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A Publication Devoted to the Benefactors of the LSU Foundation EDITOR EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Scott M. Madere Hilary Kern


Ginger Guttner Lisa Geddes Jeff McLain Nancy Colyar Tonja Normand Andrew Looney


Rachel Saltzberg



SPRING 2009 • Volume 21, Number 1



LSU Rural Life Museum Breaks Ground on


Whispers of Change Project


Out of This World! How the LSU Student Union, “Star Trek” and the Rolling Stones

LSU Veterinary School Giving Back to Its Students With Annual Fund Gifts


Campus Federal


ExxonMobil Donates $97,000


LSU Receives Donation of

Deeply ‘Rooted’ at LSU

Helped Launch a Stellar Career in Business


Terry and Liz Beven Advance Forever LSU Campaign with $50,000 Gift to LSU Libraries


Computer Software for Apparel, Textile Design

Alumnus Don Keller Provides Educational Opportunities to Petroleum Engineering


to Multiple LSU Colleges


LSU Foundation Approves New Mission Statement

Grateful Clients Honor Their Veterinarians With $100,000 Scholarship Endowment Benefiting the LSU Veterinary School



ith the current state of the economy, alumni and

friends of LSU are looking for more creative ways to

give to our university than ever before. The good news is that the LSU Foundation has more options available for giving than you might think. There are many ways for friends and alumni of LSU to support our university community, regardless of your favorite college, department or program. One of the easiest and most effective ways to make an impact on the future of LSU is through a planned gift. Planned gifts take many forms, and the LSU Foundation has a qualified and friendly staff of professionals that can help you explore a wide range of giving options to LSU. Many of these planned gifts could help you give more than you thought possible, while still achieving your personal financial goals. Some planned giving options available through the LSU Foundation include:



Charitable Remainder Trusts

Bequests — Leave a gift specified to the “LSU Foundation” in your will. Charitable bequests can be structured in many ways

— Provide a retirement plan

and are deductible for estate

that offers maximum in-

tax purposes.

come and makes a deferred charitable gift to the LSU Foundation.

Retirement Plan Assets — Simply name the “LSU Foundation” as beneficiary of part or all of your IRA or

Charitable Lead Trust — Establish a charitable

retirement plan. This could result in estate tax savings and, in

lead trust to make payments to the LSU Foundation for a set

some cases, income tax savings as well. Additionally the Pen-

period of time. The remainder will then pass to your children

sion Protection Act of 2006 allows you to make a direct distribu-

or grandchildren. A lead trust could create significant gift and

tion from your IRA to the LSU Foundation without a penalty for

estate tax savings.

the withdrawal. There is no charitable deduction allowed for the distribution,

Life Insurance Policy — Simply name the LSU

which has a limit of $100,000 for individuals, or $200,000 for

Foundation as beneficiary and owner of your life insurance

a couple.

policy. This could result in estate tax savings. Or, donate a

Appreciated Property — Donate securities or real

income tax deduction.

policy that you no longer need and qualify for an itemized estate that you have owned for more than a year and avoid

Remember, at the LSU Foundation, donors determine how

capital gains tax on appreciation. You may also qualify for a

LSU uses your gift. As an added benefit, when you make a

charitable income tax deduction equal to the full value of the

planned gift and provide us with your intent, the LSU Founda-

donated assets.

tion honors you with membership in the prestigious 1860 Society. Here are some stories from Tigers of different backgrounds

Life Income Plan — Establish a plan that makes

and experiences, who made the choice to support LSU academ-

lifetime payments to you, your spouse, or anyone you name.

ics through a planned gift.

The remainder will pass to the LSU Foundation for the purpose you specify. The amount projected to pass to the LSU Foundation is tax deductible.

 Lucy Hilton A Manship School of Mass Communication alumna, Lucy

myself after layoffs and corporate downsizing,” Hilton says.

Latta Hilton began her career as an advertising copywriter with

“The training in research, asking questions and being accurate

a retail firm in New Orleans. She worked in advertising/public

applies to jobs outside of journalism as well. In making

relations for several companies and then made a detour into the

my legacy gift, I would like

health care field. She retired from Ochsner Medical Institutions

others to have the

in New Orleans.

opportunities that

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina forced Lucy and her father, Lee

a degree in mass

Latta, to move from Metairie to their new home in Madison, Mis-


sissippi where they presently reside.

gave me.”

