Office of Business Student Success News
2021 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Business School Diversity Conference: The Journey: We're In This Together took place virtually on Friday, April 30, 2021.
The Office of Business Student Success in the E. J. Ourso College of Business hosted the 2nd annual Shell Case Competition virtually on April 16 and 17, 2021.
Professor Jared Llorens has been named interim dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, effective July 1, 2020.
The E. J. Ourso College of Business Diversity Diplomats placed runner-up at the 2020 National Diversity Case Competition (NDCC) at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. The E. J. Ourso College of Business has competed in the National Diversity Case Competition annually since 2016, and placed third in 2016, 2017 and runner-up in 2019 and 2020.
Angela Guidry, Diversity and Inclusion Director in the Office of Business Student Success, presented at the 2019 AACSB Diversity and Inclusion Summit for the second year in a row. The summit was held in New Orleans, Nov. 12-13, 2019.
Professional development and student involvement are at the core of "Jumping into Business," the annual back-to-school event for LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business students. Scheduled for Sept. 4-5, Jumping into Business is hosted by the Business College Council.
The LSU E. J. Ourso College is hosting a Business Graduate Program Fair Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Business Education Complex rotunda.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Out of 65 LSU student-athletes, 18 E. J. Ourso College of Business students were named to the 2019 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll Wednesday by Commissioner Greg Sankey. The Spring accolades recognize the LSU sports of baseball, golf, beach volleyball, tennis and track & field.
Beginning in fall 2019, the Department of Marketing at the E. J. Ourso College of Business will offer a Marketing Analytics Concentration. The concentration involves completing two marketing analytics courses as well as a practicum or internship.
Ask Sarah Schneider, a senior majoring in information sciences and decision sciences with a minor in analytics, to explain how data science applies to the business world, and you might expect a dry, complex, or esoteric answer. But Schneider breaks it down beautifully: “Business is really just people communicating and transacting with each other,” she explained. “I analyze large amounts of a company’s data and help them understand how to use it more efficiently to enhance their communications and transactions. This helps the company perform better or find prospects they were looking for but couldn’t see. I’m like a business detective.”
SU graduate Ashleigh McCord's connection to computers started when she was a little girl. She received her first computer from her grandfather when she was three and McCord's parents worked with computers and IT. Today, McCord is the IT Customer Experience Manager for Latin America at ExxonMobil.
BATON ROUGE – Graduates, faculty, and visitors at the 2019 Spring Commencement for the E. J. Ourso College of Business were delighted to discover the identity of one of our beloved Mike the Tiger mascots. Gabe Muniz (Finance, 2019) of Marietta, Georgia wore portions of the mascot suit to graduation to celebrate his time as a student and as the “baddest cat in the land.”
LSU Economics major, Sean Krieg, received one of 14 summer Undergraduate Research Project Grants. Krieg’s research is entitled Louisiana’s Purchasing: The Impact of a Carbon Tax and Dividend Policy on Louisiana’s Consumption Spending.
From business school at LSU in Baton Rouge, to cooking in New York City, LSU graduate Nini Nguyen is now a chef with a growing career. “I recently competed on ‘Top Chef.’ My last project before the show was Cook Space in Brooklyn, New York, where I helped create a recreational culinary school,” Nguyen said. “A goal of mine is to move back home to New Orleans when a business is right for me.”
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Center for Internal Auditing awarded scholarships to 10 students. These scholarships are granted each spring.
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Out of 37 LSU student-athletes named to the 2018-19 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll, 10 of them are E. J. Ourso College of Business students. The 2018-19 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades posted from the 2018 Spring, Summer and Fall terms.
Twenty-two graduates were recognized during the LSU spring ROTC Commissioning Ceremony in the LSU Student Union Theater. Of the 22 ROTC candidates, two economics graduates, Ensign Jacob Thomas Holl and 2nd Lt. Joel Raymond were commissioned into the United States Navy and the United States Air Force, respectively. Brigadier General Vincent B. Barker, the 377th Theater Sustainment Command Deputy Commanding General, was the guest speaker for the ceremony and gave the commissioning oath.
