We Champion Success!
On the football field, champions are made by yards gained, touchdowns scored, and successful field goals. In LSU’s classrooms, research facilities, and community outreach programs, champions are made when lives around the world are positively impacted. A comprehensive list of all LSU success stories would likely fill the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Here are but a few.
We Champion the Arts!
Since the 1930s and the founding of the Southern Review, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences has been a home of great writing, most recently commemorated in The Best of LSU Fiction published by LSU Press, which features such legendary writers as Robert Penn Warren, Walker Percy, and Jean Stafford. Our graduate writing program is ranked in the top 25 nationally, and works by its faculty and graduates appear everywhere from the best-seller list to HBO’s Tremé to The Late Show with David Letterman.
College of Music & Dramatic Arts Alum Bill Conti is an Oscar-winning composer who has written theme music for several well-known movies, including Gonna Fly Now from the Rocky films, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart. Conti won the 1984 Academy Award for the score to The Right Stuff.
LSU’s Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising program in the College of Agriculture is top-notch and has placed students in internships with Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren, just to name a few. One alum making a big name for himself is Anthony Ryan Auld, a contestant and runner up for fan favorite on season 9 of Project Runway.
College of Art & Design Alum Marty Sixkiller is an editorial/post supervisor at PDI/DreamWorks, and was technical director for Shrek the Third, Shrek 2, and Over the Hedge, as well as a senior technical director for Madagascar.
Hailed by the New York Times as an artist with a “magnetic” stage presence, LSU alum Lisette Oropesa earned a position in the prestigious Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
We Champion Diversity!
LSU’s College of Engineering is ranked 17th nationally in the number of engineering master’s degrees awarded to women.
The LSU University College’s Summer Scholars Program is an award-winning summer bridge program that is designed to recruit and retain top students from under-represented minority populations. This 20-year-old program has a graduation rate of 67 percent and boasts alumni who are physicians, lawyers, college professors, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs. One such example is that of Dr. Ivory Toldson, professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education.
The Manship School of Mass Communication was the first school to win the national Equity and Diversity Award given by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The award recognizes the Manship School as a leader in improving diversity in its classrooms and curricula, as well as external programs such as the Forum on Media Diversity website, workshops for Louisiana ethnic media, and sponsorship of panel discussions held at national conventions.
LSU School of Social Work students have worked to promote statewide advocacy in alleviating sexual exploitation and abuse of LGBTQ populations, and reducing bullying in the primary and secondary schools by providing mentors and resources for students and educators.
The LSU University College’s Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program provides opportunities for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students to pursue graduate educational experiences leading to doctoral degrees. Since the program’s inception, LSU McNair scholars who continue into graduate study have a 66 percent graduate school completion rate and 45 former scholars now have doctoral degrees.
We Champion Education!
The LSU College of Art & Design’s Robert S. Reich School of Landscape Architecture is consistently ranked #1 in the country in undergraduate education.
LSU Honors College students have been accepted into the top graduate, medical, and law schools in the country, including Harvard’s Kennedy School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Law School, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Yale, MIT, Columbia, University of Chicago, Georgetown, the London School of Economics, Oxford University, and University College, London.
The world’s largest general scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has named 14 LSU College of Science faculty members as fellows over the last two years, placing the university among the top 10 percent of U.S. universities.
Helping to meet the 28 percent increase in job demand for environmental science professionals for 2008-2018 (as projected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook), the LSU School of the Coast & Environment is supporting a 1,400 percent increase in enrollment for its new undergraduate program—going from 5 to 75 students in three short years.
Teaching students about the intersection of media and public affairs may be the most important subject in mass communication today. The LSU Manship School of Mass Communication is the only communication school in the country granting degrees in media and public affairs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The school has earned a national reputation for turning out professionals and scholars at the highest level.
The LSU Center for Internal Auditing (LSUCIA) in the E. J. Ourso College of Business has established itself as the premier internal audit program in the world. Numerous institutions globally have modeled themselves off of LSUCIA, and the center boasts 18 recipients of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Student Highest Achievement Award. The latest is Eliana Arvelo, who was recognized for this feat in July 2011.
We Champion Louisiana!
