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Louisiana College

Louisiana College
Motto Deo, Veritati, Patriae
Motto in English
God, Truth, Country
Established October 3, 1906
Type Private
Affiliation Baptist
Endowment $27,064,817[1]
President Rick Brewer (effective April 7, 2015)
Students 1,265 (Fall 2014)
Location Pineville, Louisiana, USA
Colors Orange and Royal Blue          
Athletics NCAA Division IIIASC
Sports 13 varsity teams
(7 men's & 6 women's)
Nickname Wildcats / Lady Wildcats
Affiliations Louisiana Baptist Convention
Alexandria Hall houses the administrative offices and some academic departments at Louisiana College.
Richard W. Norton Memorial Library at Louisiana College
Guinn Auditorium, named for former LC President Earl Guinn
H.O. West Physical Education Building is named for Minden businessman and retailer Herman O. West (1900-1981), who was named LC board president in 1958.
Louisiana College Student Center named for Carroll and Elizabeth Hixson

Louisiana College is a private institution of higher education located in Pineville, in the central portion of the U.S. state of Louisiana. Affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, it serves approximately 1,300 students. The college operates on a semester system, with two shorter summer terms. Although the college is affiliated with a group of Baptist churches, who make up the membership of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, students need not be a member of that denomination to attend.

The school colors are orange and blue, and their athletics teams are known as the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats.


  • History 1
  • Academic freedom and accreditation under challenge 2
  • Controversies in the Aguillard administration 3
  • On probation again 4
  • Campus 5
  • Academics 6
    • Division of Allied Health 6.1
    • Division of Business 6.2
    • Division of Christian Studies 6.3
    • Division of Education 6.4
    • Division of History and Political Science 6.5
    • Division of Human Behavior 6.6
    • Division of Humanities 6.7
    • Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 6.8
    • Division of Nursing 6.9
    • Division of Visual and Performing Arts 6.10
  • Law school in Shreveport 7
  • Dispute over divinity School 8
  • Notable professors 9
  • Student Life 10
    • Traditions at LC 10.1
  • Athletics 11
    • Facilities 11.1
  • Notable alumni 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Louisiana College, known as "LC", was founded on October 3, 1906, in Pineville, across the Red River from the larger Alexandria. The college began in tents with four professor and nineteen students. Since 2006, LC has reported an enrollment growth of 50 percent.[2]

Baptist clergyman and educator Edwin O. Ware, Sr., is considered to have been the principal founder of the institution. He was from 1906 to 1907 the LC financial agent and its first president from 1908 to 1909. LC is the successor to two earlier Louisiana Baptist schools, Mount Lebanon College, sometimes called Mount Lebanon University, and Keatchie Female College. The first, a men's school founded in 1852 by the North Louisiana Baptist Convention, was located in the community of Mount Lebanon in Bienville Parish. The women's college, founded in 1857 by the Grand Cane Association of Baptist Churches, was located in the community of Keatchie in De Soto Parish south of Shreveport. After a history beset by financial difficulties, both schools came under the control of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 1899. An Education Commission was selected by the state convention to administer the schools with the understanding that both would be succeeded by a more centrally located institution as soon as a suitable campus could be selected. When Louisiana College was opened in 1906, Mount Lebanon College closed, followed by Keatchie a few years later. Since the first class of nineteen students in 1906, more than ten thousand have graduated from the institution.

Until 1921, Louisiana College was administered by the Education Commission. The new charter established a board of trustees. The first administrative head of Louisiana College was W. F. Taylor, whose title was chairman of the faculty. Since its opening under President Edwin Ware, LC has had these seven other presidents:

During part of 1941, Hal Monroe Weathersby (1885–1965) served as acting LC president until the arrival later in the year of Edgar Godbold, the former president of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. From 1911 to 1914, the Baptist Weathersby was professor of history and Greek. From 1914 until his retirement in 1965, he was the dean of Louisiana College. Like Godbold, Weathersby graduated from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi, and the University of Chicago. The Weathersby Fine Arts Building, completed in 1961, is named in his honor.[3][4]

In 1958, the Edwin Adams Davis, head of the history department at LSU and author of a popular Louisiana history textbook, became the first president of the revised association.

Among the benefactors of Louisiana College has been the family of Simon W. Tudor of Pineville, who founded Tudor Construction Company in 1946. Tudor coached basketball, football, and baseball at the college in the 1910s. The men's dormitory Tudor Hall is named for him. Tudor was also chairman of the board of trustees from 1943 to 1953.

In 2012, the Louisiana Baptist Convention granted approval to Louisiana College to seek $12 million in donations from member churches within the state as part of the institution's $50 million capital improvements program. The $12 million will be earmarked for improvements in student housing. Cottingham Hall, named for President Claybrook Cottingam and built in 1941, is in particularly need of full renovation, roof, plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, and ventilation.[2]

Academic freedom and accreditation under challenge

In 2005, four former professors, Carlton Winbery, Fredrick Downing, James Heath, and Connie Douglas, who disputed the Baptist doctrine of Biblical inerrancy filed suit against Louisiana College after newly confirmed president Joe Aguillard determined that the 1978 M. Scott Peck book, The Road Less Traveled be labeled as Buddhist, rather than Christian. The book was formerly used in a Christian values class at the college. The dissenting faculty, citing academic freedom, filed a grievance and then a suit. In 2013, the Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal denied the professors' claim. The judges cited the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. They determined that the establishment clause forbids their entering into an "unconstitutional entanglement in a religious dispute." The plaintiffs could now appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court.[5] In May 2014, the Louisiana Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of the four professors on grounds that the jurists could not become entangled into the nuances of Baptist theology. Outgoing President Aguillard called the justices' decision not to hear the case "priceless". Only the retiring Justice Jeffrey P. Victory, a prominent Baptist, had wanted to hear the matter.[6]

In December 2013, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmed LC accreditation after two years of warning status.[7] In January 2014, Tommy French, the founding former pastor of Jefferson Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, was elected chairman of the LC board of trustees. French said that he intends to monitor the accreditation issue to "strengthen the college and every department. ... We’re staying on top of our accreditation. These new matters require constant attention."[8]

In March 2014, less than three months after the reaffirmation of LC's accreditation, SACS announced that it would investigate LC after college officials were accused of having submitted documents that contain forged signatures and other inconsistencies in its official reports to the agency.[9] Three months later, SACS placed the university on probation because of an "'integrity issue,' as well as its failure to comply with the accreditor's standards regarding 'external influence,' personnel appointments, administrative staff evaluations, control of finances, and its administration of federal student aid funds."[10]

Controversies in the Aguillard administration

LC was shaken by a series of controversies involving the tenure of President Aguillard, who steps down as president on May 31, 2014 and becomes president emeritus two months later on August 1. A student strike against Aguillard, called "Prayers for Progress", has been called for 8 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014 at LC's Guinn Auditorium. A student spokesman who remains anonymous said, "Our terms are resignation of the president or dismissal by the board." According to a flier, the dissidents vow to "shut down the school by not attending classes until we are heard, and we make steps in the right direction." Aguillard at a forum on March 20 described LC as "an open book regarding our future and our strength and reminding one another it’s not about us, it’s all about Jesus." A reporter for Alexandria Town Talk attended the forum for forty-five minutes before being asked to leave. Aguillard claimed that the newspaper had "printed false information" in recent articles about LC and its evaluation by SACS.[11]

Few students participated in the strike though two trustees and several alumni appeared to show their opposition to President Aguillard. About fifty persons gathered at the auditorium to hold hands, pray, and sing. Organizers blamed the weak turnout on fear of retaliation by the college administration. LC had warned students in a notice that a strike would constitute a possible violation of college policies that could result in severe sanctions, such as suspension, denial of a degree, or expulsion on the first violation of the code. The media was asked to leave the campus at the time of the gathering.[12]

On March 27, 2014, it was reported that the LC trustees had asked Aguillard to resign. The opposition grew after David Hankins, the executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, reportedly dropped his support of Aguillard after word was released that Aguillard had been recorded as having said that Hankins might be the individual promoting Calvinism on the LC campus.[13] Ten LC trustees who had formerly opposed Aguillard released a public letter on March 28 critical of Aguillard's leadership: "It has been about the abuse of power and authoritarian control. We are concerned with truth and transparency and we believe the [Louisiana Baptist] Convention should be concerned about the same. ... we encourage the entire board to be unified in charting a new direction for the college."[14] The ten dissidents, including Tony Perkins, executive director of the Family Research Council, said that they would have called for Aguillard's termination in 2013 had not convention executive director Hankins exerted "undue influence" in defense of Aguillard. Several trustees stressed that Aguillard, not Hankins, is the focus of their concern. The trustees meet again on April 14 at the LC campus.[14] It was reported on April 2, 2014, that Aguillard will not resign but has "new evidence" to present to the trustees at the forthcoming meeting.[15]

On April 15, 2014, the trustees removed Aguillard as president and named Argile Asa Smith, the associate dean of Christian ministry of the Caskey School of Divinity, as the interim leader, pending an ongoing search for a permanent successor. Aguillard will assist Smith during this transition and additionally, will become in 2015-2016 a tenured professor in the Graduate Teacher Education program at LC.[16] He begins a one-year paid sabbatical on June 1 at his full 2013-2014 presidential base salary of $202,007. If he decides to return to LC as a tenured professor in 2015-2016, he will receive 50 percent of his current base pay, or $101,003.50. For each subsequent year as an LC senior professor, beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, he will receive 30 percent of the current base salary, or $60,602.10.[17]

LC ended its fiscal year July 31, 2012, with a deficit of $1.3 million deficit; the institution spent $30.5 million during that time but collected only $29.2 million in revenues.[15]

On probation again

On June 19, 2014, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, placed Louisiana College on probation because of issues related to trustee board governance, institutional integrity, personnel policies, and audit findings regarding student financial aid and other financial control matters.[18]

The LC interim president, Argile Smith said that the decision by SACS is "disappointing" but "represents an opportunity for Louisiana College to address the issues in preparation for the arrival of a new president. Fortunately, the issues don’t bring into question in any way the excellent classroom work being done by our professors and students. The issues have to do with administrative areas."[18]

In November 2014, President Smith disclosed that the college has a $1 million shortfall for the 2014-2015 academic year. The current enrollment of 1,265 is 141 fewer than in the fall of 2013. A decrease of 141 students, according to Smith, represents a loss of $2.1 million in revenues from tuition and fees paid by students, double the overall budgetary shortfall. Smith said that the institution will attempt to control expenditures but not cut jobs or contracts. Major projects under former President Joe Aguillard will be suspended, including a school in Tanzania, Africa, a law school in Shreveport to have been named in honor of former Texas Judge Paul Pressler of Houston, and a medical school and film school in Central Louisiana.[19]


Louisiana College is situated on an 81-acre (330,000 m2) campus in Pineville. The school has twenty-five academic and residential buildings, which include:

