IS WHO FIERCEWE ARE.
IS WHAT WE ARE.
The world is a big place with big questions to answer and big secrets to unlock. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where LSU comes in. We have a vision for tomorrow, one that shows what fierce can do. Here in Louisiana and in the farthest reaches of the globe, we will not hesitate to answer the call.
WE ARE DEEPLY
COMMITTED TO POSITIVE
TRANSFORMATION OF OPPORTUNITY, RESOURCES & WELL-BEING FOR ALL.
FIERCE WORKS AS ONE. Earning our distinction as an elite research university
university, LSU is a nexus of people, partnerships, and
did not happen by chance. It took passionate
ideas that fuel the engine of global progress from our
commitment for finding answers that others could
campuses in Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Eunice, New
not. It required courage and effort and strength of
Orleans, and Shreveport, and from our extension
will. That very same strength of will is what we are
offices in all 64 parishes.
channeling now as we show the world we are Fierce for the Future by raising $1.5 billionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;because a tame
LSU has long been recognized for our athletic
spirit never changed the world.
success, and deservedly so. This campaign is the moment when our academic achievements shine
Our comprehensive education focuses not just on
just as brightly as our dominance in sports. Your
excellence in the classroom, but also on experiences
investment in LSU will reflect your dedication to
that position LSU graduates for fulfilling, impactful
shaping our role in leading Louisiana and impacting
lives. At this very moment, LSU is preparing the
leaders of tomorrow to make a name for themselves by making a difference in the lives of others.
Together, we form a vibrant, diverse, and rewarding community with a rich history and an even brighter
We are deeply committed to positive transformation of
future. Ours is a unique culture of celebration and
opportunity, resources, and well-being for all. Though
serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one that our shared passion will sustain for
our work begins here in Louisiana, our influence
generations to come.
extends far beyond our borders. More than just a
FIERCE LEADS THE CHARGE. LSU drives solutions to global issues that Louisiana knows better than most. No other state is home to a higher percentage of native-born residents. The sense of community for which we are known is rooted in the land upon which our campuses sit and is reflected in our alumni’s lifelong engagement with their university. LSU’s vision is the key to Louisiana’s future. Our state is counting on LSU to elevate our passion into purpose. Fierce for the Future answers that call. This is the largest and most far-reaching advancement campaign ever initiated for higher education in the history of Louisiana. It is also the first to unite all of our campuses statewide in pursuit of a common goal: to generate solutions for the people in Louisiana that hold the promise of making profoundly positive impacts around the world.
MEET US AT THE INTERSECTION OF
PASSION & PURPOSE.
FIERCE RISES TO THE CHALLENGE. Louisianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most urgent and compelling concerns cannot be solved without the human capital LSU provides. The outcomes we yield together will respond to the needs of our friends and neighbors as we improve lives everywhere. But our mission is about much more than generating solutions. We are harnessing passions and knowledge to enrich our culture, improve our communities, and deliver an education that illuminates paths to a better tomorrow for everyone. LSU is a leader in global change for the innovative advancement of the arts and humanities, science, education, energy, the environment, business leadership, and wellness. Our students work with faculty who discover new species, develop crops that can feed the world, drive economic development through applied research and leadership, build everything from nanoparticles to bridges, perform on the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandest stages, save our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coastlines, provide hope for patients confronting chronic diseases, and champion the promise of social mobility.
LEADERSHIP RESEARCH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ARTS & CULTURE EDUCATION HEALTH & WELL-BEING COAST, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
RTS & CULTURE
ARTS & CULTURE LSU is a bastion of cultural expression. Across
For generations, our multicultural heritage
the state, our visual and performing arts programs
has enriched the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic viability and
flourish; throughout the world, we create art and
enlivened the social fabric of our communities.
perform music and theater. Our faculty and graduate
We have a responsibility to enhance and preserve
students visit indigenous communities to document
it for generations to come.
and protect their histories. And our immersion programs prepare students to be globally engaged.
