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

July 2016 - Lamar University 
Office of
Alumni Affairs

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


Alumni Affairs Staff
Alumni Affairs Staff

Shannon Copeland
'02, '03, '07

Evie Clifton

Antoinette Mays
'07, '12, '16
Administrative Assistant
Lauren Schuldt
Graduate Assistant 

Erica Edgerly
Student Assistant

Brianna Graffagnino
Student Assistant   

Alumni Calendar
Fall Alumni Board Meeting
Thurs., Sept. 22, 2016

Class of 1966 Reunion
Golden Circle Luncheon
Sat., Oct. 1, 2016

Alumni Community Service Project @ Humane Society for Southeast Texas
Sat., Oct. 8, 2016

Lamar University Homecoming, Parade, and Alumni Tailgate
Sat., Oct. 29, 2016

Greek Alumni
60th Anniversary Celebration

Fri., Nov. 11, 2016

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

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Lamar University Luggage Tag

Send us your business card, and we'll mail you a FREE luggage tag. Mail your business card to: Lamar University Alumni Affairs, PO Box 10005, Beaumont, TX 77710.

Lamar University Class of 1966 Reunion October 1, 2016

Lamar University Golden Circle 50 Year Graduates 1924-1966 October 1, 2016

Alumni Decal

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Study Abroad LU Summer 2016 Newsletter

Global Enrichment: academics to life lessons for group experiencing China
 Lamar University College of Business Student Jeremy Allen at the Great Wall of China
Six Lamar University College of Business students studied abroad in China this summer as part of their Global Enrichment Course. They visited some of the most renowned companies in the world. Alumna Yolanda Conyers '89, chief diversity officer at Lenovo, arranged a tour of Lenovo's headquarters in Beijing. The students also visited several other companies including Hyundai, Speedo, Invest Hong Kong and Crocs. Through this experience, the students gained valuable insight and a deeper understanding of China's role in the global economy.

The academic lessons they learned on the study abroad trip were subsequent to the new perspectives they gained. They quickly realized they could learn lessons about life never found in a textbook. The students experienced the nation's incredible culture and visited Victoria's Peak, Kowloon Peninsula, Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, and toured Old Beijing.

"The trip changed a lot of our opinions," said Jeremy Allen, MBA student from Beaumont. "You hear on the news and in the media what China is doing. When you go to China you see that they are just trying to help their people. They have taken jobs that many Americans wouldn't want to do and their environment has diminished as a result." Jeremy Allen and Mark Murrill participated on the trip as Steinhagen Global Fellows. Read more.

Cardinal Adventures
Looking for your next adventure? Check out upcoming Cardinal Adventure trips for alumni and friends of the Lamar University on the Lamar University/AHI website.

Camp helps 7th and 8th grade girls 'x-plore' electrical engineering
LU's high-energy X-plore Electrical Engineering summer camp offered 7th and 8th grade girls the opportunity to discover the potential career in electrical engineering with hands-on learning in circuits, programming, robotics and more.

Women are under-represented in engineering, and no engineering discipline has fewer women than electrical engineering, said Harley Myler, professor and chair of the Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering. "We hope to help the X-plorers understand what EE's do and what it takes to become an electrical engineer so they might consider the profession as their education progresses."

LU Alumnus James BruceAlumnus James Bruce, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who recently retired as MIT's VP of Information Technology, sponsored the camp. Bruce received bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1958 from LU and went on to do graduate work leading to a doctorate at MIT in 1964. Read more.

Russell to participate in College Home Run Derby
LU Outfielder Reid Russell
After a powerful outburst that tied a school record, junior outfielder Reid Russell was invited to participate in the 2016 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby on Sunday, July 3.

Russell, who pounded 18 homers in the 2016 season, will face off against seven other premier hitters from around the country, and is the only Southland Conference hitter invited and first player from Lamar University to be selected for the event-which began in 2010. The derby will be played at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE, home of the College World Series. "It will be so great to represent Lamar, Southeast Texas, and the Southland Conference in Omaha," said Russell.

Russell was named as the Southland Conference Hitter of the Year and American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Central Region First Team. Read more.

Lamar University Center for Career and Professional Development Logo

Whether you are looking for a new job or career or you are looking to fill a position or hire an intern, the Lamar University Center for Career and Professional Development offers a variety of programs and services to assist alumni including:

  • Cover letter and resume assistance
  • Mock Interviews 
  • Testing Services 
  • Hire A Cardinal Database
  • Career Events and Job Fairs
  • On-Campus Interviews

Visit the CCPD website for more information.

Student Profile:
John Ellis finds opportunity for medley of pursuits
Image of Lamar University Student John Ellis 

John Ellis, a junior from Bridge City, has found support at Lamar University to explore his many, diverse interests.

"I've always had a general appreciation for a lot of things," said the 20-year-old computer information systems major. "It's unique that I can do so much here, even when it doesn't specifically match my major. At Lamar, it feels like there are a lot more open doors."

In the first three semesters alone, Ellis was a member of the Freshman Leadership Program, a drum major for the LU Marching Band, a member of the Wind Ensemble that played at the 2015 Texas Music Educator's Association Convention, a Lamar Ambassador and began working as a video intern for the university's marketing department.

Ellis feels that his time at LU has helped him branch out and meet new people. He says he has come to appreciate that some of the best learning experiences aren't necessarily academic; they are whatever helps him grow as a person. Read more.

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