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

March 2017 - Lamar University 
Office of
Alumni Affairs
(409) 880-8921
(800) 298-4839

Staff of Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs
Alumni Affairs Staff

Shannon Copeland
'02, '03, '07

Evie Clifton

Laurie Ritchel
Travel Programs Coordinator

Antoinette Mays
'07, '12, '16
Administrative Assistant
Brianna Graffagnino
Alumni Programming Intern

Kaylie Smith
Student Intern

Alumni Calendar
Jazz Night @ Rao's
Thurs., Mar. 23, 2017

Spring Alumni Community Service @ Beaumont Children's Museum
Sat., Apr. 1, 2017

Spring Alumni Advisory Board Meeting
Thurs., April 13, 2017

Secret to Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn
Thurs., Apr. 27, 2017

Alumni Baseball Tailgate Party
Sat., Apr. 29, 2017

Houston Area Alumni Night @ Painting With a Twist
Thurs., May 4, 2017

Secret to Leading Across Generations in the Workplace
Thurs., Jul. 20, 2017

Class of 1967 Reunion
Golden Circle Luncheon
Sat., Sept. 30, 2017

Alumni Jazz Night March 23, 2017

Le Grand Bal
Sat., Mar. 25, 2017

Lamar University in Black and White Le Grand Bal March 25

2017 Women's Symposium

Sat. Mar. 25, 2017
McDonald Gym

Free Admission

Registration required
by Mar. 23.

2017 Women's Symposium

Community Service at Beaumont Children's Museum 'Don't Be Fooled' Event April 1

Lamar University hosts

The Most Powerful Woman in the NFL

EVP and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys
Charlotte Jones Anderson

Charlotte Jones Anderson

Tues. Ap
r. 4, 2017


Price Auditorium
Herman Iles Building
John Gray Center

Lamar University Alumni Night at Painting With A Twist Houston May 4

Homecoming 2017

Save the Date
Sat., Nov. 11, 2017

Image of Lamar University Football Scoreboard

Cruise the Panama Canal on a Cardinal Adventures Trip
Jan. 4-15, 2018

Cruise the Panama Canal

This Cardinal Adventures trip is part of an 11-night cruise aboard the deluxe Azamara Quest, a boutique ship with more included amenities than most premium cruise lines. Refurbished in 2016, this ship offers exceptional dining, fine wines and unique optional shore excursions. The cruise will begin its journey in Miami, through the Panama Canal, and on to Costa Rica. Learn more.

Gill Scholars explore entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley

2017 Gill Scholars
Ten Lamar University graduate students recently traveled to Silicon Valley as Gill Scholars to participate in Ignite!, a three-day, immersive entrepreneurial experience. "Dr. Jack Gill's continual support of entrepreneurial education at Lamar University is what enables us to take these students to the epicenter of entrepreneurship in the U.S.," said Paul Latiolais, director of the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE). Read more

Lamar University Pennant
 Show your Cardinal Pride in your classroom or office. Request your FREE LU Pennant by emailing or submitting a request on our website.

Submit Your Class Note Today - wedding photo of Myriam and Jeremy Allen

We love hearing what alumni are up to. Have you recently gotten married, have a new little cardinal in the family, received an award, started a new job, or have other news to share? Share your news for inclusion in the next issue of Cardinal Cadence or update your information.

LU Alumni Professionals hosted 
'A Dinner and Conversation'
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
A Dinner and Conversation Hosts 2017 - David Pipkins, Mark Vise, Jeff Branick, Gene Arnold, Peter Hu, Mark Roberts, CL Ross, and Andy Miller
Eight successful alumni returned to campus recently for Lamar University's annual 'A Dinner and Conversation', a night of networking and career exploration for students. Professionals from business, healthcare, engineering, entrepreneurship, legal, and theater fields hosted a table at the event and were joined by members of LU's faculty. The alumni spoke to the students about their careers and ways to prepare and succeed in their chosen professions. Alumni hosts included: David Pipkins '00, '11, CEO and Administrator of the Christus Kate Dishman Rehabilitation HospitalMark Vise '78, CFO and EVP of Administration of Burrow Global; Jeff Branick -81, County Judge of Jefferson County; Gene Arnold '61, '80 Entrepreneur and retired CPA and Director of the Lamar University Small Business Development Center;  Peter Hu '95, Associate Professor and Director of the Molecular Genetic Technology and the Graduate Diagnostic Genetics Programs at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Mark Roberts '93, Technical Director at Main Street Theater; C.L. Ross '83, Safety and Mission Assurance Quality and Flight Equipment Division Chief at the NASA Johnson Space Center; and Andy Miller '00, Operations Manager at the BASF Ethylene Cracker.

This event was a great experience for all involved. "As we went through the evening, I was struck by the maturity, focus and drive of the group," said David Pipkins. "It is truly inspiring..."

LU student ambassador Kayla Clifton participated at the table with Pipkins and said "hearing [his] experiences reignited a spark in me to help me finish these last few semesters strong." Read more.

