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

May 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

Alumni Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Fri., Jun. 9, 2017

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

Gladys City Games
Sat., Jun. 10, 2017

 image of children playing marbles in 1901
Come out to Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum for fun and games 1901 style on Saturday, June 10, 2017! The museum is open on Saturdays from 10am-5pm. For more information, visit Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum's website.

LU noted as a
'Rising Star'
in UK study

Times Higher Education and World University Rankings have identified Lamar University as one of 20 universities worldwide and one of just nine nationally that could "challenge the elite universities" and become globally renowned by 2030.

According to the report, the rising "Class of 2030" is positioned to balance long-term vision with short-term execution, linked together by strong management and culture.

Times Higher Education (THE) is the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world. Read full story.

Lamar University Cardinals Learn to Solve Problems

Image of Tran Nguyen in a lab

Experience a day in the life of Lamar University student Tran Nguyen, Biology and Environmental Sciences Major, by checking out this video. "I had a first-hand experience of the side effects from the lack of sanitation when I was in the fourth grade in Vietnam. From then on, I knew I had to enact change one way or another. Environmental Sciences is not just something I study. It's something that really gets me excited," said Nguyen.

LU Alumni Make Connections

LU Alumnae Barbara Croxton and Terry Turpin meet while volunteering at the Longview Children's Museum
Retired educators and LU Alumnae Barbara (Cooper) Croxton '69 and Terry (Swann) Turpin '77 met each other while volunteering recently at the Longview World of Wonders Hands-On Discovery Children's Museum.
Do you have a story to share of how you have recently connected with a fellow LU Cardinal? Email us at

Lamar University Luggage Tag
Show your Cardinal Pride where ever you go. Request your FREE LU Alumni luggage tag by mailing your business card to: Lamar University Alumni, Attn: Get Tagged, PO Box 10005, Beaumont, TX 77710 or by visiting our Get Tagged webpage.

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LU breaks ground on new Science and Technology Building
Lamar University breaks ground on new Science and Technology Building
Lamar University administrators, Texas State University System representatives, retired and current faculty and staff members, students and alumni gathered on May 2, 2017 to break ground for the construction of a new 83,000-square-foot Science and Technology Building.

Work clearing the construction site has begun and substantial completion of the building is expected in late November 2018. The building is the design of architect Gensler working with a faculty-led university committee, and will be built by Vaughn Construction, becoming the first new entirely academic building to be added to the LU campus in more than four decades.

"Here, cooperative multi-disciplinary discovery will become the norm and generations of graduates will go from here ready to impact their world with a wider vision of what science and technology can do to serve mankind and solve real world problems," said James Marquart, provost and vice president for academic affairs. Read more.

Bringing It All Back Home:
Works of Art by
Lamar University Alumni
Friday, June 9, 2017
 Lamar University Alumni Bringing It All Back Home: Works of Art by Lamar University Alumni June 9, 2017 6:30pm-8:30pm Dishman Art Museum
Lamar University Alumni are invited to attend the opening reception of the alumni art exhibition entitled "Bringing It All Back Home: Works of Art by Lamar University Alumni" at the Dishman Art Museum on Friday, June 9 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The Dishman Art Museum is located at 1030 E Lavaca Street. The exhibition will run from June 2 through July 30 and will highlight the individual accomplishments of alumni artists whose original pieces are among the Dishman Art Museum's permanent collection. Admission and parking are free. To register, visit

LU announces 2017 Summer Camps
Lamar University Summer Camps
Lamar University invites students of all ages to a variety of summer camps to be held on campus this summer. Camps are offered for a variety of ages and interests with both daily and residential opportunities.

Some of the camps offered include: Lamar Nursing Nightingale Experience; ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp; Lamar Intro to Engineering; Lamar Intro to Engineering-Senior; X-Plore LU EE Summer Camp; Learn to Swim; STEAM Summer Art Camp; All-State Choir Camp; Band and Percussion Camp; Summer Dance Intensive; Summer Theatre Intensive; Youth and Young Adult Gospel Music Retreat; InterAct Language Enrichment Theatre Camp; Articulation Boot Camp; Stuttering Camp; Spirit Team Camp; and various Sports Camps. Learn more.

