Union Board leaders Sam Hussain, Lane Robertson & Nicole Zermaelen
This has been another full and exhilarating week. It started with a series of meetings with alumni, staff and students in my office on Monday morning. I particularly enjoyed meeting with Union Board student leaders who were giving me updates on all of their plans for the coming quarter. I am so impressed with these leaders and all that they do to enhance our students’ experience on campus.
After other meetings with my fund-raising consultant and staff, I headed over to the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City for a meeting with our Mayors of Ruston and Bossier City. After that meeting, I returned back to the office for a meeting with a prospective student.
Students congregating after Centenary’s Convocation
Tuesday morning, I traveled west once again to attend the Fall Convocation for Centenary College. Special thanks to President David Rowe for inviting me to join this great event. New USAF Global Strike Commander General Robin Rand was the guest speaker for the convocation, and it was great to hear his remarks and have lunch with him and other dignitaries who attended the convocation. After the luncheon, I returned back to the CIC in Bossier City to continue discussions about multiple projects that we are pursuing as part of our Louisiana Tech Research Institute. This is truly a special partnership that can have major impacts on our institution and the region.
Band of Pride brass group practicing outside Biomedical Engineering rotunda
On Wednesday, President David Rowe and his Provost Jenifer Ward came to the Tech campus to discuss potential areas of collaboration between our institutions. I also had several other meetings with my staff before heading across campus to a most enjoyable ‘meet and greet’ with our Resident Assistants who were in a retreat in Davison Hall. Our RAs play such a crucial role in student success and retention, and I wanted to let them know how much we appreciate them. After that, I returned to Wyly Tower for a ‘meet and greet’ with our new faculty who were in a retreat to learn all about campus resources and policies. While walking across campus between these meetings, I was thrilled to encounter members of the Band of Pride who were practicing under shade trees and any other cool place they could find. The energy on campus has been building for several days now as students and faculty are returning for the beginning of Fall Quarter. I love it!
On Thursday, I took a day trip to Baton Rouge for some committee meetings at the Board of Regents. These meetings involved administrators and research leaders from major research campuses.
Cutting the ribbon with QFE Leaders Steve Davison & Drake Mills
Friday was one of the most special days of the year as we held the Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony for the Davison Athletics Complex. What a special day in Tech’s history as we officially opened this most grand, complex and impactful facility. We held the ceremony in the third floor club level, a large and beautiful room looking out over the Joe Aillet Stadium field. Many of the people who had made major contributions to this project were in attendance, and I was most pleased to thank them all for making the project happen. As I mentioned in my remarks to the attendees, the Davison Athletics Complex defines a new standard of excellence by which all future projects will be measured. And, it defines a higher level of expectation, not only for our facilities, but for our students, our staff, our programs, our graduates and the entire Tech Family.
Davison Athletics Complex Dedication with Kix Brooks
With Kathy at the Spirit of ’88 statue