Almagest at LSUS

A Student News Production

Mission: Almagest at LSUS is a continuing effort of the LSUS MCOM students, along with faculty and staff to bring you information about our campus and local area while providing hands-on experience in the newest forms of communications available.

Operating as usual

[02/15/21]   LSUS will remain closed from February 16th-19th.
Face-to-face classes on the 17th-19th will be taught remotely.
100% Online classes will continue as scheduled.

Come out tomorrow and get yourself an air plant kit!


Shreveport, LA—LSU Shreveport’s Debate Team is continuing its noteworthy streak of victories after its most recent competition, the Southern Forensics Championship. The Pilots won eight Louisiana State Championships against twenty-nine collegiate programs representing nine states. The late January contest was hosted virtually by the University of Central Arkansas.

The team’s winnings included top individual state prizes in the overall debate sweepstakes and in the overall Louisiana Tournament Championship. These triumphs were in addition to a second-place team victory in the overall debate and tournament championship.

In the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) portions of the competition, the team went home successful in both individual and team categories. Team IPDA freshman partners Jewel Thomas and Mathew Coleman finished the tournament as quarter-finalists. Coleman was also the fourth-place speaker in the team division. In the novice division, freshman Mallory Taylor was an octofinalist, and in the junior varsity division, David Issacs was a quarterfinalist.

Varsity Debater Ethan Arbuckle continued his impressive run this season by advancing to his fourth-consecutive finals round. Arbuckle aced the tournament with several individual awards and state championships including: Louisiana State Individual Overall Champion, Louisiana State Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking, Louisiana State Champion in Varsity Debate Speaking, Varsity Louisiana Debate Champion, and the tournament’s overall first-place winner in the varsity division. Arbuckle and his Team IPDA partner Dominick Mercer also advanced to finals in the team portion and placed second. Arbuckle and Mercer additionally won the title of Team IPDA Louisiana State Champions.

In the professional division, Graduate Assistant Leia Smith won the Louisiana State Championship for Speaking with a near-perfect score throughout the tournament. Only missing perfection by one point, Smith finished the tournament as a quarterfinalist in the debate portion. MLA student Tommy James ended the tournament as a semi-finalist.

LSUS Debate will compete next at the Bossier Parish Community College Eddie Shell Invitational on February 19-21, 2021. For more information on LSUS Debate, please contact AJ Edwards at 318-751-8350 or [email protected].

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Shreveport, LA- The LSUS Debate team recently won first place overall at the Annual Hub City Swing hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi on January 23 and 24, 2020. This is the team’s first tournament of the spring semester and its first overall tournament championship of the year.

In the individual portions of the tournament, all six LSUS competitors brought home speaker awards. Kale Rector placed third in Speaking in the Novice Division. David Issacs placed fifth in Speaking in the Junior Varsity Division. Ethan Arbuckle and Dominick Mercer placed fourth and second respectively in Speaking in the varsity division. Leia Smith placed fifth in Speaking in the Professional Division, while Matthew Gedeon was the Professional Division Speaking champion for the tournament.

Of the six competitors, LSUS advanced three to the elimination rounds. Dominick Mercer finished as a semi-finalist in the Varsity Division, and Matthew Gedeon finished as a semi-finalist in the Professional Division. Ethan Arbuckle won his second straight second-place finishing in the Varsity Division. His victory earns him a first-place ranking in the nation for the Varsity Division.

How exciting is this? You won't want to miss it!

The Miss LSUS Pageant is approaching and will be here before you know it, so don't forget to enter!

Come out and have some fun in the UC tomorrow!

[01/20/21]   Provided below are the Student Success Center's services for Spring 2021.

Contact Information:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (318) 795-2486

How to Access Services:
All services are accessible via Moodle and
1. Log into your Moodle account
2. On the homepage click on "Click to Visit the LSUS Student Success Center" under the yellow sticky note.

