From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice
A visit worth a million dollars
On Saturday, I was pleased to take part in the press conference announcing Dow Chemical’s gift of $1,000,000 for the Integrated Engineering and Science Education Building. This gift brings the College of Engineering and Science close to its goal of raising $7.5 million in private support. We are optimistic that the state will approve our request to build the $19.5 million facility during the next legislative session. This is vital to enabling Tech to meet the rapidly growing workforce demands of the state. It will provide great academic space to support the highly innovative engineering and science curricula and will facilitate recruitment of students and faculty. Former Dean Stan Napper (current VP for R&D) and Catherine Fraser have played major leadership roles in raising the private funding. The Engineering and Science Foundation Board has been a key driver of the overall fundraising effort, and many of the Board members have given generously. More information on Dow’s gift can be found at the following links: On Monday, I had the pleasure of a visit from a special Tech mechanical engineering graduate, Sam Geiger, who joined the Navy after graduating from Tech 20 years ago. He now serves as Commander of the Navy submarine USS Toledo. I am very proud of Sam and so many Tech graduates who have served with class and distinction in the Navy and other armed services. Last night, I had the opportunity to speak at the Claiborne Parish Chamber of Commerce banquet. There was an excellent turnout with so many loyal Tech alumni and friends in attendance. That visit reinforced to me the critical importance of Louisiana Tech in meeting the needs of the entire region. Special thanks to dedicated Tech alums Steven Koskie and Dwayne Woodard for extending the invitation to me.