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Lamar University Alumni Alumni Updates

Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs
News and Updates for LU Alumni and Friends

September 2019 - 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 Travel Program Coordinator

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

Marion Lawrence
Programming Intern

Sarah Truncale
Public Relations Intern

Alumni Calendar

Alumni Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson
Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Homecoming Kick Off
Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

Alumni Homecoming Pre-Game Party
Sat., Sept. 28, 2019

Sat., Sept. 28, 2019

Fall Alumni Advisory Board Meeting
Thurs., Oct. 17, 2019

Distinguished Alumni Awards Selection Meeting
Thurs., Oct. 24, 2019

Class of 1969 Reunion
Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Golden Circle Luncheon
Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Veterans' Day Celebration Luncheon
Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Alumni Community Service Event

Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

Alumni Past Presidents' Lunch
Tues., Dec. 3, 2019

LU Alumni Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson Theatre September 20

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Lamar University Alumni Koozie
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Lamar University Alumni Cardinal Perks Discounts for LU Alumni
As a way to show our appreciation, LU has partnered with Alumni Access to provide Cardinal Perks, a discount program exclusively for alumni donors. Alumni Access partners with more than 350,000 discount providers nationwide at the places alumni shop every day. Visit our website to learn more.

Something for Everyone at Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum !
Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum 
There is always a variety of things happening at Spindletop!! 

Gusher re-enactments, family programs, and Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, a classic car show, and MORE. View info


Whether you are planning the trip of a lifetime, a return to a favorite vacation spot, or simply looking for your next adventure, the Lamar University Cardinal Adventures Travel Program is a great place to start your journey.

2020 Trips:
Dutch Waterways

Montana Big Sky and Glacier National Park

Switzerland, Germany, Austria, & the Passion Play

Nordic Magnificence

Columbia & Snake River Voyage

Barcelona ~Art, Culture, & People

Egypt, Treasures of the Nile

View Dates and Details

Classic Movie Night
@The Jefferson Theatre
Friday, September 20, 2019
You're invited to join your fellow LU Alumni and Cardinal Fans for Classic Movie Night at the Jefferson Theatre on Friday, September 20th, for a fun pre-movie party on the 2nd floor beginning at 6pm with appetizers, beverages, and LU giveaways. The classic movie "Friday Night Lights" will begin at 7:30pm. Advance registration is required.

Each guest must purchase a $5 movie ticket to enter the building and LU party.

For more details &/or to register, please visit

This event is a partnership of the City of Beaumont and the Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs and Department of Athletics as our way to help kickoff LU Homecoming!!

Tony Guillory, the first African American to play football for Lamar, will be a featured guest at our event From Thursday Night Lights to Black Man in the Huddle scheduled for 5:30pm-7:30pm on Tuesday, September 24, in the University Event Center on the 8th floor of the Mary & John Gray Library.

Free and open to the public, this program will tackle the integration of high school and college football programs in Southeast Texas. Historians Michael Hurd and Robert Jacobus will introduce their recent books Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas (2017) and Black Man in the Huddle: Stories from the Integration of Texas Football (2019). In 1962, Coach J.B. Higgins invited Guillory, a speedy and talented outside linebacker, to desegregate Cardinal football, making Lamar one of the earliest integrated college teams in Texas. Mr. Guillory will share recollections from his career at Hebert High, Lamar, and with the Los Angeles Rams. All three guest speakers will field questions from the audience.

For more details, contact the Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast at Lamar University.

Alumni Pre-Game Party
Saturday, September 28

For some of us, we may have used an atlas to initially find our way. Others of us, we spoke into our smartphones and an app told us where to turn. For others, it was a familiar drive across town. But no matter how we found our way, the place that began as college, eventually became our HOME.

We all have a different address now, but wherever you are and however you may find your way back, we hope you'll COME HOME to 4400 S M King Jr Parkway on Saturday, September 28!!

Cardinals of all ages along with their friends and family are invited to join us for Homecoming! A pre-game party will be held on Saturday, September 28, from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the Montagne Center for alumni who pre-register. Register here.

LU's Dr. Fan Receives Distinguished
TSUS Regent's Professor Award

Dr. Xuejun Fan, professor of mechanical engineering has been awarded the Texas State University System Regents' Professor Award for 2019. This prestigious award honors university professors for exemplary performance and contributions to the educational community.

An internationally renowned scholar and expert in modeling and characterization in electronic packaging design and reliability relating to the microchip packaging, Fan has won multiple awards... Read more

Nomination Deadline:
September 30, 2019

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest award presented by Lamar University to its alumni to recognize extraordinary alumni who have enhanced the reputation of the university by distinguishing themselves in their careers or life's service and have made significant contributions to their community, state and nation through professional service, public service, and civic activities.

Each year, the Alumni Affairs Advisory Board honors alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to Lamar University. These individuals exemplify the loyalty, passion and interest found in all dedicated Cardinals.

To learn more about the award, view the list of past honorees, view the nominating criteria, or nominate someone click here. Deadline is Monday, September 30.

Lamar University Honored
with Presidential Award

Lamar University was honored with the Gold Award from the Office of the President of the United States and the Points of Light Foundation at a recent ceremony at the Southeast Texas Food Bank, however the honor is ours because of our amazing alumni who love to give back to the community! We love our caring Cardinal community!!

Representing LU at the ceremony was Phyllis McAfee Thibodeaux '00, '06, LU Alumni Advisory Board, Evie Clifton, Coordinator of Alumni Affairs, and Karen R. Nichols '83, Director of LU Foundation.

Lamar University Announces
Center for Midstream
Management and Science

In an effort to support Southeast Texas greatest petrochemical expansion in decades, Lamar University announced the establishment of the Center for Midstream Management and Science. Approved and funded by the 86th Texas legislature, the Center for Midstream Management and Science will focus on midstream research and teaching across the LU campus.

Due to a drastically increased volume of domestic oil and gas production, Lamar University founded the Center to meet the need for midstream technology and additional needs of the upstream and downstream industries. The Center for Midstream Management and Science is dedicated to discovering solutions to distribution and storage modalities, environmental impacts, and to optimizing commodity movements and market access.

The new Center will serve as a bridge between Lamar University and local industry connecting breakthroughs in access to oil and gas to the downstream advances in refining and liquefaction technologies. Read more

  Lamar University Barnes and Noble Bookstore - Sign up for the Alumni Loyalty Program and get 10% off 1 Item. Sign up today!
Sign up for the Alumni Loyalty program and get 10% off of one item at the Lamar University Setzer Student Center Barnes and Noble Bookstore online and in the store. It's a great way to get your LU gear to prepare for tailgating season. During the month of July, in store only, get 50% off clearance clothing.

Saturday, September 28

LU Parent and Family Programs invites family of current students to attend Family Day!

Families can enjoy meeting faculty and staff over coffee, learning LU traditions and chants for the football game, a game show against the students, and of course food! There will be fun for the whole family, with a kid zone area that will include face painting, balloon artist, games, and more!

See the full schedule of events and register to attend.

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