Jerry Freischlag – Health and Physical Education Faculty, 1985-87
I came to USL as Head of the Department of HPER in 1985. The next two years of experiences in the College of Education left quite an impression on my family and me. If I were superstitious I would have given more consideration to the hurricane hitting Lafayette just as we arrived that August!
My work was mainly with faculty and students in HPER and I’m favored still with their friendships. As a native New Yorker, many Cajun customs and colloquialisms first came across as quaint but were soon heartily embraced by us. My wife, Mary Lou, still makes gumbo and etouffe for special occasions, throwing in a few y’alls for authenticity to our guests. Now near the end of my career, I haven’t found another campus that comes close to the genuine warmth, professionalism, and joy for living as these folks. Carol, Fred, Sue, Paula, Edwyna, Harold, Ed and Stacy – I love you all.
And Mrs. B. Not many institutions are graced with such a grand lady. Her kindness and generosity meant much to us.
What I have found in my career is that the people in the trenches make programs what they are. That’s what I learned in the COE. Thanks for letting me celebrate that with you.