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LSU Celebrates 298th Commencement Exercises

Join us in congratulating the more than 4,000 students graduating from LSU this week! LSU's 298th commencement exercises mark our sixth consecutive year of record-breaking graduating classes.

I hope you'll join me in congratulating our new alumni. We are all so proud of our graduates and so excited to see what they do in the next chapters of their lives.


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LSU Students Earn Recognition

LSU student Jack Green has been named a 2019 Udall Scholar in the environment category, earning a $7,000 scholarship. Green is an Ogden Honors College student majoring in applied coastal environmental science and political science, with a concentration in public policy. Green has become only the second LSU student to win the Udall Scholarship two years consecutively, having received the prestigious award in 2018 as well. This outstanding student was also named a 2019 Truman Scholarship finalist. 

LSU Law students Briana Falcon and Joe Heaton finished first among 80 teams at the Lefkowitz National Trademark Law Moot Court Competition, claiming the national championship at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

Three LSU students received the highly prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier award for recognizing top-performing undergraduate students in STEM disciplines. 

LSU student journalists separated themselves from their peers in a big way, winning more awards than any other school in the Region 12 Society of Professional Journalists competition and earning a total of 17 first place or finalist finishes.

LSU Student Media's news service, The Reveille, also received praise from the Associated Press Media Editors. The Reveille won first place for best website, sports breaking news, enterprise/investigative reporting, and layout/design.

Three LSU engineering students were recently announced as recipients of the highly respected 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, while 10 more current and past students received honorable mentions.

Thirty-seven LSU student-athletes from the men's and women's basketball teams, gymnastics team, and men's and women's swimming & diving teams were named to the 2018-19 Winter SEC Academics Honor Roll.


2019 LSU Giving Day - We Did It!

LSU Gives Back

Thank you to the 2,743 donors that helped LSU to far surpass our goal of 1,860 donors and raise a total of $869,730 for the inaugural LSU Giving Day! Tigers from everywhere came together on April 30 to rally behind LSU students, faculty, and staff. Let's continue show the world what fierce can do. Please learn how you can get involved in LSU's historic advancement campaign: Fierce For The Future

Four hundred students participated in the 20 consecutive hours long Dance Marathon at LSU, raising $187,789.01 for the new Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. Since the first Dance Marathon at LSU in 2013, students have raised more than $1,000,000 for the new facility, which is scheduled to open this October.

A class from the Department of Marketing at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business designed and executed an exceptional donation campaign for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, collecting 2,838 pounds of food.

LSU Softball coach Beth Torina and the Geaux Teal foundation hosted the seventh annual Geaux Teal Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk this past month, setting record numbers with 1,080 walkers and raising $87,198.32.


LSU Athletics Director Scott Woodward and President Alexander

LSU Cultivates Leadership

LSU alumni Ava Leavell Haymon and Cordell Haymon of Baton Rouge have made a historic donation of $1.2 million to the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts. Their donation will fund an endowed chair in music therapy and establish the first music therapy program at a Louisiana public university.

The university welcomed back alumnus Scott Woodward as the 10th athletics director in school history. Woodward, a 1985 political science graduate, previously served as LSU's director of external affairs from 2000-2004.

LSU Vice Provost for Diversity Dereck J. Rovaris Sr. has been named president of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, or AABHE. AABHE is the premier organization to drive leadership, development, access, and vital issues concerning Blacks in higher education.  

Facebook's Global Chief Marketing Officer Antonio Lucio graduated from LSU in 1981. Lucio has served in this position since 2018 and is responsible for marketing not only the Facebook app but also Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger. Nearly 2.7 billion people use these apps every day.  

LSU Department of Chemistry Assistant Professor Wewei Xie was recognized as one of the top 20 inorganic chemistry professors in the U.S. and was named as a fellow to improve the nation's undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

LSU ornithologist and doctoral candidate Subir B. Shakya led a team of researchers in Borneo, where they discovered a new species of bird.


2019 SEC Professor of the Year Dr. Gabriela González (right)

LSU Faculty Demonstrate Expertise

LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González has been named the 2019 SEC Professor of the Year. Dr. González was also a leader for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory team that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics after proving predictions made by Albert Einstein.

Linda Hooper-Bùi, a professor of environmental sciences for LSU’s College of the Coast & Environment, was announced as one of six honorees to be recognized with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s 2019 Coastal Stewardship Award.

The American Ornithological honored LSU's School of Renewable Natural Resources Lee F. Mason Professor of Conservation Biology Phil Stouffer with the 2019 Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award.

The Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association named LSU AgCenter nutrition agent Elizabeth Martin as the 2019 Young Dietitian of the Year.



In the News: A Sample of LSU's Footprint in the National Media

The New York Times LogoShe Runs Marathons and Sings Opera. And She Just Won $50,000.

After being recognized for her talents by Opera News and Runner’s World, LSU alumna Lisette Oropesa is now the winner of the esteemed Richard Tucker Award.

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14-Year Oil Spill In The Gulf Of Mexico Could Go On For Decades 

LSU Law Professor Ed Richards speaks with National Public Radio about ongoing issues resulting from oil rig damage caused by hurricane activity.


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How Much Electricity Can Thunderstorms Produce?

Cosmic and gamma-ray researcher Michael Cherry of LSU shares his thoughts on how future research can help develop a way to harness electricity from lightning.

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Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast 

Read how the LSU Center for River Studies is equipped to further the understanding of the coastal erosion process. 


Mark Your Calendars!

Across the Atlantic: American impressionism through the french lens

May 1 - June 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. during the week and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. during the weekend at the Shaw Center for the Arts, LSU Museum of Art, Fifth Floor

This extraordinary exhibition, drawn entirely from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the nineteenth century, and the complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 80s, and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. More than 75 paintings and other works tell the story of the development of Impressionism. Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, among others, who exhibited in the official Impressionist exhibitions in Paris in the 1870s and 80s. Among the earliest American artists to embrace the style were John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Childe Hassam, and Frank W. Benson. Additional American artists embraced the style by the turn of the century, including Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Robert Spencer, Arthur Watson Sparks, Robert Lewis Reid, William Paxton, Chauncey Ryder, Frederick John Mulhaupt, and Guy Wiggins, are also highlighted in the exhibition.

LSU's 298th commencement exercises | Main ceremony 

May 10, Starts at 9 a.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center

LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela González, 2019 SEC Professor of the Year, will deliver the keynote address as degrees for all graduates will be officially conferred, and doctoral students are hooded and individually recognized. Afterward, diploma ceremonies that recognize all undergraduates and master's degree recipients will take place, culminating on Saturday, May 11. 

Who's Your Sherlock? | Depictions and Adaptations of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles

May 10 - 31, 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at the Hill Memorial Library


LSU Libraries Special Collections presents a small exhibition of Sherlock Holmes artifacts and texts titled “Who’s Your Holmes?: Depictions and Adaptations of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles,” in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall. The exhibit corresponds with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 2019 One Book One Community selection, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The materials on display – all selected from the Russell A. Mann Sherlock Holmes Research Collection – highlight comic books and children’s adaptations of the novel, a variety of iconic toys, dolls, and figurines dressed as Holmes, and ephemera such as Hound of the Baskervilles stamps and trading cards, among others. The exhibit helps visitors understand the cultural impact of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth.

LSU Science Café | music, struggle, reconstruction & inspiration

May 28, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at The Varsity Theatre

Join LSU School of Music Professional-in-Residence Jan Grimes and her former student Dr. Sara Perez for an inspirational presentation about music and Parkinson's disease.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for networking and light refreshments, and the talk will start at 6 p.m. Remember, people of all ages are welcome, so please spread the word and join us for a fun and informative night! 

Share questions or feedback with Ashley Arceneaux, Chief of Staff, at ash@lsu.edu