From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice

A legend and a mailman

Sep 29, 2018 | Weekly Update

It was great to be back on campus this week after being away all of last week. My agenda was full of administrative meetings and visits from students, alumni and friends. We also had our Fall Career Fair on Thursday, and the Tonk was full of companies and students all day. I really enjoyed walking through there and seeing so many of our alumni who were back on campus recruiting our students. This was a hugely successful event, and I appreciate our staff for making this special for everyone.

One of my most enjoyable visits this week from Bobby Aillet and his grandson Noah who is a new student from Houston. Bobby is the son of Joe Aillet and is a legendary athlete and engineering alumnus. Bobby and his family have been special friends of mine throughout my professional career. They are such an integral part of Louisiana Tech’s history and culture, and their loyalty to Tech is second to none.  As founding principal of Aillet, Fenner, Jolly and McClelland, Bobby hired many Tech engineering graduates and led many engineering projects on Tech’s campus and across the region.

On Wednesday, I enjoyed a visit with another Tech legend, the Mailman Karl Malone. He and wife Kay joined others for the grand opening of the North Village Apartments, a beautiful complex on Hwy 33. The complex is already full, a positive sign of the growth of our community and campus. I appreciate Karl’s continued leadership in our community.

Kathy and I headed out to Dallas on Friday to watch the Bulldogs take on North Texas in what should be one of the top showdowns of the year for our conference. Along our way, we stopped to visit with several of our alumni who have been so generous to Louisiana Tech.

Hope you enjoy a few of my favorite pics for the week.