In looking toward the future, LSU encourages excellence, risk-taking, and an open-minded
The arts are an essential element of a well-rounded
approach to challenges. We nurture emerging
education and a purposeful life, inspiring new ways
talent. We reward ingenuity.
of thinking and cultivating the holistic skill sets our students need to excel in a global marketplace.
Our creativity is, in many ways, a natural resource
They deepen our understanding of one another
that never wanesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one we are passionate about
and strengthen our bonds, bridging subject matter
making accessible to all. Through our museums,
expertise with experiences that impact our ability
degree programs, partnerships with under-
to communicate, connect, and lead effectively.
resourced schools, and countless other ways that weave in and out of our thriving campuses, LSU
The culture of Louisiana is vibrant and multi-layered.
advances arts and culture. We help people lead
You hear it in our music, taste it in our food, and see
richer lives and become stronger critical thinkers
it in our architecture. By celebrating our uniqueness
and more creative problem solvers.
and raising awareness of global values and beliefs, we continually strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
JASON BOWERS, PHD, LSU ALUMNUS, INSTRUCTOR, AND KIDS’ ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR “Music is this great equalizing force—it provides opportunities for people to form emotional connections. In Kids’ Orchestra, students as young as five develop a sense of confidence and identity by collaborating with people from all different backgrounds. These experiences strengthen their social abilities and problem-solving skills. In turn, this impacts how they interact with their classmates in school, their families at home, the people in their communities. It’s a ripple effect. Music can positively shape their entire future.” S E E T H E F U L L S T O R Y AT F I E R C E F O R T H E F U T U R E C A M PA I G N . O R G
WE ARE FEARLESS EXPLORERS, BLAZING TRAILS &
CLINT WILLSON, PHD, LSU CENTER FOR RIVER STUDIES DIRECTOR “So many of our students grew up playing or working along our coasts. They understand the importance of the Mississippi River to our industries and culture. With LSU’s resources and expertise, we can channel their passion and their desire to make a difference. Here in Louisiana or far from home, our students are prepared to face the challenges and implement the solutions, because they know what it means to the people in coastal communities all over the world.” S E E T H E F U L L S T O R Y AT F I E R C E F O R T H E F U T U R E C A M PA I G N . O R G
COAST, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT Louisiana is a working coast, home to nearly five of the Earth’s population, share the common challenges, benefits, and vulnerabilities of living
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
million residents who, along with a large percentage
near the water and within close proximity of a delta. LSU is uniquely situated, both geographically and
in terms of our expertise, to investigate the complex relationship of land, sea, and air.
For generations, LSU has focused on finding more
effective ways to protect the environment and more
efficient methods for utilizing natural resources. The
tenacity with which we’ve faced these challenges has garnered international recognition. Given Louisiana’s emphasis on energy, firsthand understanding of
the risks of severe weather, and fragile coast, LSU’s
faculty must continue to address these critical issues with urgency.
Strategic investments in our intellectual capital in
science, engineering, agriculture, energy, and coastal studies will expedite our success. Coupled with
increased support for observation, modeling, and forecasting, these investments will solidify LSU’s
place as a global leader in transformative research, education, and engagement in the coast and
environment. We are committed to protecting and
sustaining our shared natural resources, not only for
the benefit of Louisiana but for the good of the planet.
LSU students conduct research on the Lower Mississippi River Physical Model.
RESEARCH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT globe, LSU is driven to lay the foundation for building
university and the passion of our global scholars to
a 21st-century innovation economy for Louisiana, while
deliver breakthroughs that address today’s societal
at the same time serving the industries that form our
LSU harnesses the power of being an elite research
needs. As the state’s flagship university, LSU is
state’s economic backbone.
uniquely positioned to serve as an economic engine. We leverage our research prowess to drive outcomes
LSU will catalyze the innovation cycle and
in areas ranging from cybersecurity to biodegradable
develop a strong culture of invention by fostering
Mardi Gras beads. Our faculty and student researchers
transformational science and interdisciplinary
make daily discoveries that positively impact
research. We are fully committed to supporting and
businesses around the world. LSU’s annual economic
incentivizing the creation of intellectual property.
impact tops $5.1 billion in Louisiana alone.
