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Louisiana Tech alumni come home

November 6, 2014

 

The Band of Pride surprises the class of 1964 by playing the fight song and the Alma Mater at the reunion–Photo by Jaclyn Perry

The Band of Pride surprises the class of 1964 by playing the fight song and the Alma Mater at the reunion–Photo by Jaclyn Perry

IAN EDWARDS

Staff Reporter

 

Louisiana Tech’s Student Center became a center of reminiscence Friday as Tech’s Alumni Association hosted its Golden Society reunion.

 

The program, dedicated to graduates of 1964 and prior, saw an influx of alumni who were pleased to be back at Tech after all these years.

 

One such man was Richard Durrett.

 

Durrett, who graduated in 1964 as a civil engineering major, said he was proud of Tech as he saw it today.

 

“Even though I am a resident of Ruston and I’m not too far away, coming back and reconnecting with old friends still feels great,” Durrett said. “I’m especially proud of President Guice and I believe in his vision for Tech’s campus.”

 

Durrett said he had some future Tech alumni in his own family.

 

“I have a granddaughter who’s majoring in photography currently,” he said. “I hope, one day, she’ll be in my shoes attending her 50th year reunion.”

 

Of course, there were attendees who moved away from the Ruston area upon graduation.

 

Jim Gimber, who graduated in 1964 as an industrial engineering major, said Tech holds fond memories for him.

Carolyn and Jim Gimber at the Golden Society Reunion Friday evening– Photo by Jaclyn Perry

Carolyn and Jim Gimber at the Golden Society Reunion Friday evening– Photo by Jaclyn Perry

 

“Coming to Tech was the best thing to ever happen to me,” Gimber said. “I’ve lived in south Louisiana for about 30 years now, so I can’t wait to catch up with my good friends.”

 

Gimber, who was present with his wife Carolyn, said attending Tech was a family tradition.

 

“We’re from Jonesboro, so we’ve always been Tech people,” he said. “My daddy played football and baseball here in the 3’0s, and my mother and sister both graduated from Tech, as well. My daughter graduated from here with a nursing degree and my son attended, though he finished up at Louisiana State University.”

 

There were even attendees who were celebrating their first homecoming with the Tech family.

 

Frank Zey, who graduated in 1964 as an electrical engineering major, said this was the first homecoming he and his wife, Jimmie, have attended.

 

“It’s exciting because we’ve come back to campus before, but never for Homecoming,” Zey said. “We have a Tech legacy in our family. Our children attended Tech and we have a granddaughter currently enrolled in chemical engineering.”

 

Jimmie Zey, who graduated in 1964 as a social welfare major, said the time she and her husband spent at Tech will always remain precious to them.

 

“I feel like our time here certainly prepared us for an eventful and fulfilling life,” she said. “We had fun while we were here, and we’re still having fun today. What more to life is there?”

 

Wes Cavin, director of the Alumni Association, said he enjoyed the night as much as the alumni.

 

“Hearing stories of how Tech was in 1964 and before compared to how Tech is today, we’ve come so far as a university,” Cavin said. “It was very exciting to hear some of our alumni talk about their love for Louisiana Tech; their passion has gotten stronger and stronger over the years.”

 

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