Although the “J-School” had been in Hilton’s will for quite some time, she recently notified the LSU Foundation of her planned legacy gift. “The process was so easy,” she says. “I wish that I’d taken time to notify the Foundation long before now.” “I credit my degree in Journalism for the ability to reinvent

Lee Latta (l.) and Lucy Latta Hilton


Leave a Legacy at LSU: Support the Forever LSU Campaign with a Planned Gift, continued

The Jeunglings Craig and Lisa Juengling are both LSU graduates who look back with great fondness for the years they spent and the friends they made on campus. They recently made a donation to renovate the fountain in the courtyard at Acadian Hall, a place both warmly recall when they were dating years ago. After moving back to Louisiana recently, the couple updated their will and wanted to find a way to give back to the university. The “Craig, Lisa and Laura Juengling Scholarship Fund” was established to pay the tuition and related educational expenses of out of state students who require financial aid, wish to attend LSU and are among the top 20th percentile of collegiate admission testing scores. When asked why they established the fund, Craig said, “Lisa and I felt that the future of LSU is clearly

Craig, Lisa and Laura Juengling

tied to the success of its academic programs. As part of that focus, attracting talented students nationally should be a major

protected, especially their daughter, Laura, who is an LSU

priority for the University and we wanted to help”

student. At some time in the future, the LSU Foundation will

Of course, they have taken great care to see that their family is

receive 50% of their estate to establish this fund.

 Michael Robinson Michael D. Robinson, a 1969 graduate of the E.J. Ourso College

Currently, Robinson serves as a Senior Development Officer in

of Business, served 32 years in the trust department of a Baton

the LSU College of Art & Design and has made his personal com-

Rouge bank. He spent the last 15 years at the bank helping clients

mitments to that College. He has enjoyed working closely with

manage their finances and consulted with them in their charita-

Gwen Fairchild and her staff to let others know of the LSU 1860

ble gift planning. As he was considering his retirement from the

Society, and how they, too, can leave a legacy at LSU.

banking profession, then-LSU Chancellor Mark Emmert and Provost Dan Fogel invited Robinson to join the LSU Foundation team and to work directly with the Office of the Chancellor. As he planned for his own charitable legacy, and having learned of the LSU 1860 Society, Mike has included the LSU Foundation in his estate plan. Being a lifelong advocate and supporter of the arts, it was natural that Robinson provide for various art and architecture programs with a bequest to the LSU Foundation.

Michael D. Robinson



Our Planned Giving Team The LSU Foundation Planned Giving staff is ready to assist in finding long-term giving meth-


ods that accommodate you,


your family, and your specific


giving goals at LSU. Contact one of these professionals today to learn how you can make a commitment to Forever LSU, and leave an impact that will last for generations. GWEN FAIRCHILD Director of Planned Giving JANE HENSLEE Associate Director of Planned Giving

Gwen Fairchild

Rick and Donna Richard’s donation to Forever LSU will help fund diversity and public service initiatives at the Manship School of Mass Communication and the Clinical Legal Education program at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center for years to come.

MONA BECNEL Development Services Coordinator

Forever LSU supports all of our University colleges and programs through generous donors like the Richards. Donate TODAY and together we’ll reach our goal of $750 million by 2010.

LSU Office of Planned Giving staff can be reached by phone at (800) 452-7928 or (225) 615-8914. You can also learn more about how you can support

Jane Henslee

LSU through a planned gift by visiting the LSU Foundation web site,, which has a number of planned giving resources to assist you. •

Mona Becnel



he LSU Rural Life Museum officially broke ground on a new 20,000-square-foot visitor / exhibit center on January 14. The new addition will include a lobby, restrooms, expanded

gift shop, multi-use interpretive movie room, exhibit space, classroom/lecture space and administra-

tive / volunteer offices.

The Whispers of Change campaign, initiated by the Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum, began almost eight years ago. The crowning achievement of the campaign, realized through the new exhibit center, is only months away from being revealed to the public. With this new expansion, not only will the visitor experience be greatly enhanced, but valuable collections will be protected for future generations, and the museum will have space to grow creatively. Honorary Chairs, John Barton, Sr., Dr. Paul Murrill, Sue Turner and General Chairs, John and Frances Monroe, led generous community support for the project. “The addition of the new building is another step toward the realization of Steele and Ione Burden’s dream to make this museum a world-class facility,” said LSU Rural Life Museum Director, David Floyd. “Dedicated donors who are familiar with the Burdens’ vision came forward, during difficult times, to make



remarkable gifts to support this project.” “The LSU community is already so very proud of the great work already exhibited by the Rural Life Museum’s leadership and benefactors. But this expansion creates a new level of excitement for the facility that will take the museum to an even higher level of achievement in promoting and preserving our history and culture,” said LSU Foundation President and CEO, Maj. Gen. William G. Bowdon. The LSU Rural Life Museum, often referred to as “Louisiana’s best kept secret,” is located on property donated to LSU by Ione, Steele and Pike Burden. Designers of the new facility have taken special care to preserve the rural setting and feel of “days gone by,” as part of the Burden Family’s vision for the museum and gardens. The Rural Life Museum provides insight into the largely forgotten lifestyles and cultures of 18th and 19th century Louisianans. It has the largest

collection of material culture of 19th century Louisiana and includes 32 historic buildings spread over the 25 acre complex. On a visit to the Rural Life Museum, it is not unusual to see artisans recreating the techniques and conditions of life and labor in rural Louisiana, from blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations to field work, including demonstrations of horse plowing and planting. The LSU Rural Life Museum is located at 4560 Essen Lane. Both the museum and 25 acres of Windrush Gardens are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. year round; closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. An admission fee is charged. Annual individual and family passes are available. For more information, call (225) 765-2437 or visit

LSU Chancellor Michael V. Martin addresses a large assembled crowd at the groundbreaking of the Rural Life Museum’s new Visitor Center.

