By Rickey Miller
DIG has put together of some of the best events to look forward to this upcoming year. From giving back to grooving to the beat, DIG has all the events you definitely do not want to miss this new 2016 spring semester.
LSU Student Union Theater
Friday, January 16, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy dance and music? Well, Shaping Sound is the event for you. Under the direction of Travis Wall, this compilation of dance styles and musical genres comes to life with the help of a “dynamic company of contemporary dancers.” From the Oxygen Network reality TV show “All The Right Moves” – these dancers are among some of the best talents around and continue to amaze audiences around the nation, and what’s even better is the fact that they are at a stage near you. While open to the public, LSU students can purchase tickets right away in the Union Theater Box Office, Monday–Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information visit: www.as.lsu.edu/union-theater
Love Purple Live Gold Awards
Location and time TBA
“This annual event is dedicated to recognizing student organizations and individual members, officers and advisors who show exceptional commitment to their organization’s mission and to the community,” said Associate Director of Marketing and Communication of LSU Campus Life Margo Jolet. So how does this event work? Students can nominate organizations and individuals by applying during January 4 – February 5 in TigerLink at www.lsu.edu/tigerlink. Once nominees have been chosen, winners will be honored at a special banquet held later in the spring semester. While the exact date of the event has not been yet announced, leaders urge all to participate and join them on the big day.
LSU – PMAC
Friday, April 8, 2016 — Time TBA
Of course, we were going to give you all the info about the biggest musical event of the year. This year’s Groovin’ promises to be just as great as year’s past. Michelle Lowery, associate director for the Office of the Dean of Students, shares a little about what has been planned for the big event thus far. She explains that the opening act will be this year’s winner of Battle of the Band, Ship of Fools. According to Lowery, the headlining acts have not been named yet, but she is hopeful that they will be named during January or early February. There is no charge for the event.
“Students pay a $3 fee each semester into a Spring Concert Fund that is part of PSIF, which is managed by the Student Government Director of Finance and the PSIF Committee members,” Lowery says.
Organizers of the event urge students to stay tuned for more information about the event by checking out their website at www.lsu.edu/sg
National Volunteer Week / 4th Annual Potato Drop
Free Speech Alley / LSU Parade Grounds
Monday, April 11 – Friday, April 15
Potato Drop – Saturday, April 12 8 a.m – 3:30 p.m.
During National Volunteer Week, Volunteer LSU will set a table and place it in Free Speech Alley for students to stop by and find out how they can give back to the Baton Rouge community.
Want to get involved in the 4th Annual Potato Drop?
“Kitchens on the Geaux will host the 4th annual, wildly popular Potato Drop,” said Jolet. “About 20,000 pounds of donated potatoes will be dropped on the Parade Grounds for volunteers to package and send off to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. They may be “ugly” potatoes, so grocery stores don’t buy them from farmers, but they are just as delicious and nutritious.”
There is no registration period for these events and leaders advise all students to partake in this tradition. It’s something you won’t forget.
Geaux BIG Baton Rouge
Greater Baton Rouge Area
Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
“This is a giant one-day service program that connects LSU students, faculty and staff with the Baton Rouge community to thank them for their support of our campus,” Jolet says as she explains the importance of the event.
Students will come together to give back in a BIG way. What better way to spend a Saturday than doing something that will make a difference in not only your life but also lives of others?
“Last year, we gave back about $89,400 in free labor to the community (calculated from Independent Sector),” said Jolet. “This is one of LSU’s biggest service events of the year.”
This is an experience you definitely don’t want to miss. Registration begins from March 1–18. Students can register through Tigerlink at www.lsu.edu/tigerlink.
Geaux Lead Retreat
Sunday, May 15 – Wednesday, May 18
This four-day, off-campus leadership development experience is offered annually in May at an off-campus retreat center. Students will have the opportunity to learn, grow and make friends with other Tigers, much like themselves, as they gain leadership knowledge. Students must register in advance for this retreat. The registration period open March 1. For more information visit www.lsu.edu/campuslife