SEC Professor of the Year Gabriela González delivered the keynote address, and LSU graduated its largest and most diverse class ever at the university’s 298th commencement exercises on Friday, May 10.
LSU has recognized 28 students as the Class of 2019 for Leadership LSU, an annual spring program which is coordinated by LSU Campus Life on behalf of the LSU Office of the Dean of Students.
Four students from the E. J. Ourso College of Business presented at LSU Discover Day 2019. On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, LSU Discover hosted the sixth annual LSU Discover Day undergraduate research and creativity symposium in the LSU student union. The event provided a forum for undergraduate students to share their work with the LSU community and visitors. Presentation categories included posters, visual displays, oral presentations, performances & readings, juried art show presentations and panel discussions. SDEIS professor, Gabriele Piccoli, serves on the LSU Discover Advisory Board.
E. J. Ourso College of Business students elected six representatives to the Business College Council to serve until spring 2020.
In recognition of their academic accomplishments, the Department of Accounting awarded scholarships to 45 students at their annual awards banquet on April 23, 2019, in the Business Education Complex Rotunda.
Varadero Capital, LP’s Summer Internship Program Will Transport Students from Baton Rouge to Wall Street
Varadero Capital LP, an alternative asset manager investing in specialized credit, announced the first class of its new summer internship program with Louisiana State University. The three chosen students, two sophomores and a junior, will spend eight weeks at the company’s headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, learning and applying investment principles and preparing for full-time roles in the financial sector.
The Black Faculty and Staff Caucus (BFSC) honored sixty-four students from the E. J. Ourso College of Business at the 34th Annual LSU Black Scholar’s Awards Program Sunday, April 7, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. in the LSU Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes Bo Campbell Auditorium.
Nine E. J. Ourso College of Business Faculty members honored at the Spring 2019 Faculty and Staff Meeting
The E. J. Ourso College of Business honored nine faculty members and two staff members at the spring 2019 Faculty and Staff Meeting with Excellence in Teaching Awards
The Office of Business Student Success (OBSS) is preparing students for some of life’s big questions that come after graduation: What do you look for in a retirement plan? Is credit important? How do you socialize outside of work as a young professional?
At the E. J. Ourso College of Business, the faculty teaches not only principles and theory, but also philanthropy. Professor Courtney Szocs charged the LSU Marketing 3411: Consumer Analysis and Behavior class with developing a campaign to collect food items for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The winning team was awarded a bonus to their final grade. Marketing 3411: Consumer Analysis and Behavior teaches the dynamics of consumer markets, their significance to marketing executives, identification and measurement of market segments and analysis of their behavioral patterns as a basis for marketing strategy.
Kenny Anderson has been named the executive director of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI). The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute promotes and fosters entrepreneurial practices through education, outreach and research, hosts the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program and manages the Student Incubator.
Fourteen students across majors studied abroad in Europe this past winter break. Joni Catanzaro, a senior instructor in the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems, served as the faculty host for the trips led through International Business Seminars.
The Ideation Lab in the E. J. Ourso College of Business has transformed into the “Tiger Den” Incubator for students running businesses while attending LSU to have a business incubator space in the BEC.
BATON ROUGE – LSU Professional Sales students recently competed in business-to-business, or B2B, sales scenarios for the Jack W. Salisbury Scholarship Awards during the E. J. Ourso College of Business Professional Sales Institute’s fourth annual Internal Sales Competition and Career Fair.
