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

August 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
Kaylie Smith
Student Intern

Alumni Calendar
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 Pre-Game Party
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017

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

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, American model, actor, and deaf activist, visits campus on Sept. 12 
Nyle DiMarco visits LU on September 12th.

Lamar University Alumni Homecoming Pre-Game Party Saturday, November 4

Lamar University prepares to celebrate 100 years in 2023
 S'Park Plug
Lamar University is already preparing to celebrate our centennial in 2023. If you have ideas for the 100 year celebration, please email Penny Clark, University Archivist and Chair of the Centennial Celebration Committee.

The Mary and John Gray Library's archive of student newspapers dates back to 1933, and in preparation for the centennial celebration, the Library is in search of copies of S'Park Plug, the university's first student newspaper. If you have or know someone who has copies of S'Park Plug, please contact Penny Clark.

LU Alumni Gather in Pune, India
LU Alumni from India gather for a reunion
Friends and fellow LU Engineering graduates gathered on June 24, 2017 for a small reunion in Pune, India. Pictured is (front row) Asim Inamdar '02 and Sandip Gunjal '03; and (back row) Nihar Vaidya '02; Arun Krishnamurthy '01, '03; and Sachin Butala '02.

Spoeri joins LU Advancement Team
Jeff Spoeri, Associate Vice President, University Advancement
After a national search, Lamar University is proud to welcome Jeff Spoeri as the new Associate Vice President of University Advancement. Spoeri brings nearly 21 years of development and fundraising experience to the position. Read more.

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Alumni Classic Movie Night
at the Jefferson 
Friday, September 15, 2017
 LU Alumni Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson Theatre featuring Friday Night Lights on Friday, September 15, 2017 6pm Reception, 7:30pm Showing, Lamar University Alumni
Join your fellow LU Alumni and Cardinal Fans for Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson Theatre (345 Fannin Street, Beaumont) on Friday, September 15. Enjoy a pre-movie reception at 6:00pm followed by a 7:30pm showing of  "Friday Night Lights".

Movie tickets are $5 each and may be purchased in advance at the Beaumont Civic Center Box Office (located at 701 Main Street) or the evening of the movie at the Jefferson Theatre. Must purchase movie ticket in order to enter the Jefferson Theatre for the alumni reception.

To register for the reception, visit
Advance registration required by Friday, September 8, 2017 by 5:00pm. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite Cardinal Fan Gear. This event is a partnership of the City of Beaumont and Lamar University.

Lamar University Alumni Golden Circle 50 Year Graduates 1924-1967 Saturday, September 30, 2017 12 Noon Lamar University Alumni
Members of the Classes of 1924-1967 are invited to come "home" to campus for a special luncheon hosted by President and Mrs. Evans on Saturday, September 30. For more information, or to register and pay online, visit

Lamar University Alumni Class of 1967 Reunion
It is time for the Class of 1967 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation on Saturday, September 30. Members will have the opportunity to renew old friendships and share memories of the time spent together as students of Lamar Tech. For more information about the Class of 1967 Reunion, or to register and pay online, visit

LU Alumni Affairs Announces
New Advisory Board
Tony LandryThe Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board has elected Tony Landry '94 to serve as the 2017-2018 President. Ransom Jones '88 will serve as Past-President and Chris Bates '08 will serve as President-Elect.

New Members of the board are Meg (Baertl) Brown '15; Amber (Alexander) Clark '11; Cody Dishon '09; Tea (Nguyen) Do '08; Alex Edgerly '13;  Christy (Cowart) Hardt '95; Derina Holtzhausen, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication; Alan Kondo '11; Chip Majors '93; Kim Pruitt '14; John Ramsey '98; Amy (Babineaux) Tarver '99; and Phyllis (McAfee) Thibodeaux '00.

