30 episodes

Beyond 1894 features Louisiana Tech University faculty, staff, students, and alumni discussing their personal stories, areas of expertise, and the unique impact they are making in the world around them. It is produced by the Division of University Communications at Louisiana Tech University. Listen and meet the amazing people that make up our Tech Family!

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Beyond 1894 features Louisiana Tech University faculty, staff, students, and alumni discussing their personal stories, areas of expertise, and the unique impact they are making in the world around them. It is produced by the Division of University Communications at Louisiana Tech University. Listen and meet the amazing people that make up our Tech Family!

    Amber Burdge: The Student Side of Student-Athletes

    Amber Burdge: The Student Side of Student-Athletes

    Dr. Amber Burdge wears many hats. Her primary role as Associate Athletics Director of Student-Athlete Success Services is to foster the classroom achievements of the never-ending flow of Bulldogs and Lady Techsters that call our campus home. She also teaches these same students and more, working as an adjunct professor on top of these other duties. Recently voted "Office Parent" by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), she's a constant champion of the idea that competing in the classroom is just as important as competing on the field, and the recent accolades from the LA Tech Sports family proves it. In this episode, she talks about her journey to her doctoral degree, the challenges of her and her team's work in the Athletics Department, and the upcoming Student-Athlete Success Center that will break ground sooner rather than later.



    LA Tech Sports: https://latechsports.com/



    Student-Athlete Academic Success: https://latechsports.com/sports/2018/7/20/academics-academic-center-html.aspx



    Website: https://1894.latech.edu/beyond/



    Email: 1894@latech.edu

    • 27 min
    Cathi Cox-Boniol: The E in STEM Stands for Elvis

    Cathi Cox-Boniol: The E in STEM Stands for Elvis

    Cathi Cox-Boniol is a Louisiana Tech legacy who pours her heart and soul into the University. She's the Director of the Region 8 LaSTEM Center, part of a group of partners across north Louisiana focused on meeting the critical need for science, technology, engineering, and math learning and job skills in our region. She talks about the way LaSTEM is transforming the future of the industry, how the STEM way of thinking can influence everyday lives, and even why her love for Elvis has affected her teaching style.



    Region 8 LaSTEM: https://community.latech.edu/scils-region-8-lastem-center/



    College of Education: https://education.latech.edu/



    Website: https://1894.latech.edu/beyond/



    Email: 1894@latech.edu

    • 26 min
    Kirk St.Amant: Helping Users Understand

    Kirk St.Amant: Helping Users Understand

    Dr. Kirk St.Amant from the School of Language and Literature specializes in Technical Communications, and that encompasses so much more than it may seem. His expertise is in the areas of health and medical communication and usability and design, and he studies the communication of complex topics and how effectively technologies can be used by their intended audiences. In this episode, he breaks down how all disciplines at Louisiana Tech contribute to this field, he explains the impact of the local Center for Health and Medical Communication (of which he's the Director), and he talks about why usability is foundational to teach in ways that create a greater understanding between a thing and the person using it. It's all about the end user.



    College of Liberal Arts: https://liberalarts.latech.edu/



    Usability and Design Symposium: https://usability-conference.weebly.com/



    Website: https://1894.latech.edu/beyond/



    Email: 1894@latech.edu

    • 23 min
    Bill McCumber: Tech Means Business

    Bill McCumber: Tech Means Business

    Dr. Bill McCumber keeps his finger on the pulse of the finance world, and his roles at Louisiana Tech make him an important figure in the ever-evolving College of Business. In this episode, he talks about the Student Managed Investment Fund (pronounced "smif" for fun) and the growth it has experienced thanks to the efforts of his students. He discusses financial technologies and how they're shaping the realm of banking, and he recounts his journey from the big city to the Ruston countryside, even telling us along the way why It's a Wonderful Life might be the best banking movie he's seen.



    College of Business: https://business.latech.edu/



    School of Banking: http://business.latech.edu/banking/



    Website: https://1894.latech.edu/beyond/



    Email: 1894@latech.edu

    • 32 min
    Jamie Newman: Reframing Research

    Jamie Newman: Reframing Research

    As Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences, Dr. Jamie Newman is at the forefront of much of the research being done at Louisiana Tech. She's a leader, a mentor, and a voice that speaks to the challenges and successes in her field. In this episode, she talks about her students and the core changes they go through while learning in the lab. She also discusses their work, as well as the VISTA program's harmonization of art and science, the tall task of research communication, the school's innovative new Virtual Anatomy Lab, and more.



    School of Biological Sciences: https://www.latech.edu/biology



    Newman Lab on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NewmanLATech



    Website: https://1894.latech.edu/beyond/



    Email: 1894@latech.edu

    • 25 min
    Robert Brooks and Brad Deal: Embrace the Pursuit

    Robert Brooks and Brad Deal: Embrace the Pursuit

    Every year, the ARCH 335 class of junior architecture students spends countless hours at Camp Alabama in Choudrant, designing and building larger-than-life projects from scratch that impact the lives of the special-needs campers at MedCamps each summer. And every year, these students are led by Professors Robert Brooks and Brad Deal, who act as instructors, mentors, colleagues, and coworkers throughout the duration of these near-impossible challenges. On this episode, Brooks and Deal talk about the magic behind the annual design-build experience at MedCamps and the dynamic they share that's kept them going strong for nine years now. They touch on the motivation, impact, and rewards that come from such meaningful processes, and they discuss the transformative effect these projects have on their students.



    ARCH335 on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arch335



    Hero's Landing (2021 MedCamps Project) Photo Gallery https://latech.smugmug.com/Community-Engagement/Heros-Origin-Dedication



    ARCH 335 Videos by Brad Deal: https://vimeo.com/user55489561



    Website: https://1894.latech.edu/beyond/



    Email: 1894@latech.edu

    • 41 min

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Kudos to LA Tech’s outstanding biological research! This professor and her student protégés are on the cutting edge of furthering the U.S.’s exploration and colonizing of other planets.

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