Artist conception of the Rural Life Museum Expansion.

A ceremonial groundbreaking was carried out the old-fashioned way: with a mule-drawn plow.



ip Knight is an LSU alumnus (Class of 1978) who’s developed a reputation for his energetic and innovative approach to branding and marketing. Kip has worked in more than 80 countries during his career, and been behind-the-scenes on many of the products we use everyday… from Ivory soap to Taco Bell to eBay. The former Vice President of Marketing for eBay and current

“They had a Speakers’ Committee that was available and they

President of Knight Vision Marketing, Inc., Knight is a true suc-

needed a chairman, so I went ahead and volunteered,” he says.

cess story on the global scene. But ask Knight where it all began,

As it turned out, the Speakers’ Committee was stacked with

where his instinct for business and drive for success took flight,

“Star Trek” fans, and the very first speaker the committee wanted

and he will answer: the LSU Student Union, where a fateful visit

to schedule was Gene Roddenberry, the legendary creator of the

from a sci-fi legend sent his career into warp speed.

classic TV series.

But to properly tell the story, Knight takes us back to his freshman year of 1974.

“I went to the head of Union Programming, Shirley Plakidas, who I’m still good friends with, and I told her what we wanted

Like many freshmen on campus, Knight had his eye on joining a fraternity and going through the rush process. But despite family connections with a particular fraternity, Kip just couldn’t

to do and she was fine with that,” says Knight. “Then I told her we wanted to do it in the Assembly Center, and she freaked.” “She said ‘Do you realize the most we’ve ever had at a speech

connect with any Greek house. “I’ve always been pretty method-

is 2,000 people and you want to have this thing in a 14,000

ical about anything I’ve done in my life, so when

seat arena?’”

I went through rush, I think I was the

faith in him by taking him up on his gamble. But to fill up the

carried a clipboard

Assembly Center, it would take more than faith. It would take

and took notes,”

a marketing campaign with creativity, especially considering

Knight laughs.

the limited nature of funds available for advertising.

“Which, for some seem to go over rush committees.

the speech, I would make them the official sponsor of the

I think I was the

Roddenberry visit,“ says Knight. “Which, of course, didn’t cost me anything.” When Roddenberry was in the car from the Baton Rouge

single fraternity at LSU.

airport on the way to the Assembly Center on the night of

I was devastated. What

the event on March 18th, 1975, Knight had managed to attract

do you mean ….you

don’t want guys with clipboards?” So Knight was a man without a country. Until he discovered


“We went down to the local TV station that was showing Star Trek reruns. I cut a deal where if they would promote

only guy who was


Knight relied on a plethora of posters, word of mouth, and above all, free television ads.

very well with the

blackballed by every

the LSU Student Union.

To this day, Knight remains thankful that Plakidas showed

only person who

reason, didn’t

Kip Knight, (far right) and Shirley Plakidas (far left) worked together on the Union Governing Board as students, and remain good friends today.

“And I said… we will fill it up.”

a crowd that could hardly be contained in the then-new Assembly Center. “We really didn’t know how many people would show up, and as we approached the gates of LSU, there was a line going out of

the Assembly Center as far as you could see, and we filled up

Peggy Day, these awards encourage students to continue their

every seat in the Assembly Center. I’m not kidding,” he says.

impressive records of service and achievement on behalf of LSU.

“Due to Kip’s outstanding marketing campaign, Roddenberry set a record for attendance at a speaker program,” says Plakidas, now the Director of the LSU Student Union. “Following that, I got religion on marketing,” says Knight. “I just thought, this is the coolest thing I’ve ever done and I want to do more of this.” The LSU Student Union had created a marketing monster. “We had a phenomenal year. We brought in Margaret Mead and Dr. Laurence Peter, who did the ‘Peter Principle,‘ Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock, and a whole bunch of other, really impressive folks,” Knight says.

