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

June 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 Coordinator

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

Marion Lawrence
Programming Intern

Sarah Truncale
Public Relations Intern

Alumni Calendar
After School Special Alumni Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Fri., June 14, 2019

Art of Transitions in Leadership
Thurs., July 25, 2019

New Alumni Board Welcome Lunch
Thurs., Aug. 29, 2019

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

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

Fan Fest
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

Alumni Community Service Event

Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

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

Lamar University Alumni Homecoming PreGame Party 9/28/19 Save the Date

 LUPD Explorer Program
Lamar University Police Department Explorer Program 
LUPD is actively working on starting an Explorer Program this summer. Youth, ages 10-20 and affiliated with LU or the South Park Neighborhood, are encouraged to participate. The program teaches law enforcement principles in safe and engaging setting under police-advisor supervision. If you know any youth who would be interested, contact LUPD.

LU Announces 2019
Summer Camps
Lamar University Summer Camps

Have a New Cardinal in the Family?
New Student Orientation
 LU's New Student Orientation begins June 15th. Alumni attending orientation with their students are encouraged to stop by to visit the Office of Alumni Affairs table at the Resource Fair.

Lamar University Center for Career and Professional Development Summer Series
Join the Center for Career and Professional Development for their summer webinar series each Wednesday in June at 1pm CST. Listen and watch the webinar for a variety of topics including how to use the Handshake software, resumes, interview skills, and LinkedIn. 

Visit the Center for Career and Professional Development's website for more information email or call 409-880-8878.

LU Celebrates Grand Opening of Science and Technology Building
LU's Science and Technology Building
LU celebrated the grand opening of the new Science and Technology Building on April 3. The 83,000-square foot building has 7 instructional labs, 14 research labs, a "maker space" and a large project room upstairs that overlooks a greenhouse. It is the first entirely academic building to be constructed on campus in more than 40 years.  The building officially opened for classes on June 3. Read more.

LU names Brian Craig as Dean of the College of Engineering
 Dr. James Marquart with Dr. Brian Craig
Lamar University is pleased to announce Brian Craig as the new Dean of the College of Engineering effective July 1, 2019. Craig began his tenure at LU in January 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, and since then, he has served as a professor, interim chair, and then chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering.

"I am delighted that Dr. Craig is the new Dean of the College of Engineering; he was selected as the sole finalist after a national search conducted by a committee composed of faculty, staff, students and alumni within the College of Engineering," said James Marquart, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Read more.

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.

Lamar University Class Ring
Even if you missed the opportunity to purchase a Lamar University ring as a student, you can still commemorate your time at your alma mater with an LU ring. Visit our website to learn more.

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After School Special
Opening Reception
Friday, June 14, 2019
 After School Special - The Lamar University Second Juried Alumni Art Exhibition; Lamar University Alumni, Location Dishman Art Museum, Opening Reception June 14, 2019, Reception Time 6:30pm-8:30pm, Dishman Art Museum - Lamar University
Lamar University Alumni are invited to attend the opening reception of the alumni art exhibition entitled "After School Special: The Lamar University Second Juried Alumni Art Exhibition" at the Dishman Art Museum on Friday, June 14 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The Dishman Art Museum is located at 1030 E Lavaca Street. Admission and parking are free. The exhibition will run from June 14 through August 2 and will highlight 8 alumni artists original work. The juror for the show is Clint Willour, retired curator of the Galveston Arts Center. The artists include: Gonzalo Alvarez '17; Greg Busceme, Sr. '79; Andy Coughlan '01, '05; Elizabeth Fontenot '13; Audra LaCour '16; Ken Mazzu '92; Cathy Spence '97; and Myke Venable '92, '99. To register to attend the opening reception, visit

Self-Healing Material
Has Limitless Applications
Nano-Micro-Macro Manufacturing Group
An exciting, new material has been developed by a team of researchers led by Professor Keivan Davami, the director of Nano-Micro-Macro manufacturing group at Lamar University. Using advanced, laser-assisted stereolithography (SLA) additive manufacturing techniques, the team was successful in fabricating a material capable of autonomic self-repair facilitated by nothing more than exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Their groundbreaking work has been published in Scientific Reports, part of the prestigious Nature publishing group. 

According to their research, this novel material draws inspiration from nature. A series of reservoirs trap the self-healing resin within the material itself, only releasing upon the event of fracture. This mechanism is analogous to microvascular blood networks present in human skin that facilitate the tissue restoration upon injury. The benefits of this material will be especially impactful for everyday items prone to failure from tools, eyeglasses and device components to soles of shoes, which can be quickly and easily repaired by the simple exposure to UV light. Read more.

Cardinal Adventures
Switzerland, Germany, Austria
and the Passion Play
August 17-27, 2020

Featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau Switzerland, Germany and Austria
Join travelers from LU to watch the amazing performance of the decennial Passion Play in Oberammergau on this amazing Cardinal Adventure trip. Learn more about this adventure and about upcoming trips on our website

Lamar University Announces Grand Opening of Student Service Center
  Lamar University McAllen Service Center
Lamar University held the grand opening of its Student Service Center in McAllen on April 11-12. Designed to serve anyone considering enrolling in college, from graduating high school students through working adults, the center welcomes Valley residents to learn more about higher education opportunities in-person, directly from experts. "We are truly excited about serving the Rio Grande Valley through the face-to-face services available in our new student center," said LU President, Dr. Kenneth Evans. "We feel that providing a convenient location where prospective students can speak with our bilingual advisors, get their admission questions answered by specialists and discover the right degree program for them is an innovative step toward more student-centered higher education."

