Louisiana Tech University, colloquially referred to as Louisiana Tech, La. Tech, or Tech is a public research university in Ruston, Louisiana, it is a space grant college, member of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Carnegie Doctoral University with high research activity. It is a member of the University of Louisiana System. Louisiana Tech conducts research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration. Louisiana Tech is one of fewer than 50 comprehensive research universities in the nation and the only university in Louisiana to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research and a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and Research by the National Security Agency and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
The FAA named Louisiana Tech to the National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The university is known for its science programs. Louisiana Tech opened as the Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana in 1894 during the Second Industrial Revolution; the original mission of the college was for the education of students in the arts and sciences for the purpose of developing an industrial economy in post-Reconstruction Louisiana. Four years in 1898, the state constitution changed the school's name to Louisiana Industrial Institute. In 1921, the college changed its name to Louisiana Polytechnic Institute to reflect its development as a larger institute of technology. Under the leadership of F. Jay Taylor, the college continued to change over time. Louisiana Polytechnic Institute became desegregated in the 1960s, it changed its name to Louisiana Tech University in 1970 as it satisfied criteria of a research university. Louisiana Tech enrolled 12,463 students in five academic colleges during the Fall 2018 academic quarter including 1,282 students in the graduate school.
In addition to the main campus in Ruston, Louisiana Tech holds classes at the Louisiana Tech University Shreveport Center, Academic Success Center in Bossier City, Barksdale Air Force Base Instructional Site, on the CenturyLink campus in Monroe. Louisiana Tech fields 16 varsity NCAA Division I sports teams and is a member of Conference USA of the Football Bowl Subdivision; the university is known for its Bulldogs football team and Lady Techsters women's basketball program which won three national championship titles and made 13 Final Four appearances in the program's history. Ruston College, a forerunner to Louisiana Tech, was established in the middle 1880s by W. C. Friley, a Southern Baptist pastor; this institution had annual enrollments of about 250 students. Friley subsequently from 1892 to 1894 served as the first president of Hardin–Simmons University in Abilene and from 1909 to 1910, as the second president of Louisiana College in Pineville. On May 14, 1894, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury held a special session to outline plans to secure a regional industrial school.
The police jury called upon State Representative George M. Lomax to introduce the proposed legislation during the upcoming session. Representative Lomax, Jackson Parish Representative J. T. M. Hancock, journalist and future judge John B. Holstead fought for the passage of the bill. On July 6, 1894, the proposed bill was approved as Act No. 68 of the General Assembly of Louisiana. The act established "The Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana", an industrial institute created for the education of white children in the arts and sciences. In 1894, Colonel Arthur T. Prescott was elected as the first president of the college, he began overseeing the construction of a two-story main building. The brick building housed eight large classrooms, an auditorium, a chemical laboratory, two offices. A frame building was built nearby and was used for the instruction of mechanics; the main building was located on a plot of 20 acres, donated to the school by Francis P. Stubbs. On September 23, 1895, the school started its first session with six faculty members and 202 students.
In May 1897, Harry Howard became the first graduate. Colonel Prescott awarded him with a Bachelor of Industry degree, but there was no formal commencement; the first formal commencement was held in the Ruston Opera House the following May with ten graduates receiving their diplomas. Article 256 of the 1898 state constitution changed the school's name to Louisiana Industrial Institute. Two years the course of study was reorganized into two years of preparatory work and three years of college level courses. Students who were high school graduates were admitted to the seventh quarter of study without examination; as years went by, courses changed and admissions requirements tightened. From 1917 to 1925, several curricula were organized according to the junior college standards and were offered leading to the Bachelor of Industry degree. In 1919, the Board of Trustees enlarged the curricula and started granting a standard baccalaureate degree; the first of these was granted on a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
The Constitution adopted June 18, 1921, changed the name of the school in Article XII, Section 9, from Louisiana Industrial Institute to Louisiana Polytechnic Institute. The Main Building known as Old Main, burned to the ground in 1936, but
Brother Alois is the prior of the Taizé Community. He succeeded Brother Roger as the community's second prior after the founder's death on August 16, 2005. Brother Alois was born in 1954 in Nördlingen, Germany, where his parents had settled after being expelled from Czechoslovakia after World War II as ethnic Germans, he grew up in Stuttgart. Unlike his Protestant predecessor, Brother Roger, Brother Alois is a Catholic; as a teenager he was a youth leader at St. Nikolaus parish in eastern Stuttgart, he studied theology in Lyon, though he never became a priest. When he first visited the Taizé Community, it impressed him deeply, he soon became a "permanent", a person living in Taizé for an extended period, though not a brother in the community. He became a member of the community in 1974. Brother Alois was appointed by Brother Roger as his successor in 1998, assumed that as prior of the community after the death of Brother Roger in 2005. In recent years, Brother Alois has represented the community in numerous public events and has given a large number of interviews.
