The recipe for GumboFest is an
original that consists of rice, gumbo and usually over 500 Tech students.
That was the case Sept. 22, the day the Louisiana Tech
Engineers’ Association hosted its annual event.
“[GumboFest is] a social event
we have every fall quarter,” Megan Dagate, president
of LTEA, said. “It’s a chance for freshmen to meet [other] engineering
Each year GumboFest provides
food and information about each of the social and professional engineering
Degate said this allows new
students to get information on the various types of engineering programs at
“I’m very pleased with the organization tables,” Degate said.
Rocky Portillo, an American Society of Mechanic Engineers
officer and a junior mechanical engineer major, said he worked one of the
“We met a lot of freshmen and many got information on our
organization,” Portillo said.
This was the fifth anniversary for GumboFest,
and it got off to a better start than other GumboFests
in the past, Dagate said.
“Everything was wonderful,” Dagate
said. “This is only the second time it hasn’t rained.”
The only admission to the event was a green T-shirt with
a picture of Tony Chachere’s over a steaming pot of
gumbo, which was sold by the engineering department.
Five hundred and fifty shirts were printed for the event,
“We sold all of the T-shirts on the day of [the event]
this year,” Degate said.
Savoie’s Catering Service of
Shreveport provided the food, Dr. David Hall, faculty adviser of LTEA and an
associate professor of mechanical engineering, said.
“They do a really good job and bring everything over
However, catering was not always an option for the
function, Hall said.
The tradition began when Dr. Les Guice,
the dean of the College of Engineering and Science, decided to cook the batch
of gumbo, Degate said.
“Guice had a special gumbo
recipe, and that’s how it got started,” Hall said.
Portillo said the event has been a positive thing for
“It’s always nice to socialize,” Portillo said. “It’s
also good to see other engineering majors outside [of] your own.”
For an event that measures success on T-shirts and food, GumboFest is unlikely to fade, Hall said.
Dagate said LTEA sold out of
shirts the day of GumboFest and ran out of gumbo in
less than an hour.