  • Alexandria Hall, constructed in 1920, houses most of the LC administrative offices, and the departments of history, business, human behavior, teacher education, English, and foreign languages. Within Alexandria Hall is the Ruth O'Quinn Center for Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Designed to upgrade technology resources, the center is named for Ruth Margaret Granger O'Quinn (born c. 1925), a 1960 LC alumnus, retired classroom teacher, and a former member of the Rapides Parish School Board. She is the widow of Hansel B. O'Quinn (LC Class of 1954). In 2013, O'Quinn was named an LC "Distinguished Alumnus".[20]
  • Cavanaugh Hall of Science, built in 1969, contains offices, classrooms and laboratory facilities for the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and nursing. The building was named in 1975 to honor Charles J. Cavanaugh, an LC professor of biology from 1945 to 1977.
  • Weathersby Fine Arts Building, completed in 1961 and completely renovated in 1993, contains the departments of art and music. The building features an exhibition gallery with adjacent storeroom and a 151-seat recital hall.
  • Guinn Auditorium and Religious Education Center, built in 1973 in an earlier capital improvements program, is home to the religious studies department and contains the 300-seat Frances Bolton Chapel and the 1,800-seat Guinn Auditorium. The auditorium is home to the Gladys Tatum West pipe organ, a 185-rank, five manual Moeller organ, one of the largest such instruments in the American South. The building is named in honor of past president G. Earl Guinn.
  • Martin Performing Arts Center, built in 1992, houses the media communications, journalism, and theatre departments, a 400-seat black-box theatre, a television studio, and Radio KZLC, 95.5 MHz FM.
  • H. O. West Physical Education Building, which contains a 4,800-seat gymnasium, a heated swimming pool, and the department of health and physical education, is named for the late retailer H.O. West of Minden, the husband of Gladys Tatum West.
  • Norton Library, which contains more than 130,000 volumes, 174,000 government documents, 75,000 items in microfilm and subscribes to over 500 periodicals. The building was built in 1955.
  • Tudor Hall, a men's residence hall that has a capacity of 168 men. The building was constructed in 1957.
  • English Village, a men's apartment complex open to upperclassmen, houses ninety-two students and is noted for its Lincoln Log style design.
  • Church Hall, a former Methodist church, renovated into a men's residence hall, is open to upperclassmen and also houses the football fieldhouse and the security and information technology offices.
  • Cottingham Hall, a women's residence hall, is named in honor of Claybrook Cottingham, a native of Virginia, who was the LC president from 1910 until 1941, when he became the president of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.[21] Built in 1940, Cottingham Hall houses three hundred women. It is the largest residential building on the campus. Oddly, another Cottingham Hall on the Louisiana Tech campus is a long-term men's dormitory.
  • College Drive Apartments, the newest building on the Louisiana College campus, being completed in 2001. This apartment building is open to upperclass women and can house forty-five.
  • Hixson Student Center and Granberry Conference Center, remodeled in 1997, is the hub of student activities. It houses the post office, a commons area, a game room, various student life offices, a short-order restaurant, and the campus bookstore.


University rankings
Washington Monthly[22] 106

Louisiana College awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of General Studies degrees and offers more than seventy majors, minors and pre-professional programs. These programs are:

Division of Allied Health

  • Associate of Allied Health in Physical Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology

Division of Business

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics & Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in General Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Management/Marketing
  • Accounting (minor only)

Division of Christian Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education
  • Biblical Languages (minor only)
  • General Religion (minor only)
  • Philosophy (minor only)

Division of Education

  • Department of Teacher Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Department of Health & Physical Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
    • Bachelor of Arts in Fitness & Wellness
    • Bachelor of Arts in Health & Physical Education

Division of History and Political Science

  • Bachelor of Science in History
    • Pre-Law Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education
  • Political Science (minor only)

Division of Human Behavior

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Criminal Justice (minor only)

Division of Humanities

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in French
  • Bachelor of Arts in French Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education
  • Spanish (minor only)

Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Department of Biology
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology
      • Pre-Medical
      • Pre-Optometry
      • Pre-Occupational Therapy
      • Pre-Physical Therapy
      • Pre-Physician Assistant
      • Pre-Respiratory Therapy
      • Pre-Veterinary
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
  • Department of Chemistry
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
      • Pre-Dental
      • Pre-Dental Hygiene
      • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
  • Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
    • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education
    • Computer Science (minor only)

Division of Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Division of Visual and Performing Arts

  • Department of Art
    • Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
    • Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
    • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art
    • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication
    • Bachelor of Arts in Web Design
  • Department of Mass Communication and Theatre
    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts
    • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
    • Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications
    • Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theatre
    • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts
    • Journalism Education (minor only)
    • Speech Education (minor only)
    • Theatre Arts Education (minor only)
  • Department of Music
    • Bachelor of Arts in Music
      • Pre-Music Therapy
    • Bachelor of Music in Church Music
    • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
    • Bachelor of Music in Music: Organ, Piano or Voice
    • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

Law school in Shreveport

On September 1, 2010, Louisiana College announced that it is building in downtown Shreveport the Judge Paul Pressler School of Law, named for a former justice of the Texas Court of Appeals from Houston, Paul Pressler, a long-time leader of the theological conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention and a strongly conservative Republican activist. Pressler was a state representative from Harris County from 1957 to 1959 and a state court judge from 1970 to 1992. J. Michael Johnson is the founding dean of the new institution.[23] The formation of the law school was originally announced in 2007.[24]

LC expects to place the law school in the former federal building named for the late U.S. Representative Joe Waggonner Currently there is no law school within two hundred miles of the planned location. Johnson said that the school will "pursue academic excellence by use of a curriculum that directly acknowledges and embraces our Judeo-Christian heritage and the moral foundations of the American legal system. We want our students to learn and to study the history and philosophy of the law, but all of that will be grounded in what we call 'The Unchanging Foundation.' That is the motto of Louisiana College, and it will be for the law school as well."[23]

Johnson said that the curriculum will be grounded on the ideas of the Declaration of Independence: a Creator God with inalienable rights. The American Founding Fathers, said Johnson, "believed if we moved away from those truths, and the Natural law philosophy, we would be in trouble . . . So their admonition to us was to . . . interpret the Constitution very carefully and according to its original intent because if we fail to do that, we would drift away from the moorings. It is a perilous position, and that is where we find outselves today."[25]

A board of reference has been named to advise regarding the establishment of the law school, including the two area U.S. Representatives John C. Fleming and Rodney Alexander. Others on the board include Alveda C. King, founder of King for America, Inc.; Tim LaHaye of Tim LaHaye Ministries, Beverly LaHaye of Concerned Women for America, psychologist James C. Dobson, David Barton of the group Wallbuilders, former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Associate Justice Jeffrey P. Victory of the Louisiana Supreme Court, and Richard Land, the former president of the SBC Liberty Commission.[26]

Despite the preliminary work, the law school has yet to open or to admit any students.[27]

Dispute over divinity School

On December 15, 2010, the LC trustees received a $1 million contribution from an anonymous foundation in order to launch a divinity school on the Pineville campus.[28] This is Louisiana College's third announced graduate school since 2008. The school is named the Caskey School of Divinity, after a Southern Baptist minister who "tirelessly worked and evangelized in Louisiana".[28] The founding dean for the school is Dr. Charles Quarles, the since resigned vice president for Integration of Faith and Learning and Research Professor of New Testament and Greek in the Christian Studies Division. Currently Louisiana College is able to grant up to the master's degree under Level 3 status of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The school began classes in Fall 2011. The school planned to initially accept up to one hundred students with free tuition, something unprecedented.[29] Dr. Quarles explained the goals of the Caskey School of Divinity:

"Louisiana College will establish a divinity school that will train coming generations of Christian leaders:

  1. To correctly handle the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15)
  2. To preach the word (2 Tim 4:2)
  3. To emphasize the great truths of the Christian faith in their preaching and teaching(1 Tim 4:16)
  4. To share the gospel passionately with the lost (2 Tim 4:5)
  5. To model outstanding Christian character (1 Tim 3)."
Dr. Charles Quarles[28]

Meanwhile, funding of the divinity school came into question. The Cason Foundation, which donated $5 million to LC to fund the divinity school, announced that it will no longer financially support the college because of "actions of President (Joe) Aguillard which we believe to be unethical and potentially illegal."[30] Edgar Cason and his wife, Flora Jean Caskey Cason, who established the foundation in honor of her father, informed LC trustees by letter on April 15 that it would end its ties to LC. A probe into the matter by a law firm in New Orleans claims that Aguillard had improperly diverted some $60,000 in divinity school donations to LC projects in Tanzania, Africa. Five LC board members, however, have defended Aguillard and maintain that he did not act improperly regarding the funds. Cason further questioned why the LC trustees did not permit him to address the board at its March meeting.[30]

A special committee of the trustees voted 4-3 to clear Aguillard of wrongdoing in regard to the diverted funds. One of the dissenting votes was cast by Tony Perkins, a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and the president of the Family Research Council. Perkins subsequently questioned in an email to the Reverend Kris Chenier, chairman of the special panel and the pastor of the Trinity Heights Baptist Church in Shreveport, why the committee had implied that the vote to clear Aguillard had been unanimous, rather than by the one-vote margin.[31] On April 30, the trustees called a special meeting to consider the dispute over the divinity school. Trustees voted to retain Aguillard as president and laid spiritual hands over him. It was not disclosed how many of the thirty-four trustees were present for the special meeting or the breakdown of the vote, but the trustees declared the matter closed for further consideration.[32]

Notable professors

  • Maurice J. Davis (1921-2013), Alabama native, education professor and director of student teaching, on the faculty from 1964 to 1989[33]
  • Helen Derr, journalism professor, formerly religion editor of Alexandria Daily Town Talk
  • George E. Hearn, psychology professor, 1965–2000
  • F. Jay Taylor, historian and later president of Louisiana Tech University
  • Simon W. Tudor, athletic coach
  • Bennett Strange, professor of communications
  • Charles J. Cavanaugh, Professor of Biology, taught for about 40 years and retired in 1976. Built strong pre-med program.
  • Thomas Howell, historian, Chair of the division of History and Political Science. Moved to William Jewell after the change of presidents.
  • Bill Simpson, history professor.
  • Horace English, opera and voice professor and regional baritone soloist in constant demand. Currently on the faculty at Centenary College.
  • Mary D. Bowman, history professor. The Louisiana College Mary D. Bowman International Study Scholarship was founded in her memory and awarded a semester abroad for accepted applicants.

Student Life

One of the things which set LC apart from other schools is its commitment to promoting a Christian atmosphere.[34] Because LC is a small school it fosters a small community environment where most students are familiar with each other. Overall development amongst the student body is new and growing as the college grows larger and evolves. LC is still in a state of growth and expansion and has been experiencing record setting enrollment within the past few years.[35] In addition to promoting a Christian atmosphere, students at LC have a strong involvement with athletic/intramural events.

Traditions at LC

Cottingham Forest rolled
Toilet paper hanging from the trees from the annual rolling of Cottingham Forest during Mom's weekend

Louisiana College have several treasured traditions carried out by its students. While LC lacks a large variety of student organizations, traditions are handed down mostly through word of mouth. One of the first traditions learned about at LC is the marriage swing located in front of Cottingham Hall. Legend holds that if a couple sits on the swing at the same time they are destined to be married. This of course leads to apprehension to sit on the swing, although many take their chances. Several have even proposed at the marriage swing. However, unknown to most LC students, the original marriage swing was broken in the Spring semester of the 2010-2011 school year and replaced by a replica. Even had this tragedy not occurred, the purported mystical effects of the marriage swing would have been rendered null in the spring of 2015 when the student government paid to have every swing on campus replaced.[36] Another tradition held is the annual rolling of Cottingham Forest during Mom's Weekend. Every year LC holds a Mom's Weekend event when girls and their moms share time together on campus. On the first night of this weekend the male students of LC collect toilet paper and use it to TP the trees immediately in front of Cottingham Hall. In the morning the girls awake to a white wintery wonderland. Another tradition is the fabled Moses statue in front of the Weathersby Fine Arts Building. Legend says that it holds the power of good luck. This power is conferred upon an individual when he/she rubs the top of his head. This phenomenon has been investigated by many, but few are able to offer sufficient explanations for it. Throughout the school year Louisiana College holds several annual events. Homecoming Honey is an event held during homecoming week; male students compete for the hotly contested title of "homecoming honey" by showing off their talents and personalities. The winner is then selected by panel of judges. Christmas Gala is a treasured tradition at Louisiana College. This is LC's equivalent of prom without a dance. Students bring a date to a formal dinner and enjoy well prepared meals. After the meal students file into Guinn Auditorium for a Christmas presentation put on by professors and students. During this presentation the Gala Court is announced and presented to the student body. Cochon De Lait is another event put on by LC's Union Board. Cochon is a campus-wide crawfish boil with all you can eat crawfish. This event is much anticipated and students' families often participate. There are often inflatable games and live music.


Students cheering at football game
Students cheer during a football game at Wildcat Stadium.

Louisiana College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Wildcats are a member of the American Southwest Conference (ASC); and formerly competed in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and tennis.


On October 25, 2008, LC inaugurated Wildcat Stadium. The new football and soccer field brought the first stadium to the campus in 40 years.[37]

Notable alumni

  • Albert Martin Bolton (Class of 1949, 1925-2014), weather reporter in Shreveport at KSLA-TV from 1954 to 1991 and KRMD radio from 1991 to 2001[38]
  • Chris Broadwater, current District 86 state representative from Tangipahoa Parish
  • Jake W. Cameron (Class of 1938, 1913-1999), mayor of Bossier City from 1957 to 1961[39]
  • Hyram Copeland (born 1940), current mayor of Vidalia, Louisiana, since 1992[40]
  • John Thomas "J.T." Curtis, Jr. (Class of 1968), Winningest active head football coach in American high school football and second winningest all-time as head coach of John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, Louisiana. Holds national record for state championships won (26). Inducted into Louisiana College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and National High School Hall of Fame in 2015.
  • Jackson B. Davis (born 1918), former state senator; attended LC from 1933 to 1934
  • Jimmie Davis (1899-2000), popular singer and Louisiana governor (1944–1948 and 1960–1964)
  • Nelder Dawson (1928–2006), Alexandria Daily Town Talk newspaper executive
  • Winston De Ville (born 1937), noted Louisiana genealogist and publisher
  • C. H. "Sammy" Downs (Class of 1932, 1911-1985), member of both houses of the Louisiana state legislature from Rapides Parish and advisor to Governors Earl Kemp Long and John McKeithen
  • J. Earl Downs (Class of 1928, 1905-1998), public safety commissioner in Shreveport, 1954 to 1962
  • Francis Dugas (1919-2008), state representative from Lafourche Parish from 1956 to 1960; candidate for lieutenant governor in 1963 on Robert F. Kennon intraparty ticket
  • B.G. Dyess (1922-2013), Baptist minister, former state senator and former Rapides Parish registrar of voters
  • Lenny Fant (1923–1998) coached basketball at LC from 1953–1954; he was thereafter the award-winning coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe from 1957-1979.
  • Alton "Red" Franklin (Class of 1961), In 1985, he was named high school football Coach of the Year for Region 5 and was nominated for National Coach of the Year. Led Haynesville High School in Haynesville, Louisiana to 366 wins and eleven football state titles as head coach from 1966-2002. Was inducted into Louisiana College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 and the LHSAA Hall of Fame and LHSCA Hall of Fame in 2004.
  • G. Earl Guinn (1912-2004), first LC graduate to be president of the college (1951-1975)
  • Eric W. Harris (1916-2007), Alexandria businessman and founder of first Jaycees chapter in Louisiana; attended Louisiana College for two years
  • Lance Harris (born 1961), Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for Rapides Parish since 2012; attended LC, dates unavailable[41]
  • Rufus D. Hayes (1913–2002), first Louisiana insurance commissioner, 1957–1964
  • Jack Holt (Louisiana judge) (1924-2013), attorney, first Pineville municipal judge, served for twenty-one years; businessman, land developer, conservationist.[42]
  • Guy E. Humphries, Jr. (1923–2010), state court judge and co-founder of the Renaissance Home for Youth
