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Service organizations are link to community

This item originally appeared in the Fall-2004 Bulldog Survival Guide issue of The Tech Talk.

Volunteering serves as a link between the campus and the community.

Giving of their time shows that students have come to Louisiana Tech University for much more than a degree. They are here because they care. Students can make a difference in the lives of those around them, while at the same time giving them a sense of purpose. It also gives students a chance to experience things that could never be taught in a lecture hall.

Many options are available for someone looking to help.

Circle K International is an established community service organization with a campus chapter open for students who wish to become involved. It is the world's largest service organization made up of college students. Students, as a part of Circle K, will work with national organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics.

Alpha Sigma Delta is open to faculty and staff as well as students. The members of this organization raise money to benefit St. Jude's Research Hospital, a treatment center for children with cancer in Memphis, Tenn.

They also work with Easter Seals, an organization which serves children and adults living with physical disabilities, and other local charities.

Another opportunity to get involved with volunteering has been a part of the community since 1902.

Louisiana Methodist Children's Home, located at 901 S. Vienna St., always welcomes volunteers.

Students can have a huge impact on the children they meet because it shows the children that giving to others is important and gives students a chance to form a bond with someone who is looking for a friend.

It is a great chance to have a positive impact on children that could last a lifetime. Help is needed all throughout the year for different events like Christmas parities and Easter egg hunts. Students play an important role in insuring that volunteers are never in short supply.

Faculty can also lend a helping hand. Many of the campus departments offer opportunities for those wanting to help.

By working together, students and faculty can support some important causes around the community while building relationships that extend outside the classroom.

Volunteering can not happen without action. So, whether it is with a service organization, through a sorority or fraternity, as a part of a local church or with a group or friends, volunteering is a key part of a growing community.

Students need to take an active role in giving back to a community that gives so much to them.

Colleges welcome professors to staff

This item originally appeared in the Fall-2004 Bulldog Survival Guide issue of The Tech Talk.

After bidding farewell to five professors with over 30 years of experience each, Tech welcomes a solid group of new faculty members to campus this fall, a move that will add new faces and teaching personalities to a university loaded with prestigious educators.

New members of the College of Engineering and Science include Ping-Fai Sidney Sit in biomedical engineering, Scott A. Gold in chemical engineering, Michael E. Baumert in civil engineering, Nathan J. Champagne in electrical engineering, Chester Wilson in electrical engineering, Chad B. O'Neal in mechanical engineering and Marilyn B. Cox in chemistry.

The College of Administration and Business welcomes Rebecca Bennett in management, William Lewis in Computer Information Systems, Dr. Jim Moser in finance and William Stammerjohan in accounting to the Tech family.

The College of Applied and Natural Sciences, the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts are each making different modifications in their respective areas; however, no decisions had been finalized at press time.

The Tech Talk would like to be the first to welcome all new faculty members aboard and wish them an extensive and enjoyable stay. The university is constantly growing, both in size and character.

Giant shoes are waiting to be filled, but we are sure that the choices that have been made are sufficient.

Voter registration vital in upcoming elections

This item originally appeared in the Fall-2004 Bulldog Survival Guide issue of The Tech Talk.

Coming this fall some students will have the opportunity to choose.

Whether it is for the environment, peace, war, gay marriages or gas prices, students here and across America will have the privilege to stand up for what they want.

Some students have not registered to vote in Lincoln Parish, but fear not because the process is not a difficult one.

Diana Stone, Registrar of Voters for Lincoln Parish, said ideally the best place to register to vote is in their office.

The office is located on the ground floor of the Ruston Court House, on the Louisiana Avenue side, between Trenton and Vienna Streets. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students can also go by the Department of Motor Vehicles, located at 2025 Farmerville Hwy.

Students will need to register at least 30 days before the election they would like to vote in. The deadline for the national election is Oct. 4.

Students will need to bring picture ID, such as a driver's license, for proof of identity. They will also need proof of where they live. Students living on campus can present their Tech ID's and off-campus students will need to show certified mail addressed to them to their address.

After registering, students will receive their voter ID card in about 10 days via mail.

If students are registered in other parishes they can sign up to vote in Lincoln Parish. This will cancel out their registration at their home parish, but they can always switch back or switch to another place if they move out of this parish.

Stone said a lot of misinformation is out in the public. She warns students about the unreliability of voter drives.

Voter applications may not be filled out correctly, and the forms are sometimes not turned in.

"You are taking a chance when you register through a voter drive," Stone said. "Students may think they have registered to vote, but when they go on Election Day, they find out they are not."

Voters are required to vote in person the first time they vote, a measure Stone said is aimed at preventing voter fraud.

In Louisiana, voters do not have to be affiliated to a specific party to vote, thereby allowing any registered voter to cast a ballot in all elections.

So, students, get off the couch and go register to vote. But when you go make sure you register correctly.

Pick up a newspaper, search the internet or watch the news and find out the latest on the campaign trail. Vote and vote responsibly, armed with the knowledge to choose the candidate who best represents your needs and beliefs.

For more information, contact Stone, at 251-5110.

University advances campus improvement

This item originally appeared in the Fall-2004 Bulldog Survival Guide issue of The Tech Talk.

The leaves on the trees will not be the only thing changing this fall quarter.

Tech is changing as well and is adding some more life to the campus. For all the additions Tech is acquiring, though, students will have to dish out just a little bit more to enjoy life.

From new living quarters to degree programs offered online to a tuition increase, these are just a few of the changes that will impact almost every aspect of our everyday college life.

Started on last year, some of the apartments in University Park are set to open. These apartments will give students a chance to be more on their own while still being part of the Tech community. The apartments run $420 a month or one lump fee of $1,200 for the quarter.

This may seem a little steep, but the fee includes rent, utilities, phone, cable and Internet connection. There are two-to-four bedroom apartments with a common room, kitchen and bathroom that roommates must share.

Furnishings also come with the new apartments. Each bedroom comes with a bed, desk, chairs and a three-drawer dresser. Also, for the townhouses, which are the four bedroom apartments, the common room is complete with a matching couch and chair, coffee table and end tables.

Though the apartments follow almost all the same rules set for the residence halls, students living in the apartments do get one benefit those living in regular residence halls do not: No opposite sex visitation hours are enforced. Occupants can have anyone over as much as they like, as long as their roommates do not object.

The occupants will also receive a Park Meal Plan which includes $200 on Tech Express and $200 on declining balance.

Speaking of meal plans that fit students' lifestyles, Food Services are also making a few changes. They have created a new meal plan called "Lifestyle Choices," which will cost $635.

These plans give students an increase in their declining balance limit compared to last year's choices.

The meal plans are not the only increase students should expect to see. Fees also have increased 4 percent in addition to the 3 percent tuition increase added earlier this year. The 4 percent is expected to help pay for mandated costs such as civil service merit pay raises and increased insurance premiums. This will increase tuition $46 per quarter.

Also for this fall, Hale Hall is once again opening its doors. The building originally opened in 1898 as women's residence hall, but recently has been rebuilt, receiving a new look inside but maintaining the same exterior appearance. Hale Hall will now be the home for the School of Architecture and the Office of Admissions.

So as the leaves change colors this fall, be sure to check out all the changes Tech has made as well.

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