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

July 2017 - Lamar University 
Office of
Alumni Affairs
(409) 880-8921
(800) 298-4839

Staff of the Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs
Alumni Affairs Staff

Shannon Copeland
'02, '03, '07

Evie Clifton

Laurie Ritchel
Travel Programs Coordinator

Antoinette Mays
'07, '12, '16
Administrative Assistant
Brianna Graffagnino
Alumni Programming Intern

Kaylie Smith
Student Intern

Alumni Calendar

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

LU Alumni Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson
Fri., Sept. 15, 2017

Class of 1967 Reunion
Golden Circle Luncheon
Sat., Sept. 30, 2017

Fall Alumni Community Service Project @ NSS
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017

Alumni Homecoming Tailgate Party
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017

Alumni Past President's Lunch
Thurs., Dec. 5, 2017

Bringing It All Back Home Works of Art by Lamar University Alumni On Display until July 30.

125th Anniversary Celebration Planned at Gladys City Boomtown Museum
Sat., Aug. 26, 2017
Gladys City Oil Gas Manufacturing
Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum will host a celebration in honor of the 125th anniversary of the Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company on Saturday, August 26th. Read more.

Nyle DiMarco visits campus Sept 12

LU Alumni Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson Theatre September 15

Lamar University Alumni Koozie
Show your Cardinal Pride while you are out and about this summer. Request your FREE LU Alumni Koozie by emailing

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Secrets to Leading Across Generations in the Workplace 
Thursday, July 20, 2017
 Leadership Beaumont Alumni, Lamar University, and Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Presents Secrets to Leading Across Generations in the Workplace
Lamar University Alumni are invited to join other Southeast Texas Professionals for a lunch and learn entitled "Secrets to Leading Across Generations in the Workplace" presented by Ted LeClair, SVP and Director of Natixis Advisor Academy in the Cardinal Club Room of the Montagne Center on Thursday, July 20 at 11:30am. Registration fee is $25 per person which includes lunch. Seating is limited. To register, visit This event is a partnership with the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and Lamar University.

Football Community Kick-Off
Thursday, July 27, 2017
It's Game Time. #TriangleTough
Join Lamar University Athletics for football, food and cold beverages as LU prepares for the upcoming Cardinals Football Season. Head Football Coach Mike Schultz and Athletics Director Jason Henderson will be on hand to encourage all cardinal fans to get their RED ON this season on Thursday, July 27th from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum. Pre-registration required. To RSVP, please contact Kelsey Young at 409-880-2319 or

LU Earns Press Club Honors
Press Club of Southeast Texas Newspaper, Radio, Television, and Public Relations
The Press Club of Southeast Texas announced the winners in the 2017 Excellence in Media contest during its annual fund-raising banquet on June 2. Lamar University students, faculty staff, and alumni were recognized alongside media, communications and public relations professionals of the region for work created during 2016 in a number of categories.

Representatives of the university received a total of 14 first-place awards, 16 second-place awards, 6 third-place awards, and 5 honorable mentions. Lamar University's communication programs - University Press, LUTV and LUTV Productions - earned a number of awards in competition with professional working media organizations. The university's public relations and marketing and communications areas also earned recognition for their work representing the university.

This year, the club honored Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens '89 as the 2016 Newsmaker of the Year. Retired longtime LU Baseball Coach Jim Gilligan '69, '70 was also honored as a newsmaker finalist. The club supports communication scholarships at Lamar University with proceeds from the banquet. Read the full story.

Alumni Events Recap
LU Alumni Art Show June 2017The Dishman Art Museum in partnership with the Art Department and Office of Alumni Affairs hosted an alumni art exhibition entitled "Bringing It All Back Home: Works of Art by Lamar University Alumni." On display (now through July 30) is original artwork by Lamar University alumni held in the Dishman's permanent collection. View photos from the opening reception on Friday, June 9 online or on Facebook.

Student Spotlight
Marco Hernandez

Unexpected Opportunities Motivate
LU Senior Marco Hernandez
LU student Marco Hernandez
When Beaumont native Marco Hernandez first enrolled at Lamar University, he planned only to earn his degree in modern languages with a concentration in Spanish then launch his career in teaching. Since then, he has encountered many unexpected opportunities.

Hernandez, now a senior, has added a minor in kinesiology, studied abroad in Spain, began coaching soccer at Gulf Coast Youth Academy and started substitute teaching at local schools - all well before his expected graduation in August 2017.  "I never saw any of it coming. To me, these possibilities were so brand new. For example, I didn't know I could study abroad, but as soon as LU helped me get it approved, I was gone. It was an incredible experience," Hernandez said.

Hernandez has a compelling compassion to serve his community and developed his first major mission to benefit his city a few months after his studies abroad. "One day, I was playing soccer at some tennis courts, and I was kicked out by an officer who was just doing his job," he said. The officer explained that if Hernandez wanted a place to play soccer, he could make a petition to the city to establish one. Hernandez remembered that he had seen a cement soccer court in Portugal for "futsal", a type of fast-paced soccer, during an excursion while he was studying abroad. He decided that he would work to bring one to Beaumont.

"Health is a big problem all over the country. Plus, some of the kids get bored, and if they don't have a good outlet they can get themselves in trouble. This will let kids do something good for their body and mind," Hernandez said.

After quite a process of putting together a petition, collecting signatures, garnering support, and many meetings, the City of Beaumont approved Hernandez's request. The court's construction is scheduled for next spring at Central Park. "You don't have to be a superhero to make a difference in the world. Just doing your best is going to have an impact in the end," Hernandez said. Read more.

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