A September for the Stars
September closed with a bang this week as the Bulldogs beat South Alabama and finished the month with a strong 3-2 record, both losses being to SEC teams. The last few days have brought a lot of great friends and Tech all-stars back to campus. On Friday evening, we hosted a Hall of Fame event in the DAC, recognizing seven of Tech’s greatest athletes and athletics staff – Denny Duron, Tommy Joe Eagles, Pam Gant, Dale Holman, Luke McCown, Keith Prince and Pat Tilley. Many other Hall of Famers were in attendance for that event and others arrived for the Bulldogs’ game against South Alabama on Saturday night. We also enjoyed having Tech alum Kix Brooks back on campus for a dedication of his memorabilia displays in Howard Auditorium on Friday and at the game on Saturday.
Kathy hosted her sorority sisters on campus on Friday and Saturday. We all had a great time reflecting on our time together as students, and I enjoyed giving them a bus tour of campus to see the new facilities and to share information about future projects. On Saturday, I also spent some time talking to prospective students, parents and even some alumni who attended the huge Time Out for Tech event on Saturday in the Quad.
Earlier in the week, we were pleased to host a recognition event at the DAC for our faculty and staff who had contributed to the university as part of the campaign. I was inspired by the generosity of our people who believe so much in the institution that they provided over $150,000 in gifts back to support our students and programs this year.
We had a special visit this week from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation who have given scholarship support for our health and wellness students since 1973. And I also squeezed in a trip to Bossier City to visit with our CIC colleagues and to review the progress on our new Academic Success Center at the National Cyber Research Park.
Here are a few of my favorite pics for the week: