2011 LSU Ornament Now Available
Start a new LSU tradition! LSU will introduce an ornament each fall, creating a series that celebrates Tiger spirit and is fun to collect. All proceeds support the LSU Foundation's Campus Beautification Fund. Ornaments are $20 each, or $50 for a Tiger Triple Pack (one each of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 ornaments). Limited quantities are available.
The 2011 LSU Ornament features a "stately oak." The roughly 1,200 oak trees on LSU's campus are as much a part of the university as are its students, faculty, staff and historic buildings. Steele Burden, LSU's landscaper from 1932 through 1970, planted many of LSU's live oak trees, which have been valued at $50 million. Burden's careful planting was done with the future in mind, a legacy continued by those who endow his majestic work.
The LSU Foundation's Endow an Oak program was introduced in 1993 to improve the poor health of many of LSU's oaks, for which declining care was an unfortunate consequence of budget limitations. Since its introduction, Endow an Oak has successfully garnered critical funds to support the care and maintenance of LSU's most treasured natural "residents." Fifty percent of each Endow an Oak gift builds the oak endowment, and the other half is placed into an account that can be used immediately by LSU's arbor management team. Donors can also endow other types of campus trees through this program. Each endowed oak is marked by a customized, permanent bronze plaque installed near the base of the tree.
About the Campus Beautification Fund
Whether it is renewing flower beds, planting or pruning our oaks, developing educational walkways, or easing traffic flow, the Campus Beautification Fund makes possible campus enhancements that state funds cannot support. All proceeds from the LSU Ornament support the Campus Beautification Fund.
LSU Ornament Features
Each LSU Ornament is lightweight and three-dimensional; is packaged in an attractive, shrink-wrapped presentation box; and includes an information card about the ornament and the Campus Beautification Fund.