This was a busy but most enjoyable week for me both on the road and at Tech. The week was about building bridges with students, parents, state leaders, local leaders and industry partners. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite memories for the week.
Monday morning, sophomore student leader Jacob Guillot stopped by the office to visit. It was good to hear about his work with BCM and Journeys.
I also visited our friends at CIC and Barksdale on Monday to discuss and plan Louisiana Tech Research Institute activities.
After a full day of meetings on Tuesday, Kathy and I went to the Union Parish Chamber Awards Banquet & had the opportunity to visit with Governor Edwards & First Lady Donna.
Governor Edwards spoke to an overflowing crowd at the Farmerville Rec Center. We saw a lot of friends, politicians and alumni. Thanks to Rep. Rob Shadoin & Carol for their hospitality!
On Wednesday, Vic Weston of CETF brought Norm Pumphrey a $100k check to support our surveying program in construction engineering technology.
Leaders of Louisiana’s construction industry organizations brought a $162,700 check to support our construction engineering technology program. (total gift of over $362,000!)
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser visited the College of Education’s SciTEC center Wednesday afternoon.
Billy Nungesser engaging with our faculty & staff while learning about the extensive and impactful programs that are offered.
Sharing my story with our summer Bridge 2 Bulldogs students who are preparing themselves for a successful Tech experience!
What a great group of students! The success rate of these students will be unsurpassed because of the support provided by our B2B staff!
Mayor Ronny Walker welcoming parents to Ruston and Tech at the Civic Center. He does a fantastic job of making parents feel very comfortable with leaving their children in our community.
Parents and students flood downtown Ruston during the Downtown Rally Walk event Wednesday evening. What a wonderful experience for visitors and Ruston’s shop owners!
Jim Robken & orientation student leaders welcome students and parents at Railroad Park during Orientation’s Dog Days of Summer.
I regretted missing our Orientation “Big Tech Welcome” on Thursday because of a trip I had to make to Baton Rouge for a ULS Committee meeting. Packed house though!
On Friday, I returned to the CIC in Bossier City to meet with our Louisiana Tech Research Institute staff.