March 22, 2011

Entergy visited LSU on March 22 for a full day of displays and demonstrations in Free Speech Plaza, in front of the LSU Student Union. During the event, LSU Foundation President & CEO Maj. Gen. Bill Bowdon presented the company with a commemorative gift acknowledging its support of LSU through the Forever LSU campaign.

“Entergy is a shining example of the impact of public-private collaboration,” said LSU Chancellor Michael Martin. “The company’s commitment to LSU is far-reaching, with initiatives that include helping Louisiana respond to emergencies, addressing the poverty issue in our state, and developing new engineering and science curricula. We are proud of our partnership with such an outstanding corporate citizen, and we look forward to continuing to work with Entergy to improve our community and the lives of its citizens.”

During the March 22 event, LSU students, faculty and staff viewed several of Entergy’s modern vehicles, including a hybrid bucket truck, compressed natural gas cars and its IndyCar Series “Nuclear Clean Air Energy” race car. An “Arcs and Sparks” demonstration showed what can happen when a person comes in contact with a “live” electrical line. Visitors found out how to manage their individual carbon footprints from Make an Impact, a partnership between the Entergy Charitable Foundation and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change that provides related tools and resources for Entergy employees, customers, their families and local communities. The company also offered opportunities to learn about its partnerships with the College of Engineering and the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute’s Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center. Human resources employees shared information about career opportunities.

“We at Entergy are honored and proud to join LSU in celebrating a partnership that spans educational excellence, career development, research advancement, technological innovation, community enrichment and economic growth to create a better Louisiana for today and tomorrow,” said Bill Mohl, president and chief executive officer of Entergy’s Louisiana utilities. “Together, LSU and Entergy are helping develop minds in the classroom and communities outside of it, demonstrating how business, industry and education can join forces to turn good ideas into positive action for the future.”  

Entergy’s support of LSU includes a 2009 gift of approximately $250,000 for multiple engineering and nuclear physics initiatives. That gift allowed LSU to strengthen the power systems program in electrical engineering; to jump-start a joint nuclear engineering and health physics program in the Colleges of Engineering and Science; and to establish the Entergy Doctoral Scholars Program in Power Systems to support faculty and research for power education in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Entergy also donated four power simulators for use in the ECE Power Systems Laboratory and funded a workforce development program through the Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Mechanical Engineering to prepare students for careers in nuclear power production.

“There is no question that nuclear energy will need to provide a significant component of our energy requirements over the next several decades,” said College of Science Dean Kevin Carman. “Entergy’s support of the LSU physics & astronomy program in nuclear and health physics reflects their commitment to the future and their recognition of a critical need to educate and enhance the nuclear energy work force of Louisiana and the nation. Their investment will substantially facilitate LSU’s ability to educate the future leaders in this vital industry.”

“Louisiana is a key area for the energy industry, highlighting a pressing need for engineering graduates,” said Richard Koubek, dean of the College of Engineering. “LSU’s College of Engineering and Entergy continue to address this need with full force, as we partner to enhance research and career opportunities. We highly value our relationship with Entergy and their corporate commitment to improving education, and we look forward to future endeavors.”

Last summer, LSU announced that Entergy had given $250,000 to the E. J. Ourso College of Business’ LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute to complete the final phase of the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center, which includes a full suite of operations offices, technology, furniture, communications and filing systems; two executive conference rooms with video conference capabilities; and a break room. When activated, the LA BEOC and its representatives will make disaster recovery recommendations to Louisiana Economic Development, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the Unified Command Group.

“Entergy’s investment in the LA BEOC is a testament to the fantastic work of the LSU Stephenson Disaster Management Institute and its partners,” said E. J. Ourso College of Business Dean Eli Jones. “Entergy recognized the value of this center and the opportunity it provides to Louisiana to be an innovative leader in disaster management. We are grateful for Entergy’s generosity and continued support of this effort.”

Entergy has also partnered with the LSU School of Social Work to support the Louisiana Poverty Initiative, which is dedicated to studying and mitigating poverty, with an initial focus on Louisiana and the Mid-South Delta Region. The effort bridges research, practice and policy by developing evidence-based models for poverty mitigation, with both local and national implications.

“Entergy’s commitment to social wellbeing goes beyond providing assistance to its low-income customers by focusing on ways to mitigate the causes and problems associated with poverty in the communities in which they supply energy,” said Pamela Monroe, professor in the School of Social Work. “They demonstrate that a corporation can do what’s good for business while promoting social justice at the same time.”

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $13 billion and approximately 14,700 employees. For more information, visit entergy.com.

In a historic show of generosity, more than 50,000 LSU alumni, friends and corporations united to surpass the Forever LSU campaign’s $750 million goal. However, LSU’s need for support through private funding has never been greater. The positive results of giving to LSU are evident: Forever LSU strengthened the university’s endowment for scholarships, fellowships and financial aid; funded programs that enrich student life; endowed chairs and professorships; modernized research facilities and equipped laboratories; enhanced existing programs; and initiated and supported new academic opportunities on campus and in locations worldwide. These advancements allow LSU to attract and retain outstanding students, professors and researchers and to contribute significantly to the learning and economic environments. Additionally, they have played a key role in LSU’s ascension into the top tier of several national rankings. For more information, visit www.foreverlsu.org.

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Article by Sara Crow, scrow@lsufoundation.org



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