A crowd gathered outside Saturday morning in the Quad of Louisiana Tech University campus for a dedication of the Virgil Orr Bookstore Atrium.
Orr is a former vice president for academic affairs and Louisiana Tech Alumnus of the Year.
“The individual must be deceased to name the building (after him), so we named the atrium,” Tech President Dan Reneau told attendees. “(Orr) was always accessible. Every faculty member felt comfortable in his presence. His door was truly open to faculty and students.”
More than 500 students watched in silence as the pictures and names of students age 9-19, who had taken their lives because of bullying, filled a screen in front of them.
Students involved in the Lincoln Parish 4-H program had gathered at the Northern Louisiana Exhibition Center to celebrate their achievements throughout the year. They were also given a presentation on bullying by John Morton, a police officer with the Bossier City Police Department, who has a personal connection to the subject.
The typically serene area of the Rainbow Health Access Children’s Clinic waiting room was transformed into a makeshift library for area youth, as Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, in support of the Reach Out and Read organization, recently read to the some attentive tykes.
“Children and curiosity definitely go together, and I applaud the Reach Out and Read program for making books available to feed those young minds,” said Alexander. “With the turn of every page, vocabulary, comprehension and grammar are enhanced. As parents, taking an active role in promoting reading at home helps boost children’s confidence in the classroom and beyond.”