Three Selected to Phi Beta Kappa

​Taylor LeBlanc (left) and Joshua Phillips (right); not pictured: Sabrina Valenti

​Taylor LeBlanc (left) and Joshua Phillips (right); not pictured: Sabrina Valenti

May 14, 2015

BATON ROUGE – Three students from E. J. Ourso College of Business departments have been selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

The students are Taylor LeBlanc, a finance and French major; Joshua Phillips, an economics (bachelor of arts) and political science major with a history minor; and Sabrina Valenti, an economics (bachelor of arts), Spanish and political science major with a history minor.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. Only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters and only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these institutions are invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa Society for a lifetime membership.

The Department of Economics at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers courses that provide its undergraduate and graduate students an intellectual challenge and strong analytic training and the tools to understand the economic and social problems faced both domestically and internationally. The faculty’s dedication to quality teaching and research is reflected by numerous awards received and peer-reviewed scholarly articles published in high-quality economic journals. The Journal of Labor Research is edited within the department. For more information, visit the Department of Economics home page or call 225-578-5211.

The Department of Finance is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program Partner and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board-Registered Program that offers high quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics. The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading Lab boasts the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial data bases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit the Department of Finance home page or call 225-578-6291.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business