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Dedication Oct. 21 for Weldon Bo Nipper Building

Released: 10/15/2004

An open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, to dedicate the Weldon “Bo” Nipper Building on the LSU Alexandria campus. The building is home of the Rapides Parish Technology Center, where at-risk young adults can learn computer literacy and technology skills. The $1.2 million center opened this summer and is a joint venture of the university, the Rapides Parish Police Jury, the Workforce Investment Board, the Rapides Finance Authority and the Louisiana Division of Administration. The building is named after Nipper, whose career at the LSU Ag Center spanned from September 1948 until his retirement in August of 1984. He was named the agricultural coordinator for LSU Alexandria in 1960 and later named professor and resident director of the Dean Lee Research Station. Nipper died on Dec. 13, 2000. His family members will attend Thursday’s open house. Those invited to speak at the event are LSU Alexandria Chancellor Robert Cavanaugh, Police Jury President Ezra Reed, Rep. Charlie DeWitt and Sen. Joe McPherson. The new street on the LSU Alexandria campus, which provides easy access to the Nipper building, is named Gregg Marshall Drive. James Gregg Marshall worked for LSU and the LSU Ag Center for 39 years. He died on Jan. 29, 2000. Members of his family will also be in attendance for the open house/dedication event.