- Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2021)
- IUPUI Maynard K. Hine Medal (2019)
- IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2017)
- IUAA President's Award (2009)
- IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2006)
Louise Goggans received three degrees from Indiana University; a bachelor's degree in home economics in 1956, a master's degree in education in 1969, and a doctor of medical science degree in nutrition in 1982. She also has marriage and family therapy certification from Butler University.
Beginning her healthcare career as a dietitian, Goggans established the diet clinic at Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis and served as its director for more than 30 years. She also set up neighborhood health centers, developed a prenatal dietary program, and founded a local chapter of Meals on Wheels to provide healthy food options to seniors.
Goggans has contributed to IUPUI campus life in myriad ways. She is a charter member of the IU Neal-Marshall Alumni Club and was active in developing the Indianapolis chapter of the club, where she serves as past president. She has been an inspirational speaker for several IUPUI Celebration of Black Graduates ceremonies and helped establish Black and Latino Student-Alumni Networking Night, an extremely successful initiative since 2016.
In recognition of all that the university has enabled her to accomplish, she created the Dr. Louise Goggans Lectureship at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI, which is funded through a charitable gift annuity