Knight has also supported LSU by establishing a graduate fellowship at the E.J. Ourso College of Business. “I figured since I took advantage of a graduate fellowship as a student, I might as well return the favor,” he says. Knight believes that giving back to LSU is “critical” for all alumni. “It creates a lot of positive energy for other people as well as yourself, and I can tell you from my experience in the business world that people respond to positive energy,” he says. “They want to follow people who

Knight later rose to bigger positions as a student leader at the

are optimistic and have

LSU Student Union, and helped make the operation both prof-

vision, and won’t take

itable and significant to campus. In the 70s, the Union brought

no for an answer in

in everyone from the Who and the Rolling Stones to the Cleve-

terms of their dreams.

land Symphony Orchestra and the Russian Ballet.

I think that by giving

These days, Knight remains a solid supporter of the Union and the students who move it forward at LSU. “When Kip and his wife, Peggy Day, decided to give the Union a major contribution in 2004, he asked us to recommend the best use of the funds,” says Plakidas. “I recommended that we use part of the funds to reward student

back to LSU you not only help yourself but you help a whole bunch of other people at the same time, so that’s as good as it gets.“

volunteer leaders and outstanding student employees with scholarships. That’s something we are unable to do with public funds. Since then we have awarded approximately 50 student volunteers and about 25 student employees with scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000.” Called the “Knight and Day Awards,” after Kip Knight and his wife,

Kip Knight, The Rolling Stones, Gene Roddenberry





Terry and Liz Beven Advance Forever LSU Campaign with $100,000 Gift to LSU Libraries


n February 17, the Forever LSU campaign announced a gift of $100,000 to LSU Libraries from LSU alumnus Dr. Terence “Terry” Beven, and his wife, Liz. The Beven donation takes the form of an endowed gift, which will help LSU address the Libraries’ needs for many years to come. Board of Regents and as Chair of the GovernDean Jennifer Cargill of the LSU Libraries ment Affairs Committee. He has also served thanked the Bevens, noting the unrestricted as a member of the Proficiency Testing Pronature of their gift. “We especially appreciate gram and Imaging Committee, and Nuclear that this gift will allow us to spend the funds Medicine Political Action Committee. He is on the area of greatest need, whether on a also an active member of the Society of Nunew academic program or to make a special clear Medicine (SNM), Chair of their Audit one-time purchase. Libraries have changed a Subcommittee of Finance, and has served as great deal over the years, so it helps to have Secretary Treasurer. He is a past recipient of this flexibility to buy electronic materials as the SNM President’s Distinguished Service well as print.” Award. Dr. Beven also served as a board memThe Bevens have a long history of service ber and inspector/reviewer for the Intersocito LSU Libraries, and etal Commission for the Accreditation of represent the Libraries on the Forever Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL). Dr. Beven has long been associated with LSU National CamOur Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Cenpaign Cabinet. They ter, where he served as Director of Nuclear are also members of Medicine after establishing the nuclear medithe Libraries’ Benecine service there in 1965. He is a member factor’s Society and Friends of the LSU Li- emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. braries. The Bevens enjoy traveling to conferences Dr. Terry Beven was where Terry participates, or has been invited raised in Baton to present. They have three children: John, Rouge, and earned a Bill and Lyn. John graduated with a degree in bachelor’s degree physics from LSU in 1984, and later received from the LSU College an M.A. and PhD from Florida State Univerof Arts and Sciences Dr. Terry and Liz Beven sity. Bill graduated from Rice University and in 1954. He was earned an M.A. from Stanford University. awarded an M.D. Lyn Beven graduated from Loyola University from LSU Health Sciences in 1957. He is a of the South. The Bevens have seven Life Member of the LSU Medical School grandchildren. Alumni Association. They are members of St. Aloysius Catholic Dr. Beven is a past president of the AmeriChurch, and supporters of the LSU Rural Life can College of Nuclear Physicians. He was Museum and LSU Museum of Art. awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and Mentor of the Year award, 200809. Dr. Beven served on that organization’s






Alumnus Don Keller Provides Educational Opportunities to Petroleum Engineering


s a 1957 Petroleum Engineering graduate, Donald W. Keller had a great engineering experience at LSU that included meeting his wife, Gayle. Keller has shown exemplary leadership in giving back to his alma mater with the Donald W. and Gayle A. Keller Distinguished Professorship, the Keller Family Scholarship for Texas residents, and the upcoming Donald W. and Gayle A. Keller Well Facility Building Fund which will be used to fund the construction of a new classroom at the Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer Laboratory (PERTTL) and to support ongoing facility needs following its construction. The combination of increased consumption of energy, accompanied by an increasing emphasis on frontier areas and new technology, will result in exciting opportunities for petroleum engineers in the future. This classroom will have a significant and positive impact on those who use the facility, especially Petroleum Engineering students. “My parents did not have the privilege of a college education but were insistent that their children be exposed to the many benefits that go along with a college degree and a successful career. To that end, my degree at LSU has allowed me and my family to have a more comfortable life than my parents and exposed me to experiences that would have otherwise been impossible. While attending LSU, I developed many friendships that are still in place today,” said Keller. Former President and CEO of Enerfin Resources Company in Houston, Texas, Keller has achieved great success in the energy industry. “I have always had a desire to be in the oil business to follow in the footsteps

of my father who retired from Humble Oil,” he said. “After working my way through school with the help of a scholarship, I was thrilled to receive a job offer from Humble Oil in 1957 to pursue my dream of being the best Petroleum Engineer that I could be. I worked at Exxon (Humble Oil), then moved to Quintana Petroleum, and then finally started my own company (Enerfin Resources) in 1986. In the 20 years since founding Enerfin Resources, the company was successful in building the energy assets to well over $250 million. I have always attributed my success to the quality education I received at LSU under the excellent supervision of the Petroleum Engineering Department staff. After leaving LSU and spending time in the industry, it became apparent that the technical skills and management perspectives taught at LSU prepared me well for success in the business world.” Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering Chair Steve Sears said, “Don Keller has been a real friend to the department, sharing his time and energy as well as providing financial support. He has served on the department committee for the Forever LSU campaign, helping us to reach our overall goals in the campaign. I attended the Camp Barney Geology Camp reunion this summer with Don and Gayle, and enjoyed his recollection of the camp in the 1950s. We greatly appreciate his support for both the Distinguished Professorship and enabling

construction of a new classroom at the well facility.” Keller says he is compelled to support future engineering students at LSU, as he explained in a recent interview, “I feel that it is my responsibility to do what I can to provide educational opportunities to new engineering students at LSU and to help the Petroleum Engineering Department recruit the very best students and teaching staff. My success in the energy industry is due in part to my well rounded education at LSU and I wanted to give something back to the school and to the Petroleum Engineering Department. Our contribution to build new classrooms at the well site facility was made to help the department in their recruiting efforts and because it is an important part of the Petroleum Engineering curriculum. We must all take the time to be involved in making LSU an exceptional institution.”

Gayle and Don Keller





Grateful Clients Honor Their Veterinarians

Darby, the Corley family dog

With $100,000 Scholarship Endowment Benefiting the LSU Veterinary School scholarship endowment from a client, ewey and Gigi Corley cherish and we are most grateful for that. We their 10-year-old chocolate cannot overemphasize the importance of Labrador Retriever, Darby. When scholarships as they help underpin the she became ill in December, the Corleys educational journey of our students, took Darby to their veterinarians at which is not without substantial obligaSouthern Hills Animal Hospital in tions. This gift has five key elements: an Shreveport, La. Dr. Steven Everson (LSU animal in need, the referring veterinari1979) and Dr. Brad Everson (LSU 2005) ans with whom we collaborate (and both did exploratory surgery on Darby and of whom are also our alumni), a very found a bleeding tumor, indicating cancompetent and caring clinical team here cer. They stopped the bleeding and referred the Corleys to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. While at the LSU SVM, Darby underwent diagnostic testing and further surgery. Doctors at the LSU SVM removed her spleen, left kidney, and an adrenal tumor. She is now back at home with her family. To express their gratitude for the efforts of both the Eversons and the faculty, staff, and students at the LSU SVM, the Corleys established a scholarship in honor of the Eversons. On March 5, the Dr. Steven Everson (l.), Gigi and Dewey Corley, (m.) Corleys and the Eversons visited the Dr. Brad Everson (r.) at the LSU School of Veterinary LSU SVM to commemorate the scholarMedicine Sculpture Garden. ship and to go on a tour of the Veterinary Medicine Building. at the LSU SVM, the grateful clients who The Corleys have pledged $100,000 to have made an extraordinary committhe LSU SVM for the establishment of ment to our School, and the students, the Dr. Steven D. Everson and Dr. who reflect the core mission of the Bradley S. Everson Honorary Endowed School of Veterinary Medicine and who Scholarship, which will provide a $5,000 are integral to our clinical program. We scholarship to a deserving student each hope that this gift will be a model that year starting in 2009. Scholarship recipiwill enable us to expand the connectivity ents will be selected based on financial between referring veterinarians, grateful need and scholastic aptitude. Until the clients, and the School of Veterinary endowment’s invested earnings produce Medicine. It will clearly strengthen our an annual $5,000 scholarship, the Corprograms, and I want to express our sinleys will make an annual gift of this cere appreciation for this gift.” amount. The first award will be given out In establishing this scholarship, the this April. Corleys noted that, for the past eleven “What a great day for the School of years, Darby has been a companion who Veterinary Medicine,” said Dean Peter F. has shown unfailing love and unquesHaynes. “This is the School’s largest




