The Ruston Daily Leader from Ruston, Louisiana on June 1, 1937 · Page 19
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The Ruston Daily Leader from Ruston, Louisiana · Page 19

Ruston, Louisiana
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Tuesday, June 1, 1937
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Tuesday, June 1,1087 HUSTON DAILY LEADER, HUSTON, LOUISIANA Thftr HUSTON HOLDS LONG RECORD IN EDUCATION Establishment of Louisiana Tech Stabilizes Movement Started by Pioneers By S. D, PEARCE The State of Louisiana has never •been a laggard in the cause of education. The educational spirit has dominated the active moving forces of the state for at least three- quarters of its history, and made progress as rapidly as its material resources and financial circumstances would permit; and within that period It has made most wonderful advancement. What the State has done and Is doing in the cause of public education is in one sense actuated by a spirit of competition or rivalry with sister states, but is inspired by a determination to better equip its future citizens intellectually for the duties of intelligent citizenship and to elevate the standard of the State's civic obligations in keeping pace with the progress of intellectual achievement in the world of knowledge. The schools of the state are the center of public Interest and the hope of public welfare, the mainspring of public enthusiasm; and nowhere can it be said that a more pregnant atmosphere of popular acclaim prevails that can be found standing behind and supporting the work of the Louisiana Polytechnic Institute. In the early nineties the educational interests of Louisiana agitated and put on foot a movement for industrial education and training as a part of the educational system of the State. In the year 1894 this movement assumed definite form in a legislative act by the Louisiana legislature creating a state institution to be devoted to vocational training, and to become part of the State's system of education. The bill was introduced by Hon. George M. Lomax, then a member of the House of Representatives from Lincoln Parish, who was its most active and enthusiastic supporter throughout its legislative journey; and behind Mr. Lomax stood the citizenry of Huston in solid phalanx and willing helpfulness. The bill was passed and became law, and the "Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana" became a reality 'by legal designation and promise, and Huston, the Side View of Louisiana Tech's 'Old Main" t ..""M i > ; ?ji<!'AVvk-'^W-'--t¥'iS' r "<^.V"'"'-' : -S it by competent and honest judgment, and to earn the laurels of popular applause by giving the very best service of which it is capable, and wisely and economically conserving the resources made available to it by the power that supplied them. Ii\ this institution the Stale of Louisiana has an as- srt oi which it can well afford to be proud: an institution out of which the crude material of citizenship is converted and fashioned into the finished product wearing the gloss and polish of superior citizenship and to take their stand in the hii.'h places of public confidence in the ongoing public af? fairs of the state. In this discussion I would in no sense assume to Icalize the splendid educational work in the cause of higher education or confine it to the northern portion of the stale. Such an assumption would not be fair to Tech or in accord with the facts. For it is true that the good name of this institution reaches he .: inters of the state, and the institution draws patronage from ail over the State of Louisiana, and from nearby and remote states and foreign countries. Its graduates are holding honorable and lucrative positions in business and professional life throughout the nation, and making good in whatever field of endeavor they are engaged. With all of the.sef acts tn the credit of the institution, is it any wonder that our Stae's Chief Executive should look with pride and high approval upon the work Louisiana Tech is doing, and tie disposed to encourage it to still greater achievements? Leche The newest thing at Tech and a worthy structure of which we are all proud The"NOOK" .... The Newest Thing at Crosby's An attractive retreat where the / students meet — come in and enjoy delicious fountain drinks while you rest in perfect comfort. * Crosby's Pharmacy Phone 22 We Deliver CARRIE MAE STEPHENSON IIONOUED SECOND TIME BY STATE UNIVERSITY Down a shaded walk, countless couples have paraded in the 42 years history of North Louisiana's Senior State College. During that time the nooks and corners of the "Old Main" have become hallowed ground, only to be erased when" fire destroyed the building, thereby changing the entire campus aspect. Miss Carrie Mae Stephenson of Huston, Tech senior graduate in mathematics this year, who recently v.i..:; selecled by a Tech faculty committee as recipient of the annual scholarship to Louisiana State university, also has just been announced as wincr of a fellowship in mathematics at L. S. U, She will probably decline the fellowship offer, however,' and retain the scholarship, it was said. The fellowship pays the holder $40 a month, while the scholarship pays $30 monthly. Under the fellowship, it would re-quire two years to complete the master's degree, since some instructional duties or other work are required of the recipient. I D I Stands for the very best in L.i A. modern day education. LECHE HALL -represents the most modern in educational building. Inspect it at the formal opening - Tues., June 1 Our congratulations to t le faculty and student body of Louisiana Polytechnic Institute. Sanders Baskin TEXACO SERVICE STATION c ATTEND THE FORMAL OPENING OF LECHE HALL TUESDAY, JUNE 1ST AT LOUISIANA TECH AND EVERYDAY AT 10-2AND4 "DRINK A BITE TO EAT Dr. PEPPER BOTTLING CO. then lusty little city in embrio, loomed up in the said legislative