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LSUA STREETS RENAMED IN MEMORY OF FORMER FACULTY AND STAFF

Released: 06/06/2000

<p> Three streets on the Louisiana State University at Alexandria campus have been renamed in memory of three former faculty and staff members. According to Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, LSUA chancellor, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved LSUA&acute;s request to rename the streets at last week&acute;s Board meeting in Baton Rouge. </p><p> "The streets have been renamed in memory of three truly outstanding individuals who influenced the lives of literally thousands of LSUA students over the years," Cavanaugh said. "This is an opportunity for LSUA to honor faculty and staff who had a major impact on this institution." </p><p> East Campus Drive has been renamed Tom Bowman Drive. Bowman taught French at LSUA for almost 24 years. He died on January 17, 1986. "Tom Bowman was an outstanding faculty leader and served as the first Faculty Senate president," Cavanaugh said. "He provided outstanding faculty leadership for many years." </p><p> Central Campus Avenue has been renamed Jerry Myrick Drive. Myrick taught history to LSUA students for 30 years and was also the director of the Children&acute;s Academic Program for 13 years. He died on June 5, 1997. "Jerry was one of the most beloved faculty members at LSUA," Cavanaugh said. "Students wanted to take his classes because of his unique, conversational style of teaching history. He also influenced hundreds of students through the CAPS program and through the Baptist Student Union where he was a faculty advisor." </p><p> South Campus Avenue has been renamed Thelma Ethridge Drive. Mrs. Ethridge was the secretary in the Student Affairs office for 10 years. She died on May 5, 1997. "Thelma had a love for life that was contagious," Cavanaugh said. "She was an employee who supported all activities and departments of the campus, and she had a direct, positive impact on the lives of many, many students." </p><p> The street name changes are effective immediately. </p>