Louisiana State University in Shreveport
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|Louisiana State University in Shreveport|
|Students||4,082 (Fall 2013)|
|Location||Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
|Colors||Purple and Gold|
|Mascot||Pete the Pilot|
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 4,082 students, LSUS is a multipurpose system of higher education, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Apartment-style student housing is provided at University Court at the northwest corner of campus. 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 organizations. LSUS operates Red River Radio, a public radio network based in Shreveport.
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 4,082 students. LSUS has more than 25 undergraduate degree programs and a dozen master's degree programs, as well as a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Studies.
LSUS offers 25 undergraduate programs,12 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 online courses and four 100% online Master's degrees (Master of Nonprofit Organizations, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, 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 and sit on nationally-recognized boards related to their disciplines.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Royal Alexander, attorney in Shreveport
- Hazel Beard, former mayor of Shreveport
- Sherri Smith Buffington, state senator from Caddo and DeSoto parishes
- Jeff Cox, Division C judge of the 26th Judicial District Court since 2005
- Michael Owens Craig, Division A judge of the 26th Judicial District Court since 2009 
- Tim Greening, journalist
- Mike Nerren, Division E judge of the 26th Judicial District Court
- Steve Prator, sheriff of Caddo Parish since 2001
- Ollie Tyler, mayor of Shreveport, did graduate study at LSU-S
- 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.
- LSUS official website
- LSUS official athletics website
- LSUS Alumni Association
- James Smith Noel Collection at the Noel Memorial Library