February – April 2014
The LSU Museum of Art features the first museum exhibition of Nari Ward’s work since the New York-based artist received a coveted Rome Prize in 2012-2013. “Rooted Communities,” Ward’s first solo exhibition in Louisiana opened Feb. 7 and will run through Aug. 10.
Ward was awarded the LSU College of Art & Design’s prestigious Nadine Carter Russell Chair for the 2013-2014 academic year, a rotating residency within the College. “Rooted Communities” coincides with his residency at LSU, and highlights a series of Ward’s recent sculptures, works on paper, and mixed media installations.
This exhibition comprises 22 mixed-media sculptures, some of which are free standing, while others hang from the walls or ceiling. A master at balancing elegance with grittiness, Nari Ward articulates multi-layered issues that affect all communities-economics, poverty, race, culture, and how these factors shape a society.
“Rooted Communities” was organized by the LSU Museum of Art and is on loan from the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.
“The Visual Blues” highlights the melodic influences of blues and jazz music, dance, travel, and social clubs upon the brushstrokes of Harlem Renaissance artists. This exhibition presents the innovative contributions of some of the most celebrated artists of the early twentieth century, and expresses the lasting effects of their artistic achievements.
The LSU Museum of Art will feature the exhibition “Margaret Stones’s Flora of Louisiana: The Baton Rouge Connection” beginning April 5 through Aug. 3.
Stones is ranked among the 20th century’s most accomplished botanical artists. In 1976, LSU commissioned Stones to create watercolors of Louisiana’s native flora to commemorate the bicentennial of the United States and the 50th anniversary of the LSU campus in its present location. The Australian-born botanical painter drew from plant specimens collected for her in East Baton Rouge Parish. The exhibition features 55 watercolors and highlights the individuals who contributed directly to the success of the artist’s project. The works are drawn from LSU Libraries’ Special Collections Division, located within Hill Memorial Library, with a few private loans on view as well.
“Margaret Stones’s Flora of Louisiana: The Baton Rouge Connection” offers a glimpse of Stones’s working process, from depicting details of plants, to creating finished, scientifically accurate drawings of whole specimens. The exhibition tells the story of a community that came together to support an artistic vision and produce an artistic treasure for Louisiana.
LSU Honors College students present their research & creative projects to fellow students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Seniors will give individual presentations, grouped by general subject, on their completed Honors Theses. Juniors, sophomores, and freshmen will also present their research projects in progress in a poster session. Faculty will give brief remarks and refreshments will be served.
This program is open to 12 LSU students in its inaugural year and requires students to meet several times during the spring 2014 semester to learn about leadership and social change. Those meetings will be held on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Red River Room of the LSU Student Union on the following dates:
January 23 and 30
February 13 and 27
March 6 and 20
April 10 (banquet)
These meetings will be accompanied by a few key speakers and two service trips (Baton Rouge and New Orleans).
About Leadership Exchange
LSU will partner with Loyola University in New Orleans for a unique opportunity through which students at both institutions will learn concepts of leadership and leader behavior through the lens of the social issue, HIV/AIDS, which is a challenge for both the Baton Rouge and New Orleans communities. Students will meet weekly for lively discussion and to plan a shared service opportunity with Loyola University students.
Participants will be blogging about their experiences throughout the program.
This program is free and open to all students, regardless of major or classification.
The Music Committee was created to broaden the campus musical experience. The committee exposes students to a wide range of musical performances and programs which may include indie artists, local artists, and student performers.
This meeting is open to all LSU students.
Chair: Arrielle Parker
Trending Topics challenges students to think about the pressing issues on the campus, national, and international scene. The committee engages the campus community in a wide range of social, cultural, and political issues and current events. Trending Topics addresses issues via comedy, film, debate, forums, and celebrations of global cultures and customs to promote awareness of our ever-changing world.
This meeting is open to all LSU students.
Chair: Carly Penn
Engage in conversation around a wide range of social, cultural, and political issues and current events through interactive events, social gatherings, and guest speakers.
Thursday Night Live: Trending Topics is presented by Student Activities Board (SAB) as part of the Thursday Night Live series of entertainment, social activities, and current events conversation held almost every Thursday evening at 8 p.m. throughout the school year.
Spring Greening Day is an annual half-day service project to beautify the LSU campus as well as an opportunity to learn about sustainability. Coordinated in partnership with LSU Landscape Services and the LSU Foundation.
About Spring Greening Day
Spring Greening Day is an annual half-day service project to beautify the LSU campus as well as an opportunity to learn about sustainability and personal practices to support our environment. The event is coordinated in partnership with LSU Landscape Services and the LSU Foundation in support of the Green Tiger Project.
Spring Greening Day begins with a brief opening ceremony in Free Speech Circle.
Spring Greening Day is free and open to all LSU and BRCC Bridge Program students, regardless of major or classification.
Due to high demand, the 2014 Geaux Lead retreat is full. We are accepting students for the wait list only, and will contact you closer to the event date with further information about your wait list status.
About Geaux Lead
The Geaux Lead Retreat is an intensive, 4-day, off-campus leadership development experience offered annually in May at an off campus retreat center. Students must register in advance for this retreat.
See more from the 2013 Geaux Lead Retreat.
Geaux Lead is open to all students (including undergraduates, graduate students, and those enrolled at the School of Veterinary Medicine).
Students must be in good conduct standing with the University.
What Participants Are Saying
“I think the greatest learning moment for me, was seeing how people’s strengths and personalities played out on the ropes course. I had never completed a high ropes course before and it was both challenging and encouraging.” –Participant, May 2013
“This was a LIFE CHANGING experience, and I feel that even those words aren’t enough to describe all of the feelings and emotions I have when thinking about this retreat. I have met AMAZING people who I can sincerely call my friends, and have found new facets of myself, both as a leader and as a citizen of the world that I cannot wait to explore. Thank you again for providing opportunities for us to push ourselves and opportunities for us to allow ourselves to be encouraged and carried by our peers.” -Mercedes Townsend, May 2013
“I feel more comfortable with myself and what my strengths are so that I can focus them to accomplish more.” –Bryce Bourgeois, May 2013
“After attending the Geaux Lead Retreat, I feel like I was given information to learn more about my strengths and the strengths of others. I now think I am prepared to work better in groups by looking for other people’s strengths instead of weaknesses.” –Morgan Matchett, May 2013
The Geaux Lead Retreat is free and is open to all LSU students, regardless of major or classification. LSU Campus Life will provide meals, snacks, lodging, and transportation for the retreat.
Because this retreat is held at an off-campus retreat location, students must commit to the entire program.
The retreat is limited to 60 participants annually. Once the capacity has been reached, a waiting list will be established. Students may be called from the waiting list up to 48 hours preceding the retreat.
When attending Geaux Lead, students will develop their knowledge of leadership with
- An introduction to foundational principles of leadership
- General knowledge of leadership styles and effective approaches to leading
- An understanding of individual talents and strengths utilizing the Gallup StrengthsFinderä
- Activities testing group dynamics and teaching how to work within systems, and
- Activities that increase understanding of human difference, diversity, and identity development
According to surveys from previous Geaux Lead retreats, students report learning more about themselves as leaders and effective group members, as well as, having a better appreciation for each other’s differences.