Although fall just officially began, our fall semester reached full speed more than a month ago.
In September, I am proud to say that the college’s student organizations joined forces and united successfully for a week of events that were collectively dubbed “Jumping into Business.” Some of the highlights included a two-day student organization fair, a food drive for the LSU Food Pantry to assist students in need, a résumé writing seminar hosted by LSU Career Services, and a Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) Speaker Panel. The panel was moderated by Jeff Zehnder and featured DAC members John Barnidge, Leon Hirsch, Scott Newitt, and Shawn Usher.
For those of you who are not familiar with DAC, the Dean’s Advisory Council exists to promote and improve the college. Nearly 70 accomplished professionals form its membership and donate their time, talents, and resources to supporting us in our efforts to enhance the substance and image of the college. Members of DAC gathered at the Business Education Complex (BEC) for a semiannual meeting in October, and the outcomes of that meeting were great.
October has also seen the reactivation of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at LSU. When it was open previously, the LSBDC at LSU office was located in the LSU Innovation Park on South Campus. This new office will be housed in the Business Education Complex as part of the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute. This opening represents another step forward in our desire for entrepreneurship and economic development for the State of Louisiana. The business counseling that will be offered through the LSBDC at LSU will allow the college to focus its outreach on economic development mission by assisting entrepreneurs with starting businesses and creating jobs.
Toward the end of October, on Tuesday, October 29, to be precise, we will have a dedication ceremony for a piece of artwork that will be placed in front of The Rotunda of the BEC. Commissioned and donated by college alumnus and DAC member Roger Ogden, this sculpture has been named “Celebrate.” It is being given to commemorate the construction of the complex and is likely one of the two last major pieces of artwork that will be installed at the complex. More details will be revealed about the dedication ceremony in the coming weeks, but we certainly want to thank Roger for his continued and long-standing generosity to the college.
To our students, hopefully by now you have seen that I am holding office hours in The Commons on specific Tuesdays throughout the semester. Feel free to drop by and discuss anything with me that you like.
Dean and Ourso Distinguished Professor
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business