Hours of Operation (Spring 2021)
Office Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8am-4:30pm,

Tutoring: LSUS peer tutors
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00am-6:30pm
Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm
*will vary based on the subject area

TutorMe: Online tutoring platform service
Everyday 24/7, 365
*Each student will have 6hrs per week of free online tutoring via TutorMe

Services Provided
Tutoring: one-on-one tutoring in person or via Zoom with our LSUS peer tutors to allow flexibility to accommodate students’ schedules.
TutorMe: online tutoring with 10,000 verified tutors ready to help with any question, no matter how big or small in over 300 subjects. 6 hours per week.
Writing Center: available via on-campus tutoring or TutorMe. We can help undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines become more effective, more confident writers.
Academic Coaching: an Academic Coach works with students to review schedules and commitments, set priorities, establish effective strategies for college learning, and maintain focus.

This evening is the Miss LSUS interest meeting. If you are interested in participating in the pageant, your attendance is encouraged!

Project Administered by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

Shreveport, LA – Louisiana State University in Shreveport is proud to announce that Alyssa Garza, an undergraduate sociology student, has been accepted into the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Peer Education Leadership Project. She is among only 6 students chosen across the nation to participate for 2021.

Garza is the first Certified Peer Educator on the LSUS campus, working in her role to promote mental health awareness to other students. The CPE training was designed by NASPA and includes 12 extensive training hours on peer leadership, motivating behavior change, listening skills, response and referral skills, how to take action and intervene, recognizing the role of diversity and inclusivity, programming and presentation skills, self-care, and group dynamics.

“Being accepted into the Peer Education Leadership Project is very personal to me,” said Garza.” Being given the opportunity to reamplify the importance of mental health at LSUS and prioritize the needs of my peers who are struggling with their mental health as I have, is something I am passionate about and hope to accomplish.”

Much of the research around successful mental health support has shown the importance of using trained peers in wellness programming, as students are the key curators of change and primary support systems for their peers. Garza’s participation in the NASPA Peer Education Leadership Project will allow her to receive professional support from this reputable organization to implement her ideas on the LSUS campus.

“I am truly excited for Alyssa, our students, and our campus as a whole to be able to see her ideas come to fruition for everyone’s benefit,” stated Angie Pellerin, Director of Counseling Services at LSUS.”

For Zoom or phone interviews with Angie Pellerin, Director of Counseling Services or student Alyssa Garza, contact Wendell Riley, Director of Media and External Relations at LSUS at [email protected] or by calling 318-797-5108.

It is so nice to see students back on campus. We hope everyone has had a wonderful first week of the Spring 2021 semester!

Are you interested in applying to be the next Miss LSUS? The Miss LSUS Interest Meeting will be Tuesday, January 19th at 6 p.m. in the UC Theater. All interested participants are encouraged to attend. Applications will be available at the meeting. We hope to see you there!

Happy snow day and happy first day of classes!

Career Services is now open virtually! Although their services remain the same, there are a few modifications. You can email [email protected] with any questions or appointment requests! Linked below is the Spring 2021 workshop and event schedule.

Merry Christmas, Pilots!

[12/18/20]   Happy graduation day! Congratulations to all graduates!

2020 is almost over, let’s take a look back at it!

Last year's tree lighting before the pandemic 💜💛

[12/02/20]   ATTENTION:
Covid testing is now possible on the LSUS campus!

Campus Testing POD – Relief Telemed
Location: South-side of campus near the Technology Center (Purple Pod)
Available to LSUS Students/Faculty/Staff with a valid LSUS email address
8:00am – 4:00pm
December 7 & 8
December 14 & 15
NOTE: Testing service will resume Jan 11 & 12 when spring classes begin

Drive Thru Testing – LSUHSC
Location: PHC Parking Lot
Available to the General Public
8:00am – 12pm
December 4
December 11
December 18
December 25 – to be determined

Also, Wellness Checkpoints are being limited to one lane instead of two. This is to help protect our checkpoint workers from the weather.

