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

March 2018 - Lamar University 
Office of
Alumni Affairs
(409) 880-8921
(800) 298-4839

Alumni Affairs Staff

Shannon Copeland
'02, '03, '07

Evie Clifton

Laurie Ritchel
Cardinal Adventures Coordinator

Antoinette Mays
'07, '12, '16
Administrative Assistant
Patricia Correa
Marketing & Design Intern

Marion Lawrence
Programming Intern

Kaylie Smith
Public Relations Intern

Alumni Calendar
The Big Event
Sat., Apr. 7, 2018

Spring Alumni
Board Meeting

Thurs., Apr. 12, 2018

Setzer Center Grand Opening
Thurs., Apr. 12, 2018

Alumni Baseball
Pre-Game Party

Fri., Apr. 20, 2018

Communication in the Workplace
Thurs., Apr. 26, 2018

College of Business & MBA Program Mixer
Thurs., May 10, 2018

LU Alumni Advisory Board Nominating Committee Meeting
Thurs., Jun. 7, 2018

After School Special Alumni Juried Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Fri., Jun. 15, 2018

Generations in the Workplace
Thurs., Jul. 26, 2018

New Alumni Board Welcome Lunch
Thurs., Aug. 23, 2018

Fall Alumni Board Meeting
Thurs., Sept. 20, 2018

Cardinal Fan Fest
Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

Alumni Homecoming Pre-Game Party
Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

Distinguished Alumni Awards Selection Meeting
Thurs., Oct. 11, 2018

Class of 1968 Reunion
Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Golden Circle Luncheon
Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Alumni Past President's Lunch
Thurs., Dec. 6, 2018

Know a student who will be a perfect fit for LU?

We would love your help identifying future Cardinals. After all, it takes a Cardinal to know a Cardinal. Cardinal View, to be held on Sat., Apr. 14,  provides a great, well-rounded exposure to life at LU. Encourage your student to sign up today at
Cardinal View Saturday, April 14 Register Now:

LU Alumni Baseball Pre-Game Party
Fri., Apr. 20
LU Alumni Baseball Pre-Game Party, Lamar University Alumni, 5-6pm, Friday, April 20th, Vincent-Beck Stadium Register today at

LU Center for
History & Culture Presents
"Desperate People, Desperate Times: Civil War Women's Work to Free Confederate Soldiers"
Thurs., Apr. 12
Center for History & Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast Presents Desperate People, Desperate Times: Civil War Women's Work to Free Confederate Soldiers Presented by: Penny Clark, Center Fellow, April 12,

Gladys City Live
Sat., Apr. 21

 Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum
Have you ever wanted to go back in time to see what life was like back in the early 20th century? Take a trip back in time to 1901 to Gladys City where you will be able to experience the flavor of the times on Sat., Apr. 21 at the Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum from 10am to 2pm. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

in the Workplace Professional Development Workshop
Thurs., Apr. 26

Communication in the Workplace Thursday, April 26 7:30-9:00am Cardinal Club Room, Montagne Center, FREE-Breakfast will be served. Register at by April 20th. Lamar University Member The Texas State University System Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce

 Save the Date
LU Homecoming
Sat., Sept. 22
Lamar University Alumni Homecoming Pre-Game Party Saturday, September 22

Tax Assistance available through LU's V.I.T.A. Program
Free Tax Help
Lamar University Community Outreach Program was awarded a grant from Entergy Texas to enhance its activities by increasing earned income tax credit awareness and education and providing tax preparation services, financial education, and economic development. Through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (V.I.T.A.), LU provides services for individuals and families at several tax preparation services for individuals with low to moderate income. Read more.

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Lamar University participates in
The Big Event
Saturday, April 7, 2018
 The Big Event
Lamar University Alumni are invited to participate in The Big Event on Saturday, April 7. The Big Event is the biggest student-run, one-day service project in the nation. LU Alumni will join in with student teams across Southeast Texas to participate in hands-on community service projects at the Beaumont Dream Center, Some Other Place, and the Southeast Texas Food Bank. The day begins with check-in at the Montagne Center at 8:30 AM where participants will be given a Big Event t-shirt, breakfast, and drawstring backpack with water, snacks and work gloves. Ages 18 and up only. Space is limited. Pre-registration required by Sunday, April 1 at

Setzer Center Grand Opening
Thursday, April 12, 2018 
Setzer Center Grand Opening April 12, 2018
LU Alumni are invited to celebrate with us on Thursday, April 12 for the Grand Opening of the newly remodeled Richard W. Setzer Student Center. The ceremony begins at 12:30pm in the quadrangle and the building will be officially open to the public beginning at 1:00pm with special activities planned throughout the building until 4:00pm.

After School Special
Call for Entries
Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018 
After School Special: The Lamar University First Juried Alumni Art Exhibition, Lamar University Alumni, Location: Dishman Art Museum, Opening Reception: June 15, 2018, Reception Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Exhibition Date: June 15-August 3, 2018; Entry Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018; Register today at, Lamar University Dishman Art Museum
To celebrate the Dishman Art Museum's 35th Anniversary, Lamar University is pleased to be hosting our first juried art exhibition for LU alumni titled "After School Special". This exciting exhibition offers an opportunity for LU graduates from across the country and around the world to share their creative work at the Dishman Art Museum. 

