BATON ROUGE – On Tuesday, Feb. 19, LSU will host “A Night with Maya Angelou” in the LSU Student Union Theater, including a National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show and performances by the LSU Gospel Choir and student Eric Couto, who won the “Mic with Maya” poetry slam contest sponsored by the LSU Student Activities Board. This event is sponsored by LSU Campus Life and is funded by the Campus Life support fee.
The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., with theater doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are required, but are free to students, faculty, staff and the general public based on a priority system. All tickets will be general admission seating, so guests are encouraged to arrive early as seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis. At 7:10 p.m., all unclaimed seats will be given to those waiting in the stand-by line.
On the night of the event, there will be no media availability for Angelou, who will be arriving just prior to the event and leaving directly following the event. Filming and photography will be limited to a strict five-minute period at the opening of Angelou’s presentation. At the conclusion of the five-minute period, all video, photography and other recording devices will be prohibited. Credentials and parking permit requests for the event should be requested through Melissa Foley in the LSU Office of Communications & University Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticket availability for “A Night with Maya Angelou” is based on a priority system with highest priority given to students from LSU’s main campus including undergraduate, graduate and veterinary medicine students, since the event is paid for with student fees. Tickets for LSU students are available beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. Students can claim two tickets per individual in person only at the LSU Student Union Theater box office with a current LSU ID. The LSU Student Union Theater box office is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Beginning on Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m., faculty and staff from LSU’s main campus can obtain tickets in person with their current LSU ID at the LSU Student Union Theater box office. If tickets still remain, students at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, faculty and staff at the LSU AgCenter and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and members of the general public can obtain tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18.
On the night of the event, the doors will open at 6:15 p.m. All ticketed guests must be in their seats by 7:10 p.m. or their seat will be forfeited to an individual in the stand-by line. Seats cannot be saved for individuals who are not present, so guests who wish to sit as a group should arrive together, but group seating is not guaranteed.
Individuals who do not have tickets to the show can begin standing in the stand-by line at 4:30 p.m. on the night of the event. Beginning at 7:10 p.m., those in the stand-by line will have the opportunity to fill unused seats. In addition, overflow seating will be available to view the evening on large screens throughout the LSU Student Union.
Individuals with disabilities should contact Campus Life at 225-578-5160 at least seven days in advance to address any accommodation concerns.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Angelou is a writer, poet and African-American activist. She has written five autobiographical novels and many volumes of poetry, including “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die,” which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In 1993, she wrote “On the Pulse of Morning” for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. She went on to win a Grammy Award for the audio version of that poem. In addition, Angelou made her directorial debut in 1998 with “Down in the Delta” starring Alfre Woodard, and published a cookbook, “Great Food, All Day Long,” in 2010.
To view the ticket policy for “A Night with Maya Angelou,” please visit speakers.lsu.edu. For additional questions, please contact Campus Life by phone at 225-578-5160 or by email at email@example.com.