- Return to campus plan
- Safe health practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic
- Campus planning for COVID-19 positive testing results
- Tech answers the COVID-19 challenge
- CARES Act
- UPDATED State Travel Guidelines
- Travel Guidance from ULS
- COVID-19 ULS Directives
- Guidance from Louisiana Department of Health
- Online instruction considerations
- Guide for Teleworking
Dear campus community,
Good Saturday morning.
While this long weekend will provide an opportunity to rest for many of you, our Housing staff and student organization members will be hard at work this weekend moving students into on-campus dorms and apartments.
I had the opportunity to walk around yesterday and see the first of these students move onto campus. Seeing their – and their parents’ – excitement at being on the Louisiana Tech campus was wonderful. I plan to visit with a few more students and parents this weekend. These students, many of them new freshmen, are so enthusiastic about joining our Tech Family, and I know you will do much in the coming weeks to welcome them and make them feel at home.
These students all seemed to be conscious of engaging in the health practices we expect from all our students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors, and that gives me hope for the Fall 2020 Quarter. Our student leaders who are helping new students check in are also reminding them about our safety protocols. I know we’ll all work hard to ensure our community stays safe and healthy and our students can continue to work toward their academic goals.
Faculty and Staff Convocation
At the beginning of each academic year, our faculty and staff gather in Howard Auditorium for our Faculty and Staff Convocation. This year, because of current restrictions on gatherings, we will be unable to be in one place.
But that doesn’t mean we won’t kick off the academic year with awards and a warm welcome for our new colleagues. We will deliver the annual convocation messages online, and I invite you to mark your calendars for 10 a.m. Tuesday. That morning, we will send out a special link via email for you to view the convocation program on YouTube.
At the convocation, we usually call for nominations to represent Louisiana Tech to the Conference of Louisiana Colleges and Universities (CLCU). This year, we asked for nominations via email, and our representatives at the 2021 meeting will be:
- University Senate President: Dr. Michael Swanbom, College of Engineering and Science
- University Senate Vice President: Dr. Lynne Stratton, College of Education
Thank you to these two faculty members for their continued willingness to serve Louisiana Tech at the CLCU meeting.
Hurricane Laura update
This week, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), released important information for Louisiana residents who may need to apply for federal support for disaster recovery. To check your eligibility for federal programs, call 800.621.2362. For more information on the programs, visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
GOHSEP also offers recovery updates via automated text message. To sign up for this service, text Laura to 67283.
Louisiana Census Day
Finally, I’d like to encourage all of you to complete the 2020 Census. The Census will determine congressional representation, inform federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Students, it is very important for you to do this so that you can be counted and so that our State will be fully represented in Congress.
Wednesday, Sept. 9, will be Louisiana Census Day, and Gov. John Bel Edwards will host a special online meeting with student leaders from throughout the state to talk about completing the census.
Once again, take time to enjoy this weekend before the rush of a new quarter. Please continue to wear your masks, wash your hands, and maintain appropriate distancing. I look forward to seeing folks back on campus next week.