With so many exceptional students and teachers
continuously recognized during the last few months of the year for excellent
achievement in their respective fields, one college, whose students and
teachers are equally as impressive and worthy of honor, seems to continuously
The College of Liberal Arts, home to many outstanding
departments such as aviation and architecture, needs to be mentioned for its
longstanding tradition of acknowledging a broad variety of outstanding faculty
and students, and whose research engages the interest of fellow liberal arts
teachers and students, as well as the rest of the Tech family and Ruston
Dr. Edward Jacobs, dean of the College of Liberal Arts,
and Bill Willoughby, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, need to be
commended for their focus on student scholars.
The 29th annual Liberal Arts Research Symposium held last
Thursday, recognized 24 outstanding students from the schools and departments
in the College of Liberal Arts. Jacobs said the symposium showcased the diverse
resource areas of the College of Liberal Arts and aroused general interest from
the liberal arts faculty.
Tech, even in its expansion, also does a great job of
recognizing outstanding students. From crawfish boils to formal recognition,
Tech honors its very essence: outstanding students.
“It is a rare occasion to highlight students involved in
so many different aspects of outstanding academic performance,” Jacobs said,
“and to also recognize many students who display their talents in a public
arena because of many students’ involvement in aspects of society.”
Willoughby said this year’s keynote speaker, Frank
Hollon, is a Tech alumnus and an excellent example of what graduating students
from the College of Liberal Arts should aspire to be.
“After graduating from Tech, Hollon received a law degree
from Tulane and went on to begin a very successful practice in Alabama,”
Willoughby said. “He has had several books published and continues to write
while continuing his law practice.”
Jacobs said the showcased students’ aspirations ranged
from hopes of doing mission work while applying veterinary skills in third
world countries to attending law school or working in an architecture firm.
“One student recognized for drama started at Tech as the
place kicker for the football team,” Jacobs said. “Now he is a student success
for the theater department and hopes to pursue a professional career in
Through the efforts of Jacobs, Willoughby, the College of
Liberal Arts and all the academic colleges, students recognized for their
accomplishments are what make Tech what it is yesterday, today and tomorrow.