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This item originally appeared in the October 28, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.


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Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau honored Robert H. Rawle, university director of economic development, as Alumnus of the Year for 2004.

Reneau also recognized other alumni of the year, including the first Young Alumnus award recipient.

"It was a very humble experience," Rawle said.

"When you realize we've had over 50,000 graduates and only 37 alumnus of the year, you realize how special it is.

"At first I felt undeserving and then humbled."

Reneau had the same sentiments about Rawle receiving the award as well as the rest of the alumni of the year.

"It's a wonderful feeling to have these graduates receive these awards," Reneau said.

"I knew Bobby Rawle when he was a student here, although I was a lot younger back then. I don't think there could've been a better person than Bobby to have received this award."

The ceremony, which was held Oct. 22 in the Student Center, Main Floor, also included the honoring of the recipients of the Alumni of the Year award for each of the university's colleges.

The recipients of the Alumni of the Year award for each of the colleges included: John Clay, a 1970 graduate with an accounting degree, for the administration and business award;

Larry D. Dunham, a 1984 graduate with a medical record administration degree, for the applied and natural sciences award; and Garland D. Gregory, a 1947 graduate with an education degree who also received his master's in physical education in 1967, for the education award.

Other recipients include: C. Russ Greer, a 1963 graduate with a physics degree, for the engineering and science award; and Michael L. Walpole, a 1979 graduate with an architecture degree, for the liberal arts award.

"Recommendations for the awards are chosen for by an anonymous member of the alumni association," Reneau said.

Gregory, who is the former director of the Maxie Lambright Intramural Sports Center, was also honored in a reception by the College of Education on Oct. 21 in the Memorial Gymnasium lobby.

Gregory was one of the first athletes to be inducted into the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame.

Brennan L. Easley, a 1996 graduate with a degree in civil engineering, received the Young Alumnus of the Year award. Easley is the first recipient of the prestigious award.

"The alumnus association decided it was time to have a Young Alumnus award," Reneau said. "I think [Easley] is an excellent choice for this award."

The awards ceremonies seem to have inspired some students to aim for similar recognition from Tech in the future.

"These ceremonies make me look forward to excelling in the future," Ciera Murphy, a freshman political science major who attended the ceremony, said.

"I think that it would be such an accomplishment to come back to Tech and be honored like that. This gives me inspiration for my own education and career."

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