Secret to Unleashing the
Power of LinkedIn
Thursday, April 27, 2017
 Lamar University Alumni Secret to Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn April 27, 2017 5:30pm-7:00pm Wayne A. Reaud Building Executive Event Center
Join your fellow LU Alumni and area business professionals to learn the secret to unleashing the power of LinkedIn for business and professional networking on Thursday, April 27 from 5:30pm-7pm.  Networking and cocktail reception begins at 5:30pm and presentation will begin at 6pm. Free Professional headshots will also be offered before and after the presentation. Registration fee is $7 per person and includes beverages, hors d'oeuvres, workshop and headshot photos. Advance registration and payment is required by April 20, 2017. Seating is limited. To register and pay online, visit This event is a partnership between Lamar University and the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.

LU Alumni Baseball Pre-Game Party
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Lamar University Alumni Baseball Pre-Game Party Saturday, April 29 from 12pm-2pm Vincent-Beck Stadium
Join your fellow LU Alumni for a pre-game party at Vincent-Beck Stadium on Saturday, April 29 from 12 Noon-2pm and cheer on the Cardinals as they take on the Nicholls Colonels. Registration fee is $7 per person, which covers a general admission game ticket, meal and beverages. Ages 2 and under are free. There will be games, cardinal tattoos, facepainting and LU giveaways. Space is limited. Advance registration required by Friday, April 21 at 5:00pm. To register and pay online, visit

Student team wins awards in
Shell 'Hack-a-Truck'
Students participating in Hack-a-Truck competition
Four senior mechanical engineering students at Lamar University currently building a car for the Shell Eco-marathon participated in the Shell Hack-a-Truck competition in Mountain View, California at the Google Garage bringing home two awards, "Best Engineering Design" and "Best Energy Calculation".

The team comprised of Justin Amedee of Orange, Steven Do and Andres Torres, both of Port Arthur, and Kamdon Weaver of Mesquite, was paired with a team of Cedarville University students to innovate two areas of the food truck experience, focusing on the inside and outside of the truck. Teams were tasked with incorporating bright energy solutions to redesign the experience in aspects involving: lighting, heating, waste production and handling, but most importantly, to make it fun, making the food truck experience as innovative and energy-efficient as possible.

Lamar University was one of eight universities selected to compete. "Our students were able to face real-world issues under time constraints with limited resources," said Ken Aung, professor of mechanical engineering and advisor of the students in their senior capstone course. "This is exactly what it is like to be an engineer." Read more.

Center for History and Culture establishes Fellowship, seeks candidates
Lamar University Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast
The Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast at Lamar University invites applications for two one-year fellowship positions. The fellows will work with the director of the center to contribute programming and will receive a grant to support expenses related to their production of work that addresses important problems and/or enhances the historical/cultural understanding of the region in areas such as energy, history, art, music, literature, environment, society, government and more. The application deadline is March 24, 2017. For more information about the Center, full criteria and applications, visit

Lamar University College of Business
Hall of Fame Nominations

The College of Business Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding achievements of LU's College of Business alumni. The awards committee is currently accepting nominations for the induction, the highest award presented to alumni by the College.

Eligibility Requirements

The candidate must be:

  • distinguished in his or her chosen profession or life work; 
  • a person of such integrity, stature, and demonstrated ability that faculty, staff, students, and alumni will take pride and be inspired by his/her recognition;
  • an individual who, in deed and in action, recognizes the importance of his/her education at Lamar University and whose interest and loyalty are evident; 
  • an alumnus of either the undergraduate or graduate programs of the LU College of Business.


Please submit a letter or email nomination along with any additional information available regarding the nominee. For more information visit the COB Hall of Fame website.

All nominations should be received by April 28, 2017 to:

College of Business Hall of Fame Committee
Lamar University College of Business
PO Box 10059
Beaumont, TX 77710

Alumni Events Recap
Mark Vise, Host of A Dinner and ConversationLU Alumni professionals hosted A Dinner and Conversation for Lamar University students for an evening of networking and career exploration on Wednesday, February 15. View event photos online or on Facebook.
2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards RecipientsLU Alumni and Friends gathered on Friday, February 24 at a special dinner to celebrate the achievements of the 2017 Lamar University Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients. View event photos online or on Facebook.

Student Spotlight
Natalie Sfeir

Beck Fellow seeks to break down dementia communication barriers
Natalie Sfeir
Natalie Sfeir, a sophomore speech/language pathology major from Beaumont, envisions a future where people with dementia are no longer ostracized for their disease.

"My ultimate goal is to help prevent institutionalization of those with dementia. I want to play a role in providing a better life for them - a life where they can go about doing normal activities, a life where they can remain, to some degree, independent," said Sfeir.

This passion led Sfeir to apply for the 2017 David J. Beck Fellowship which rewards outstanding academic achievement and allows top students to further challenge themselves with unique opportunities for undergraduate research and creative study.

For her project Sfeir will conduct research over the summer at dementia-friendly communities throughout Ireland and in Roseville, Minnesota, all of which are renowned for excellence in the treatment of dementia.

"I plan on investigating how these communities are developed and the challenges and changes created by these communities," she said. "Each of these communities employs various activities in order to raise dementia awareness-ranging from school awareness programs that describe the effects of dementia to inclusive activities such as art festivals or memory cafes."

Sfeir plans to combine research with experiential learning during her summer projects in order to create a pilot Dementia Cafe within Lamar's Speech and Hearing Department and to work toward her ultimate goal of opening her own speech therapy clinic. Read more.

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