tioning devotion, and this scholarship is a tangible expression of their gratitude to Dr. Steven Everson and Dr. Bradley Everson, as well as the outstanding doctors and staff of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. “We feel like we are the beneficiaries of the excellent services of both the Eversons and the medical staff at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine,” said Dewey Corley. “They have extended the life of someone who is very special to us.” Both Steven and Brad Everson are graduates of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. “My father and I are deeply honored to have this scholarship made in our names,” said Brad. “Most importantly, the Corley’s have achieved their goal of giving back to the profession that gave them more time with their beloved dog, Darby. This scholarship represents how a cohesive effort can benefit all those involved. Throughout the whole ordeal the Corleys were thoroughly pleased and impressed with the accommodations, professionalism, and vigilant care with which Darby was treated. As veterinarians we can take for granted how powerful our jobs can and should be. We are members of a fortunate profession and should never forget those that helped us get to our position.” It is the Corley’s hope that recipients of this scholarship will develop into the same kind of fine doctors that Steve Everson and Brad Everson exemplify. It is their further hope that after graduation, scholarship recipients will also remember how meaningful this financial support had been during their student years and that they will, to the extent they are able, support students that follow them with donations to benefit the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.





with Annual Fund Gifts

Fourth-year veterinary student Verna Serra (l.) and Rouchelle Gage, radiology technologist, prepare a feline patient for a CT scan in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.


ean Peter F. Haynes, of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, has announced that the School will supplement each of its 20 endowed scholarships for students, guaranteeing each endowed scholarship holder an award of $2,000 from the LSU SVM’s annual fund this year. Gifts to the LSU SVM’s annual fund (Advance Veterinary Medicine Fund) provide unrestricted support for the Dean’s priorities, and these resources will be allocated to student support in 2009. The goal for the LSU SVM is to build up annual fund gifts from alumni and friends, so that in the near future each endowed scholarship is supplemented with a $5,000 annual award. “The School of Veterinary Medicine touches people every day,” said Dean Haynes. “Our students benefit from an excellent curriculum taught by highlyqualified faculty; veterinarians benefit from a teaching hospital with Board-certified faculty in a wide range of specialty areas, and the community benefits from the superior service received from our graduates in the pursuit of their veterinary careers and through research conducted to understand diseases like cancer and heart disease.” This scholarship

initiative by Dean Haynes reflects the value the LSU SVM places on its student leaders. In 2008, more than $130,000 was allocated to students in the form of awards and scholarships. One of those scholarship recipients is Michael Ratcliff (Class of 2009). “Obtaining a degree in veterinary medicine is a stressful endeavor, and any financial assistance we receive helps us to not worry so much about our financial situation,” said Ratcliff. “This allows us to focus more on things such as patient care, indirectly helping us to become better doctors.” Adds Verna Serra (Class of 2009), who received the Margaret Lucille Thomas Taylor Memorial Scholarship and the Salsbury Scholarship in 2008, “I am deeply grateful to the donors who support scholarships through the School of Veterinary Medicine. It is a true honor to be acknowledged for our achievements and efforts.“ “It is vital that we provide educational support for these students, who will graduate and become fundamental members of the community,” adds Dean Haynes. “It is with the commitment of our alumni and private citizens who donate to higher education that we are able to support our students in this way. With only 28 veterinary schools in the United States, the LSU SVM provides a unique service to Louisiana through education, research, and service.”


Campus Federal — Deeply ‘Rooted’ at LSU C

ampus Federal is a familiar sight around campus that has been associated with LSU for 75 years. A closer look at this LSU mainstay reveals a financial partner with the LSU community that is an active participant in student life, with a giving history of more than $325,000 of support for academic and student life activities at the LSU Baton Rouge campus. Campus Federal prides itself on being a true financial partner to the members of the credit union, throughout all financial stages of life. “For 75 years, we’ve proudly served the financial needs of LSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni, helping them build solid foundations for their futures,” says John Milazzo, CEO. The organization’s roots run deep throughout Louisiana, wherever an LSU campus exists. Campus Federal was formed in 1934, by seven employees of LSU, to serve the needs of the LSU educators. Today, the credit union serves more than 59,000 individuals and business members. Membership has grown over the years, but the common bond between Campus Federal and LSU continues to deepen. The credit union’s day-to-day operations are guided by a management team along with a volunteer board of directors

and supervisory committee whose members are comprised of current and retired LSU employees. This decision- making group of credit union managers and volunteers are committed to sustaining planned, diversified growth that contributes to financial stability and sound financial performance. According to Ron Moreau, Vice President of Marketing, “the credit union offers a comprehensive portfolio of services which, in turn, is a great resource for our members. They can trust their money is safe. From savings and checking accounts, mortgages and car loans to online banking, IRA’s and business loans, Campus Federal is there to help at every stage in life.” As Campus Federal continues to evolve, its focus has consistently remained on strengthening the bond with the LSU community. Campus Federal has maintained their focus on their primary sponsor relationship, which is the LSU system. For this reason, Campus Federal continues to provide monetary support and service solutions to LSU in numerous ways:

