President F. King Alexander addressing the Board of Supervisors

Dear LSU Family and Parents,

As the end of the spring semester nears, I spend time reflecting upon the accomplishments and accolades our students have achieved throughout the academic year. As you know, leadership is one of the defining qualities of our Tigers. It is a deeply instilled trait – one that our students bring with them to LSU, where we nurture that spirit through a deep sense of community, myriad campus and community engagement opportunities, undergraduate research experience, and faculty mentorship.

These Tigers don’t just put their leadership skills to work for themselves in the classroom and lab – they use their talents to give back to the community. Just this month, LSU Manship School of Mass Communications won more awards than any other school in the region, with student journalists receiving 17 first place or finalist awards. More than 1,500 members of LSU fraternities and sororities volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to construct two houses for families in need. Similarly, nearly 800 LSU students participated in LSU’s Geaux Big Day of Service, which allows students to help non-profit community organizations across Baton Rouge. And Dance Marathon, LSU’s largest student-run philanthropy, has raised nearly $800,000 over the last several years for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

This is just a small example of the great things your students are involved in, and I hope you’re just as proud of their efforts as I am.

As always, thank you for trusting us with your Tiger.

Sincerely,

F. King Alexander
LSU President