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The mission of the LSU Foundation is to foster private financial support for LSU, the LSU AgCenter, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and the LSU System Office.

Cornerstone EDITORS Lauren Brown Sara Crow ART DIRECTOR Virginia Otto-Hayes LSU Junior, Graphic Design PHOTOGRAPHY Andrea Laborde Barbier Darlene Aguillard / Real Life Photos Lauren Brown LSU AgCenter LSU Earth Scan Laboratory Paul Morse Eddy Perez Rachel Saltzberg Alice Wack Stout Kristina Sutton Jane Thomas Jim Zietz CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Ernie Ballard Ashley Berthelot Jacquelyn Schulz Craddock Paul Gerhardt Kelly Glymph Billy Gomila Vincent Harris Dawn Jenkins Mimi LaValle Lisa O’Beirne Jennifer Roche Molly Sanchez Karen Soniat PRINTING Champion Graphic Communications To share feedback, please contact Sara Crow at or 225-578-8164. lsufoundation lsu_foundation


Betsy Laborde, Laura Dauzat, Lee Griffin and Gary Laborde

Gary L. Laborde Leads LSU Foundation Board of Directors

In January, Gary L. Laborde began a two-year term as chairperson of the LSU Foundation Board of Directors. He has been an LSU Foundation member since 1999 and has served on the Board since January 2004. Gary’s leadership continues his family’s long history of service and generosity to the LSU Foundation. His term immediately follows that of his cousin, Laura Dauzat of Marksville, La., who was the first woman to lead the Board and served as chairperson from January 2011 through December 2012. Both Gary’s father, John P. Laborde (featured on pages 12 and 13), and uncle, Lucien Laborde (Laura’s father), are former members of the Board. Gary is an alumnus of LSU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies in 1978. In 1990, he earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in 1991. Gary is the president and CEO of Laborde Marine Lifts, Inc., a privately owned company specializing in marine vessel charter within the oil and gas industry. Prior to his business pursuits, Gary practiced law, specializing in admiralty, personal injury defense, contract law, oil and gas agreements and general commercial litigation. He is a member of the School of the Coast & Environment Advisory Council, Campanile Charities, Inc., Tiger Athletic Foundation, the LSU Alumni Association and Kappa Sigma fraternity. Gary, his wife, Betsy, and their family of three boys live in New Orleans.

ON THE COVER • Clockwise from top left: Phyllis Taylor and Harry Longwell, co-chairs of the LSU College of Engineering Breaking New Ground campaign (p. 6) • A whimsical sign points visitors to the LSU AgCenter’s new Children’s Garden on the grounds of the Burden Center (p. 29) • MODIS image of the Louisiana coast from NASA’s Terra satellite, captured by the LSU Earth Scan Laboratory during the spring 2011 flooding season (p. 35) • Ken Carpenter, architecture professor, helps a student with her parking garage design (p. 22) • LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital patient Peanut with her family (p. 29) • Antique books in LSU Libraries’ Special Collections (p. 21)

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Behind every gift to the LSU Foundation is an individual or organization determined to advance the quality of education.



6 Breaking New Ground in Giving

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WELCOME President and CEO EMPLOYEE HIGHLIGHTS FEATURE: Breaking New Ground in Giving

10 ANNUAL GIVING Family Matters

Phyllis Taylor announces $15 million gift to LSU Foundation to support expansion and renovation of LSU College of Engineering

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HONORING FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES Bringing Sunshine to LSU Students LSU FOUNDATION HIGHLIGHTS Investment Performance Strategic Plan

20 SCHOLARSHIPS Sharing Success Lasting Impression

24 COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS 12 FEATURE: GeauxTeach Meets $2 Million Goal LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center 14 MEMBERSHIP John L. and Debbie Daniel

26 PLANNED GIVING Alumnus Says Thank You


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Dear Friends,

If you would like to support any of the efforts highlighted in this issue, please mail your gift to the LSU Foundation at 3838 West Lakeshore Drive in Baton Rouge, La., 70808; visit www.lsufoundation. org/contribute; or contact us at (800) 452-7928 or Please tell us, too, which story inspired you to give.

As I write this, we are 10 months into our four-year strategic plan and poised for an extended period of smart growth that will result in greater fundraising productivity: by 2016, we will double annual fundraising to more than $60 million and grow the endowment to $425 million. Our “Road to 2016” (outlined on page 19) guides our progress—from expanded support of fundraising efforts and increased efficiencies in the way we do our work to strengthened relationships with our donors and a focus on demonstrating just how important private philanthropy is to LSU. In mid-March, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved the LSU Foundation’s ground lease for land at the corner of Nicholson and Skip Bertman drives. There, the Foundation will kick off the construction phase of LSU’s Nicholson Gateway Development, a project to transform the largest remaining underdeveloped tract of university property that is adjacent to the campus core. The LSU Foundation building will not only unite our current three locations (all in rented space on campus), but it will also allow us to host LSU Communications & University Relations and LSU Press/The Southern Review as university tenants. Moving those offices will free up two buildings on West Lakeshore Drive to accommodate the addition of two sororities at LSU. This project will be made possible by a small group of individuals who share our vision for dramatically increased academic giving. Internally, our team continues to excel, and our Board of Directors is growing in both size and expertise. George Moss, chief investment officer, has received two national awards recognizing his professional success; he is profiled on page 18. D. Martin Phillips, managing parter of EnCap Investments L.P., recently joined our Board. Marty holds BS and MBA degrees from LSU and is a member of the E. J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction. I am proud to work with George and our entire management team, and I welcome Marty to our Board. Sincerely,

G. Lee Griffin (MS Business, 1962) President and CEO, LSU Foundation

LSU Foundation Building The LSU Foundation is the linchpin of academic fundraising at LSU. Our new building will allow staff, volunteers, alumni and friends to unite their fundraising efforts as never before. Technology-equipped meeting and conference rooms, attractive event space and ample, accessible parking will make the center a prime environment for philanthropic productivity and collaboration and will greatly reduce the Foundation’s need to reserve (and pay for) outside venues for its events. This prominent location at Skip Bertman and Nicholson drives will improve visibility and awareness, directly impacting the LSU Foundation’s ability to increase fundraising. The new Foundation building is directly tied to our four-year strategic plan, specifically Priority Two/Redesign Organization and Operations, which includes: Secure space that establishes the Foundation’s identity and provides long-term space needs that meet the requirements of future growth. Nicholson Gateway Development:


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We live here. We race here.

We save lives here . Krista Allen Love was barely in grade school when Baton Rouge hosted its first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event in 1996. Sixteen years of races and more than $3 million raised later, she chaired it. The leadership role was a tribute to Love’s aunt, whom she lost to breast cancer while attending LSU. “My Aunt Deb was one of my very best friends,” Love said, remembering, “She was the glue of our family.” Shortly after her aunt’s passing, Love was given a class assignment that would ultimately lead her to the helm of the local Race for the Cure. A capstone leadership course included an internship requirement, and Love quickly settled on the Baton Rouge affiliate of Susan G. Komen. During the 2009 Race for the Cure, Love volunteered at the finish line, awarding medals to runners, taking away timing chips, and rooting finishing participants through the end of the race. The experience solidified her commitment to Susan G. Komen. Last year, she became chairwoman of the event, a position she took on again in 2013. Her volunteer committee adopted the slogan “We live here. We race here. We save lives here.” They did just that, to the tune of 12,000 participants in this year’s event; the race is consistently the largest in Baton Rouge. Love shared of her 2013 Race for the Cure experience, “I remember standing in the middle of the packed Old Front Nine and thinking, ‘Wow. We did this. With Aunt Deb’s love and inspiration, I made this day possible. We have the opportunity today to celebrate those survivors that are still with us, while also keeping the memory of so many brave women who have lost their battle alive.’ I had never felt more accomplished as a young woman, and I know my Aunt Deb was there celebrating alongside of me.”

Mike the Tiger and Krista Allen Love

Krista Allen Love is an associate director of development for the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business. On stage with Simone O’Connor, a breast cancer survivor and the 2013 Team New Balance Hero of the Year

LSU Foundation Welcomes Anthony Meyer In early May, Anthony Meyer Jr. joined the LSU Foundation team as senior director of development in the LSU College of Engineering. Meyer is an alumnus of the College of Charleston, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science, and Vanderbilt University, where he earned his Masters of Education in institutional advancement. His extensive development experience includes several positions through which he has significantly organized, restructured and increased fundraising initiatives. He has served in executive-level development roles with Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, University of South Carolina and Lexington Medical Center Foundation. At LSU, Meyer’s initial focus will be working closely with LSU Foundation Senior Vice President for Development Jeff McLain, the College of Engineering, and a volunteer cabinet to lead the college’s Breaking New Ground campaign. This recently announced $100 million public-private partnership is profiled in a story beginning on page 6.

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Mechanical engineering students and members of this year’s Tiger Racing team show Phyllis Taylor their project.

Breaking New Ground in Giving Phyllis Taylor announces $15 million gift to LSU Foundation to support expansion and renovation of LSU College of Engineering Phyllis M. Taylor, LSU College of Engineering Breaking New Ground campaign co-chair, announced on April 20 a $15 million gift commitment to honor the legacy of Patrick F. Taylor and accelerate the momentum of the $100 million public-private partnership to support the renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall and construction of a chemical engineering facility. The pledge represents the largest private donation to the LSU Foundation for the benefit of the College of Engineering in the college’s history. In 2007, LSU formally named the Center for Engineering and Business Administration building in honor of


Patrick F. Taylor, who graduated from LSU with a petroleum engineering degree in 1959. In 1979, he founded the Taylor Energy Company, which became the only solely owned independent company to explore for and produce oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. It was eventually named one of the top 100 private employers in New Orleans, La., due to Taylor’s practice of hiring and contracting with Louisiana companies. “From a very early age, Patrick was determined to become an ‘oil man,’” Mrs. Taylor said of her late husband, sharing, “The College of Engineering at LSU provided him with the education to see that ambition become a reality.”

