- Return to campus plan
- 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
Good Thursday morning.
Since we are in the midst of finals, and I know you all have important things to take care of, today’s update will be brief.
Financial Aid office closure
Staff in our Office of Financial Aid are working diligently to finish processing all the CARES Act applications we currently have in the system. In order to focus on this task and ensure our students receive their grants, the office will be closed to visitors on Friday, May 22.
This closure includes responding to the chat feature on the Financial Aid webpage and answering office phones. Please email TechAid@latech.edu, and the staff will be able to review those messages when they are open again for visitors. After the Memorial Day holiday Monday, the office will be open, and staff will answer emails on Tuesday, May 26.
Students, please continue to check your Tech email to ensure you don’t miss any emails asking for further information needed to process your grant application.
This summer, we’ve worked with our college deans to ensure that there are opportunities for our students to enroll in courses that are considered bottlenecks to their academic progress.
We’ve added additional sections of Technical Writing (ENGL 303) and several other popular courses that fill up quickly. If you need these classes to continue your academic journey, take a look at our Summer Course Schedule online.
Drive-by graduation celebration
Yesterday, I was invited to participate in a drive-by graduation celebration for two student-athletes, tennis players Nadja Manjón and Andrea Perez. The celebration was planned by Lady Techster Tennis Coach Amanda Stone, who contacted me to ask if I’d be willing to be a part of the parade to honor the achievements of these students.
The short answer to Amanda’s question was yes, and I was happy to see how much the parade meant – both to our student-athletes and the folks participating in it. It was a special and unusual way to honor members of our Tech Family for their achievements.
I’ve also enjoyed participating in several other year-end classes, student organization meetings, and departmental events recognizing our students’ accomplishments. Thanks for those invitations!
Even though we cannot walk across the stage for commencement ceremonies this Saturday, I know the celebration we will have on Aug. 15 will be wonderful. I look forward to seeing so many of you there.
I also look forward to the premiere of a special video honoring the Class of 2020 on Louisiana Tech’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. I hope you’ll mark your calendars for 10 a.m. Saturday, and join me in watching this special tribute. While we may not be able to be together physically at that time, we can join together virtually — in spirit and as a tribute to this special Class of 2020.