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Sandra Bennett Cooper, Ph.D.
Sandra Bennett Cooper, Ph.D.
Sandra Bennett Cooper earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Louisiana Tech University in 1985 and 1988 respectively. She went on to earn her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University and is currently Professor of Mathematics Education and Coordinator of Mathematics Education in the School of Education at Baylor University. She teaches undergraduate courses in the elementary teacher certification program and graduate courses in mathematics education. The focus of her research is early number development, integrating children’s literature into mathematics instruction, and mathematical experiences in museums.

Dr. Cooper was recently named Centennial Professor for 2016 at Baylor University. Created by the Baylor Centennial Class of 1945, the award provides tenured professors with funds for research projects that will facilitate more in-depth study in his or her field. Cooper will use the award to fund a study that will define highly effective elementary school mathematics teachers. Dr. Cooper’s recent research focus is related to early number development, specifically with children in PreK to second grade and the effectiveness of teachers who teach these early learners. In the summer of 2016, she coordinated and hosted the first Math for Early Learners Academy (MELA) for PreK children, designed to provide positive learning experiences focused on the development of early number concepts.

Dr. Cooper is currently serving as President of the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is on the Editorial Panel for "Teaching Children Mathematics," a journal for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. More at
Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Michael Jordan
Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Michael Jordan
Mindy Nunez Duffourc is currently spending the year in Germany conducting comparative research on medical negligence as an Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow.

Following a rigorous selection process, she was chosen for the fellowship, which targets young leaders from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil and India. The program chooses prospective decision-makers and thought leaders from a broad range of professional fields such as politics, public administration and business as well as society and culture.

This fellowship program is under the patronage of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and is financed by the Federal Foreign Office. She recently returned from a two-week during tour, during which she met with representatives from the German Supreme Court, the European Commission, and NATO. Mindy will meet the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, this spring.

You can follow her research at

John "John" Reuther

Class of 1973
Solute to the Captain
Solute to the Captain
Captain John Reuther has retired from United Airlines after 27 years of service.
Randi Rene' Spence Frazier, Civil Engineering 2007, and Cash Elliot Frazier, History 2010, welcomed daughter, Ella Rene' on Dec. 10, 2012, Monroe
Randi Rene' Spence Frazier, Civil Engineering 2007, and Cash Elliot Frazier, History 2010, welcomed daughter, Piper Lea on Sept. 6, 2016, West Monroe
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Ben James, Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Shreveport, LA, recently obtained the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification. The CIMA® certification, delivered by Investment Management Consultants Association® (IMCA®), is the only credential designed specifically for investment advisors and consultants.

The CIMA® certification identifies individuals who have met experience and ethical requirements and successfully completed investment management consulting coursework provided at the MIT Sloan School of Management. CIMA professionals must pass an examination covering a wide range of in-depth investment topics. Additionally, those who earn the certification must agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements, and agree to adhere to IMCA’s Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards of Practice.

Ben's accomplishment adds to his ability to offer the skills and strategies necessary to guide clients through complex financial challenges and help them pursue their financial goals.
All Four James Kids in Hawaii
All Four James Kids in Hawaii
Class of 2004 Graduates Ben James and Stephanie Witte James welcomed their fourth child, Ainsley Elizabeth James, to the family on May 12th, 2016.
L. Michael "Mike" Waites, class of 1975, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, in Alvin, TX. Mike earned his bachelors degree from the School of Architecture. He was a trombonist in the Tech Band and served as Drum Major. He also sang tenor in the Concert Chorale.
Stanley "Warren" Byrd, 2004 graduate in Civil Engineering, is the new Executive Director of the Red River, Atchafalaya & Bayou Boeuf Levee District serving the parishes of Avoyelles, Rapides and St. Landry.
1973' NCAA Div. 1AA National Football Champions & Dawg football Alumni
1973' NCAA Div. 1AA National Football Champions & Dawg football Alumni
Homecoming 2016, is fast approaching...!

Please stop by Barnes (Tech book store) & Nobles, Saturday, November 12, 2016, 11:00AM-1:00PM, and celebrate with me as God has blessed me to survive 26 years, CANCER FREE; Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, by picking up your autographed copies of; "Dying On My Feet My Journey Times Two" & "Mind Muscle". Daring To Be Positive, Melvin "Chief" Lars, Be blessed :)
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I look forward to celebrating with each of you during our 2016 homecoming festivities. Please join me at, Barnes ("Old" Tech book store) and Nobles, the morning of 11/12/16,11:00AM-1:0PM.

