Students learn real-world experience through marketing class

By Judith Roberts, publisher

Some students are auditory learners, some are visual, some are both — but all students had an opportunity to learn through experience this spring in a marketing strategy class.

Taught by Doug Amyx, Burton Risinger Endowed Professor in Louisiana Tech’s College of Business, the senior-level course partnered with the Family Counseling Center in Ruston and the Center for Children and Families in Monroe to enhance their marketing.

“The class project involves doing a team-based marketing plan for an actual business-client,” Amyx said. “Clients typically come to our class and meet with the students. By the end of the term, students produce a 25-page report summarizing findings and recommendations for resolving the identified problem. Students also make a live presentation to the client at the end of the course and field any questions.”

Robert Flowers, a clinical therapist with the Family Counseling Center, said the experience was wonderful.

“I wanted to get information … in hopes of improving our visibility concerning a new service, family mediation,” Flowers said. “The three teams of students which worked on our project were professional and provided us with clear, detailed and very through report/presentation. We look forward to reviewing the reports and using the valuable information provided to enhance our new service’s visibility. Because of our experience, as we move ahead,  I hope to continue our partnership helping La Tech students and our Ruston community.”

Kyle Roberts, chief marketing officer for the CFCF, said how appreciative he was for the opportunity and for the hard work of the students.

“It was very clear how hard the class worked on this project,” Roberts said. “The students were engaged during our presentation at the beginning of the quarter, and I am thankful for Dr. Amyx and his allowing us to partner with the class.”

Amyx said the goals of the class include developing a marketing plan using experiential learning that is impactful, innovative and engaging for the students, the university and the community and region. 

“Another major goal of the course is to enhance student communication skills — written and verbal,” Amyx said. “The course is designed to cover most of the major topical areas of marketing.

“I have taught this course at Tech in the present experiential learning format for nearly 20 years. It is a class that I enjoy greatly.”

History of the Louisiana Peach Festival


By Maggie Dinkins

2022 marks the 72nd year of The Louisiana Peach Festival. The festival is a homegrown tradition that Ruston has had the privilege of hosting since 1951. The day is as full of fun as it is rich in history, and we wanted to give you a bite of the backstory that makes Peach Fest so sweet.

The Early Years

The idea of having a peach festival first originated in the 1930’s as a way to promote the fruit industry in Louisiana, specifically the many peach farmers in Ruston. In fact, the farmers came up with the idea of a festival, truly making it a homegrown event. These farmers believed that their efforts throughout the year leading into the peach season would be best promoted through putting on an event, thus the idea of the Peach Festival was born.

The Louisiana Fruitgrowers Association joined with multiple organizations and Ruston residents to make the first festival happen. They worked tirelessly in planning and decorating for the event, and in June of 1951, Louisiana’s very first peach festival was put on. Not only did it happen, but it was a major hit with the community.

The first year of the festival consisted of a parade, a peach exhibit/auction, a talent show, a peach eating contest, and speeches. All of this was topped off by the crowning of the first Queen Dixie Gem followed by a celebration at the festival ball. Though the festival is now held exclusively in Downtown Ruston, in the early years, most of the festival activities were held on Louisiana Tech University’s campus.

The first year of the festival was a major success for local businesses and the Ruston economy, and the Chamber of Commerce took note. They decided to do everything they could to “keep the festival an annual affair.” The Louisiana Peach Fest Association was formed and a board of those in charge of planning and executing the second year of the festival was elected. The board was eager to make the second annual festival one to remember and did so by doubling the schedule of events. For years, the annual affair was and continues to be a highly-anticipated event among the community.

The Evolution of the Festival

The length of the festival has varied over the years. The first several years’ events lasted two days and bounced around from two to three days multiple times until 1966 when it reached four days due to the addition of a golf tournament. It remained four days long until 1971 when festivities took place for a full week, and within a few years that week was coined “Louisiana Peach Festival Week” by Mayor John Perritt in 1973.

One week was not long enough for the hefty list of events, though. Soon the festival was lengthened to a two-week event. This raised issues because those who traveled to Ruston for the festival were not able to come to as many activities, so planners decided to schedule events for two weekends so more people could participate in the fun.

A lengthy festival was the theme for many years until 2005 when festival coordinators decided to put the thirty+ events that were previously held over ten days into four days. In 2010, festivities were packed into two days, reinstating the tradition of the weekend festival that Peach Fest once was. This lasted through 2019.

Current Day

Due to COVID-19, the summer of 2020 was the first summer since 1951 that there was no Peach Festival. The pandemic threw a curveball at the Chamber of Commerce (who had been coordinating the festival for over 30 years).The Chamber did not want to let the then seventy-year tradition of the Louisiana Peach Festival die, so they improvised and hosted “Peachtober” in October 2020. It was a much smaller-scale event than previous years, but it kept the festival alive.

In 2021, the Chamber of Commerce turned the coordination of the Peach Festival over to the Experience Ruston (Ruston Lincoln CVB) and Downtown Ruston. The two organizations recognized the impact the event makes in the community for both visitors and locals and wanted to be sure the tradition of the event lived on. On June 5, 2021 they put on the 71st annual Louisiana Peach Festival.

The new organizers decided to put an emphasis on how the festival originated as a homegrown, community focused event. They shortened it to a single-day event, made it free until 3:00pm, highlighted Louisiana artists and musicians, and hoped the community would have a positive response. The morning of June 5th was rainy, but rain or shine the festival would happen. Thankfully, the sun and crowd quickly came out and the reimagined event was a major win.

Experience Ruston and Downtown Ruston plan to keep the same vision for the 2022 festival, largely due to the positive feedback from the community. The team found that focusing on the unique culture of Ruston and Louisiana is truly what makes the Peach Festival so special, and they want to continue to do just that as long as they are able to be a part of the event.

On June 4, 2022 the 72nd Annual Louisiana Peach Festival will take place in Downtown Ruston. It will be a day highlighting the homegrown flavors, art, and music of the area. Day-of festival events will include a Peach Art Market, Kids Alley, live musical performances, along with multiple food and snack vendors. Other Peachy events that will take place include: Peach Art Exhibit, Peach Hunt, Peach Restaurant Roundup, Peachy Sidewalk Sale, Annual Peach Rodeo, the Peach Parade, Ruston Farmers Market, and the Queen Dixie Gem and Princess Peach Pageant. We hope to see you there as we “Throwback to our Roots!”

Odds and ends from around the parish

By Wesley Harris

Speculation about local construction is a popular discussion on social media. Rumors abound and jokes about getting yet another Mexican restaurant occur often. What is not a rumor is confirmation a Panda Express restaurant is under construction in what was the west side of the Don Chuy parking lot next to Whataburger. 

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One of the joys of every Lincoln Parish summer is the prospect of peach ice cream. Mitcham’s Farm Store has announced it has the delicious delicacy available. The store is open Monday-Friday 8 to 4.

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Music in Railroad Park continues this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Enjoy some tunes from local DJ Rick Godley. Bring a lunch to the park, shop, visit the farmer’s market, stroll around Downtown Ruston. The Diggin’ Dawgs are scheduled for Saturday, May 28.

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The Lincoln Parish Museum will announce a new director soon to replace the retiring Margaret Ann Emory who served faithfully for many years. The museum has been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but will reopen once the new director is in place.

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Ruston’s plan to build a new animal shelter are finally coming to fruition. While the city has been committed to the project for several years, a number of obstacles have delayed construction, which is now expected to start in June.

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The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum is hosting the Red White and Blue Air Show in Monroe June 17-18. The museum honors veterans and soldiers from WWI through Iraqi Freedom. Through artifacts and compelling stories of the men and women who have served our country, the visitor receives a captivating insight into why we honor our history and our heroes. The museum is housed in the last remaining classrooms of the Selman Field Navigation School, the largest navigation school in the U.S. during WWII. The event will be a fundraiser for the museum. For more information, go to 

Former Bearcat earns all-conference honors

Former Ruston High Bearcat Kasten Furr earned postseason honors this week after an impressive season that saw him help New Orleans post a 29-21 record entering this week’s Southland Conference Tournament.

