News roundup: Loftus named an Alumnus of the Year by Southern Miss College of Business … Big Fish Presentations founder and CEO named 2012 College Entrepreneur of the Year … WSJ zeroes in on college football's battleground states

News roundup: Loftus named an Alumnus of the Year by Southern Miss College of Business … Big Fish Presentations founder and CEO named 2012 College Entrepreneur of the Year … WSJ zeroes in on college football's battleground states




Mississippi talent: Local entrepreneur Jared Loftus, whose endeavors include College District, Taco de Paco and Ninja Snowballs, is being honored by his alma mater, University of Southern Mississippi, as the College of Business Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year. Loftus graduated from Southern Miss in 2004, and shortly thereafter moved to Baton Rouge, where he started his T-shirt business Tiger District at the North Gates of the LSU campus. The company has since outgrown its brick-and-mortar existence, expanding and being rebranded as College District. Read more here. Loftus was also a Business Report Forty Under 40 honoree in 2011, which you can read about here.



No small pond: Founder and CEO of Baton Rouge-based Big Fish Presentations, Kenny Nguyen, received the 2012 College Entrepreneur of the Year Award while attending the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization National Conference this past weekend in Chicago. Nguyen, an LSU student, was asked to attend the conference as a breakout session speaker and student mentor. Nguyen says he's honored by the award, but that the real story is about how the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization "can help not only students but successful entrepreneurs network and recruit upcoming talent." He hopes the award will spotlight Louisiana's growing entrepreneurial spirit, and will also lead more Louisiana entrepreneurs to check out the organization. Read more here.



Tiger nation: Similar to how Louisiana is not a battleground state in the presidential election today, it's also not a battleground state when it comes to the allegiances of its college football fans, who overwhelmingly support LSU. Thus Louisiana is excluded from The Wall Street Journal's online "College Football Battleground States" map, which shows the results of a two-year study conducted in 15 football "swing states," for which residents were asked about their favorite college football teams. The data on some states is even broken down to reflect votes by gender, race, age and political party affiliation. Check it out here.



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