From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice
Speaking in Chilly North Louisiana
I had the opportunity to speak in Bossier City on Tuesday with the Air Force Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) ArkLaTex Chapter. There was a strong representation of officers and airmen from Barksdale as well as business and community leaders from Shreveport/Bossier, including Bossier City Mayor and Tech Bulldog Lo Walker. AFCEA plays an important role in promoting education, business, technology and community interactions. The focus of my remarks was on the importance of a national research university to North Louisiana. I was surprised and pleased when I saw one of our bright AE Phillips students in attendance, and I made sure to introduce him and his mother. Tuesday night, Tommy McClelland and I met with Central Louisiana alumni at the Diamond Grill in downtown Alexandria. Ryan Richard, Tyson Baldwin, and Jimmy Washington did a great job in setting things up for the rather large group of alumni and friends who attended the event. We all had a great time, and it was good to reconnect with some friends that I have not seen in years. Tech alumnus Bret McCormick was there and did a great job of getting a story about the event in The Town Talk newspaper. On Wednesday, we had a retirement reception for Vice President for Finance and Administration, Joe Thomas. Joe served Tech for 41 years, and he did so with tremendous professionalism, integrity, and loyalty. We are deeply indebted to him for all that he did to keep Tech moving forward in the most difficult years, and I particularly appreciate his commitment to me during my transition to the presidency. We had a chill hit the area this week, but Ruston missed much of the bad weather that hit the rest of the state. Executive Director of University Communications, Dave Guerin, sent me this picture of the Lady of the Mist with cold feet. Kathy and I are enjoying living in the President’s home. We are still getting all of our things moved in and settled. We are decorating the inside and Tech staff are clearing some brush around the house to improve visibility. We are all enjoying the terrific play of the Dunkin’ Dogs and looking forward to a big crowd tonight when Coach Mike White and the team take on Marshall’s Thundering Herd.