Twenty years ago, I was a junior faculty member at USL (as the university was known then). President Authement personally helped me and nurtured my research and academic career. It was 10 years later, when Oxford University in England wanted a specialist for computer integration, they invited me. When the oil rich country UAE wanted a specialist to start an engineering education program (they had the wherewithal to choose anyone, worldwide) they selected me. Because Dr. Authement supported my career, I was able to represent Acadiana and UL in these assignments.
I remember working alongside Dr. Authement to get funding for Rougeou Hall. We were out there in Baton Rouge, personally lobbying the Legislature, including Sen. Armand Brinkhaus of the Education Committee. This was during the late '80s, when oil prices were a low $20 and the state of Louisiana was having financial difficulties. But we were successful in getting the funding for Rougeou Hall, one of the few capital improvement projects during those difficult times. In addition, Dr. Authement worked tirelessly alongside us faculty members to implement the Apparel Computer Integrated Manufacturing Center and the Louisiana Productivity Center.
It was his leadership (along with high caliber academic leaders like professors Bill Mueller, Wayne Denton and Steve Landry) that started a special scholarship program to increase the enrollment of women in engineering. And we were miles ahead of Lawrence H. Summers, former president of Harvard, in his analysis of women in engineering education. But unlike him, we did not say women were inferior; we encouraged and assisted women to apply to our department and were able to increase the enrollment of women in engineering. We reversed a negative trend that even Harvard could not accomplish!
The intricacies of the horse farm controversy are many. However, many, including myself, owe our careers to President Authement. And in return, we have brought significant business investments, honor and international acclaim to Acadiana and the University of Louisiana.
God Bless Ray Authement.
The Lafayette Parish School Board's mishandling of its insurance selection process over the last two years has caught the attention of the FBI.
Kids under 18 will have to pursue skin cancer the old-fashioned way.
Lafayette Parish School Board member Kermit Bouillion says he will defend his District 5 seat in the upcoming election.
The Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity sent the pledge request to all 144 lawmakers in February.
The 5-foot-10, 203-pound former second-round pick has gone to three Pro Bowls in his five seasons.
The state argues that if they identify how they're getting the drugs, they could have trouble buying more because companies don't want to be known as helping in an execution.
The enrollment period ends this month.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.