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

August 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

Saturday October 29 Save the Date Homecoming 2016

Make sure we know your story now. Near or far, let us know where you are. Share your news with your fellow alumni in the class notes section of Cardinal Cadence. Submit your news or Update Your Information.

August 19-September 3

Big Red Take Off

Students are welcomed back to campus with two weeks full of fun activities.

Football Season Tickets On Sale 409-880-1715

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A Texas State of Mind #WeAreLU

Students, faculty and staff at Lamar University portray three common and distinct characteristics: a sense of community, an independent spirit, and attitude of determination.

Bello-Ogunu Sr. joins LU as
VP for Diversity and Inclusion
 John Bello-Ogunu Sr.
Lamar University welcomes John Bello-Ogunu, Sr. as vice president for diversity and inclusion beginning August 15. He most recently was chief diversity officer and associate vice president at The College of Charleston, where he served since 2010.

Bello-Ogunu has diverse and extensive administrative and leadership experiences in Higher Education. He has held senior leadership positions in academic affairs, student affairs, multicultural affairs, diversity and international programs. Some of his previous senior leadership roles include serving as Auburn University's founding assistant provost for multicultural affairs and as Millersville University of Pennsylvania's founding assistant provost for academic services and university retention.

Bello-Ogunu holds a B.S. in mass communication from the University of Louisiana Lafayette, an M.Ed. in mass communication from Southern University and A&M College, and a Ph.D. in speech communication, rhetoric and public address from Ohio University. 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. For more information, or to register and pay online, visit

Lamar University Class of 1966 Reunion Saturday, October 1, 2016
It will be time for alumni of the Class of 1966 to play “remember when" at their 50 year reunion on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Please make plans to attend to renew old friendships and share memories of the time you spent together as students of Lamar Tech. For more information about the Class of 1966 Reunion, or to register and pay online, visit

Alumni Affairs announces
new advisory board
Ransom JonesThe Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board has elected Judge
Ransom Jones
'88 to serve as the 2016-2017 President. Carol (Patteson) Hebert '89, '90 wil
l serve as Past-President and Tony Landry '94 will serve as President-Elect.

New members of the board are Chris Bates '08; Mellie (Proctor) Bevilacqua '06; John Ceravolo '98; Surya Gade '01, '04; Alan Hefty '69; Gary Hidalgo '71, '73; Stephen Lee '89; Jennifer (Turner) Nichols '03; Srinivas Palanki; Ashley Pippins '15; Jeremy Roebuck '96; and Fred Vernon '12, '13.

Returning members of the board are Lauren (Gunter) Brooks '85; Brad Brown '81; Debi Derrick '81; Phillip Dillow '08, '11; Mike Eaves '89; Joel Foxworth '01, '03; Catherine (Strait) Gilby '03; Rachel Gilford '03, '10; Tim Gregory '89; Carol (Patteson) Hebert '89, '90; Lloyd Hebert '77; Ronald Jackson '95; Joseph Jeter '03; Ransom Jones '88; Caitlin Kruger '09; Tony Landry '94; Amy Lovoi '13, '15; Kristin Mattingly '05; Rebekah Maxwell '11; Diana Miles '09; Cindy (Dinkins) Partin '97, '99; Ellen (Walker) Rienstra '62, '80; Brian Roberson '09, '10; Jeff Wheeler '10; and Brandi (Spoonemore) Wulf '97, '13. Read more.

Airboats on the Neches teach environmental science
Teaching Environmental Science Camp Participants
Lamar University's Department of Earth and Space Sciences 21st annual Teaching Environmental Science summer institute introduced Southeast Texas EC-12 teachers to local environmental issues through first-hand experiences. The participants concluded the two-week course on the Neches River July 22 where they learned about a state program to rehabilitate the Bessie Heights marsh.

During the program, the teachers explored and/or studied environmental habitats in the Golden Triangle, including the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and the Big Thicket National Preserve. Since its inception nearly a quarter-million Texas students have taken courses from teachers who have experienced the institute. Read more.

Student Profile:
Business of beauty is passion of
LU's Erica Edgerly 
Erica Edgerly 

Some people choose to make their passion a hobby, but for Erica Edgerly, it's her future career. The 22-year-old Lamar University senior from Orange is not afraid to carve her own path.

A graduate of Orangefield H.S., Edgerly started out at LU as a nursing major, following in the steps of her family members who studied medicine. When she realized that her true passion was to work in fashion and makeup, she decided to make a change - she is now a fashion merchandising major with a minor in business and plans to be a makeup artist as well.

"I always loved fashion and dreamed about owning my own boutique or clothing store, which is why I am pursuing the fashion and business degree. Now I'm thinking about getting an esthetician's certification to do makeup and opening up my own store or boutique where I can also do makeovers," she said.

Edgerly says she loves makeup and fashion because she believes in its power to help people overcome their insecurities. When she gives a client a makeover, she sees a major change in their attitude and confidence.

Edgerly said she is grateful to Lamar University for the opportunities it has given her. If she is able, she hopes to stay involved and give back as a way of saying thanks. Read more.

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