Across our campuses, students, researchers, and faculty members are developing patented and
Pivoting from established and emerging areas of
licensable technologies that will continue to provide
research expertise, LSU will promote an ecosystem
revenue streams for LSU and our faculty for years
of collaboration focused on basic, translational, and
to come. Their entrepreneurial spirit is a linchpin for
applied research. In partnership with the State of
building momentum to generate further discovery
Louisiana, local economic development organizations,
and economic development.
and corporate partners across the nation and the
TRANSFORM BUSINESS AROUND THE WORLD.
J O H N M O R E L LO , L S U A L U M N U S AND CYBERSECURITY ENTREPRENEUR “LSU’s support of entrepreneurs is critical. If we can grow the start-up ecosystem in Louisiana and establish a culture of entrepreneurship, then we will see everybody’s standard of living rise. The most important ingredient is human capital. LSU graduates have both the skills and an intrinsic desire to succeed. By creating opportunities to do work that is meaningful, that has a global impact, you not only build a more effective, stable business—you transform lives.” S E E T H E F U L L S T O R Y AT F I E R C E F O R T H E F U T U R E C A M PA I G N . O R G
LEANNE REDMAN, PHD, LSU PENNINGTON BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER PROFESSOR AND RESEARCHER â&#x20AC;&#x153;Louisiana is a living laboratory for the rest of the world. Chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes are prevalent here. They affect our communities, our neighbors, our family members. Here at LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center, we are focused on understanding how these chronic diseases begin. As a world-renowned center of nutrition and metabolic research, people everywhere are relying on Pennington Biomedical to make discoveries that empower men, women, and children to lead healthier lives today and benefit the health of future generations.â&#x20AC;? S E E T H E F U L L S T O R Y AT F I E R C E F O R T H E F U T U R E C A M PA I G N . O R G
HEALTH & WELL-BEING cancer treatments that limit exposure to radiation,
to each other is unstoppable. LSU believes the people
to launching the state’s first systems-engineering
of our state deserve access to the best care, and
collaborative for addressing health care-related
we are relentless in our pursuit to deliver on their
problems, to developing Louisiana’s first music
urgent needs for improved health and well-being.
therapy program at a public university.
By providing solutions that improve health, quality
When all is said and done, Louisianans’ commitment
Every day, on our campuses throughout Louisiana,
diseases. With increased philanthropic funding, we
we leverage our collective expertise and research
can positively affect the socioeconomic outlook for
capabilities in the health care arena to create and
individuals from all walks of life who are in need of
implement strategies that transform health and well-
leading-edge care and compassion.
being through research, education, clinical studies,
of life, and longevity, we will reduce chronic
interventions, and outreach. More important still, the LSU has the intellectual capital to make Louisiana
students we educate and support today will build on
a role model for improving the world’s health
our successes as they continue this vital work in the
outcomes, and we must meet that potential. Our
decades to come.
innovative approach is broad and far-reaching, ranging from using 3-D scanner technology to create
EDUCATION LSU’s unmatched spirit drives us to push ourselves and our students to new heights. We are transforming the educational experience through enhanced teacher development, elevated course standards, and expanded community access to university expertise. Our deans, directors, and faculty are agents of change, steadfastly turning vision into action—ensuring the rigor and relevance of our academic curricula. While our educational efforts will continue to be anchored
by undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, LSU must be more than an institution that offers degrees. We must serve our citizens and communities as a partner for lifelong learning. As more nontraditional students seek to transform their lives through higher education, LSU must enhance online and distance programs, protocol, and educational opportunities to support their unique needs and goals. Likewise, our two-year programs must offer pathways for students who might not otherwise have access to a highquality, affordable education. LSU will proactively impact the educational journey of Louisiana’s pre-K through 12th grade student population, and the solutions we develop will have global applications. We will provide relevant, transformative, and innovative education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Beyond the gates of our campuses, LSU will significantly expand our online presence and further strengthen our commitment to widening the availability of educational opportunities. By doing so, LSU will equip and inspire more citizens to play a role crucial to the success of Louisiana.
