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

February 2016 - Lamar University 
Office of
Alumni Affairs

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


Lamar University Alumni Affairs Staff
Alumni Affairs Staff

Shannon Copeland
'02, '03, '07


Evie Clifton

Antoinette Mays
'07, '12

Administrative Assistant
Erica Edgerly
Student Intern

Brianna Graffagnino
Student Intern

Lauren Schuldt
Graduate Intern

Alumni Calendar
MBA/MSA Alumni LinkedIn Night
Tues., Feb. 2, 2016

Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner
Fri., Feb. 26, 2016

Jazz Night @ Rao's in Spring, TX
Thurs., March 10, 2016

Alumni Community Service Project @ Southeast Texas Foodbank
Sat., Apr. 9, 2016

Alumni Baseball Tailgate
Fri., Apr. 15, 2016

Alumni Night @ Painting with a Twist
Thurs., May 5, 2016

Things Change. Graphic of LU Cheerleaders over the years.
Nobody stays in the same place forever, and the Office of Alumni Affairs knows that LU Alumni are always on the move! We'd love to keep in touch with you and hear what you are up to. Update your information or submit a class note.

Free Public Lecture

Dr. John Medina,
Author of Brain Rules

Tues., Feb. 23, 7pm
John Gray Center
Herman Iles Bldg

Dr. John Medina Author of Brain Rules

Get Tagged

Want to show your Cardinal Pride on the road? Get tagged. 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.

Spring Preview Day

Sat., Feb. 20, 2016

Lamar University

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Le Grand Bal
April 2, 2016

Le Grand Bal 2016 Lamar Deco A Celebration of High Style

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Distinguished Alumni Awards
Friday, February 26, 2016
Lamar University has named four alumni as Distinguished Alumni for 2016, noting that their dedication to their professions, service to their communities and loyalty to their alma mater epitomizes the Lamar University spirit, official said. The award is the highest granted by the university to its graduates.

Nominated by their peers and selected for the honor by the Distinguished Alumni Awards committee are Yolanda Lee Conyers, of Austin and a member of the class of 1989; J. Pat Parsons, Beaumont, class of 1971; Anita Riddle, Spring, classes of 1993, 1996; and Glen Morgan, Beaumont, class of 1975. Read full release.
Yolanda ConyersYolanda Lee Conyers is the vice president of worldwide human resources and chief diversity officer for Lenovo, the world’s foremost creator of personal computers. For three years Conyers navigated an expatriate role in Beijing learning Mandarin and studying cultural customs, as she transformed Lenovo’s day-to-day human resource operations, installed consistent processes and systems, and continues to create a distinct imprint on the corporate culture reflected in employees in more than 60 nations.
 Glen W. Morgan is the managing partner of Reaud, Morgan & Quinn, L.L.P. He received his B.B.A. in 1975 from Lamar University and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1978.  As an entrepreneur, Morgan is a co-owner of Maverick International, a pipe, valve and flange distributor. He is a partner in Calvary Valve, a valve manufacturing company. He also owns G.S. Global Supply, an industrial supply company and Overtime, an electrolyte replacement drink.
Pat ParsonsJ. Pat Parsons is vice chairman of CommunityBank of Texas. A graduate of Beaumont High School, Parsons began college at SMU before transferring to Lamar University where he earned his B.B.A. in 1971. He then earned an M.B.A. from the University of Houston in 1973, and began his banking career. He served as CommunityBank of Texas' founding CEO and chairman of the board. In addition to his banking success, Parsons is active in the community and region.
Anita RiddleAnita Riddle is the data scientist and senior advisor in procurement at ExxonMobil. Originally from Bisbee, Arizona, Riddle grew up dividing her time between the United States and her mother’s native Chile. Throughout her career, ExxonMobil has capitalized on her skills and interests. A passionate advocate for social responsibility, she served as senior advisor for environment at ExxonMobil’s corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. She founded ExxonMobil’s Corporate Citizenship Report and worked with international peers for improved public reporting. She served in global managerial roles within ExxonMobil Procurement while in Fairfax, Va.

LU Alumni Jazz Night
@ Rao's in Spring, TX
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Good sounds. Good food. Good times. Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm, Limited Seating, Lamar University Alumni Jazz Night at Rao's. Jazz performance at an LU Alumnus-Owned Business! $7 (includes drink and dessert sampler) Rao's Bakery 6915 Cypresswood, Ste F, Spring, TX Reservation required by March 4, Lamar University Alumni Office of Alumni Affairs

Price Tapped as Inaugural
Ben J. Rogers Chair
in Entrepreneurship
Brandon PriceCareer businessman, scientist and entrepreneur Brandon Price has been named the inaugural Ben J. Rogers Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies in the College of Business at Lamar University.

As the Rogers Chair, Price will work with the colleges, institutes and centers – primarily the College of Business and the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE) – at LU to teach business planning, aid in starting up innovative enterprises, engage in outreach to area businesses and entrepreneurs, and connect the university to business and academic communities throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. Read full release.

Alumni Basketball Reception
Held Saturday, January 23, 2016

LU Alumni Reception at the Basketball Games

Lamar University Alumni enjoyed a reception at the basketball games on Saturday, January 23rd.  After watching the Lady Cardinals defeat Houston Baptist 77-70, alumni, family and friends enjoyed a reception catered by Billy Joe's Bar-BQ and had some photo booth fun. The group returned to the Montagne Center to cheer on the Cardinals as they took on the undefeated Huskies of Houston Baptist. View more photos of the event on our website or check us out on Facebook.

Student Profile:
Danny Grigsby

Student takes business classes in France
in new study abroad program
Lamar University Student Danny Grigsby 

Senior Danny Grigsby, a triple major in management, entrepreneurship and general business, is the first LU student to experience the brand new Study Abroad program with ESC Rennes School of Business in France. The novice traveler from Spring, Texas is happy to be spending his spring 2016 semester abroad while still earning credit toward his degrees. To Grigsby, the program is a means to becoming a global citizen.

"I was drawn to ESC because they offer a 'Global Experience'-half of the students here are international," said Grigsby. "I expect to gain a lot of appreciation for other countries and for the international students in the U.S."

Grigsby is grateful to find ample encouragement as he endeavors to learn the French language and culture, and the locals appreciate him in return for his ability to help them practice English. Immersion in the new culture is pushing him to expand his horizons, he says. Read more.

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