From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice

Week 16 Update: Homecoming Week

Oct 17, 2013 | Weekly Update

On Monday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Greater Shreveport Chamber Business Development Connection meeting at the Petroleum Club. I was able to talk about the significant resources that Tech has to support business, workforce, research, and economic development in the Shreveport/Bossier community and across the I-20 corridor.  There was an excellent turnout including many of my Tech friends  such as Leo Sanford, Bobby Aillet, and a strong contingent from Hunt, Guillot and Associates.  Avid Tech supporters and close friends Ken and Dawn Ward were also there.  Our slate of programs and activities to support business development, entrepreneurship, and innovation is quite impressive, and I hope that we can find ways to expand our programs and impacts in Shreveport. OTalent Show 1n Tuesday, I was invited by Union Board to serve as a judge for the talent show, the Bulldog Music Awards.  With fellow judges Julianne Tippen (Miss Tech 2013), Hope Anderson (Miss Louisiana 2012), and Tommy McClelland, my job turned out to be pretty easy.  I was very impressed with the leadership provided by our students in organizing and conducting this event.  Brittany Pippen and Sonny Adams led the planning and did the emcee work.  There were special lead-in acts for each of the talent contestants.  The talent was very good and ranged from soloists, to poetry, to duets, to dancers, to a one-man band.  Congratulations to the winners!
  • 1st place- Joshua James
  • 2nd place- Courtney Nash and Adam Garcia
  • 3rd place- Shelby Bush and Victoria Charters
  • People’s Choice- Quincie McConathy and Sarah Funderburk
On Wednesday, VP for Research Stan Napper and I made a trip to Baton Rouge to attend two committee meetings at the Board of Regents.  I chair both the Regents’ Master Planning Research Advisory Council and the EPSCoR Committee.  Both committees include senior research officers of all major research universities, research organizations, and ecnoomic development organizations.  The committees play state-wide leadership roles in driving research funding and competitiveness related to research, innovation and economic development. Christopher @ Ropp2When I returned from Baton Rouge late on Wednesday, I was most pleased to see that my daughter-in-law Christy and grandson Christopher had made it to the Ropp Center from Florida for a visit and to participate in Homecoming Week activities. On Thursday, I was pleased to visit with friend, loyal Tech alumnus, and Hall of Fame sportswriter Buddy Davis.  Buddy was in good spirits, and was thrilled to receive the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumnus Award from Dean Don Kaczvinsky.  Buddy has been a fixture around Tech ever since I have been here.  He has written more about Tech athletics than anyone in the university’s history, and he has had a major impact on the institution’s national reputation and success because of his writings.