Volunteer Services Campus Federal is dedicated to providing employee and student assistance to LSU:

• Youth Enrichment programs for incoming freshmen • Camp Tiger • Teaching Enhancement Fund • Student Government • LSU Leadership Conferences • Community Bound Program • Fall Fest • Excellence Awards • LSU Foundation • Groovin’ on the Grounds • S.T.R.I.P.E.S. • Volunteer LSU • Registration and Orientation Seminars With more than $400 million in assets and locations throughout Louisiana, Campus Federal is uniquely positioned to serve its growing number of memberowners in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, Alexandria, and Eunice. Participation in the Credit Union Service Center Network enables their members to conduct basic financial transactions nationwide and in areas of the state where Campus Federal does not have branch facilities. “We take great pride in being our members’ trusted financial partner and for those of you who are not yet members, we invite you to stop by one of our locations or call us today to join our credit union. You’ll discover an organization that will take a genuine interest in your fiscal well being and provide the financial resources you need for success in the future,” says Milazzo.

Maj. Gen. William G. Bowdon (r.), LSU Foundation president and CEO, presents a Laureate Society plaque to Campus Federal, honoring their cumulative giving to LSU academics and student life. Accepting the award are Kathleen Sciacchetano, (l.) chair of the board of Campus Federal and John W. Milazzo, Jr. (c.), president and CEO of Campus Federal.

ExxonMobil Donates $97,000 to Multiple LSU Colleges


n November 20, 2008, ExxonMobil Development

Company’s Execution Planning Manager, Lloyd

Guillory, and Facilities Engineering Supervisor, Brian

Blades, presented the LSU Foundation with a check for depart-

mental gifts in the amount of $97,000 from ExxonMobil. This philanthropic gift will support initiatives within the LSU College of Engineering, College of Basic Sciences, E.J. Ourso College of Business and LSU Career Services, and reflects the significance that LSU has had on workforce development for ExxonMobil. “ExxonMobil has been a strong advocate in the Baton Rouge community,” said Jeff McLain, Vice President for Development of the LSU Foundation. “The LSU Foundation recognizes ExxonMobil as a valued partner and steadfast supporter of LSU, helping us transition into the first tier university we are today.” The LSU College of Engineering’s portion of the funding was distributed to the following departments: chemical, mechanical, petroleum, electrical/computer, civil, and minority engineering. Associate Dean of Engineering, Warren Waggenspack, said “We have enjoyed a great, long standing relationship with ExxonMobil. Del Dugas and her group continually participate in campus events, summer programs, and the ExxonMobil Scholars Program. We are also pleased that the ExxonMobil Scholars Program has been renewed for another five years.” The scholars program is a $250,000 commitment from ExxonMobil that assists students in the Minority Engineering Program through scholarships and mentoring. “Supporting higher education has always been a strong priority for ExxonMobil” said Lloyd Guillory. “We are proud to provide this support to LSU which will help to enhance departments whose academic focus aligns with the workforce needs of ExxonMobil, including continued support to increase minority and female enrollment in the College of Engineering” Other departments that received funding from ExxonMobil included LSU Career Services, Geology & Geophysics and Computer Science in the College of Basic Sciences as well as Accounting, Business Administration, and ISDS in the E. J. Ourso College of Business. These academic departments will use these unrestricted funds for educational purposes such as scholarships, field trips, visiting speakers, student and faculty travel to professional meetings, and other academic projects. “ExxonMobil’s engineering and business recruiting efforts continue to grow. In fact, our Engineering program has grown from 52 interviews in 2004 to 100 plus in 2008,” said Guillory. Mary Feduccia, Director of LSU Career Services, added, “We are delighted to see these numbers rise as a result of our mutual efforts.” ExxonMobil is part of the Star Employer Program, which was created to recognize and thank those employers who make significant contributions to LSU Career Services. The Departmental Grants Program represents only a part of ExxonMobil’s overall support to LSU. In May 2008, the ExxonMobil Foundation’s Matching Gift Program presented a check to LSU in the amount of $1,119,724 which represents ExxonMobil’s 3 to 1 match on funds donated to LSU by ExxonMobil employees and retirees. With this gift, LSU became the first university in the world to receive more than $1 million in matching funds from ExxonMobil in one calendar year. Needless to say, ExxonMobil has greatly impacted and continues to facilitate the quality of education and programs that enable LSU to achieve its highest goals.



recent donation of cutting-edge computer design software for

textile and apparel design to the

LSU School of Human Ecology now puts LSU into an elite group of universities across the country using the program.

