Archive for November, 2012

Jonesboro Early Voting Ends Tomorrow


Early voting on two 5-mil property taxes for the Town of Jonesboro is set to end tomorrow (Saturday, 12/1) at 6:00 PM. Only registered voters who live in the town can vote at the Registrar of Voters Office, Room 102 of the Jackson Parish Court House.

The two taxes are for fire and streets, and are expiring at the end of this year. The vote is on whether or not to re-impose them.


Higher Ed Roundup – 11/30/12


LSU president discusses system consolidation

La. Tech finalist selected

Lincoln Fire District Chairman Says Jurors “Disrupted” Meeting


In a letter addressed to two Lincoln Parish Police Jurors and copied to other jurors, Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 Board of Commissioner’s Chairman Tom Thompson accused the two of “disruptions” of the district’s November 6 meeting.

Wrote Thompson, “The disruptions in our meeting had a few of our commissioners upset.” Thompson also wrote, “In conclusion, let me stress the fact that I have never, ever disrupted a Police Jury meeting.”

See here the letter.

The letter was also copied to the fire districts board of commissioners, and LPPJ staff.

There will be a special meeting of the district’s board Monday, December 3, 5:00 PM, at the administrative office, 4786 Hwy 167, Dubach, LA.

See here the agenda.

Guice Recommended to be 14th Tech Prez


Leslie K. Guice, the 57 year-old Executive Vice-President and Vice-President of Research and Development at Louisiana Tech University (LTU), was this morning recommended to become that institution’s fourteenth president.

The unanimous recommendation was made by a search committee of the University of Louisiana System (ULS), the agency that oversees Tech, along with several other of the state’s universities. The committee met at Tech’s Ruston, LA campus.

The system’s Board of Supervisors will have to approve the committee’s recommendation at a December meeting in Baton Rouge. That seems a likely outcome, as several of the search committee members are also board members.

Search Committee Chair Wayne Parker said that the committee “got great input from faculty, staff and students,” and that helped them to make their decision. “We feel that Dr. Guice is the person,” to lead the university to further accomplishments.

Asked whether the full board would ratify the search committee’s recommendation, Parker said he couldn’t speak for all the members, but noted, “Dr. Guice is obviously a very strong candidate, and I think our board members will see that.”

This morning’s action caps two days of public interviews and meetings with the two finalists for the school’s top job.

The other finalist for the job was Duane Hrncir, Acting President of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (Mines).

Current Tech President Dan Reneau is set to retire June 30, 2013.

Higher Ed Roundup – 11/29/12


Agency questions LSU merger plan

Hrncir Sees Research as Aid to Teaching


Duane Hrncir, Interim President of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (Mines) said this afternoon that he sees research as a valuable tool in teaching, and would like to see most all undergraduate students either involved in research programs or working as interns with prospective employers.

Responding to a question from the committee on the roles of research and teaching in higher education, Hrncir said, “The best way to learn engineering and science, which are the disciplines on our campus right now, are by doing them.”

Hrncir was interviewed this afternoon by a search committee of the University of Louisiana System (ULS), which met today on the Louisiana Tech University (LTU) campus in Ruston. The committee will recommend a candidate for president of the university at a 10 AM meeting tomorrow.

The ULS’ Board of Supervisors will consider the committee’s recommendation at a December meeting.

This morning, the committee interviewed the other finalist for the job, Tech VP for Research & Development Les Guice.

Hrncir also said he would attempt to “project the right image” for the university in dealings with the public and with the state’s political leaders.

Asked what he would do first if selected for the job, Hrncir said he would spend time getting to know and seeking input from the faculty, staff, and students.

Guice Promises “Balance” Between Teaching and Research


In an interview this morning before the University of Louisiana System (ULS) Search Committee, Les Guice said he was committed to to a “balance” between research and teaching for the future of Louisiana Tech University (LTU).

Guice, VP for Research and Development at Tech, is one of two finalists for president of the school.

The committee met on the Tech campus in Ruston this morning, and will hear from the other finalist this afternoon.

Guice acknowledged Tech’s long history of graduating students who became leaders in their fields, and promised that the school would be “better than ever before” in placing students in careers.

He also acknowledged that he would be more publicly visible in the future should he be selected. Toward that end, he proposed that an advisory council be formed that would help keep the university engaged with the public.

Tech Prez Hopefuls List Accomplishments


Leslie Guice

Duane Hrncir

Monroe City Council Tonight


The Monroe City Council will meet tonight (11/27/12) at 6:00 PM, City Hall, 400 Lea Joyner Expressway.

Here is the agenda.

Of note:

Finally adopt an Ordinance amending Chapter 30, Article I, Section 30-7 Entitled “Sewer Rates” of the Monroe City Code Entitled and further providing with respect thereto


Higher Ed Roundup – 11/27/12


SUNO student chief out

Public to preview final two La Tech candidates