From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice

A week of growth at Tech

Sep 23, 2016 | Weekly Update

Our campus is strong and vibrant as our students have shown up in full force for the Fall Quarter. This week, we were pleased to announce an all-time record enrollment of 12,694 getting us a step closer to our goal of 15,000 students. And the quality of the student body is at an all-time high. With over 150 presidential and national merit scholars, and an average freshman ACT of 24.7, this class is certainly the most academically prepared class that we have had. Our entire student body is exceptional, and I have had several faculty, staff and campus visitors tell me how positive and respectful these students are.

A new POD for Tolliver

We have also seen the growth of our physical campus as new residential life facilities have broken ground, more parking gets closer to completion, the business building expansion continues, and the stadium pressbox/suites project gets its foundation. And there are other projects in the works including the Integrated Engineering and Science Education Building that is awaiting approval for bidding. We are also planning for more campus lighting, walkways and tree planting in the near future. And our campus food services partner Aramark is making some updates in our food court. I will provide more info later on all of these things and more.  

National site selectors learn about our campus and community

Tech is also growing in its partnerships and impacts. We had a group of national site selectors on campus this week to meet with us and Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker. Thanks to the efforts of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership for promoting our community and region to the nation. We have a lot to offer, not the least of which is talented folks on our campus. In addition to the normal campus flow of students, there were hundreds of First Year Experience (FYE) students walking around campus this week on assignment to find certain things and familiarize themselves with the campus. This is an important part of our engagement strategy that is crucial for their success. In case you missed it, here is a link to the next edition of my newsletter 71272 that I distributed this week, providing some more perspectives on our progress and plans. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite pictures from the week:

FYE students found the President


More FYE and dual enrollment students getting their IDs at Tech Express


Chatting with Tyler Shockey and Bre Mertz in the Quad


Kinesiology student Zeke Brown stopped by for a visit


Alum Curt Joiner presenting new senior ring design in Bookstore


More FYI students catch me at the soccer match


Pressbox foundation ready for concrete


Loyal alum & staff Josh McDaniel (aka JMac)