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Alumni Spotlight: Power Pump Girls

Sherin Dawud ('12 BS Kinesiology) and Raina Vallot ('15 BS Kinesiology) are one of our Women's History month alumnae spotlights. Their dedication and entrepreneurial spirit led them to start their first company fresh out of college, in an industry completely different from their degrees. Today they are the cofounders of Power Pump Girls, Inc., a social impact club with the main goal of empowering women to connect and serve. Learn more about these driven alumnae and how LSU paved their path.

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Alumni Spotlight: Colleen Waguespack

Colleen Waguespack ('97 Interior Design) is one of our Women's History month alumna spotlights. Her drive and dedication to her passion of interior design led her to the place she is today - founder and creative director of Fig & Dove as well as Colleen Waguespack Interiors. As a woman in business, she has faced many challenges, but she has her team of fellow LSU alumnae by her side to support her at all times. Learn more about this incredible alumna and entrepreneur, and how her LSU education shaped her future.

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Alumni Spotlight: Renee Horton

Dr. K. Renee Horton ('02 Electrical Engineering) is one of our Black History Month alumni spotlights, as her incredible accomplishments and drive exemplify how, with an LSU education, anything is possible. She graduated from LSU in 2002 with a BS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Math, and in 2011 graduated from the University of Alabama with a PhD in Material Science with a concentration in Physics, becoming the first African American to graduate from the University in this area. Dr. Horton currently serves as the Space Launch System (SLS) Quality Engineer in the NASA Residential Management Office at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans.

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Alumni Spotlight: Ofori Agboka

Ofori Agboka ('98 Psychology) is one of our Black History Month alumni spotlights, as his incredible accomplishments and drive exemplify how, with an LSU education, anything is possible. He began his career at General Motors and spent just over 20 years working his way up the corporate ladder in the very company he started at when he graduated from LSU. About a year ago, he took a chance and moved across to country to join Amazon as the Vice President Human Resources, Global Customer Fulfillment.

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Eagles Found Likely Successor To Bednarik: LSU’s Bo Strange

The Bednarik Award is given to the College Defensive Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club.

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Showing Up By Showing Out

Grant Blvd founder Kimberly McGlonn.

Kimberly McGlonn (2001 BACH H&SS, 2002 MAST HS&E, 2007 PHD HS&E) grew up on Grant Boulevard on the north side of Milwaukee, Wis., on a block that was a unique island in the city back then – it was the only block where there were Black and white people living as neighbors in an otherwise highly segregated city.

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Getting to Know Bart Schmolke, Chair-elect

Getting to Know Bart Schmolke, Chair-elect of the LSU ALumni Association board of directors

Bart Schmolke, an independent financial advisor with Financial Solutions Group in Alexandria, La., joined the board in2017 as an at-large member. A thirty-seven year professional in the financial industry, Bart started his career in 1983 with A.G. Edwards & Sons, and from 1988 to 2008, he served on the President’s Council with A.G. Edwards.

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SEC Blood Drive

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for blood has increased and the need will become even more urgent during the holidays. The SEC is a force not only on the football field, but a force for giving back. Let’s join together for a blood drive challenge during SEC Football Championship week, December 13-19, 2020. The school with the most alumni and fans to donate blood will be awarded a trophy and bragging rights for the year.

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2020 Annual Meeting Recap

Bart B. Schmolke was named chair and David B. Braddock chair-elect of the LSU Alumni Association Board of Directors at the organization’s Annual Meeting and Past Chairs Luncheon in November 2020.

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Adulting 101 Virtual Series: Third Release

We are excited to announce our Adulting 101 Virtual Webinar Series presented by the LSU Alumni Association! This series features LSU alumni sharing life skills that may not have been taught in the classroom but will be helpful during this transition in your life. Our third release includes a feature on organization. You can also check out topics from our first release - buying your first home, basic finances, insurance benefits -  OR our second release - budgeting, job searching, and more. Scroll down to start learning from fellow alums!

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