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

August 2018 - Lamar University 
Office of
Alumni Affairs
(409) 880-8921
(800) 298-4839

Alumni Affairs Staff

Shannon Figueroa 
'02, '03, '07

Evie Clifton

Laurie Ritchel
Cardinal Adventures Coordinator

Antoinette Mays
'07, '12, '16
Administrative Assistant
Patricia Correa
Marketing & Design Intern

Marion Lawrence
Programming Intern

Sarah Truncale
Public Relations Intern

Alumni Calendar
New Alumni Board Welcome Lunch
Thurs., Aug. 23, 2018

LU Alumni Pre-Game Party in Lubbock
Sat., Sept. 8, 2018

Fall Alumni Board Meeting
Thurs., Sept. 20, 2018

Cardinal Fan Fest
Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

Alumni Homecoming Pre-Game Party
Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

Distinguished Alumni Awards Selection Meeting
Thurs., Oct. 11, 2018

Class of 1968 Reunion
Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Golden Circle Luncheon
Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Alumni Past President's Lunch
Thurs., Dec. 6, 2018

New Faces
on Campus

 Marco Born named LU Athletics Director
Marco Born 
After a national search, Lamar University welcomed Marco Born as the new Director of Athletics in April 2018.

Dan French named Dean of the College of Business
Dan French
LU is proud to welcome Dan French '73 back home to campus as the new Dean of the College of Business as of July 2018.

Lynn Maurer named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Lynn Maurer
 After a national search, LU welcomes Lynn Maurer as the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as of July 2018.

Arne Almquist selected to head Mary and John Gray Library
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LU welcomes Arne Almquist in August 2018 to the faculty as Dean of the Mary and John Gray Library after a national search. 

LU Alumnae Gather at the Alpha Chi Omega National Convention
Members of Alpha Chi Omega
Alumnae members of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority gathered to reconnect and show their Cardinal Pride at their 60th National Convention held in Austin, TX this summer. 

 LU Cardinal Club
Commitments to the Cardinal Club allow LU the opportunity to provide scholarships to deserving student-athletes, the ability to complete necessary facility improvements, enhanced academic resources and financial support to all 17 collegiate teams at LU. Together, we can create champions in the classroom, on the field and court, and also in life. 

Visit or call 409-880-2139 for more information.

Show your Cardinal Pride where ever you go! Request your FREE LU Texas Decal or LU Alumni Decal by emailing your mailing address to Please indicate the decal you are requesting in the body of the email.

Former Cheer Duo tapped as Homecoming Grand Marshals

Lamar University Alumni Janey Phelan and Larry Lawson will serve as the Homecoming Grand Marshals on September 22. They will lead the LU Homecoming Parade, which begins at 2pm. It will be a reunion of sorts for the pair as they were cheer partners from 1964-1967. Read more.

Congratulations Class of 2018 and Welcome New Alumni
 Lamar University Commencement will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 10:00am. View Graduation Live by visiting the Commencement Website. Post a Con-GRAD-ulatory message using #LamarUGrad18 on social media during commencement to be displayed live on the screens.

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Gift Propels LU Research into Drone-Based Remote Sensing
 Ed Hogenson
A remote-sensing program using state-of-the-art drone technology will soon be added to Lamar University's Department of Earth and Space Sciences thanks to a $500,000 gift from former Texaco Plant Supervisor Ed Hogenson of Port Neches, in honor of his son, Bill Hogenson '75 of Houston, a Lamar University geology graduate and Vice President of Zone Oil and Gas LLC. Read more.

The Cardinals are Coming to Lubbock
Saturday, September 8, 2018
 Lamar University Alumni Party Saturday, September 8th 12:00PM-1:30PM #WeAreLU
Lamar University Alumni are invited to attend a pre-game party at the 50th Street Caboose, located at 5027 50th Street in Lubbock, on Saturday, September 8 from 12 Noon to 1:30 PM before the Lamar University v. Texas Tech Football Game. This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow Cardinal Fans.

