From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice

Celebrating Spring Quarter 2018

May 18, 2018 | Weekly Update

Chatting with students at Prez’s Midnight breakfast

The final week of the Spring Quarter is always full and exciting. This one was no exception. We had special events distributed throughout the week starting with three on Monday: a question & answer session with the University Senate in the Pressbox & Suites, a special lighting ceremony for the Lady of the Mist, and the President’s Midnight Breakfast. On Tuesday, Kathy and I hosted the spring faculty & staff appreciation luncheon.  I believe that about 700 faculty & staff showed up in the Tonk to enjoy some fellowship and some excellent barbeque. On Thursday, we had a meeting of the University Foundation Board where my leadership team and I provided progress updates on campus projects and activities. Our Foundation Board has played a pivotal role in advancing so many initiatives for the institution and we are most grateful for their strong support.

John & Riley speaking at Benefactors Dinner

Thursday evening was a highlight of the week, an appreciation dinner for our major benefactors in the DAC. We had an outstanding turnout and recognized both J.N. & Ruth Walpole of Ruston with the Tower Medallion and induction into Tech’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni. We also recognized Dr. Tara Haskins of our Nursing faculty with the University Foundation Professorship. Another highlight of the evening was the presentation by two of our engineering students, Riley Luttgeharm and John Aguillard, who made an impressive presentation about their activities with the Aerospace Club. I followed with a presentation highlighting several of our outstanding students who have been involved in some unparalleled interdisciplinary learning experiences in our courses, laboratories and student activities. And Friday has been largely focused on preparing for Saturday’s spring commencement. For the first time, we will be splitting commencement into two exercises, one in the morning and one late afternoon. We will have a record number of Spring commencement graduates and I know this will be one of the best days of the year for all of us! Throughout the week, I had many opportunities to visit with our students, faculty and staff. Here are a few of my favorite pics for the week:

Paige Babineaux recognized at Benefactors Dinner for success & leadership in Bridge to Bulldogs program

Freshman Jaekira Faulcon was showcased for her impactful video produced in First-Year Comm program


Kathy & I at Lighting ceremony

Faculty & Staff BBQ luncheon


Jazz Ensemble plays at Midnight Breakfast

Student Advancement Team thanked for year of service


Student leaders Levi Holder & Abi Olsen come for a visit

Courtney Hammons stops by to visit


Alma Mater at Lady of Mist lighting ceremony

Speaking with University Senate


Speaking to Benefactors

Chatting with 8th graders