Lamar University selects
2017-2018 Ambassadors
2017-2018 New Ambassadors
Lamar University has selected 20 students to serve as Lamar Ambassadors. They will join 32 returning ambassadors in representing the student body at official university events during the 2017-2018 academic school year. Lamar University Ambassadors are a select group of students who serve the university by getting involved on campus, demonstrating school pride, and building goodwill among alumni and community supporters.

Newly selected Lamar University Ambassadors include: Marilyn Beard, Kimberly Boase, Jordan Curl, Obinna Emeh, Sakurah Fisher, Kaily Garcia, Omar Hamza, Lillian Hill, Serene Kaggal, Yves Jordan Kenfack, Mary Kim, Emily Lawrence, Tuenebari Loomma, Madison Marino, Brody McBee, Luke Nguyen, Tran Nguyen, Darien Phillips, Aziz Shaaban, and Ashley Towers. Read more.

LU creates scholarships, opportunities for
South Park students
Reimagine, Rebuild, Revitalize Greater South Park Neighborhoods Partnership
Lamar University will offer two full scholarships, including four years of tuition, fees, room, board and a book stipend to two deserving graduating high school seniors who reside in the South Park neighborhood of Beaumont.

"We'll add two additional students each year, so eventually we'll have eight South Park students on this scholarship at LU," said Ken Evans, president of the university.

Besides being a full-time student and maintaining a 3.0 GPA, it is also expected for the recipients to commit to the South Park community through ongoing civic engagement and involvement. Recipients will be required to establish a mentor in the South Park community and keep a record of contact.

This collaboration between LU and the South Park neighborhood is aimed at increasing opportunities for the neighborhood's youth. The scholarship will be awarded to students who display clear commitment to their education, promising academic success and embody the spirit of the South Park neighborhood. Read the full story.

Alumni Events Recap
Image of Shannon Copeland, Director of Alumni Affairs with Jean-Luc Baker Distinguished Alumnus Presidential Scholarship Recipient at the Scholarship Recognition DinnerLU students had the opportunity to meet and thank their scholarship donors and enjoy a family style meal at the annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 25. Students, faculty, staff and donors celebrated each other's contributions and achievements. View event photos online or on Facebook.
Image of Fred Ryans LU Ambassador and MBA Student Cedric Avant at Secrets to Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn eventLU alumni, MBA students, and area business professionals gathered for a night of networking, a presentation entitled "Secret to Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn" by alumna Brenna Rodriguez '04, and took professional headshot photos on Thursday, April 27. View event photos online or on Facebook.
Image of Houston Area Alumni at Painting With A TwistHouston Area LU Alumni gathered for a night of painting, margaritas, fajitas from Pappasitos, LU giveaways and fun at the Painting With A Twist Galleria location on Thursday, May 4. View event photos online or on Facebook.

Student Spotlight
Adrian, Andre and Anthony Woodard

Woodard triplets track toward futures
image of Adrian, Andre and Anthony Woodard
Adrian, Andre and Anthony Woodard learned quickly that family is all you have. The Woodard brothers are original natives of Nashville, TN, but in 2009, they established residency in Texas.

"Moving from Tennessee to Texas, we realized that family is all that we have. We got a chance to get closer because it was just us," said Anthony.

The triplets moved after their freshman year of high school, when their father landed a job in Beaumont. All three brothers are students in LU's College of Fine Arts and Communication. Anthony is a corporate communication major, Andre is majoring in photography, and Adrian is a music major. Collectively the Woodard triplets have been very successful in their academic endeavors.

"Being in college, we have gotten to shine our light in our own personalities, where we all exemplify leadership in our own special way," said Andre. Read more.

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