The Ropp Center has gone back to serving its original purpose as a home for Louisiana Tech’s president.
Les Guice and his wife, Kathy, moved into the Ropp Center in July and are occupying the second floor temporarily while the president’s home next to Garland Gregory Hideaway Park undergoes renovations.
Tech’s former president, Dan Reneau, and his wife lived in the president’s house for 26 years before he retired last year.
“Many of the renovations are on wall and floor wear and tear and updating household appliances,” said Reggie Hanchey, Tech coordinator.
Kathy Guice said she is enjoying the time spent in the Ropp Center.
“I love being around the students and meeting them,” she said. “I enjoy walking the dog and exploring the campus again.”
Both of the Guices are former Tech students.
“It’s nice to be back in the campus atmosphere again,” she said. “And everyone at the Ropp Center has been very accommodating.”
The last presidential family lived in the Ropp Center in 1972, and it has since been used to host visiting speakers or dignitaries.
One of the dining rooms serves as a place for faculty and staff to eat lunch.
During his stay in the Ropp Center, Guice has been writing on his blog about his and his wife’s stay there.
He takes time to admire the portraits of the former school presidents hanging on the walls and provides pictures and detailed descriptions of the house itself.
“It’s certainly nice to stay there,” Guice said. “It’s like a bed and breakfast.”
Though they are only using one room, he said it is spacious and beautiful.
Guice said staying on campus was extremely convenient, and he too enjoys the atmosphere of being in the heart of the campus, as well.
“Since I’m here during evening and weekends, I get a better sense of the campus and energy from the activities,” he said.
However, while they are enjoying their stay, they are ready for the renovations to be completed and are hoping to be spending the holidays in the president’s house.
“The renovations should be completed by Thanksgiving,” Mrs. Guice said.
Dr. Guice said they are ready to get their belongings out of storage and move into the president’s house which has a few original pieces of furniture.
“I’m a believer in tradition,” Guice said. “A lot of events are hosted at the president’s house and it’s nice to show pride in our home.”
Guice, who received a bachelor’s in architecture at Tech, worked for the company that built the back patio to the president’s house.
“When we moved in my wife found an old drawing of mine in the house from when we were designing the patio,” he said. “It kind of brought everything full circle.”
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