Louisiana Tech alums, fans prepare to celebrate new beginnings at Happening XXXII

Jul 12, 2013 | General News






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It’s a new era for Louisiana Tech University, and a new era for Louisiana Tech’s Happening, too.

The Happening XXXII, presented by Argent Financial, will take place at 6 p.m., Aug. 13 at the Monroe Civic Center with a more relaxed, tailgate-type atmosphere than in previous years.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres with four buffet stations and a cash bar will open at 6 p.m., while remarks by new Louisiana Tech President Les Guice, who took over from retired President Dan Reneau on July 1, and university coaches and staff will start at 7:15 p.m.

Louisiana Tech alumni and friends gather for the Happening.

Louisiana Tech alumni and friends gather for the Happening.

“We want this to be a tailgate type atmosphere with more casual dress, in red and blue, and a ‘family reunion’ kind of feel,” said Ryan Richard, director of alumni relations at Tech. “Because that’s really the purpose of the event – members of the Tech family getting together for a reunion, having fun and showing support for the university we all love.”

Guice is primed for his first Happening as Louisiana Tech’s president.

“The opportunity for alumni and friends to gather together each year and celebrate their passion for Louisiana Tech is what has always made The Happening such a special event,” Guice said. “With this being my first Happening as president, this event provides me with an excellent opportunity to energize our fans and alumni and to let them know just how important they are to helping Louisiana Tech reach its goals for the future.”

Argent CEO and Tech alumnus Kyle McDonald said his company is proud to sponsor the annual Happening.

“The Happening serves as the kick off for the new school year and the new tailgate atmosphere format will connect Tech alumni and supporters with that spirit,” McDonald said. “Excitement about President Guice, (football) Coach (Skip) Holtz and the recent announcements of high academic and value rankings should make this a powerful event. Argent and our 42 Tech alumni staff members are proud to again sponsor The Happening.”

Individual tickets will be $30 while a package of 10 tickets will cost $250.  A limited number of reserve tables (40) seating eight people are also on sale for $500.

For more information or to make reservations, call the Marbury Alumni Center at 318-255-7950 or go online to

“The Happening is one of the most anticipated events of the summer; it’s a kick off to the fall, and that means football takes center stage,” said Corre Stegall, vice president for university advancement at Tech. “This year will be particularly exciting as new President Les Guice addresses the alumni and friends for the first time.  Coach Skip Holtz creates instant enthusiasm when he talks football, and Tech fans will be meeting a new Director of Athletics, as well.

“It’ll be an electric atmosphere that Tech fans won’t want to miss!”
Written by T. Scott Boatright –