The French Education Project at LSU focuses on teacher preparation, material development, and research in Francophone cultures with special emphasis on Louisiana’s Francophone heritage and French immersion for more than 3,000 students in 25 public schools in nine school districts.
Faculty and students in the LSU College of Education provide instruction, facilitate community activities, and conduct research projects, which have a direct influence on Louisiana residents, addressing issues of poverty, education, and wellness. They produce theory, policy, and practice models that have been replicated throughout the country.
LSU Associate Professor Clint Willson and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering are beginning the design and construction of an expanded Mississippi River Research and Learning Center to help better inform and educate the state and nation. Funded by the state, the research and education that will come out of this facility will help to ensure that we effectively manage this valuable natural and economic resource.
Professor Gregg Henderson from LSU’s Department of Entomology was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal for his work on termite damage to levees in New Orleans that may have undermined the structures during Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Catherine Lemieux, from LSU’s School of Social Work in partnership with the Capital Area Human Services District was awarded a $1.9 million four-year grant as part of a national initiative to improve the health status and increase the life expectancy of persons with serious mental illness and substance abuse conditions. This is only one of 64 nationally awarded sites for the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. It is anticipated that over 7,500 persons with severe mental illness will be served in the Baton Rouge region.
We Champion Research!
Through the College of Engineering, LSU is the only university in North America where future petroleum engineers can get hands-on training in well control by working at a full-scale well control research and training facility, the Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer Laboratory.
In the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the LSU FACES lab is home to many experts in forensic anthropology, who work with law enforcement agencies in identifying human remains. The FACES lab is partnered with the Crime and Policy Evaluation Research Group, a network of more than 30 criminology researchers.
The LSU College of Science recently received an $11 million grant for the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Center, one of only 16 university centers in the U.S.
The LSU School of the Coast & Environment‘s global reputation in coastal and wetlands expertise means faculty are frequently called upon to provide expert testimony, commentary, and insight—which is why the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, faculty were featured in more than 450 media interviews including network news and morning shows, late night talk shows, and interviews with reporters from around the world.
Millie, the world’s first cloned transgenic goat, was produced as part of a research program led by Dr. Robert Godke, a faculty member in the College of Agriculture and the LSU AgCenter. Millie’s milk contained a therapeutic protein, which could be extracted to produce a drug used in patients undergoing coronary bypass surgery.
The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs applies the school’s intellectual muscle to contemporary problems of media and democracy. It has gained national prominence for LSU through sponsored research, a public policy fellows program designed to give expert advice to Louisiana policy makers, various seminars and roundtables aired on C-SPAN and national public television, and other collaborations with prominent media leaders and national organizations.
We Champion Service!
LSU Coastal Roots conducts school-based nursery programs involving more than 5,000 students in 18 parishes in hands-on habitat restoration resulting in the successful planting of more than 50,000 trees to date.
In association with Fitness Testing of Louisiana School Children, a team from the LSU College of Education provides services to five parishes by training teachers and providing support and guidance on best-practice interventions to increase physical activity and improve fitness and health of 63,271 students (2009-present).
The LSU School of the Coast & Environment is making a difference in our community and in our collective future by leading and participating in several hands-on public outreach activities such as EnvironMentors, a weekly science mentoring program for high school students who strive to be the first college graduates in their families, Beach Sweep, a day-long trash pick-up in and around the beautiful University Lakes, and Marsh Madness, a day dedicated to planting tens of thousands of plugs and cord grass in the marsh.
Undergraduates in a School of Renewable Natural Resources service-learning course learn about coastal wetland loss and restoration while monitoring the effectiveness of small wetland restoration projects that would otherwise not be studied. With assistance from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, students monitor the survival of wetland planting projects on public land at the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Master’s level students in the LSU School of Social Work provided more than 43,000 volunteer internship hours across the state of Louisiana in various social service agencies during the fall 2011 semester.
GEAR UP Baton Rouge fosters college readiness and access for at-risk middle and high school students enrolled in 53 schools in nine parishes. Led by Dr. Susan Gaston and involving other LSU faculty in key learning disciplines, 1,390 K-12 students come to LSU during the summer for instructional and counseling support and intervention. Eighty percent of participants are currently on track for high school graduation, 77 percent of whom are on track for TOPS scholarships.