D E M E T R I A FA I R C LO T H - I V O R Y, L S U O N L I N E A L U M N A A N D AC T I V E D U T Y S O L D I E R I N T H E A R M Y N AT I O N A L G U A R D “I want my daughters to understand the importance of education. To me, the best example is for my husband and me to have our degrees. To go the traditional route would have taken much longer because I’m juggling family, as well as being an active duty soldier. Earning a master’s degree online made it possible to work from anywhere. I already have over 20 years of experience in human resources. However, this degree means that when I leave the military, my opportunities will be endless.” S E E T H E F U L L S T O R Y AT F I E R C E F O R T H E F U T U R E C A M PA I G N . O R G
LEADERSHIP LSU has produced outstanding leaders since 1860. As times change, so do modern leadership qualities. We believe that our undergraduate education should be rooted in a curriculum that embodies the values of the university—not just through traditional classes but also through experiences. We will shape our students’ ability to understand and communicate with others, analyze and solve problems, and make socially responsible decisions based on literacies in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Every day at LSU, students are participating in research that improves lives, pursuing experiences that enhance learning, studying abroad, and serving their communities to fill resource gaps and effect change. Just as when our athletes take the field, all of our students appreciate what it means to compete for LSU: ours is a spirit and a community without equal, driven to make our big world a much better world. Here, they graduate equipped to succeed and serve no matter where their careers take them. As but one example, six of the seven Louisiana Supreme Court Justices are LSU alumni. Every bright student who aspires to attend LSU and earns admission should have access to the opportunities we offer, regardless of financial resources. We believe that one’s background should not stand in the way of pursuing higher education at LSU, where we prepare students to live purposeful lives as leaders in their communities and as global citizens in a complex world.
SEVETRI WILSON, LSU ALUMNA AND BUSINESS OWNER â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a first-generation college student, LSU was an entirely new world for me. As a kid, I was shy and quiet, and coming from a small town I had no idea how many career paths were open to me. When I was 19, I founded an online newspaper while a student at LSU. At 23, I started a communications management firm. Two years ago, I launched a technology start-up. I was the first African American female from Louisiana to raise over $2 million in venture capital. We have customers now in over 40 states. LSU helped me find my voice and my path.â&#x20AC;? S E E T H E F U L L S T O R Y AT F I E R C E F O R T H E F U T U R E C A M PA I G N . O R G
FIERCE DELIVERS RESULTS. Powered by the generosity of our alumni, friends, parents, and corporate partners, LSU will be a catalyst for social mobility. Now is the time for us to show the world what fierce can do. Together, we will be unstoppable. Our statewide campuses will leverage philanthropic initiatives to drive outcomes that contribute to research, infrastructure, the economy, and our knowledge base. Our graduates will be part of the reason people and organizations choose to live and work in Louisiana. We will earn a reputation as an exemplar for scientific discovery and a premier destination for living and leisure that advances and celebrates our home state’s unique arts, culture, and humanities. We will position LSU as a global leader in coastal preservation and restoration and the role model for improving the world’s health outcomes. We will lead innovative partnerships that help students graduate from high school and gain acceptance into college. United across disciplines and campuses, propelled by your engagement and investment, we will address global issues that face Louisiana, the region, and our world—issues that Louisiana’s state university is uniquely positioned to solve. We lead with a spirit innate to LSU, charged with tenacity and purpose. We bring our all for the future of Louisiana and the world, because the stakes are too high for cautious ideas. Louisiana State University. Fierce minds. Fierce hearts. Fierce for the future.
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