of keynote speaker Catherine "Kitty" Kimball's address at the Bo Campbell Auditorium in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes in celebration of LSU Women's History Month salute to "Celebrating HERstory."

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine helps local shelters
The day begins with an exam of an orange male cat. Two women in lab coats surround him, pointing out minor wounds from what appears to have been a catfight—a small opening on his neck and an abscess on his tail. For students in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, such a scene is a large part of their curriculum. The course, known as the Shelter Medicine Program, began in July 2007.

LSU Professor Wins National “Dance Your PhD” Contest
The “Evolution of Dance” appeared on YouTube in 2006 and gained the most all-time views for more than two years. The video features motivational speaker Judson Laipply grooving to everything from “Y.M.C.A.” and “Billie Jean” to “Ice, Ice Baby” and “U Can’t Touch This.” Teaching others through dance might seem like a stretch, especially for a scientist, but LSU professor Vincent LiCata didn’t skip a beat in the latest dance video trend: he danced his dissertation.

LSU professor named to National Academy of Sciences panel
Robert Twilley has been selected to serve on the National Academy of Sciences, or NAS, Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, or CISRERP. This panel operates within the NAS Division on Earth and Life Studies as part of the Water Science and Technology Board.

Buy the Book
For more than 30 years, Betty Johnson has spent countless hours preparing for the LSU Book Bazaar, a fund-raiser held in the 4-H Mini Barn building, planned and hosted by Book Barn volunteers. Johnson has held different positions throughout the years while volunteering twice a week to price and sort the donated books. More than 30 other volunteers join Johnson in the effort; some contribute weekly, while others help out when they can.

Athanasios Moulakis asks LSU “What Hope for Afghanistan?”
What hope for Afghanistan? That is a question that has been on many Americans’ minds for a while now, especially after Sept. 11, 2001. It was also the question that Athanasios Moulakis, acting president of the American University of Afghanistan, addressed during a discussion at Hill Memorial Library.

Making Connections
LSU Alumna and Presidential Management Fellow Virginia Hill speaks to students on communication and job opportunities.

Clue In
The LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services, or FACES, Lab and Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers have joined together to work toward solving some of Louisiana’s unidentified and missing person cases.

Essence of Place
Kristi Dykema, a professor in the School of Landscape Architecture, received the Great Places Award from the Environmental Design Research Association in January for a project that linked the landscapes of California, Australia, and New Orleans.

Building a Legacy
Labeled the 2009 Class Gift Project by Student Government, the West Dodson Courtyard represents the first of a series of annual student based projects. Brick pavers, engraved with the names of 2009’s graduating seniors, will line the oval pathway around the lot and pay for the 2010 Class Gift Project.

Blended Cultures
They may be more than 7,000 miles apart, but third-year interior design students in the LSU College of Art & Design and their counterparts at Hunan University in China have at least one thing in common — they’ve been working on the same studio projects to design a conceptual resort hotel for an ecological park in China and a multi-use building for a main street in the heart of Cajun country.

Macroscopic Achievement
In recognition of their impressive contributions to the field of physics, the work of LSU researchers Jim Matthews, John Wefel and T. Gregory Guzik was counted among the American Institute of Physics’, or AIP’s, list of the Top 10 Physics Discoveries of 2008.

Diverse Discussions
The LSU Women's Center and the African-American Cultural Center, in conjunction with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Greater Baton Rouge, are hosting a Dialogue on Race throughout the month of February.

Open Discovery
More than 5,600 people visited the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine on Feb. 7 for its 27th Annual Open House.

Facing the Future
Students and alumni meet potential employers at LSU Career Expo.

Brave Hearts
LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute works to prevent heart disease in firefighters.

South of Lost
PhD candidate creates film following the history of experimental cinema.

Coastal Resilency
LSU hosts workshop to discuss coastal challenges.

Landscape Architecture Students Present Proposals for Riverfront
As officials work to create a master plan for Baton Rouge’s downtown riverfront area, students in LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture had the opportunity last week to present ideas on how to improve the locale and reconnect it with the Mississippi River.

Faculty Art Exhibition
The LSU School of Art is putting on a new kind of show—one for the professors. The Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery located in the Shaw Center for the Arts is currently showing the professional work of LSU School of Art faculty.

LSU Honors Martin Luther King Jr. with Day of Service
As part of LSU's Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration, members of the university community participated in a Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 19, to help revitalize several areas near campus and in the Old South Baton Rouge community.

LSU Students Watch Obama, America, Make History
While an estimated two million people braved the cold in Washington, D.C., to watch Barack Obama make history on January 20, a further 200 assembled in the warmth of the LSU Student Union to share the experience with their peers.

LSU to Hold Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Events
LSU will help remember Martin Luther King Jr. with the 2009 commemorative celebration "Standing Boldly: An Urgent Call for Collective Responsibility," beginning on Monday, Jan. 19, and ending on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Groundbreaking Change
LSU Rural Life Museum begins expansion of the Visitor Center.

Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession
The LSU Museum of Art will unveil the exhibit, "Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession, Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation," as part of the museum's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.

Applauded Efforts
LSU earns Carnegie Community Engagement classification. The University is recognized in Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships Category.

Frozen Theory
LSU Researcher finds new way to look at Earth’s frozen past. Huiming Bao and collaborators find new evidence testing “snowball Earth” theory.

Resident Expert
The Southern Review is fine tuning a tradition by introducing The Southern Review Resident Scholar Program. Andrew Ervin serves as the first scholar while the magazine approaches its 75th year.

Quidditch team gains collegiate popularity
Quidditch was invented by British author J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter book series. However, fans of the movie have taken this sport into their own hands— or, rather, feet—and made it come alive. Last May, several students in the Honors College started an LSU Quidditch team.

Ticket to enchantment
LSU Theatre students bring books to life for an elementary school class.

Fall 2008: A look back
A glance at the "best of" Fall 2008.