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Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
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On Friday, May 11, the E. J. Ourso College of Business awarded 763 degrees and 15 graduate certificates during the Spring Diploma Ceremony. The Class of 2018 hailed from 40 different parishes, 27 states, and 23 countries. Thirty undergraduates completed their degrees with a GPA of 4.0 or higher and were awarded a University Medal. Check out the links below for additional stories about this impressive class.

Management Professor Examines Female Entrepreneurs' Crowdfunding Success
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Female entrepreneurs have been at a disadvantage when seeking financial backing from traditional sources, but new research shows that crowdfunding investors view them as more trustworthy, making female-led projects more likely to secure support through crowdfunding platforms. 

The research was conducted by Michael Johnson, an assistant professor of management in the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business; Regan Stevenson, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business; and Chaim Letwin, an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at Suffolk University in Boston. The trio authored " A woman's place is in the ... startup! Crowdfunder judgments, implicit bias and the stereotype content model,” which was recently published in the Journal of Business Venturing.

2018 Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference
Fraud & Forensic Accounting Conference attendees 2017
CPAs, certified fraud examiners, certified internal auditors, forensic accountants, governmental accountants, other accounting and auditing professionals, educators, financial executives, and attorneys are encouraged to attend the 2018 Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference sponsored by the LSU Department of Accounting.

July 19-20
Crowne Plaza (Baton Rouge)
Cost: $165 per day ($330 for both days)

The conference qualifies for 16 hours of CPE credit (8 hours per day) and 13.3 hours of CLE credit (6.65 hours per day).

Topics include: Blockchain and distributed ledgers; health care fraud; cryptocurrency; white-collar crime; procurement fraud; cybercrime; and using Excel/Tableau to catch fraud

Among the Elite 1 Percent
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LSU is among the elite 1 percent of universities holding the triple designation of land-, sea-, and space-grant institution.

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Student Recognition
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Accounting Students, Faculty Recognized

More than 35 students were presented with scholarships in recognition of their academic accomplishments at the Department of Accounting’s annual awards banquet. 

Additionally, Assistant Professor Jared Soileau and Associate Professor Joseph Legoria received awards in recognition of excellence in academia.

Megan Bel Edwards and PAI faculty
Public Administration Institute Honors

The LSU Public Administration Institute recently celebrated Megan Bel Miller as its 2018 Master of Public Administration Alumnus of the Year. Bel Miller serves as chief of staff for U.S. Representative Steve Scalise. 

2018 graduates Erica D'Spain and Christina Bastien were also honored at the event.

Marketing Students Receive Pi Sigma Epsilon Awards
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LSU marketing students left the 2018 Pi Sigma Epsilon National Convention with industry insights, professional contacts, and several prestigious awards. LSU’s Beta Xi Chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon received the Lloyd L. Antle Amethyst Chapter Award in recognition of outstanding chapter operations. Lucy Sedky and Erica Borne received individual honors. 

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October 15-16
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November 3
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LSU Connect
LSU Connect is a free, virtual networking platform for E. J. Ourso College of Business graduates and supporters. Create your account today. The registration process takes just a few minutes - you can even sign up using your LinkedIn or Facebook accounts.

In most cases, your account will be approved within one business day.
LSU Olinde Career Center Serves Alumni
The LSU Olinde Career Center has a lot to offer graduates including access to Handshake, the university's new career management system. Handshake helps you explore jobs, career events, and career resources. To learn more and request access to Handshake, visit the career center's alumni services page.

Handshake makes it easy to recruit LSU students. Employer information is available through the Olinde Career Center.
Accounting Alumna Named Influential Business Woman
Laura Simpson accounting graduate
Laura Simpson, a 1978 accounting graduate, was named to the Baton Rouge Business Report's 2018 Influential Women in Business list. Simpson is the president of Dugas Pest Control.

Marketing Alumnus Receives Award
Jeff Zehnder
Marketing graduate and Dean's Advisory Council member Jeff Zehnder '89 recently received the 2018 Distinguished Marketing Practitioner Award from the Academy of Marketing Science.

Zehnder is the CEO of Zehnder Communications. His previous honors include being named Ad Executive of the Year by the Ad Club of New Orleans and receiving the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award.
Warm Wishes for our Retirees
We celebrate four retirees who have made major contributions to the college. They will be missed. We wish them all the best as they begin to enjoy retirement.
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Professor Al Burns
Doug McMillin Carter Hill
Professor Doug McMillin &
Professor Carter Hill
Karen Deville
Karen Deville
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