From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice

Shining Some Light on Things

Jan 27, 2019 | Weekly Update

A week that began with an unusual Super Blood Wolf Moon and a stunning lunar eclipse brought a greater focus to me on the simple beauty of light and its interaction with various objects. I had to get to the office a little earlier than usual on Tuesday morning, and decided to drive around campus to see the impacts of the recent LED lighting projects. I also caught a glimpse of the huge full moon as it peaked through some clouds over George T. Madison Hall.

I left campus early to go to Barksdale to get my base pass updated, and then stopped by our Academic Success Center in Bossier City and the Cyber Innovation Center for a series of meetings. That campus is also beautifully lit and really stands out to all who pass along I-20.

Early Wednesday morning, I flew out of Monroe to attend the NCAA Annual Meeting and the Conference USA Board meeting in Orlando. During the flight, the cloud structure created interesting lighting effects as the sun rose between two layers of clouds. The sun was shining brightly when we arrived in Orlando but the skies turned to rain overnight. We spent most of our time in meetings and didn’t get to enjoy the amenities of the resort. But it was great to interact with our Conference USA presidential colleagues, athletics directors and staff.

I arrived back on campus mid-day Friday for meetings and conference calls. Friday evening, Kathy and I visited with the Engineering and Science Foundation Board at their annual alumni awards event at the DAC. The new LED lighting at Joe Aillet Stadium always makes this a special place to host such events.

Saturday morning, Kathy and I headed out to New Orleans to attend a Mardi Gras dinner at the Audubon Park Tea Room. We met a lot of people and renewed relationships with some alumni. Certainly, a beautiful place to wrap up a busy week.

Hope you enjoy a few of my favorite “lit” pics for the week: