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Aghazadeh Received Best Midyear Meeting Paper Award

Sanaz Aghazadeh, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting, was awarded the Best Midyear Meeting Paper Award by the American Accounting Association at their 2019 Auditing Midyear Meeting in January 2019. Aghazadeh’s paper, Revealing Oz: Audit Firm Partners’ Experiences with National Office Consultations, finds that the audit firm national office identity has shifted in recent years toward a more user-friendly entity that collaborates closely with engagement teams and also includes clients in consultations. The paper further discusses the implications for regulators, practitioners and researchers. 

Accounting Faculty Member Authors New Auditing Textbook

Laura D. Wiley, PhD, CPA, assistant department chair and senior instructor in the Department of Accounting, has co-authored Auditing: A Practical Approach with Data Analytics with Raymond Johnson, an Oregon CPA who teaches auditing concepts and practices and financial statement analysis at Portland State University.

According to the publisher’s website, the textbook “prepares students for the rapidly changing demands of the auditing profession by meeting the data-driven requirements of today’s workforce,” adding “this course uses a practical, case-based approach to help students develop professional judgment, think critically about the auditing process, and develop the decision-making skills necessary to perform a real-world audit.”

For 24 hours, donors will give through the LSU Giving Day website at The site will track gifts in real time, allowing users to view goal progression and participate in challenge gift competitions throughout the day. 

Your gifts will empower LSU to provide extraordinary experiences for Tigers. Give to whichever areas of campus you are fierce for: academics, athletics, and/or alumni engagement.
LSU100 Accepting Nominations

LSU Executive Education  announces the opening of nominations for the 2019 LSU100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses .

The LSU100 is a highly competitive program that identifies, recognizes and celebrates the 100 fastest growing Tiger-owned or Tiger-led businesses in the world. The program celebrates the success of LSU graduates and recognizes the impact of LSU on the local, regional, and national economies. Companies are ranked for the list based on the their compounded annual growth rate.

The nomination period for the 2019 LSU100 is February 1 - May 31. The 2019 LSU100 gala will be held at  L’Auberge Casino Hotel  on November 22.

LSU’s National Diversity Case Competition Team Places Runner-Up

A team from LSU’s Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Business Student Success placed runner-up at the 2019 National Diversity Case Competition (NDCC) at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

The competition is held annually the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr. Day and brings together some of the best and most diverse talent in undergraduate education from across the country. This was the eighth year for the event, which took place Jan. 18-19. Nearly 170 business students from 42 teams competed – up from 35 teams last year.

Students Get Real-World Sales Experience, Meet Companies at Competition

LSU Professional Sales students recently competed in business-to-business, or B2B, sales scenarios for the Jack W. Salisbury Scholarship Awards during the E. J. Ourso College of Business Professional Sales Institute’s fourth annual Internal Sales Competition and Career Fair.

Those students who placed were:

• First Place – Lauren Olivier, a senior marketing major from Catahoula, Louisiana, won a scholarship of $1,000.
• Second Place – Molly Fix, a senior marketing major from Mandeville, Louisiana, won a scholarship of $500.
• Third Place – Kayla Tripode, a senior marketing major from Donaldsonville, Louisiana, won a scholarship of $350.
• Fourth Place – Ethan Alexander, a senior marketing major from Prairieville, Louisiana, won a scholarship of $250.

LSU Team Advanced to Regional Finals of CFA National Research Challenge

A team of four undergraduate students in the E. J. Ourso College of Business advanced to the southwest regional finals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge, an intercollegiate competition sponsored by the CFA Institute in which leading industry professionals teach business and finance students how to research, write and present a report recommending a “buy,” “sell,” or “hold” position on a publicly traded company. The four students, all undergraduate finance seniors from Baton Rouge, are Matthew Crapanzano, Michael Hubbell, Brandt Green and Sam Chastain.

