Sweet Send Off 2012: Young Tigers Meet and Greet Before Going to LSU

Approximately 104 students from Georgia high schools will be entering LSU this fall.   LSU Atlanta hosted more than 25 of these students from the metro Atlanta area at our 5th Annual Sweet Send Off reception, which was held this year at North Atlanta High School.  The excited young Tigers, most accompanied by interested parents and friends, took advantage of this opportunity to meet each other, hear about LSU from current and former students and to be "welcomed into the LSU family" by several chapter board members and volunteers. 

Several special guests from Baton Rouge also created even greater impact on the event.  Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Division of Student Life and Enrollment Darrell Ray. Dean Gaines Foster and Jill Roshto from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sarah Courtney from Manship School of Mass Communications all gave their perspectives and tips about the LSU experience to the eager listeners.

Each of the new freshmen introduced themselves and expressed why they chose LSU.  A majority of them (and their parents) noted that LSU was very inviting and friendly and that they felt welcomed with their campus visits and contacts with LSU.  The LSU Atlanta alumni chapter reflected this spirit of hospitality with the Sweet Send Off and invited family members to not be strangers and to join us at our view ins and events. 

Thanks to our local fundraising efforts, LSU Atlanta has endowed three annual scholarship awards for Georgia students to go to LSU.  The 2012 recipients are Colin Dailey of Dunwoody High School, Isabelle Gizinski of Blessed Trinity and Andrew Pate of Mill Creek High School. All said that the LSU Atlanta award was a factor in their decision to go to LSU.  Everyone who has supported our events and fundraisers can feel a piece of the pride for the work we are doing for the "Ole War Skule" here in Atlanta.

Special thanks to Sarah Clayton for chairing the event, Don Broussard for emceeing, LSU Atlanta President Chris Tilley and board member Del Moon for assisting with the event.  We are also very grateful to our great Champion Sponsor Copeland's of Atlanta for providing the tasty brownies, pralines and cookies served at the event by partner and New Orleans native Glen Helmstetter.