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She continued, “Immediately after graduation from LSU, Patrick began helping others to attend college and realize their goals. I can think of no more appropriate means of furthering his desires to help others and our society than by assisting in the funding of the much needed renovation of the building known as Patrick F. Taylor Hall.” Through the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation (the Taylors’ private foundation), the Taylors have provided countless students with the opportunity to earn a college degree. Mr. Taylor was instrumental in establishing TOPS, Louisiana's Taylor Opportunity Program for Students. Through their

Proposed artist rendering of the renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall

efforts, similar programs have been introduced in 23 other states. Mr. Taylor once said of his life, “The way I want to be remembered is by the young people of this nation and my ties to them. I tell them that, like me, they can dream. I talk about hard work, integrity and guts. I demand that of them, and they respond.” LSU Foundation President and CEO Lee Griffin described the gift honoring Mr. Taylor, saying, “Phyllis Taylor’s gift is truly transformational, and her generosity is inspirational. Mrs. Taylor’s decision to honor her husband’s legacy by helping the College of Engineering break new ground will impact LSU students, faculty and staff for decades to come.” LSU President Designate F. King Alexander explained the impact of Mrs. Taylor’s gift, saying, “Today's economy needs engineers now more than ever. This project shows the significance of the role this university will play now and in the future to entice students to enroll and encourage them to stay and graduate in STEM majors. On behalf of the university, we thank Mrs. Taylor for her commitment to jump-start this project and push it to fruition as we educate generations of the future." Launched publicly on April 20, 2013, the college’s Breaking New Ground campaign will support the next generation of engineering education at LSU and holds great promise for a stronger College of Engineering. The campaign website,, offers information on elevating the level of engineering excel-

“The way I want to be remembered is by the young people of this nation and my ties to them. I tell them that, like me, they can dream. I talk about hard work, integrity and guts. I demand that of them, and they respond.” Patrick F. Taylor

LSU President Designate F. King Alexander thanks Phyllis Taylor for her transformational gift.

lence in Louisiana. On Oct. 2, 2012, Gov. Bobby Jindal committed that his administration will support $50 million in capital outlay funding for the project. Remaining funds will be covered by private giving. Donors have generously committed $25.4 million in support of the College of Engineering for the Breaking New Ground campaign. Jindal said of the partnership, “Over the past four and a half years, Louisiana’s economy has outperformed the national and southern economies, and we have rocketed to the top of national rankings for business climate. These are signs of incredible progress. But we cannot rest on our laurels. We cannot become complacent if we truly want to make Louisiana the best place in the world to raise a family and find a job. That’s why we need to build on our progress and make sure Louisiana remains competitive and attractive to

Patrick F. Taylor Hall and Chemical Engineering Building Capital Campaign Volunteers Harry Longwell, Co-Chair Phyllis Taylor, Co-Chair Dan Borné, Louisiana Chemical Association Ron Cambre, Newmont Mining Corp (Retired) Art Favre, Performance Contractors, Inc. Lane Grigsby, Cajun Industries, LLC Supriya Jindal, First Lady, State of Louisiana Roy Martin, RoyOMartin Lumber Company Dave Mongrue, Dow Chemical Gary Wooley, Wooley and Associates, Inc. Ex Officio Members: William Jenkins, LSU Stuart Bell, LSU Rick Koubek, LSU Lee Griffin, LSU Foundation

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Proposed artist renderings of a renovated atrium (above) and lobby (below) in Patrick F. Taylor Hall

Project Timeline Fall 2014 Ground Breaking on New Chemical Engineering building

July 2015 Renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall Commences

June 2016

October 2017

Chemical Engineering Building Ribbon Cutting

Renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall Ribbon Cutting

Upon completion of the Breaking New Ground campaign, the LSU College of Engineering will have:

• 170 faculty • $56 million in research expenditures annually • More than 1,000 BS graduates • 5,000 students enrolled • 90,000 net square footage gained in teaching and research space

“This investment will allow the College of Engineering to bring leading-edge educational experiences to our students, perform high-impact translational research and prepare the next generation engineering workforce with the skills needed to lead the industries driving our state’s economy.” Dean Rick Koubek LSU College of Engineering


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College of Engineering Dean Rick Koubek addresses guests at the April 19 public launch of the Breaking New Ground campaign.

companies looking to invest and create jobs. That means having a workforce with world-class skills. “This public-private partnership will accelerate academic excellence for LSU by leveraging individual and state support to fast track progress. It also holds great promise to advance state and national economic development initiatives by expanding the pipeline for a highly trained workforce in the areas of engineering, construction management and computer science to help meet industry demand.” “This $100 million public-private partnership will allow the college to bring leading-edge educational experiences to our students,” said College of Engineering Dean Rick Koubek. The college’s new and renovated complex will include expanded, modern laboratory space for teaching, as well as translational research, updated graduate student space, enhanced and expanded space for student services, an academic support center, dedicated capstone project space, and other multidisciplinary space for student projects. The architectural design phase will start in December of this year, with construction slated to begin in the fall of 2014 and estimated to be completed by the fall of 2017. At approximately 300,000 square

“Phyllis Taylor’s gift is truly transformational, and her generosity is inspirational. Mrs. Taylor’s decision to honor her husband’s legacy by helping the College of Engineering break new ground will impact LSU students, faculty and staff for decades to come.” Lee Griffin LSU Foundation President and CEO

feet, Taylor Hall, which was completed in 1977, is the largest freestanding building on the LSU campus. The building has structurally depreciated over the past 30 years and is in need of significant repair. Prior to the construction of the new Business Education Complex, the LSU College of Engineering had access to only about half of the available space in Taylor Hall. With the renovation of Taylor Hall, as well as the addition of a new annex that will be dedicated to chemical engineering, the total amount of first-class academic space for the LSU College of Engineering will grow to more than 380,000 square feet—an increase of more than 100 percent. “This institution exists for the citizens of this state,” said LSU Interim Chancellor William Jenkins. “This is a significant and epic changing project as we look to the economic development of this state and prepare for a Louisiana of tomorrow.”

The Past, Present and Future of Engineering • •

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41 percent enrollment growth in the College of Engineering in the past five years 80 percent of graduates are employed, have job offers or plan to attend graduate school upon graduation 165 companies actively recruited engineering graduates last year 50+ percent of Louisiana engineering and construction manager positions annually are filled by LSU graduates 40 percent projected growth rate (from 2010-20) for engineering and construction management jobs in Louisiana

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Tim and Daniel Banks on LSU’s Parade Ground

Family Matters Brothers Tim and Daniel Banks were relaxing at home, with dinner on the stove, when they heard a loud “bang.” They rushed to the kitchen, only to see it engulfed in flames. The two LSU students hurried to round up their four foster animals and alert neighbors in their duplex. A crew of firemen arrived in five minutes, Tim said, adding, “But, that was pretty much all it took.” The brothers lost everything, but friends, neighbors and even strangers rallied to help. “The money was nice,” Tim shared, “but it was also nice that people were there to help us out whenever it actually did happen.” The LSU Family Association was among the first donors to step up. The organization initiated the Student Life Emergency Support Fund last fall in its semi-annual meeting. The association, dedicated to helping


families with their students’ transitions to LSU, offers opportunities for family members to partner with the university during their students’ time at LSU. Family Association Council cochairs Juan and Joanne Carrillo led the effort to support students who are experiencing crises. Joanne explained, “We’ve committed to a 24-hour turnaround response to those applicants, because it is an emergency, and they need to know right away.” While living in Dubai, Juan and Joanne sent two sons to LSU. Joanne said, “I have boys, and boys are not good communicators. Through the Family Association, from a distance, I could have access to information I needed, but also I was invited to share what was important to me as parent.” The Carrillos were asked to chair the council in early 2011, shortly after moving back to Baton Rouge. Since

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then, the couple has worked to enhance existing programs and innovate with new programs. Whether the effort is as needed as the Student Life Emergency Support Fund, or as much fun as the Family Weekend dessert social under the Campanile, the Family Association is committed to serving the university with initiatives to benefit student life. Tim said the fire in October was more stressful than he could believe, sharing, “You don’t have anything. You don’t have any money. You don’t have anywhere to go. At the same time, you’re taking classes and you’re not gonna drop out.” Contributions like the one Tim and Daniel received from the Student Life Emergency Support Fund have enabled them to find a new home and return to a sense of normalcy.

“This campus has a heart. There is a community that exists here, and that community goes beyond just what happens in a classroom or what happens in an organization or club meeting ... One of the ways that we can increase the touch of the LSU community is by taking it out to those parents who are fabulous ambassadors for us in other places.” — Joanne Carrillo, Co-Chair of the LSU Family Association

Giving Students a Jump Start Gregory Haney attributes his success as a lawyer to his studies at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, which he says was formative for him and shaped his professional journey. “Everything I learned in my four years has given me the tools to use in my career,” he shared. “I don’t think I would have followed my career path in the law if it hadn’t been for Professor John L. Davidson. His curriculum helped me focus on pursuing law school.” Haney’s experience at the college and in Davidson’s classes were what first motivated him to give back to his alma mater through a scholarship in Davidson’s name and, more recently, as a member of the E. J. Ourso College of Business Dean’s Circle. “I attended the business school on full scholarship,” he shared, adding, “I felt like I owed the university for where I am today, and what better way to do that than to help other E. J. Ourso College of Business students. The fact that I could do it in Professor Davidson’s name made it doubly meaningful for me.” Launched in 2009, the Dean's Circle is composed of committed alumni and friends. Members support the academic goals and strategic initiatives of the E. J. Ourso College of


Gregory Haney with his wife, Claudette, and their twin daughters, Cordelia and Gillian

Business through an annual gift of $1,000 or more to the Dean's Excellence Fund. Haney has committed to give $1,000 per year for at least three years to the Dean’s Circle. In recognition of the impact the college has had on his own success, Haney hopes his gift will ensure the next generation of LSU business students is afforded the same quality of education he received.

Publishing Excellence

Pulitzer prizes awards 2,000 published works circulating worldwide directors



1,184 authors

served as presidents of the Association of American University Presses

LSU Press’ outstanding list of books has been nearly 80 years in the making. This well-respected and much-lauded scholarly publishing house is one of the oldest university presses in the South, publishing an impressive 70 new books each year. Longtime LSU Press donor Ayan Rubin, a non-profit consultant, and her husband, Mike, are faithful LSU Press readers and supporters. Mike, an attorney with McGlinchey Stafford in Baton Rouge who was recently named the 2012 Distinguished

Attorney by the Louisiana Bar Foundation, describes LSU Press’ published works as a “wide variety of hardback and e-books that educate, enlighten and entertain citizens of the state, LSU graduates and readers throughout the south and the nation.” The Rubins make annual gifts to LSU Press not only because they feel passionately about supporting LSU and the arts, but also because, as Ayan explained, “LSU Press is one of the few entities on campus without a natural constituency. It doesn’t have any alumni.” She continued, “It’s incumbent on all of us, the university, its alumni and the broader community, to support such excellence. That’s why we support the LSU Press and encourage others to do the same.” LSU Press gives life to works of scholarly, intellectual, or creative merit and, in so doing, gives scholarly writers a voice. Many times, these partnerships between talented writers and Louisiana’s largest university press garner major awards and other recognitions, bringing prestige to the state. Simply put, said Mike, “They publish great books. It’s worthy of support.” Cornerstone | Summer and Fall 2013 | LSU Foundation


“John Laborde’s landmark gift will benefit generations of LSU Law students and the growth of our state’s economy. It is hard to think of another graduate whose leadership in the energy sector, in our state, and at LSU better exemplifies the ideals of LSU Law or who is more deeply devoted to LSU.” Jack M. Weiss LSU Law Center Chancellor


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LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center John P. Laborde’s connection to the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center spans seven decades and is rich with accomplishment. His extensive service to LSU Law includes multiple volunteer leadership roles. Laborde’s loyalty to the center and rare distinction in professional achievement were acknowledged by his receipt of LSU Law’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year honor in 1993 and again in 2013, when the center presented Mr. Laborde with its Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Laborde’s fondness and desire to support the Law Center culminated with the announcement of a transformational gift that will ensure support of LSU Law for decades to come. Mr. Laborde’s $2 million gift—the largest gift in the history of LSU Law—will create a $1.2 million Double Endowed Chair in Energy Law and direct $800,000 to a programmatic support fund to establish the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center. In October 2012, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved the naming of the Energy Law Center in honor of Mr. Laborde. The recently established academic and research center recognizes Mr. Laborde’s service to LSU Law and his historic gift. LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss said, “We are proud to hoist the Laborde ‘flag’ over our new Energy Law Center. John Laborde’s landmark gift will benefit generations of LSU Law students and the growth of our state’s economy.” He added, “It is hard to think of another graduate whose leadership in the energy sector, in our state, and at LSU better exemplifies the ideals of LSU Law or who is more deeply devoted to LSU.” Following his graduation from LSU Law in 1949, Mr. Laborde spent five years with Richardson & Bass, an independent oil and gas exploration company, then 40 years leading Tidewater Marine, an international marine service company that he co-founded. Tidewater’s story began in 1955, when a group of investors, led by the Laborde family of New Orleans, pioneered the development of the first offshore service vessel tailor-made to support the new and growing offshore oil and gas industry. A year later, Tidewater Marine Service, Inc. commenced operations as a publicly owned company with John P. Laborde at the helm. Now, more than 55 years and many vessels later, Tidewater remains the leader of the industry it created. Mr. Laborde has served on the Boards of several major corporations, including BellSouth Corp., American Bankers Insurance Group, United Gas Pipeline Co., Stewart Enterprises, Inc., and VT Halter Marine, Inc. He is chairman of the board of Laborde Marine Lifts, Inc., Laborde Products, Inc., Lab-More Properties LLC, and Laborde Integrated Services, Inc., and serves on the board of Stone Energy Corporation. He retired from Tidewater in 1994. Mr. Laborde, a World War II veteran who served on General Douglas MacArthur’s staff, is a longtime member of the Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council and a former member of its Alumni Board of Trustees and Forever LSU Campaign Steering Committee. He served as chair of the Law Center’s Annual Fund Campaign from 1999-2003. Mr. Laborde’s dedication and ties to LSU span many years. In 1983, he was named to the LSU Alumni Association Hall of

