Professors William Cooper and Karl Roider, both retiring at the end of the Spring 2014 semester, were the focus of attention at a gala event held the evening of May 14 at the Club at Union Square (LSU Faculty Club). The event drew a swarm of friends, family and colleagues who have known the two distinguished scholars during the 46 years each of them has served at LSU. At the height of the festivities, Department Chair Victor Stater presented Prof. Cooper with a framed historical document–a presidential order bearing the signature of President John Quincy Adams, who is the subject of Cooper’s current research work. In announcing a gift for Prof. Roider, Prof. Maribel Dietz explained that, given the many years of devoted service he has given to LSU and its students, it was thought appropriate to endow a prize fund in his name. He received a certificate marking the inauguration of the Karl Roider Prize for Best Undergraduate Paper in History, to be awarded annually. The prize is already well funded, thanks to contributions in Dr. Roider’s name from admiring friends and colleagues.