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

March 2016 - Lamar University 
Office of
Alumni Affairs

(409) 880-8921
(800) 298-4839


Lamar University 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
Jazz Night @ Rao's in Spring, TX
Thurs., Mar. 10, 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

Alumni Community Service Project @ Humane Society for Southeast Texas
Sat., Oct. 8, 2016

Lamar University Homecoming, Parade, and Alumni Tailgate
Sat., Oct. 29, 2016

Le Grand Bal
Sat., April 2, 2016

Le Grand Bal 2016 Lamar Deco A Celebration of High Style

Order your diploma frame.

Things Change. Graphic of LU Cheerleaders over the years.
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 on the road 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 Alumni Community Service Habitat for Humanity ReStore April 9

Lamar University Alumni Baseball Tailgate April 15

Homecoming 2016

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.

Good sounds. Good food. Good times. Thursday, March 10 6pm-8pm Limited Seating. Lamar University Alumni Jazz Night at Rao's. Jazz performance at an LU alumnus-owned business! $7 includes drink and dessert sampler. Rao's Bakery 6915 Cypresswood Ste F, Spring, TX Reservation required by March 4 Lamar University Alumni Office of Alumni Affairs

LinkedIn Night
Held Tues., Feb. 2, 2016

LinkedIn Night Attendees

Lamar University MBA/MSA alumni and students gathered for an evening of networking and an informative presentation on how to unleash the power of LinkedIn for business and career networking. View more photos of the event on our website or Facebook page.

Student team nets
$15,000 EPA Grant

Lamar University students have received a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's P3 Program (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) with their proposal to design and synthesize sustainable environmentally friendly coating systems with self-healing and feedback properties using linseed oil monomers.

The smart coating system is envisioned to provide industries with non-toxic, biodegradable, eco-friendly, and cost-effiective smart coatings for a sustainable development. This project will minimize hazardous chemicals released to the environment, and the bio-degradability of the polymeric coating systems will reduce pollution caused by other non-degradable polymer wastes.

Chemistry majors Chuanxing Zhan and Lauren Ware, and Yang Lu, chemical engineering major, under the supervision of their professors Evan Wujcik and Suying Wei, first started on the project in 2014 and submitted their proposal for the grant in 2015. Read more.

A Dinner and Conversation
Held Tues., Feb. 9, 2016

A Dinner and Conversation Table with Jennifer Warren

On February 9, seven LU Alumni graciously hosted tables of Lamar Ambassadors and other top students majoring in the hosts' fields of study. This provided an opportunity for students to get together in an informal setting with successful alumni to ask questions about the day-to-day realities of careers in their disciplines. 

The hosts were Brad Brown '81, Trust Manager at First Financial Trust and Asset Management Company; Jennifer Stilley Warren, '96, Chief Marketing Officer at At Home; Traci Rizk, '15, Clinical Nurse Educator at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas and her husband, Dr. Wagdy Rizk, Orthopedic Surgeon at Beaumont Bone and Joint; Donean Surratt '87, Managing Partner at Orgain, Bell and Tucker Law Firm; Tim Sudela, '80, '85, '92, President of American Valve and Hydrant; Julio Perez '05, Utilities Process Section Supervisor at ExxonMobil in Baytown; and Shelly Leedy '84, President of Richard Automation, Inc.

More photos can be found on the alumni website and Facebook page.

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Hall of Fame Nominations

The College of Business Hall of Fame recognizes  outstanding achievements of College of Business Alumni. The awards committee requests nominations for the induction, the highest award presented to alumni by the College.

Eligibility Requirements

The candidate must be:

  • distinguished in his or her chosen profession or life 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;
  • 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;
  • an alumnus of the either the undergraduate or graduate programs of the College of Business.


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

All nominations should be received by April 29, 2016 to:

College of Business Hall of Fame Committee
Lamar University College of Business
PO Box 10059
Beaumont, TX 77710

Student Profile:
Alan Gruenstein
Blue water to blues guitar, Gruenstein pursues passions
Image Alan Gruenstein 

Alan Gruenstein has used his time at Lamar University to discover his dream career in civil engineering. He entered the university with a simple love for math, but now a senior, Gruenstein is prepared for his civil engineering degree right down to his partiality for wastewater treatment. With only one semester left, the 20-year-old reflects on the self-discovery he has gleaned from his courses and involvement on campus.

“I originally came to Lamar University for chemical engineering. I switched right away to mechanical engineering, then during my sophomore year, I took a civil engineering class and I completely loved it. My professor described civil engineering and I liked the idea, so I switched my major again. I've been happy with my decision ever since. It's ironic because I want to work in wastewater treatment, one of the most chemical parts of civil engineering, after coming all this way from a chemical engineering major,” he said. 

Gruenstein feels grateful for his time at Lamar University. Read more.

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