The longest short week and a welcome to Tech XXII
This past week seemed like it lasted two weeks to me. On Monday, I was happy to see heavy equipment breaking up concrete on our new Integrated Engineering and Science Building site. Monday was followed by a Canadian cold front assault on North Louisiana with the lowest temps that we have experienced in many years, and over 2 inches of snow and ice that forced closure of the university. Kathy and I took the opportunity to walk around in the snow and see the campus in white. And I spent the rest of two snow days catching up on reading and note-writing.
It was good to get back in the office on Thursday where I met with some prospective students, VP Brooks Hull, AD Tommy McClelland and VP Emerita Corre Stegall. We also had a meeting of our Administrative and Planning Council Thursday afternoon.
On Friday, I headed over to our Bossier Center for meetings with staff there. We also had a special commencement ceremony to recognize John Frazier. John went to Louisiana Tech as an undergraduate and left for LSU Law School before officially completing all requirements for his Bachelors degree. After verifying that he had completed all requirements, we were happy to formally recognize John as a Tech graduate on Friday before several of his closest friends. After that ceremony, I headed over to visit with our colleagues at LSU Health to explore further collaborations.
On Saturday morning, I went to University Hall to visit with some students and parents who were taking tours and learning more about Tech’s campus. Then, on Saturday afternoon, we had a special reception for the newest member of the Tech Family, Tech XXII. This beautiful bulldog is a direct descendant of Tech XXI who retired early in his career. We were happy to continue the Bulldog tradition and are grateful to all of the people who have been preparing for this special day.
Here are a few of my favorite pics for the week: