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

November 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, '16
Administrative Assistant
Erica Edgerly
Student Intern 

Brianna Graffagnino
Student Intern

Kaylie Smith
Student Intern

Alumni Calendar
Alumni Community Service Project @ Humane Society for Southeast Texas
Sat., Nov. 5, 2016

Greek Alumni
60th Anniversary Celebration

Fri., Nov. 11, 2016

Chuck Royston '61
Book Signing and Reception

Tues., Nov. 15, 2016

Alumni Past Presidents Lunch
Tues., Dec. 6, 2016

Secrets HR
Won't Tell You

Tues., Jan. 31, 2017

Between the Basketball Games Reception
Sat., Feb. 4, 2017

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

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

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

Upcoming Speakers:

College of Arts and Sciences presents
Distinguished Academic Lecture 
Nov. 7 -
Captain Richard Phillips

Captain Richard Phillips

College of Business ExxonMobil
Executive in Residence Program presents
Nov. 9 -
Jennifer Warren '96,
CMO of At Home

Jennifer Warren

Center for History and Culture of SE TX and the Upper Gulf Coast presents
Nov. 9 - 
The Long Shadow Author Lecture and Book Signing

with authors
Ellen Rienstra '62, '80
and Jo Ann Stiles

Ellen Rienstra with book Long Shadow

LU Department of English and Modern Languages presents Nov. 15 -
Author and Poet George Drew

Author George Drew

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Lamar University Rollin' Out the Red Homecoming 2016 Highlights Video

Check out this video featuring the highlights of Homecoming 2016.

Setzer Center renovations started

Setzer Center Rendering

Major renovation of the Setzer Student Center has begun. Construction is projected to take 18 months. During this time, the building and parts of the quadrangle will be closed; however, the Barnes and Noble Bookstore will remain open and accessible through their side entrance.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Lamar University Alumni Greek 60th Anniversary November 11 6:30pm-9:30pm University Event Center Mary and John Gray Library, 8th floor
Like a big family reunion, alumni members of social Greek fraternities and sororities will gather to celebrate 60 years of Greek Life at Lamar University on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 6:30pm at the University Event Center at the Mary and John Gray Library.

The event will be a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones and will feature a craft beer pairing, hearty hors d'oeuvres and beverages, giveaways, a DJ and fun photo booth.

Register today at registration required by Monday, November 7th.

LU Mary and John Gray Library presents Chuck Royston
Reception and Book Signing
 The Black Chip by Chuck Royston
Lamar University's Mary and John Gray Library and the Office of Alumni Affairs will host a book signing and reception for Chuck Royston, author of the novel "The Black Chip" at 7pm on November 15 on the 6th floor of the library.

Royston received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Lamar University in 1961. He later was hired by NASA to help design the Apollo communications system. On April 13, 1970, Royston heard over the communication system "Houston, we have a problem." His 24 hour a day effort for six days to help the crew of Apollo 13 make it home safely after an explosion, earned him a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

His book "The Black Chip" is a techno-thriller (with a touch of medical mystery) fiction novel that is based in Dallas during the turn of the 21st century. Royston will talk about his experiences as a Lamar undergraduate, his professional career, and how his book came to be. Read more.

Alumni Events Recap
Class of 1966 Alumni from the Classes of 1924-1966 were invited to a special luncheon on Saturday, October 1, 2016 to welcome the Class of 1966 into the Golden Circle and celebrate their collective lifetime of achievements and connection to Lamar University. View event photos online or on Facebook.
 Amy Babineaux and Rebekah Maxwell, Secrets to Stress Free Productivity EventLU partnered with the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce for a professional development workshop entitled "Secret to Stress Free Productivity" presented by LU Alumnus and College of Business Professor Craig Escamilla held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. View event photos on Facebook.
Lamar University Alumni Homecoming Pre-Game ReceptionLU Alumni and Friends gathered together for a fun pre-game reception at the Montagne Center before the Cardinals took on Houston Baptist at the Homecoming Football game on Saturday, October 29, 2016. View event photos online or on Facebook.

LU feted for growth of
study abroad programs
Jeff Palis, LU Director of Study Abroad
Nearly three times as many Lamar University students are studying abroad now than in 2014, thanks in part to a national campaign to help colleges and universities to set clear goals and measurable actions to increase the number and diversity of American college students who study abroad by 2020.

At its 2016 Summit in Washington, D.C., the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad initiative recognized Lamar University and 11 other U.S. higher education institutions that have already exceeded their goals to boost study abroad participation.

"It is great that LU is being recognized for the growth of its study abroad program," said Jeff Palis, director of Global Studies and Study Abroad. "But the real winners are the students who include study abroad in their university experience, and the university overall as we benefit by becoming more globally minded." Read more.

Montagne Center gets
new video board
Lamar University Men's Basketball New Look for a New Season Provided by Susan Conn McCurry in Memory of CW and Dorothy Anne Conn Scoreboard
Lamar University's Montagne Center, already the premier on-campus basketball facility in the Southland Conference, is now even better due to a new video display and scoreboards thanks to a generous donation made by alumna Susan Conn McCurry '82 in memory of her parents C.W. '69 and Dorothy Anne Conn.

Fans cheering on the Cardinals will see custom animations and graphics. Combined with a new lighting system and powerful new sound system, LU boosters will experience dynamic pre-game introductions to get them pumped up even before the ball is tipped off. 
Read more.

LU men open their home season at 7pm on Friday, November 11 vs. Howard Payne. LU women play their first home game at 7pm on Wednesday, November 16 vs. St. Thomas. For ticket information, call 409-880-1715 or visit the Athletics website.

Volunteers break ground for
South Park Community Garden
South Park Community Garden
Volunteers broke ground Saturday, October 8, to build the South Park Community Garden, an initiative by Lamar University and the Greater South Park Neighborhoods Partnership to provide access to gardening space, training and nutritious food for local residents and students.

"This new garden is important, firstly, because it brings the community together," Deep Narula, president of the LU Green Squad, said. "Secondly, there's a huge demand for fresh food in this area. It is imperative that we add more fruits, vegetables and healthy foods into our everyday diets, and more people need to know how to grow them." 

The South Park Community Garden is located at the corner of Jimmy Simmons Blvd. and Vermont Street. "All members of the local community are welcome to 'adopt' a plot and garden it as long as they will take care of it - we want people to have free access to fresh produce in an area where affordable produce is scarce," Narula said. For more information, call 409-880-8612. Read more.

Student Spotlight:
Aguilar analyzes harmful
fake hormones
Omar Aguilar, Lamar University Student

Omar Aguilar, sophomore civil engineering major from Port Arthur and recipient of the 2015-2016 Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) grant, recently completed a project which analyzed phthalates, or fake hormones, in plastic children's items using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry.

Phthalates are used to increase flexibility of plastics, and are popularly used in teething products, baby milk powders, pacifiers, and the packaging and wrapping of children's lunch food products.

“It is a very important subject to research and talk about because most people have no idea what phthalates are or what kind of harmful effects they bring,” Aguilar said. “Along with that, the public is mostly unaware that these dangerous substances are basically everywhere. They are used in most plastics, and we use plastics for everything in the present day.”

He began his work on the topic, under the guidance of Andrew Gomes, Associate Professor of Research in the College of Engineering, after winning the OUR grant as a freshman in the fall of 2015. Read more.

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