Alum underwrites Computer Science classroom | Louisiana College

Alum underwrites Computer Science classroom

By Norm Miller

Thanks to the generosity of alumnus Don Hill and Terry, his wife, Louisiana College will soon unveil a newly equipped and remodeled Computer Science classroom.

“This gift provides a huge lift to our emerging Computer Science major and our commitment regarding STEM becoming STEAM,” said Dr. Rick Brewer, president of Louisiana College. “I am deeply grateful that Don and Terry recognize the importance of Louisiana College’s mission and vision and have demonstrated such loyalty to Don’s alma mater.”

The new lab will attract students to Louisiana College because there is an increasing national demand for computer coders and popularity regarding cyber security training, Brewer said.

"The remodeled classroom will house four learning stations for 16 students, complete with laptops. The collaborative style furniture should enhance student engagement and learning outcomes." said Louisiana College’s CIO and Vice President for Information Technology Mark Shoemaker.

“The classroom is a blessing for Louisiana College” Shoemaker said. “And I want to personally thank the Hills for their investment in our students.”

Liberal arts colleges are facing many challenges because of a shrinking pool of students related to a decline in birth rates 20 years ago, and Louisiana College is not exempt for those effects, Brewer noted.

“This is another reason why the Hill’s exemplary overture is so vital to Louisiana College,” he said. “However, I am sure that Terry and Don would say that their generosity results from the blessings of God and hard work. And they would agree that God deserves all the glory.”