Furr was named third team all-Southland Conference, the second straight year he has earned all-league accolades for the Privateers.

The everyday shortstop for UNO batted .332 with 71 hits, including seven doubles, one triple and three home runs. He started all 50 games for the Privateers while scoring 63 runs and driving in 26 more.

As a sophomore, Furr was named second team all-SLC after batting .318 with 64 hits, including 11 doubles.

In UNO’s 10-3 win over Houston Baptist Thursday in the opening day of the Southland Conference Tournament in Hammond, Furr was 4-of-5 at the plate with three runs scored.

Disturbance results in arrest

A Choudrant woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly entered a residence without permission. 

Lincoln Parish deputies responded to a Highway 821 address regarding a disturbance late Tuesday evening. The homeowner stated his soon-to-be ex-wife Priscilla Watts entered his house without consent earlier that evening. He said Watts, 45, had never lived there with him. He said he and his current girlfriend were in the house when they heard the front door slam open and a woman yell “hello.” He said Watts was drunk and had previously seen him with his girlfriend earlier that evening. 

The victim stated Watts charged at his girlfriend and he grabbed her along with his son and got her out the front door. He reported Watts again tried to slam the door and broke the storm door’s hydraulic hinge. 

Watts was located at her Whitehead Road residence. She admitted she did not live at the Highway 821 address and had not received an invitation to enter the house. She admitted she slammed the front door which broke the storm door. She was arrested and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for simple criminal damage to property and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

Bail was set at $4,500.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

GSU’s Moss qualifies for NCAA East prelims

Courtesy of GSU Athletic Communications

Grambling State’s Prince Moss has had a busy seven days. 

The Bessemer, Alabama native walked across the stage during Grambling State’s commencement on May 12, receiving a degree in Criminal Justice and on Thursday, he received word that he officially qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminaries. 

“We are very proud to have Prince here with us,” Grambling State assistant coach LaMonte Vaughn Jr., said. “He hasn’t let anything get in the way of competing at high levels in the SWAC. I know he’s looking forward to competing on a national stage.  

“Guys like Prince can inspire performances in other areas. He has helped our sprinters and throwers, he’s helped the distance crew, he’s helped our recruiting efforts as well. We haven’t had a regional qualifier in a while and Prince’s performance is a signal we are moving in the right direction.” 

Moss, who averaged 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds as a senior on the Tiger men’s basketball team, enters the East Preliminaries 32nd in the high jump after recording a jump at 2.11m at the Little Rock Twilight on April 15. 

Four HBCUs will be competing in the high jump as Marvin Jones (North Carolina Central), Zayne Palomino (Alcorn State) and Guy Bond (Bethune-Cookman) join Moss in the event. 

The preliminary competitions are scheduled for May 25-28. Indiana University will host the East Preliminary and the University of Arkansas will host the West Preliminary. The qualifiers out of these two regions will compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which are held from June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore. 

Theatre camp inspires, educates youth

Photo from “Matilda Jr.” by Phillip Michael LeBlanc

Summer camp options can be overwhelming, but one camp offers education, entertainment, exclusivity and affordability. 

Tami Lockwood Alexander is offering a variety of theatre camps this summer for children between the ages of 7 and 12. From focusing on fairy tales to Broadway, Alexander offers something for all. 

“The camps are a very fun way to gain some experience in live theatre,” Alexander said. “The students will play games and work together to perform a show for their families on the final day of camp.” 

The Funny Fairy Tales and Fables camp is offered June 6-10 and June 20-24, while the Kids on Broadway musical theatre camp is available June 13-17 and June 27 through July 1.  

“Theatre creates community, strengthens leadership skills and fosters creativity,” Alexander said. 

Alexander, the director for the camps, has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in theatre. She has directed numerous shows for Ruston Community Theatre, including most recently, “Matilda Jr.,” and is currently overseeing a directing workshop for RCT’s Youth Council Scene Festival. 

Camps will be held at New Prospect Baptist Church, located at 3438 Hwy. 167 in Dubach, and is $150 for a camper with discounts for siblings.

“We also offer discounts to families with more than one child attending the camp,” Alexander said. “There are 20 spots per camp, so don’t miss out on signing up.” 

For more information, contact Alexander at 318-503-4473. 

Bearcats to look at specialist during spring scrimmage

By T. Scott Boatright

Dual-sport punter/kickers are nothing out of the ordinary for the Ruston HIgh School Bearcats.

Caleb Phillips, now a redshirt/freshman punter/kicker for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, was both a football and soccer standout for the Bearcats.

Last year’s RHS punter/kicker Brady Beason, who waited in the wings behind Phillips before getting his starting shot, earned the nickname “fastest kicker in America” after serving as both a standout sprinter and P/K for the Bearcats.

And when the Bearcats hit James Field at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium on Saturday for the RHS spring scrimmage/game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday against Ouachita Parish High School, it will be Bearcats catcher RJ Brown handling kicking duties for Ruston.

The format for the spring game/scrimmage designed by game referees will open with what Baugh called a “couple of kicking game deals to get a look at kickoff and maybe some onside kicks and some extra point/field goals just to work the kicking mechanics as far as the officials are concerned.”

“It’ll give us some time to get a look at our kicking game, and that will be good for us because that’s something we need to look at.”

That will be followed by what Baugh termed “some situational stuff” with the ball placed at certain points on the field under various situations such as red zone and goal line drills.

Then a live 15:00 minute quarter will be held as a regular game-type situation.

“After that, depending on how the game goes, I’m hoping that with not much time left on the clock, with whoever’s got the ball, we can work in an extra two-minute drill at the end,” Baugh said.

Brown was on the Bearcats’ football roster in 2020 as a wide receiver before moving to add depth to the RHS kicking position due to an injury.

“RJ Brown didn’t play football last year, he kind of concentrated on baseball,” Baugh said. “But he came back out this year and they finished their baseball season and he’s taken the lead on that. He’s the oldest one out of the group and is the most experienced even though he didn’t play last year, he’s still a little more experienced than the rest of them.”

Baugh said those others hold promise, too.

“Will Fendly is doing well and we’ve also got (Bearcats pitcher) David Griep that’s out there, as well as Jack Elliott. So we’ve got several guys that are out there competing. And we’ll need freshmen kickers and JV kickers, and we may have to share duties.

“We’ve been fortunate enough with our kicker also being our punter the last few years, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Sometimes some guys are better kickoff guys than they are punters, so we may share some of those duties. We’re still working our way through it.”

The Bearcats have solid experience returning at quarterback in two-year starter Jaden Osborne. But Osborne tweaked an ankle during a May 12 scrimmage against Haughton, opening the door for Joshua Brantley to likely see the most time behind center on Saturday against OPHS.

“Jaden dressed out  this week and went through some drill work the best he could,” Baugh said. “He’s been going through treatment, but I don’t know that he’ll be ready for live action on Saturday.”

But Baugh said that isn’t a bad thing to get Brantley a little extended playing time in a spring game.

“Josh filled in really well against Haughton,” Baugh said. “Him being able to get those reps with the starters this week has hopefully been an invaluable experience, so I’m completely fine with starting him Saturday if needs be, because that kind of experience for him could be invaluable for us down the road. That’s something he really needs in case he’s needed at some point next season.”

Baugh said the main thing he wants to see Saturday is a faster start than they did in the scrimmage against Haughton.

“You always want a fast start, but talking about it and doing it can be two different things,” Baugh said. “That’s one thing I’ve been disappointed with this spring a couple of times with our practices. It’s almost at times like we’re not ready to go or not wanting to be there. Or it takes us a little while to get going.

“That will be something that we’ll really need to see a better job of because that’s the way the scrimmage went also. So I want to see how the kids are going to handle it on Saturday.”


Poverty Point celebrates Kids to Park Day

On Saturday, May 21, Poverty Point World Heritage Site is celebrating national Kids to Park Day. The day kicks off with a sock moccasin program at 10 a.m., when participants can create and decorate their own moccasins. Atlatl demonstrations will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. During the course of this demo, visitors will learn about the ancient art of spear throwing with a tool called an atlatl and get the chance to try it for themselves. Archaeologists will also be water-screening excavated soil for artifacts from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and visitors are welcome to get their hands dirty to learn about archaeology on site. All outdoor events will be weather permitting.

Visitors are welcome – and encouraged – to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the full day of activities. The site also offers a Junior Ranger program that can be completed to earn a Junior Ranger badge, and learn more about the site at your own pace.

Poverty Point World Heritage Site offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience and learn about the earthworks and those individuals who raised them from the ground between the years of 1700 and 1100 BCE. The $4 admission fee provides access to the museum, film theatre, hiking trail, driving tour, seasonal tram tour, and interpretive events. Children (3 and under) and senior citizens (62 and over) are admitted free of charge.

Poverty Point is located in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe on LA 577. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 888-926-5292 toll free or 318-926-5492 locally or follow Poverty Point World Heritage Site Facebook page.

Ponderings by Doug

“Today’s problems are often the result of yesterday’s solutions.”

I’m not going to say much about this, because I’m looking in my own life and I see it is true. I look around the church. Yep, true there. I look at the roads in Louisiana, true there also. There is not a place where this aphorism breaks down. Cross-stitch this saying and hang it in your meeting room or above your mantle. It is the catalyst for understanding resistance to adaptive change. When you don’t understand the nature of your problem, your thinking (confirmation bias) traps you. You can’t clearly see problems or solutions.

This is the story of a man whose solution could have saved a lot of lives and spared countless numbers of women and newborns’ feverish and agonizing deaths.

You’ll notice I said, “could have.”

The year was 1846, and our would-be hero was a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis.

Semmelweis considered scientific inquiry part of his mission as a physician. 

Doctors like Semmelweis were no longer thinking of illness as an imbalance caused by bad air or evil spirits. They looked instead to anatomy. Autopsies became more common, and doctors got interested in numbers and collecting data.

The young Dr. Semmelweis was no exception. When he showed up for his new job in the maternity clinic at the General Hospital in Vienna, he started collecting some data of his own. Semmelweis wanted to figure out why so many women in maternity wards were dying from puerperal fever — commonly known as childbed fever.

He studied two maternity wards in the hospital. One was staffed by all male doctors and medical students, and the other was staffed by female midwives. And he counted the number of deaths on each ward. When Semmelweis crunched the numbers, he discovered that women in the clinic staffed by doctors and medical students died at a rate nearly five times higher than women in the midwives’ clinic.

But why?

Semmelweis went through the differences between the two wards and started ruling out ideas.

Right away he discovered a big difference between the two clinics.

The big difference between the doctors’ ward and the midwives’ ward is that the doctors were performing autopsies and the midwives weren’t.

So Semmelweis hypothesized that there were cadaverous particles, little pieces of corpse that students were getting on their hands from the cadavers they dissected. And when they delivered the babies, these particles would get inside the women who would develop the disease.

If Semmelweis’ hypothesis was correct, getting rid of those cadaverous particles should cut down on the death rate from childbed fever.

He ordered his medical staff to start cleaning their hands and instruments not just with soap but with a chlorine solution. Chlorine, as we know today, is about the best disinfectant there is. Semmelweis didn’t know anything about germs. He chose the chlorine because he thought it would be the best way to get rid of any smell left behind by those little bits of corpse.

People laughed at Semmelweis and his hypothesis. He made an important discovery. But you see when you are living out of “problems caused by yesterday’s solutions” you refuse to see the way “out of the box.” You often keep making the same decisions that caused the problem in the first place.

Jesus said, “Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?”

Student teams earn awards at COES Design and Research Conference

File photo

Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science (COES) gave out 22 awards to first-year and senior teams at the 2022 COES Design and Research Conference. Judges scored teams and their projects for innovation, hard work, and research.

On the first day of the conference, teams of first-year students competed for Engineering and Cyber Exhibition awards, presenting prototypes that they’d started visualizing as early as their first quarter at Tech.

Those in the Engineering Exhibition vied for nine awards for creativity, construction, ambition, innovation, success, and tenacity: Maker’s, DaVinci, Patent Pending, Can-Do, Shoot the Moon, and Grand Challenge Scholars, along with first- through third-place overall awards.

Teams in the Cyber Exhibition competed for seven similar awards: Moonshot, Most Inventive, Best Use of GPIO (general-purpose input/output pins), Maker’s, People’s Choice, and first and second place overall.

In addition to the first-year winners, six teams of Mechanical Engineering seniors won Barnwell Awards for their innovation in designing Green, Performance, and Safety protocols.

First-Year Cyber Exhibition Winners

  • First Best Overall: Physical Spotify Library – Jacob France (Computer Science – Rosenberg, Texas), Brayden Fisher (Cyber Engineering – Prairieville)
  • Second Best Overall: Posture Chair – Quentin Quarles (Computer Science – Kenner), Evan Matherne (Computer Science – River Ridge), Cameron McCarthy (Cyber Engineering – Ruston)
  • Moonshot Award: Sensory Module for Enhancement of Life and Livelihood – Ian Golsby (Electrical Engineering – Shreveport), Lael Hamilton (Computer Science – Singer)
  • Most Inventive: Whiteboard Wally – Stone Gorman (Cyber Engineering – Warren, Arkansas), Nathaniel Terrebonne (Electrical Engineering – Galliano), Vito Mumphrey (Cyber Engineering – Prairieville)
  • Best use of GPIO: Game Glove – Zachary Browning (Computer Science – Gonzales), Robert Emory (Mathematics – Benton), Jenny Yonjan Tamang (Computer Science – Bara, Nepal)
  • Maker’s Award: Shelfinator 3000 – Tamara Ozol (Mechanical Engineering, Physics – Gonzales), Nathaniel Mitchell (Cyber Engineering – West Monroe), Jordan Williams (Cyber Engineering, Mathematics – Covington)
  • People’s Choice: Physical Spotify Library – Jacob France (Computer Science – Rosenberg, Texas), Brayden Fisher (Cyber Engineering – Prairieville)

First-Year Engineering Exhibition Winners

  • First Overall – Drop Saw by Cameron LeBlanc (Mechanical Engineering – Baton Rouge), Channing Amedee (Chemical Engineering – Houma), Harrison Dougherty (Mechanical Engineering – Baton Rouge), Beau Bayham (Mechanical Engineering – Pearland, Texas)
  • Second Overall – BeeFree by Caden Edwards (Industrial Engineering, Business Administration – Hughes Springs, Texas), Jacob Michelli (Chemical Engineering – Prairieville), Christian Delbasty (Civil Engineering – Paulina)
  • Third Overall – Swift Shield by James Clack (Electrical Engineering – Oak Grove), Alexis Haley (Mechanical Engineering – Shreveport), Kate McLoughlin (Mechanical Engineering – Deville)
  • Makers – Smart Hook by Julia Hanewinkel (Mechanical Engineering – Albany), Brock Moore (Mechanical Engineering – Calhoun), Macy Thibodeaux (Civil Engineering – Albany)
  • DaVinci – Harness Helper Fall Alert System by Nathan Massey (Chemical Engineering – Clinton, Mississippi), Taylor May (Nanosystems Engineering – Clinton, Mississippi)
  • Patent Pending – Helping Hand by Amelia Boudreau (Biomedical Engineering – Kenner), Ashley Dourrieu (Mechanical Engineering – Meraux), Kirsten Nugent (Industrial Engineering – Longview, Texas)
  • Can-Do – The Spin Master by Logan Pertuis (Chemical Engineering – Denham Springs), Chase Senac (Chemical Engineering – Covington), Jackson Mayeux (Mechanical Engineering – Port Allen)
  • Shoot the Moon – Mechanically Automated Leg by Austin Lucas (Mechanical Engineering – Houma), Dawson Perkins (Mechanical Engineering – Sulphur), Kamden Perkins (Chemical Engineering – Sulphur)
  • Grand Challenge Scholars Award (new award chosen by faculty and students in the Grand Challenge Scholars Program) – Helping Hand by Amelia Boudreau (Biomedical Engineering – Kenner), Ashley Dourrieu (Mechanical Engineering – Meraux), Kirsten Nugent (Industrial Engineering – Longview, Texas)

Senior Mechanical Engineering Program Barnwell Award Winners

  • Green Session First Place – Lake Water Cooling System by Cameron Cruise (Bernice), Kade Leo (Houma), Thy Phung (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), and Christopher Stoltz (New Iberia)
  • Green Session Second Place – Motorized Decoy Dynamometer by Michael Davis (Glenmora), Dane Henssler (Folsom), Matthew Matherne (Monroe), and Carson Millikin (Monroe)
  • Performance Session First Place – Gasket Application Machine by Courtland Adaire (Madisonville), Micah Haney (El Dorado, Arkansas), Hayden Johnson (Plain Dealing), and Christian Rabalais (Covington)
  • Performance Session Second Place – Conveyor Take-Up System by Brett Cheramie (Cutoff), Jacob Goudeau (Monroe), Douglas Marcotte (Alexandria), and Mason Terrell (Pineville)
  • Safety Session First Place – Vertical Pump Lifting Tool by Matthew Byrnes (Bossier City), Christopher Crawford (Kentwood), Justin Fleming (New Orleans), and Cory Young (Alexandria)
  • Safety Session Second Place – Bull Gear Installation Tool Christopher Gardner (Shreveport), Christian Lejeune (Baton Rouge), Jackson Sikes (Bossier City), and Steven Vince (Greenwell Springs)

Weekend events

Each Monday and Friday, the Lincoln Parish Journal will post a list of upcoming events happening in the parish. If you would like to add your event to this list, please email us at

Friday, May 20
Last day of spring quarter at Louisiana Tech

Saturday, May 21
9 a.m.: Petsense National Adoption Day (Petsense)
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Ruston Farmers Market 
9 a.m.: College of Education and College of Liberal Arts Louisiana Tech graduation
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: May Days: Music in Railroad Park
Noon: Summer Reading Kickoff Party (Lincoln Parish Library)
12:30 p.m.: College of Applied and Natural Science and College of Business Louisiana Tech graduation
4 p.m.: College of Engineering and Science Louisiana Tech graduation
4:30 p.m.: French Story Time with Valerie Graham (Lincoln Parish Library)

Notice of death — May 19, 2022

Doris Elaine Rogers   
May 4, 1956 – May 16, 2022   
Graveside Service: Friday, May 20, 2022, 10:00 AM, Forest Lawn Cemetery, 2500 West California Ave, Ruston   

Emmerson Wafer   
July 2, 1929 – April 26, 2022   
Viewing: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Friendship CME Church, 1526 Friendship Rd., Libson   
Funeral service: 11 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Friendship CME Church, 1526 Friendship Rd., Libson   
Burial: Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Friendship CME Cemetery, 1526 Friendship Rd., Libson   

LPJ announces plans for summer expansion

By Judith Roberts, publisher

Summer is so close we can taste it — literally, since the humidity in Louisiana is already ridiculous. But fear not — while we can’t control the weather at LPJ, we can bring you some new stories and new formats that will hopefully keep your mind off the upward creeping temperatures.

First off, we are bringing in some new writers this summer, some of which you already have seen. We have our new columnist, Sallie Rose Hollis, who started writing for us this spring, and my husband, Kyle Roberts, will debut his column this summer. Whether you’re looking for a spiritual message in Sallie’s columns or the newest foods to create with Kyle’s “Hot Grill Summer,” these are just a couple of new names you’ll see popping up on bylines in the upcoming months.

Secondly, we have some new series we’re bringing in for this summer. One of the reasons I became involved in this publication is because of my desire to highlight all the good there is in our parish — and there’s so much to cover. We want to highlight our first responders, our hospital workers, our teachers and university faculty, and more. We can’t wait to start rolling out these stories starting Memorial Day.

And, lastly (for now), we are so thrilled to offer a podcast this summer. That’s right, once a week, we will sit down with some of the well-known names in this town to talk about what’s going on in Lincoln Parish. Be on the lookout for that announcement coming Memorial Day week as well.

It’s going to be an amazing summer, one that we can’t wait to share with you.