Distinction, and he is a former Alumnus of the Year and past president of the association. He received an honorary doctorate from LSU in 1995 and was inducted into the Cadets of the Ole War Skule in 1998. His philanthropy has extended to many parts of the campus, among them the Law Center’s endowed professorship and scholarship programs; the LSU Foundation; the Flagship Fund; the LSU War Memorial Fund, Cadets of the Ole War Skule and the Military Endowment; the Alumni Fund; and the Louisiana Sea Grant program endowed chair program. “Given my lifetime career in the energy service industry, and recognizing how my law degree served me well in navigating the complexities of running a public company in the international arena, I am pleased to give back to the school that has given me so much,” Laborde said. “My gift will establish the Energy Law Center, and, hopefully, serve as the catalyst for future growth and perfection in the energy law field.” The John P. Laborde Energy Law Center is led by Robert “Bob” Sloan, who joined LSU Law last November to serve as director of the center and professor of professional practice. He is joined by two experienced energy and environmental attorneys— Keith B. Hall, assistant professor of law and director of the Law Center’s Mineral Law Institute, and Blake Hudson, associate professor of law. Above: John P. Laborde • Clockwise from top left: Attending an LSU Law Chancellor’s Council dinner on March 9 were, from left, John Laborde, Sylvia Laborde, and Chancellor Jack M. Weiss • Architect Leon Weiss designed the LSU Law building in the style of the U.S. Supreme Court. • Stained glass in the building • LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center logo • The scales of justice, as depicted on stained glass doors at LSU Law • LSU Law building

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Membership Profile

“I need to pay back the university for what they allowed me to become. You have to give back to those who allowed you to prosper.” — John L. Daniel

John L. and Debbie Daniel LSU Foundation members John L. and Debbie Daniel grew up in Baton Rouge. They first met and started dating when she was attending St. Joseph’s Academy and he was two years ahead of her in school a few blocks over at Catholic High School. Throughout their time at LSU, John worked in University College, while Debbie worked down the hall in the Athletic Department. At one point, John told her he wanted to wait until she graduated to get married; Debbie vowed to graduate in three years. John and Debbie have collectively earned three degrees at LSU. Debbie graduated from the College of Agriculture in 1978 and pursued a career as a nutritionist. She works for the Department of Education as an educational program consultant. John received his first bachelor’s degree in 1977 and his second in 1978, both business degrees preparing him for a career as a banker. He is a senior vice president with JP Morgan Chase in Baton Rouge. John said he always knew he would attend LSU. “I didn’t really have a desire to go anywhere else,” he said. “It was always my first choice. There was no other.” “Everything I learned at LSU, I’ve been able to use in my various careers,” Debbie said. “We’ve certainly benefited from our time there, and we’re now in the position to be able to give back.”

Debbie and John L. Daniel

Life-Changing Diagnosis

LSU Foundation Membership

During a routine physical in 2009, John was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and given three months to live. Oncologists put him through multiple clinical trials. “It stopped the cancer from growing,” John described. “Then, I took 18 months of chemo. Every two weeks, a triple cocktail of drugs at maximum dosage.” The medicine killed the cancer and shrunk it to an operable size. Surgeons at MD Anderson removed all of the cancer in 2011, leaving him healthier than ever before. The experience added both MD Anderson and Cancer Services to the long and ever-growing list of organizations the Daniels support and serve, which includes a wide range of art, children’s and educational programs throughout their hometown of Baton Rouge.

The Daniels have been LSU Foundation members since 2008 and have continuously provided support to the school through the Forever LSU campaign, E. J. Ourso College of Business, University College and several other departments throughout campus. “I need to pay back the university for what they allowed me to become,” John said. “You have to give back to those who allowed you to prosper.” John said he and Debbie joined the Foundation because they saw the value in philanthropic support of the university to attract and retain professors and students, sharing, “The mission of the Foundation is very genuine and very needed. I still have a passion for the university. That was instilled when I first got there.”


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360+ Members Strong

Members’ annual contributions to the LSU Foundation Operating Fund enable us to refine, enhance and expand fundraising resources at LSU, the LSU AgCenter, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and the LSU System Office. Dues are $2,000 annually per individual or married couple (for joint membership). Associate membership is $1,000 annually per individual or married couple and is open to individuals under the age of 40 and LSU faculty and staff; up to half of an associate member’s gift may be restricted to other LSU purposes. Membership contributions may be made by an individual or by a company on behalf of the member.


Welcome! The following list reflects members who have joined the LSU Foundation since July 1, 2012, and is updated as of the May 2013 LSU Foundation Board of Directors meeting.

Members Sybil Boizelle Baton Rouge, La. Jerry and Nancy Dumas Baton Rouge, La. Keith J. Evans Shreveport, La. Rosemary and Randy Ewing Quitman, La. Marguerite Kingsmill New Orleans, La. Raymond and Madelaine Lasseigne Bossier City, La. James W. Moore Jr. Monroe, La. Arthur III and Susan Sample Baton Rouge, La. Blanchard E. Sanchez Jr. Baton Rouge, La. Harvey and Betty Schwartzberg Baton Rouge, La. Todd Sepulveda Irving, Texas The People Factor Baton Rouge, La. Donald and Katie Weir Shreveport, La. Scott Woodward Seattle, Wash.

Jeff McLain, senior vice president for development, recently presented an LSU Foundation membership certificate to Don Welge of Chester, Ill. He is a major benefactor of the Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1957. Welge is perhaps most recognized for his chain of donut shops, Mary Lee Donuts. Last year, his company, GilsterMary Lee Corporation, was recognized as part of the LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses, hosted by the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute.

Associate Members Stuart and Susan Bell Baton Rouge, La. Jerry Ceppos Baton Rouge, La. John Hightower Baton Rouge, La.

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Allison Talley, standing with Carl Streva in front of The Club at LSU Union Square, is one of two recipients of the 2013 Glenda W. Streva Allied Health Scholarship.

Bringing Sunshine to LSU Students With seven LSU degrees in his family, Carl Streva has strong ties to LSU. After sending their three children to LSU, Carl and his late wife, Glenda, wanted to give back to the university that gave their family so much. In 1998, the Streva family made gifts to establish the Carl J. Streva Engineering Scholarship and the Glenda W. Streva Allied Health Scholarship. After Glenda passed away, Carl chose to endow the pre-nursing scholarship to ensure her name lives on. So far, more than 15 deserving LSU students have been impacted by the Streva family’s scholarships. “LSU University College is pleased to be the beneficiary of this Streva family gift,” said Paul Ivey, executive director of University College, adding, “The allied health scholarship named in honor of Glenda Streva has been a


valuable asset for us to reward some of our excellent pre-professional students for their academic performance.” University College, as the portal of entry for LSU students before they are accepted into their major’s college, provides a foundation of support services for students beginning their academic careers at LSU. The Glenda W. Streva Allied Health Scholarship is awarded to a full-time pre-nursing student from St. Mary, St. Martin or Iberia Parish, the Streva’s homestead. “That was our area,” Carl said. “We wanted to tell these people, ‘Thanks.’” Allison Talley, one of the two 2013 recipients, said she was excited to receive the scholarship, sharing, “I didn’t really think it was real.” Fellow recipient Cha’Morris Charles mirrored Talley’s enthusiasm,

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saying, “It shows that all my hard work has paid off.” Talley and Charles, both from New Iberia, La., said they chose pre-nursing because they wanted to help people. “I always wanted to do something medical,” Talley said, adding, “I feel that’s my role.” Nursing was Glenda’s role, as well. Glenda, whose patients nicknamed her “Sunshine,” was reserved and levelheaded, but well-liked by her patients, Carl shared. Carl and his family are proud to continue Glenda’s scholarship and help support LSU students. He explained his commitment to giving to LSU by sharing, “The state’s job is to provide bricks and mortar. Individuals should help students and enable students to pay for the costs of education.”

Dr. Pami Taylor Honors Parents Dr. Pami Taylor has many fond memories of her parents. L’Dora, a teacher, was strict but encouraging, fun and bright. Charles, a ship pilot, was also encouraging, Taylor said, as well as funny and light-hearted. Taylor remembers her parents as being very loving toward her and her brother, both of whom they adopted. Taylor chose to honor her parents’ memory through an endowed memorial scholarship, which she established in 2012 to support aspiring teachers in the College of Human Sciences & Education. “I wish more people thought more of their teachers and encouraged more people to be teachers,” she said. “I believe we should support teachers.” The L’Dora McKenzie Taylor and Charles Harlan Taylor Scholarship is awarded to female undergraduate students pursuing a teaching career with a GPA of at least 3.0. Taylor said she wanted to support LSU students through this scholarship because it can be difficult for students to attend college. “I think state schools are great and are affordable,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity.” Charles Taylor with his granddaughter, Maya Sachdev

Living Legacy In 2004, LSU Press established the L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award to honor director emeritus Les Phillabaum and his commitment to poetry publishing. “The award highlights the significance of poetry in our lives and celebrates its contribution to the creative world,” said LSU Press Director MaryKatherine Callaway. During his 33 years at the press, 28 as director, Phillabaum published more than 200 poetry collections by more than 100 poets. Two received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, and several won or were finalists for the National Book Award. Robbie Phillabaum said of her late husband, “He loved poetry. He really did. The [poetry] series was important to him.” Phillabaum passed away in 2009, but his legacy lives on through the books he brought to print and through this award. “I’m very honored to receive the award,” said Kelly Cherry, the most recent L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award recipient. “It’s very special to have Les’ name on my book.”

Current L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award winner

Robbie said the award has prestige, but that its significance to poets is primarily tied to their relationships with Les. She explained, “They all worked with him. They knew him. They knew how he encouraged them and valued what they did.” Each season, Callaway and other members of the LSU Press staff review the newest poetry books and select who is to receive the $500 award. Since Les’ death, Robbie has been

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the primary contributor to the award, ensuring his name lives on. “I wanted to make sure that what he did would not be forgotten,” she shared. In reflecting on the meaning of this award honoring her husband, Robbie recalled a line of “Luke Baldwin’s Vow,” a Morley Callaghan short story, saying, “Sometimes, you absolutely must save the beautiful things from the practical people of the world.”

