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Earning a scholarship to lsu: Turning Dreams into Reality

LSU fans will likely never forget the 2003 football season as it marked the first national championship for the Tigers since 1958. This 45-year drought of national prominence left the Tiger Nation salivating for a taste of the ultimate prize in college football. The game that served as an appetizer of this ultimate prize took place in Tucson, Arizona on September 6, 2003, versus the Arizona Wildcats. The Tigers, coached by Nick Saban, dominated the game in every single category and buried the Wildcats 59 to 13. The performance by the Tigers left an impression on Tiger fans across the globe as it served as a sweet suggestion of things to come. Jon Streva, a current LSU student from Las Vegas, is the perfect example of the vast influence the game had on the lives of people across the country.

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Alumni Spotlight: Jaime Glas

  1. What path did your career take after graduating from LSU?

I graduated from LSU in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in Petroleum Engineering and International Trade and Finance and a minor in Chinese Culture and Commerce. I interned three summers during college with Chevron in Bakersfield and Houston, then went to work full-time as a Production Engineer for Chevron’s Carthage field in East Texas. I held multiple other Petroleum Engineering positions in Chevron’s Mid-Continent Business Unit during my 4 years with the company. Then in August 2016, I moved to Austin, Texas to pursue a Budget and Planning position with Permian-focused E&P company Parsley Energy. It was then that I really began to make strides in the development of Hot Stuff Safetywear and ultimately launch the company. I left Parsley in October 2017 to focus full-time on growing Hot Stuff Safetywear.

  1. How did Hot Stuff Safetywear come to fruition?
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Jacob Hester Named LSU Alumni Association 2018 Honorary National Fund Chair

No. 18 for 2018

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Alumni Spotlight: Courtney Farnet uses her fitness platform to impact lives in a big way

Courtney Farnet is a recent LSU grad who has accomplished much in her young age but she doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.  She graduated summa cum laude in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.  She was heavily involved in her sorority, Delta Zeta, having served as Fundraising Director and Executive Director for the chapter’s philanthropy - St. Jude Up 'til Dawn - during her junior and senior years. She also had the distinct honor of serving on the St. Jude Up ’til Dawn National Vision Committee in Memphis for over two years.  During that time she was the first person ever to receive the prestigious "Be Like Danny" Award named in honor of St. Jude founder, Danny Thomas.

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Lod Cook: A Legendary Alumnus Shares His Story on a Life of Success and Love


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Former LSU All-American Makes PostSeason Debut

Alex Bregman is the starting 3rd baseman for the Houston Astros and one of five former LSU Tigers playing in the MLB playoffs this season.  Big league baseball runs in his blood. He was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and began playing baseball at the young age of four. Bregman’s dad and uncle both played college baseball at the University of New Mexico.  Also, his grandfather, Stan Bregman, was general counsel for the major league baseball team, The Washington Senators (which later moved to Texas and became the Texas Rangers.) His grandfather attended every one of his high school baseball games.  

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The Definition of a Passionate LSU Alum

St. Francisville native Brittany Ernest graduated from LSU in 2011 with a degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.  She then earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from LSU in 2013 with a concentration in non-profit management. 

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Alumnus of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year Revealed

LSU 2018 Hall of Distinction

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Renee Horton: NASA Engineer

Renee Horton (2002 BACH ENGR), lead metallic/weld engineer for the Space Launch System (SLS) at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, is assigned to a special rocket that will one day take humans into deep space to explore places like Mars. 




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Genius at work

Three years ago, the telephone rang in Susan Murphy’s office at the University of Michigan.

“The people at the MacArthur Foundation called me,” said Murphy, H.E. Robbins Distinguished University Professor of Statistics and a professor of psychiatry. She’s also a College of Science 2016 LSU Hall of Distinction inductee. “I picked up the phone. I was standing up. Then, she tells me about the fellowship and I just sat on the floor. I was standing up. I just sat on the floor.”

Sitting on the floor, Murphy had just been told she’d been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes called a “genius award” of $625,000 to be paid in quarterly installments over five years, no strings attached. “The MacArthur Award gave my work validation,” Murphy said. “That’s very rare for people in straight, data science.”

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