Pre-registration is required by Friday, August 31, 2018 by 5:00pm at as seating is limited. The party features a fajita bar, non-alcoholic beverages, and LU Swag. Cash bar and arcade available in the restaurant. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite Cardinal Fan Gear.  Football Game tickets can be purchased by calling the Texas Tech Ticket Office at 806-742-8324 or by visiting the Texas Tech Athletics Website.

Lamar University Homecoming
Saturday, September 22, 2018 
Lamar University Alumni Homecoming Pre-Game Party Saturday, September 22, 2018 4:00pm-5:30pm, Montagne Centere Concourse, Pre-Registration Required, Register at
LU Alumni are invited to return home to campus on Saturday, September 22 to celebrate Homecoming 2018! Homecoming will be celebrated with a whole day of activities featuring a Homecoming Parade at 2pm. You won't want to miss the Alumni Pre-Game Party on the Montagne Center Concourse from 4pm-5:30pm. Registration is $10 per person which includes food, beverages, and a general admission football game ticket. Advance registration and payment is required at by Friday, September 14, 2018 as seating is limited. Visit to view the full Homecoming schedule as well as information about parking.

Lamar University Golden Circle 50 Year Graduates 1924-1968 October 13, 2018 11:30am
Members of the Classes of 1924-1968 are invited back home to campus for a special luncheon on Saturday, October 13. Deadline to register is Friday, September 28, 2018. For more information and to register, visit

Lamar University Alumni Class of 1968 Reunion October 13, 2018 10:00am 
Members of the Class of 1968 are invited home to campus to celebrate their 50 year reunion on Saturday, October 13. Deadline to register is Friday, September 28, 2018. For more information about the Class of 1968 Reunion and to register, visit

Cardinal Adventures
Edinburgh, Art, Culture & People
July 15-23, 2019

Only 28 travelers will walk in the footsteps of royalty on the Royal Yacht Britannia, and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official royal residence in Scotland. Tour the Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city, and travel through the scenic rolling hills of the Scottish Borders. "The Da Vinci Code's" Rosslyn Chapel, St. Andrews' medieval castle ruins and the hallowed turf of the Old Course are also included. Learn more about this adventure and all of the upcoming 2019 trips on our website

ASCE Student Chapter Competes in National Steel Bridge Competition
  Lamar University Civil Engineering Students Steel Bridge Competition
The Lamar University ASCE Student Chapter competed in the 2018 National Student Steel Bridge Competition hosted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, recently, receiving valuable experience and earning a second-place finish in the display category.

Competing in the national competition exposed the LU team to many innovative bridge designs, giving next year's team new insight on methods and techniques that will benefit the program, according to Steel Bridge Captain Hayden Rice.

New Student Recruitment
Volunteer Initiatives for LU Alumni
Alumni assisting recruitment by writing postcards
Our fantastic alumni, working with our Houston-based admissions counseling and recruitment team, wrote postcards with words of encouragement and LU pride to dozens of incoming freshmen and transfer students from the Houston area at the LU Alumni Party at Saint Arnold Brewing Company this summer. It was a simple but heartfelt way for alumni to share enthusiasm for their alma mater with the next generation of Cardinals. It is this type of personal touch that is synonymous with Lamar University, and we hope it helps contribute to the level of excitement that our new students feel about joining the campus community. Many alumni who attended the Houston area event were so excited about the postcard project that they asked how else they could help work with new Cardinals in the future.

In the coming months, the Office of Recruitment will be working to inform and engage alumni throughout the State of Texas in new alumni recruitment initiatives. Through these efforts, LU alumni will have the opportunity to help promote the spirit of Lamar University with many prospective students across Texas as well as share about their own experiences. No one can tell LU's story like alumni, and these initiatives will allow graduates to share their stories in new and exciting ways.

Alumni Spotlight
Anthony George
From Potato Chips to Pipelines 
Anthony George
Anthony George '88 found himself waiting at the end of a long dirt road in the Louisiana delta, waiting for his skiff to come in.

Soon, he would be plying the waterways aboard the titans of transport - tugboats and their mammoth barges - while a problem weighed on him as heavily as the cargo they moved - how to eke out more efficiency? Then the idea struck him - a solution straight out of one of his Lamar University Physics classes. In that eureka moment was born George's second company, one that spawned an enterprise that is growing exponentially and spans the globe.

