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College of Education Academic Showcase Oral Histories (Videos)


During 1998 and 1999, requests for letters from students, faculty, and alumni were announced. This was done through class announcements, letters to current and former faculty, Parish Spirit Coordinators, College of Education Academic Showcase website, College of Education announcements and University announcements.

Between November, 1998 (College of Education Academic Showcase month) and December, 1999 almost 150 letters were received from alumni, current and former faculty, and current students. These letters documented their experiences at SLI, USL and/or UL-Lafayette.

Many of the letters contained information on careers, family, and other experiences, along with some of their recollections of life at the University. While there was one letter from the 1920s and seven from the 1930s, each decade had at least 13 letters.

Mr. Frank Charles Delana, class of 1928, was the graduate with the earliest experiences at SLI, while four letters came from students who were in the classes of 2000 or 2001.

Seven letters were submitted by graduates from the 1930s: 31 - Thomas Ray Landry; 34 - Paul John Gaudet; 37 - Eddie Ray Broussard and Evelyn Gary Boudreaux; 38 - Charles A. Bernard, Jr.; 39 - Gladys Hoffpauir Robinette and William Stevenson.

Many of the letters were comprehensive and included a wide-variety of topics. Others focused on a specific education program which they wanted to document. Dr. Thomas Nevitt presented a very thorough history of the Department of Industrial Arts Education. Glenda Sue Thibodeaux Thomas presented extensive information about Hamilton Laboratory School on the campus. Carol Scott Whelan presented a unique perspective on the development of educational technology, which resulted in the Educational Technology Review Center (ETRC) in the College of Education.

Each letter is unique as each person presented information based on their experiences and their frame of reference. Our University has much for which we can be proud. Our graduates have done exceptionally well and these letter reflect the quality of their University preparation and the types of student which were attracted to the University.

In preparation of the letters for placement on the Centennial CD, three College of Education graduates undertook the task of reviewing the letters. Dr. Virgie Dronet (McNeese State University), Lois Patin (St. Martin Parish Schools), and Dr. Virginia Poe (UL EDCI faculty member) reviewed each of the original letters. Their purpose was to check grammar and consistency of University information, such as the names of buildings, professors, etc.

Once this task was completed, the finalization process began so the letters could be placed on the College of Education Centennial CD. Appreciation is expressed to Carolyn Broussard, Heidi Grotefend LeBlanc, and Dr. Elizabeth Lavergne Pinkett for their assistance in completing this task.

Carolyn, HPE Administrative Assistant, typed and saved all of the of the letters on CDs so that Ryan Brooks, College of Education ETRC staff member, could prepare them for placement on the Centennial CD. She was assisted by Heidi Grotefend LeBlanc, the departmental student assistant. Final editing of the letters was done by Dr. Elizabeth Pinkett, EDCI faculty member.

A special acknowledgement is extended to each person who submitted letters so others will know of the rich history of the College of Education and the University. These letters contain unique perspectives which were provided by our current and former students and faculty. Lastly, appreciation is expressed to all who helped promote the Book of Letters and encouraged others to submit their letter. All of the above have made this wonderful collection possible.

Thank You!


Prior to, during, and after the College of Education Academic Showcase, I was a frequent visitor with Dr. I. Bruce Turner, Assistant Dean of Special Collections Services in his Dupré Library office. He was excited about the opportunity that the academic showcases and the Centennial Celebration presented for documenting and preserving our unique history and traditions. From these discussions, many ideas surfaced and were evaluated. While resources were limited, we still endeavored to do our best to have the College of Education Academic Showcase be the best it could possibly be and help develop awareness for the Centennial Celebration.

Dr. Turner, although not a former student or faculty member of the College of Education, provided his expertise and support for our events. Through his encouragement and involvement, it was realized that these events were not only important for that month, but were worth preserving for the history of the University. Many of his suggestions were followed and I am most grateful to my friend. It is only fitting that the Book of Letters and the videos, which are part of this collection, have gone full circle and returned to be housed with the Special Collections at Dupré Library. Dr. Turner had served the Special Collections Department of Dupré Library for 33 years.

Thus, the Book of Letters is dedicated to Dr. I. Bruce Turner, not only for his special services during the College of Education Academic Showcase and the Centennial Celebration, but for his many years of providing professional assistance of the highest order to the University, the community, and his profession.

Dr. Turner's obituary published in The Advertiser on August 18, 2016

Submitted by Dr. Ed Dugas and Jane Vidrine, Dr. Turner's long-time assistant in the Archives Department.


