From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice

A moon river, a thingery and a first year experience

Sep 30, 2016 | Weekly Update

It has been a fun week on the Louisiana Tech campus. I began the week early Monday morning at our A.E. Phillips Lab School to congratulate Dr. Joanne Hood, the teachers and students for recently being named as the top elementary school in the State of Louisiana by StartClass. We are very proud and thankful for our faculty who do such a wonderful job at our school.

Clay on trombone & Jeremy on sax

We also hosted some of our most supportive Monroe alumni for a luncheon at Cottons on Monday to discuss and get feedback on our future plans. And then Kathy and I joined some special friends for an evening in Howard Auditorium listening to the great music provided by alumni Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson along with The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. It is always great to have them back on campus playing great classic jazz and swing music with their own special arrangements. Clay’s rendition of ‘Moon River’ was one of my favorites.  

John Preston & Davy Norris talk with community leaders about developing a technology-based economy

On Tuesday, we enjoyed a visit from John Preston, an MIT/Boston based entrepreneur/venture capital manager, who was here to interact with our faculty, students and community leaders and talk about the innovation pipeline for our region. Thanks to Davy Norris, our Chief Innovation Officer, for making this a most productive visit. On Wednesday and Thursday, I had a number of other meetings with my administrative team and campus visitors. I also enjoyed some time walking around campus and interacting with our students and faculty. We also had a lot of our freshmen students that were traveling in teams around campus as part of their First Year Experience class. One of their assignments was to come up to the President’s Office. I really enjoyed getting to spend some time with them. Friday is filled with University Foundation Board activities and then preparation for a great football week-end.  I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite pics for the week.

Chris Walker & daughter make a visit


Early morning convocation at AE Phillips


FYE students explore 16th floor


Champ also came by 16th floor & welcomed FYE students


Visiting with alumni & students & employers in Career Fair


Chatting with our favorite Ninja Warrior and alumnus Nathan Burkhalter at Career Fair


Visiting with freshmen at Jeremy Davis’ show in Howard


The Thingery sign in University Hall – a creative space for the entire campus


Business building addition


Morning with students in the Quad