I am excited to share what is being referred to as both exhilarating and inspirational; Dying On My Feet My Journey Times Two, Highlights living.

On November 20, 1990, I was given less than a 5% chance of surviving; Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. Through God's Grace, I remain alive and well. Blessings, Melvin "Chief" Lars.

A proud bull dog alumnus, member of the 1973 NCAA National Championship Team and the 19-74-75, Powerlifting team. Most importantly a 1975 graduate from the school of Education; Health & P.E. and English (minor).
Cecilia Evangeline Gardner was born 10/30/16 to Matthew Gardner ('07 & '15) and Megan Gardner ('09).
Linnie Freeman
Linnie Freeman
Linnie Freeman, BA, Journalism '74, has been named Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Willbros Group, Inc., a publicly traded energy construction company based in Houston, Texas. Before joining Willbros in 2008, she practiced civil law with firms in San Francisco and Houston. She received her law degree from the University of Texas and holds licenses in Texas and California.

James "Jim" Semerad

Class of 1981
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Jim Semerad worked at EDS, Hewlett Packard, and VisionIT until April 2008 working with fortune 200 companies implementing information technology. He served as a US Naval Supply Officer in the Naval Reserve and returned to active duty for almost 5 years at the Military Sealift Command, Pentagon, then AFRICOM in Naples, Italy. He retired as a Commander in October 2012 and returned to Lake Orion, MI. In October 2015, he joined the VA Medical Center in Detroit managing logistics and supply chain operations. His 2 daughters will make him a grandfather later in 2016.
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Scott E. Russell, age 52, died on July 4, 2016 at home after a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Scott Earl Russell was born on May 15, 1964 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Earl and Bettie (Peppard) Russell. He was a 1982 graduate of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. He then graduated from Louisiana Tech University, class of 1986 with a bachelors degree. After graduating and receiving a commission to become an officer in the United States Air Force, Scott married Pamela Waguespack on August 28, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota. He later received his Masters of Business Administration Degree, with a concentration in Aviation, from Embry Riddle University.

Major Russell was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son. He retired from the United States Air Force after twenty years of service in the missile and space career field, and five duty stations, at the rank of Major.

He was an avid HO scale model train hobbyist, loved movies and music from the 1980s, and was enthusiastic about crewing for hot air balloons.

He is survived by his wife Pamela Russell; daughters Jenna (Marshall) Konegni and Melanie Russell; son Derek Russell; mother Bettie Russell of Jonesboro, Louisiana; brother Alan (Linda) Russell of Keller, Texas; sister Gwen (Sam) Gaspard of Jonesboro, Louisiana; aunt Mona Hodson of Weaverville, California and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Earl Russell and brother Melvin Russell.

A visitation will be held from 9-11am on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at The Springs Funeral Services, 3115 E. Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909. Funeral Services will follow at 11am in the Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance ( or to the colon cancer coalition (
Susan Vanessa Bullard Mayer, architecture 2006, and Michael Joseph Mayer, computer information systems 2005, son, Patrick Michael, July 9, 2016, Matthews, North Carolina.
Future Bulldog!
Future Bulldog!
Andrew (ME08) and Ashley (BA10) Barringer are proud to share with the LaTech community the birth of our son, Landon Wade Barringer, on 5/26/2016!
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Alton "Tuna" Dobbins is a graduate of the class of 1973 with an Engineering degree. Alton, "Tuna" to most people now, has his first book - Crossbow Revenge - published recently. Crossbow Revenge is a crime novel where a seemingly random carjacking murder creates a vigilante that goes about shooting people with a pistol crossbow for revenge. There is a love story between the first victim's daughter and the junior homicide detective. The novel is set in Houston, TX.
Alton retired from the Air Force in 1996 then worked for the Federal Aviation Administration until retiring in 2015. "Tuna" is my fighter pilot nickname.
Alton has a second crime novel in production and hopes to have it published before 2017.
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Colleen Young published two books. Taking Flight and Remove Before Flight in 2016.
Mel's Dying On My Feet
Mel's Dying On My Feet
Melvin Lars (1975) graduate and former member of the 1973 1AA NCAA National Football Championship team.

Melvin has recently completed two (2) new publications; 1. "Dying On My Feet My Journey Times Two" chronicles his journey as a 25 year Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia survivor, he was given less than a 5% chance of survival. One reader's quote, "I loved it, some parts were difficult to read because of the mental and physical anguish and pain that's so eloquently described. Thanks for sharing this remarkable story!!!
2. "Mind Muscle", contains 100 poetical expressions that are extremely pensive. One readers states, "It is like looking through the windows of your soul!"
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