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“Throughout his career, Dr.Rea has exemplied personaland proessional commitment,loyal service, and strength o leadership or the aculty o Louisiana Tech,” said Reneau.“I have been privileged to havehad him by my side as academ-ic vice president throughout myentire tenure as president andelieve much o our academicand programmatic progress hascome as a result o his tirelesseorts and dedication.”Dr. Rea has played an im-portant part in Louisiana Tech’stransormation over the past 25years. The scope and impact o his many contributions are im-measurable.”Throughout his tenure asvice president, Rea says thatTech has undergone a “quietrevolution,” which has comerom strong leadership andsmart, yet bold decision-mak-ing. One such bold (and smart)decision was going selective ad-missions in 1991.“That was very important inTech being where it is today,” re-calls Rea. “It was something Dr.Reneau had begun ormulatingwhile he was vice president andwas able to implement upon be-coming President. Initially, ourenrollment dropped about threetimes more than our model hadpredicted, but ater a couple o years, enrollment reboundedwith a much stronger and betterprepared student.”Rea also believes that Loui-siana Tech’s transition rom ateaching institution to a doc-toral research university and thedevelopment o an interdisci-plinary academic environmenthas been vital to the university’slong-term growth. He says thestrength o the aculty and theircommitment to students at alllevels is another cornerstone o Louisiana Tech’s success.“Our aculty work closelywith students at all levels, romreshman through graduate, andthat is what sets Tech apart,”says Rea. “At most universi-ties, you might not see an actualproessor in your classroom un-til your junior year. But at Tech,engagement with all students issomething that is expected o the aculty and has been em- braced by them.”The emphasis on qualityteaching has been one o themost important aspects o Lou-isiana Tech over the years. Ourcore values haven’t changedsince I’ve been here and I be-lieve it is part o what makesLouisiana Tech such a uniqueuniversity.”Rea certainly has much to beproud o during his 25 years asvice president o academic a-airs.“Helping to lead the Univer-sity toward its designation asan SREB doctoral institution isone o the things o which I ammost proud. Louisiana Techhas worked hard to achieve thisdesignation, which is a credit tothe aculty and their commit-ment to the advancement o the institution.”I’m also very proud o theinventory o degree programswe have, especially those thatare interdisciplinary and thoseat the doctoral level. Both havecontributed to improving thequality o our aculty, who inturn have done a great job o seeing the needs that exist andhave put processes in place todesign unique and innovativeprograms to meet those needs.”The development o Loui-siana Tech’s honors and studyabroad programs are also asource o pride or Rea. Bothhave grown in size and quality,as well as the number o educa-tional opportunities they oer.“On behal o the entire Lou-isiana Tech amily and the thou-sands o students and acultyhe has impacted throughout hiscareer, I want to sincerely thankDr. Rea or being such a valuedpart o our university’s successand I wish him nothing but the best during his well-deservedretirement,” said Reneau. “Hewill certainly be missed.”“I’d like to thank Dr. Reneauor selecting me to be his vicepresident or academic aairsso long ago,” says Rea. “It has been an honor to work or himand with him or the past 25 years.”Ater retirement, Rea sayshe’d like to nish a ew researchprojects that he’s been work-ing on and also wants to con-tinue to pursue his passion orphotography. He’s also lookingorward to spending a lot moretime with his new baby grand-daughter.Rea would also like to dosome traveling with his wieBecky, who retired about three years ago. Although he doesn’thave any specic travel plans yet, he’ll likely cross one par-ticular destination o his list.“Ater 25 years o almostmonthly trips, I’m really lookingorward to traveling to placesother than Baton Rouge,” Reasaid with a smile.
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not the main purpose o the or-ganization, he said.ConCon representativestravel to universities and col-leges throughout the countryto give presentations on theimportance o using condomsi and when people decide toecome sexually active.Capoccia’s said his organi-zation is interested in speakingto Tech’s student body and willsoon be speaking to universityadministration about giving apresentation to raise awarenessabout their organization andsexual health.Unprotected sex can bedetrimental to anyone’s health,said Sims.According to the Centers orDisease Control and Preven-tion, 19 million new sexuallytransmitted inections occureach year nationwide—nearlyhal o them occurring in youngpeople ages 15-24.Louisiana had the highestnumber o reported cases o syphilis in the country in 2010.Louisiana also had the sec-ond highest number o gonor-rhea cases, and third highest incases o chlamydia.“The hard truth is sexualhealth is a taboo subject,” Simssaid.Capoccia said he hopespeople will take advantage o ConCon’s discreet methods tonot only increase sexual healthawareness, but to also und a bigger mission.ConCon is a partner organi-zation o Support InternationalChange, an organization thatprovides sexual health educa-tion in the rural areas o Tan-zania to prevent the spread o HIV/AIDS.A portion o the protearned is donated to SIC and isalso used to provide domesticaid by supplying contraceptivesto under served communitiesin the United States to reducethe occurrence o STIs and un-planned pregnancies.Capoccia said he hopes pre-sentations given at universitiesand ConCon’s discreet orderand delivery methods will en-courage young adults who de-cide to become sexually activeto use condoms to protect theirhealth.“People can become activ-ists simply through protectingthemselves,” he said. “There’snothing better than knowing your part o a greater cause.”
