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

April 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

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

Fall Alumni Community Service Project @ NSS
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017

Alumni Homecoming Tailgate Party
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017

Alumni Past President's Lunch
Thurs., Dec. 5, 2017

LU's Earth Week events focus on sustainability and civic engagement

Earth Week

Lamar University's opportunity to learn about, practice and celebrate sustainability begins on Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 28 as the campus celebrates Earth Week. The purpose of Earth Week is to inform students about ways to reduce our impact on the environment so that future generations have the resources they need. Read more.

LU Nursing program ranked among best in nation

Lamar University Nursing Student

The nursing programs at Lamar University have been recognized for excellence by the Community for Accredited Online Schools. A leading resource for both campus and online learning information, the site released its 2017 rankings of the Top 50 nursing degree programs, with Lamar University earning recognition. Read more.

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LU Alumni Advisory Board accepting nominations

The Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board is accepting nominations for the 2017-2020 term until May 31, 2017. Lamar Alumni Advisory Board members act as ambassadors of Lamar University to the community and provide feedback and advice to the Office of Alumni Affairs about alumni outreach and engagement. Visit our website for more information or to submit a nomination.

LU Students Participated in the Big Event
Sat., Apr. 1, 2017

LU Students Participate in the Big Event

242 Lamar University students at 19 different job sites did their part to give back to the Southeast Texas Community by taking part in the Big Event, the largest student-run, one-day service project in the nation. Watch this video to check out the highlights of the event.

LU Alumni Reunite

60th Anniversary King's Ball of Sigma Phi Epsilon

Sigma Phi Epsilon

60th Anniversary
King's Ball
Sat., Mar. 4, 2017

Sigma Nu 60th Anniversary White Star Formal

Sigma Nu Fraternity

60th Anniversary
White Star Formal
Sat., Mar. 25, 2017

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CARDS, TECHSANS, and Lambda Tau

Spirit Organizations Reunion in Houston
Sat., Apr. 8, 2017

NCAA Imposes Penalties on LU Men's Golf

The NCAA Committee on Infractions released its statement on the Lamar University men's golf program regarding violations prior to the conclusion of the 2014-2015 season. The violations are related to improper benefits and financial aid provided to student athletes. Penalties include a restricted playing schedule, withdrawal from prestigious tournaments, and scholarship reductions. The program is also on probation for the 2017-2018 academic season. The NCAA also noted in its findings that there were no allegations regarding lack of institutional control or failure to monitor the program by the institution. Read full release.

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LU celebrates grand opening
of the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

LU Dedicates Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
Lamar University celebrated the opening of its state-of-the-art home for the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE) on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 before a standing room only crowd of state, business, community and education leaders, in the new 21,000 square-foot innovation center.

The new building houses 18 offices and conference rooms, four laboratories, three training rooms, an event center, a modeling and simulation center, a Student Idea Center and Hatchery, as well as the Small Business Development Center, Center for Advances in Port Management, Center for Research in Education Innovation and Digital Learning, and High Performance Computing Laboratory.

The CICE is a partnership between Lamar University's College of Business and College of Engineering and the Southeast Texas business community. The center is a conduit for industry and university interaction, including projects, on-going research, student experiential learning, special events and training. Read more.

Center for History and Culture presents
Ghostland: Myth, Mojo and Magic Reception and Lecture
Featuring Keith Carter
Monday, April 24, 2017
Ghostland: Myth, Mojo and Magic Reception and Lecture Featuring World Renowned Photographer Keith Carter
The Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast will present a lecture and reception featuring world renowned photographer and LU Alumnus Keith Carter '70 on Monday, April 24 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Dishman Art Gallery Lecture Hall. From Flannery O'Connor to Muddy Waters, Ghostland explores the ways myths and legends rooted in East Texas lore help give voice to creative expression and a rich cultural legacy. This lecture is free and open to the public. Learn 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 professional networking on Thursday, April 27 from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  A networking and cocktail reception begins at 5:30pm and the presentation will begin at 6:00pm. 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-2:00pm 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 is required by Friday, April 21 at 5:00pm. To register and pay online, visit