George graduated in 1988 with a degree in physics and a double minor in electrical engineering and computer science from Lamar University. He started Control Dynamics in 1991 where he provided engineering services that integrated software and off-the-shelf PCs to provide control automation. The success of one of his early projects at Temple-Inland lead him to doing other work primarily in forest products, pipelines and foods, including work with Frito Lay helping to develop the Scoop Chip. The company later developed Universal Master Control Systems for offshore production and holds join patents with ExxonMobil.

In 2003, George got a call from a college friend Adam Fadhli '86, founder and CEO of Discovery Information Technology in Nederland. Fadhli had a potential customer who wanted to measure fuel consumption on a tugboat, a request that was outside of Fadhli's scope. "With all that automation experience, from cookies and potato chips to sewage treatment plants and gas pipelines, I wasn't afraid to stick my nose into anything," George said.

George quickly recognized that the tug's fuel piping layout looked a lot like a field pipeline control system in miniature, something his company had a great deal of experience in. Designing a complete marine fuel management system soon followed. "It was Newton's second law of motion," he said. "So, I designed with some other smart engineers, algorithms to help the captain set the throttle to the most economic setting for the given environmental conditions."

This new technology spawned FuelTrax, and ultimately, Houston-based Nautical Control Systems LP in 2006. FuelTrax is the No. 1 marine fuel management product in the world today according to George. "We used equations that I learned under Dr. Joe Pizzo that I would not have understood had I not changed my major to physics. I look back on that and think how fortuitous that decision was." said George.

Alumni Events Recap
Lamar University Alumni Board President Tony Landry with fans at the Alumni Pre-Game Baseball PartyLU Alumni and Friends gathered on Friday, April 20 at Vincent-Beck Stadium for a pre-game party before the LU v. Abilene Christian baseball game and cheered on the Cardinals as they defeated the Wildcats. Henry Strait '74 was honored for his loyal service and contributions to Lamar University Athletics. View event photos online or on Facebook.
Director Shannon Figueroa with the Lamar University Distinguished Alumni Scholarship RecipientLU Alumni students had the opportunity to meet and thank their scholarship donors and enjoy a family style meal while enjoying a performance from LU dancers on aerial silks at the annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 24. Students, faculty, staff and scholarship donors and contacts celebrated each others contributions and achievements. View event photos online online.
Attendees of the Communication in the Workplace Professional Development WorkshopThe Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce paired up with Lamar University to present a professional development workshop entitled "Communication in the Workplace" on Thursday, April 26. Keynote Speaker Forest Hamilton, Assistant Director of Universal Coin and Bullion, Ltd., gave some tips for learning how to communicate with others in the workplace how they want to be communicated with. View event photos online or on Facebook.
Lamar University College of Business Mixer at Green Light AmericanaLU College of Business Alumni and MBA Students gathered on Thursday, May 10 for a mixer at Green Light Americana. The event was co-hosted by Kayla Pipkins Fisher '08, '12, owner of Green Light Restaurants and Catering. View event photos online or on Facebook.
After School Special: Juried Show for Lamar University AlumniThe Dishman Art Museum hosted its first juried art exhibition for Lamar University Alumni entitled "After School Special" in honor of its 35th anniversary June 15-August 3. The show was juried by Lynne Lokensgard, LU Distinguished Professor Emerita. LU Alumni and the community were invited to the opening reception on Friday, June 15. View event photos online or on Facebook.
Houston Area LU Alumni at Saint Arnold Brewing CompanyLU Alumni and friends gathered at Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston for a networking social. Participants enjoyed a tour of the brewery, LU giveaways, beer and appetizers on Thursday, July 28. View event photos online or on Facebook.
Participants in Generations in the Workplace WorkshopThe Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce paired up with Lamar University to present a professional development workshop "Generations in the Workplace" on Thursday, July 26 at LIT. Keynote speaker Steven Ambriz, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch gave some tips on how to bridge the generation gap in the workplace by offering opportunities for for employees of different generations to interact on a regular basis and learn from each other's strengths and expertise. View event photos online or Facebook.

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