LSU Sophomore Named Queen Zulu 2019, Golden Band from Tigerland to March in Zulu Parade Mardi Gras Day

LSU sophomore Kailyn Rainey will serve as Queen Zulu 2019 and the Golden Band from Tigerland will join her to march on Mardi Gras day in the  Zulu parade in New Orleans . Kailyn is the first LSU student to be selected as Queen Zulu in the parade’s long and colorful history.

One-day Programs
Breakfast to Business - Are there ways for Employers to Reign in Healthcare Costs? | April 23
Join us as we discuss innovative steps for employers to switch focus from insurance industry focused healthcare to the broader role of employee health in an effort to save money.

Multi-day Programs

EBV Accelerate for Military Veterans | April 8-18 (online) and April 29 - May 2 (residency)
EBV Accelerate is a three-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. 

ExEd Rising Stars Program  | April 8-10
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

Baton Rouge StartUp Weekend Returning to LSU | March 15-17
The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute organizes StartupWeekend Baton Rouge in pursuit of better experiential learning for LSU students and the local community. As the name suggests, StartupWeekend is a Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday commitment to sharing ideas, discovering opportunities, and taking a step toward a launching a business.

Certification Programs

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. 
LSU Flores MBA Alumni Association Happy Hour

Join us to catch up with former classmates while enjoying drinks and appetizers. You can also sign up to be a member of the LSU MBAAA at this event.

Thursday, March 14
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Creole Cabana
7477 Burbank Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70820

LSU MPA Alumni Dinner - Washington, DC

Join the LSU Public Administration Institute in Washington DC for an Alumni Dinner! Enjoy dinner and catch up on current research and teaching activities with the faculty of the Public Administration Institute. Please RSVP by noon on Monday, March 4.

Thursday, March 7, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Daily Grill - Library Room
1200 18th Street NW #2

Managing your Personal Brand Seminar and Alumni Networking - Atlanta, GA

Many of us understand the importance of branding when it comes to business, but what about our own brands? Building and maintaining a personal brand goes beyond self-promotion, it’s a tactic for being more effective in all that you do.

Join us as Tommy Karam explores how to develop and manage your personal brand. You will learn his “golden rule” and how small changes can help boost your personal brand.

Wednesday, March 13
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Phipps Tower, Suite 1200, 3438 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

4th Annual LSU MBA Association Gala

The LSU MBA Association invites you to it's 4th annual gala and silent auction benefiting the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition . This year's goal is to raise $20,000!

Tickets are available for $50. Attendees must be 21 and older to attend. 

Questions? Contact MBAA President, Makayla McManus.

4th Annual LSU MBA Association Gala benefiting the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition
Friday, March 29
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Capitol Park Museum
Black tie optional.
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LSU Connect gets new look, added features

LSU Connect, our free online networking community, has a new look and features to make it easier to connect with fellow E. J. Ourso College graduates. Once your account is approved*, use the directory tab to find other graduates in your area, class year, major, or industry. The new mentoring feature allows you to request or offer help to fellow Tigers.
Use the “join now” links at to create your account. Simplify the process by using the LinkedIn, Google, or Facebook integration to create your account.

*Accounts typically approved within one business day.
Upcoming Events
February 1 - May 31
LSU 100 Nominations Accepted
March 7
L SU MPA Alumni Dinner - Washington, DC
March 13
Managing your Personal Brand Seminar and Alumni Networking - Atlanta, GA
March 14
LSU Flores MBA Online Info Session
March 14
LSU Flores MBA Alumni Association Happy Hour
March 15-17
StartUp Weekend Baton Rouge
March 22
Dean 's Advisory Council (by Invitation)
March 29
4th Annual LSU MBA Association Gala
April 8 - April 10
ExEd Rising Stars
April 8 - April 18
EBV Accelerate Bootcamp ONLINE
April 12
PSI Gold Tournament
April 15-19
Spring Break
April 16
Disney Institute
April 23
Breakfast to Business
April 29 - May 2
EBV Accelerate Bootcamp RESIDENCY
November 22
LSU 100
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