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summer 2011

giving back

The heart of Tech’s mission

Louisiana Tech University www.latech.edu


Alumni Association


Jeff Parker, President Jason Bullock, Vice President Caroline Wilkerson Reaves, Treasurer Dawn Young McDaniel, Member-at-Large Marsha Theis Jabour, Past President Daniel D. Reneau, Ex-Officio

2 From the 16th Floor Glad you asked …

3 Tribute

F. Jay Taylor

Board of directors Doyle Adams, Joanie Burton Andrew, Tim Brandon, Sean Cangelosi, David Caston, Lisa Porter Clark, Leigh Laird Cordill, Cathi Cox-Boniol, Wendell Delaney, Gil Dowies, James Ginn, Bobby Jefcoat, Rex Jones, Rusty Mabry, Dave Matthiesen, Philip McCrary, Jeff Pace, Stacee Miller Priddy, Terry Snook, Michael Stephens, Wade Stephens, Dustin Sumrall, Julie Strong Talbot, Bradley Walker, Brandon Walpole

Alumni association staff Corre Anding Stegall – Vice President for University Advancement [email protected] Ryan W. Richard – Director of Alumni Relations [email protected] Jackie Stevens Kitchingham – Coordinator of Advancement Programs [email protected] Barbara Britt Swart – Administrative Coordinator [email protected]

4 Hall of Distinguished Alumni Jim Mize

A Word from the

Alumni Director

As July begins, I hope you’ve already enjoyed a great vacation or have plans for one soon because it’s time to begin focusing on plans for Louisiana Tech’s football season! The Alumni Association’s Argent Pavilion has become the gathering place for football tailgates prior to home games, and we’ll also be hosting events prior to our games at Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. We hope to see you in Ruston – and on the road, too! You can bring that tailgate cuisine into your home with recipes from Bill Cox, Tech’s 1959 alumnus and expert tailgate chef – see page 17. Homecoming Weekend is October 28-30, and many events are being planned. The Bulldogs will take on the San Jose State Spartans on Saturday at 3 p.m. See a preliminary schedule of events on page 16; be sure to book your hotel accommodations early. Even with many new hotels in Ruston, early reservations are a must. On campus this summer, things are buzzing with freshman orientation and a huge amount of building. By fall, the entire landscape of the entry to the campus on Tech Drive will be transformed by the new Lambright Center buildings and pools. It’s an exciting time at Tech; come see and be proud all over again that you’re a BULLDOG!

Dave Guerin – Director Teddy Allen – Writer/Editor Mark Coleman – Designer Donny Crowe – Photographer Don Barone, Cody Bryant, David Hunter Jones, B.A.S.S. – Contributing Photographers Louisiana Tech Magazine is published semiannually by the Louisiana Tech Alumni Association. We welcome your comments or suggestions.

Class of ’11 ‘medals’

14 Young Alums

Bulldogs in the big city, the great outdoors, even outer space

16 Homecoming 2011

October 28-29 is not just another weekend

20 Athletics

» Hall of Fame Nominations » Spring Sports Roundup

22 News Around Campus 26 Foundation Spotlight 28 News About You

See you in the fall!

Lisa Graves Smith – Communications Coordinator/Editor [email protected]

marketing and public relations

9 The Circle of Tech Life


All in This Together A trio of energy, unity and talent

Culture of Caring Volunteerism, civic engagement at the heart of Tech’s mission

Ryan W. Richard (’98/’02)

Connect with Tech Marbury Alumni Center Louisiana Tech University P.O. Box 3183 Ruston, LA 71272 1.800.738.7950 318.255.7950 318.251.8324 (FAX)

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