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others and serving their com-munity,” she said. “It’s just threehours out o their day, and it’scompletely worth it.”The Big Event is SGA’s larg-est service-learning project o the year. East said residents o the community genuinely ap-preciate the students and lookorward to the help.Megan Ratcli, a junior me-chanical engineering major, saidthis is the second year she hasparticipated in The Big Eventwith Habitat or Humanity.“We got a fyer rom SGAand it seemed like somethingwe wanted to do,” she said. Rat-cli said Habitat or Humanityparticipates service projects ev-ery weekend.“Most o us live in apart-ments or dorms so it’s a niceopportunity,” she said. “Rakingis always a good mind-clearer.”Beverly Johnson, an em-ployee o the Department o Children and Family Servicesand Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., livesin the house that The Habitator Humanity group worked atSaturday.“I’m a survivor o cancer,”she said. “I’m so limited in theyard now get out o breath, andI sweat a lot.”Johnson said it is nice tohave the students come outonce a year and help with someo the maintenance.“I can’t do this big yard bymysel, but I like to keep it up,”she said.Johnson has participated inThe Big Event or three yearsnow and said she appreciatesthe students’ participation inhelping their ellow residents.Nancy Clendenen, a mem-er o the Presbyterian Churcho Ruston, said she has partici-pated in The Big Event or twoyears.She said she asked or theDelta Chi Fraternity again thisyear because she thought theydid a antastic job the previousyear.“What they’ve done wouldhave taken me a week,” shesaid. “We’ll ask or them again,I guarantee.”Taylor Woodham, a seniornanosystems engineering andmechanical engineering major,has been part o the Delta Chigroup that worked at the Pres- byterian Church o Ruston two years in a row.He said the people romthe church asked them to takedown a tree and do some workin the inner courtyard.“We showed up, they hadall the tools ready, gave gooddirections and gave achievabletasks,” he said.The people rom the churchare very appreciative, he said.They wrote a letter o thanksand sent it to the Delta Chis last year.“At the end o the day theygot some brownies or us,”Woodham said, “ and we cel-ebrated a job well done. “
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More than 30 undergradu-ate and graduate students pre-sented their research at 2012Research Symposium hosted by the honors program April12.“The symposium is de-nitely a great way to sharpen your critical and analyticalthinking skills,” she said. “Ithink it is a very prestigiousellowship or both studentsand aculty to meet and learnabout research on our cam-pus.”More than 30 student re-searchers presented their re-search through oral presenta-tions and visual aids.Kate Eler, a graduate nano-systems engineering major,said events like this help stu-dents gain experience present-ing research and preparing ortheir uture.Rick Simmons, directoro the Honors Program, saidthe symposium provides anopportunity or students andaculty members in dierentdisciplines to share projects.“The students get a chanceto present what they havelearned through their researchexperience,” he said. “It is away to share ideas and exploreinnovative thoughts amongstudents.”Simmons also said the sym-posium was mainly ocused onaculty, sta and research stu-dents. A select ew gathered tocritique the research.“We really didn’t publicizeto students very much,” hesaid. “Deans and associatedeans o various colleges alsocame to see how their depart-ment is doing on research pro-grams.”Eler said there are manychances or science and en-gineering students to presenttheir research in comparisonto other colleges such as theCollege o Liberal Arts, Col-lege o Education and Collegeo Administration and Busi-ness.“All across the universityengineers are doing research,”she said. “Yet, many studentsin areas like agriculture, or-estry, psychology and the artsdon’t have the opportunity topresent their research works.”Eler participated in thesymposium last year and shesaid she was glad she could doit again.“It denitely gave me theencouragement and inspira-tion or urther research,” shesaid. “It helped me preparemysel or graduate-levelstudy.”Jude Savarraj, a graduate biomedical engineering ma- jor, said most students are un-aware the research their peersare engaged in, even thosewho work in same researchlab.He said reviewing other re-search may help explore newthoughts, which can eventuallycontribute to the invention o new discoveries.“What you can do is limit-ed to what you know,” he said.“When you get to see andlearn about work that otherresearchers have been doing, you will be able to get newideas.”Simmons said he thinksTech is accelerating towardimprovement in all areas o itsstudies.“It seems to get better and better each year,” he said. “Ieel proud to see the dedica-tion o aculty and eorts o students on conducting theirresearch.”
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Students and faculty from different departments were able to present and judge research projectson a variety of topics.
Symposium allows studentsto present research projects
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Tech Women’s Soccer players Natalie Kelley and Sarah Spencework hard to cover every inch of the house they painted Saturdayas part of The Big Event.