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Note: Letters are grouped by submitter's last name


Florence Alice C. Adams - Elementary Education, June 1945

Robert "Bob" Adamson - Health & Physical Education, 1959

Johan J. Adendorff - Health & Physical Education, 1987; M.Ed., 1989

Ernie Alexander - Speech & Social Studies Education, 1964

Antoine Joseph "A.J." Antoine - Science Education, 1951; M.Ed., 1962

Aline Margaret Arceneaux - Chemistry, 1941

Mary Fay Perret Ashton - Speech & English, 1961


Gladys Mary Buller Babovec – History Education, August 8, 1940

Sue Baudier - M.Ed., 1979; Health & Physical Education Faculty, 1980-99

Margaret Lucy Gremillion Begnaud - 1973, 1978, 1991

Rose (Ann) Bergeron - Elementary Education, January 1965

Charles A. Bernard, Jr. - Elementary Teacher's Certificate, 1938

Dr. John A. Bertrand – Bachelor’s Degree, 1950

Carolyn Jones Bienvenu - English Education, 1963; M.A. English, 1975

Dr. Harold Blackwell - Kinesiology Faculty, 1975-1990

Joy L. Blanchard - French/Journalism Education, May 1999

Margaret Simon Blumberg - Math Education, 1962; M.S. Mathematics & Business Education, 1964

Evelyn Gary Boudreaux - 1937, 1949, 1955

Daniel John Bouillion - Health & Physical Education, 1967; M.Ed., 1986

Eddie Ray Broussard - Math & Science Education, August 1937; M.Ed., 1951

Dr. Merline T. Broussard - Business Education & English, May 20, 1956; M.Ed., 1967

Yvette Nicole Weber Broussard -Vocal Music Education, 1992

Denise Theriot Brown - Health and Physical Education, 1982; M.Ed., 1984

Glenny Lee Castagnos Buquet - Speech and English Education, 1958

Faye Marie Faulk Burdin - Elementary Education & Special Education, May 1972

Jessica Kathryn Burgard - Health and Physical Education, 2000

Olympe Arceneaux Butcher - Class of 1941


Rene' Joseph Calais - Elementary Education, 1954

David A. Cameron - Health & Physical Education Faculty, 1974-80

JoAnn Cangemi - Class of 1955

Alison Lucas Carlino - Elementary Education, Summer, 1999

Gerald Carlson - Health & Physical Education Faculty, 1980-84 & 1987-1999

Jane Ellen Carstens - Elementary Education, 1942; Education Faculty Member, 1942 - 1994

Yvonne Breaux Carter - Mathematics Education, 1943

Myles Casbon - Health & Physical Education, 1971; M. Ed., 1979

Reva Jones Chesson - Education, 1948

Chigee Jan Cloninger - Health & Physcial Education, 1969

Rebecca Cooper - Health Promotion & Wellness, 1996

Christopher Lynn Core - Sports Administration, 1995

Beverly Guidry Cormier - Elementary Education, 1984

Ramona Theresa Cormier - Music Education, 1943

Mildred Simoneaux Cortez - Upper Elementary Education, 1955

Lucille Mae Dufour Couvillion - Health & Physical Education, 1944

Martha Jeanne Hoover Crombie - Social Studies Education, 1976


Jacqueline Cefalu David - Elementary Education, 1969; M. Ed., 1972

Frank Charles Delana - Social Studies Liberal Arts, 1928

Nemour Bernard De Laneuville - Health & Physical Education, 1960

Virgie M. Dronet - Mathematics & Science Education, 1963; M. Ed., 1970

Mary Holly Ducharme and Robert "Bud" Ducharme - Health & Physical Education, 1942

Harris J. Ducote - English Education, August, 1960

Paula Ann Guillory Ducote - Upper Elementary Education, May 1961

Esther Ruth Washington Duffy - Education Specialist Degree, 1977

Rosemary Landreneau Dufour - Health & Physical Education, 1943

Edmond A. Dugas - Health & Physical Education, Summer 1962; M. Ed., Summer 1963

John A. Dugas - Health & Education, Class of 2001

Larry G. Dugas, Jr. - Health & Physical Education and Social Studies, 1956

Eugenie Sudduth Duhon - Elementary Education, 1968

Gervis J. Duhon - Elementary Education, 1968

Charles V. Duncan - Health & Physical Education, 1994


David H. Fisher - Health and Physical Education, 1950

Joseph Ryan Fontenot - Elementary Education, 1965

Mary Elinor Sibille Fontenot - Upper Elementary Education, 1943

Patricia Ann LeBlanc Prado Fontenot - Sociology and History Liberal Arts, 1976

Jerry Freischlag - Health and Physical Education Faculty, 1985-87


Louis Frederick Gaudet, Jr. - Health and Physical Education, 1951

Paul John Gaudet - Biology and Chemistry Education, 1934

Yvette Girouard - Health and Physical Education, 1976

Dale H. Gleason - Education Faculty Member, 1968-1983

Edward B. Goellner - Education Faculty Member, 1969-99

Roslin Growe - Education Faculty Member, 1986-1999

Juanita Boudreaux Guerin - Elementary Education, 1972; M. Ed., 1977

Mark E. Guilbeau - Graduate Assistant, Health and Physical Education,

Fred Guillot - Health and Physical Education, 1964


Florent Hardy, Jr. - Liberal Arts, 1966; M.A. History, 1969; Social Studies Education, 1972

