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Tech’s ‘The Happening’ set for Aug. 4 in Monroe

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It’s always the biggest Happening for Louisiana Tech University before the start of a new academic and athletic school year, and it’s only days away.

The Happening 2016 — Blue Bayou,the 35th edition of the event, is presented by Argent Financial, will take place at the Monroe Civic Center Arena and will feature a relaxed and casual tailgate-style atmosphere with remarks by Louisiana Tech President Les Guice, industry partners including CenturyLink, Fenway Group and CSRA, as well as UTeach representatives from the College of Education and a preview of the football season by Head Coach Skip Holtz.

Catering by Catfish Charlie’s, music by Code Blue and the Flatliners and a cash bar will open beginning at 6 p.m. with featured guests addressing the gathering starting around 7 p.m.

Guice said he and his wife Kathy always look forward to the event.

“There’s not a better time in the year to connect with our Tech Family than at The Happening,” Guice said. “Kathy and I look forward to celebrating with our most loyal alumni and friends as we get ready for the new academic year.”

Tech Director of Alumni Relations Wes Cavin said the event provides the perfect bonding experience for the university’s alumni, family and friends.

“Louisiana Tech had an amazing year last year, both academically and athletically,” said Wes Cavin, director of alumni relations at Louisiana Tech. “It’s hard to beat a second-straight bowl victory and an outstanding academic year. Those are then kinds of accomplishments that make you really proud to be a member of the Tech family. The Happening provides us with a great opportunity to celebrate the success we’ve had but also to talk about the future.

“As great and exciting as the past year was, I think the future is going to be even better for Louisiana Tech. It’s a great time to be a Bulldog and it’s always fun to get together with other alumni and friends of the University to talk about Louisiana Tech.”

Argent CEO and Louisiana Tech alumnus Kyle McDonald said his company is always proud to sponsor the annual Happening.

“The Happening serves as the kick off for the new school year and the new tailgate atmosphere format will connect Tech alumni and supporters with that spirit,” McDonald said.

“Excitement about the upcoming athletics year and the continued announcements of high academic and value rankings of the university should make this a powerful event. Argent and our many Tech alumni staff members are proud to again sponsor the Happening.”

Individual tickets are available for $30 while packages of 10 tickets are $250. A limited number of reserve tables (40), seating eight people, are also on sale for $500. For more information or to make reservations, call the Marbury Alumni Center at 318-255-7950 or go online to www.latechalumni.org/Happening2016.

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