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Chief Investment Officer Receives National Recognition

Chief Investment Officer George Moss

George Moss, chief investment officer for the LSU Foundation, was recently honored by both aiCIO and Institutional Investor magazine. aiCIO, an acronym for Asset International’s Chief Investment Officer, included Moss in its 2013 40 Under 40, themed “A New Generation of Asset Owners.” As an honoree, Moss was profiled in the April issue of aiCIO magazine. Moss shared with aiCIO why he enjoys working at the LSU Foundation. “It’s my alma mater,” he said, explaining, “Simply being in a university environment is fantastic—it keeps you young. I also teach a class, which helps keep me informed.” Institutional Investor magazine honored Moss through its 4th Annual U.S. Investment Management Awards, naming him Small Endowment Manager of the Year. The awards recognize U.S. institutional investors for their innovative strategies, fiduciary savvy and impressive short- and long-term returns. Among the achievements highlighted by the publication were: • The LSU Foundation’s general endowed portfolio had a return of 13.22 percent during calendar 2012, exceeding the 12.17 percent average among nonprofits (according to Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service). • Returns for the non-endowed portfolio were 10.36 percent in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, and 6.23 percent for the calendar year 2012. For both periods, returns beat the benchmark Barclays Aggregate Bond Index.

LSU Foundation Investment Performance The LSU Foundation manages endowed assets for LSU, the LSU AgCenter, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, the LSU System Office, and certain other LSU System-related foundations. Nature of Endowment Investing The purpose of an endowment is to provide a source of perpetual funding. As such, endowment investing is a long-term proposition. Market fluctuations are expected, making longer-term returns more relevant to consider than the returns for a particular year. At the LSU Foundation, spending for endowed accounts is driven by a 5-year return average, and 10 years is the long-term timeframe for performance benchmarking. Peer Benchmarking The LSU Foundation provides investment performance data to the National Association of College and University Business Officers for its annual endowment study. In comparison to those of its peer institutions, the LSU Foundation’s endowed pools perform favorably over longer-term timeframes. The 5-year (38th percentile) and 10-year (43rd percentile) returns of the general endowed pool have outperformed the median returns of the peer group. The 5-year (34th percentile) returns of the Board of Regents Support Fund Combined Portfolio—endowed gifts made as part of the board’s matching program for chairs and professorships and related state matching funds—have outperformed the median returns of the peer group as a positive outcome of meaningful policy changes that began more than five years ago, with the most sweeping changes made effective in January 2012. Peer return goals vary because of differing spending rates (the level of investment earnings an organization aims to make available for expenditure), administrative fees, investment policies and risk tolerances (risks taken to achieve returns); as such, peer asset allocations also vary. Risk-adjusted returns would be a more accurate measure for benchmarking, but those data are unavailable.


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Strategic Plan I

n January 2012, the Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff began a collaborative strategic-planning process that included an internal assessment of the organization and external research to benchmark performance and identify best practices. A striking new vision for the LSU Foundation emerged that foregoes the shelter of modest goals, instead recognizing the opportunity to build an extraordinary new level of support for LSU. It is a twofold vision composed of two goals: •

Increase the amount of total annual fundraising from the current $30 million per year average over the last 10 years to more than $60 million per year by 2016. Increase the LSU Foundation endowment from $330 million to $425 million by 2016 and to $680 million by 2022.

Four strategic priorities identify the investments and changes required to deliver and sustain this new level of performance. Visit www.lsufoundation. org for additional details.

Priority One Priority Two Invest in People

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Talent Management Corporate and Foundation Relations Principal Gifts Regional Office Career Tracks Rewarding Performance Development Support

Redesign Organization and Operations

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Development Support Functions Maximize Interim Workspace Long-term Space Needs Additional Revenue Streams Giving Analytics Productivity Tools Goal Setting Performance Metrics

Priority Three Priority Four Strengthen CrossCampus Collaboration • • •

Joint Development Agreements Well-aligned Fundraising Culture of Giving

Execute Large-Scale Fundraising Efforts

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Endowment Giving Principal Gifts Campus-wide and Cross-campus Initiatives Planned Giving

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Gathered in the new Business Education Complex for a luncheon with Darcy Klug are scholarship recipients Nicholas Pappas, Rachel Avis, Erwin Menesses, Raymond Braselman and Andrew O’Dwyer.

Sharing Success Nicholas Pappas, a junior accounting student in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, successfully juggles a host of demands on his time. During the spring semester, Pappas took 15 hours of classes; worked 12 hours per week as a resident assistant in the Horseshoe residence halls; and devoted 20-30 hours per week to activities like the LSU Center for Internal Auditing program, Campus Crusade for Christ and business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. Pappas is the kind of student Darcy Klug had in mind when he created the RedHawk Capital Corporation Scholarship in Business. Klug, owner of RedHawk Capital, said he and his wife have always lived modestly, a lifestyle that enables them to give back. “The cost of higher education is ever increasing, and most families cannot afford to fund these costs without some form of assistance,” Klug said,


adding, “Those students who are able to excel in school while working and maintaining extracurricular activities are impressive.” Rachel Alvis, a recent accounting graduate from Forth Worth, Texas, was one such student. Alvis worked two jobs during her final semester. “I’m really grateful for individuals who want to invest in my education,” she said. Klug met Pappas, Alvis and the three other recipients at a luncheon. “He really does care about the students that he is investing in,” Alvis said. “It also is really nice to be able to put a face to a name and personally thank the individual that sponsored a scholarship for you.” “The thing that has struck me the most about all of the students selected has been their maturity, their confidence and their genuine gratitude for being a recipient of the scholarship,”

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Klug shared. After earning his accounting degree from LSU in 1973, Klug joined the audit staff in the energy division of a Houston accounting firm, then moved to a Houston-Galveston NYSE manufacturer of oilfield equipment. He returned to Louisiana as CFO for a privately held company and became COO. Klug has since built a career through oilfield company investments. Pappas said of meeting Klug, “His experiences he shared were valuable and made an impact on everyone who was able to meet with him.” “Out-of-state tuition is on the rise every year, as well as accompanying college expenses,” Pappas stated. “The money does make a huge difference and, hopefully, later on down the road, I will be able to do the same and give back to LSU.”

Reflecting on the Past, Investing in the Future

Scholarship recipients Jakayla Broussard, Maria Palermo and George Waguespack met the Forets at a March reception hosted by University College.

Dr. Gerald Foret remembers fondly his time at LSU. After a recent campus visit, the 1957 graduate was amazed by the amount of foot and vehicular traffic, as LSU only had 9,000 students when he was in college. “It was a much quieter place,” he said. He and his wife, Gayle, attended University College’s spring scholarship reception to meet the current recipients of the Dr. Gerald L. and Gayle W. Foret

Scholarship. Gerald said he and Gayle established the scholarship to help students, specifically because college is much more expensive than when they were in school. “Some of them might have a hard time going to school, and this makes it a little bit easier,” Gerald said. “Both my wife and I are extremely grateful to LSU for who we are and what we have, and for letting us afford to go to school.

We owe who we are to LSU.” Recipient Maria Palermo, a freshman pre-nursing major, said, “The overwhelming support from the LSU community allows me to pursue a career that I am incredibly passionate about, and I am very grateful for this opportunity.” The scholarship is awarded to full-time students who are enrolled in University College and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Paul Ivey, executive director of University College, said, “Dr. and Mrs. Foret’s generosity has provided University College with two endowments that allow us to reward worthy students in our college with one-time cash awards to supplement their educational costs. The positive impact of these awards has been evidenced by the appreciation expressed by the recipients.”

Special Collections Fuel Research Many LSU students frequent Middleton Library in the heart of “the Quad,” but fewer venture a handful of paces west, where floor upon floor of history awaits eager researchers in Hill Memorial Library. The John S. McIlhenny Research Fellowship has been awarded to six graduate students, enabling them to conduct extensive research using resources unavailable elsewhere. “It is one of the few fellowships on offer in the USA that provides both domestic and international graduate students with the financial support necessary to undertake archival research,” said 2010 fellowship recipient Kelly Birch, a graduate student from Australia’s University of Adelaide. Birch’s research at LSU was featured in her recently published article “The Penalty of a Tyrant’s Law: Landscapes of Incarceration during the Second Slavery,” co-authored with Thomas C. Buchanan. Birch said the opportunity afforded her by the fellowship was invaluable to her researching endeavors, sharing,

“While digital collections are expanding and many resources can be accessed via the Internet and interlibrary loan services, long-distance research is no substitute for visiting the archives, searching through the catalogues and speaking face-to-face with staff members who are not only friendly, but who know the archives inside-out.” Elaine Smyth, interim dean of LSU Libraries, said McIlhenny’s original donation to the libraries, the E.A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection, was motivated by his desire to share the books with people who could use and appreciate them. McIlhenny later established the Coypu Foundation, which funded the fellowships. “It’s a great opportunity for us to make our stellar collections more widely known among scholars, while also supporting development of young scholars from around the world,” Smyth said. Birch said she appreciated being able to experience not only the Special Collections, but also Louisiana. “The opportunity to visit the region, and

Antique books, photos and letters in LSU Libraries’ Special Collections are available to researchers.

to be able to experience the humidity (which I loved), learn how to properly pronounce ‘Natchitoches’ (my accent didn’t help), and walk through the restored plantation buildings at LSU’s Rural Life Museum provides an added dimension to the knowledge gleaned from reading through the library’s archival materials,” she said.

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Above: Senior architecture students in Professor Ken Carpenter’s studio class • At left: Professor Julian White

Lasting Impression LSU will remember Julian White as its first African American professor. White’s students will remember him as someone who invested in them. His colleagues will remember him as a friend. In 1971, White joined the LSU faculty as a professor of architecture. His career with the College of Art + Design spanned 33 years, but his legacy continues. “He was kind, but tough as a faculty member,” said Ken Carpenter, professor of architecture. “Yet, I think [his students] all understood that he cared about them. He knew them individually.” White spent as much time as he could with his students. “Students, after they graduated, always looked back fondly on their classes with him,” Carpenter said. “They felt like they got more than their money’s worth out of those courses.” Steve Dumez, a partner in the New Orleans architecture firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, remembers White as an engaged and demanding professor. “He required our best work and challenged us to produce just that,” Dumez said. Dumez said White had a formative influence on his career, but also a subsequent influence as a mentor. “I would continue to seek his opinion on my work when he was no


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longer my teacher,” he recalled. Dumez’s partners, Allen Eskew and Mark Ripple, are also LSU graduates, and all three men benefited from White’s leadership inside and outside of school. “Allen was at LSU when Julian joined the faculty, and Mark and I were both students of his,” Dumez said, adding, “His teaching had an impact that was felt across the school, whether or not you had him as a professor.” In recognition of those experiences, one of the first major contributors to the Julian T. White Memorial Scholarship was Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. “We support it because of the role Julian played in each of our careers and education,” Dumez said. “Honoring him with this scholarship honors the tradition of enlightened education at the school.” Fellow alumnus Jim Furr also contributed through his architecture firm, Gensler. Furr sees philanthropy as a way for people to demonstrate their pride in LSU. Furr explained, “It’s the most direct way to support students and recognize those students who have potential to excel not only in the university, but in the larger design and business community as well.”

