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LSUS to Conclude its Campus-wide 50th Anniversary Celebration with Golden Jublice on April 20

April 17, 2018

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Golden Jubilee Festival at LSUS to Feature Live Music, Games, Carnival Rides, Stilt Walker, Booths, Food, Competition, Prizes, Time Capsule…

SHREVEPORT, LA—LSU in Shreveport will conclude an academic year of 50th anniversary events with a Golden Jubilee festival on the university mall Friday, April 20.  From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the university community and its friends will finalize the campus-wide observance with food and festivities, including the completion of a time capsule to be opened in 25 years.

“All that Glitters is Purple and Gold” is the theme for the university’s annual Spring Fling celebration, which culminates on Friday with a Student Organization Fair, a “Minute to Win It” relay game and a Pilot’s Gold prize machine. Activities also include live music by SiDEfX, a photo booth, carnival rides, booths and a stilt walker.

Participants will have their choice of crawfish, Chick-Fil-A or a vegetarian option along with Kona Ice, beginning at 10:45 a.m.  Food is free for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees and is available for $5 (cash only) for guests.

Golden Jubilee shirts, $5 each, will be available at the Student Activities Board booth.

The festival caps off a year of activities that have included a range of events, including special lectures and programs, a website with oral histories and LSUS stories, gallery exhibits, a 5K run, a book sale, a “Paint it Purple” campus-wide drone photo, a scavenger hunt and a golf tournament.

Brought back to campus during the anniversary: the intercollegiate soccer program, the Miss LSUS pageant and the faculty-staff fish fry.  The 50th was also observed with the opening of the Student Success Center in the Noel Memorial Library and the Joe B. Callaway Memorial Gardens as well as Pioneer Day at the Pioneer Heritage Center.

“The 50th anniversary celebration has indeed marked a joyous time for LSUS,” said Chancellor Larry Clark, “not merely because we as a campus have been here for 50 years, but that we have been able to serve and educate thousands of students who have gone on to make an important mark in society.”

At the beginning of the year, the chancellor said: “We celebrate not just our longevity as a campus, but those alums who have gone forward, taking our name and being standard bearers of the education we provide.”

After a lengthy battle for an LSU campus in Shreveport that began in the 1930s, LSUS opened its doors in September 1967 as a two-year commuter campus with 807 students. Additional course offerings came along with four-year status, which was granted in 1972. On-campus housing was added in 1993 and Division III intercollegiate athletics began in 1990. Graduate programs and doctoral program offerings followed.

Last fall, LSUS enrolled students from 30 countries and boasted a record enrollment of over 6,000 students.

“Over 20,000 students have graduated from LSUS, a great many of whom live and/or work right here in the Shreveport-Bossier region,” Clark said. “From K-12 teachers and principals, to physicians and public accountants to government leaders and more, the LSUS alumni impact is both broad and deep. They help bolster the economy and build healthier, better-educated and more civic-minded communities. We exhibit Pilot Pride in everything we do.”

For further information, see the 50th anniversary website at www.lsus.edu/50th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Contact: Kim Ramsey, Office of the Chancellor, 318-797-5234, or Lynn Stewart, Office of Media and Public Relations, 318-797-5108

 
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