A Letter From Joe Alleva
LSU Sports Interactive
Dear Tiger Fan,
The LSU campus has been alive with activity over the past few weeks as students have moved into their dorms and fall semester classes are underway! It is a very important time of the year for our student-athletes, who are either beginning or continuing their career paths toward graduation.
MAKING AN IMPACT
The athletic department staff had the privilege this week of meeting with our new LSU President, Dr. F. King Alexander, who reminded us of our obligation as educators to insure our student-athletes earn their degrees. Dr. Alexander is a dynamic leader with a clear vision for LSU’s future, and he understands the critical role a viable athletic department plays in fulfilling the mission of a university.
I can tell you with tremendous pride that the graduation rate for LSU student-athletes continues to rise and will reach 81% by October! We are working every day to present our young men and women with opportunities to succeed in the classroom and on the playing fields.
We also encourage our student-athletes to be vital citizens and to make an impact in our community. The first evidence of that commitment for this year came during LSU’s “Move-In Day” last week, when representatives from each of our sports helped students move into their dormitories and apartments on campus. Our Tigers did a tremendous job in welcoming new students to campus and serving as ambassadors for the university.
KICKOFF ON SATURDAY!
Of course, the beginning of the fall semester means that football season is here, and the Tigers are hungry for a fantastic 2013! LSU travels to Dallas this week to meet TCU at 8 p.m. Saturday in AT & T Stadium, one of the world’s greatest sports venues. I look forward to seeing a stadium filled with Purple and Gold as Coach Miles and his team take on the Horned Frogs in a Top 20 matchup on national television.
For those of you attending the game, please be aware that since AT & T Stadium is the home of the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL Bag Policy will be in effect. The NFL Bag Policy has been implemented at all league venues this year, and it limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into stadiums.
Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to, the following: all purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags. Fans are encouraged not to bring any type of bag into AT&T Stadium, but some small, clear plastic bags may be permissible. I encourage you to visit www.dallascowboys.com/bags so that you are aware of all guidelines prior to arriving at the stadium on Saturday.
SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL UPDATE
Our outstanding soccer and volleyball teams are also embarking upon their seasons; in fact, Coach Brian Lee’s soccer club opened the 2013 campaign last week with a victory over Louisiana Tech. Coach Fran Flory and her volleyball squad held their annual intrasquad scrimmage last weekend, which was followed by a youth clinic attended by over 200 children.
Both teams are in action at home this weekend, and I encourage to you support the Tigers throughout the fall as they contend for conference titles and NCAA tournament berths.
SEE YOU IN TIGER STADIUM NEXT WEEK
We’re looking forward to seeing you in Tiger Stadium next Saturday, Sept. 7 for the home opener versus UAB. The stadium never looked better, and I know you’ll be pleased with the renovations we’ve completed on the North End and West Side of the best venue in college football!
As always, we welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately we cannot answer every e-mail we receive, but please be assured they are all read.
Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics