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

September 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
Erica Edgerly
Student Intern 

Brianna Graffagnino
Student Intern

Kaylie Smith
Student Intern

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

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

Lamar v. U of H Football Game
Sept. 10, 2016

LU Football Player

If you plan to attend the Lamar University v. University of Houston Football game on Sat., Sept. 10, drop by the LU tailgate in the bus parking lot before the game.

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Itzhak Perlman to speak in Fisher Distinguished Lecture Series Oct. 6, 2016

Itzhak Perlman

LU Theatre Presents "Silent Sky"
Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2016

Lamar University Theatre Students

Alumni Awards
nominations due
Sept. 30, 2016

Distinguished Alumni

To submit a nomination, visit our website or email your nomination with any additional information available regarding the nominee to

Congratulations to
Gene Arnold '61, '80 
who will be inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame on Sept. 26, 2016

Gene Arnold

2017 Cardinal Adventure Trips

Journey to Southern Africa, Cruise the Rhine River, Italian Riviera and Chianti

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Academic year begins with convocation, presidential address
 President Evans
Lamar University opened the new academic year with a reception and convocation for faculty and staff on Wednesday, August 17. Evans welcomed 202 new full time and part time staff members and 97 new faculty members.

In his address, he presented a snapshot of several aspects of the university including the expectation of enrollment growth, continuing a trend of record-setting enrollments. Driving this growth, Evans said, is the continued attention to university recruiting efforts in LU's major market areas with increased attention to prospective in-residence students. Other areas of emphasis at LU will continue to include increased initiatives for student engagement and expanded study abroad opportunities. Construction and renovation continue to be a major factor on campus, with planned new buildings and renovations totaling about 300,000 sq. ft. over the next three to four years. Read more.

Lamar University Golden Circle 1924-1966 Saturday, October 1, 2016 12 Noon
Members from the Classes of 1924-1966 are invited to come back to campus for a special luncheon hosted by President and Mrs. Evans on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Deadline to register is September 23, 2016. For more information, or to register and pay online, visit

Lamar University Class of 1966 Reunion Saturday, October 1, 2016
Members of the Class of 1966 are invited back to campus to celebrate their 50 year reunion on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Deadline to register is September 23, 2016. For more information about the Class of 1966 Reunion, or to register and pay online, visit

3D printing marries high tech and tradition
Lamar University Students using 3D Printing
The advent of affordable 3D printing has taken the fields of engineering and science by storm with its ability to create complex models used for everything from aerospace to biomedical devices. That same technology is also fueling a revolution in art and design.

At Lamar University, 3D printers are found not only in the College of Engineering, but also in the Department of Art and the numbers and uses are growing. Helping with acquiring the technology was a grant from LU's Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship. 

"What we're seeing are opportunities for people artistically trained to go out and be part of those production teams. They have the drawing skills, they have the creative vision, and they can now bring that vision into software where they can model a prototype object and be able to present it to the team lead." said Donna Meeks, chair of the Department of Art.

Meeks believes the addition of 3D printing to the curriculum will give LU art an edge over other programs in Texas to recruit the best and brightest students. Read more.

New faces on campus
Craig Ness appointed VP for Finance and Operations

Craig NessEdward Craig Ness joins the administration of Lamar University in the position of Vice President for Finance and Operations after a national search. Ness most recently served as Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Texas Southern University.

"We look forward to Craig's leadership in this incredibly important role," said Kenneth Evans, Lamar University President. "He brings vast financial and leadership experience and a deep understanding of Texas Higher Education that will serve Lamar University very well." Read more.
Natalie Tindall named chair of Department of Communication

Natalie TindallLamar University welcomes Natalie Tindall as chair of the Department of Communication. Tindall was most recently a faculty member of Georgia State University, where she was co-director of the communication graduate program.

"Dr. Tindall is a nationally renowned scholar in her field, and she brings a unique curriculum perspective to her department," said Derina Holtzhausen, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. "These are two areas in which her leadership will be very valuable." Read more.

Lamar University Alumni October 8, 2016 11:30am-1:30pm Community Service Project with The Humane Society of Southeast Texas 2050 Spindletop AVenue Beaumont, TX For More Information

Lamar University Alumni are invited to participate in a community service project at the Humane Society of Southeast Texas on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Ages 16 and up only. Space is limited. Deadline to register is September 30, 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.

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 to campus to celebrate Homecoming 2016 on October 29. Homecoming will be celebrated with a whole day of activities including a Homecoming Parade on campus at 1pm. 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 day schedule visit

Student Profile:
Student's own cancer inspires life of research
LU student Cade Johnson 

Lamar University junior Cade Johnson of Lumberton joined researchers at Children's Hospital Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania to study cancer treatments this summer as his research project funded by the 2016 David J. Beck Fellowship at LU.

For Johnson, the research is personal. Johnson was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 11 years old. His fight against cancer and the care he received from Texas Children's Hospital inspired Johnson to pursue medical studies and to join the research efforts for cancer treatments.

"It would be a dream to find a cure for cancer that's guaranteed to work with minimal side effects. That's what they're researching at Children's Hospital Philadelphia-a very specific, very targeted chemotherapy that works reliably with minimal side effects," said Johnson.

The research taught him more than just medical knowledge-it helped him to change his outlook on success. Read more.

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