LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY NEWS



Benefactors Dinner honors supporters
General News
Walpoles inducted into Hall of Distinguished Alumni The Louisiana Tech University Foundation honored University supporters with its annual Benefactors Dinner Thursday at the Davison Athletic Complex. Alumni and friends joined students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and recognize two Tower Medallion winners and the recipient of the University Foundation Professorship Award. As [more]


College of Business announces Caddo and Bossier REAL scholarship recipients
Business
Dr. Chris Martin, dean of the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University, recently announced the recipients of the College’s REAL Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. George C. Booras, of Bossier City, Parkway High School Zachary Byrd, of Shreveport, Caddo Magnet High School Aaron M. Haygood, of Benton, Benton High School Aubrey L. Smith, [more]


Tech to award degrees to first cohort of UTeachTech graduates
Education
Louisiana Tech University will award degrees to its first cohort of UTeachTech graduates at the Spring 2018 Commencement Saturday morning. Four students have completed the program, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Secondary Education. Justin Biggs (of Winnsboro), Allison Free (of Ruston), Chase Sanders (of Shreveport) and Kayla Nicole Schubert [more]


Division of Nursing holds spring pinning ceremony
Applied and Natural Sciences
The Louisiana Tech University Division of Nursing held its traditional Pinning Ceremony for the Spring 2018 graduates at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 in Howard Auditorium. Thirty-five graduates received their professional Louisiana Tech nursing pins. The graduates are as follows: Erica Lianne Baker Morgan Blazier Colvin Julianne Elizabeth Cousans Rachel Danzy Kimberly Anne Davidson Lindsey [more]


Tech graduates largest class in history during two Saturday ceremonies
Applied and Natural Sciences
Louisiana Tech University graduated its largest class in University history during two commencement ceremonies Saturday. A total of 1061 graduates walked across the stage at the Thomas Assembly Center – 909 undergraduates received associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and 152 earned master’s and doctoral degrees. During his commencement address, Dr. Jim Henderson, president of the University [more]


Student service beautifies retirement community
Applied and Natural Sciences
Residents in the Pecan Villa Retirement Community of Ruston will have fresh vegetables and a more attractive landscape for many years to come, thanks to a group of students involved in the Plant Science program at Louisiana Tech University. Greenscape, the University’s plant science club, recently completed the installation of a raised bed vegetable garden [more]


Pi Delta Phi inducts new members
General News
Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, held its annual initiation ceremony and reception recently. New members include: Akin Bailey, Monroe Casey Fernandez , Mandeville Lam Emily Fettet, New Orleans Collin King, Ruston Yassine Kone, Ivory Coast Bailey Stevenson, Shreveport At the ceremony, Certificats de mérite (Certificates of Merit), for outstanding support of the promotion [more]


First-year engineering students present prototypes, win awards
Engineering and Science
Each year, first-year engineering students at Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science present novel products that they have developed over a series of yearlong Living with the Lab and Living with Cyber courses. Over the course of a year, first-year students learn the basics of programming and choose a product for the market. They then [more]


Student selected as 2018 Louisiana Distinguished Civil Engineering Senior
Engineering and Science
Civil Engineering student Josh Ridley has been selected as a 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Louisiana Section Distinguished Civil Engineering Senior Student Award. As part of his award, Ridley attended the Louisiana Section Spring Conference Awards Luncheon in Baton Rouge, where he participated in workshop sessions and received a plaque, a small nameplate [more]


Graduate spotlight: Courtney Smith
Engineering and Science
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on Louisiana Tech University Spring 2018 graduates. Commencement will be held Saturday, May 19, in the Thomas Assembly Center. The College of Applied and Natural Sciences, College of Business, and College of Engineering and Science commencement will begin at 10 a.m.; the College of Education and [more]


Graduate spotlight: Barrett Moore
Applied and Natural Sciences
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on Louisiana Tech University Spring 2018 graduates. Commencement is Saturday, May 19, in the Thomas Assembly Center. The College of Applied and Natural Sciences, College of Business, and College of Engineering and Science commencement will begin at 10 a.m.; the College of Education and College of [more]


Graduate spotlight: Cassie Shoesmith
Business
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series on Louisiana Tech University Spring 2018 graduates. Commencement is Saturday, May 19, in the Thomas Assembly Center. The College of Applied and Natural Sciences, College of Business, and College of Engineering and Science commencement will begin at 10 a.m.; the College of Education and College of [more]