acts the designated location chosen for the institution. To designate this accomplishment as a master stroke of a master hand, did not need to be said in the spirit of prophecy, for it was self-evident. But when we view it in the retrospect, with less than forty years of constructive progress and brilliant achievement to its credit, and vision, the vast army of young men and young women who have passed out through its portals with its certificate of proficiency to enter the fields of business endeavor all over this broad land, and even beyond its borders, and see how creditably they reflect the fame and good name of their alma mater, w< then begin to realize how gloriously was the planning and shaping of the destiny of the little city clone, and how divinely inspirational was its conception. "The Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana", named and known as the Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, is now one of the Stale's loading educational institu lions, and is so known and recognized throughout the nation. It has always been the pride of Ruslon and the recipient of it.? most loyal and wholehearted support and backing and its active and aggressive defender in every emerj.'eney. While the Louisiana Educational Association and the Louisiana Clumtauqua supplied the initial enthusiasm and added impetus to the educational and cultural trend of this localized movement, il remained for the Louisiana Polytechnic Institute to give stability a permanency to Huston's reputation as a center of learning and educational culture, and dignify iti-. fame abroad. The institution has endeared itself to every citizen of the town and surrounding country, past and present, by its lung yuars of helpful service t:> the young life of both sexvs who have availed themselves of its privileges and generous aid, and the high standard of moral rectitude and scholastic efficiency it has stood for and maintained in its student body 1 and its faculty. Its fame is being written in imperishable letters of gold in the educational chronicles of Louisiana and in the hearts of multiplied thousands of its people. The Louisiana Polytechnic Institute has done infinitely more for central northern Louisiana generally, and the locality in which it is situated in particular, than snnply to advertise it as a center f educational trail,,,,- and culture. It has drawn around it and built up a community of citizenry of outstanding moral character and appreciation of the advantages O f mental training and culture, who plan for the higher education of their children and starting them out in life equipped for the atain- ment of the better things of life and to take rank with the better citizens of their state intellectually and socially; who prize more highly the benefits of mind cullure combined with social cullure lhan the faculty for the acquisition of material things; who esteem good citizenship and a high and honorable life career of more value than the riches of gold and the prestige of wealth. Indeed, it would be a vain thing to attempt to enumerate the blessings ihe Louisiana Polytechnic Institute has brought to northern Louisiana people who have children In educate, but who have not the means to justify sending Ihem to remote pails of the state, or to other states, to educae them. And this is the dominant class that is taking advantage of Ihc oppor- tuni for education offered by Louisiana Tech. The wise and beneficent policy now being pursued toward this splendid institution by the present State Government administration bespeaks of broadness, a liberality and a praiseworthy spirit on the part of the admlnis- tration that is due to he approved by every honest and fairminded citizen of the Slate. While the institution has never in its life found anything to criticise and complain •of in the treatment acctuded it by the pre\ i.iis state adrniriistra- '.ion, it is undeniable hat no admin- isirtilion policy toward the institution quite equals what is now being dune, and being planned o oe done in the very near future, in the way of building equipment !u meet the requirements of a growing and much enlarged student attendance, and a beautification of buildings and grounds of the institution. This policy on the part of ;he State administration is not to oe consrued :n UK- sense of favoritism, ! but a.-, a n-co'Jiutiori of the •nerits of liie in-.titijUon and the high standing character of the work .1 is doing, and us evidencing a policy of au.s.,l'.i:e fairness to the people and cdur.iole interests of norih L')!>j who are avail- .ny them>:e!\.rs. and will, in the uiture, ava;l :.'.-..•in.-.x.'lves of the educational f,ic.l.:.i-.s at present being .upuLed to them. The outlook for the future of Louisiana Puiytochnic Institute as .1 may set in today is brighter and more promising than It hag ever been in the pin-, t- It has never needed but a chance to stand beside the more exalted of its kind and shed its lustre of deserved fame upon the noble cause of education; its hii-'heat ambition has jver been to be worthy 01 tfat good name that might be accorded We Salute! The faculty and the entire student body of La, Tech, as well as the officials of this state, on the occasion of the dedicatory services of LECHE HALL We hope that your growth will continue and that we can congratulate again on an occasion of a similar nature. W.H.Cook&Co. Friend To Another CONGRATULATIONS TO LOUISIANA TECH ON THE FORMAL OPENING OF Tech's Newest, Leche Hall Our thanks, also, to the faculty of La. Tech for our pleasant business relations during the past years. It is our hope that Tech will continue its march of progress and grow to be one of the largest educational centers of the state and the south. Raymond Heard Incorporated "Heard All Over North Louisiana and Arkansas'* RUSTON - WHOLESALE - LOUISIANA

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