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Spring 2010 Highlights

Digital Media Fest Celebrates Talented Students
In a national study released in January, 89 percent of employers said the ability to effectively communicate is the essential skill they look for in today’s college graduates.

U.S. Under Secretary for Energy Kristina Johnson Speaks, 3,382 Students Receive Degrees at LSU’s 271st Commencement Exercises
Kristina M. Johnson, under secretary for energy in the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., delivered the commencement address and 3,382 students received degrees at LSU’s 271stcommencement exercises on Friday, May 21.

The LSU Office of the Dean of Students Proudly Introduces the Tiger Twelve Class of 2010
In 1995, students, staff and faculty worked together to craft a statement of position regarding LSU’s basic principles as an academic community. Those principles detailed the LSU Commitment to Community, which states the expectations for each person as a member of the LSU community.

LSU Names 2010 Distinguished Research Masters and Dissertation Awards
LSU named Sumanta Acharya and Nina Lam Distinguished Research Masters on Tuesday, May 11, at 2 p.m. at the Faculty Club. Raluca Cozma and Jasson Vindas were also be recognized as recipients of the annual Distinguished Dissertation Awards

An Animated Career: LSU’s Stacey Simmons Selected as Technology Leader of the Year
Stacey Simmons, associate director for economic development at LSU's Center for Computation & Technology, was recently named Louisiana's Technology Leader of the Year.

LSU Helps Students Ease the Stress of Finals Week
With arrival of summer only weeks away, many students feel relief and the promise of fun in the sun. But for others, it’s a time of dread, a period when overwhelming feelings of stress and worry make the thought of facing final exams nearly unbearable.

LSU: National Impact
Students Recognized on the National Stage with Prestigious Awards

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.

LSU to Hold Spring Greening Day and Sustainability Expo on April 30
"Where stately oaks and broad magnolias shade inspiring halls." With the opening words of LSU's alma mater, it becomes evident that the landscape is one of the most visual memories for anyone who visits the university.

LSU Dining, Student Volunteers to Prepare, Serve Record-Sized King Cake at LSU Day
What would a springtime celebration in Louisiana be without king cake, a Mardi Gras season tradition?

Students create collections for Fashion Through the Ages Exhibit
Fashion isn’t just for the New York runways. From the cover of Vogue to the sidewalks of Los Angeles, fashion is everywhere. Even on the second floor of the Human Ecology Building, stylish garments come to life.

Students Take to the Skies for Aerial Silks Exhibitions at LSU Day
Aerial silk is a type of performance in which one or more artists perform aerial acrobatics while suspended by a special flexible fabric hanging from the ceiling. The performers climb the suspended silks without the use of safety lines and use the fabric to wrap, suspend, fall, swing and twist their body into and out of various positions. Aerial silks may be used to fly through the air, striking poses and figures from above the stage.

E. J. Ourso College of Business cover band to perform at LSU Day
Professors from the E. J. Ourso College of Business, and members of local cover band Capital Gains, will perform on the Parade Grounds’ Main stage as a part of LSU Day, April 24.

Gifted Summer Program takes students to Louisiana State Museum
For the third consecutive year, elementary and middle school children will have the opportunity to participate in the two week Gifted Summer Program.

Tiger TV Wins National Award for Public Affairs Program
Tiger TV, LSU’s student-run television network, was recently honored by College Media Advisors Inc. with a David L. Adams Apple Award in Television Broadcast for the program “Your Source.

LSU Concludes Women’s History Month with Celebrated Speaker and Awards Presentation
“To not be influenced by advertising would be to live outside the culture. No human being lives outside of culture. We are all influenced by advertising to some degree.”

WBRZ’s Anna Brown looks back on her LSU education
For university seniors, graduation season is finally here—the rumored “real world” is just around the corner. A year after graduating, mass communication alumna Anna Brown still reflects on her time at LSU and how it has affected her career, for the best.

Construction Commences on LSU Business Education Complex
During a memorable groundbreaking ceremony attended by a large crowd of guests, including dignitaries such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden, LSU Chancellor Michael Martin and LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Astrid Merget, the LSU Business Education Complex, or BEC – the future home of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business – moved one step closer to completion.

Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson talks politics, media in Holliday Forum
Timing is everything. Timing, and sheer coincidence, brought Walter Isaacson, current president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and former editor of Time magazine, to campus Monday, March 22—just one day after the health care bill passed in the House of Representatives.

