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E. J. Ourso College of Business to Dedicate “CELEBRATE” Oct. 29

10/25/2013 03:35 PM

BATON ROUGE – On Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m., the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business’ latest artistic addition to the Business Education Complex – “CELEBRATE” – will be formally dedicated. “CELEBRATE” is a 20-foot tall, Corten steel sculpture with mirror finished stainless steel ends on each of the six geometric forms that comprise the work.  

Created by artist Gary Slater, “CELEBRATE” was commissioned and donated to the college by alumnus and Dean’s Advisory Council member Roger Ogden. The name “CELEBRATE” is derived from celebrating the completion and opening of the state-of-the-art BEC at LSU. The state-of-the-art design of “CELEBRATE” defines the “new” south campus.

According to Richard D. White Jr., dean of the LSU E. J. Ourso College, Ogden’s influence is evident in every aspect of the BEC’s design.

“Roger was a champion of this facility from the onset,” White said. “He donated countless hours to the realization of the BEC, and he continues to play a role in helping to guide the course of the college and give advice through his service on the Dean’s Advisory Council. I can say without reservation that we would not be where we are today without him and those like him who understand the value that the E. J. Ourso College plays in the present and future of the State of Louisiana.”

The dedication of “CELEBRATE” is open to all students and the general public. A reception and tour of the BEC will follow immediately afterwards.

Based in Tempe, Ariz., Slater creates fine contemporary sculpture and other architectural elements. He has done so for more than 35 years. Slater is a native of Minnesota, who earned his Master of Fine Art from Arizona State University. The landscape and designs of the American Southwest have greatly influenced his work, and he has vast experience creating site-specific sculptures.


Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for a global work environment. For more news and information about the E. J. Ourso College, visit

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