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

May 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
Administrative Assistant
Lauren Schuldt
Graduate Assistant 

Erica Edgerly
Student Assistant

Brianna Graffagnino
Student Assistant   

Alumni Calendar
Alumni Night @ Painting with a Twist
Thurs., May 5, 2016

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

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

Lamar University Pennant
Show your cardinal pride in your classroom or office. Request your FREE
Lamar University Pennant by emailing

Class Notes - We want to hear from you!
Did you get a promotion or start a new job? Did you receive a professional award? Are you getting married? It's time to brag. Share your news, big or small, by submitting a class note that may be published in an upcoming edition of Cardinal Cadence.  Update your information or submit a class note.

Order your diploma frame.

Lamar Alumni Decal

Ride with pride by displaying  an LU Alumni decal on your vehicle. To request your FREE decal, email or call the Alumni Affairs Office at 409-880-8921.

Lamar University Cardinal Pride Backgrounds

Show your cardinal pride and love for your alma mater at home, work or on the go by downloading free Lamar University backgrounds.

Leave a lasting legacy. Order your brick in the Cardinal Walk of Honor today! It is a great way to celebrate your relationship with Lamar University or honor a loved one.
Cardinal Walk of Honor

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 Office of Alumni Affairs, PO Box 10005, Beaumont, TX 77710.

Lamar University 
Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Lamar University Dance Team In A Perfect World May 6 and 7, Tickets $10, Jefferson Theatre Showtime 7pm Downtown Beaumont Doors Open at 6pm For more information call 409-880-7241 Artistic Director Brixey Blankenship-Cozad, Assistants Jayce Harrison and Eric Hoggins

Spindletop/Gladys City 
Boomtown Museum
Train Day
May 7, 2016

Trains Come to Gladys City May 7 12pm-3pm See shout outs by the Big Thicket Outlaws

Alumni Baseball Tailgate Party
held Friday, April 15

Alumni Baseball Tailgate

View more photos of the event on
website or Facebook page.

Kinetic Sculpture Project
Fosters Collaboration Between
Art and Engineering Students
 Don and Maryann Lyle
A gift from Maryann and Don Lyle will support an innovative design project for two kinetic sculptures that will be erected in the College of Engineering's Cherry Building at Lamar University. LU Alumni Don Lyle '06, a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board, and his wife Maryann '65, are founders of the Don M. and Maryann Lyle Foundation.

Two student teams from the College of Fine Arts and Communication and College of Engineering will receive scholarships and funding to cover the cost of materials needed to develop their sculpture concepts. Visual arts and engineering faculty members will advise the students and a faculty committee will select two projects for development during  the Fall 2016 semester.

The idea originated with Don Lyle, and coincided with Engineering Dean Srinivas Palanki's desire to have something to grace the lobby of the main entry into the Cherry Engineering Building.

"Collaboration between academic disciplines provides learning experiences that are unique and valuable. In this case, bringing students together from what are traditionally analytical and creative disciplines respectively has tremendous potential. We are grateful to the Lyles for their support in making this happen," said Derina Holtzhausen, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Read more.

Alumni Community Service Project
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
held Saturday, April 9

LU Alumni Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity ReStore

View more photos of the event on
website and Facebook page.

Stromberg named first
executive director for Center for Advances in Port Management
 Erik Stromberg Photo
Lamar University has tapped industry expert Erik Stromberg as the inaugural executive director of the Center for Advances in Port Management after a national search.  Stromberg brings decades of experience in public ports to the new position as a CEO, president and consultant in port management at state and national levels. He served as CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities for nearly a decade, and served as head of the North Carolina State Ports Authority for 10 years.

"Lamar University has a tradition of offering programs that are responsive to the needs of our community, the region, the state and the nation," said Lamar University President Kenneth Evans. "This program responds to a need for a graduate program that prepares the next generation of leadership with the practical skills necessary in the dynamic port environment," Evans continued.

LU's program offers courses leading to a degree specializing in port and terminal management. The Center for Advances in Port Management has a research mission to study and improve ports in Texas and around the world.

"The effort to successfully marry Lamar University's resources with industry experts to educate and place students in the port and terminal industry is profoundly important. The industry has been waiting for a program like this throughout my career. And now we have one," said Erik Stromberg. Read more.

Lamar University is expanding with new construction and renovations
Reaud Honors and CICE Center Construction Progress Photo
Reaud Administration Building
Work continues at a rapid pace on the Wayne A. Reaud Administration Building. The contractors are finishing up the exterior of the building, while continuing work on the interior finishes as well as site preparation for landscaping. The new three-story state-of-the art facility is scheduled for occupancy at the end of August. The Reaud Building will house the Reaud Honors College as well as a new event space on the first floor, the Office of Information Technology on the second floor, and university administration offices on the third floor.

Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship 

Site preparation and underground utilities work is complete for the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE). Foundation work is underway and the contractors will soon begin the erection of the structural steel. The building construction is on target for substantial completion in late fall and is scheduled for occupancy at the beginning of 2017. The 20,000-square-foot incubator and professional development center provides numerous offices, conference rooms, training centers, computing technology, and multi-purpose labs (including wet labs). The center promotes student creativity and ideation through the Student Idea Center and Hatchery, connecting students across multiple disciplines. The CICE is a conduit for industry and university interaction, including projects, on-going research, student experiential learning, special events and training. It will also house the Small Business Development Center.

Setzer Student Center Renovations
A major renovation of the Setzer Student Center is also slated to begin in late fall with a scheduled completion date of January 2018. The university conducted many focus groups and meetings to get feedback from the students to ensure that the new design will meet the diverse needs of the entire university population. The architects are at the end of the schematic design phase and are working on façade details. The goal of the renovations is to modernize the building; add more sustainable features in the areas of lighting, air conditioning and electrical distribution; integrate technology; add more natural light; and add features that will make the building more student-focused and motivational. The two-story building will feature a new dining area with space for three food franchises, a new multipurpose room, 19 student-meeting spaces of various sizes, a student lounge, student center administrative offices and SGA offices. There will also be renovations made to the quadrangle to enhance green space for student activities as well as new sidewalks.

Mary and John Gray Library Renovations

The renovations planned for the first floor of the Mary and John Gray Library are in the design phase. Construction is scheduled to begin early this fall and include adding a café to the lobby, modernizing the finishes, adding more natural light and reconfiguring the entrance.

Science and Technology Building
Additionally, the university has plans to add a new 78,000-square-foot science and technology building to be located west of the Speech and Hearing Sciences Building. The new building will include instructional laboratories for upper-level biology courses, interdisciplinary flex research laboratories, and an innovation space with capabilities to build and prototype special design and research projects focused on energy, sustainability, medical devices, and global health. Construction for this new building is set to begin February 2017 with a target completion date in August 2018. In addition, work will take place to add capacity to supporting campus infrastructure and to create new parking spaces.

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