  • Johney L. Jeans (Class of 1966) Played football for the Wildcats and had a short lived career with the Houston Oilers before becoming an educator and coach in Louisiana and Texas. Retired from education as principal of Basile High School in Basile, Louisiana in 1997. Became involved in prison ministries around Louisiana and is a member of Gideons International. Honored as Louisiana College distinguished alumni in 2006.
  • Claude Kirkpatrick (1917–1997), member of Louisiana House of Representatives (1952–1960) from Jefferson Davis Parish, director of Louisiana Department of Public Works (1960–1964), candidate for governor in 1963, instigator of Toledo Bend Reservoir, president of Baton Rouge General Hospital, and builder of three shopping centers
  • Edith Killgore Kirkpatrick (born 1918), member of Louisiana Board of Regents; state Baptist official; wife of Claude Kirkpatrick
  • Richard Land (born 1946), member of Board of Reference for establishment of Judge Paul Pressler School of Law in Shreveport
  • James Nelson Lee (Class of 1943) (c. 1923-2014), city and state district court judge in Bunkie and Avoyelles Parish[43]
  • U.S. representative from the defunct Eighth Congressional District
  • Garnie W. McGinty (1900–1984), Louisiana historian began his studies at LC but graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches
  • Baylus Benjamin McKinney (1886-1952), singer, songwriter, and music editor; composed "The Nail Scarred Hand", "I Am Satisfied with Jesus", and "Wherever He Leads I'll Go".
  • Tinka Milinović, singer, model, actress, dancer and television host
  • E. R. Minchew (Class of 1929, 1908–2001), speech educator
  • Arnold Jack Rosenthal (1923–2010) businessman, attorney, former Alexandria city commissioner (1973–1977) attended LC before transferring to Tulane University
  • Morris Shapiro (1910–2008), Alexandria city attorney (1973–1977); member of the Rapides Parish School Board
  • Joe D. Smith, Jr. (1922–2008), publisher, general manager, and chairman of the board of the Alexandria Daily Town Talk
  • Rev. Sammy Tippit (Class of 1967), Founder of Sammy Tippit Ministries. Was named "Most Outstanding Youth Speaker in North America" by United Nations during conference in 1964. Has proclaimed the gospel in over 80 countries including Burundi, Rwanda, and East Germany. Also accomplished author, his book "Twice A Slave" was made into a play by the same name, it had it's world premier on the campus of Louisiana College in fall of 2014.
  • Simon W. Tudor (1887-1956), educator and Pineville construction company owner
  • Edwin O. Ware, III (Class of 1948, born 1927), District attorney for Rapides Parish, 1967-1984[44]
  • H. L. Willis (Class of 1919, 1892-1979), mayor of Pineville from 1952 to 1954; former city council member; LC building and grounds superintendent for fifty years[45]


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  4. ^ Hal Weathersby and his wife, the former Matalee Thompson, had three children, Hal T. Weathersby, Scott M. Weathersby, and Rose W. Normand. Weathersby died in Pineville and is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ball, Louisiana
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  34. ^ Religious life at Louisiana College
  35. ^ Louisiana College Record Enrollment, See Page 2 of this article.
  36. ^ "Louisiana College Student Government Association". Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  37. ^ New Wildcat Stadium
  38. ^ "Albert Martin Bolton". The Shreveport Times, April 6, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  39. ^ "Jacob Welch "Jake" Cameron".  
  40. ^ "Mayor Hyram Copeland". Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  41. ^ "Lance Harris's Biography".  
  42. ^ "Jack Holt". The Town Talk, June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  43. ^ "Judge James N. Lee (ret.)".  
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