Students are encouraged to create posters and enter them in poster competitions.
Xi Sigma Pi Forestry National Honor Society Initiates.
Reese Hall on South Campus.
Forestry Hosts FFA Career Development Event Every Fall.
Faculty, Staff and Students gather for a get acquainted supper.
Every year our students volunteer to collect money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Graduating seniors who are SAF members receive a free ring from Society of American Foresters.
Faculty assist students with advising.
Conclave 2013: Men's Bow Saw, Isaac Moore.
School of Forestry Faculty and Staff.

Forestry (BSF)

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Rodney J. McKay

Who I Am

My name is Rodney McKay and I currently live in Ruston, Louisiana. I was raised in Effie, Louisiana. My parents are Jarrel McKay, a retired mechanic, and Patsy McKay, a retired nurse. I graduated from Marksville High School, and also previously graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. I enjoy all things outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, which I wish I could do more of both.

Returning to Tech with a Passion

I worked from 1999 to 2012 as an engineer in industries such as automotive headlight manufacturing, medical product manufacturing, spinal implant research and development, and pharmaceutical packaging and distribution. My last position was in Memphis, Tennessee, and even though I enjoyed some aspects of the region, I longed to be back in Louisiana near family and long-term friends. In 2012, I made an important life-changing decision to move back to Louisiana and pursue a degree related to wildlife management. Louisiana Tech was the most logical school of choice since I had already spent time there and enjoyed the university and the north Louisiana region. I have enjoyed being back in the area, and have made the most of the school experience by getting involved in clubs and professional organizations, and making new friends. I currently am the president of the Louisiana Tech Chapter of The Wildlife Society (the Wildlife Club) and the secretary and treasurer of the Louisiana Tech Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (the Forestry Club). I am an active member of the Society of American Foresters in Louisiana and am the District 11 student representative. I am also a member of the Xi Sigma Pi honor society, and am an inductee and founding member of The National Society of Leadership and Success.


I am so grateful for the past 2 years. God’s timing has been perfect and has provided me with every resource I need to complete college a second time. I am appreciative of the School of Forestry staff for all the opportunities and for their mentoring. I am also thankful for the forestry and wildlife professionals that have accepted me into their industry and have provided me additional opportunities and a welcoming hand-shake every time I see them. I am enjoying the experience so far, and look forward to a new career.

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Jason Tuggle


Who I Am

My name is Jason Tuggle and I am from Homer, Louisiana. I graduated from Claiborne Academy in 2010 and attended Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) for two years before transferring to Louisiana Tech in 2012. I am currently a senior majoring in GIS and I plan on graduating in the summer of 2014. I am currently the president of the GIS club as well as a member of the Forestry Club and of the Alpha Zeta Honors Fraternity.


Why Tech and GIS


I started out at BPCC majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy and then ended up switching to Engineering. Because of Tech’s renowned engineering department and the fact that both of my parents are La Tech alum, I decided to transfer to Tech to pursue an engineering degree. During the summer of 2012 though, I worked for a land surveyor and was hooked on data collection and spatial analysis. With a little bit of research, I decided to major in GIS here at Tech and have enjoyed every minute of it.


Future Plans


My future plans are to finish up my current internship at the Ouachita Parish 9-1-1 Center and apply to one of the major oil and gas corporations in the area. My hopes are that one day I can use my knowledge and skills to become a Senior GIS Analyst wherever I may end up.

Favorite Quote

Adversity ultimately comes to every generation and every individual. And what adversity will do to you, will be dependent upon what adversity finds within you. –Nelson Philpot


   Garth Sullivan
Geographic Information Science Featured Student
Academic Year 2012-2013

Who Am I

My name is Garth Sullivan and I am from Tallulah, Louisiana. I graduated from Delhi Charter School's Class of 2010. A few of my leisure pursuits are powerlifting, drumming, and hunting. I am currently a Junior at Louisiana Tech studying Geographic Information Science. I plan on graduating in the Spring of 2014.

Why Tech and Geographic Information Science

My parents both went to Louisiana Tech and I also felt a pull to it. Another reason was for the powerlifting team. I have been competing since 9th grade and wanted to continue on into the collegiate level. I decided on GIS after first debating on aviation, graphic design, and computer science. My choice was influenced by my father. He is an engineer for the USACE in Monroe. He has had GIS workers involved with his career and thought I would be interested and also saw the combination of my other choices within the study. Tech being the only university in Louisiana with this opportunity was of course another reason for my decision.


My Mentors and Friends

Each person in my family has had a big part in supporting me throughout the years whether it be with football, powerlifting, college, or just life itself. My parents have been there for me through all of my journeys. I would like to thank them for raising me to be hardworking, respectful, and showing me that there is more to just life here on earth and that I should always keep Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior at the head of my focus. This life view has had a major impact on who I am and what I strive to accomplish. Also, Cameron Machen and Josh Wallace have motivated me and helped me througout the years as we have struggled together to achieve our goals.

My Favorite Quote

"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." - Bruce Lee


"For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer." - Arnold Schwarzenegger






Victoria Kahl

Geographic Information Science Featured Student
Academic Year 2012-2013



Who Am I


My name is Victoria Kahl and I am from Destrahan, Louisiana. I graduated from Destrahan High School in 2010 and started Louisiana Tech in Fall 2010. I am currently a junior in GIS and working on a minor in Geography. I work as a Resident Assistant for Tech and am a member of the GIS Club, Society of Honors Scholars, and Conclave of Science Fiction and Fantasy.



Why Tech and Geographic Information Science


I originally applied to Tech to study English and Technical Writing. While I was at summer orientation, I came across the GIS booth. Before then, I had never heard of GIS, but I changed my major that day. Ever since my first GIS class, I have known that this was the major for me. Geography was something I had always been interested in, and GIS let me combine that with my computer skills in a very real way. Since GIS can be applied to so many different areas, there is always a new application or method to learn how to use.        


Future Plans


I am planning to go to grad school after graduating from Louisiana Tech. I have not decided where, but this is definitely something in my future. This summer I have plans to work an internship in database creation and management in Massachusetts. After school, I am hoping to be able to apply my GIS skills to emergency response.


My Favorite Quote:


"Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are."  Julius Charles Hare




Wade Tracy

Wildlife Habitat Management Featured Student
Academic Year 2012-2013


Who I Am

My name is Wade Tracy and I am from Pineville, Louisiana. I have two great parents, James Tracy and Diane Mobley, and one sister, Erin Tracy. I graduated from Pineville High School, where I participated in Anchor Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, Bass Club, baseball, basketball, cross country, and track. I love to hunt and fish more than anything. When I am not in school, I am doing one of those two.

Why Tech and Wildlife

The reason I ended up at Tech is a long story, so we will just say it was by chance. I started out majoring in biomedical engineering with the intention of going to medical school.  I soon found out that a biomed degree was not for me, and my mother suggested majoring in Wildlife. I am also getting a minor in Forestry. Since switching, I have decided that I would like to be a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At Louisiana Tech, I am the president of the Louisiana Tech Bass Fishing team and have competed in the collegiate national championship every year. I am a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and a member of the Xi Sigma Pi honor society.

My Mentors

My biggest mentors would be my parents and my grandmother. They have given me everything I need to succeed in life. They are supportive when I need them the most. However, they also know what I am capable of and have never been afraid to give me the kick in the rear that I need when I am not achieving to my full potential. I can not thank them enough for everything they have done for me.

Favorite Quote

“Early to bed, early to rise. Fish all day. Make up lies.”