Returning members of the board include Chris Bates '08; Mellie (Proctor) Bevilacqua '06; Brad Brown '81; John Ceravolo '98; Debi Derrick '81; Mike Eaves '89; Kristin (Mattingly) Ferguson '05; Joel Foxworth '01, '03; Surya Gade '01, '04; Rachel Gilford '03, '10; Tim Gregory '89; Alan Hefty '69; Gary Hidalgo '71, '73; Ronald Jackson '95; Ransom Jones '88; Tony Landry '94; Stephen Lee '89; Diana Miles '09; Jennifer (Turner) Nichols '03; Cindy (Dinkins) Partin '97, '99; Ashley (Reed) Pippins '15; Jeremy Roebuck '96; and Fred Vernon '12, '13.
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Study Shows Recreational Sports Boosts Retention
  Art Simpson, Director, Recreational Sports
Underrepresented students at the university level experience greater inclusion and higher graduation rates thanks to recreational sports, according to Art Simpson, LU's director of recreational sports.

"Minorities and young black men in particular, have a low graduation and retention rate. My thought process was, 'how can we retain students?'" said Simpson.

Simpson says that for many the answer is recreational sports. He has worked with the university's recreational sports programs since 2002 and explored the idea of athletic programs as an attraction and retention tool - both through his formal education and personal experience with university sports.

Simpson says that recreational sports center facilitates more than just physical and mental health. For example, randomized sports teams encourage socialization, which affects students' inclusion and retention. Also, as the largest student employer on campus, the center hires and trains students and imparts skills such as leadership that will help them enter the workforce.

After completing his master's degree in 2011, Simpson realized he wanted to do more to advance his profession and greater affect inclusion, diversity and outreach. He decided to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership at LU, which he completed in 2016. Drawing inspiration from the needs of his community, he decided to title his thesis "Factors Influencing the Retention and Connectivism of African American Male Students who Participate in Recreational Sports."
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2018 Cardinal Adventure Trips
  Cardinal Adventures
Cardinal Adventure trips for 2018 are available now and several excellent discounts are being offered for early booking! Our trip to Peru with an Amazon Cruise is offering a discount of $1,400 per couple PLUS no single supplement for solo travelers. We'll also be exploring the Amalfi Coast ($1,000 discount per couple) and England's Castles and Cottages ($500 discount per couple) in the summer and early Fall. Discounts expire at the end of August and September, so visit our travel website to take advantage of the savings now!

Alumni Events Recap
LU and the Beaumont Chamber Presents Secrets to Leading Across Generations with Ted LeClairThe Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce paired up with Lamar University to present a lunch and learn entitled "Secrets to Leading Across Generations in the Workplace" on Thursday, July 20. Keynote Speaker Ted LeClair, Senior Vice President and director of the Natixis Advisor Academy, talked about ways to engage coworkers based on their style and instincts. View photos from the event online or on Facebook.

Alumni Spotlight
Chris Bates '08

Bates Leads and Protects While He Serves

Christopher (Chris) Bates started out as a music major at Lamar University and left with a bachelor degree in General Studies in 2008 shortly after graduating from LIT's Police Academy. He became the youngest person, the first African American, and the first Jefferson County official to receive the Constable of the Year Award for the State of Texas at the 73rd Annual Justice of the Peace and Constables Association Conference.

Bates was attending a football game with friends when they met a police officer who he asked about his job. After the officer explained the duties and benefits of the job, Bates and his friends decided to register for an upcoming exam in order pursue a career in criminal justice.

Bates had always been interested in politics and wanted to hold some sort of public office. He never imagined himself as a Constable. Since taking office in early 2013, Bates has become more involved than ever in the community. He engages youth through public speaking at youth empowerment and leadership conferences; is a minister of music at his church; adopted a highway through TxDOT; serves on the advisory board of the Salvation Army, where he started an annual 'Christmas with the Constable' food and toy drive; created a scholarship for local youth who want to pursue a career in criminal justice; and volunteers to mentor criminal justice students and members of his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Bates set three new records when he received the 2017 Constable of the Year Award for the State of Texas. To be chosen as Constable of the Year in his fifth year, Bates said "It's humbling. I'm proud to be chosen based on my work in the Association and in the community. I didn't ask to be the first for those things. I just wanted people to see that I could do this because I kept the promises I made them when I was sworn in to serve." 

Though the Police Academy led Bates to a career as a Constable, his ties to Lamar University are stronger than ever. He will begin serving as the Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board President-Elect on September 1st. Read more.

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