Worldwide Legacy Neither Randy nor Gail Bashore attended LSU, but through their late son, Luke, and LSU’s welcoming spirit, they are Tigers. “It wasn’t until he was there a couple of years that we went down and experienced tailgating,” Gail said. “It sucks you in.” Luke passed away the summer before his senior year in the Manship School of Mass Communication. The Bashores have honored their son’s memory through an oak endowment, a mass communication scholarship and, most recently, the Luke S. Bashore Traveling Scholar Award. The Bashores feel that a semester away is a life-altering experience that should not be missed. “We feel so bound to help others experience the things our kids were able to do,” Gail said. One of the first recipients, Allison Sage, spent spring 2013 studying at the University of Hull in England. She said of the trip, “Studying abroad and getting to experience firsthand how communication can spread literally to all corners of the world is really important to me. I knew that coming to a new place full of different people from different cultures would be an incredible experience, but it has exceeded all of my expectations.” The award benefits one mass communication student per semester to study abroad, in Washington, D.C., or at the News 21 program at Arizona State University. In lieu of birthday and Christmas gifts last year, Gail said Bashore family and friends happily made donations to the scholarship to honor Luke. “We’re doing it to help other students,” Gail said. “We still feel like we’re Tigers.” That help has been meaningful to Sage, who shared, “I come from a long line of LSU graduates, and although I am from out of state, my family has made sacrifices for me to stay at LSU.”

Luke S. Bashore Traveling Scholar Award recipient Allison Sage tours Venice, Italy, in a gondola.

Allison visits a telephone booth on Parliament Street in London, England.

Global Gift In between graduating from the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences and enrolling as an LSU Law student, Robert “Skip” Allen took the first of many trips to Europe. “It’s been an important part of my continuing liberal arts education to experience other cultures and see how others live,” he said. Allen, general counsel of Helis Oil & Gas Company, is now a travel and language enthusiast who speaks “bits and pieces” of four other languages, travels to Europe several times a year and has a home in France. Allen is an active Friends of French Studies

supporter, and his daughter began learning foreign languages at age 3. He said, “I support people in learning other languages. I believe that Americans need to go beyond English in order to compete in the global marketplace.” Allen’s appreciation for travel sparked his interest in establishing an endowed scholarship for students who otherwise might not be able to study abroad. “The state university needs to be able to have the next generation experience different things,” he said. “We should try to overcome any economic limitations for the opportunities the university can provide.”

The Robert B. and Shirley Allen Scholarship for Student Travel Abroad will be awarded to a qualified student in the Global Connections Residential College; it explores the understanding of global events and issues and encourages service and study abroad. Jill Roshto, director of development for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, explained the significance of Allen’s gift, saying, “He understands the importance of travel abroad for our students, something that we need to greatly increase to be competitive in our ever-increasing global economy.”

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The National Math and Science Initiative visited campus in March to announce a $1 million gift in support of GeauxTeach.

GeauxTeach Meets $2 Million Endowment Goal The National Math and Science Initiative recently visited campus to announce a $1 million matching gift for the GeauxTeach Math/Science teacher preparation program. LSU alumni, corporate partners and a private foundation met NMSI’s challenge to raise $1 million in endowed funds to sustain and grow the GeauxTeach program. NMSI’s matching gift brings the GeauxTeach endowment to $2 million. “We are excited about the future of the qualified math and science teachers that will graduate from LSU’s GeauxTeach program,” said Sara Martinez Tucker, NMSI CEO. “The amazing teachers coming out of this program will provide Louisiana students with more rigorous, project-based coursework to help them succeed in the highly competitive fields of science, technology, engineering and math.” “GeauxTeach Math/Science is


a transformational way to recruit, prepare and support science and math teachers,” said Dr. Mary Neal, an LSU zoology and medical school alumna and the development chair of the College of Science’s executive committee. Neal said of her commitment to the program, “This fundraising effort was successful because of the generosity of LSU’s alumni and friends. My husband, Ron, and I were proud to join other donors in support of this program that is critical to inspiring the next generations of leaders in energy, healthcare, national security, technology, our environment and beyond.” A community of master and mentor teachers prepare GeauxTeach Math/Science students for the rigors of the classroom. Mentor teachers guide the students in field experiences, where they work together to design unique and relevant classroom experiences.

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LSU math, science and education researchers guide the students’ learning of content and pedagogy. Guillermo Ferreyra, interim dean of the LSU College of Science, said, “This endowment will allow us to accept more students into the GeauxTeach Math/Science program and to graduate more math and science teachers who will positively impact the children of Louisiana.” “Having the funding to provide support for students pursuing degrees in math and science education will increase the number of teachers who are prepared to be effective in the classroom,” said Laura Lindsay, founding dean of LSU’s College of Human Sciences & Education. “We know, and research supports, GeauxTeach Math/ Science places much-needed quality STEM teachers in the classroom.”

Young Alumnus Tops LSU 100 On April 26, the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute celebrated the third annual LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses during an honoree luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge Hotel. Companies were individually recognized, according to their ranking; Cordina New Orleans Cocktails was honored as the No. 1 company for 2013. “It is an honor to be recognized as the No. 1 company of this year’s LSU 100,” said founder Craig Cordes. “You never know when you’re going to come up with the next big business idea, and we are thrilled that ours has taken off like it has. I encourage anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit to go for their goals. Who knows, you might have the next number one idea!” Cordes is a 2006 finance alumnus of the E. J. Ourso College of Business. The LSU 100 celebrates the success of former LSU students and recognizes the impact of LSU on the local, regional and national economies. The 100 fastest growing Tiger busi-

2013 No. 1 Tiger Craig Cordes (left) is congratulated by 2012 No. 1 Tiger Robert Byrnes (middle) and 2011 No. 1 Tiger David Braddock (right).

nesses were identified independently by Postlethwaite & Netterville, which calculated each company’s compounded growth from 2009-11. “The LSU 100 provides the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute a wonderful opportunity to engage our alumni and promote interaction and mentorship with current students,”

said Lisa O’Beirne, LSU SEI director of development. The 2013 LSU 100 class includes nine businesses that are veteranowned, 14 that are family-owned, 30 that operate internationally, and 25 were honored by LSU SEI for the third consecutive year.

Bridging the Gap A recent donation from the Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation allowed University College’s Summer Scholars program to increase its 2013 cohort by five students, to 38 students from across the state. The eight-week summer bridge program prepares under-represented minority students to make a successful transition from high school to LSU. Scholarships cover tuition, housing and meal costs for participants, who receive extensive academic, career and personal counseling and take part in programs and workshops designed to maximize their academic success. “Our foundation takes an invested interest in education,” explained CBBR Foundation President Layne R. McDaniel. “We do a lot with K-12th grade education, but Summer Scholars allows us to assist kids who get out of high

Paul Ivey, J. Terrell Brown, Layne R. McDaniel, Robert Schneckenburger, Annette L. Yancy, W. J. “Dub” Noel Jr., and Stephen M. Lousteau

school and don’t know what to expect when they get to college. We can bridge that gap from high school to freshman year, and aid students in creating a clear path to success.” Robert Schneckenburger of CBBR Foundation said, “When you see the statistics ... and measure the program’s

successes, it’s pretty amazing. It really is. You fund things that work, and this works.” “LSU is never going to be the LSU we want it to be without this kind of support,” University College Executive Director Paul Ivey said of the gift.

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LSU's Fellowship for the Future

While traveling in Nicaragua, a cashew merchant in an LSU T-shirt caught Rick Steldt’s eye.

Planned Gift Allows Alumnus to Say Thank You LSU alumnus Frank Richard "Rick" Steldt recently visited campus, more than 30 years after earning a doctorate in physics. During his trip, Steldt enjoyed going back to many familiar places, including his former graduate student office and Nicholson Hall laboratories. One of the highlights of his trip was sharing with former Dean Kevin Carman that he has decided to leave a trust valued at more than $1 million dollars to the LSU Foundation for the benefit of the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Now a retired physics professor from Indiana University, Steldt fully credits LSU for his successful career as an educator. Upon his retirement, he received an annuity, and has since


established a trust to be used to help graduate students like he once was. Steldt said of his gift, "When I first started at LSU, I did not have any financial aid. I'd like to have a fund in part to service incoming graduate students who don't have any kind of assistance themselves.” In December 1971, Steldt received his PhD in physics, with a minor in electrical engineering. He then became a research associate and taught a sophomore physics class in Nicholson Hall for one semester. At that time, academic positions were scarce. Steldt was marketable because of his experience teaching at LSU, and when a position opened up at Indiana University, he was hired. "I became the one person that had all

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these things," Steldt explained, adding, “That was my career. Everything that happened as a result of that job shaped my life, and the one reason why I got that job was because what I did at LSU was unique." Though he is retired, Steldt still keeps up with the field of physics. "Physics is the world around us, it's how things work,” he said. “You can't have anything more important than how things work in the world in which you live." Steldt has always felt indebted to LSU. In return for leaving a generous gift to his former department, Steldt will leave a legacy where his career journey began, something he has wanted to do for a long time.

LSU's Fellowship for the Future

Membership in the LSU Foundation’s 1860 Society is awarded to anyone who submits documentation—through a letter of intent or a copy of the relevant portion of one’s will—naming the LSU Foundation as a beneficiary in his or her estate. Gifts can include trusts, insurance policies, annuities and retirement plans, among other options.

LSU Foundation Planned Giving Team To reach our team by telephone, please call 800-452-7928 or 225-615-8914.

What is a Bequest? A bequest is a gift of cash, property or other asset made in a donor’s will or through a living trust. Bequests may provide for a specific dollar amount in cash, for specific securities, for specific articles of tangible property, or as a percentage of the residual of an estate. Bequests may be given as unrestricted gifts or gifts restricted to a purpose or program. If you plan to make a bequest to the LSU Foundation for the benefit of a unit or college at LSU, the LSU AgCenter or the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, your will and/or trust should name the legal entity “LSU Foundation”—rather than “LSU” or “Louisiana State University”—in order to clearly indicate the intent of your bequest. Gifts made to “LSU” and “Louisiana State University” become state funds, whereas gifts made to “LSU Foundation” are private dollars managed for and invested by the Foundation on behalf of the college or unit(s)/unit(s) you wish to support.

Gwen Fairchild Director of Planned Giving

Sample Bequest Language If you are considering leaving a gift in your will to support LSU, you may wish to share the following sample bequest language with your advisors. I give, devise and bequeath to the LSU Foundation, including its successors and assigns, a 501(c)(3) qualified charitable organization whose role includes the acceptance, management and disbursement of funds in support of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, [insert either: (a) the sum of $_________________; or (b) _____________% of my estate; or (c) the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate.] This gift should be used [insert either: (a) at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the LSU Foundation; or (b) in connection with the NAME OF PARTICULAR PROGRAM for the BENEFICIARY COLLEGE/SCHOOL/UNIT. Any AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS/PROFESSORSHIPS established or funded with this gift should be designated as the [INSERT TITLE]. In the event that one or more of the programs that are the intended beneficiary of this gift should cease to be offered by Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, the LSU Foundation shall have the discretion to determine an appropriate alternative use or uses of the funds after considering my original intent and the university’s needs.

Jane Henslee Associate Director of Planned Giving

Mona Becnel Development Services Coordinator

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Rosemary and Harry Wong teaching at the 2012 “Effective Educators Seminar.”

