Six members of the faculty and staff at LSMSA will be honored with a reception Monday, May 8 at 3 pm in the lobby of the Center for Performance and Technology to commemorate their retirement.
To be recognized are Dr. Elizabeth Hall, Dr. Link Hall, Carey Hendrix, Dr. Kenneth Olson, Dr. David Wood and David Zolzer.
Dr. Elizabeth Hall met her husband, Dr. Link Hall, while working on her Ph.D. in classical and Medieval Latin at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When it came time to hunt for jobs, Link happened to see an ad outside the English department for a brand new type of school being created in Louisiana. During Link’s interview, director Bobby Alost said there was not a Latin program, but asked if Elizabeth would run the girls’ dormitory.
A few months later, Link and Elizabeth moved into Prudhomme Hall. The last 34 years at LSMSA have been a tremendous adventure. After retirement, Elizabeth Hall will ease into her second career of research on genealogy and the Oregon Trail.
Dr. Link Hall began teaching English at LSMSA in 1983 as one of the school’s original faculty members. After 34 years of teaching, he’s the last “link” to LSMSA’s early days.
A native of Mississippi, Link Hall earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ole Miss and his Ph.D. in Medieval English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His two daughters are proud LSMSA graduates.
Carey Hendrix serves as the administrative assistant for the College Counseling Center. His career at LSMSA began in 2005. He served 21 years combined in the Army and Air Force.
Dr. Kenneth Olson has taught at LSMSA since 1991. In 1996, he composed the LSMSA alma mater. In 2014, he was commissioned to compose a work commemorating the tricentennial of the founding of Natchitoches. The work was performed by the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. David Wood joined the faculty during the 1984-85 academic year and was present at the first graduation. Including his tenure at the Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C., he is completing 40 years of full-time teaching.
David Zolzer joined the LSMSA faculty in January 2005 with over 15 years of teaching experience. After serving as a computer and communications officer in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years, he taught at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.
Born and raised in Denver, Zolzer now claims Natchitoches as his home. He is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church and Rotary, where he will serve as president starting in July.