Graduate spotlight: AuDresha “Dre” Spates
Education
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series on Louisiana Tech University Spring 2018 graduates. Commencement is Saturday, May 19, in the Thomas Assembly Center. The College of Applied and Natural Sciences, College of Business, and College of Engineering and Science commencement will begin at 10 a.m.; the College of Education and College of [more]


Graduate spotlight: Natalie Alfandre
General News
Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series on Louisiana Tech University Spring 2018 graduates. Commencement is Saturday, May 19, in the Thomas Assembly Center. The College of Applied and Natural Sciences, College of Business, and College of Engineering and Science commencement will begin at 10 a.m.; the college of Education and College of [more]


Senior Moment: How team HemoCycle won the TOP DOG New Venture competition
General News
All it took for a team of five Louisiana Tech University seniors to earn first place in the University’s TOP DOG New Venture Championship was serious teamwork and planning, multi-disciplinary brainstorming, and lots and lots of phone calls and interviews. “I couldn’t give you exact numbers,” said graduating senior and Grand Challenge Scholar Steven Pirvu, [more]


Physics professors contribute to groundbreaking research in precision measurement of the proton’s weak charge
Engineering and Science
A team from Louisiana Tech University helped the Q-weak experiment at the United States Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility develop a new method to provide a precision test of the weak force, one of four fundamental forces in nature. This result, published recently in Nature, also constrains possibilities for new particles and [more]


HIIM program named top in state for affordability
Applied and Natural Sciences
The Louisiana Tech University bachelor’s degree program in Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) was named the No. 5 most affordable program in the United States by Healthcare Administration Degree Programs, an online resource for students to learn more about undergraduate and graduate programs in healthcare administration. Louisiana Tech’s HIIM programs emphasize the development of [more]


John Allen, ’73, honored with Tower Medallion
Business
John Allen, a 1973 business graduate, member of the Southland Conference track and field champions that spring and Louisiana Tech University’s Alumnus of the Year in 2012, will become the University’s newest Tower Medallion recipient when he is inducted into Tech’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni at the Spring Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May [more]


ExxonMobil matches employee donations with $165,015 gift
Engineering and Science
Thursday, ExxonMobil donated more than $165,015 to Louisiana Tech University as part of ExxonMobil’s Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil’s Jenny Johnson, a 1998 Chemical Engineering graduate from Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science, presented the check to Louisiana Tech President Les Guice and College of Engineering and Science Dean Hisham Hegab. “Louisiana Tech University [more]


College inducts new Order of the Engineer members
Engineering and Science
The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University has inducted 98 new members into the Order of the Engineer. The Order of the Engineer is a national organization that is open to engineering seniors and graduates from colleges with ABET accredited curricula, registered professional engineers and special engineers throughout the United States. At [more]


Darland earns inaugural research, scholarship, and service award
Applied and Natural Sciences
Nancy Darland, Virginia Pennington Endowed Professor of Nursing at Louisiana Tech, recently received the inaugural Patricia E. Thompson Research, Scholarship and Service Award in recognition of her extraordinary dedication to excellence in each of those areas. The award was given by the area Beta Chi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), an organization that [more]


Grand Challenge Scholars program graduates six new Scholars
Engineering and Science
Six Louisiana Tech engineering students have completed the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars program (NAE GCSP) in the Spring Quarter 2018. This class is the largest single group of Grand Challenge Scholars from Louisiana Tech to date. Haley Dishman (mechanical engineering), Brian Elkins (civil engineering), Charles Anthony Ellis (biomedical engineering), Johnny Negrete (mechanical [more]


Engineering and science doctoral student earns selective NIMS fellowship
Engineering and Science
Yusuf Darrat, doctoral student in molecular science and nanotechnology at Louisiana Tech University, has earned a National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) Internship Program Fellowship. Admission to the summer research program is highly selective, and competition includes applicants from around the world. Darrat’s contribution to collaborative research on the formation of metal clusters in halloysite [more]


University salutes Spohn with honorary doctorate
General News
Craig Spohn, president and executive director of the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) in Bossier City, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science from Louisiana Tech University at its Spring Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 19 in the Thomas Assembly Center. Spohn has championed north Louisiana’s development of a cyber economy for the past decade. [more]


College of Business to partner with new Louisiana Angel Fund 2
Business
The College of Business at Louisiana Tech University is one of six North Louisiana institutions selected to partner with the New Louisiana Angel Fund 2 (NLAF 2), a $3 million angel investment fund comprised of approximately 60 accredited angel investors or entities. With a goal of exposing business students to such areas as entrepreneurship, investment [more]