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

April 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
Spring Alumni Board Meeting
Thurs., Apr. 7, 2016

Alumni Community Service Project @ Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Sat., Apr. 9, 2016

Alumni Baseball Tailgate
Fri., Apr. 15, 2016

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

Order your diploma frame.

Class Notes - We want to hear from you!
Nobody stays in the same place forever, and the Office of Alumni Affairs is well aware that LU Alumni are always on the move! We'd love to keep in touch with you and hear what you are up to. Update your information or submit a class note.

Get Tagged

Show your Cardinal Pride by getting tagged! 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 Homecoming Parade

Save the Date
Sat., Oct. 29, 2016

Lamar Alumni Decal

Show your Cardinal Pride by displaying  one of our new LU Alumni decals on your vehicles. To request your FREE decal, email or call the Alumni Affairs Office at 409-880-8921.

Harrington named finalist for top
Press Club Award

 Kade Harrington
Despite the 2015 football season ended more than four months ago, the honors continue to pour in for All-American running back Kade Harrington. The 2015 Southland Conference Player of the Year has been named a finalist for the Press Club of Southeast Texas Newsmaker of the Year. Read more.

Lamar University Baseball Tailgate April 15 5pm register

Distinguished Alumni Awards
held Fri., Feb. 26, 2016

2016 Distinguished Alumni Recipients with Dr. Evans

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

Lamar University Alumni Painting with a Twist May 5, 2016
LU Alumni are invited to join us at Painting with a Twist- Beaumont for an evening of painting, food and fun. Visit our website to register. $15 per person. Ages 21 and up only. Advance registration and payment required by Friday, April 29th. Seating is limited.

Gill Scholars gain entrepreneurial 
experience in Silicon Valley
Jack and Linda Gill and Kris Reynolds at Ignite Conference
Eight Lamar University graduate students recently traveled to Silicon Valley as Gill Scholars to participate in Ignite, a three-day program aimed at providing students an immersive entrepreneurial experience. LU students joined with others from Rice University, UC-Davis and Texas Medical Center in visiting start-ups, high-tech firms and venture capital firms and gaining motivation, advice and exposure to innovation cultures from several key technology guest speakers. Read more.

Jazz Night @ Rao's
Spring, TX
held Thurs., Mar. 10, 2016

LU Jazz Night Evie Clifton, Brian Roberson, and Juan Zabala

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

Lamar University Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Call for Nominations

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are the most prestigious honor presented to a graduate of Lamar University. Each year, the Alumni Advisory Board appoints an awards selection committee to review all nominations and make the awards selections.

All Lamar University alumni and friends are eligible to submit nominations for Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Eligibility Requirements

The candidate must be:

  • a graduate of Lamar University who is distinguished in his or her chosen profession or life's work;
  • a person of such integrity, stature, and demonstrated ability that faculty, staff, students, and alumni will take pride and be inspired by his/her recognition; and
  • an individual who, in deed and in action, recognizes the importance of his/her education at Lamar University and whose interest and loyalty are evident.


Please submit a letter or email nomination along with any additional information available regarding the nominee.

All nominations should be received by Sept. 30, 2016 to:

Distinguished Alumni Awards Committee
Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs
PO Box 10005
Beaumont, TX 77710

Student Profile:
Kelli Creel
Overseas research blends antiquity, dentistry and microbiology
Kelli Creel 

Junior Kelli Creel's passionate interests in microbiology and dentistry have led her from the classrooms and labs of Lamar University in Beaumont to boats on the Sabine Lake, dentists' offices in the area, expeditions in Belize, and now, the United Kingdom.

The pre-dental biology major from Nederland will embark upon her biggest challenge yet this summer. As a finalist for the prestigious Beck Fellowship, Creel has received up to $10,000 on top of her Mirabeau Scholarship to conduct research with two world-class scholars on the microbial communities entrapped in dental tartar obtained from ancient Roman skeletons. This research will take her to the University of York in Heslington, England for the summer to work with ancient genetics expert Camilla Speller and proteins specialist Matthew Collins. She will also shadow English dentists to observe differences in practice between England and the United States.

Creel says that she is excited to take what she has learned in her research at Lamar and use it to go a step further and research with professionals who are conducting dental health related research. Read more.

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