He is known for his musical talent and has written many of the newer Taizé songs which are sung throughout the world. In The Sunday Journal on 8 May 2005, Brother Alois was asked, "What comes after Brother Roger?" His answer was, "This question arises, Brother Roger always taught us to live in the present moment. Life is about joy and mercy; those are the cornerstones, with them we can move forward and so can all those who we welcome here." Taizé's website Brother Alois' biography
Spooner was a Midwestern rock band formed in 1974 in Madison, WI, by keyboardist/vocalist Doug Erikson, songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Bob Olsen, guitarist/vocalist Dave Benton as an acoustic/electric trio. Between 1975 and 1978, the group had undergone several line-up changes, including adding Butch Vig as a drummer. Popular in Madison, able to draw in crowds in other Midwestern cities, Spooner released two well-received albums, Every Corner Dance and The Wildest Dreams and toured intensively throughout the Midwest to promote them. Spooner disbanded in the mid-1980s, with Erikson and Vig moving on to form Fire Town, who recorded two albums before splitting. Spooner reformed shortly after, released a final album, The Fugitive Dance before splitting for a final time. During the early nineties and Vig's production career took off, with Vig producing for major label artists such as Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins before they formed the multi-platinum selling alternative rock group Garbage. After meeting at college in Wayne, Nebraska in the early 1970s, performing under the name "Nickelplate Road", Spooner formed in 1974, after a move to Madison, Wisconsin.
Spooner's original incarnation was a three-piece outfit, with Bob Olsen-guitar vocals, Doug Erikson-keyboards and Dave Benton-guitar/bass/vocals, performed a mix of acoustic and electric material without drums: "We did all original stuff, it was pretty spacey...sort of Jackson Browne-ish". In 1975 Olsen left the band, they brought in Butch Vig on drums and Bill Roberts on guitar. Vig had performed drums in a Madison garage-pop band. By 1978, Spooner consisted of Erikson, Vig, keyboardist Jeff Walker and bassist Joel Tappero; the third line-up of Spooner evolved their sound into one considered by their fans to be "new wave," if the band didn't quite agree with the tag. The following year, Spooner recorded a four-track extended play, titled Cruel School, with Shoes' Gary Klebe. Founded by Spooner Boat Records to release Cruel School themselves, the E. P. was pressed in a run of 3,000 copies. Boat would release titles from around twenty other local acts; the band's following rocketed afterwards, picking up enough momentum to break into Chicago, enabling Spooner to make inroads into ten nearby states as well as performing as far away as the Peppermint Lounge in New York City.
Spooner supported a number of notable artists, including Cheap Trick, Pat Benatar, Split Enz, The Police and Tom Robinson. As soon as they felt that their line-up had solidified, Spooner recorded their first album, Every Corner Dance, with Klebe. Vig spent a lot of time learning the craft of music production with Klebe, who encouraged him to take it further: Vig, alongside his fellow University of Wisconsin graduate, Steve Marker, founded his own eight-track recording studio, Smart Studios, in late 1982; every Corner Dance was released by a local folk music label. The album picked up good reviews from local media and received a 3/5 review in Rolling Stone. By 1984, Spooner were confident enough in their craft that they self-produced their second album, Wildest Dreams, in Smart, as well as releasing it on Boat. Though a number of copies were exported to the United Kingdom, the band's momentum had begun to wane. Vig was working on the side as a cab driver, while Erikson and Benton were working for delivery firms.
Vig formed a second band called First Person with Phil Davis and Tom LaVarda on bass. Erikson contributed some songwriting to a First Person side-project named Fire Town, which overtook First Person. Fire Town recorded two studio albums, including one for Atlantic, before being wound down by 1989. Spooner reformed at the end of the eighties, recording The Fugitive Dance. Erikson had been writing songs in a minor key, while the band incorporated some electronic drums into some tracks; some house remixes of the title track went unreleased. Spooner signed a deal with Dali/Chameleon to release The Fugitive Dance, but after a shake-up at the label, the album was allowed to die a death. Spooner disbanded for the final time in 1993, as Erikson and Vig's production career gained strength. In 2013 Spooner through bandcamp.com released "Hindsight" a digital only album, a collection of EPs, singles and unreleased material newly remastered. Most tracks are available in digital format for the first time including the last single, never released.
Studio albums: Every Corner Dance Wildest Dreams The Fugitive Dance Hindsight Singles: Cruel School featuring "Dancing Dolls", "Working Girl", "Member of the Family" and "From My Head to My Toes" "Where You Gonna Run"/"You're The Lucky One" "Mean Old World"/"Walking with an Angel" Spooner web-site Spooner profile at Facebook Spooner discography