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Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs
News and updates for LU alumni and friends

June 2016 - Lamar University 
Office of
Alumni Affairs

(409) 880-8921
(800) 298-4839


Alumni Affairs Staff
Alumni Affairs Staff

Shannon Copeland
'02, '03, '07

Evie Clifton

Antoinette Mays
'07, '12, '16
Administrative Assistant
Lauren Schuldt
Graduate Assistant 

Erica Edgerly
Student Assistant

Brianna Graffagnino
Student Assistant   

Alumni Calendar
Fall Alumni Board Meeting
Thurs., Sept. 22, 2016

Class of 1966 Reunion
Golden Circle Luncheon
Sat., Oct. 1, 2016

Alumni Community Service Project @ Humane Society for Southeast Texas
Sat., Oct. 8, 2016

Lamar University Homecoming, Parade, and Alumni Tailgate
Sat., Oct. 29, 2016

Greek Alumni
60th Anniversary Celebration

Fri., Nov. 11, 2016

Alumni Past Presidents Lunch
Tues., Dec. 6, 2016

Cardinal Cadence Magazine
Do you have any news or updates about your life you'd like to share with your fellow alumni in the class notes section of Cardinal Cadence? Submit your news or Update Your Information, whether it's a recent marriage or engagement, a new job or promotion, or even a great vacation. Then keep an eye out for an upcoming issue of Cardinal Cadence.

Lamar Alumni Decal

Ride with pride by displaying  an LU Alumni decal on your vehicle. To request your FREE decal, email or call the Alumni Affairs Office at 409-880-8921.

Lamar University Luggage Tag

Send us your business card, and we'll mail you a FREE luggage tag. Mail your business card to: Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs, PO Box 10005, Beaumont, TX 77710.

Leave a lasting legacy. Order your brick in the Cardinal Walk of Honor today! It is a great way to celebrate your relationship with Lamar University or honor a loved one.
Cardinal Walk of Honor

Export Graphic Design in Southeast Texas
Export: Graphic Design in Southeast Texas, will be on view at the Dishman Art Museum June 3-July 31, 2016 and features locally designed work, including advertising, posters, brochures, web design, printmaking and illustrations.

 Coach Jim Gilligan
Lamar University alumnus and legendary baseball coach Jim Gilligan '69, '70 retired after 39 seasons and more than 1300 wins with the Cardinals. The Southland Conference named its annual baseball championship team trophy after him during a pre-game reception on May 14. Read more.

LU College of Education and Human Development Excellence Newsletter

Scholarship Recognition Dinner
held Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Alumni Director Shannon Copeland and Alumni Board President Carol Hebert with Hannah Roussell Distinguished Alumnus Presidential Scholarship Recipient 

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, Lamar University offers over 680 different scholarships. At this annual event, donors and their scholarship recipients have the opportunity to meet. In many cases, scholarships can be the deciding factor in a student's ability to attend college. Scholarship recipients share their appreciation with their donors and talk more about their plans for the future. Donors are able to understand the difference they have made and how their contributions transform lives. View the video shown at the dinner or view more photos of the event on our website.

Lamar University
2016 Summer Camps

LU Alumni Night @
Painting With A Twist
held Thursday, May 5, 2016

LU Alumni enjoy Painting with a Twist

LU Alumni gathered for an evening of painting, food and fun at Beaumont's Painting with a Twist. View more photos of the event on our website or Facebook page. 

LU celebrates partnership
with Lone Star College
 LU and Lone Star College Ribbon Cutting
Lamar University celebrated a new partnership with Lone Star College with an official ribbon cutting Tuesday, April 10 at the Lone Star College-University Center in The Woodlands.

The new partnership will enable Lamar University to better meet the needs of the students in the greater Houston area through innovative 2+2 programs. Lamar University will have a staff member at the University Center who will be able to advise students on courses to take to prepare for continuation toward a bachelor's degree or beyond. Students can complete an associate's degree through Lone Star College and then complete an entirely distance-based bachelor's degree through LU.

Steve Head, chancellor of the Lone Star College System, holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in history from Lamar University. In his remarks, Head praised the university for its role in his professional life and remarked that it would prove an excellent option for many Lone Star College students through the new program. Read more.

Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
awarded $1.25 million grant
 Deaf Studies
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs has awarded a $1.25 million grant to the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University. The focus of the grant is to prepare teachers for deaf and hard of hearing students in kindergarten through 12th grade who have additional disabilities. During the five-year project, students will receive full funding to complete their masters' in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at LU.

"This grant positions LU's Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education as one of the premier graduate programs of its kind, both nationally and in the state of Texas," said James Marquart, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The key components of the grant include coursework, field experience, advising and mentoring. The coursework will include deaf education courses, general education courses and special education courses at LU. Read more.

Innovative business course
teaches ethical decision making, gains recognition
College of Business Students
An innovative new business course for sophomores at Lamar University is gaining attention. BUSI 2300 "Introduction to Critical Thinking for Business Decision Making" was recently tapped the 2016 Bobby G. Bizzell Innovative Achievement Award runner-up by the Southwest Business Deans' Association.

The idea for the course originated after student assessments showed room for improvement in critical thinking. "Bringing together different disciplines into a single course adds a certain richness," said Toni Mulvaney, professor of business law and director of accreditation and assessment. "The opportunity for the student to begin to integrate different and important areas of business is enhanced and facilitated." Read more.

Student Profile:
Progga Chirontoni
works to bring clean water to all
Image of Progga Chirontoni 

Progga Chirontoni, a Lamar University junior chemical engineering and mathematics major from Dhaka, Bangladesh, has been passionate about addressing the issue of water scarcity since the eighth grade, when she researched arsenic contamination in the water of developing countries for a science fair project.

From then on, the lack of clean water around the world intrigued Chirontoni, causing her to invest her free time in reading articles and reports about water scarcity. She moved to the United States as a high school senior and recognized that water scarcity didn't just affect developing countries, it became apparent to her that desalination was the answer to many of the world's water problems, but had to be tackled in an innovative, cost effective way.

Chirontoni will be able to further purse her dream of developing innovative water treatment techniques this summer at the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) thanks to a $10,000 Beck Finalist Grant she was awarded. Read more.

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