They took vows to stick together ‘for better or for worse,’ but does that count during a global pandemic? When you teach at home? And are raising children? And have never done this before?
Brad and Lacey Deal are the parents of two boys, Oli, 11, and Finn, 7. Brad is an associate professor in the School of Design, and Lacey is an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology. Like thousands of others who are often on the Louisiana Tech campus, this family quarantined at home this spring.
Haley Barnett didn’t intend to become a pandemic pioneer, but that’s what happened when Louisiana Tech switched to online learning March 16 — the day before her PhD defense for her doctorate in Molecular Science and Nanotechnology.
Late morning, Thursday, March 12. Winter was fading, the first day of spring only a week away. Louisiana Tech’s Lady Techsters basketball team had won its opening game of the Conference USA postseason tournament in Frisco, Texas and was only moments away from playing in the Round Two.
Louisiana Tech’s spring and summer commencement celebrations have been postponed because of COVID-19 and its impacts on gathering limits in the state. We don’t know exactly when commencement will be held, but we do know this: when commencement is finally held, the Tech regalia will be new.
Louisiana Tech continues to work to be the cleanest, most efficient, and most student-friendly. These are already constant goals, and they’re ones the school has been especially conscious of during the pandemic.