Teaching Philanthropy Rosemary and Harry Wong wrote the book on teaching—literally. “The First Days of School” has sold more than 3.7 million copies, and Rosemary recently found a perfect way to weave her teaching expertise into a gift to the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education. She is a 1977 alumna of the college and was honored with its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. The Wongs are former awardwinning classroom teachers who share with the profession what it takes to be an effective teacher. Considered by many to be the leading speakers for new and experienced teachers who want to be more effective in the classroom, they book speaking engagements up to two years in advance. Last year, the Wongs partnered with the College of Human Sciences & Education to conduct their first two-day Effective Educators Seminar in down-


town Baton Rouge, drawing 1,200-plus participants. This year, in addition to a seminar in Baton Rouge, they will cohost with LSU a seminar at Governors State University in Illinois. The seminars feature the Wongs and educators who have transformed their schools by using the Wongs’ methods. They focus on basic, common sense, research-based techniques that are free to implement. Rosemary enjoys being able to provide teachers with the information they need to succeed. “Teachers are eager for help and support and truly want to help kids be successful in the classroom,” she said. The Wongs donated a significant portion of their 2012 seminar profits to the college’s Excellence Fund. “The college does a good job preparing teachers,” Rosemary said, adding, “It was good to help even further with this seminar.”

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The Wongs also donated a portion of the proceeds to The First Days of School Foundation, a nonprofit they created to support new teachers and help kids succeed in school. The gift supported a school in the jungles of Cambodia that was built and is sustained by the foundation. “We recently did an extra school supply giveaway to all of the [348] students,” Rosemary said. “So, thanks to LSU for helping to educate children around the world!” Rosemary taught in East Baton Rouge Parish for five years before moving to be with Harry in California. There, she taught for 10 years, then began to work and produce educational materials with Harry. The Wongs own Harry K. Wong Publications, an educational materials publishing company in Mountain View, Calif., of which Rosemary is the CEO.

Child’s Play With butterflies, edible plants and the scent of citrus and flowers, the new LSU AgCenter Children’s Garden is an outdoor utopia for budding gardeners. Children are encouraged to touch, feel, smell and even taste in the garden. Jane Paccamonti, who is curator of the LSU AgCenter’s Windrush Gardens, designed the grounds. Located at the Burden Center, the garden is invaluable for teachers interested in starting class gardens and families who want to grow their own food. Activity-filled backpacks offer children opportunities to learn math and science skills while they explore. Kiki Fontenot, PhD, an assistant professor and extension specialist for the LSU AgCenter, said, “There aren’t a lot of hands-on places to take young kids in Baton Rouge. We wanted kids to enjoy vegetables.” The garden fulfills the botanic mission of the AgCenter’s master plan by establishing a destination for the public. “There’s so many entities implementing children’s, school and

community gardens, but there’s a lack of information on how to sustain the gardens,” said Burden Center Resident Director Jeff Kuehny, PhD. Recently, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation partnered with the Burden Center to help expand the educational aspect of its programming and promote a healthy lifestyle that includes fresh produce and being outside. Christy Reeves, director of the foundation, explained the importance of the gift, saying, “Community gardens like this one accomplish two important goals: teaching children healthy habits early and providing them with fresh fruits and vegetables. Both of these are especially important to the future health of our youngest citizens.” Fontenot is currently working to establish year-round programs focused on educating teachers and community gardeners about how to maintain and sustain gardens similar to the new one at the Burden Center.

A young visitor releases lady bugs at the ribboncutting celebration for the LSU AgCenter Children’s Garden.

From the night 10 years ago when David Blank rescued her and her sister from the side of the road, Peanut has been a happy and playful dog. Even after being home alone when her house caught on fire. Even after jumping from the second floor balcony as soon as her leash burned through. Even after sustaining kidney failure, edema and major burns covering her head and back. Peanut is happy. Peanut was first treated at White Oak Animal Hospital, her usual veterinary clinic, which suggested the Blanks take Peanut to the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. One of the treatments Peanut underwent was continuous renal replacement therapy (similar to dialysis); LSU is one among only 10 places in the U.S. to offer this treatment for animals. The research and resources at LSU enabled doctors to heal Peanut in remarkable time.

This year marks the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s 40th. To celebrate the special anniversary, the school has launched a $5 million fundraising plan; the “Above and Beyond Capital Challenge” will augment three key programs: advancing cures for cancer, biomedical research, and companion animal health facilities equipment and enhancements. Ginger Guttner, LSU SVM director of public relations, said the challenge “represents our future, our mission and our service to the community.” Funding for these programs is what enables victories like Peanut’s. Through ICU, a “wound VAC” (i.e., a sterile infection vacuum) and the constant care of doctors and students, Peanut has bounced back. “She’s back to her old self,” Blank said with a thankful smile.

A Dog’s Chance

Peanut, a burn victim treated by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, is now happy and healthy.

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Participants of LSU’s 2013 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

Combat Boots to Business Suits In 2010, the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, part of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, joined a consortium of universities across the country to offer the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. Syracuse University established the first EBV program in 2007, and it was so successful that the program quickly expanded to other universities to serve more veterans. EBV offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have a disability as a result of their service in supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Through the generous support of individuals and corporations, all EBV participant costs are covered, including travel, lodging and meals.


“It exceeded my expectations in every way,” said LSU EBV participant Phil Goldstine, who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1986. Goldstine founded Fish Ranger!, Inc., a fishing and outdoor guide service, in April 2012. Through his company, Goldstine hosts guided fishing tours in Alaska during the summer and in Florida during the winter. He also sells custom rods and fish-themed art. Goldstine shared, “I had the mindset of ‘I want to learn and I want to learn it now.’” He added he found applicability in 90 percent of the information he learned through EBV and has steadily been able to apply it to his business. “There are lots of little victories as I move forward. Every day I look and see what progress I can make today,” he said. EBV was designed to open the door

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to entrepreneurial opportunities and small business ownership to veterans by developing their competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. Veteran Adam Howarth exemplifies EBV’s mission. Following four years of service in the U.S. Army, Howarth began to conceptualize a “gourmet fitness” cycling studio that would be located in Chicago. He intends for the studio’s classes to begin with stationary cycling and end with yoga, pilates or weights. Howarth’s business is still in the planning stages, but he has already been able to apply useful information gleaned from EBV toward marketing and personal branding. “Without EBV, I wouldn’t have been prepared for obstacles that may come,” he said.

TEDxLSU Nearly two dozen speakers were challenged to give the “talk of their life” in 18 minutes at TEDxLSU in early March. The presenters are innovative thinkers from the university and greater community who discussed their approaches to some of humanity’s fundamental concerns. The inaugural TEDxLSU event was independently organized and based on the theme of evolution, specifically, generating new thought by connecting existing resources. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TED Talks began in California 25 years ago and are now widely held throughout the country. The “x” in TEDx denotes an independently organized TED event. TEDx came to LSU through the Janice H. Pellar Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Project at the College of Music & Dramatic Arts. “Seeing people network, discuss inspirational ideas and acknowledge our common problems was inspirational,” said Joey Watson, TEDxLSU event organizer, who wrote his dissertation on the popular lecture series. “I knew we needed this in Baton Rouge, and LSU was the natural vessel in which to execute such an experiential event.” Watson said the college chose 12 students to be Pellar Creative Arts Fellows—students who excel academically and creatively and, as fellows, explore ways to hone their arts skills through both social and commercial entrepreneurial activities. He explained, “These students are the leaders of our Pellar projects. Under supervision, they introduce project ideas, perform community outreach, recruit other students to get involved and more. TEDxLSU became one of their annual endeavors, as everyone understood it was something special.” Watson said the college saw the event as an opportunity to plant a creative seed within Baton Rouge and LSU. The Pellar fellows attended TEDxBroadway in New York, giving them the opportunity to attend a large TEDx event generated from a strong arts community—an ideal way to prepare for the event they were to host. The fellows were instrumental in the Baton Rouge event’s

Presenters Zack Godshall and Will Conlin converse in the greenroom.

Volunteers and presenters watch talks via monitors set up in the greenroom.

production through marketing, speaker relations, volunteer recruitment and set design and lighting. Watson said there was “a tremendous amount of involvement for our students in terms of their own participation and ideas, as well as it being an experiential learning activity.” The Janice H. Pellar Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Project was instituted to promote careers in digital media, arts administration and Internet-based business.

Leadership on a National Stage LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative Fellows recently presented at the 25th Annual Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference, hosted by Texas A&M University. The conference drew 500 students from 50 universities and featured workshops on leadership development, professional development and social networking, among other topics. Two groups of BMLI Fellows presented workshops focusing on black culture and education. “Presenting at the conference was a way for me to share my insights into

issues that affect black males at [predominantly white institutions],” said fellow Vilien Gomez. Gomez, Derrick Lathan and Jared Williams delivered the presentation “Effects of Representation and Images: Success at a Predominately White Institution,” focused on the concept of social capital as it relates to the multicultural community participation at a predominantly white institution. Fellows Ramon Hardy, John Lewis and Ka’Ron Alexander developed “The Obstacle Course: Black Males vs. Higher Education.” Their presentation

discussed policy and support systems to assist black males in overcoming obstacles related to their academic achievement and personal development at predominantly white institutions. Travoll Payne, who also attended the conference, said, “The SBSLC taught me many different aspects of leadership, including time management, goal setting, organizational skills and the importance of self-reflection. Seeing so many African-Americans dedicated to success has motivated me to continue to strive to reach my goals.”

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“Plantation Life” is one of the six proposed exhibits for the LSU Rural Life Museum visitor center.

Whispers of Change: Commemoration, Preservation, Education Tucked away off of Essen Lane lies the LSU Rural Life Museum, a tribute to a simpler time resting in the middle of a bustling Baton Rouge. The museum comprises 32 buildings spread across 25 acres that were donated by the Burden family. “It’s really a gem for Baton Rouge,” Juliet Youngblood, a Burden family member, said of the museum. “Others come and enjoy the blessings my brother, Lester McNeil, and I enjoyed as children,” Youngblood said, describing the open-air museum as an opportunity for the public to enjoy peace and tranquility. The museum, which opened in 1970, contains artifacts that exemplify everyday rural life through the 19th century. It holds the largest collection of Louisiana vernacular architecture and the most extensive collection of material culture artifacts from the 18th


and 19th centuries. Though much of the museum is outside, inside rests a great opportunity. Youngblood and her husband, Thomas, are major contributors to Whispers of Change, launched in 2006 as a fundraising effort to build a visitor center. Now that the center is complete, the second phase is actively in progress. Whispers of Change: Commemoration, Preservation, Education aims to raise $1 million to populate the visitor center with movable artifacts and exhibits, and an additional $500,000 to begin an endowment fund that will sustain and preserve the property. There will be six exhibits in the visitor’s center: Plantation Life, The Yeoman Farmer, Slavery in Louisiana, The Civil War, Reconstruction and The Industrial Revolution. An introductory film area will provide a brief video to explain the exhibits. All exhibits will

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guide visitors to the outdoor museum and provide information explaining parts of Louisiana’s rural history. Donors have generously given more than $850,000 in gifts and pledges to Whispers of Change: Commemoration, Preservation, Education. Construction of the exhibits will begin summer 2013. Explus of Dulles, Va., is working with the museum to create dynamic, multimedia exhibits. Explus’ clients include the World War II Museum in New Orleans and the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge. Youngblood said the public, educational museum presents history as truth and helps others experience what rural life was like. She said, “It should be enjoyed by all. With the addition of these exhibits, it’s furthering their education of what was happening at the time.”

