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Richardson, Upton Release Mineral Revenue Report

In the 2018 second extraordinary session of the Louisiana Legislature, Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 4 was passed asking Jim Richardson and Greg Upton to make specific recommendations to the legislature regarding mineral taxes in Louisiana.

This document, released in February, serves as the preliminary status report highlighting the work conducted in the first year of a three-year study process. The topics discussed include Valuation of Oil and Natural Gas for Tax Purposes, Differential Tax Rate for Oil and Natural Gas, Taxing Horizontal versus Vertical Wells, Use of Oil and Gas Collections, Orphan Well Fund, Alternative Oil and Gas Taxes in Other States and Severance Tax on Timber and Pulpwood. 

Schwartz Awarded LIFT2 Grant

While the data revolution is transforming every industry sector, the university classroom is also undergoing a transformation. In order to meet current and future industry demands, university professors, especially in business, technology, data and analytics, are evolving their teaching methods to develop and train the students who will be the workforce of the future.

“No longer can professors stand behind a podium and simply deliver a lecture while students take notes and absorb the material. Instead, the classroom of the future will need to be interactive and experiential,” said Andrew Schwarz, LSU Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems professor, who is an expert in how companies and individuals use information technology.

Marketing Department Announces Analytics Concentration

Beginning in fall 2019, the Department of Marketing at the E. J. Ourso College of Business will offer a Marketing Analytics Concentration. The concentration involves completing two marketing analytics courses as well as a practicum or internship.

LSU Graduate Manages IT Customer Experience in Latin America for ExxonMobil

LSU graduate Ashleigh McCord's connection to computers started when she was a little girl. She received her first computer from her grandfather when she was three and McCord's parents worked with computers and IT. Today, McCord is the IT Customer Experience Manager for Latin America at ExxonMobil. 

LSU shakes up MBA programs as students turn away from traditional degrees

The first cohort of students are starting LSU’s new one-year MBA program this week, following a national trend of universities increasingly offering shorter and more specialized MBA programs.

And while some universities have completely turned away from its traditional, two-year MBA degrees, Dana Hart, the director of the Flores MBA Program, says LSU won’t be following suit anytime soon.

Five LSU Student-Athletes To Take Part In SEC Meetings

Five LSU Student-Athletes, including  LSU Flores MBA Program  student,  Blake Ferguson , will join representatives from throughout the league at a joint meeting of the SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Councils and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Friday and Saturday at league headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama.
Blake will serve as the chair of the Southeastern Conference Football Leadership Council for the second-straight year.

LSU Student Athlete Bikes Cross-Country in Honor of his late Brother

E. J. Ourso College of Business student  Keagan Finley  rode through Baton Rouge last weekend as part of the “Cannonballs Across America” cross-country bike ride to raise awareness and fight pediatric brain cancer in honor of his brother, Kayne, who passed away in 2017 from cancer.

The Business Detective

Ask Sarah Schneider, a senior majoring in information sciences and decision sciences with a minor in analytics, to explain how data science applies to the business world, and you might expect a dry, complex, or esoteric answer. But Schneider breaks it down beautifully: “Business is really just people communicating and transacting with each other,” she explained. “I analyze large amounts of a company’s data and help them understand how to use it more efficiently to enhance their communications and transactions. This helps the company perform better or find prospects they were looking for but couldn’t see. I’m like a business detective.” 

Public Administration Student presents at Public Administration Theory Conference

Nicole Wesley, a Master of Public Administration Student from Baton Rouge, presented at this year’s Public Administration Theory Conference.

The theme, Post Truth in the Public Realm, explores the current contentious environment of government and administration. Presenters explored post-truth rhetoric, how post-truth ideas in government came to be, and to where the convoluted discourse of post-truth politics leads our concerns of administration and government.

Finance Major Receives Energy Studies Scholarship

The Center for Energy Studies has awarded scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year to four students majoring in energy-related fields, including one student in the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

The LMOGA/Brooksher Scholarship was awarded to Shelby Wainwright. Wainwright is a sophomore majoring in finance from Hammond, La.