Gerald Hebert - Health and Physical Education, 1973

Newlyn Hebert - Elementary Education, 1971


James Edward Kennison - Health and Physical Education, 1955; M. Ed., 1958

Louise Baudin Kenny and Robert Kenny - Music, 1952 & M. Ed., 1967; 1950

Marsha Kramer - Ed. S., 1975

Arthur J. Kryda - Health and Physical Education, 1950


Lauralee Dugas Labit - Elementary Education, December 1996

Thomas Ray Landry - Elementary Education, 1931

Janelle Olivier Gonzales Lavergne - Elementary Education, 1977; Health & Physical Education, 1983

Richard Lavergne - Health and Physical Education, 1974

Margaret Estorge LeBas - Health and Physical Education, 1981; M. Ed., 1998

Andrea LeBlanc - Health Promotion and Wellness, Class of 2001

Heidi Grotefend LeBlanc - Special Education & Early Intervention, Class of 2000

Lance Cassidy Lessard - Health and Physical Education, May 1999

Brenda Champagne Levert - Health and Physical Education, 1986

Virginia Lyons - Health and Physical Education, 1962


Kenneth L. Marsh - Health and Physical Education, 1973

Mary Elizabeth Horne Marten - Upper Elementary Education - Summer 1962

Carmen Estela Thurston Martin - Elementary Education, 1955

Shirley Thiac McBride - Upper Elementary Education, 1954

Huey S. McCauley - Social Studies Education, 1960

John A. Miller - Chemistry, 1946; Math & Science Education, 1949

Leon C. Moncla - Business Education, 1950

Richard A. Musemeche - Industrial Arts Education, 1954


Frederick B. Nelson - Health and Physcial Education Faculty, 1962 - 1999

Thomas A. Nevitt - Faculty Member, Industrial Arts Education Departmental History

Marilynn Mason Noel - Elementary Education, 1973

Elizabeth Roberts Norwood - Speech Education, 1956


Dianne Fuselier Olivier - Health & Physical Education, 1973; M. Ed., 1975; Ed. S., 1980


George David Parish - Music Education, 1959

Jimmie Lynn Brownson Parish - English, 1964

Jeanette Parker - M.A., Elementary Education, 1971

Donna Dugas Pearson - Liberal Arts, 1985; Education student, Spring 1992

Cecil J. Picard - Upper Elementary Education, May 1959

Elizabeth E. LaVergne-Pinkett - Curriculum & Instruction Faculty, 1994-1999

Richard Pizzolatto - Health and Physcial Education, 1958

Lydia Virginia Lind Poe - M. Ed., 1961; Ed. S., 1971

James W. and Ezora J. Proctor - M. Ed., 1970

Frank Craig Purpera, Sr. - Health and Physical Education, 1976; M. Ed., 1985


Tommie Green Rafidi - Elementary Education, 1962

Corinne Ohlsen Randazzo - Elementary Education, 1954

Jeanette Ray - Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree, 1984

Claude DeWitt Revels, Jr. - Health and Physical Education, 1973; M. Ed., 1976

Gladys Hoffpauir Robinette - Upper Elementary Education, August 1939

Linda Baird Rome - Health and Physical Education, 1982

Terry Roy and Geraldine Trahan Roy - Music Education, 1957 & M. Ed., 1961; Music Education, 1954

Kevin J. Russo - Health and Physical Education, 1991


Walter J. Saucier - Science Education, 1942

Dan C. Shannon - History Education, 1948

Simone Simon - Elementary Education Certificate, August 1998

Luci Sistrunk - Exercise Science, Class of 1999

Adele Smith - Health & Physical Education Faculty, 1975-80 and 1991-1999

Mary Nezzio Smith - 1969

Isadore Leon Saucier - Upper Elementary Education, 1955

Catherine L. Stemmans - Health and Physical Education, 1994

William F. Stevenson - Health and Physical Education, 1939

Mary Napoli Stockstill - M. Ed., 1977


Denis Tallini - Health & Physical Education, 1977

Johnell Blanchard Theriot - Elementary Education, 1969; M. Ed., 1989; Ed. S., 1992

Mary Lou Borel Thibodeaux - Elementary Education, 1975; M. Ed., 1979

Glenda Sue Thibodeaux Thomas - Hamilton Lab 1963; Elementary Education, 1971; M. Ed., 1975

Andrew Toney - Health and Physical Education, December 1979

Priscillia Bobb Toney - Health and Physical Education, 1980

O. J. Tournillon - Health & Physical Education, 1949

Janice Lejeune Dupré' Trahan - English Education, 1970

Rodney J. Trahan - Health & Physical Education, 1974; M. Ed., 1975


Mary Beth Stufflefield Wallis - M. Ed., 1964; Ed. S., 1973

Lillian and Bill Walz - M. Ed., 1972; M. Ed., 1973

Carol Scott Whelan - Curriculum & Instruction Faculty Member, E.T.R.C., 1987 - 1997

Dawn M. Wilson - Health & Physical Education Faculty, 1976 - 82

Clyde Wolf - Health and Physical Education, 1958; M. Ed., 1966


Francis Pirotte Zink - Elementary Education, 1962; M. A., 1967; Ed. S., 1969