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College Celebrates Fall Graduating Class

The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business held its fall Diploma Ceremony Friday, December 14, 2018 in the PMAC.

The class of 2018, included 353 students, including 284 with a bachelor’s degree, 2 with a graduate certificate, and 67 with a masters or doctorate. The class represented 26 Louisiana parishes, 16 states, and 12 foreign countries. The youngest graduate was 20 and the oldest graduate was 58.

Congratulations to our newest alumni!
Richardson Retires from Louisiana’s Revenue Estimating Conference

Professor Jim Richardson of the Public Administration Institute at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business is ending 30 years of service as the private economist on the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference (REC), the panel with the constitutional authority and responsibility to provide official revenue estimates for the state. 

“I have enjoyed working with six different governors and numerous Presidents of the Senate and Speakers of the House, of both political parties and a variety of political perspectives,” says Richardson, adding “I respect the work that they do and the effort that they make on behalf of the state and its citizens.”

Richardson’s service will be missed. "We are deeply grateful that Dr. Jim Richardson combined his professional expertise and impartiality in unwavering service to our state. He is the gold standard and we have our work cut out for us in finding a slate of candidates that can ably carry on his legacy of service," said Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed.  

Though retiring from his service to the REC, Richardson is still serving in all other capacities with other governmental agencies as well as his continuing role in the Public Administration Institute.
LSU Professor Researches Link Between ADHD and Entrepreneurship

Reginald Tucker, assistant professor in the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems, recently published an article in Journal of Business Venturing that examined the influence of ADHD on business start-up [Wicklund, J., Yu, W., Tucker, R., and Marino, L. D. (2017), ADHD, impulsivity and entrepreneurship, Journal of Business Venturing, 32(6), 627-656.].

“It's my most cited paper and I think seminal to the Mental Health and Entrepreneurship literature stream,” says Tucker, adding “We found that ADHD did influence business start-up when impulsivity was present.”
Supporting Success: Tom and Lisa Adamek

Tom (Business, ’82) and Lisa (Business, ’89; Law, ’94) Adamek, longtime philanthropic supporters of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, have made their largest gift to date in support of the Department of Finance and the Office of Business Student Success (OBSS). The Adameks’ generosity will provide tools for future business leaders to enter careers that suit their talents, interests and values.

OBSS provides comprehensive educational and professional development services for LSU’s business students. This support is essential for their success. OBSS is backed by generous donors including Tom and Lisa Adamek.

“Not everyone has the self-starting skills or the natural abilities to do it all on their own,” said Lisa Adamek. “Although they might have great capacity for excellence, having some support services in a large and competitive environment is, for many students, the difference between success and failure. It’s critically important.”

“My brother graduated from another university. He had outstanding experience and a great résumé, but he struggled when entering the job market because he didn’t have access to the same high-quality career services available through the OBSS and the Olinde Career Center. In the end, he paid for the same type of help that E. J. Ourso College of Business students can get for free. By supporting OBSS and the professional development team, donors put LSU students in front of other candidates in a crowded, competitive job market.” Patrick Doyle ’18, BS Management
One-day Programs

Public Private Partnerships | Jan. 7 | 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The second annual Public-Private Partnership Symposium will be held at the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business in Baton Rouge. The event is co-hosted by ULI Louisiana and the Real Estate Research Institute at LSU.

Presented by Disney Institute and hosted by LSU Executive Education - Share in the powerful lessons developed by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts in the continual pursuit of excellence with regards to leadership and employee excellence, employee engagement, an exceptional customer experience and sustaining business results.
Multi-day Programs

Executive Development Program  | Feb. 4-6 and Mar. 18-20
This comprehensive, six-day program combines executive coaching, self-assessment, experiential learning, and much more to prepare leaders to meet their organization’s needs of today, while still focusing on developing solutions to the challenges of tomorrow.  

EBV Acelerate for Military Veterans | Feb. 11-22 (online) and Mar. 12-14 (residency)
EBV Accelerate is a 3-phase boot camp-style program that gives military veterans who have been in business for at least three years the tools and coaching to propel their business to the next phase: sustainable growth. 

Rising Stars Program  | Apr. 8-10
This 3-day highly interactive program is designed to groom high potential employees for professional growth. This program helps organizations improve employee retention, support the growth and development of its’ employees, develop a pipeline of future leaders, and much more.
Certification Programs

Certified Credit Analyst Program  | Six monthly modules beginning Jan. 24
The Department of Finance in collaboration with the Louisiana Bankers Association has developed a six month training and certification program for new hires in banking or experienced bankers transitioning into lending positions. Based largely on American Bankers Association materials, attendees will learn from LSU faculty and industry professionals in the classroom and mentors back at their home banks between sessions about what is means to be a credit analyst in today’s banking world.

Project Management Certification | Jan. 28-31
This course is an intensive four-day PMI Project Management Professional Certification Prep course designed to prepare one for the Project Management Institute’s PMP Certification exam. 

CFP Certification is a nationally and internationally recognized professional certification offered through the CFP® Board. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. awards the CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification to individuals who fulfill initial and ongoing certification requirements. 
Academic Certificate Programs

The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems offers an online graduate certificate in analytics. The purpose of this certificate is to respond to the need for retraining professionals, scientists, and researchers in the use of big data and to provide credentials for having completed a set of related courses. This certificate provides working professionals with the skills needed to understand and use available technology to gain insights into data. 
Academic Online Programs

The LSU online Flores MBA Program gives experienced professionals the opportunity to leap ahead in the competitive business landscape. 

The Professional MBA (PMBA) format generally attracts professionals early in their career who are seeking career advancement opportunity, and who require advanced business knowledge and skills to make themselves more competitive in their marketplace. 

Advanced business knowledge, global experiences, and a diverse network of peers are just some of the reasons why our executive MBA track is an attractive way to earn your MBA. 
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Help us reach 300 LSU Connect Members

Help grow LSU Connect, our online networking community, to 300+ members.

This free platform allows E. J. Ourso College alumni to network using computers or mobile devices.

Use the "join now" links at To simplify the process, sign up using your LinkedIn or Facebook account. Once your account is approved*, head to the "directory" tab to search for members by class year, location, industry, and more.

*Accounts typically approved within one business day.
Upcoming Events
January 9
Spring Semester Classes Begin
January 15
Certified Credit Analyst final date to register.
January 21
MLK Holiday - LSU Closed
February 13
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