Donald Kaczvinsky, director of Louisiana Tech’s School of Literature and Language, has been named the new dean of the university’s College of Liberal Arts.
Kaczvinsky, who joined the Louisiana Tech faculty in 1990, will officially assume the college’s leadership role on Sept. 1, pending approval by the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors. He will be replacing Edward Jacobs, who is retiring after serving 14 years as dean.
Jerry McNeill’s voice is strong on the cassette tape.
“That’s Earl in 1959 after he got out of Mandeville,” he said.
There’s a sentence about Dwight Eisenhower; a couple of short paragraphs about John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson; just a snippet about a mama tiger; a little more about the lone Texas Ranger standing with one knee bent propping himself against a tree with a booted foot; a comment or two about street violence in Oxford, Mississippi, and desegregation in New Orleans.
The faceless voice pauses ever so slightly. And then, “it’s been a lot of fun.”
Being the grandson and a son of icons is a little surreal. At least that is how Matthew Nelson describes it.
“You know the family tree is fairly amazing,” Matthew said. “We had an interesting family dynamic. Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, my pop (Ricky Nelson), a Heisman trophy winner on my mother’s side (grandfather Tom Harmon) and my uncle is Mark Harmon who stars on NCIS.”
However, with all those celebrities at family gatherings, Matthew says his famous family is very grounded.
The final total may not have been exactly what those who volunteered their time wanted it to be at the 31st annual St. Jude Radiothon, but the kids who will be helped from their generosity won’t complain one bit.
A grand total of $122,350 has been collected as of this morning, with more money still coming in to add to the total.
“It went well, we were just disappointed we didn’t meet our goal,” Radiothon chair Alice Byrnes said. “We were just a little bit off.”