said. “For example, collar styles, sleeve styles, skirt styles can all be changed for a particular end use. Once a style has been developed, the software can be used to grade the patterns.” Grading is the process of taking the sample size — for example, a size 8 — and converting it to sizes 6, 4, 2, 10, 12, 14, and more, depending on the range of sizes desired. The software can also be used to develop a marker, which is similar to a blueprint, of all the styles and all the sizes to be cut at once. Patterns and markers are plotted on a large plotter and the software allows the user to complete all of the pre-produc-

The school received software, created by Paris-based company Lectra, which is valued at $850,000. This software will be used in

tion processes prior to the cutting stage. The software will be available to all students in the university’s

the school’s Computer-Aided Design Laboratory, maintained by

textiles and apparel curriculum who concentrate in either ap-

the Division of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising.

parel design or merchandising and enroll in the Human Ecology

“This software is currently being used by major companies

4232 class, Belleau said. It has been loaded on 15 new computer

in the global apparel industry, so LSU students have the opportunity to learn to use technology that is cutting-edge. There are no other schools in Louisiana that offer this opportunity,” said Bonnie Belleau,

workstations funded by the College of Agriculture. HUEC 4232 will be offered for the first time in the fall 2009 semester. This summer, Belleau said, one of the apparel design

Beverly Griffin Shea Professor and division head.

faculty members will travel to New York to train on

“It has capabilities to create any type of design for

the Lectra software so she can become proficient and

fabric. Designs can be created and manipulated,

teach the course in the fall.

replicated, scaled to a particular proportion, colored and designed using any technique that can be done manually.” The software also provides a program for developing new styles and fashion illustration, Belleau said. Students may design various types of apparel on a fashion figure and can develop fashion illustrations using techniques such as water color, markers and pencils. “For apparel design, basic patterns can be digitized into the system and then manipulated to create a huge array of styles,” Belleau



LSU Foundation Approves New Mission Statement

Free Money! T


t our March, 2009 board meeting, the LSU Foundation Board of Directors approved an update to our mission statement, which reflects the ideals, goals and values that serve as a guide for our organization.


The mission of the LSU Foundation is to foster private financial support for LSU, the LSU Agricultural Center, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and the LSU System Office. The Foundation encourages and receives philanthropic gifts and bequests, including both restricted and unrestricted gifts. The Foundation also manages the investment of endowed funds and other private assets. Gifts to the foundation add a margin of excellence over and above the appropriate level of state support and are not intended to replace state funds. Most importantly, behind every gift to the foundation there is an individual or organization determined to advance the quality of education.



Accountability: Transparency: Stewardship of Resources:

Donor-centered Development:

By demonstrating the principles of truth and honesty, we earn the confidence of our constituents and preserve the public trust. We are responsible for our actions and delivering results. We clearly communicate our policies, actions, and results to our constituents. We commit to the efficient and effective use of resources and accept the responsibility of being accountable and transparent to our constituencies. We embrace development strategies that foster relationships and respect the donor’s interests.

here is really no such thing as “free money,” but if you work for a company that matches donations to eligible charitable institutions, then your company match may be as close to free money as you can get. Thousands of companies across the United States support private philanthropy by matching employee gifts to nonprofits, including educational institutions, museums, hospitals, public television networks, and community organizations. Corporate matching may allow you to double, and in some cases triple, the impact of your gift to the LSU Foundation. This is a short list of the top corporate matching programs to the LSU Foundation. • • • • •

Albemarle Chevron Dow Entergy Ernst & Young

• • • • •

ExxonMobil JPMorganChase PriceWaterhouseCoopers Shell State Farm

Many companies encourage their employees to make charitable contributions by matching their philanthropic support. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please go to this website and enter your employer’s name:

Meet Ashley Dugas… LSU Foundation Employee of the First Quarter, 2009


he LSU Foundation would not be able to function quite as efficiently without the work of its friendly receptionist and administrative assistant, Ashley Dugas. Ashley is our Employee of the First Quarter, 2009. Ashley joined the LSU Foundation staff in November 2007. When the opportunity to work for the Foundation came along, she says that it was an easy choice to come aboard, because of the outstanding people that make up the Foundation and its staff. Ashley says she enjoys meeting new and inspiring people on a daily basis. “It’s great to be able to support such a wonderful university,” she says. Ashley is currently a student at LSU, earning her bachelor’s degree in general studies. “I love the atmosphere, the environment and the unity of the campus. As a university, LSU is moving forward in so many ways and hopefully we continue the journey for

the many new generations of Tigers to come. LSU is such an influential university and I am proud to be a Tiger,” she says. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, shopping, skiing and trying new things. When asked if she could be anyone at LSU for a day, she says, “I would love to be part of the Tiger Band. Hearing the fight song played at a football game in Death Valley on Saturday nights always gives me chills. I admire the students who are part of that!” Congratulations, and thanks Ashley, for all of your hard work.


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