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

October 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
Secret to Stress Free Productivity
Tues., Oct. 18, 2016

Alumni Community Service Project @ Humane Society for Southeast Texas

Sat., Nov. 5, 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

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

Upcoming Lectures:

Judge Joe J. Fisher Distinguished
Lecture Series
Oct. 6 - Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman

Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Oct. 18 - Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer

Distinguished Academic Lecture Series
Nov. 7 - Captain Richard Phillips

Capitan Richard Phillips

Cardinal View
Sat., Oct. 8

Cardinal View

Know a student interested in attending Lamar University? Attend Cardinal View to learn what all LU has to offer.

Spindletop Spookfest
Thurs., Oct. 27

Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum Lamar University

Dishman Art Museum hosts photography by Jamey Stillings and Interactive Mail Art Exhibitions
through Nov. 20

Jamey Stillings

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Enrollment tops 15,000
LU News
Lamar University has set another enrollment record and exceeded 15,000 students for the first time in the school's history. Official figures for the fall 2016 semester taken on the 20th class day show the university's enrollment is 15,022 students, up .4 percent over last fall.

"We are delighted to see the continued growth trend," said Kevin Smith, senior associate provost. Read more.

JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing stepping up to school status
 Lamar University Nursing Students
Lamar University's JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing has announced that it will change its title to JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing to better reflect the additions and developments of educational opportunities over time that have elevated it to school status.

"When you think of a department, you think one program, one dimension. We've grown so much and we have so many programs now, both graduate and undergraduate," said Cynthia Stinson, Interim Chair of Nursing.

"We are proud of the accomplishments of our nursing faculty and their support staff. It is also a testament to the success of our alumni who are filling vital roles in healthcare in our region, the state and beyond," said James Marquart, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Read more.

Lamar University Homecoming Pregame Alumni Tailgate Party Saturday October 29 4-5:30pm Montagne Center Porch Register at
All Lamar alumni are invited and encouraged to return "home" to campus to celebrate Homecoming 2016 on Saturday, October 29. Homecoming will be celebrated with a day full of activities including a Homecoming Parade on campus at 1pm, followed by Cardinal Fan Fest at 2pm, tailgating, and Cardinal Football at 6pm.

Be sure to join your fellow alumni at the Alumni Homecoming Tailgate Party on the porches of the Montagne Center at 4pm. Registration is $10 per person, which covers food, beverages, and a general admission game ticket. Advance registration and payment is required by  October 21, 2016. To register and pay online, visit To view the entire homecoming schedule visit

Public encouraged to submit home movies, videos to 'Texas Film Round-Up'
Stack of Film
Lamar University will partner with the Texas Archive of Moving Images (TAMI) in the Texas Film Round-Up when it comes to Beaumont, October 21-23. On those days, TAMI staff will be present at LU's Mary and John Gray Library to collect films and videotapes from the public for free digitalization.

"Film and videotapes are fragile and impermanent. They are susceptible to heat and humidity, two staples of Texas' climate, and can decompose at very rapid rates, meaning the history held in those frames is lost forever," said Madeline Moya, managing director of TAMI.

The event will include a free public screening on October 22 at 4pm on the 6th floor of the library featuring historic public footage of the Golden Triangle and Mid County, including home movies believed to be the oldest existing footage of Beaumont. Read more.

Lamar University Alumni Saturday November 5, 2016 11:30am-1:30pm Community Service Project with the Humane Society of Southeast Texas For more information, visit 
Lamar University Alumni are invited to participate in a community service project at the Humane Society of Southeast Texas on Saturday, November 5, 2016. *Note date change. Ages 16 and up only. Space is limited. Deadline to register is October 28, 2016. Volunteers will have the opportunity to socialize cats and dogs, walk dogs, bath dogs, make cat and dog toys, unfold newspapers, and some outdoor cleaning projects.

LU Researchers seeking solutions to hearing loss
 Lamar University Speech and Hearing Students
A team of faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers from LU has made significant progress toward developing digital technologies as an aid for hearing loss thanks to the funding from Lamar University's Center for Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (CICE).

"This project gives both graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in the research process and discover how it applies to the speech and hearing sciences," said Monica Bellon-Harn, Diane H. Shaver Professor and Chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

The project "Virtual Reality: Management of Adults with Hearing Loss" is an initiative of the department to conduct research as an initial step toward creating a virtual reality product that can teach communication strategies to those with hearing loss. The project is one of eight recently funded by a grant from the Gill Foundation of Texas to the CICE. Read more.

Alumni Spotlight:
Retired NASA Engineer
Chuck Royston's career
inspires novel
Chuck Royston 

Charles "Chuck" Royston received his Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Lamar University in 1961. Six weeks after graduation, he began work in Seattle for Boeing on the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command Minuteman Missile program where he taught inertial navigation to Air Force technicians. In 1964, he was hired to help design the Apollo communications systems by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. During his tenure at NASA, he helped put a man on the moon and later received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his efforts on the Apollo 13 rescue mission.

Inspired by his extensive experience in Aerospace, Royston recently published "The Black Chip", a techno-thriller fiction novel that is based in Dallas during the turn of the 21st century.

Lamar University's Mary and John Gray Library is hosting a book signing and reception for Royston on Monday, November 7, at 7pm at the University Event Center, on the 8th floor of the library. Read more.

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