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January 22nd, 2013

Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science honors distinguished alums

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science has selected recipients for its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards, which recognize individuals from each program or discipline in the College for their professional accomplishments in engineering and science as well as their service as outstanding ambassadors for Louisiana Tech.
The 2013 award recipients are:
• Jeffery Slade (’81), B.S. biomedical engineering — quality director for Merck Consumer Care Global Products and Projects: Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Local ex-prep grid stars in Pro Bowl

For any athlete in any professional sport, one of the ultimate honors is being selected to play in a postseason All-Star Game.
Kyle Williams of the Buffalo Bills and Andrew Whitworth of the Cincinnati Bengals will have that experience on Sunday when the National Football League stages its annual Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The two former local and area high school stars were recently added to the rosters of the American Football Conference squad that will meet the best players from the National Football Conference.

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Eating well and feeling great

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Families at Lincoln Head Start will get a chance to learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles through an innovative program sponsored by the LSU AgCenter’s SNAP-Ed Family Nutrition Program.
On Friday, a Family Nutrition Night will be held at Lincoln Head Start, located at 421 Vaughn Ave. in Ruston. Families will have the opportunity through hands-on activities to learn more about steps they can take to eat well, be active and feel great!

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Living gluten-free

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The first time one of my friends told me they had heard one of the local pizza restaurants in town had begun serving gluten-free pizza, I was super excited.
See, last summer, on a suggestion from my mother — who was actually the third person to make such a suggestion to me — I decided to try removing gluten from my diet. At first, it was simply because my mother had lost a great deal of weight on the diet, and I thought I might reap those benefits as well. However, very quickly, I realized it cleared up some medical issues that had been bothering me for more than four years.

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’Dogs: Room for improvement

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Despite success, Tech still has room to grow
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Louisiana Tech University’s men are four wins away from 20 for the season, lead the Western Athletic Conference with a 7-0 mark and have captured seven home victories in a row this year.
But here’s a frightening thought for opponents remaining on the Bulldogs’ 2012-13 schedule: they honestly haven’t gotten into the groove that second-year Head Coach Michael White would prefer.
“We’re far from being the complete team we want to be,” he said recently. “We’re not a very focused team at times. I feel like we’ve got a long ways to go.”

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Dubach girls rank No. 3

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Lady Hornets rolling with 24-1 mark

Dubach High’s girls are back in business on the basketball court.
Last year, the Lady Hornets were among the best teams in the Class C ranks of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, going deep in postseason competition and making a strong run for a state championship.
Dubach has picked right up where they left off during the 2011-12 season. With a 14-game winning streak and 20-plus victories, the Lady Hornets (24-1) are ranked No. 3 in the third weekly Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll announced on Monday afternoon.

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Tech, GSU Hoops

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A quick look at the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University:
LOUISIANA TECH
(Bulldogs)
• Overall record: 16-3.
• Western Athletic Conference record: 7-0, first place.
• Statistical leaders: Scoring: Raheem Appleby, 14.4 ppg; Cordarius Johnson, 10.1 ppg; Rebounding: Michale Kyser, 6.3 rpg; Assists: Kenneth “Speedy” Smith, 5.1; Steals: Smith, 2.2; Blocked shots: Kyser, 3.3.
• Upcoming games: at San Jose State, Thursday, 9 p.m.; at Utah State, Saturday, 8:05 p.m.
(Lady Techsters)
• Overall record: 8-9.

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Bowles to lead Arizona ‘D’

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Ex-Grambling assistant joins Cardinals’ staff
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Todd Bowles has taken another step towards what one day might lead to a head coaching job in the National Football League.
The former Grambling State University assistant coach has been hired as the new defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals after served as a defensive assistant for two different NFL teams in the past four years.

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White’s Tech squad earns votes in national Associated Press poll

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Louisiana Tech University’s basketball Bulldogs have broken into the national rankings.
On Monday afternoon, the Western Athletic Conference leaders received two votes to rank No. 37 in the weekly Associated Press poll voted on by media representatives.
It marks the first entry into the national polls this season for Head Coach Michael White’s squad, which has a 16-3 overall record and is atop the WAC standings at 7-0 entering a Thursday night game at San Jose State.

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Tech women’s bowlers No. 15 in tourney field

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The Louisiana Tech University women’s bowling team recently wrapped up a weekend full of competition as the Lady Techsters battled a handful of the nation’s top teams at the Mid-Winter Invitational, hosted by Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark.
Tech eventually finished the tournament ranked No. 15 among the field.
Head coach Jerry Miles and his squad faced off against nine of the Top 20-ranked teams in the nation, including No. 6-ranked Nebraska, who eventually won the tournament, and finished the first day of competition ranked seventh in the field of 16.

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