Researchers’ Science Inquiry Tools Deliver Significant Improvement in Middle School Students’ Skills
LSU professors Yiping Lou and Pamela Blanchard in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice have developed an innovative program that showed an average 12 percent increase in student science inquiry skills.

Sea Grant Capturing Coastal Zone Oral Histories
The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, housed at LSU, has engaged in a multi-tiered project to recognize and record the lives, livelihoods and voices of residents from Louisiana’s threatened coastal communities before they are lost.

Extraordinary Gentlemen: LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative
The university has established a student mentoring and leadership development program, formed a strategic planning committee and is consulting with national experts to support and bring greater awareness to the needs of black male student development.

LSU Alumnus Makes his Mark in Hollywood
He fathered Megan Fox, was beaten up by Cameron Diaz and helped guinea pigs save the world. He played baseball for the New York Yankees (Kevin Costner called him the ultimate reason “not to be a Yankee”), running back for the LSU Tigers and linebacker for the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs.

Student to run 100 miles for wounded soldiers
News stations called him the “Ultra-marathon man,” after completing 100 miles dedicated to the troops. Reconnaissance Marine Keith Zeier served with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion and the Marine Special Operations Battalion until he was injured by an IED, improvised explosive device, in 2006.

LSU, LPB to Present Forever LSU Documentary as Part of Sesquicentennial Celebration
As part of LSU’s sesquicentennial celebration of the founding of the university, Louisiana Public Broadcasting and LSU have joined forces to create an hour-long documentary on the rich history of the university.

LSU Inducts Inaugural Class of Tau Sigma Honor Society
On Sunday, Feb. 21, the first class of Tau Sigma National Honor Society was inducted on campus. The inaugural class, consisting of 47 high achieving transfer students, was welcomed by LSU Chancellor Michael Martin.

LSU’s Coastal Roots Racking Up Accolades
The LSU Coastal Roots Program has received a donation of $11,337 from Plow & Hearth Country Store, as part of the company’s “Campaign to Reforest America.” 

World of Harry Potter on Display at LSU Libraries
In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced Harry Potter to the world and a literary phenomenon was born. Now, the world of Harry Potter has come to LSU Libraries in a series of exhibits, including one created by University Laboratory High School and LSU School of Art students.

Rural Mardi Gras: Respecting the Unexpected with Carolyn Ware
Impromptu theater is the essence of rural “courirs de Mardi Gras,” or Mardi Gras runs, which are steeped in the traditions of Acadian culture. Unlike urban Mardi Gras celebrations, which are famous for public displays, parades and throws, rural Mardi Gras customs involve few participants from outside the small communities.

LSU Fishing team makes competitive splash, headed to Regionals
This season marks the second year the LSU Fishing team has been an official group.

Partners in Diversity
Increasing graduate student diversity is not only a mission of the LSU Graduate School and the Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach, or EDCO, but it is also a responsibility to higher education.

Reel Direction
Director and LSU alumnus Robert Zimmerman returns to campus, mentors students

Graduate students to share ideas with scholar at "Curriculum Camp"
This weekend, graduate students in the College of Education will get a chance to share ideas at the annual conference “Curriculum Camp.” This event is being held in Baton Rouge for the first time.

Bon Voyage
Academic Programs Abroad showcases new destinations at Study Abroad Fair

LSU 150: The Year Ahead
Event Kicks Off University's Sesquicentennial Celebration LSU officially cut the ribbon – and the cake – to kick off its 150th, or sesquicentennial, celebration Jan. 19.

LSU Students Give Back in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
On Jan. 18, more than 100 LSU students participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration “Day of Service” to help fulfill King’s dream that all Americans live up to their potential and make this nation a better place.

Student Finds purpose in community outreach
For most, the road to success involves graduating from high school, moving onto college, finding love, graduating, finding a job, getting married and starting a family. Maybe there are slight variations of the pattern, but the idea is the same. For sociology senior Vashti Jenkins, her path to victory involved a detour, putting her in a place she never expected.

LSU Researchers Receive $1.8 Million to Study Louisiana Dialects
Goal to develop speech disorder tools specifically targeted to Louisiana’s unique dialects

LSU Department of Computer Science Home to Culture of Innovation
An often overlooked department is home to research that impacts daily life and security.

LSU Set To Kick Off Year-Long Sesquicentennial Celebration
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.

LSU Professor Develops Technology to Take Mystery out of Fishing
New BioPulse lure system by Mystic Tackleworks uses top-tier science developed by LSU to reel in the big one.