Happy December, Pilots!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, so be sure you take precautions and stay safe at events! Offices are closed tomorrow and Friday. Enjoy your break!

Staying Safe During the Holidays

Are you planning to attend an event for the holidays? Check out this video for some tips on how to stay safe and protect others during the holiday season! Be sure to continue to do your part and keep yourself and others safe during the holiday season! Happy Holidays from all of us at the Almagest News! Keep up ...

LSUS 2020 Tree Lighting
We missed having everyone at the lighting! We hope you were all able to tune in and watch the many speakers that were featured on the live video. The tree is now lit for anyone to stop by and see it. We have a beautiful tree! 🎄

Are you ready for this year's tree lighting? We are!

Happy Veteran's Day!

Virtual Drive

It's not too late to make a donation to the Food Drive! Donate here:
$10 Serves 40 meals
$25.00 Serves 100 meals
So far, the total is 9,820 meals! Let's keep these numbers rising. The Food Drive ends November 15th, so there is still plenty of time to donate. The winners of the Food Drive will be announced next week. As of now, the Business Education Building is in the lead with 4,140 meals!

Students, Spring Registration is approaching! Be sure to pay attention to your registration dates:

- Mon 9 Registration begins for currently enrolled Graduate students, Seniors, and Military Veterans for spring semester.
- Tues 10 Registration begins for currently enrolled Juniors for spring semester.
- Wed 11 Registration begins for currently enrolled Sophomores for spring semester.
- Thurs 12 Registration begins for currently enrolled Freshmen for spring Semester.
- Fri 13 Registration begins for currently enrolled Re-entry students for spring semester.
- Mon 23 Registration begins for spring semester for admitted Transfer students.

Virtual Drive

LSUS is in the process of collecting for the Virtual Food Drive. If you would like to donate and make a contribution, click here:
Each building and department is having a friendly competition to see who can raise and collect the most, so be sure to donate!

$10 Serves 40 meals
$25.00 Serves 100 meals

Let's see which building will take the victory!

[10/30/20]   Attention:
If anyone is looking to attend any LSUS basketball games this season, you MUST contact James Dicken ([email protected]) first on how to receive your tickets. There are only a limited number of tickets available so you will need to receive your passcode from him on how to purchase on the website.

Please respect the 2020-2021 spectator policy to help keep you and others safe. The guidelines below are subject to change and may be updated throughout the academic year with regard to specific sports and events.

- Visiting team spectators will NOT be allowed to attend any sporting events at LSUS.
- Home capacity will be limited to 160 people for indoor events (Basketball) and 200 people for outdoor events (Baseball and Soccer.)
- All players and coaching staff may be granted ticketed persons as long as space allows for each contest. These guests will be granted tickets on a first-come/first-served basis.
- A select amount of tickets have been set aside for current LSUS Students, Faculty, and Staff. Please e-mail Director of Athletic Events and Operations James Dicken at [email protected] for more information.
- Spectators must adhere to social distancing and wear face coverings at all times. Everyone will be required to undergo a temperature screening and symptom check-in at the gate.
- For community or non-listed spectators, tickets may be purchased at Tickets will NOT be available at the gate and must be purchased in advance. Strict facility capacity will be monitored through the online ticketing system, and tickets will no longer be available for purchase once capacity is reached.

Any violations or failure to comply with these guidelines gives LSUS Athletics the right to refuse entry or cause for removal from the facility.

If you are unable to attend any game, all home games will be streamed live at Links to both video and live stats can be found under sport specific schedules.

If you believe you have come in contact with someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, you will be asked to remain home.

Thank you!

Are you ready for Halloween? We are! Join us this Friday in the UC Lobby from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for a costume contest, boo grams, and even a Halloween giveaway!

Virtual Drive

LSUS is in the process of collecting for the Virtual Food Drive. If you would like to donate and make a contribution, click here:
Each building and department is having a friendly competition to see who can raise and collect the most, so be sure to donate!

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