Have you seen one of our events and wonder how you can lead it or make it better? Do you have an idea we haven’t thought of and want to make a difference on campus and in the community? Apply to be a student leader with one of our numerous committees including Volunteer LSU, Geaux BIG Baton Rouge, Homecoming, Kitchens on the Geaux, and the Student Activities Board.
Apply by October 28 via TigerLink.
Following the impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, LSU students felt compelled to respond to the needs of the affected communities. These efforts led to the formation of the student group, Volunteer LSU, whose mission is to promote and coordinate volunteer opportunities, build partnerships within the community, and instill a lifelong commitment to service.
Since then, Volunteer LSU has organized events such as Community Bound, the annual Sweet Olive Cemetery Clean-Up, and Spring Greening Day. Each focus area of Volunteer LSU seeks to address a specific need in the community by engaging LSU students in direct service.
Our projects range from the on-going Tigers Tutoring Program to international service trips. Although we provide a variety of projects, our purpose is always the same – to create a better world.
Geaux BIG Baton Rouge
Geaux BIG Baton Rouge is a large, one-day service experience that unites LSU students and the surrounding Baton Rouge community. Ultimately, the goal of our organization is to encourage our entire student body to serve our neighboring residents, regardless of their socioeconomic status, as well as the local organizations that work tirelessly to improve the city that we call home. Our volunteer efforts focus on real needs by working on projects identified by Baton Rouge residents and organizations within the following areas: Old South Baton Rouge, Mid-City, and North Baton Rouge.
Geaux Big Baton Rouge is modeled after Texas A&M’s “Big Event,” which was established in 1982. Over the years, their program has become a staple event within their community. In 2015, they are predicted to serve 2,000 job sites via the service of 20,000 Aggies. Inspired by “The Big Event”, Elaine Giles, a former LSU student, founded Geaux BIG Baton Rouge in 2012.
Geaux BIG Baton Rouge held its debut event on April 20, 2013, serving 29 job sites via the service of 850 LSU students. In 2014, the number of volunteers grew to 1,200 LSU students, serving 71 job sites throughout the Baton Rouge community. By 2015, LSU had 1,300 volunteers serving at 79 sites. Based on the estimated value of volunteer time, Geaux BIG Baton Rouge 2015 provided an estimated value of $89,397.09 to the city of Baton Rouge.
The Homecoming Committee plans and organizes a variety of activities to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community in an annual celebration of Tiger traditions and spirit. Some of the activities held each year include the parade, concert, tailgate, intramural sport tournaments, spirit wall, and banner competition.
Kitchens on the Geaux
Did you know 40% of the food in the U.S. is wasted each year, while 1 in 4 children in the U.S. don’t have any idea where their next meal may come from?
Kitchens on the Geaux strives to create sustainable ways to address food insecurity in Baton Rouge by repurposing excess food. Currently, Kitchens on the Geaux creates awareness of food insecurity through the annual Hunger Banquet and volunteer opportunities like the Potato Drop.
Kitchens on the Geaux also manages and maintains the LSU Food Pantry.
Kitchens on the Geaux is open to all students and has ongoing volunteer opportunities throughout the academic year.
Student Activities Board
Student Activities Board at LSU enhances the overall campus experience by cultivating leadership skills in its members and creating lasting memories with educational and entertaining programs that appeal to diverse audiences.
The Tom W. Dutton Scholarship Award is presented to a female undergraduate or graduate student for outstanding service to the University community through participation and leadership in community service activities while attending LSU.
Criteria for Selection
- Must be a female undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at LSU in Baton Rouge.
- Must be full-time students in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.
- Must possess a cumulative gpa of 3.0 or higher.
- Must demonstrate service to the University community through participation and leadership in community service activities and initiatives while attending LSU.
- Nominations can be made by LSU students, faculty/staff and community members.
- If nominees meet the first three criteria for selection, they will be sent an application which must be completed for review by the selection committee.
- The selection committee will be appointed by a staff member in Campus Life. Committee members shall include:
- Assistant Director for Campus Life, Chair
The selected students will be recommended to the Dean of Students for approval.
- The scholarships will be awarded once per year.
- The amount for scholarships will be either $250 or $500 based on service demonstrated by applicant and recommendation by committee.
- The number of scholarships awarded will be based on fund availability each year.
- No student may receive the award more than once while enrolled at LSU.
About the Tom W. Dutton Scholarship Award
In December of 1969, a $10,000 bequest was left to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge by the late Tom W. Dutton. Dutton was a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors from 1940-1967. He also served as the Vice-Chair from 1940-1944 and the Chairman from 1950-1952.
In February of 1973, a resolution by the LSU Board of Supervisors established an endowment fund known as the “Tom W. Dutton Scholarship Fund.” The purpose of the fund was to provide financial assistance to female undergraduate and graduate students.
In January of 1983, a recommendation to establish the award was made by Mr. L.L. Pesson, former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
With the ending of the “Rice and Spice” food drive, this cooking demonstration will focus on cooking red beans and rice and cornbread – a stable in any Louisianan’s diet. Space is limited so email email@example.com to sign up.