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

June 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

LU Announces 2017 Summer Camps
Lamar University Summer Camps

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.

Have a new cardinal in the family?

New Student Orientation
LU's New Student Orientation begins June 16th. Alumni attending orientation with their students are encouraged to stop by to visit the Office of Alumni Affairs booth at the Cardinal Connect Student Resource Fair.

Andrew McMahan tapped as new director of bands

Andrew McMahan
After a national search, Lamar University is proud to welcome Andrew McMahan as the new director of bands in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. McMahan assumes duties July 1st, following the retirement of Dr. Scott Deppe.

Looking to hire a Cardinal or jobseeking?

Hire A Cardinal Part-Time, Co-Op, Internship, Professional
Whether you are looking to find a new position or hire a Cardinal for a part-time position, co-op, internship, or full-time professional position, the Lamar University Center for Career and Professional Development can help. Visit for more information.

Lamar University Pennant
Show your Cardinal Pride at your place of business. Request your FREE LU pennant by emailing

Cardinal Cadence the Magazine of Lamar University Vol. 45 No 1 Winter 2017

Do you have any news or updates that you'd like to share with your fellow alumni in the class notes section of Cardinal CadenceSubmit your news for possible inclusion in the next issue of Cardinal Cadence or update your information.

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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

2017 Home Football Games
Schedule Announced

Lamar University A New Era Begins 2017 Football Home Game Schedule 9.9, 9.30, 10.28, 11.4, 11.18

Save the Date
Lamar Tech Class of 1967 Reunion
September 30, 2017
Lamar University Class of 1967 50th Reunion
It will soon be time for alumni of the Class of 1967 to play “remember when" at your 50 year reunion on the Lamar University campus. Please make plans to join us on September 30 to renew old friendships and share memories of the time you spent as students at Lamar Tech. Come see how 50 years have changed everyone but you!

Cruise the Panama Canal on a Cardinal Adventures Trip
January 4-15, 2018

Panama Canal
Lamar University invites alumni and friends to participate in an 11-night cruise aboard the Azamara Quest exploring beaches, rainforests, and the Panama Canal on January 4-15, 2018.

This Cardinal Adventure trip features an overnight stay in Panama City including an exclusive excursion for LU travelers to tour the Panama Canal and lunch at the Governor's House hosted by LU Alumnus Jorge Quijano '73, '74. Also recently added to this trip is an overnight stay in Havana Cuba.  This city is full of life, colorful buildings and historic places. There will be plenty of time to enjoy its many cobbled streets, compelling history, salsa clubs and legendary nightlife. Havana's historic neighborhood - Vieja Habana - is a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site, and the city's beloved oceanside boulevard, the Malecon, is a special place to stroll and observe local life. We are certain you will delight in Cuba's vibrant pulse, passion and people. Space is still available, book today! Learn more.

AtmoSpark team nets
Big Idea Challenge
AtmoSpark Team, Big Idea Challenge Winners
AtmoSpark, the brainchild of Tejus Mane, a master's student in chemical engineering at Lamar University, is the winner of the university's Big Idea Challenge

"We are an atmospheric water generation company developing technology to bring fresh water to rural and urban communities and hard to reach areas such as offshore platforms, for disaster relief and in maritime," Mane said.

Mane first had the idea while attending the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship graduate class taught by David Cocke, the Jack M. Gill Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering and associate director of the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE). The class changed his professional trajectory, Mane said, from preparation to become a process engineer to a future entrepreneur.

As winners of the $3,000 grand prize in the 2017 Big Idea Challenge that was open to all students at Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, and Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Mane and his team are well on the road toward funding as they meet with interested financial backers. They are also entering the project into the Texas Rural Challenge at the University of Texas San Antonio June 9-10. Read the full story.

Alumni Events Recap
Lamar University College of Engineering Faculty attended Lunch with the Dean at the ExxonMobil Houston CampusExxonMobil hosted "Lunch with the Dean" Srinivas Palanki at their Houston campus on Thursday, April 27. LU alumni who work at ExxonMobil as well as other employees interested in learning more about LU were invited to attend to hear about the exciting research being done in the College of Engineering. This event was organized by Dr. Anita Riddle '93, '96, Change Manager with ExxonMobil. View event photos online or on Facebook.
Alpha Tau Omega Alumni Association establishes memorial scholarship at Lamar UniversityMembers of the Beaumont Alumni Association of Alpha Tau Omega and the Lamar University Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega visited campus on Wednesday, May 17 to present a check to the Lamar University Foundation to establish a memorial scholarship. View event photos online or on Facebook.

Alumni Spotlight
Sazali Hamzah '89

Hamzah, Vice President of PETRONAS, shares about his pathway to success

Datuk Sazali Hamzah came to Lamar University to study abroad in 1985. He graduated in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and currently serves as Vice President of PETRONAS, an international oil and gas company, in Malaysia, and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its petrochemical entity, PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad.

"For a boy from a very small village like me, the joy of being offered to pursue my study overseas such as in the United States was a huge milestone in my life," Hamzah said. "I had no clue about living and studying abroad and it was the very first time in my life to travel by plane to a very far land known to be a land of opportunity and excitements."

Hamzah credits Lamar University as being a major part of his success, as well as studying abroad. "Lamar University provided me with a strong foundation and understanding of chemical engineering...It prepared me to be an explorer with a broad mind and to accept change in some of my earlier beliefs and views, " said Hamzah.

Hamzah returned to Malaysia after graduation, and in 1990, he joined PETRONAS as a process engineer. He eventually served as plant manager until being appointed Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of PETRONAS' second refinery in Melaka, PETRONAS Penapisan Melaka. He was later appointed President/CEO of PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad in 2014, now a company with $14 billion market capital, and was promoted to Vice President of PETRONAS in 2016.

Hamzah gives advice to CEOs in-the-making at Lamar University and says that the keys to success are to be passionate about what you do, to think big, to be bold and courageous, to act with a sense of urgency, and to have humility. Read more.

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