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Louisiana State University at Shreveport

Louisiana State University in Shreveport
Established 1967
Type Public coeducational
Endowment $16,287,118
Chancellor Paul Sisson (interim)
Academic staff 137
Students 4,535 (Fall 2012)
Location

Shreveport, LA, USA
32°25′36″N 93°42′22″W / 32.426788°N 93.706234°W / 32.426788; -93.706234Coordinates: 32°25′36″N 93°42′22″W / 32.426788°N 93.706234°W / 32.426788; -93.706234

Campus Urban
Colors Royal Blue and Old Gold
Nickname Pilots
Mascot Pete the Pilot
Affiliations NAIA, RRAC
Website www.lsus.edu






Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSU Shreveport or LSUS) is a branch institution of the Louisiana State University System located in Shreveport, Louisiana. LSUS opened in 1967 as a two-year community college but transitioned into a four-year college five years later in 1972. With an enrollment of 4,535 students, LSUS is a multipurpose system of higher education, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Although the University does not provide on-campus housing, University Court is contracted by the University to provide apartment-style housing adjacent to the northwest corner of campus for LSUS students. The school's athletic programs, nicknamed the Pilots, are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Red River Athletic Conference. LSUS offers more than 70 extra-curricular organizaitons. LSUS operates Red River Radio, a public radio network based in Shreveport.

History

Since opening in 1967, LSUS has become the regional urban comprehensive university in the Shreveport-Bossier metropolitan area. Anchored along the picturesque Red River in southeast Shreveport, the LSUS campus serves as home to approximately 4,500 students. LSUS has more than 26 undergraduate degree programs and a dozen master's degree programs. Beginning in January of 2014, LSUS will offer the first doctoral program on its campus, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Studies. (pending SACS level change approval)

Academics

LSUS offers 26 undergraduate programs,11 Master's degrees and one Doctoral degree. All of LSUS' business degrees are accredited by AACSB-International. LSUS offers many night courses, catering to its non-traditional student population. LSUS also offers many on-line course and two 100% online Master's degrees (Master of Science in Human Services Administration and Master of Health Administration).

The University has a student-teacher ratio of 21:1 and 78% of the professors have doctoral degrees. Many of LSUS' professors have been published and nationally recognized. Many of LSUS' professors sit on nationally-recognized boards related to their disciplines.

Athletics

Main article: LSU–Shreveport Pilots

LSU Shreveport (LSUS) teams are known as the Pilots. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in their second stint as a member of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Pilots formerly competed in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) from 2003-2010. Men's sports include baseball, basketball and cross country; while women's sports include basketball, cross country and tennis. The LSUS Athletic program has produced many championship teams collecting a total of seven regular season conference titles, 14 conference tournament championships and competed in 25 NAIA National Tournaments.

BASEBALL:

Program began in 1991

Conference Regular Season Titles: 2005, 2011, 2012 Conference Tournament Titles: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 NAIA Opening Round Appearances (Regional Tournaments): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 NAIA Opening Round Titles: 2011, 2012 Avista-NAIA World Series Appearances: 2003, 2011, 2012

The LSU Shreveport Pilot baseball team has become a NAIA National power holding the nation's no. 1 ranking during their record year with a 54-6 record in 2012. The Pilots have been to the Avista-NAIA World series three times under former Head Coach Rocke Musgraves (2000-2013). Musgraves led the Pilots to a fourth place finish (2011) and a pair of third place finishes (2003 & 2012). The program has had many players sign professional contracts and drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft, including three taken in the 2010 MLB Draft.

MEN'S BASKETBALL:

Program was reinstated in 2003

Conference Regular Season Titles: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 Conference Tournament Titles: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 NAIA National Tournament Appearances: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 NAIA Fab Four Appearances: 2013

Former LSU Shreveport Head Coach Chad McDowell put the Pilots on the NAIA map leading them on the hardwood for an impressive record of 239-62 through his 10 seasons. Coach Kyle Blankenship guided the Pilots to their first ever Fab Four Appearance on the national stage finishing with a 27-7 record in his first year at the helm.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

Program was reinstated in 2003

NAIA National Tournament Appearances: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

Head Coach Ronnie Howell has been the only one to lead the Lady Pilots since their reinstatement in 2003. Under his leadership the Lady Pilots have made significant improvements on the hardwood notching five straight winning seasons including 20+ win seasons in four of the last five seasons.

WOMEN'S TENNIS:

Program began in 2010

The Lady Pilots have a 10-31 overall record since their beginning in 2010. The LSUS women's tennis teams competes in the NAIA as an Independent.

CROSS COUNTRY:

The LSUS men's and women's cross country squads will begin their first season of competition in the fall of 2013 as a member of the Red River Athletic Conference.


Mascot

Pete the Pilot was introduced to students in the fall of 2007 after a process that began in 2005 with the passage of a bill calling for a new mascot by the Student Government Association (SGA). The idea initially met resistance by the administration based upon cost, but was further pursued. He is a combination of steamboat pilot and pelican, which is the state bird of Louisiana. Students offered naming suggestions during student government elections in 2007, with a final decision made by a committee of students and faculty. The committee was composed of the Professor of the Year, the current SGA president, and a former SGA president representing the students, alumni and faculty of LSUS. The mascot was named in accordance with the majority opinion of students expressed during the vote.

People

Notable alumni

  • Sherri Smith Cheek, state senator from Caddo and DeSoto parishes

Notable faculty

  • Hubert D. Humphreys, a charter member of the LSUS faculty, was a specialist in oral history.
  • Harold R. King, Jr. (1945–2010), American novelist from Shreveport who taught writing at LSUS.
  • Lloyd E. Lenard (1922–2008), a Shreveport businessman, Caddo Parish commissioner, and author, taught finance and insurance at LSUS on an adjunct basis.
  • Jeffrey D. Sadow, an LSUS political science professor and widely known political blogger, journalist, and satirist.

References

External links

  • LSUS official website
  • LSUS official athletics website
  • LSUS Alumni Association
  • James Smith Noel Collection at the Noel Memorial Library
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