Given the virtual aspect of instruction delivery for the 2021 session, the current schedule contains many material changes vs. a traditional session schedule. The administration and faculty of GSBLSU are fully aware of the concept that has become known as “Zoom Fatigue,” and have taken measures to minimize this as much as possible for our students (and faculty), while maintaining the integrity of the school’s graduate-level learning experience.
Incoming freshman (“FR”) students as well as returning junior (JR”)-level students will receive all instruction for the 2021 session via virtual platform. Returning seniors (“SR”) will receive their first four days of instruction virtually and their final six days of instruction (as well as graduation) in-person in Baton Rouge. All virtual instruction will be delivered via Zoom Video Conferencing and all course material (and respective Zoom meeting links) will be provided via secure login to students’ Moodle Platform accounts. Moodle is the online learning platform used by Louisiana State University.
Note: All times CST
Freshman & Junior Students
FR & JR students will begin their 2021 GSBLSU session on Sunday, May 23rd with an online Session Introduction meeting hosted by Dr. Mike Highfield and the staff of GSBLSU. Classes will begin on Monday, May 24th at 8:15 am and will be 1.5 hours in length with incorporated “stretch breaks.” Classes will break for lunch, daily, between 11:45 am and 1:15 pm, and the normal class-day will end at 2:45 pm.
A pre-election Zoom “Townhall” meeting will be scheduled on Wednesday, May 26th from 3:00 – 3:30 pm for all FR students at which prospective class-officer candidates will have the opportunity to deliver a two-to-three-minute speech in order to allow for classmates to get-to-know them better. FR-class officer elections will be held via a single-candidate choice at the end of the Week One exam (Thursday, May 27th). Results of the election will be announced via Moodle-post on Friday, May 28th. A Q&A “brown-bag” luncheon will he held virtually on Tuesday, June 1st for all newly-elected FR class officers to meet with officers of the JR & SR classes in order to learn more about their new roles.
While the virtual nature of the 2021 session present new challenges for our students, it also provides a new (and one-time) opportunity for our FR & JR students. Historically, and because GSBLSU is subject to the academic calendar of Louisiana State University, each session is held between the last week of May and the first week of June – including classroom instruction on Memorial Day. This year, and thanks to the flexibility of our faculty, our FR & JR students will not have to attend classes on Memorial Day, May 31st. The first week will end on Thursday, May 27th and the second week will begin on Tuesday, June 1st. (Sorry, SRs… you’ll be in class on Memorial Day.)
The 2021 session will conclude for freshman and junior students on Friday, June 4th with the completion of their Week Two exam. Both exams will be accessed through students’ individual Moodle-account logins and will be available for access between 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm. Once a student has begun the exam, he or she will have up to one hour to complete it. It is highly recommended that students begin their exams no later than 5:00 pm in order to allow the full hour for completion.
Senior students will also attend a Session Introduction Zoom meeting on Sunday, May 23rd, and will follow the same schedule as FR and JR students starting Monday, May 24th and concluding Thursday, May 27th with their Week One exam (same time and structure as FR & JR). Seniors will, then, travel to Baton Rouge with expectation to arrive no later than 5:30 pm on Friday, May 28th. Week Two introduction as well as BMSim introduction is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm.
Between Saturday, May 29th and Wednesday, June 2nd, seniors will engage in challenging, in-person BMSim instruction and competition with only one class required during the week (Interpreting Economic Change – D. Kohl / T. Payne) – evenings, Saturday through Monday. The Week Two exam for seniors will be delivered via Moodle between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 1st and will be limited to 30 minutes, once begun (because it covers only once class). BMSim Team Presentations will be held during the afternoon on Wednesday and the GSB staff and faculty will host a “Senior Toast” reception Tuesday evening.
The GSB staff and faculty will host a “Senior Toast” reception on Tuesday evening (following our guest speaker) at which we will honor the senior class and its accomplishments. BMSim Team Presentations will be held during the afternoon on Wednesday, June 2nd, with graduation beginning at 5:00 that evening. A limited number of guests will be allowed at graduation. Please contact Julianna Cox (email@example.com) for more information. A small reception for graduates and their guests, marking the conclusion of the 2021 session, will follow the graduation ceremony. Any students wishing to travel home that evening may do so, however, rooms will remain available at the hotel for those wishing to leave on Thursday, June 3rd.
Special Guest Speaker
We are once again delighted and very excited to announce that Col. Arthur J. Athens (USMC – Ret.) will be our guest speaker for Tuesday evening, June 1st, beginning at 7:00 pm. He will speak in-person at the Renaissance in Baton Rouge, but we have arranged for his speech to be live-streamed to our FR & JR students via Moodle login.
As you can possibly imagine, a great deal of work has been put into the creation of this schedule, which is unique to GSBLSU vs. all other graduate schools of banking. It is our hope that you will find it extremely enjoyable, but with the same level of academic challenge that has made GSBLSU the premier source of higher education in the banking industry, and the choice of more than 16,000 graduates over its 71-year history!