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Alumni Spotlight: Kentucky Derby Horse Trainer Tom Amoss

This Saturday a horse named Lone Sailor, owned by the Benson family, will compete in “America’s Greatest Race,” the Kentucky Derby. Lone Sailor is a special horse up against some pretty tough odds this weekend – 50-1. Although the competition is tough it wouldn’t be the first time a horse with these odds won the derby. Mine That Bird and Giacomo won the race in 2009 and 2005, respectively.

But let me introduce you to the man behind the horse – a passionate trainer who doesn’t put much bearing on the odds. Rather, he puts his faith in his thoroughbred and believes he has what it takes to take the derby this year. That man is Tom Amoss, and he happens to be an LSU Tiger.

Amoss, a proud LSU alumnus and loyal supporter of his alma mater, has a storied 30+-year career in thoroughbred training.

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Alumni Spotlight: Trey Litel and Tim Litel

Louisiana People, Louisiana Product

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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: Laura Hobson Herlihy

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Laura Hobson Herlihy (1990 MAST H&SS) is a big fish in a small pond. A lecturer in Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas (KU), Herlihy is one of a small number of North Americans who speak, and an even smaller number who teach, the language of the indigenous Central American Miskitu people. Through her work with the Miskitu in Nicaragua, Herlihy has become the star of a thrice-weekly radio show in the region and the writer and impresario of a Miskitu operetta that drew 5,000 people to a performance on the beach in Puerto Cabezas over Easter weekend.

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Alumni Spotlight: Kirk Bovill

To hear Kirk Bovill (1987 MAST MCOM) tell it, he fell into LSU’s golden years of women’s track and field, a career in promoting fiber optics and, then, movies and television. He wouldn’t mind falling into movie making and teaching at LSU, a place the Nebraska native remembers fondly and visits every chance he gets. “My first acting job was a total fluke,” said Bovill.

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Alumni Spotlight: Lance Person

The books Lance Person’s Belle Lutte Press has published get reviews that include the words “captivating” and “compelling.” The reviews he likes best say Belle Lutte’s books are “well-written.”

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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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