Preserving the Future Steele Burden is known throughout Louisiana for his work as LSU’s longtime landscape designer. From 1932 through 1970, Burden oversaw the campus grounds and is credited with planting many of the live oaks, crepe myrtles and azaleas— keeping in mind as he did so that they would be enjoyed by future generations. “Campus is going to change with time, but his impact remains,” said Jane Paccamonti, curator of the LSU AgCenter’s Windrush Gardens. Windrush Gardens, now part of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, was Burden’s private experimentation grounds for determining which plants would work at LSU. The picturesque gardens, once five acres, now encompass 25 acres and are preserved in part through private funds. One such fund is the recently donated Windrush Gardens Student Stipend. “We wanted to aid a student or students’ education and future in the experience and love of Windrush Gardens,” said Juliet Youngblood, a Burden family member who, with her husband, Thomas, established the stipend. “Education in a peaceful and tranquil setting will ensure its appreciation and preservation.” Current recipient Stephen Luna said of the stipend, “Being a place that Steele himself created makes it even

Two of Windrush Gardens’ several signature statues

more of an enjoyable place to not only visit, but work at.” Luna, a landscape architecture student, engages in work that ranges from hands-on care of the gardens to mapping out plantings for Windrush’s annual Cultural Landscape Report. As a guide for the maintainance and rehabilitation of the gardens, the report is imperative for maintaining and preserving Burden’s masterpiece;

it includes information about which plants Burden wanted on the property and contains a historical analysis of the site, as well as directives for the future. LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Resident Director Jeff Kuehny, PhD, reflected, “We need to help this stay intact for the future. The reason we have stately oaks and broad magnolias is because of Steele Burden.”

Finishing Touch In the half-century since its founding, the LSU Museum of Art has seen many changes: in name, location, content and, now, visitor experience. Chuck Schwing recently capped his five years of service on the museum’s board of directors with a generous—and unique—gift. Schwing’s donation will enable LSU MOA to purchase five iPads, which will be used to offer visitors a multi-sensory experience. The iPads, plus headphone splitters for sharing, will be available for check-out at the information desk. This touchpad technology will be a gateway for patrons to complement their visual experience at LSU MOA by learning about each exhibit through video, audio and articles.

LSU MOA has one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South, with more than 5,000 paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. “The museum has an educational component of it, and it strives to educate people in the art area,” Schwing explained of his decision to support LSU MOA in this way. Schwing’s late wife, Geraldine, preceded him on the board and was enthusiastic about supporting LSU MOA. Now, he hopes to honor his wife by celebrating that passion. “I’ve been fortunate enough that I can help,” he shared. “If you don’t return in trying to make things better, I think that’s a sad situation.” Cornerstone | Summer and Fall 2013 | LSU Foundation


Board of Directors OFFICERS Gary L. Laborde • New Orleans, La. Chairperson of the Board T. Cass Gaiennie • Shreveport, La. Chairperson-Elect of the Board G. Lee Griffin • Baton Rouge, La. President and Chief Executive Officer William L. Silvia Jr. • Baton Rouge, La. Corporate Secretary

DIRECTORS Mark K. Anderson • Monroe, La. J. Herbert Boydstun • Baton Rouge, La. J. Terrell Brown • Baton Rouge, La. Clarence P. Cazalot Jr. • Houston, Texas Robert H. Crosby III • New Orleans, La. Laura L. Dauzat • Marksville, La. William T. Firesheets II • Baton Rouge, La. Frank W. “Billy” Harrison III • Houston, Texas Charles A. Landry • Baton Rouge, La. Laura A. Leach • Lake Charles, La. David B. Means III • Mansfield, La. W. Henson Moore III • Baton Rouge, La. William B. Owens • Alexandria, La. James R. Peltier • Thibodaux, La. D. Martin Phillips • Houston, Texas Sean E. Reilly • Baton Rouge, La. John F. Shackelford III • Bonita, La. Jeffrey N. Springmeyer • Houston, Texas Robert M. Stuart Jr. • Baton Rouge, La. Sue W. Turner • Baton Rouge, La. Burton D. Weaver • Flora, La. Felix Weill • Baton Rouge, La. J. Lanier Yeates • Houston, Texas

EX OFFICIO William L. Jenkins Interim President, LSU System William B. Richardson Chancellor, LSU AgCenter Jack M. Weiss Chancellor, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Jeffery McLain • Baton Rouge, La. Senior Vice President for Development Sara Crow • Baton Rouge, La. Director of Communications and Donor Relations William D. Davis • Baton Rouge, La. Director of Advancement Services and Strategic Planning Gina Dugas • Baton Rouge, La. Chief Financial Officer Ann Marie Marmande • Baton Rouge, La. VIce President of Development Yvette Marsh • Baton Rouge, La. Director of Talent Management George Moss • Baton Rouge, La. Chief Investment Officer


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Dr. James and Ann Peltier at the LSU Museum of Art

First Rate Like most Louisianians, Dr. James Peltier loves cheering on the Fighting Tigers at LSU football games. Peltier has been able to experience Death Valley for the past 77 years, starting when his father took him to a game at age 5. “I just enjoy the LSU experience,” he said. Peltier’s love and dedication doesn’t end at Tiger Stadium’s ticket gates. He and his wife, Ann, are actively involved in several organizations throughout campus. Peltier became an LSU Foundation member in 1982 after leaving the LSU Board of Supervisors. “I wanted to keep my hand in LSU affairs,” he said. “It came my turn, and I was happy to do it.” Peltier joined the LSU Foundation Board of Directors in 1987 and was president of the Board from 1995-96. “It’s my way of paying back because I love LSU so much,” he said. In those 26 years, Peltier said he has most enjoyed getting to know his fellow board members and hearing LSU’s quarterly reports when the LSU president comes to board meetings. He has seen LSU and the Foundation evolve in many ways. “The biggest thing is that we’re going to build a building where Alex Box Stadium used to be,” he said. “That will allow us to contact more people and have a greater presence at LSU and in the community.” “We receive a little more money [to support LSU] each year, and that’s the measure of success,” he explained. While the Foundation continues to grow with every passing year, there is always room for improvement. Peltier believes philanthropic support is vital for the university. “We need the support of alumni and friends. Otherwise, we’ll become second rate.” Dr. James R. Peltier is a 1950 graduate of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. In 2008, LSU awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, recognizing him as the only person to have served on the LSU Board of Supervisors and the boards of the LSU Foundation and LSU Alumni Association. He and Ann are actively involved in the colleges of Science and Agriculture, the 1860 Society, LSU Libraries, Tiger Athletic Foundation, and several other campus organizations.

Washington Mardi Gras Since 1944, Louisianians have had a spirited presence in Washington, D.C., for the annual Washington Mardi Gras. During this year’s nearly week-long celebration, Mystick Krewe of Louisianians King Martin Svendson held a cocktail reception to raise money for a scholarship he and his wife started. Martin and wife Mary “Moo” Turner Svendson created the scholarship in memory of Moo’s father, Bert Turner, founder of Turner Industries. The Bert Turner Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in the LSU School of the Coast & Environment. Moo shared, “Through the business success Bert School of the Coast & Environment Dean Chris D’Elia, Richard Lipsey, Martin achieved, he made it possible for many of his children and Svendson, and LSU Foundation Senior Vice President for Development Jeff McLain grandchildren to enjoy Louisiana’s magnificent wetlands and coastal resources in a special way. Today, many of his children and grandchildren enjoy the fruits of the coast, including fishing, an abundant variety of seafood, incredible scenery and majestic wildlife. When time permitted, Bert enjoyed fishing offshore with fellow businessmen. He appreciated the bounty of the sea, which, as we know, originates in our precious, delicate and vanishing coastal wetlands. “The Svendson family wanted to honor my father for his many contributions and successes and to originate a scholarship in his honor. This is one way of thanking him, while, at the same time, supporting an institution with a world-class coastal studies curriculum.” Moo Svendson with her mother, Sue Turner, and daughter, Jeanne Svendson

Committed to the Coast

LSU recently launched “Committed to the Coast,” a campaign to raise coastal awareness by bringing attention to Louisiana’s impending coastal crisis, LSU’s coastal research and the impact of that research on Louisiana. •

LSU boasts 200 faculty members involved in coastal research, bringing in approximately $73 million in grants to focus attention on these critical issues. • Louisiana contains 40 percent of the nation’s wetlands, but 80 percent of the nation’s wetland loss. • An LSU engineering study recently demonstrated that more than 60 miles of vital New Orleans area evacuation routes are vulnerable to land loss and subsidence (i.e., sinking or falling) and could be lost by 2100. • An LSU faculty member recently became the first scientist ever to accurately predict norovirus outbreaks in oyster beds when he detected contamination in Cameron Parish 30 days before the oysters were scheduled for harvest. • An LSU research team discovered that introducing excess nitrogen can make a salt marsh literally fall apart in 5 to 7 years. Background: Marsh on side of Highway 1 below Golden Meadow Clockwise from top left: An LSU graduate student working in the Gulf of Mexico under the direction of School of the Coast & Environment Professor Mark Benfield • Aerial view of a marsh near Morgan City, La. • Gulf crabs

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The LSU Foundation Laureate Society recognizes individuals, couples and organizations whose cumulative gifts to the LSU Foundation total $100,000 or more in support for LSU, the LSU AgCenter and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Introduced in November 2006, Laureate Society levels were named for individuals whose contributions to LSU laid the groundwork for the university’s success today.

JOHN M. PARKER LAUREATE $10,000,000-$24,999,999

Gov. Parker, who served as governor of Louisiana from 1920-24, began the “Greater University” movement that led to the foundation of the present-day campus, including moving LSU from North Baton Rouge. He also passed a 2 percent severance tax to support education.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation Fund Donors Chevron Inc. ExxonMobil Emmet and Toni Stephenson Shell Oil Company

T. HARRY WILLIAMS LAUREATE $5,000,000-$9,999,999

History professor Williams brought international attention to LSU academics when he won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for “Huey Long.” Williams was a lecturer extraordinaire and served on the LSU faculty for 38 years.

BP America, Inc. Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation Schlumberger This list includes only those Laureate Society members who have given the LSU Foundation permission to publicly acknowledge their inclusion in this society; (d.) denotes deceased members.


TROY H. MIDDLETON LAUREATE $1,000,000-4,999,999

STEELE BURDEN LAUREATE $500,000-$999,999

As LSU president, Middleton helped restore LSU’s financial and academic reputation after a series of scandals in the 1930s. Boyd Professorships were created during his tenure. Despite a stellar military career, Middleton called his time at LSU his “most satisfying and rewarding.”

A master landscaper and arborist, Burden designed and facilitated much of Baton Rouge's green space. The LSU campus is a testament to his love for the land. Many of LSU's live oak and magnolia trees, valued at $50 million, were planted by Burden in the 1930s.

AT&T Foundation Carol Albritton Biedenharn Mr. Charles L. Barney Burden Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Cambre Dr. and Mrs. Clarence P. Cazalot Jr. ConocoPhillips Devon Energy Corporation The Dow Chemical Company Entergy Art E. Favre Jim & Cherie Flores Mrs. Alta V. Franks Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Friends of Rural Life Museum Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Galante Alfred C. Glassell (d.) Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation Billy and Ann Harrison III Carole and Charles W. Lamar III Mr. and Mrs. Anthony C. Leach Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Harry J. Longwell The Douglas Manship Family Marathon Oil Company Jonathan and Maggie Martin Mr. and Mrs. Roy O. Martin III Mr. and Mrs. James E. Maurin Mr. Ronald E. & Dr. Mary E. Neal Dr. James R. and Ann A. Peltier Dee Dee and (d.) Kevin P. Reilly Mr. and Mrs. William W. Rucks IV Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Schmitt Perry J. Segura Bingham C. Stewart (d.) Mr. (d.) and Mrs. Patrick F. Taylor Mr. (d.) and Mrs. Bert S. Turner

American Sugar Cane League America’s WETLAND Foundation Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite John W. Barton Sr. (d.) BASF Corporation Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Campanile Charities Contractors Educational Trust Fund Coypu Foundation E.I. DuPont denemours & Company Fluor Corporation Gardner Denver, Inc. Adolphe G. Gueymard (d.) Mark R. and Carolyn Campbell Guidry Halliburton Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Harrison Jr. IBM International Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Keller KPMG Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Ulyesses J. LeGrange Don and Pat Lyle Jerry McKernan (d.) McMains Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John B. Noland Roger H. Ogden Mr. and Mrs. D. Martin Phillips Mr. Francis “Buzz” Raborn Mr. and Mrs. Oliver G. Richard III Nadine C. Russell Jane and Denny Shelton Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, LLP Tidewater Inc. Walter Lantz Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Rick Wolfert Milton Womack (d.) and Margaret Womack Hart

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R. OLIVIA DAVIS LAUREATE $250,000-$499,999

GEORGE M. GRAHAM LAUREATE $100,000-$249,999

Davis was the first woman to receive a degree from LSU. She earned a master’s degree in mathematics in 1905. The next year, 31 women enrolled.