Baton Rouge lawn care tech startup wins $1,000 in Tech Park pitch contest

Block Lawncare, a Baton Rouge technology startup, won $1,000 after a quarterly pitch competition run by Louisiana Tech Park through the Research Park Corp. at Juban's restaurant.

Block Lawncare was co-founded by Matthew Armstrong and Jacob Jolibois in late 2018. Armstrong holds an MBA from LS U and is the former young adult pastor at Antioch Community Church of Baton Rouge. Jolibois is a graduate of Louisiana College, co-founder of, a local podcast network and a principal of Mesh, an advertising and marketing agency in Baton Rouge. 

F raud & Forensic Accounting Conference - July 17-18

The Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference is an annual event hosted by the LSU Department of Accounting and features speakers from around the country. Topics discussed include fraud across various industries, such as energy and healthcare; red flags in investment fraud; what auditors look for in investigating fraud; and using technology to catch fraud. The conference is designed especially for certified public accountants, certified fraud examiners, certified internal auditors, forensic accountants, governmental accountants, attorneys, and other accounting and auditing professional or educators. 

July, 17-18, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Crowne Plaza

Deadline to register is Friday, July 12.
Traffic Records User Conference

The Traffic Records User Conference is a one-day conference hosted by the LSU Highway Safety Research Group ( Conference presentations are geared towards law enforcement, and other traffic records data users and stakeholders. Many sessions   will focus on data use and visualizations to offer relatable examples of data-driven decision making for safety improvements. Registration is open. 

Tuesday, July 30
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
BEC Auditorium 1510 

Project Management Professional Certification Exam Prep Course

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. This course is a good choice for project managers wishing to complete a certification review course in a concentrated time period. This course meets PMI’s 35 educational hour requirement for PMP certification and covers knowledge tested as well as provides certification exam testing tips and techniques to help you achieve a passing certification score.

Achieving your PMP certification is still a quick way to re-energize your career and create new opportunities for professional growth. LSU Executive Education's exam prep program is led by Edwel Programs. Edwel Programs, a PMI Registered Education Provider has a 25-year track record of using accelerated learning solutions to help students pass the project management certification exam.

Registration Deadline: August 6, 2019
Program Dates: August 26-29, 2019

Certified Credit Analyst Education Program

The Department of Finance in LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business in partnership with the Louisiana Bankers Association is responding to the needs of industry with the LBA/Ourso Credit Analyst Education Program which provides education and training for new hires or experienced bankers who are transitioning into commercial lending.

The program uses curriculum provided by the American Bankers Association for the ABA Certificate in Business and Commercial Lending which focuses on financial statement analysis and commercial lending. The course will familiarize lenders with both audited and unaudited statements and will fill any gaps in understanding of credit analysis and underwriting. At the successful completion of the program, attendees receive their ABA Certificate in Business and Commercial Lending. 

Registration Deadline: August 9, 2019
Program Dates: ​September ​12, ​13; ​October ​17, ​18; November ​7, ​8, ​2019 ​and ​January ​16, ​17; ​February ​6, ​7 ​and ​March ​5, ​6, ​2020.

Rising Stars Program

This three-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
  • Inspire employees
  • Educate employees on how to be a leader in situations where they may lack formal authority or title
  • Groom high performing employees for professional growth and advancement

Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 15, 2019
Standard Registration Deadline: September 23, 2019
Program Dates: October 7-9, 2019

Executive Development Program

The transition from management to enterprise-level executive is more than just a promotion. It requires development across all aspects of leadership, ranging from communication and networking to relatability and organizational engage­ment. Today’s executives are required to develop and communicate their organization’s strategy and principles, balance competing priorities, and make tough decisions, all while developing future talent. This non-consecutive 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.

This educational experience is completed in less than four months.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: November 15, 2019
Standard Registration Deadline: January 24, 2020
Program Dates: February 17-19, 2020 and March 23-25, 2020

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