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Alumni News and Updates 
December 2016

Office of the Dean

College of Fine Arts & Communication
Lamar University
PO Box 10077
Beaumont, TX 77710

Dean Derina Holzhausen

Derina R. Holtzhausen
Dean and Professor

Sharon Forret
Marketing Specialist

Tammy Hebert
Business Coordinator

Karen Kessinger
Executive Assistant

Jeff Simmons
Academic Computing Specialist

New Faculty


Natalie Tindall
Department Chair and
Associate Professor

Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Cain Chiasson

Laura Maddux
Visiting Assistant Professor

Lyman Mann

Amber Marchut


Sujung Cho

Jammieca Mott

Erin Murphy

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Michael Azios

Tindall named chair of Department of Communication

Dr. Natalie Tindall

We are thrilled to welcome Natalie Tindall as chair of the Department of Communication this fall. Tindall was most recently a faculty member of Georgia State University, where she was co-director of the communication graduate program.

"Dr. Tindall is a nationally renowned scholar in her field, and she brings a unique curriculum perspective to her department,” said Derina Holtzhausen, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. “These are two areas in which her leadership will be very valuable."

Tindall earned an M.A. in mass communication at the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland. Her areas of specialty include identity, diversity and power in the public relations function; identity and health messages; fundraising and philanthropy; organizational culture and stereotypes within historically black fraternities and sororities; and the intersection of public relations and marketing to minority health.
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Theatre & Dance

Manchaiah tapped Jerger Future Leader of Audiology

Dr. Vinaya Manchaiah

The American Academy of Audiology has named Vinaya Manchaiah, associate professor and director of audiology, to the 2016 class of Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology. Manchaiah is one of only a dozen individuals selected nationally for the honor. The Jo Mayo Endowed Professor, he holds a Ph.D. in disability research from Linkoping University, Sweden, an executive M.B.A. from Swansea University, United Kingdom and the Doctor of Audiology from Nova Southeastern University. Read more.

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Fine Arts & Communication Alumni 


December 2016

Sharon Forret

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Philanthropist and businessman
Steve Moore speaks at commencement

Steve MooreSteve Moore, LU '78, will speak to the College of Fine Arts and Communication graduates Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. With more than 25 years as a tour promoter in the rock, country and Christian music industries, Moore served as the CEO of the Country Music Association from 2010 to 2013. If you are unable to attend, the CoFAC commencement will be live-streamed on LU's Facebook page.

Department of Art looks to the future with 3D printing capabilities

LU art student uses 3D printer for her project.

The Department of Art has added four 3D printers to its facilities. The technology, made possible by a grant from LU's Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, not only expands the opportunities in graphic design but is also creating new avenues in the design of studio art. “Expanding our capabilities in 3D printing gives our students the latest production technology to realize their creative vision," said Donna Meeks, chair of the department. Read more.

Star Department of Communication student featured in LU RedTalks profile

Kianda Bowers, senior communication major, LU RedTalks presents 'A Day in the Life of Kiadra Bowers' Lamar University

Kiandra Bowers, a senior communication major, basketball player and a valued member of LUTV News, is featured in a new REDTalks profile produced by LU's Student Tutoring And Retention Services. STARS provides educational resources to assist students in reaching their academic, personal and professional goals. RedTalks are 30-minute presentations that share expertise and advice to help students succeed in college. Read more.

Dancers in the air 

Student performs on aerial silks

The Department of Theatre and Dance presented its fall dance concert, “Fall and Recovery,” to great acclaim Nov. 18 - 20 in the University Theatre. New to the dance concert this fall was an aerial silks performance, in which dancers perform aerial acrobatics while hanging from a fabric. Junior theatre and dance major Rebekah Gonzales of Beaumont, pictured, was one of the students who “danced in the air.” Read more.

LUTV on Fox airs documentaries from Department of Communication South Africa study abroad trip

Still shot from LUTV production of the South Africa study abroad

This summer seven students from the Department of Communication participated in the first Lamar University Study Abroad South Africa program. The students spent four weeks in Johannesburg during July 2016 and used skills they acquired at LU to produce stories about South Africa. In October, LUTV on Fox aired a half-hour news segment featuring their stories. Read more.

Johannes Brahms took center stage in music production

David Hooker performed Brahms in the production.

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music was delighted to host a staged reading of the play "My Music, My Love" by Ellen Walker Rienstra this October. The play is a reflection of the Romantic Era as seen through the eyes of Johannes Brahms, with musical excerpts. David Hooker played Johannes Brahms, while former LU faculty member Eduard Schmieder and Miriam Leskis performed the musical masterpieces. Keith Cockerel directed the production. Read more.

LU dancers delight at President's Circle

Lamar University President's Circle Dinner - LU Dancers Perform

The Department of Theatre & Dance and the LU Dance Team creatively expressed progress and victory at the annual President's Circle DinnerThe dinner was established by the university’s 15th president, Dr. Kenneth R. Evans, to honor and recognize individuals who have made a commitment to the success of Lamar students.

Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education awarded $1.25 million grant

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs awarded a $1.25 million grant to the Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education to help 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’ degrees in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. The first cohort of six students started this fall at LU. Millicent Musyoka, assistant professor of deaf studies and the program's director, is excited about travelling with the group to New York City in spring 2017 to attend the American Sign Language Early Childhood Summit. Read more.

LU Drumline and Percussion Ensemble place second at competition

LU Drumline at PASIC

LU's Drumline and Percussion Ensemble took second place at the annual Percussive Arts Society's International Competition this November in Indianapolis. Over the last four years, the LU Drumline placed second three times and won first in the 2015 competition. Winning first place at the Percussive Arts Society is among the highest honors a collegiate percussion ensemble can receive. Read more.

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