Often called the “Father of LSU,” Graham was the first chairman of the board of trustees of the fledgling Louisiana State Seminary of Learning, which became LSU.

Eric L. Abraham American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (La. Division) Mary and Oscar Andras Mr. and Mrs. James J. Bailey III Mr. and Mrs. Byrd M. Ball George W. Barineau III A. K. and Shirley Barton Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Marian Wilfert Beauchamp Jeff H. Benhard Clark and (d.) Laura Boyce Campus Federal Credit Union Julian R. (d.) and Sidney N. Carruth Dudley and Beverly Coates Mr. and Mrs. (d.) Lodwrick M. Cook Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Crosby III Julian A.(d.) & Doris Westmoreland Darden Deloitte Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Deumite Jerry and Nancy Dumas Richard V. and Seola A. Edwards Clarence M. Eidt Jr. Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. Ernst & Young Foundation Formosa Plastics Corporation Friends of the LSU Museum of Art Georgia Gulf Corporation Daniel B. Heard Patricia C. Hewlett Hollingsworth-Richards Auto Group Dr. Dominique G. Homberger Richard and Katherine Juneau Kean Miller Hawthorne D’Armond McCowan & Jarman, LLP Mr. and Mrs. John P. Laborde Elena Rodgers LeBlanc (d.) Donna Wright Lee Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Lipsey Liskow & Lewis Dr. and Mrs. Alfredo Lopez Louisiana Chemical Association Louisiana Public Facilities Authority Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center McDermott Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. McNeil Monsanto Company & Monsanto Fund Mrs. A.J.M. “Bubba” Oustalet Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. O’Shields Dr. Ruth Martin Patrick Mr. and Mrs. G. Allen Penniman Jr. Phelps Dunbar LLP Pulte Homes William and Gail Pryor Dr. Robert S. Reich (d.) Mr. and Mrs. Otha Charles Roddey Scripps Howard Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Jerry E. Shea Jr. Janice C. Silver Dr. Charles M. Smith Joe D. Smith Jr. (d.) Dr. and Mrs. William R. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Jeff N. Springmeyer Richard and Linda Sturlese Mr. John G. Turner and Mr. Jerry G. Fischer Cyril and Tutta Vetter Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Elton G. (d.) and Jo Ellen L. Yates

Air Products Jerry W. Affolter Jr. Mr. (d.) and Mrs. Robert C. Alford Ms. Katherine C. Annison Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation Ellen and Paul Arst (d.) A. Wilbert’s Sons, L.L.C. John Q. Barnidge Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Barre Gray and Angelique Barrow Ram N. Bhatia Biedenharn Foundation John and Judith Blackman Mr. David B. Braddock Dianne and John B. Brock III Tom and Virginia Bromley The Brookhill Foundation Mr. and Mrs. J. Terrell Brown Mr. Robert J. Bujol (d.) C.J. Brown/Latter & Blum Cajun Industries, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Williajm N. Calhoun Jr. Ms. Carol M. Calkins William A. and Ann R. Callegari Mrs. Jules A. Carville Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Johnston Harman Chandler Cleco Corporation Bill and Shelby Conti Construction Industry Advisory Council Mr. and Mrs. Dewey W. Corley Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Crow Mr. & Mrs. Stanley M. Cothren Sr. Cultural Services of the French Embassy Louis D. Curet Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Daigle George A. Daniels (d.) The Honorable and Mrs. Jackson B. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Ruben J. Dauzat Mrs. Susan H. Dawson Jacques and Paula de la Bretonne Delta Gamma Foundation Judge James L. Dennis Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John Douthat Environmental Technical Sales Inc. Ernest R. (d.) and Iris M. Eldred ETEC - Ronnie Hebert, President Keith and Karen Evans Honorable and Mrs. Randy L. Ewing Charlene M. Favre Calvin C. Fayard Jr. Cynthia Felder Fayard William and Rene Firesheets II Brett & Renee Furr Mr. & Mrs. Roy D. Gerard Gerry Lane Enterprises Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. G. Lee Griffin Dr. Michael G. Griffith Mr. (d.) and Mrs. Frank R. Groves Jr. Mr. Gregory M. Guidry Pamela O’Niell Moore Hamel & George F. Hamel Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James B. Harris Mr. and Mrs. Holt B. Harrison Robert H. and Corinne P. Harvey (d.) Cordell and Ava Haymon Brian and Barbara Haymon Heck Industries Inc. Craig Hendrix John A. Hollinshead

The Hubert Charitable Foundation, Baton Rouge, LA Huie Dellmon Trust International Center for Journalists Mr. and Mrs. J. Gerald Jolly Jones Walker Waechter Poitevent Carrere & Denegre Dr. Charles and Elise Kaufman George A. Khoury Jr. Kenneth (d.) and Louise Kinney Mrs. Edith Kilgore Kirkpatrick Joseph A. Kleinpeter Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, LLC Kip Knight Koch Industries/Georgia Pacific Lucien and Peggy Laborde David and Betty Laxton Louisiana Academy of Veterinary Practice, Inc. Louisiana Farm Bureau Foundation, Inc. Louisiana Mosquito Control Association Dr. (d.) and Mrs. Calvin C. Mattax Mr. and Mrs. W. Shelby McKenzie MMR Constructors Inc. The Mosaic Company Walter and Jennifer Morales Roger and Marcia Moser Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Moyse III Sarah P. Munson Dr. & Mrs. Paul W. Murrill Nestle Purina Pet Care Newfield Exploration Company Mr. Eiad M. Odeh and Mrs. Mary E. Roper Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center William and Nancy Owens Janice and Gerald Pellar Donald L. Peltier Sr. (d.) Mr. Edawrd B. Picou Jr. M.R. Pittman Group, LLC PPG Industries Foundation Preis & Roy PLC G. Frank Purvis Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Reid Jennifer Eplett and Sean Reilly Mr. and Mrs. Matthrew S. Robinson Michael D. Robinson Robinson Brothers Mrs. Eva Rodriguez Satake Corporation L. Cary Saurage II SCAVMA Pet Fare Schreier-Edisen Foundation Dr. and Mrs. William L. Senn Jr. John and Rose Ann Shelton Jr. Andrew J. Shoup Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Siess Jr. J. Noland Singletary Sr. Dr. William S. Slaughter III and Dr. Christel C. Slaughter Mr. and Mrs. Allen L. Smith Jr. Society for Social Studies of Science South East Marketing Michael R. and Carol Todd Stamatedes State Farm Companies Foundation William and Connie Stone Carl J. Streva Dr. Marvin E. Stuckey Mr. and Mrs. Martin Svendson Dr. James M. Syler Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Mehmet T. & Karen N. Tümay Tyan Computer Corporation Mrs. Alverdy Veron and J. Michael Veron Mr. and Mrs. Burton D. Weaver Jr. Dr. and Mrs. K. Mark Weaver Armour C. Winslow Gary R. Wooley Thomas and Juliet Youngblood Zen-Noh Grain Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Richard Zuschlag

Membership list is as of June 30, 2012, cumulative giving.

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Josh Anders, in town with Southwestern Energy Company to recruit LSU students, visited his family’s newly endowed oak at the corner of Highland Road and West Parker Drive.

Arbor Day Foundation names LSU a Tree Campus USA In early 2013, the national Arbor Day Foundation named LSU a Tree Campus USA for the first time. Tree Campus USA was created in 2008 to honor universities and colleges for effective management of campus forests and engaging staff and students in conservation goals. "Achieving recognition as a Tree Campus USA is an important component in the overall management of the urban forest at LSU," Assistant director of LSU Landscape Services Fred Fellner, PhD, said. "The size and value of the campus forest, both in literal and perceptive terms, is enormous. The trees are recognized world over and are a signature element at LSU.” Since 1993, donors’ support of the LSU Foundation’s Endow an Oak program has provided immediate and long-term funding for the care of LSU’s renowned urban forest.


Josh Anders and brothers Jason and Judd, all LSU graduates, recently endowed an oak in memory of their grandmother, Juanita “Neet” Crawford, a Louisiana conservationist. Anders shared why the gift is meaningful to his family, explaining, “My brothers and I will always consider the oaks on LSU’s campus a timeless, integral part of the university. Being able to invest in the sustainability of LSU’s historic oaks has been a great experience for my family.” Fellner said the program was a valuable feature when applying for LSU as a Tree Campus USA. “Indeed, it was the principal driver in data collection and tree identification over the past many years that made our application process easier,” he said. “This was an unexpected benefit of the endowment program, could not be anticipated at its inception, and was truly serendipitous.”

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LSU achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA's five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, dedicating annual expenditutres toward trees, having a campus tree-care plan, and hosting an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects. LSU’s campus is home to roughly 1,200 oak trees, and they are as much a part of the university as are its students, faculty, staff and historic buildings. Gifts of any amount may be made to the Foundation’s Endow an Oak program to support the general care and maintenance of LSU’s most treasured natural “residents.” An LSU oak can be endowed for a gift of $4,000, of which $2,000 builds the oak endowment to provide perpetual support and $2,000 can be used immediately by LSU’s arbor management team.



More than 2,000 people gathered at the LSU Rural Life Museum on April 6 for the sold-out Zapp’s International Beerfest, benefitting the LSU Rural Life Museum. Zapp’s Potato Chips founder Ron Zappe started the event at the LSU Rural Life Museum. His picture always graces the fest with his presence posthumously.

Above, from left: The Friends of the LSU Libraries donated the 2013 Book Bazaar’s $67,000 proceeds to the LSU Libraries’ endowment fund. Shown are Nancy Murrill, Pat Hoth, Elaine Smyth, Nancy Turkmen and Alana Amaro. • In April, Fluor Corporation and the LSU College of Engineering held a ribboncutting ceremony for the Industrial Safety Research Laboratory housed in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. • ExxonMobil presented a check for $886,774 to the LSU Foundation as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2012 Educational Matching Gift Program. The gift represents the ExxonMobil Foundation match of 2012 employee, retiree and surviving spouse donations of $319,115 to LSU, the LSU AgCenter and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Right: Attending the February groundbreaking of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum’s Imogene Newsom Brown Education Facility, featuring the Beverly Brown Coates Auditorium, were Sue Turner, Dr. William Jenkins, Cathy Coates, Alkis Tsolakis, Dudley Coates, John Murrill, Beverly Coates, Keith Keller, Peggy Davis Coates, Joe Benjamin, and Scott Singletary.

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Summer and Fall 2013 Cornerstone  

A publication devoted to the benefactors of the LSU Foundation. Volume 25, Number 2.

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