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

February 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

Lauren Rogers
Student Intern

Kaylie Smith
Student Intern

Alumni Calendar
Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner
Fri., Feb.  24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

ExxonMobil Executive in Residence Program Presents:
Stephan Schulz '88
PROS Holdings, Inc.

Wed. Feb. 22, 2017

Landes Auditorium
Business Building

Stephan Schulz

Dishman Art Museum presents
Intrusions of Grace: A Visual Response to the Writings of Flannery O'Conner/Anne Berry and Lori Vrba

Exhibition open through Fri., Mar. 3

Lori Vrba, Butterfly House, 2015, assembled photographs, found objects and vintage phone cabinet.

Center for History and Culture Presents
La Belle: The Ship
that Changed History

Tues., Mar. 7, 2017

University Event Center, Gray  Library

Center for History & Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast Presents LaBelle: The Ship that Changed History

Secret to Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn April 27, 2017

Lamar University Alumni Baseball Pre-Game Party April 29

LU Releases Spring 2017 Enrollment Figures

Lamar University Students

Lamar University set another all-time Spring headcount record with 14,103 students.
Read more.

Get Tagged

Lamar University Alumni Personalized Luggage Tag
 Where ever you go, take a little piece of Lamar University with you. Send us your business card to PO Box 10005, Beaumont, TX 77710 and we'll send you a FREE personalized luggage tag and strap ready to use. Don't have a business card? Request a luggage tag on our website.

LU Civic Engagement creates
The Cardinals Pantry

Cardinals Pantry

No student at Lamar University should ever go hungry. Food insecurity is a problem that some LU students deal with from time to time. To help with this issue, LU has created The Cardinals Pantry, a free and anonymous food pantry especially for LU students. To learn how you can help or for more information, visit

Share Your News! Submit a class note today!

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

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Friday, February 24, 2017 
Lamar University has named four alumni Becky Dickson Mason '71, Chuck Mason '72, Jorge Quijano '73, and  Hyattye Simmons '79 Distinguished Alumni for 2017, noting that their dedication to their professions, service to their communities and loyalty to their alma mater epitomizes the Lamar University spirit. A dinner honoring the 2017 Distinguished Alumni will be held on Friday, February 24 at 6:30pm at the University Event Center, Mary and John Gray Library. Read full release.
Becky MasonBecky Dickson Mason graduated magna cum laude from Lamar University in 1971 with a B.S. degree in Education before teaching school for 6 years, raising a family, and developing a nationally recognized safety program for Mason Construction. Throughout her career, Mason has been extremely involved in the Southeast Texas Community.
Chuck MasonChuck Mason graduated from Lamar University in 1972 with a B.S. in Biology. He represents the third generation at the helm of Mason Construction, Ltd., a family owned civil industrial contractor founded in 1939 by his grandfather. Mason joined the company in 1970 and has served as its president since 1980.
Jorge QuijanoJorge Quijano earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1973 and a Master of Engineering in 1974. He is the Administrator/CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, the autonomous agency that manages the leading interoceanic waterway serving world maritime commerce. Quijano brought the Panama Canal expansion project to conclusion with its first commercial Neopanamax transit in June 2016.
Hyattye SimmonsHyattye Simmons completed his B.S. in Government in two-and-a-half years in 1979, summa cum laude, while accruing every other academic honor offered at Lamar University. He retired in 2012 as the General Counsel for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit and currently serves as a board member and General Counsel for numerous non-profit corporations.

LU hosts Panama Canal Authority
CEO Jorge Quijano '73, '74
Friday, February 24, 2017
Jorge QuijanoLamar University's Center for Advances in Port Management will host 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Jorge Quijano, CEO/Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, who will speak on the "Development and Operation of the Newly Expanded Panama Canal and Vision for Its Future" at 2pm on Friday, February 24, in Room 113 of the Center for Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship. Read more.

Angela Blanchard presents Developing Our Neighborhoods
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Angela Blanchard
Angela Blanchard '84, President and CEO of Neighborhood Centers, Inc. will visit campus on Thursday, March 2 to present two public lectures in the Landes Auditorium in the Galloway Business Building at 9:35am and 2:20pm. Blanchard is a globally recognized expert practitioner in community development, disaster recovery, and effective long-term integration for immigrants and refugees. Learn more about Blanchard and her mission to help transform communities by reading the full press release, visiting Neighborhood Centers, Inc. website or watching this short video.

LU Alumni Jazz Night @ Rao's
Thursday, March 23, 2017
 Lamar University Alumni Jazz Night March 23, 2017 6pm-8pm Rao's Bakery 3504 FM 365, Nederland, TX
Join your fellow LU Alumni for Jazz Night at Rao's Mid-County (3504 FM 365, Nederland, TX) on Thursday, March 23 from 6pm-8pm.  Alumni are invited to enjoy a night of jazz and sample select drinks, desserts and sandwiches. Seating is limited. Registration fee is $7 per person. Advance registration and payment is required by March 17, 2017. Seating is limited. To register and pay online, visit

LU Alumni Community Service
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Lamar University Alumni Community Service Event at the Beaumont Children's Museum Saturday, April 1, 2017 10am-1pm,, Don't Be Fooled Event, 701 Main Street
Lamar University Alumni are invited to participate in a community service project at the Beaumont Children's Museum on Saturday, April 1 from 10am-4pm in two hour shifts. Ages 18 and up only. Space is limited. Advance registration required by March 24, 2017 or until filled.

Setzer Student Center
Renovations Continue
 Setzer Center Mock Up
The Setzer Student Center Renovation Project is in full swing. The existing structure is currently in the demolition phase, and the Quadrangle is temporarily closed for construction and safety reasons. Substantial completion of the building is projected to be finished January 2018. The graphic above is a rendering of what the quadrangle entrance to the Setzer Center is projected to look like. To stay up-to-date on the renovation progress, project details, and photos, visit the Setzer Student Center website.

Discovery Channel Captures Lionfish Project

A film crew from Discovery Channel Canada visited campus recently to capture the progress made by researchers in the Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering on an innovative lionfish-hunting robot. The segment will air on the channel through Daily Planet. "This project is important because of how it affects the ecosystem of the U.S. Coastal waters in the Gulf and Atlantic," said Tristen Harris, electrical engineering major and student researcher. Read more.

Alumni Events Recap
LU Ambassadors with Amy Tarver of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.LU Alumni and area business professionals gathered on campus for a professional development workshop entitled Secrets HR Won't Tell You presented by April Keith '02 on Tuesday, January 31. View event photos online.
Athletics Director Jason Henderson and LU Alumni Board Member Chris Bates present the game ball at the LU Alumni Night Basketball game.LU Alumni and Friends gathered on Saturday, February 4 for a between-the-games basketball reception and cheered on the Lady Cardinals and Cardinals to a victory against McNeese. View event photos online or on Facebook.

Alumni Spotlight:
Lillie Coney '82, '00

Coney publishes patent that could influence the world of cyber security 

Lillie Coney graduated from Lamar University in 1982 with a degree in Political Science and later moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked in policy positions for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. There she learned that in order to succeed further, she would need a degree that did not currently exist. Not phased, Coney returned to Lamar University, and with the help of her advisor, created her own degree plan that would lead her to influence the world of cyber security through her patents.

After working with Congress and exploring public policy and the Internet, Coney left the Hill to focus on the societal implications of the Internet. Her most recent groundbreaking patent could help rid the world of passwords, pins, and other security measures that inconvenience us all and do not reliably increase security.

"I was tired of putting in a password to get into my computer and frequently having to change my password to an ever growing string of letters, numbers and special characters that were difficult to remember," said Coney. Read more.

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