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Ready, Set, Go! 2017-18 Academic year begins at Tech…

Sep 9, 2017 | Weekly Update

The Quad is quiet early Tuesday as we wait for convocation to begin

I love the beginning of the Fall Quarter at Tech! Students start arriving before Labor Day to get ready for the many upcoming activities of our campus organizations, Tech band and athletics programs. So many come early just to enjoy being back on campus with their friends. And this week, the campus came to full life as all of our faculty, staff and students returned for the first two days of class on Thursday and Friday. We held our traditional Faculty & Staff Fall Convocation on Tuesday. That program began with recognition of some of our most impactful faculty and staff – awards selected by their peers. I followed that with my annual Convocation Address, where I highlighted many of the previous year’s most significant activities in each of our colleges and divisions. We introduced new faculty and staff and then held a reception for all in the Tonk. The rest of Tuesday and much of Wednesday were spent in planning meetings and visits with students.

Jim Robken leads the Tech Band in welcoming freshmen to convocation

Wednesday evening, we held one of my favorite events of the year, Freshmen Convocation. Howard Auditorium was packed with freshmen and overflows were able to participate by video in the Tonk. We all welcomed the students to campus and then heard inspiring remarks by alumnus Jamie Adams, SGA President Ben Rice, and our Mayor Ronnie Walker. That was followed with the traditional Tenet Medallion march around the Lady of the Mist and a Pep Rally in Centennial Plaza. I spent as much of the week as I could in walking around campus to meet students and to offer assistance where needed. I also attended an awesome Patriot Day ceremony at the AE Phillips Lab School, a dedication of a Greenway walking/cycling path with the City, and a 5-year celebration of Mortgage Contracting Services (a branch of a company in Ruston founded by one of our alumni.)  Late Friday, I joined Mayor Ronnie Walker in a big pep rally and celebration called “Rock the Railroad” in Railroad Park.  It is thrilling to see the way that our city and campus are coming together in ways that are making this a truly special College Town! Hope you enjoy a few of my favorite pics for the week.

Band of Pride in Quad welcoming faculty/staff to convocation

Lynne Nielson is presented Undergrad Teacher Award by Virgil Orr


Speaking to our freshmen

Howard packed with freshmen


Freshmen deposit medallions in Lady of the Mist fountain

Meeting students after convocation


Shelby Sylvester returns for Grad School

Jacob Leslie is one of at least 3 of my grand-students in freshman class (children of my former students)


Kathy checking out Tech Table

Our food court has been transformed!


Ladies exiting Howard after sorority convocation

AFROTC Cadets welcome new students


AEP Choir sings to first responders at Patriots Day

Alumnus Matt Napoli stops by my Suite to see memorabilia from our Armed Forces Bowl win over Navy (Matt had this flag flown over US Submarine Louisiana on same day as our bowl win)