We have just bid farewell to our wonderful graduates and are getting ready to welcome our entering freshmen. Summer is here and we have some time to reflect on our successes over the past year.
We have had the highest number of students complete their Honors Thesis and, based on preliminary feedback from our juniors, we will increase that number again next year by one-third. One thesis that was completed this year by an accounting senior has already prompted the LSU administration to re-think some of its accounting principles. And one of our Mathematics students has advanced the capability of computer programs to interact with humans using natural rather than computer language.
The fruits of our many trips to China are being realized. This year, four of our graduating seniors are pursuing advanced study in or about China as a result of their participation in the Gateway to China program that began in 2006. Whether pursuing the study of cattle diseases in China, our understanding of poverty there, or undertaking study in China on a Fulbright Grant, their initial interest in China was piqued while on our freshmen trip. We are continuing our travels to China this summer and we will wait to see how this opportunity continues to change lives.
And we are awaiting our largest entering freshman class, with over 600 new students due to arrive in August. With the completion of the renovations to the Laville Honors House Residential College, we will be able to offer them first rate accommodation, adjacent to the French House and in the heart of the LSU campus.
Dr. Nancy L. Clark
Roger Hadfield Ogden Dean
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