The Lamar University Student Service Center opened for business on April 11th in the Shops at 29, 2802 West Expressway 83, in McAllen. As a nationally ranked university, LU currently offers more than 100 programs of study, with the Student Service Center emphasizing on-campus and online bachelor's completion programs in business administration, communications, nursing, criminal justice and more, as well as graduate degrees in business, education and nursing. Online programs offer the flexibility of multiple class start dates and the convenience of paying by the course. Read more.

New Student Recruitment
Volunteer Opportunities for Alumni
LU Alumni volunteer at Cardinal Super Saturday
The Office of Recruitment is working to inform and engage alumni throughout the State of Texas in new student 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. No one can tell LU's story like alumni, and these initiatives will allow graduates to share their stories in new and exciting ways. If you are interested in volunteering to assist the Office of Recruitment with new student recruitment initiatives, please complete this form.

2019 Lamar University
Football Schedule 
2019 Lamar University Football Schedule 

Alumni Spotlight
Chris Araj '07
Future Leader of Audiology
Chris Araj Spotlight
Chris Araj graduated from Lamar University in 2007 with a B.S. in Communication Disorders and in 2011, obtained a Doctorate in Audiology at Towson University. During his time at LU, Araj had the opportunity to study abroad in the United Kingdom where he learned more about aural rehabilitation.

Throughout his collegiate career at LU, Araj met many people who were influential in his life, but there was one person who stood out the most. "All of my professors were influential, but one person in particular was Laura Polich, Ph.D. Since she is dual certified in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, she was able to give me a unique perspective when I was deciding on my future career path," said Araj. His original plan was not to go into Audiology, but to be an interpreter for the Deaf. Araj says that his professors at Lamar University did a wonderful job preparing him for his future studies and career. "LU prepared me for graduate school by laying the foundation for a future career in Audiology. I was able to take an Advanced Audiology course at the undergraduate level which gave me a jump start to my doctoral work in Audiology," Araj said.

After obtaining his doctorate and working at the Texas Medical Center for several years, Araj opened up this own practice, Pearland Hearing Aids & Audiology. In 2018, he was named a Jerger Future Leader of Audiology by the American Academy of Audiology. "After serving as President of the Texas Academy of Audiology, it was humbling to be recognized on a national level by the American Academy of Audiology." Araj said. Read more.

Alumni Events Recap
Lamar University Between-the-Games Party Thibodeaux Family presents game ball.LU Alumni and Friends gathered on Saturday, January 5 for a between-the-games basketball reception and cheered on the Lady Cardinals and Cardinals to a victory against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. View event photos online and on Facebook.
Lamar University Alumni volunteered at Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum for their 118th Anniversary of the Lucas Gusher Celebration.LU Alumni helped Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum celebrate the 118th Anniversary of the Lucas Gusher by volunteering on Saturday, January 12 to lead some of the day's activities. View event photos online and on Facebook.
Lance LaRue delivers a presentation on the Art of Social Media EtiquetteThe Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce paired up with Lamar University to present a professional development workshop entitled "The Art of Social Media Etiquette" on Thursday, January 31. Keynote Speaker Lance LaRue '02, Creative Director of Americom Marketing, gave some tips for learning how to best utilize social media for your personal branding. View event photos online and on Facebook.
2019 Distinguished Alumni Award RecipientsLU Alumni and friends gathered on Friday, February 22 to celebrate the 2019 Lamar University Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients Bob Wortham '71, Anthony George '88, Susan Conn McCurry '82, and Joe Deshotel '74. View event photos online and on Facebook.
A Dinner and Conversation 2019LU Alumni professionals hosted A Dinner and Conversation for Lamar University students. The evening consisted of dinner, networking and career exploration for the student attendees on Monday, March 4. View event photos online and on Facebook.
Lamar University presented Evelyn Miralles with the Inspirational Woman Award for Alumni.The Lamar University Division of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence hosted the Inspirational Woman Award Luncheon in celebration of Women's History Month on Thursday, March 28. Evelyn Miralles '90, Tech Strategist and Senior Principal Engineer for the Virtual Reality Lab at the NASA Johnson Space Center, was presented with the 2019 Inspirational Woman Award in the Alumni category. View event photos online and on Facebook.
Lamar University Alumni Board President Chris Bates and Big Red pose at the Alumni Baseball TailgateLU Alumni and friends gathered on Friday, March 29 at Vincent-Beck Stadium for a pre-game party before the LU v. Nicholls baseball game and cheered on the Cardinals. Alumni Board President Chris Bates '08 threw out the first pitch. View event photos online and on Facebook.
SGA Alumni ReunionThe Lamar University Student Government Association officers gathered together with Alumni SGA leaders for a reunion on Saturday, March 30 at the LU v. Nicholls baseball game. Former SGA President Lance Broussard '97 and his son Kincaid threw out the first pitch. View event photos online and on Facebook.
LU Alumni gathered with students to participate in the Big Event.LU Alumni joined with Lamar University students for the Big Event on Saturday, April 13 for a day of volunteering throughout Southeast Texas. View event photos online and on Facebook.
Lamar University Alumni Board President Chris Bates with the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Recipient Jean-Luc Baker at the annual scholarship recognition dinner.LU students had the opportunity to meet and thank their scholarship donors at the annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 23. Students, faculty, staff and scholarship donors and contacts celebrated each others contributions and achievements. View event photos online.

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