Any Lamar University graduate is eligible to submit their artwork to be considered for inclusion in the After School Special Exhibition. Dr. Lynne Lokensgard will serve as Juror.

The entry deadline is Friday, April 13. For more information about the show or to submit your entries, visit

LU Alumni Professionals hosted
'A Dinner and Conversation'
Thursday, February 8, 2018 
Photo of 2018 Alumni A Dinner and Conversation Hosts 
Eight successful LU alumni returned to campus recently for Lamar University's annual 'A Dinner and Conversation' event, a night of networking and career exploration for Lamar University students. Professionals from business, entrepreneurship, engineering, healthcare, communication and education hosted a table at the event. They were joined by members of LU's faculty and students majoring in a discipline in their fields. The alumni spoke to the students about their careers and engaged them in conversations about how they could prepare and succeed in their chosen professions. Alumni hosts included (pictured above left to right): Diane (Shaffer) Bass '80, '82; Robin Perez '81, '88, '01, '07; Jared Boudreaux '98; Rene' (Slott) Latiolais '04; Ed Gripon '64; Diana Miles '09; Terry Welch '82; and Kristy (Kinnear) McCarty '07.

Lamar University names 4 as Distinguished Alumni on
Friday, February 23, 2018
  2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients James Bell, Angela Blanchard, Ellen Rienstra and Don Shaver
Lamar University named four alumni James Bell '77, '84; Angela Blanchard '84; Ellen (Walker) Rienstra '62, '80; and Don Shaver '76 as Distinguished Alumni for 2018, noting their dedication to their professionals, service to their communities and loyalty to their alma mater epitomizes the Lamar University spirit. A special dinner honoring the recipients was held on Friday, February 23. Read full release.

Cardinal Adventures
  Cardinal Adventures
Cardinal Adventures is offering several trips for 2018 including: Amalfi Coast; Canadian Rockies; and England's Castles, Cottages & Countryside and has a special trip planned to Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019. If any of these trips are on your bucket list, visit our travel website to learn more about these exciting adventures.

Alumni Events Recap
Participants on the Cardinal Adventures Panama Canal TripLU Alumni and Friends traveled on the Cardinal Adventure Trip "Cruise the Panama Canal" January 4-15. During the trip, they participated in a special excursion to the Panama Canal and attended a luncheon held at the home of LU Alumnus Jorge Quijano '73, '74, CEO of the Panama Canal Authority. View photos from the trip online or on Facebook.
LU Alumni who volunteered at the 117th Anniversary Celebration of the Lucas GusherLU Alumni helped Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum celebrate the 117th Anniversary of the Lucas Gusher by volunteering on Saturday, January 13 to lead some of the day's activities. View photos online or on Facebook.
Photo of Emily WheelerThe Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce paired up with Lamar University to present a professional development workshop entitled "How to Manage Social Media When You Don't Have a Social Media Manager" on Thursday, January 25. Keynote Speaker Emily (Eisen) Wheeler '08, Division Manager for Event Facilities with the City of Beaumont, gave some tips for businesses and organizations on how to manage their various social media platforms to engage their target audiences. View photos from the event online or on Facebook.
LU Alumni who attended the 2018 Basketball Between the Games PartyLU Alumni and Friends gathered on Saturday, January 27 for a between-the-games basketball reception and cheered on the Lady Cardinals and Cardinals to a victory against McNeese. View event photos online or on Facebook.
A Dinner and Conversation 2018 ParticipantsLU Alumni professionals hosted A Dinner and Conversation for Lamar University students for an evening of networking and career exploration on Thursday, February 8. View event photos online or on Facebook.
LU Alumni and Friends gathered at the TMEA Conference for a networking socialLU Music Alumni and friends gathered at the TMEA Conference in San Antonio for an after hours networking social on Friday, February 16. View event photos online or on Facebook.
2018 Distinguished Alumni RecipientsLU Alumni and friends gathered on Friday, February 23 at a special awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the 2018 Lamar University Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients. View event photos online or Facebook.

Student Spotlight
Sakurah Fisher

Research Experience Inspires David J. Beck Fellow
Photo of Lamar University Student Sakurah Fisher
Lamar University junior Sakurah Fisher of Port Arthur is gaining real-word experience in her pursuit of her passion for psychology and was recently announced as a 2018 David J. Beck Fellow at LU giving her resources to engage in research this summer.

A graduate of Memorial High School in Port Arthur, her formative years were spent in Tokyo, Japan, and those experiences shape her interests. The psychology major credits her upbringing in Japan as the birthplace of her interest in mental health.

"There is a lot of stigma against mental illness in the eastern world," said Fisher. "People do not seek the help they need and it can have devastating results on that person. I saw this a lot growing up. Since then, I've been passionate about mental health and getting people seeking treatment."

Fisher's 11-week summer project will take her to New York State where she will join a team of researchers under Antigona Martinez, Ph.D. at the renowned Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. 

"All of my experience at Lamar has helped me get to where I am today," said Fisher. "At a bigger university, I don't think I would have the same opportunities I've had at Lamar. The professors really care about you, and it makes the learning experience so much better." Read more about Fisher or view this video clip.

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