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 superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on.
"I am not a scientist," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said numerous times, a response that other members of his party have parroted.
Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.
Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
If opposing defenses sell out to stop the Packers' passing game, they risk being gashed by powerful running back Eddie Lacy, a New Orleans-area native.
At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Sign "ninjas" cleaning up clutter; NYC doctor positive for Ebola; Ferguson grand jury decision nears; and more national and international news for Friday, October 24, 2014.
We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.