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LSU Shreveport Unveils Remodeled Science Lecture Auditorium for Fall 2020

September 09, 2020

New Science Lecture Auditorium
New Science Lecture Auditorium

Shreveport, LA – Louisiana State University Shreveport revealed the newly renovated Science Lecture Auditorium, one of the largest academic spaces on campus, just in time for the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

The SLA was torn completely down to its studs in the interior over the last four months. A new roof, new flooring, walls, lighting, ADA compliant furniture, a sound system and state-of-the-art technology were all installed. Students can now plug in or charge their personal technology devices from every seat. “This was one of many projects that have been in the works for quite some time,” said Barbie Cannon, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs at LSUS. “We know that in order to remain a leader in education in our region, we need to continue to upgrade and modernize our campus to meet the needs of the 21st century student.”

The SLA joins other spaces on campus designed to help students succeed in the rapidly evolving corporate and research landscapes, where concepts such as digital dexterity, adaptive thinking, and multidisciplinary aptitude are highly sought after. The auditorium will be used by academic and non-academic groups across campus, providing a large classroom space for any discipline to use or as a space to host continuing education or community engagement lectures. “The SLA is one of our crown jewels,” said Dr. Helen Taylor, LSUS Provost. “It looks wonderful and makes the perfect backdrop for cutting-edge science instruction as well as other talks, teaching opportunities, and public events.”

“Professors are excited about being able to use some of the most up-to-date technology and teaching methods in their instruction,” said Dr. Tibor Szarvas, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Mathematics at LSUS. “Any major university would be proud to have a science auditorium like our own SLA!”

For more information on the renovation or to schedule a Zoom or phone interview with Dr. Szarvas, contact Wendell Riley, Director, Media and External Relations at LSUS at or by calling 318-797-5108.

Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university’s mission is to educate a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service; and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors.

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