BATON ROUGE – A team of four undergraduate students in the E. J. Ourso College of Business has advanced to the southwest regional finals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge, an intercollegiate competition sponsored by the CFA Institute in which leading industry professionals teach business and finance students how to research, write and present a report recommending a “buy,” “sell,” or “hold” position on a publicly traded company. The four students, all undergraduate finance seniors from Baton Rouge, are Matthew Crapanzano, Michael Hubbell, Brandt Green and Sam Chastain.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A team from LSU’s Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Business Student Success placed runner-up at the 2019 National Diversity Case Competition (NDCC) at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. The competition is held annually the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr. Day and brings together some of the best and most diverse talent in undergraduate education from across the country. This was the eighth year for the event, which took place Jan. 18-19. Nearly 170 business students from 42 teams competed – up from 35 teams last year.
LSU Sophomore Named Queen Zulu 2019, Golden Band from Tigerland to March in Zulu Parade Mardi Gras Day
BATON ROUGE – LSU sophomore Kailyn Rainey will serve as Queen Zulu 2019 and the Golden Band from Tigerland will join her to march on Mardi Gras day in the Zulu parade in New Orleans. Kailyn is the first LSU student to be selected as Queen Zulu in the parade’s long and colorful history.
BATON ROUGE – Angele Cherbonnier, graduate class president of the LSUCIA program, talks to us about the program, opportunities for students and her favorite LSU tradition.
BATON ROUGE – Kire’ Jackson, LSU Student Government Chief of Staff, talks to us about student government, opportunities for students, and her favorite LSU tradition.
BATON ROUGE – International Trade & Finance major, Abimbola Ogundare was recently awarded an LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Grant for spring 2019. We spoke with her about how she came to get into research, what her interests are and advice for other undergraduate students.
BATON ROUGE – David Lehman, president of the Public Administration Institute Student Association (PAISA), talks to us about the organization, opportunities for students, and his favorite LSU tradition.
BATON ROUGE – The Flores MBA Program held its annual Corporate Communications Case Competition (CCC) on January 24, 2019. A team comprised of two second-year full-time students, Christopher McGehee and Christina Vassiliou, won first place and $1,250 in prize money.
BATON ROUGE - Master of Analytics student Lauren Agrigento of Chicago, IL has been named a 2019 SAS® Global Forum Student Ambassador by the SAS Institute, an American multinational developer of analytics software based in Cary, North Carolina. She is the third LSU student to be named a SAS® Global Forum Student Ambassador since 2013.
BATON ROUGE – Emmy Hicks, a Master of Public Administration student from Thibodaux, LA in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Public Administration Institute, has been accepted into the 2019 Class of Founders’ Fellows by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
BATON ROUGE – Makayla McManus, president of the LSU MBA Association, talks to us about the organization, opportunities for students and her favorite LSU tradition.
BATON ROUGE - The Professional Sales Institute at the E. J. Ourso College of Business will host its 2019 Golf Tournament on April 12, 2019 at the LSU Golf Course starting at 8:00 a.m. followed by a lunch and awards ceremony at Walk-Ons Bistreaux & Bar.
BATON ROUGE – Walter Scott, president of the Beta Zeta chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, talks to us about the organization, opportunities for students and his favorite LSU tradition.
BATON ROUGE – Three business students were recognized as university medalists at the Fall 2018 commencement ceremony on December 14, 2018.
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Finance is sponsoring two undergraduate teams for the 2019 Community Bank Case Study Competition and students are asked to sign up with Brian Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
BATON ROUGE – LSU has announced the names of the students who have made the Dean’s List and the President’s Honor Roll for the fall 2018 semester.
BATON ROUGE – LSU recognized 1,950 graduates at the university’s 297th commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 14.
BATON ROUGE - With a win at regionals, a team of LSU accounting students will advance to compete in Deloitte’s national 2019 Audit Innovation Campus Challenge (AICC) to be held in April of 2019 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas.
BATON ROUGE - On November 9, 2018 four second-year Flores MBA students competed at The 12th Annual National MBA Case Competition in Ethical Leadership at Baylor University. The graduate team was comprised of Cayden Bergeron, Polina Dozortseva, Garrett McCaskill and Christopher McGehee. They competed among 12 schools from the south and Midwest.