The first funds given to the Louisiana Tech University Foundation to help with recovery from the April 25 tornado will be used to provide assistance to faculty and staff members who suffered significant losses during the EF-3 storms that plowed through Ruston.
Donations given to the University Excellence Fund since the tornado are available for immediate use. President Dr. Les Guice determined that helping faculty and staff members was a top priority because they are so influential in helping students achieve success.
“The tornado caused such incredible devastation on our campus and in our city, and we wanted to make a difference for those faculty and staff who have been impacted by the storm psychologically and financially,” Guice said. “Their commitment to our students is one of the things that helps make our Tech Family so strong; we determined to help in a way that is so needed at this time.”
The Foundation has designated funds for employee recovery assistance that will be given out as stipends.
“When I think about what’s great about the Ruston community, it starts with the Tech Family, particularly the faculty and staff that mentor our city’s next generation of leaders,” said Bill Hogan, Foundation Board president. ” The Louisiana Tech University Foundation is proud to provide these relief funds.”
To date, over 300 donors have given to benefit the University in its recovery efforts. Tech Family and Friends can donate at ltu.al/disasterrelief.