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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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Jay Ducote aka ‘Chef Tailgate’ Is Devoted to Food

 

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Jay Ducote, food blogger, food products entrepreneur, and food radio show host, was in the Baton Rouge airport to catch a flight to College Station for the LSU-Texas A&M game. It was a trip he described as business and pleasure, but every waking moment of Ducote’s life is devoted to the preparation, celebration, and consumption of food.

“I’m going over there on behalf of the Bryan-College Station tourism commission,” Ducote said, airport sounds in the background. “I’m judging some tailgate food and making appearances. I’ll go to the Aggie midnight Yell and experience their culture to use on the radio show and podcast.”

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LSU Electrical Engineering Grad Takes Giant Leap After College

After graduating in May, Marlou de Guzman (2017 BACH ENGR) received a phone call that resulted in a dream come true. The twenty-three-year-old electrical engineering major was called for a job interview at MRI Technologies. MRI, along with other companies, was subcontracted to provide support services to the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Engineering Directorate and Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate.

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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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Tiger Spirit in Honduras

It’s easy to spot orthopedic surgeon James Warmbrod, Jr., at Tennessee home games when the Vols are playing LSU. He’s the guy in the Tiger cap bobbing in a sea of orange.

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