Houston Area LU Alumni Night
at Painting With A Twist-Galleria
Thursday, May 4, 2017
 Lamar University Alumni Night at Painting With A Twist Houston-Galleria Thursday, May 4, 2017 6pm-8pm Pre-registration required.
Join your fellow Houston area LU Alumni for a relaxed evening of painting, appetizers, beverages, LU giveaways and fun on Thursday, May 4 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. A discounted registration fee of $15 per person is offered to alumni and includes beverages, appetizers, painting class and supplies. Advance registration and payment is required by Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:00pm. Seating is limited. Ages 21 and up only. To register and pay online, visit

Chris York selected for prestigious Goldwater Scholarship
Lamar University Student Chris York
Chris York, a sophomore double major in mathematics and computer science at Lamar University, has been selected as the fourth LU student to receive the distinguished Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences. US Congress established the scholarship in 1986 in honor of former US Senator and 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

The scholarship is awarded to about 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide based on merit, and the funding is up to $7500, based on financial need. The goal is to provide a continual source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding financial support to college students interested in careers in these fields.

York's unique research opportunities have inspired him to pursue a career in math. After only two full years of college, he has already conducted 3 consequent research projects through the aid of the McNair Scholars Program and twice through the Office of Undergraduate Research under his mentor Valentin Andreev, professor of mathematics.

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs James Marquart called the news "a testament to the quality of Lamar University students and the mentoring they receive from our faculty." Read more.

Dogs Are a Kid's Best Friend
Kim Pruitt with her dog Josie
Dogs, like good friends, can provide comfort. Some dogs are so good at it that they make it their life's work. Josie is one of those dogs.

Kim Pruitt '14, Josie's human companion, says that earning her graduate degree in school counseling from Lamar University gave her the validation and support she needed to combine her love of working with dogs and her love for the classroom and students. Pruitt is currently the school counselor at Fields Store Elementary in Waller ISD.

"My dogs are now essentially my co-counselors on my school campus. As a classroom teacher, I really wasn't able to do that," Pruitt said. "Now, I have three registered therapy dogs. I have been a school counselor for three years. Thanks to Lamar University, I was able to actually venture out and offer therapy dog services as a part of school counseling." Read the full story.

Alumni Events Recap
LU Alumni gathered at Rao's in Mid-County for Jazz Night.LU Alumni gathered at Rao's Bakery in Mid-County for an evening of Jazz performed by Lamar University students, delicious Rao's desserts, sandwiches, and specialty beverages and networking on Thursday, March 23. View event photos online or on Facebook.
LU Alumni volunteered at the Beaumont Children's Museum Don't Be Fooled Event.LU Alumni volunteered at the Beaumont Children's Museum's Don't Be Fooled Event on Saturday, April 1. Volunteers helped with science experiment demonstrations to teach children and adults not to be fooled by what they may see. View event photos online or on Facebook.

Alumni Spotlight
Mary Welborn '70

Welborn's art inspired by native flora's importance to the environment
Alumni Spotlight Mary H. Welborn 1970
Artist and Lamar University alumna Mary Welborn conquered dyslexia, survived single parenthood, and experienced tragedy to launch her "New Botanicals" lyrical watercolors series, featuring the importance of native flora to the environment.

After earning a Graphic Design degree at Lamar State College of Technology in 1970, Welborn entered the advertising business before following her passion for painting. "I was a single parent, and that industry was one of the only industries at that time to offer equal pay and opportunity for women. I worked in several major advertising agencies and freelanced until 1995 when I devoted my time to full-time painting," Welborn said.

Tragedy struck Welborn's life shortly after her career shift, taking her work down a new course. Her step-granddaughter developed leukemia at the age of 10 and fought for 4 years before passing away. Affected by her death, Welborn wanted to communicate the value of life and the importance of a safe environment through art so she launched "New Botanicals".

Through research, she discovered that pesticides and weed killers are linked to causes of cancer and she wanted to create art to promote the planting of native flora that would reduce the need for those harmful chemicals. Welborn's work has been featured in articles and displayed in prominent settings. Later this month, she will travel to the LBJ Wildflower Center in Austin for signings of her contest-winning poster. Read more.

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