From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice

Mom and Cyber

Jun 4, 2017 | Weekly Update

This is a time of the year when we keep our eyes on Baton Rouge, hoping for good news for higher education at the Capitol. Despite on-going revenue challenges, we have been pleased that the administration and legislature have been positive about minimizing impacts on higher education. The next few days will be most important for us as the legislature closes this session on June 8.

Kathy giving Mom updates on our grandkids

After a Memorial Day holiday visit with my Mom, I spent much of this week in budget meetings and in planning meetings with my Leadership Team.  With the recent retirement announcement by VP Stan Napper, I made the decision to restructure our divisions to be more efficient, more responsive and more effective in leadership development. I will certainly miss the daily interactions with my long-time colleague and friend, and I am most grateful for the many things that Stan has done to build this institution. I also recognize how important it is that we continue to cultivate and develop more great leaders for our institution for the future. On Thursday, VP Terry McConathy and I traveled to Barksdale AFB to meet with our staff there to review the activities and plans for our Barksdale Education Center. We are looking at how we can grow and expand opportunities to respond to the needs of that community. Many of our faculty and staff are involved in running various summer camps. One of our most successful camps is the Cyber Discovery camp where teams of students and teachers from 8 to 10 schools come together from across the state for an intense week-long set of cyber-related activities on our campus. Approximately 10 of our best faculty and staff from several colleges led the camp this week, and were joined on Saturday by many parents and friends for the final competition. These competitions expose these students to our campus, our faculty and great academic and career opportunities. Another camp begins next week. Hope you enjoy a few of my favorite pics for the week:

Enjoying Mom’s 88th birthday dinner with my brother & sister-in-law

Watching a youth football camp while touring suites


Cyber Discovery Camp competition

A big crowd gathers for the final event


Club level for suites at Aillet Stadum

Touring suite level at Aillet Stadium