Happening XXXIV kicks-off new academic, athletic year

Aug 3, 2015 | General News

It happens every August, and it’s always an exciting way to kick off a new academic and athletic school year for Louisiana Tech University.
The Happening XXXIV, presented by Argent Financial, will take place at 6 p.m., August 27 at the Monroe Civic Center and will again feature a relaxed and casual tailgate-style atmosphere with remarks by Louisiana Tech President Les Guice and Athletics Director Tommy McClelland, who will also hold a question and answer session with football coach Skip Holtz and new Bulldogs basketball coach Eric Konkol.
Happening XXXIVGuice said he and his wife Kathy are already looking forward to the event.
“The Happening provides such a great opportunity for us to spend some time kicking off a new academic year with so many of our most loyal and faithful alumni and friends,” Guice said. “Kathy and I look forward to celebrating with the Tech Family.”
Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will open beginning at 6 p.m. with featured guests addressing the gathering at 7:15 p.m.
“Louisiana Tech had an amazing year last year, both academically and athletically,” said Wes Cavin, director of alumni relations at Louisiana Tech. “It’s hard to beat a bowl victory, a conference championship and the first Cyber Engineering graduates in the nation. Those are accomplishments that make you really proud to be a member of the Tech family. The Happening provides us with a great opportunity to celebrate the success we’ve had but also to talk about the future.
“As great and exciting as the past year was, I think the future is going to be even better for Louisiana Tech. It’s a great time to be a Bulldog and it’s always fun to get together with other alumni and friends of the University to talk about Louisiana Tech.”
Argent CEO and Louisiana Tech alumnus Kyle McDonald said his company is always 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 the upcoming athletics year and the continued announcements of high academic and value rankings of the university should make this a powerful event.
Argent and our many Tech alumni staff members are proud to again sponsor the Happening.”
Individual tickets are available for $30 while packages of 10 tickets are $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
Written by T. Scott Boatright –