From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice

Week 18 Update: Pressing for Tech

Nov 1, 2013 | Weekly Update

SEZ4This week began with a big press conference where we provided updates on the new South End Zone complex.  We were able to show a nice fly-through video and several graphic images of the facilities.  Our architects are working diligently to get the design and construction documents completed so construction can get started next Spring.  All of us are looking forward to having the facility ready for the 2015 football season.  The complex will be a great resource for the entire campus. I also had my second meeting with my President’s Advisory Council of Student Leaders on Monday. This group represents leaders of some of our major student organizations on campus, and provides me an opportunity to have an open communication with our student body.  I am most impressed with these students, and I know that their efforts to have strong student organizations make Louisiana Tech a better institution. CICOn Tuesday, I had a series of meetings in Shreveport/Bossier with various community representatives. Vice President Stan Napper and I met with our Cyber Innovation Center partners in Bossier City to discuss several joint projects and initiatives that we have underway.  The CIC is doing some amazing work, providing strong leadership, and creating great opportunities for our region. We appreciate the investments that Bossier has made in advancing education in the region and know that will have long-term impacts for us all. HLColemanI was invited to speak to the employees of UL Coleman at the Shreveport Club on Wednesday. The theme of my talk was how university education, workforce development, research and innovation activities impact economic development, with examples of how Louisiana Tech is leading that for North Louisiana. Special thanks to Tech alumnus Amy Bullock for inviting me to speak and to all of the other Tech alumni who joined us for lunch.  I was also happy that Tommy McClelland was able to be there to share a little news about our athletics program. Coach Mike White and the men’s basketball team took the court on Wednesday for an exhibition game against Arkansas-Monticello.  This is the first time for the Bulldogs to play in Memorial Gym since the Thomas Assembly Center was opened in 1982.  What a special way to kick off the season, and they did it with a win! I had the opportunity to do an interview on Thursday with KTVE’s Nina Criscuolo on her afternoon show called “Louisiana Living.”  I enjoy being able to talk about the great things happening at Louisiana Tech.  You can see the interview at: