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                                  REUNION 2011
                        The Office of Alumni Affairs is planning reunion events for all former cheerleaders and
                        homecoming queens on October 22, culminating with the homecoming football game,
                                  which will see the Cardinals square off against Central Arkansas.

                             If you cheered for Lamar or are a former homecoming queen, please visit
               to be certain that you receive reunion information.

                        This year will also mark the first-ever all Alumni tailgate before the homecoming game.
                              Visit for the most current information.

                                                   GO CARDS!
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           C A R D I N A L

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   VOL . 39 NO. 1 | APRIL 2011

                                   From the President
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Magazine Design: Mike Rhodes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cover illustration: Bill Anderson

                                                                                                                              C A R D I N A L

                                  These are exciting and challenging days for Lamar University.                                                                          D E PA RT M E N T S

                                        Lamar passed a major milestone this spring when it was                               The Staff                                   24 On campus                     32 Arts & Culture         44 Athletics                         50 Class notes
                                  named a doctoral research university by the Carnegie Foundation
                                                                                                         Cardinal Cadence is published by the Division of University
                                  for the Advancement of Teaching. Being a doctoral research             Advancement, Lamar University, a member of The Texas
                                  university—one of two in The Texas State University System,            State University System and an affirmative action, equal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    F E AT U R E S
                                                                                                         opportunity educational institution.
                                  one of seven public Texas universities, and one of 27 public
                                  universities in the U.S. to have this classification—raises Lamar’s    Brian Sattler, Executive Editor, Director of Public Relations                                                              15 Hall of Fame salutes Crump
                                  visibility and its prestige and qualifies the university for           Cynthia Hicks ’89, ’93, Editor, Publication Specialist                                                                             Business applauds James Crump ’62 as a
   opportunities we would otherwise be unable to pursue.                                                 Larry Acker, Assistant Director, Writer                                                                                            global leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                         Beth Gallaspy ’09, Marketing Specialist, Writer
         We are delighted to welcome Gregg Lassen to Lamar’s executive team as vice president for
   finance and operations. He joins Lamar with a track record of success. Gregg has served in
                                                                                                         Louise Wood, Media Specialist, Writer                                                                                      16 Sound and spirit soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Singing the praises of a music building
                                                                                                         Frances Simpson ’95, Senior Administrative Associate
   higher education since 2000, most recently at UT-Tyler, and has nearly two decades of corporate                                                                                                                                          renovation that is more rebuild than revamp
   experience to draw on as well.                                                                        Contributors
         These are challenging days for the State as legislators struggle to develop a budget for then   Mary Baswell, writing                                                                                                      18 LU economic impact tops $310 million
                                                                                                         Mary Baswell, Matt Billiot, Michelle Cate, Gary Christopher,                                                                       Through a dynamic business complex and gradu-
   next biennium. While the final figure is unknown, it is clear that Lamar will see a significant       Tom DuBrock, Joe Gaylor, Joel Gothe, Brandon Gouthier,
                                                                                                                                                                         T H E FA C E O F T H E C A M PA I G N
                                                                                                                                                                         INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ate advancement, LU helps ensure future vitality
   reduction in state support. Careful planning for the anticipated shortfall over the past 18           Keith Huckabay, Stephen Pinchback, photography                                                                                                                                         15
   months has put LU in the best possible position and will enable the university to continue to
                                                                                                         Circulation includes 64,000 copies distributed to alumni,       4     Global gift                                          19 Daniel Chen earns University
   move forward. Whatever the final reduction, we will deliver the highest quality instruction           faculty, staff and friends of Lamar University. If you have           Mark and Janie Steinhagen elevate MBA                       Scholar acclaim
   possible as we embrace research, scholarship and professional service and continue invest in          received more than one copy of this publication, please               program through Global Fellows Endowment                     Chen’s body of work wins him recognition
                                                                                                         let us know.
   areas that create opportunity for future growth.
         And, despite the challenging economy, the alumni and friends of Lamar has continued to          Changes of address may be sent to:
                                                                                                                                                                         6     Rock solid                                           20 Seeing the invisible
                                                                                                                                                                               Byron ’57 and Connie Dyer create Dyer                        Rafael Tadmor’s enjoyment of putting the puzzle
   support the university through the Investing in the Future comprehensive campaign. Donors             University Advancement,
                                                                                                                                                                               Innovation Fund to expand horizons of earth and              together leads to groundbreaking discovery
                                                                                                         P Box 10011, Beaumont, Texas 77710, or by
   have already given more than $78 million to enhance LU for current and future generations. In                                                                               space sciences faculty and students
   this issue of Cardinal Cadence, you can read about several new gifts including: Ray and Mary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    47 Distinguished alumni named
   Moore’s gift creating the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music; Byron and Connie                     Division of University Advancement                              8     Moore milestone                                              Community champion, special education
                                                                                                         Camille Mouton, Vice President                                        Ray ’50 and Mary Moore’s gift to music students              pioneer and network broadcaster honored
   Dyer’s gift creating the Byron and Connie Dyer Innovation Fund for the Department of Earth            Floyd F. McSpadden Jr., Director of Planned Giving                    inspires naming of Mary Morgan Moore
   and Space Sciences; Mark and Janie Steinhagen’s gift creating the Janie Nelson Steinhagen and         Janice Trammell ’85, ’93, Director of Development                     Department of Music                                  62 Co-op to corporate
   Mark Steinhagen Global Fellows Endowment in the College of Business; Henry and Fran                   Tracie Craig, Director of University Reception Centers                                                                             Lubrizol executive Larry Norwood ’73 leads
   Strait’s gift creating the H.D. “Tex” and Emma Strait Baseball Training Facility; Richard and          .O.
                                                                                                         P Box 10011                                                     10 Cardinal pride and tradition                                    international endeavors
                                                                                                         Beaumont, Texas 77710                                                 Bart ’78, ’79, and Martye Simmons ’78 honor
   Cathy Price’s gift naming the head coach’s office in the Athletic Complex; and Bart and Martye
   Simmons’ gift honoring longtime Coach John Payton by naming the John Payton Academic
                                                                                                         (409) 880-8419 or fax (409) 880-8409                                  Coach John Payton and help student-athletes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    64 Through the fire
   Success Center in the Athletic Complex.
                                                                                                         Lamar University Alumni Office
                                                                                                                                                                         11 A long way home                                                 Before his election to the Texas senate, Lt. Col.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brian Birdwell ’84 saw his life change forever in
                                                                                                                                                                               Richard and Cathy Price encourage young people
                                                                                                         When visiting campus, you’re invited to stop by the
                                                                                                                                                                               to achieve their full potential                              the Pentagon fire of Sept. 11, 2001
                                                                                                         Alumni Office at the John Gray Center, Building B,
   With Cardinal Pride,                                                                                  Suite 102, 855 Jim Gilligan Way.
                                                                                                                                                                         12 Straits hit home run for Cards                          66 Around the world
                                                                                                                                                                               Strait family honors Rex and Emma Strait’s                   Butch Smith ’75 spotlights Grace Flight with a
                                                                                                         Juan Zabala ’07, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            spin around the world                               16
                                                                                                         Advancement Services                                                  love of the game
                                                                                                         LU Alumni Office
        James M. Simmons
                                                                                                         P Box 10005                                                     14 DreamMakers
                                                                                                         Beaumont, Texas 77710                                                 Alumni and friends are choosing to create vibrant
        Lamar University                                                                                 (409) 880-8921, or (800) 298-4839                                     legacies through a variety of endowments
                         T H E T E X A S S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y S Y S T E M                                                                                         LAGNIAPPE
                                      B OA R D O F R E G E N T S                                         Janice Trammell, Executive Director                             22    Cardinal Views
                                                                                                         Lamar University Foundation
                                         Brian McCall, Chancellor | Plano                                 .O.
                                                                                                         P Box 11500                                                     36    Football is back
                                                                                                         Beaumont, Texas 77710                                                 Fans enjoy historic season . . .
       Charlie Amato, Chairman | San Antonio                       David Montagne | Beaumont             (409) 880-2117
                                                                                                                                                                               see it in pictures
    Donna N. Williams, Vice Chairman | Arlington                    Trisha S. Pollard | Bellaire
                                                                                                                                                                         40    Reunion 2010 pics
               Jaime Garza | San Antonio                             Rossanna Salazar | Austin
                                                                                                                                                                         42    Tailgating pics
               Kevin J. Lilly | Houston                            Michael Truncale | Beaumont           Cardinal Cadence (USPS 017-254) is published biannually
                                                                                                         by Lamar University, Division of University Advancement,        68    Reunion 2010
           Ron Mitchell | Horseshoe Bay                       Chris Covo, Student Regent | San Marcos
                                                                                                         855 Jim Gilligan Way, Beaumont, Texas 77705.                          Attention former cheerleaders and                      64                                                        20
                                                                                                                                                                               homecoming queens
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                                                                                                                                                                                    abroad, accompanied by a         legacy of leadership in economic develop-        in 2011. But support has been limited, and
                                                                                                                                                                                    College of Business faculty      ment for the region, serving as president of     faculty members have been unable to partic-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Steinhagen Global Fellow.        the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and             ipate because of budget constraints.
                                                                                                                                                                                    They will participate in         the Rotary Club of Beaumont and being                  “We’re excited about the Steinhagen
                                                                                                                                                                                    classes and seminars with        active in numerous civic and community           Global Fellows endowment,” said Bradley
                                                                                                                                                                                    other students, visit busi-      organizations.                                   Mayer, associate dean of the College of
                                                                                                                                                                                    nesses and experience the              His commitment to Lamar is exempli-        Business and director of the MBA program.
                                                                                                                                                                                    culture of the country—all       fied by his service as a regent of the Lamar     “Through study abroad, MBA students will
                                                                                                                                                                                    at an advanced level.            University System from 1979 to 1985 and          benefit in both their personal and profes-
                                                                                                                                                                                          “We have a global          his gift in 2001 to help create the Institute    sional developments. It will give students a
                                                                                                                                                                                    economy, and this is an          for Entrepreneurial Studies. A Presidential      greater perspective of diversity and will
                                                                                                                                                                                    opportunity for some of          Scholarship is named in honor of Mark, his       increase their connectivity well beyond the
                                                                                                                                                                                    our outstanding graduate         brother and their father. Roy Steinhagen         region. The best way to gain an understand-
                                                                                                                                                                                    students to make some            established the Janie and Mark Steinhagen        ing of diversity is to visit other countries
                                                                                                                                                                                    trips and contacts and see       Scholarship in Business in honor of his par-     and begin to understand their cultures.
                                                                                                                                                                                    and do some things that          ents.                                            Students who have experienced international
                                                                                                                                                                                    they normally wouldn’t get             Also a key supporter of Lamar, Roy         study are eager to share their new perspec-
                                                                                                                                                                                    to do. We’re pleased to be       Steinhagen served four terms as president of     tives with others when they return. The
                                                                                                                                                                                    able to be a part of it,” said   the Lamar University Foundation. “Roy has        Steinhagen Global Fellows experience
                                                                                                                                                                                    Mark Steinhagen, a long-         worked hard out there and done a good job.       will allow the MBA program to extend its
                                                                                                                                                                                    time community and busi-         That was part of our reason for taking a         global reach by increasing the number of
                                                                                                                                                                                    ness leader and former           hard look at this program,” said his father.     students who will be able to study abroad as
                                                                                                                                                                                    Lamar regent. “We have           “My background is in business, and when          well as increasing the various study-abroad
                                                                                                                                                                                    always supported local           Henry and the team presented this idea, it       offerings.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    activities, and there’s noth-    appealed to us. We’re pleased we were able             The Steinhagen endowment represents
                                                                                                                                                                                    ing more important in            to do it.”                                       another mark of excellence for the College

                                                                                                                                                                                 BRIAN SATTLER
 Attending a luncheon in their honor to celebrate creation of the Steinhagen Global Fellows Endowment in Lamar’s College of Business are,                                           Southeast Texas than                   Most of Lamar’s MBA students are           of Business, which has seen its MBA student
 from left, Bill and Mary Jane (Steinhagen) Benning, Janie and Mark Steinhagen and Kim and Roy Steinhagen.                                                                          Lamar University.”               full-time professionals, Venta said, and,        population increase from 70 five years ago
                                                                                                                                                                                          Throughout their           because of the quality of the program, it        to more than 200. For the fifth year in a
                                                                                                                                                                 lives, Mark and Janie Steinhagen have con-          also has attracted international students and    row, the college is listed among Princeton

                                                        Global gift
                                                                                                                                                                 tributed time, talent and treasure to improve       students from other states. “Our internation-    Review’s 300 best business schools, of
                                                                                                                                                                 the quality of life in Beaumont and                 al students make every class a global experi-    1,600 in the country. It has twice been listed
                                                                                                                                                                 Southeast Texas. Their example inspires cur-        ence—a dynamic learning environment              in the Aspen Institute’s “Beyond Gray
                                                                                                                                                                 rent and future generations to make a differ-       would be hard to reproduce elsewhere.”           Pinstripes” survey, a ranking of universities
                                                                                                                                                                 ence in the lives of others by becoming                   The Steinhagen fellowships provide a       focusing on ethics, corporate-social responsi-
                                                                                                                                                                 active volunteers and donors.                       perfect fit—enabling the part-time students      bility and sustainability. The college has
                      The Janie Nelson
                                                                    amar business students and faculty will have new opportunities to gain first-hand                  Mark Steinhagen is known for his              from the industrial and professional commu-      been accredited for many years by the
                                                                    knowledge of the global marketplace, thanks to the Janie Nelson Steinhagen and Mark          achievements in the business community,             nity the opportunity to study abroad over a      American Association of Collegiate Schools
              Steinhagen and Mark                                   Steinhagen Global Fellows Endowment in the College of Business.                              and his leadership has contributed substan-         period of two weeks, instead of a semester.      of Business International – placing it among
                                                                 By studying and observing global businesses in foreign countries, they will witness the
    Steinhagen Global Fellows                              economic, cultural and political forces impacting the way business is conducted worldwide.
                                                                                                                                                                 tially to the success of Steinhagen Oil Co.,
                                                                                                                                                                 founded in 1940.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Most attend classes at night while maintain-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing full-time jobs and supporting families,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the top 25 percent in the nation and top 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      percent in the world.
         Endowment will elevate                            Their experiences will benefit teachers and students alike to enhance teaching as well as learning.         “The thing that really sparked our            so they can’t take a semester to study                 Venta expressed appreciation to the
                                                                 “The importance of this gift is the fact that this is a globally competitive world, and our     interest to make a commitment, particularly         abroad.                                          Steinhagen family. “The most important
    Lamar’s MBA program to                                 students need exposure to the whole world—beyond the world in which they live,” said                  to the College of Business, is the fine leader-           Study will be intense with two-week        thing is the trust they have placed in Lamar
                                                           Enrique “Henry” Venta, dean of the College of Business. “This is one of the largest gifts in          ship that’s been provided by (President)            courses of 40 hours per week, Venta said.        University and the College of Business,” he
            ‘next tier’ of excellence                      the history of the College of Business and represents a tremendous infusion of both monetary          Jimmy and Susan (Simmons) and their                 Steinhagen Fellows also will have additional     said. “This is an important gift because,
                                                           support and prestige. It will be a tremendous growing experience for us because globalization         entire team. They’ve done a wonderful job.          responsibilities when they return. “We           even though they are not graduates of
                                                           is very important to our program.”                                                                    Even though I went to the University of             expect that they will participate in presenta-   Lamar, they believe this university is an
                                                                 The fellowship will enhance the college’s position in attracting top-notch graduate             Texas, Lamar is important to this area and          tions to the entire college. We hope they        important resource.”
                                by Louise Wood
                                                           students to the master of business administration (MBA) program at Lamar, said Venta.                 to us. Because of all the good things that are      will take their experiences and infuse them
                                                           “It moves us to the next tier of business schools and will help us differentiate ourselves.           going on out there, we decided this was one         into the student body.”
                                                           This gift will increase the size and scale of our graduate study-abroad program.”                     thing we wanted to do.”                                   MBA students have studied abroad for
                                                                 Beginning in summer 2012, five or six student Steinhagen Global Fellows will travel                   Steinhagen has established a strong           the past two summers and will do so again

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                                                                                                                                                                     Teaching today’s students how to make      annual gift to the fund. At the time of their
                                                                                                                                                               decisions that pinpoint valuable resources       passing, the remainder of the IRA will go to
                                                                                                                                                               demands not only the best from professors        the university to complete the Dyer
                                                                                                                                                               in the classroom and laboratories, but also      Innovation Fund free of any estate tax or
                                                                                                                                                               in the field. Getting faculty researchers and    income tax consequences to their family.

       Rock solid
                                                                                                                                                               their students into the field to gain first-          “Byron’s incredible career in oil and gas
                                                                                                                                                               hand experience takes resources of another       exploration has fueled his love for the                 Lamar’s Earth and space sciences
                                                                                                                                                               kind—money. At times, budgets can be             incredible riches our planet holds—whether        department has a long history of student
                                                                                                                                                               stretched painfully thin—and result in           that wealth is black gold or crystal forma-       and faculty interaction in research, and this
                                                                                                                                                               missed opportunities.                            tions more beautiful than any cathedral,”         profound gift will enhance this tradition,
                                                                                                                                                                     Such knowledge comes at a price—           President James Simmons said.                     Jordan said. In recent years, Lamar faculty
                                                                                                                                                               thankfully, it is made possible through the           The journal American Mineralogist            and students have traveled to sites in
                                                                                                                                                               Dyer’s generosity. Helping keep those            credits Dyer with the discovery in 1957 of
                                                Dyers support geology program                                                                                  opportunities alive through a million-dollar
                                                                                                                                                               gift from Houstonians Byron and Connie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the mineral Chambersite, named after the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Texas county in which it was first observed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Panama, Australia, England and, of course,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to American sites like Big Bend, the Four

                                                                                                                                                 TOM DUBROCK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Corners and many others. These trips,
                                                                                                                                                               Dyer, Lamar has created a fund for faculty            Dyers’ admiration for the incredible         which often include Lamar geology
                                                                                                                       Connie & Byron Dyer
                                                                                                                                                               travel to geologic areas of interest. The fund   range of geologic wonders of the Earth led        students, are vital to building thorough
                                                                                                                                                               will help faculty and students participate in    him to help bring “the best mineral exhibit       scientific understanding, Jordan said.
                                                                                                                                                               laboratory and field studies that will give      in Texas outside of the Houston Museum of               Likewise, scholarships help the

                                               he search for oil calls up images of wildcatters drilling on a hunch, but, in reality, it comes
      by Brian Sattler                                                                                                                                         them the experience they need.                   Natural Science” to Lamar University,
                                               down to experience backed by hard-core analysis. Throughout his career, geologist Byron Dyer                                                                                                                       department attract the best and brightest
                                                                                                                                                                     “The Byron and Connie Dyer                 Simmons said. Dyer was serving as the vice        students, and retain geology majors who
                                               ’57 was right more often than not, finding oil with great success
                                                                                                                                                               Innovation Fund is a tremendous gift to the      chairman of the board of advisors for the         need a financial boost. In the past year, the
                                               on land and offshore—so successful in fact that he was inducted
                                                                                                                                                               people of Southeast Texas and a wonderful        Earth and space sciences department at the        department has tripled the number of majors
                                               into the All-American Wildcatters in 1996.
                                                                                                                                                               asset for the Department of Earth and Space      time and helped facilitate the relationship       in response to its energized atmosphere of
                                     Throughout his career, Dyer built on analytical skills sparked at
                                                                                                                                                               Sciences,” said Jim Jordan, chair of the         with the museum’s world-class Cullen              student learning and faculty interaction.
                                Lamar to find pockets of the precious resource, eventually building a
                                                                                                                                                               Department of Earth and Space Sciences.          Exhibit that resulted in a stunning collection          The Dyers have been benefactors to
                                company that would become a major Gulf Coast producer.
                                                                                                                                                                     Their gift is funded by taking the annu-   of “88 of the most fantastic minerals from        many organizations, including Texas
                                Acknowledgement of Dyer’s outstanding career has garnered him recog-
                                                                                                                                                               al required distributions from their             famous mines around the world now on              Childrens Hospital, The Methodist
                                nition by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American
                                                                                                                                                               Individual Retirement Account and in turn        permanent loan to Lamar,” Jordan said. The        Hospital Foundation, Houston Museum
                                Association of Professional Landmen, American Petroleum Institute and
                                                                                                                                                               making a gift of like                             minerals are exhibited in the hallways of        of Natural Science, Literacy Advance of
                                the Corpus Christi and Houston Geological Societies.
                                                                                                                                                               amount to the Dyer                                   Lamar’s Geology Building.                     Houston, the Houston and Santa Fe
                                     Byron and Connie Dyer have been married for more than 50
                                                                                                                                                               Innovation Fund.                                                  “The Dyer Innovation Fund        Opera Companies and the Houston
                                      years. A geology graduate of the University of Texas, Connie
                                                                                                                                                               While the annual                                                will help our faculty travel to    Geological Society. Now, Lamar
                                      serves on the advisory councils for the College of Natural Sciences
                                                                                                                                                               distributions are                                               geologic areas of interest and     University can count itself among the
                                       and the Jackson School of Geosciences there. The Dyer family
                                                                                                                                                               taxable to the                                                   participate in laboratory and     causes that have benefited from Byron and
                                     includes sons Jeff and John and his wife Christina, and their
                                                                                                                                                               Dyers, they realize                                               field studies that will give     Connie Dyers’ rock-solid support.
                                    daughter Kelly and her husband Mark Gabrisch. They are blessed
                                                                                                                                                               a charitable tax                                                   them experience to share with
                                 with six grandchildren.
                                                                                                                                                               deduction for their                                               our students,” Jordan said.

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                                                                                                                   or more than 60 years, alumnus Ray Moore ’50 has been               When asked about having the music department named for her,
                                                                                                                   an ardent supporter of Lamar University. Mary, his bride      she said “I almost want to hide because I’m not sure I deserve it, but
                                                                                                                   of 56 years, joins him in that passion, and together they     it’s very nice to have such a wonderful honor.”
                                                                                                                   have given their time, talents and financial resources to the       A 1950 graduate and 2005 distinguished alumnus of Lamar, Ray
                                                                                                                   university and to Southeast Texas.                            is a prominent attorney, entrepreneur and businessman. A member of
                                                                                                          Lamar University achieved exceptional prominence with the              several university boards and committees, including Lamar’s Investing
                                                                                                    announcement of the naming of the Mary Morgan Moore Department               in the Future campaign cabinet, Ray is co-founder of Moore Landrey
                                                                                                    of Music, joining those at Rice, SMU, University of Houston and the                 .,
                                                                                                                                                                                 L.L.P CommunityBank of Texas, and co-owner and president of
                                                                                                    University of Texas as one of only five named music departments or           Idylwild Golf Club. He has been instrumental in the economic devel-
                                                                                                    schools in the state.                                                        opment of Southeast Texas through his involvement in and financial
                                                                                                          The naming is a lasting memorial in appreciation for a $2 million      contribution to many area organizations and businesses.
                                                                                                    donation to the College of Fine Arts and Communication from Ray                    “Education is one of the most important decisions in life. It
                                                                                                    and Mary Moore of Beaumont. The gift brings the university’s                 enables you to do the things you want to do,” Ray Moore said. “When
                                                                                                    Investing in the Future comprehensive campaign total to more than            I transferred, all 60 hours I accumulated at Lamar were accepted at
                                                                                                    $78 million.                                                                 SMU.” At that time, Lamar only offered two-year degrees. “That’s a
                                                                                                          “We are most grateful to the Moores for their transformative gift,     testament to the quality education Lamar has always provided to
                                                                                                    which will facilitate the continued growth of the music program and          Southeast Texas students.”
                                                                                                    contribute to the outstanding musicianship of our                                                       The music program at Lamar has been marking

                                                                                                    students for many years to come,” said Russ Schultz,                                               milestones for more than six decades as its students
                                                                                                    dean of the college.                                                                               and faculty entertain, enlighten and enchant audiences
                                                                                                          The naming honors the couple’s love of the                                                   across the region and around the world. With begin-
                                                                                                    fine arts, in particular Mary’s love of music.
                                                                                                                                                                   Education is one of                 nings around 1950, the department awarded its first
                                                                                                          “This extraordinary gift is the culmination of a          the most important                 bachelor’s degrees in 1955 and has offered master’s
                                                                                                    lifetime of support from Mary and Ray Moore,”             decisions in life. It enables degrees since 1975. As educators, teachers and band
                                                                                                    said Lamar President James Simmons. “Not only                  you to do the things                directors, music alumni have taught and inspired
                                                                                                    does it ensure the generosity of this couple will                 you want to do.                  generations. Professional musicians worldwide trace
                                                                                                    always be remembered, but it also guarantees the                     —RAY MOORE ’50                their musical roots—and their inspiration—to
                                                                                                    musicians who graduate from this department will                                                   Lamar.

                                                                                                    keep the music playing.”                                                                                “With the resurrection of football and the
                                                                                                          Schultz said the gift will “lift the department                                              rebirth of the marching band, the music department

                                                                                 GARY CHRISTOPHER
                                                                                                    to new heights,” allowing it to provide even greater                                               has grown so rapidly the last two years it’s been
                                                                                                    academic programs and further enhance the support it gives to the            difficult to keep pace with all the new faces,” Simmons said.
                                                                                                    other performing arts within the community.                                        With the endowment support from the Moore family, the tempo
                                                                                                          “Future generations of music majors will benefit from the              and rich tradition of music education at Lamar University will grow
                                                                                                    generosity of the Moore family and will identify Mary and her family as      even stronger. In harmony with that support is the recently completed

                                                                                                    leaders in supporting excellence in musicianship and music education,”       building renovation that includes a stunningly beautiful recital and lec-
                                                                                                    Simmons said. “You have given much of your life to making beautiful          ture hall, updated offices for faculty and staff, 18 sound-proof practice
                                                                                                    music possible for the people of Southeast Texas, Simmons said to the        rooms, a piano lab, a computer lab, rehearsal hall and a state-of-the-art
                                                                                                    Moores at the ceremony. “That legacy will grow ever larger through the       recording studio.
                                                                                                    work of the department that now bears your name.”                                  “This landmark occasion marks the dedication of the fourth
                                                                                                          An accomplished pianist whose passion for music helped infuse the      named department on the LU campus,” Simmons said. Other named

                                                                                                    Lamar arts landscape into the regional arts scene, Mary studied music at     departments are the JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, the
                                                                                                    the University of Texas and took summer courses at Lamar. The founder        Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering and the Dan F       .
                                                                                                    of the Beaumont Civic Opera Buffs and past president of the Beaumont         Smith Department of Chemical Engineering.
                                                                                                    Civic Opera, she played in the Piano Ensemble of the Women’s Club.                 “Having a named department and a complete renovation of the
                                                                                                    She was a longtime member of the Beaumont Music Commission,                  music building enhances the prestige of the faculty and students,
                                                                                                    Young Audiences of Beaumont, Symphony of Southeast Texas and                 particularly within the professional community of performing and
               Gift establishes Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music                               the Junior League of Beaumont. Mary credits her mother, an original          educator musicians,” said Schultz. “Generations of music majors
                                                                                                    member of the Melody Maids, for instilling in her the love of music.         will benefit from the generosity of the Moore family in supporting
                                                                by Larry Acker                                                                                                   excellence in musicianship and music education.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A long
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 way home

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   LARRY ACKER
                                                                                                                                                                             Richard & Cathy Price
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       exploration expertise also led him to   the formal scholarship, the Prices have

                                                                                                                                                                                       or Silsbee natives Cathy and

                                                                                                                                                            BRIAN SATTLER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              other exotic locales, such as Spain, Egypt,      supported the educational pursuits of
                                                                                                                                                                                       Richard Price, their odyssey           United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi. It           several students for more than 10 years.
      John Payton                                                                                                                                                                      through foreign lands and the          was during this time that he helped develop      They support deserving college students,
                                                                                                                                                                                       subsequent road home to                and drill the first horizontal oil well from a   some of whom are relatives, as well as the

                 art ’78, ’79, and Martye (Sculley)    Athletic Director Larry Tidwell. He spent 13      should take advantage of the many opportu-
                                                                                                                                                                            Southeast Texas has been a long and excit-        floating drilling platform, a common prac-       children of their church family. Their phi-
                 Simmons ’78 have made several         seasons as an assistant football coach and        nities they have here, and, as Winston
                                                                                                                                                                            ing journey. Norway, Tunisia, Russia, Great       tice in the industry today.                      lanthropy also extends to funding special
                 gifts to Lamar University to          remains an adjunct professor in the               Churchill said, ‘Never surrender.’ The
                                                                                                                                                                            Britain and Sweden are only a few of the                “Our first daughter was 2 years old        summer vocal training for their Lamar
                 inspire its students to succeed.      Department of Heath and Kinesiology after         Academic Success Center is a masterpiece,
                                                                                                                                                                            points of interest in their tale of oil and gas   when we moved to Norway, and our sec-            scholarship students at a renowned vocal
     The gifts they’ve chosen to make to the           retiring as assistant professor. He assists       and I can’t get over the fact that Bart and
                                                                                                                                                                            exploration and oil field equipment produc-       ond daughter was actually born there,” said      school in Graz, Austria.
     Investing in the Future campaign reflect          Tidwell as a consultant, a counselor to ath-      Martye Simmons thought enough of me to
                                                                                                                                                                            tion. A self-made man, without a college          Cathy. “It was a wonderful place to live and           “We try to instill in the kids the desire
     their pride in LU tradition and a desire for      letes and coaches and as a representative for     give this to Lamar.”
                                                                                                                                                                            degree, Price has taken advantage of good         raise small children, but we realized we         to achieve so they can help someone else
     students to be aware of LU’s rich heritage.       the athletics department within the Beaumont            The John Payton Academic Success
                                                                                                                                                                            fortune, the ability to recognize an opportu-     needed to get back to Texas to allow them        some day,” Cathy said. “We take an active
     The couple established the George and             and Southeast Texas communities.                  Center provides student-athletes with an aca-
                                                                                                                                                                            nity, and just plain hard work to succeed.        the opportunity to form those bonds we           interest in the education of the kids we sup-
     Patricia Sculley Scholarship in Business,               Some 55 years after earning All-            demic counselor to discuss major selection,
                                                                                                                                                                            His success and the couple’s desire to help       enjoyed so much while growing up.”               port because we want them to know that it
     created an endowment for the College of           America recognition as a running back at          course scheduling and degree completion
                                                                                                                                                                            deserving students achieve has translated               Upon their return to the states, Price     isn’t only their moms and dads that will be
     Business and named the Coach Vernon               Prairie View A&M University, the Cardinal         requirements in addition to regular mentor-
                                                                                                                                                                            into the academic success of several college      and a partner founded Lone Star Mud              disappointed if they fail. Fortunately we
     Glass Field of Champions in tribute to the        Hall of Honor member continues to inspire         ing services. Students receive letters to help
                                                                                                                                                                            students for more than a decade.                  Inc., an oil and gas industry company, in        haven’t had to deal with that yet.”
     beloved coach and to the record of achieve-       students and athletes.                            coordinate their absences with their professors
                                                                                                                                                                                  Their journey together began in school      1990 in Midland. Price sold his interest in            The Lamar football program is also a
     ment of many other coaches and players.                 “Coach Payton has been a very loyal         and to ensure they can make up missed work
                                                                                                                                                                            and in their hometown church, where they          the thriving company in 1999. Wise               beneficiary of their benevolence. Impressed
          Their latest gift honors longtime Coach      professor, coach, counselor and leader at         and reschedule test dates due to team travel.
                                                                                                                                                                            both sang in the choir. While he was study-       investments in oil and gas wells proved to       with head football coach Ray Woodard and
     John Payton with the naming of the athletics      Lamar University for 40-plus years, and he              Both Bart and Martye Simmons credit
                                                                                                                                                                            ing at Texas A&M University, his initial          be a profitable speculation, and that, cou-      encouraged by the excitement the return of
     academic center. The John Payton Academic         represents the Cardinal Nation in a first-class   Lamar for equipping them for success in their
                                                                                                                                                                            ambition to become a Marine pilot was cut         pled with a brief bout with cancer,              football has created on campus, the Prices
     Success Center serves as a resource to help       manner each and every day,” said Tidwell.         professional and personal lives. “The mentors
                                                                                                                                                                            short when the Vietnam War ended. The             prompted Price’s retirement in 2000.             agreed to a naming opportunity for the
     student athletes excel in the classroom and             Payton’s 3,703 career rushing yards         and experiences we had at Lamar helped us
                                                                                                                                                                            plan for becoming a civil engineer also           These days, their time is mostly spent           head coach’s office in the new athletics
     achieve their personal goals of earning           remain a Prairie View record. Before joining      grow as individuals and gave us a professional
                                                                                                                                                                            evaporated when he discovered he liked            traveling and enjoying retirement. Trips to      complex. According to Price, it’s very
     degrees. The gift champions the importance        Coach Vernon Glass’ Lamar staff in 1970,          foundation to achieve success for which we
                                                                                                                                                                            being married more than attending college.        Europe for concert tours with their              important to them to support Lamar
     of succeeding in the classroom as well as on      Payton won state championships as a basket-       are very grateful,” Martye said. “We know
                                                                                                                                                                            Price left school during his junior year and      church choir are fairly regular occurrences,     University because it’s such a vital part of
     the playing field and was made possible by        ball coach at Woodville Scott High School in      students today are enjoying and making the
                                                                                                                                                                            went to work for an oil and gas service           as are excursions to Costa Rica, their           Beaumont and the region.
     Bart’s success as president of Tristar Producer   1957 and 1958 and another state title at          most of similar experiences. Whether or not
                                                                                                                                                                            company.                                          favorite sand-and-sun destination.                     When asked if the fact that he never
     Services Inc. Bart credits Payton as a seminal    Beaumont Charlton-Pollard in 1964.                they realize it at this particular time in their
                                                                                                                                                                                  One of those golden opportunities                 They also enjoy spending time with         completed his college education was a
     influence in his life. He still carries on his          His guidance has helped innumerable         lives, they are part of a big Lamar family.”
                                                                                                                                                                            arose when the company selected him for a         their grandchildren and keeping tabs on          motivating factor in helping so many stu-
     PDA a scanned copy of the invitation to           student-athletes apply a winning attitude in            Today’s student-athletes stand on the
                                                                                                                                                                            management training program and prompt-           their “adopted” children, the students they      dents go to college, Price said, “I think so.
     play for the Cardinals that Coach Payton          both their athletic and academic careers. “‘Get   shoulders of dedicated and loyal Lamar
                                                                                                                                                                            ly sent him on special projects to Moscow,        financially support in their college endeav-     It’s getting harder and harder to achieve in
     sent to him. “It reminds me of what I             an education,’” Payton tells his students. “‘Go   Cardinals such as Coach Payton, allowing
                                                                                                                                                                            Russia, and eventually to Norway where the        ors. The Beaumont couple has established         this world without an education. God has
     should live up to,” Bart said. “I respect         as high as you can go.’ Every student has tal-    them to reach for an even brighter future—
                                                                                                                                                                            couple resided for 11 years. Although he          the Richard and Cathy Price Scholarship in       blessed Cathy and me so much that we feel
     Coach Payton greatly.”                            ent, and you must be educated. We have a          one Bart and Martye Simmons are happy
                                                                                                                                                                            eventually accepted a position with another       Choral Music at Lamar, an obvious result of      it’s our obligation to help young people
          Payton now serves as special assistant to    great institution here at Lamar. Our students     to share.—CH
                                                                                                                                                                            petroleum company, his drilling and               their church choir experiences. Along with       achieve to their fullest potential.”—LA

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                                                                                                                                                            “This training facility is   Church for 35
                                                                                                                                                      one of the best in the             years and active
                                                                                                                                                      Southland Conference,” said        members of the
                                                                                                                                                      Jim Gilligan, head coach for       Catholic Adults
                                                                                                                                                      Lamar baseball. “It is a great     Club. They were
                                                                                                                                                      recruiting tool, and it’s obvi-    also involved with
                                                                                                                                                      ously advantageous when you        their community.
                                                                                                                                                      can practice rain or shine.”       Tex was a 30-year
                                                                                                                                                            Like many young men,         member of the
                                                                                                                                                      “Tex” Strait joined the Army       Downtown Rotary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             LARRY ACKER
                                                                                                                                                      after Pearl Harbor. He married     Club, past presi-
                                                                                                                                                      Emma in 1943 while on leave        dent of the Sierra
                                                                                                                                                      from Fort Knox. He was             Club and a found-
                                                                                                                                                      assigned to the 8th Armored        ing member of the Beaumont Literary             hand how to live and how to treat others.
                                                                                                                                                      Division and fought in the         Guild. He coached Little League baseball,       They were role models for their children
                                                                                                                                                      Battle of the Bulge, a pivotal     winning the league championship in 1969.        and for everyone who knew them well.
                                                                                                                                                      battle in the history of World     A respected businessman and a leader in the          “The donation we were honored to
                                                                                                                                                      War II. Tex and Emma were          water treatment industry, Tex was a found-      make would never have been possible had it
                                                                                                                                                      both huge baseball fans. As a      ing member of the Texas Water Quality           not been for all the work and sacrifice of
                                                                                                                                                      teenager, Tex traveled around      Association and served on the national          Mom and Dad,” said Henry. “We are hon-
                                                                                                                                                      Texas with his father, who         Culligan Dealer Advisory Council.               ored to stand on their shoulders.”
                                                                                                                                                      played second base for semi-             While Emma was a high school gradu-            Tex and Emma had been married 59
                                                                                                                                                      pro teams.                         ate and attended trade school, Tex accom-       years when Emma died in 2002. Tex passed
                                                                                                                                                            Emma’s father was also a     plished all this armed with only a ninth-       away 10 months later at the age of 83.

                                                                                                                                                  JOE GAYLOR
                                                                                                                                                      baseball player, so it’s no won-   grade education and Emma’s constant love        Together, they raised eight children who
                                                                                                                                                      der the Strait family developed    and support. They instilled in their children   gave them 21 grandchildren.
                                                                                                                                                      such a love for America’s          the importance of an education, and they
                                                                                                                                       favorite pastime. Emma had a passion for          led by example, showing their children first

            Straits hit home run                                                                                                       the music of Glenn
                                                                                                                                       Miller and Benny
                                                                                                                                       Goodman and
                                                                                                                                       loved to dance. She

            for the Cards
                                                                                                                                       recalled listening
                                                                                                                                       and dancing to Big
                                                                                                                                       Band music at the
                                                                                                               by Larry Acker          old Harvest Club
                                                                                                                                       where current LU
                                                                                                                                       President Jimmy
                                                                                                                                       Simmons was a fre-

                                                                 he Cardinals baseball team can boast about having one of the best
                                                                                                                                       quent entertainer.
                                                                 indoor training facilities in the Southland Conference with the       With her unwaver-
                                                                 completion of the H.D. “Tex” and Emma Strait Baseball Training        ing support, Tex
                                                                 Facility. The new complex located next to Vincent-Beck Stadium is a   began his career in
                                                                 multi-purpose facility with Astroturf, batting nets, bullpens for     1954 with Culligan
                                                                 pitchers and batting cages. The 9,600-square-foot, climate-con-       Inc., eventually
                                                                                                                                       making his way to
                                             trolled facility bears the name of the longtime businessman and community leader and
                                                                                                                                       Beaumont where he
                                             his wife in appreciation for a generous gift from Beaumont residents Henry ’74 and
                                                                                                                                       bought the Culligan
                                             Fran (Farinella) Strait ’73 to the Investing in the Future comprehensive campaign.        dealership in 1968.
                                                                                                                                             The Straits

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             BRIAN SATTLER
                                                                                                                                       were members of
            H.D. “Tex” and Emma Strait                                                                                                 St. Anne Catholic
                                                                                                                                                               The Strait Family

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                                                                                                                                                                            Hall of Fame honors Crump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of several executives intimately involved in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the 1998 merger with another accounting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 powerhouse Coopers & Lybrand to form
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 world-renowned PricewaterhouseCoopers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 now the world’s largest professional busi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ness services firm. Crump was in charge of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the PwC Global Energy and Mining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Group, working extensively with energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 companies around the globe, including the
PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS                                                             Three endowed scholarships, the ALAN R. HEFTY SCHOLARSHIP IN                                                                                                                                               former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and
                                                                                      ACCOUNTING, the CHERRIE MCVEY HEFTY SCHOLARSHIP IN EDUCATION and                                                                                                                                           China.
The GLORIA SWARTS LOCKE AND CHARLES BLAKEY LOCKE PRESIDENTIAL                         the MELVIN R. HEFTY SCHOLARSHIP IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING have been                                                                                                                                                 Always eager to share his knowledge
SCHOLARSHIP IN THEATRE was established by the Helen Caldwell Locke and                established by Alan ‘69 and Cherrie (McVey) Hefty ‘70. Alan is president of
Curtis Blakey Locke Charitable Trust directed by Gloria and Charles Locke.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with young accounting majors just starting
                                                                                      the accounting firm Alan Hefty & Co. CPAs, and Cherrie is a retired
Charles ’44 and Gloria, now retired, were owners of the Forest Lawn Funeral           Beaumont-area educator.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 out in the field, Crump advises new

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BRIAN SATTLER
Home and Cemetery and the Memory Gardens Cemetery.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               accountants to “be committed to the
                                                                                      The DR. BELLE MEAD HOLM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was established by col-                                                                                                                                       profession. Don’t be looking for that next
The MIKE AND BETTE TURNER PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP was established by                 leagues and former students of Belle Mead Holm, former LU women’s athletic       From left, Amanda Crump, Jane-Page and James Crump ’62, Jarret Crump and Stephanie Jordan
Dallas residents Mike ’71 and Bette (Woodward) Turner ‘70 in recognition of                                                                                                                                                                                                                      promotion because, if you work hard, that
                                                                                      director and health, physical education and recreation department head.

the quality education and social experiences they encountered while attending                                                                                                    ames Crump ’62 has been inducted                                                                                next promotion will come.” He added,
Lamar. Mike is a member of the Lamar University College of Engineering                The FLOYD H. MIZE SCHOLARSHIP IN BUSINESS was established by Floyd Mize                    into the Lamar University College of                                                                            “Your accounting degree is a license to
Advisory Council.                                                                     ’40, ’58. Mize spent much of his career at South Dakota State University where
                                                                                                                                                                                 Business Hall of Fame in recognition                                                                            learn even more about the profession.”
                                                                                      he worked in student personnel and raised funds for student scholarships. Mize
                                                                                      resides in Lufkin.                                                                    of nearly 40 years as a global leader and              Be committed to the                                                  Retired now after nearly 40 years with
NAMED SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENTS                                                                                                                                                managing partner at the Houston office of               profession. Don’t be                                         PwC, Crump stays busy serving on the
                                                                                      The RENAISSANCE HOSPITAL SCHOLARSHIP was established by the Renaissance
                                                                                      Hospital Scholarship Foundation for undergraduate baccalaureate students in
                                                                                                                                                                            PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the                      looking for that next                                        board of directors for two companies,
scholarship established by Charles and Frances (Wimberly) Alberto ’56, ’74.                                                                                                 world’s most prominent accounting firms.                                                                             Copano Energy, a Houston-based mid-
Charles is a retired director of employee and labor relations for the U.S. Postal
                                                                                      nursing. This gift was made possible at the direction of alumni Dr. Rocco ’73                                                                promotion because if
                                                                                                                                                                            The honor was bestowed to also acknowl-                                                                              stream natural gas company, and Exterran
Service. Frances is a retired teacher, and they live in Beaumont.
                                                                                      and Marilyn (Rogers) Morrell ’74.
                                                                                                                                                                            edge his dedication in sharing his expertise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you work hard that next                                            .,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 L.P a provider of natural gas compression
                                                                                      The SOUTH TEXAS SECTION SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS SCHOLARSHIP
                                                                                                                                                                            with the LU accounting department in an                promotion will come.                                          services. An avid golfer who admittedly
                                                                                      was established by the South Texas Section of the Society of Plastic Engineers
was established through the generosity of the Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis                                                                                               advisory capacity for a number of years.                                                                             never seems to have enough time to be on
                                                                                      for undergraduate and graduate students who are science and engineering                                                                              —JAMES CRUMP ’62
Blakey Locke Charitable Trust directed by Charles and Gloria Locke. This                                                                                                          “James Crump is, indeed, an individ-                                                                           the course, Crump keeps his hands in the

                                                                                      majors interested in polymer research.
scholarship was given in memory of the parents of Helen Caldwell Locke .
                                                                                                                                                                            ual worthy of this recognition,” said Henry                                                                          sport through his membership in the
                                                                                      The ENRIQUE V. VENTA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ACCOUNTING was
                                                                                      established by his family to honor his lifelong dedication to the accounting          Venta, dean of the College of Business. “In                                                                          Houston Golf Association, which coordi-
by Sandra (French) Clark ‘76. Clark is a trial lawyer with MehaffyWeber in                                                                                                  addition to having accomplished much in            majors from that era who eventually                               nates the PGA-santioned Shell Houston
                                                                                      profession. Born in Cuba, Venta moved his family to the United States in
Beaumont. She serves on the Lamar University College of Fine Arts and
                                                                                      1963. Venta’s son, Enrique “Henry” R. Venta, has served as dean of the                the business world, he is involved in com-         entered public accounting would probably                          Open.
Communication Advisory Council.
                                                                                      College of Business at Lamar since 2002.                                              munity and professional organizations that         cite Barlow as a major influence on their                                James, and his wife, Jane-Page, reside
The ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP was established by for-                                                                                                       help today’s youth become successful con-          careers. Elvis Davis was a completely differ-                     in Houston. Jane-Page is president of Jane
mer students of the electrical engineering department. Leading the efforts to         ACADEMIC AND PROGRAM SUPPORT                                                                                                             ent type of instructor, and no less influential
                                                                                                                                                                            tributors to their respective communities.”                                                                          Page Design Group, an award-winning,
raise the funds for this endowment was A. Scott McCauley ’81.
                                                                                      The BYRON AND CONNIE DYER GEOSCIENCES INNOVATION FUND was
                                                                                                                                                                                  Initially entering LU as a chemical          to the recent inductee. Crump says Davis                          full-service interior design firm. For more
The CAROLE AND BOB GARNER SCHOLARSHIP IN BUSINESS was established by                  established by Byron ’57 and Connie Dyer to provide field study opportunities         engineering major, Crump admits that, as is        was a strict academic who made students                           than 30 years, the creativity and uncompro-
Tommy J. and H. Edward Garner in honor of their children Carole and Bob               for the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. Byron was named a distin-             the case with many young people embark-            find out the answers for themselves, which                        mising standards of JPDG have made the
Garner. This is the second endowed scholarship established by the Garners,            guished alumnus in 2009 and currently serves on the Earth and Space Sciences          ing on their first educational pursuits, he        was great preparation for aspiring young                          firm one of the most respected design firms
who recently relocated from Woodville to Keizer, Ore.                                 Advisory Board. The Dyers live in Houston.                                            was undecided about his future. Luckily,           accountants.                                                      in the industry. Published in numerous
The DR. HOWELL H. GWIN JR. SCHOLARSHIP IN HISTORY was established by his              The THOMAS C. MAYS III PRESIDENT’S INNOVATION FUND has been established               Crump encountered two instructors who                   Born in Nacogdoches, Crump grew                              magazines and design books such as Great
mother, Elizabeth Smith Gwin, to honor his commitment to scholarship,                 by Thomas Mays ’78 who was a member of the marching band under the                    were instrumental in helping him chart a           up in Port Arthur. He graduated from                              Designers of the World, JPDG has received
teaching and academic service. Dr. Gwin began teaching at Lamar in 1962 and           direction of James Simmons, now president of Lamar University. Mays lives
retired in 2007 as Professor Emeritus.
                                                                                                                                                                            path for his career. H.A. Barlow was an            Thomas Jefferson High School and served                           an abundance of interior design awards
                                                                                      in Denver.
                                                                                                                                                                            accounting instructor who had a passion            in the Air Force before entering Lamar.                           for home interiors, kitchens, bathrooms,
                                                                                                                                                                            for learning and who worked hard to instill        After graduation from Lamar, he accepted a                        theaters and lighting design.—LA
                To begin your own endowment or to add a gift to an existing endowment, please contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.                    that passion in his students, according to         position with Price Waterhouse and quickly
                                                                                                                                                                            Crump. He noted that most accounting               rose to the level of partner. Crump was one

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   Sound and
   spirit soar
                                                                                                    Music Building
                                                                                                    exceeds utility
                                                                                                    and embraces
                                                                                                                      Large, soft white, triangular
                                                                                                                      ceiling panels arc upward on
                                                                                                                      one side of the hallways and,
                                                                                                                      coupled with glowing recessed
                                                                                                                      lighting, give the illusion of
                                                                                                                      height while offering a unique
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       That’s my reward—to hear the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       excitement in someone’s voice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       who saw the ‘before’ and now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       sees the ‘after.’ It is a fine arts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       building, so we wanted to do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       something different there to

             lowing mesquite flooring, brushed stainless architectural accents and geometric “cloud” ceilings         visual statement.
             reminiscent of the shapes of the Sydney Opera House coalesce into a renovation that rebuilt the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       enhance that sense.
             Music Building from the floor up. Fitting new concepts, needs and desires of music faculty into                                                                                                           —LYNN WHORTON, director, facilities planning,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       design and construction
   an existing footprint demanded creativity from the architects. After 24 months of planning and design and

   18 months of construction, the final fanfare is a beautiful blend of form and function.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Normal walls are 4 3/4 inches thick. Most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       walls in the building are now 15 inches thick,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with layers of gypsum board, sound insulation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and air space. The majority of doors used in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the building are high-tech, specialized doors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       for soundproofing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Engineering the changes required to open up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the entry into the second floor to create an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       atrium with added glass presented a distinct
                                                                                                                          The performance hall incorporates an in-the-round design with two main areas:                                design challenge.
                                                                                                                          a choral area, fixed seating and balcony so it can accommodate different
                                                                                                                          applications. Each area has its own viewing screen for classroom use, and a
                                                                                                                          flying wall can descend from the ceiling to provide a backdrop for a speaker.                                  The floor of the second level had to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         reworked for soundproofing, adding a
                                                                                                                          More suspended geometric ceiling panels—clouds—in the Rothwell Recital                                         solid surface and layers of gypsum
                                                                                                                          Hall, the drapes for staging and the bowl for fixed seating helped the acoustics                               board—required so that each of the
                                                                                                                          exceed even the consultant’s expectations for the overall design.                                              practice rooms could be isolated.

                                          VLK Architects Inc. won the contract over several architectural firms
                                          because of its previous work on the campus’s Chemistry Building                                                                                                                                         For the Rothwell Recital Hall flooring,
                                          and other Texas State University System sites, its specialized                                                                                                                                          designers chose mesquite wood for
                                          background in education buildings, its experience in designing                                                                                                                                          its beauty and unique end grain cut
                                          performance centers and music facilities, and its access to sound                                                                                                                                       as well as its enduring quality in
                                          engineers and consultants.                                                                                                                                                                              combating wear and tear.

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     LU economic impact tops                                                                                                                                     LU honors Daniel Chen as
                                                                                                                                                                 University Scholar
     $310 million                                                                                                                                                D
                                                                                                                                                                            aniel Chen enjoys the collabora-
                                                                                                                                                                            tion that serves as a springboard to
                                                                                                                                                                            innovation and discovery.
                                                                                                                                                                 The university honored Chen, a professor in
                                                                                                                                                                 the Dan F Smith Department of Chemical
                                                                                                                                                                 Engineering, as the 2010-2011 University

               he benefits of a                                         Lamar’s ongoing operations lead       and capital investment,
               university extend                                        to fiscal gains of $18.8 million in   and helps promote                                  Scholar, the university’s highest honor rec-
               beyond the education                                     annual state revenue and $8.7         economic development.                              ognizing research and creative activity. “It is
     it provides to include signifi-                                    million in taxes to local govern-     —BKS                                               a career/lifetime achievement award, recog-
     cant economic activities that                                      ments. “The university’s eco-                                                            nizing the recipient’s body of work,” said
     enrich the communities it                                          nomic impact is great, and it will                                                       Stuart Wright, director of research in the
     serves. A recent study com-                                        grow larger,” said James                                                                 Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
                                                                    BRIAN SATTLER

     pleted determined that Lamar                                       Simmons, president of the
     University generates econom-                                       university. “We continue                                                                      Chen’s research interests range from
     ic activity of more than $310        Ray Perryman                  to set enrollment                                                                        air/water pollution control to process

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   LARRY ACKER
     million a year.                                                    records, and we                                                                          monitoring, simulation and control. He
           Collecting and analyzing statistics that      just started the football program                                                                       also collaborated with Carl Yaws, professor                       Jack Hopper, Daniel Chen and Stephen Doblin

     are valuable for decision-makers is the life        after a 21-year absence bringing a lot                                                                  of chemical engineering, in writing three
                                                                                                                                                                 books on thermodynamic and environmental                        outstanding researcher/scholar and an indis-    Hopper and other Lamar faculty, the
     work of Ray Perryman, founder and presi-            of visitors to Southeast Texas.” The impact
                                                                                                                                                                 property data.                                                  pensable key team player,” said Jack Hopper,    engineering department has received 10
     dent of The Perryman Group, creators of             of the restoration of Lamar’s football program
                                                                                                                                                                      Because of university support and                          dean of the College of Engineering.             consecutive grants to provide faculty train-
     the US Multi-Regional Impact Assessment             was not included in the data used in the study,
                                                                                                                                                                 strides in research, Chen said, “We are in a                         As primary or co-primary investigator,     ing and software licensing in state-of-the-art
     System. The Greater Beaumont Chamber of             Simmons said.
                                                                                                                                                                 better position than ever before to make                        Chen has secured more than $3 million in        modeling, simulation and control software
     Commerce asked Perryman to determine the                  “We were pleased to partner with the
                                                                                                                                                                 Lamar a national name. I have developed a                       32 funded research projects from agencies       “that benefit our students tremendously,”
     economic activity Lamar University creates          Lower Neches Valley River Authority, the
                                                                                                                                                                 track record in the area of photo-catalysis,                    ranging from the Department of Defense          Chen said. “The effort also led to more
     in Southeast Texas. Perryman collected data         Sabine Neches Navigation District and
                                                                                                                                                                 with interesting environmental and energy                       and Department of Energy to the                 education grants from the National Science
     and, using models that summed the effects           ExxonMobil to complete the first independ-
                                                                                                                                                                 applications such as air-pollution abatement.                   Environmental Protection Agency and             Foundation and garnered a solid reputation
     of operations and out-of-area student and           ent economic impact study of Lamar
                                                                                                                                                                 Our research group has also produced                            Department of Agriculture.                      for our graduates.”
     visitor spending, derived estimates of the          University,” said Jim Rich, president of the          The Perryman Group
                                                                                                                                                                 nano-structured materials that can offer                             “Dr. Chen has devoted his entire career          Students under Chen’s supervision have
     total annual impact of Lamar University on          Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.                 The Perryman Group (TPG) has performed
                                                                                                                                                                 high surface areas for light harvesting and                     to Lamar University and contributes signifi-    earned nine doctorates and 30 master’s
     the local, regional and state economies.            “We now have specific numbers to describe             numerous impact assessments for The
                                                                                                                                                                 catalyst support.”                                              cantly to the recent success of the chemical    degrees. He has developed 10 courses and
           Lamar employs more than 1,400                 the great importance Lamar University plays           University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M
                                                                                                                                                                      Chen chose to use the $5,000 stipend                       engineering department,” said Thomas Ho,        taught 15. “Teaching is, indeed, a rewarding
     faculty and staff and generates substantial         in the region and its potential for economic          University, The University of Texas Medical
                                                                                                                                                                 that accompanies the award to support his                       regents’ professor and department chair.        activity for me,” he said. “I have been work-
     economic impact through employment,                 growth and prosperity. The attraction and             Branch, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the
                                                                                                                                                                 current research on titania-based nano-struc-                        Focusing on the application of Chen’s      ing closely with the graduate students to
     organizational operations, and student and          retention of human talent, ideas, and new             University of Kansas Medical School, Navarro
                                                                                                                                                                 tural arrays and to facilitate collaboration                    research, Ho noted that his colleague has       help them grow professionally.”
     visitor spending.                                   businesses fostered by a great university is          College, UT Health Science Center, UT-Tyler,
                                                                                                                                                                 with researchers from other institutions.                       conducted air-quality studies that detected           A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Chen grew
           For the Beaumont-Port Arthur metro            the key to the future.”                               UT-San Antonio, Baylor College of Medicine,
                                                                                                                                                                      During a ceremony Sept. 24, Chen                           volatile organic compound leaks by using an     up there and relocated several times while
     area, the total annual ongoing impact of                  The benefits of a dynamic university go         Baylor University, and many others.
                                                                                                                                                                 thanked his mentors, colleagues, friends                        infrared camera mounted on a helicopter         completing his education before earning his
     Lamar University includes $263.1 million in         beyond the business activity and tax revenues               In addition, TPG recently completed a
                                                                                                                                                                 and students. “It is always a privilege and                     that flew over the Houston Ship Channel,        doctorate at Oklahoma State University in
     output and 3,878 jobs. Extending the study          generated, the report said. By providing for          study for the Bill and Melinda Gates
                                                                                                                                                                 pleasure to work with and learn from their                      Texas City and Beaumont-Port Arthur areas.      1981. Active on campus and in the commu-
     to the greater Southeast Texas region, the          high-quality educational opportunities to sup-        Foundation that examined the overall eco-
                                                                                                               nomic effects of achieving the goals of the       expertise throughout all the brainstorming,”                    He said Chen also carried out a series of       nity, he serves as secretary of the Chinese
     economic benefits rise to $272.9 million in         port a dynamic business complex and career
                                                                                                               “Closing the Gaps” initiative of the Texas        he said. “To my graduate students, I express                    water sampling and treatment projects in        Association of Southeast Texas and is a
     output and 3,976 jobs. For the state as a           and personal advancements for graduates,
                                                                                                               Higher Education Coordinating Board, as well      my sincere thanks for their hard work and                       collaboration with Sul Ross State University    Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
     whole, Lamar University generates $310.8            Lamar University is helping ensure the future
                                                                                                               as a major pro bono study illustrating the        dedication to make this possible.”                              along the Rio Grande Basin to identify the      Chen and his wife, Julie, an instructor in the
     million in output and creates 4,260 jobs.           vitality of Beaumont, the surrounding region
                                                                                                               effects of creating additional Tier One univer-        “I have known Dr. Chen since I hired                       extent and distribution of herbicide and        Department of English and Modern
           This economic activity also creates tax       and the state of Texas. Lamar contributes a
                                                                                                               sities in the state.                              him as an assistant professor in 1982, and                      pathogen pollution.                             Languages, have lived in Beaumont since
     receipts to the state and local governments.        skilled workforce, cultivates entrepreneurship
                                                                                                                                                                 I am absolutely convinced that he is an                              By working with ExxonMobil engineers,      1982 and have two sons.—LW

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Fron left, President James Simmons,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Valentin Andreev and Tadmor

                                                                                                                                                                Once again, Tadmor’s perspective would            In 2003, Tadmor                                                       Exxon Mobil, in recogni-
                                                                                                                                                           be shaped by unique circumstances. “My last      accepted the position                                                           tion of his outstanding
                                                                                                                                                           year of undergraduate study took place during    of associate profes-                                                               research and discov-
                                                                                                                                                           the Gulf War when Scud missiles were being       sor in the Dan F   .                                                                 ery. Tadmor was
                                                                                                                                                           shot at Israel,” said Tadmor. “Not knowing if    Smith                                                                                  the first faculty

                            Seeing the
                                                                                                                                                           these were traditional or chemical warfare       Department of                                                                           member from
                                                                                                                                                           weapons, the government issued gas masks.        Chemical                                                                                 the College of
                                                                                                                                                                “Once, while studying for an exam, two      Engineering at                                                                           Engineering to
                                                                                                                                                           classmates and I heard the alarm go off that     Lamar                                                                                    receive the
                                                                                                                                                           meant missiles were targeting our area, so we    University. In                                                                          honor.
                                                                                                                                                           took our masks and hid in the bathroom. So       2004, his inter-                                                                             Tadmor’s
                                                                                                    by Mary Baswell
                                                                                                                                                           here we are, breathing through these masks       est in the pin-                                                                       lecture drew
                                                                                                                                                           and studying for an exam at the same time. It    ning phenomena                                                                      comparisons from
                                                                                                                                                                                                            exhibited by water                                                               both the ancient and

                                                                                                    R                                                      ”
                                                                                                            afael Tadmor insists that his perspective is                                                    molecules led him to                                                         modern worlds, like
                                                                                                            no different than anyone else’s. “I don’t                                                       write theoretical equations                                             Galileo, Newton and
                                                                                                            think I see the world any differently than                                                      about the volume of contact                                      Einstein, to describe the evolving
                                                                                                            anyone else, and I don’t know what other
                                                                                                                                                           When grown-ups told me                           angles of drops on surfaces. These equations       scientific definitions of force and motion;
                                                                                                            scientists do for fun,” he said, “but I        that the tiny dot in the night                   are currently the only way to calculate these      however, he also used pop culture references
                                                                                         know what I like to do for fun.”                                                                                   volumes.                                           to distinguish between supernatural and scien-
                                                                                               The avid runner and father of two enjoys reading the        sky is actually Venus, a huge                          In 2009, Tadmor and a group of his stu-      tific forces, including characters from X-Men,
                                                                                         newspaper and watching basketball (his favorite team:             planet in the universe, or that                  dents performed groundbreaking experiments         Star Trek and Star Wars.
                                                                                         Tel Aviv). But at a young age, Tadmor was shown the                                                                that changed the way science defines force and            Is this scientist also a fan of science fic-
                                                                                         universe that exists under the microscope, and what he            germs existed, I thought,                        motion. The paper detailing the discovery          tion? “Oh, yes,” said Tadmor, “I’ve seen all
                                                                                         saw changed the way he viewed his world.                          ‘How could this be?’ But,                        was published in Physical Review Letters, one      the Star Wars movies. My favorite characters
                                                                                               “As a child growing up in Israel,” Tadmor said, “I                                                           of the country’s most prestigious scientific       are Hans Solo, because he was funny, and
                                                                                         had a few ideas of what I wanted to be when I grew up—            looking at the Petri dish                        journals, bringing both Tadmor and Lamar           Darth Vader—he is a very intriguing charac-
                                                                                         a pilot, a scientist, or I wanted to have my own shop to                                                           unprecedented scientific recognition.              ter. In fact, I was once Darth Vader for
                                                                                                                                                           in my uncle’s lab, I was
                                                                                         sell watermelons. The last one was my dream. I thought                                                                   The ripple effects from Tadmor’s research    Halloween.
                                                                                         that I could make a good living for my family this way.”          convinced they were there.                       are difficult to predict. “When the apple fell            “Actually, my son wanted to be Darth
                                                                                     MARY BASWELL

                                                                                               A trip to Jerusalem as a very young boy was                                                                  on Newton’s head, he wrote some rules of           Vader, so we bought this realistic helmet-like
                                                                                                                                                           —RAFAEL TADMOR
                                                                                         Tadmor’s first exposure to science. “I saw archaeologists

                                                                                                                                                                                                            physics. He had no idea these rules would          mask that was very heavy and uncomfortable.
                                                                                         excavating parts of the city. They were digging out these                                                          send satellites into outer space. He did it        I knew he wouldn’t want to wear it all night,
                                                                                         very old and very interesting pieces of broken clay pottery.                                                       because he was curious, not because he knew        so we also bought a much simpler version.
                                          Seeing that, I remember thinking, ‘This is what I want to do.’ I wanted to excavate things, and, like            was a very weird situation, but we thought it    where his findings would lead. The research        When we went trick-or-treating, by the sec-
                                          a puzzle, put them back together and see how they worked,” said Tadmor.                                          was great that we could stay focused despite     performed here at Lamar may open doors to          ond house, he asked to trade masks with me,”
                                                “That trip was the most significant experience that steered me toward a career in the sciences,            the situation,” said Tadmor. “Only later did     other fields of technology we are not even         Tadmor said.
                                          though I didn’t quite see it like that at the time,” he said.                                                    we find out that the missile had flown just      aware of yet,” Tadmor said.                               “So I wore the giant helmet, and it was
                                                 “At that young of an age, there was no clear distinction between archaeology and any other                over our heads. We heard it, we knew it was            But it is his students’ own scientific       awful, but I was a true Darth Vader. I even
                                          type of science to me. Science was one big concept related to knowledge and the attempt to under-                close, but we had no idea how close.”            curiosity that is most inspiring to Tadmor as a    had a sword fight with some sort of monster.
                                          stand the world—to know how things once were and how they are now.”                                                   Tadmor went on to earn both bachelor’s      professor. “Science is theoretical, so I encour-   It was very exciting.”
                                                Then, when Tadmor was eight years old, his uncle, a microbiologist, showed him a colony of                 and master’s degrees from Technion and his       age them to question everything,” he said.                Tadmor is currently participating in two
                                          germs under a microscope. “When I saw these black dots, I was fascinated. I was seeing something                 doctor of philosophy in surface physics at the         As a father to Daniel, 14, and Galia, 8,     collaborative research projects, one with the
                                          ‘invisible.’ When grown-ups told me that the tiny dot in the night sky is actually Venus, a huge                 Weizmann Institute of Science, also in Israel,   does he see the same spark of curiosity in his     University of Georgia at Athens in the field of
                                          planet in the universe, or that germs existed, I thought, ‘How could this be?’” Tadmor said.                     in 1998.                                         own children? “They grasp more than I ever         nanostructure surfaces, and one with Rice
                                                “But, looking at the Petri dish in my uncle’s lab, I was convinced they were there. The germs                   Eventually, Tadmor’s love of engineering    did. They are much more curious, more              University in the study of the surface proper-
                                          moved, they acted, they responded to my movement. It convinced me that what I was seeing was                     brought him from Israel to the United States,    wise,” he said. Tadmor’s wife, Maria, serves as    ties of graphene, a material that was the sub-
                                          real. It was verification that the scientific understanding I had been taught was actually truth.”               where he completed postdoctoral work in bio-     associate professor of mathematics at Lamar.       ject of the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics.
                                                More than a decade later, Tadmor’s curiosity inspired him to study chemical engineering at                 chemicals at the University of California at           In October, Tadmor was named the 2010
                                          Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.                                                                         Santa Barbara.                                   Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, sponsored by

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                                                                       2                                                                                    3                                                             4                                                                           5

                                                                        Many Lamar alumni and friends visited during a dinner to introduce newly appointed
                                                                        Chancellor Brian McCall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Regent David Montagne ’74, Student
                                                                        1. Frank and Nancy Newton with Melody (O’Reilly) Parsons ’71, center 2. Libbie (Campbell) Nylin                                                                                                         Government Association President
                                                                        ’64, left, with her husband Bill Nylin ’65 and Charlene (Mathews) Leonard -55 3. Richard -75 and                                                                                                        Thaddeaus Green, TSUS Chancellor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brian McCall and President James
                                                                        Cathy Price with Janice Trammell ’85, ’93, right 4. Juan Zabala ’07, left, with Mitch and Michele
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Simmons get together before the com-
                                                                        (Yennie) Smith ’88, center and Laurie (House) Ritchel ’85 5. Dean Henry Venta with Bill ’70 and Gay                                                                                                     mencement ceremony Dec. 18, 2010.
  1                                                                     (Duckworth) Scott ’80

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Anne (Nelson) Sweat ’85 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Pattee Newman attend the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           opening reception for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tribute to Jerry Newman at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the Dishman Art Museum.

                                                                                                                                                                              Jim Gilligan ’69 and his wife, LaVerne, await a ride   At the podium, Juan Zabala ’07, executive director of Alumni
                                                                                                                                                                              down Jim Gilligan Way, the newly renamed former        Affairs, thanks Beaumont City Council for a proclamation
                                                                                                                                                                              East Florida Avenue, after the ribbon-cutting by       issued Oct. 5 to encourage citizens throughout the community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to join the Red, White & You Homecoming celebration.                 Donna Wilsker, second from right, receives congratula-
                                                                                                                                                                              Jim Ishee, chairman of the Jim Gilligan Way                                                                                 tions from nursing department colleagues Rachel Kilgore,
                                                                                                                                                                              Support Committee; Mayor Becky Ames; Big Red           Joining him were, from left, LU Ambassadors Brittnee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Rodriguez, Megan Barrett, Catie Byerly, Jesi Courville; Sandra       Eileen Deges Curl and Dianna Rivers after Wilsker
                                                                                                                                                                              and President James Simmons.                                                                                                received Lamar University’s Julie and Ben Rogers
      December Lamar graduates included the first                                                                                                                                                                                    (Pete) Abbage ’68, ’81, ’90; Tom Abbage ’72, ’74, ’81; Henry
      group of Army civil engineers enrolled at                                                                                                                                                                                      Strait, ’74; and Ray Woodard, head football coach.                   Community Service Award Nov. 10.
                                                         December cum laude graduate
      Lamar University in the Army Logistics
                                                         Allen Rienstra of Beaumont
      Leadership Program based at the Texarkana
                                                         receives a congratulatory hug
      Army Depot. The 11 participants from across
                                                         from proud mother Ellen
      the United States earned master of engineer-
                                                         (Walker) Rienstra ’62, ’80.
      ing degrees in industrial engineering.
      Pictured, from left, are, front row, Christopher                                                                                                                                                                                         Steven Zani and
      Lyman, Forest Hill, Md.; Andrew Ruddick,                                                                                                                                                                                                 President James
      Rockford, Mich.; Marc Loertscher, Midway,                                                                                                                                                                                                Simmons present
      Utah; and Brian Schmitt, Texarkana, and,                                                                                                                                                                                                 ExxonMobil’s Kathleen
      back row, Meghan Murphy, Planteville, Wis.;                                                                                                                                                                                              Jackson with a poster
      Eboni Crayton, Montgomery, Ala.; Dominic                                                                                                                                                                                                 promoting the 2010
      Pham, Davenport, Iowa; Nicholas                                                                                                                                                                                                          Distinguished Faculty
      Steinhauser, Louden, Tenn.; Clinton Hanson,                                                                                                                                                                                              Lecture, which                        Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Rafael Tadmor, center, joins his chemical engi-
      Texarkana; Joshua Arrington, Heber City,                                                                                                                                                                                                 ExxonMobil sponsors                   neering department colleagues Thomas Ho, Dewanna Campbell, Daniel Chen
      Utah; and Monica Tubbs, Birmingham, Ala.                                                                                                                                                                                                 annually.                             and John Gossage, from left, at a reception in his honor Oct. 11.

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     on campus                                                                                                                                                             on campus

                                                                                                                                                                         Academic Open                                            “This day is specially designed for high-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ability students who are interested in talking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rush said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   High school juniors and seniors ranking
     LU achieves Carnegie doctoral/research classification                                                                                                               House welcomes                                     with Lamar University deans and professors        in the top 15 percent of their class and/or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            about their academic pursuits and competing       with SAT scores of 1100 and higher are
     The Carnegie Foundation for the
     Advancement of Teaching has included
                                                         academic affairs at Lamar. “It qualifies us for
                                                         a variety of opportunities we would other-
                                                                                                                      The Carnegie Foundation classifications
                                                                                                                identify meaningful similarities and differences
                                                                                                                                                                         high-ability students                              for top scholarships,” said Jim Rush, director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of academic services.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              encouraged to attend the event each fall to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              learn more about LU’s academic offerings.
     Lamar University in its prestigious list of         wise be unable to pursue,” he said.                    among institutions. From its inception, the              More than 170 high-achieving high school                 “These students owe it to themselves to          Spring Open House introduces an even
     doctoral/research universities, placing Lamar            “This elevation in Lamar University’s             Carnegie classification’s purpose has been to            juniors and seniors explored what Lamar            seriously consider the competitive programs       broader range of students to the benefits of
     in the upper echelon of degree-granting             designation by the Carnegie Foundation                 assist those conducting research on higher               University has to offer by attending               and generous scholarships we offer that           attending Lamar University.
     institutions nationally.                            from a ‘large master’s institution’ to a               education. Researchers need a way to reference           Academic Open House last Nov. 13.                  might not be available to them elsewhere,”
           Being a doctoral research university—         ‘doctoral research university’ is, in my view,         the great diversity of colleges and universities
     one of two in The Texas State University            a milestone in the history of our institution,”        in the United States, and classifications enable
     System, one of seven public Texas universi-         said Doblin. “The major factors considered             them to identify groups of roughly compara-
     ties, and one of 27 public universities in the
     U.S. to have this classification—raises
                                                         in granting this classification are doctoral
                                                         degrees granted and research funding
                                                                                                                ble institutions. The primary audience is the
                                                                                                                research community, including academic
                                                                                                                                                                         Simmons addresses state budget                                                                       cuts will have to be offset by tuition and fee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              increases. We understand that tuition increas-
     Lamar’s visibility and its prestige, said Steve     attracted, so this is a real tribute to the hard       researchers and institutional research staff as          mandates, campaign success                                                                           es are difficult, but we remain a great value
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in higher education with a tuition price
     Doblin, provost and vice president for              work and productivity of our faculty.”                 well as other education analysts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lower than our peer institutions.”
                                                                                                                                                                         One recent challenge for Lamar University is       array of cost-saving measures to increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Even during this challenging time,
                                                                                                                                                                         its role in responding to the $18-billion to       efficiencies in order to meet the reductions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Simmons said, donors to the Investing in the
                                                                                                                                                                         $22-billion deficit facing the state. Already, a   while maintaining high-quality services and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Future comprehensive campaign have
     Record enrollment                                                                                                                                                   number of belt-tightening measures have
                                                                                                                                                                         been taken in order to meet the mandated 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            instruction. Among these measures are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            restructuring some offices, a freeze on some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              enabled LU to reach the three-quarters mark

     shows growth in                                                                                                                                                     percent reduction in the 2012-2013 biennial
                                                                                                                                                                         budget, President James Simmons said. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            positions, tightening department budgets,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            raising thermostats across campus and other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              with more than $78 million raised toward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the $100 million goal. “These gifts translate
     on-campus students                                                                                                                                                  reduction follows a 5 percent cut announced
                                                                                                                                                                         in early 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cost-saving efforts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “While we have done everything we can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              into scholarships, faculty and facilities,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Simmons said. “Lamar would be a much
     Lamar University has set another all-time enroll-                                                                                                                                                                                                                        different place without the support of our
                                                                                                                                                                               The university has implemented an            to reduce costs,” Simmons said, “some of the
     ment record. Official figures for the fall 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                              donors.”
                      semester record 14,388 students—                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Another recent milestone underpin-
                            the largest enrollment in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ning Lamar’s success is the re-affirmation
                               university’s 87-year history.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of the university’s accreditation by the
                                      Growth of more than                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Council on Colleges of the Southern
                                  1,100 on-campus                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Association of Colleges and Schools
                                  students contributed to                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (SACS), the “stamp of approval” that
                                  the number, Smith said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         university programs meet or exceed
                                                                     Ming-Yuan Wang, chair of the Tourism Management Department at KUAS, and Chihkang “Kenny”
                                  This improves upon                 Wu, a hospitality faculty member at KUAS, recently visited campus as an initial step in an effort                                                                                                            national standards.
                                 recent years, when                  to create several joint programs with Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, said Molly                                                                                                                        “I believe we educated SACS on
                                Lamar’s enrollment growth            Dahm, associate professor and program director of hospitality management at LU.                                                                                                                              quality online programs,” Simmons said.
                             has been attributable largely to                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lamar is a national leader in the online
                        its distance learning programs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           delivery of public education and graduates
           Even in light of tightened admission standards
     imposed last year, first-time-in-college freshmen
                                                                   LU partners with Kaohsiung                                                                                                                                                                                     more master of education students than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  any other university in the country.
     numbers grew as well, up 6.7 percent compared to              University of Taiwan                                                                                                                                                                                                “Online distance education is a fast-
     last year. Smith sees the return of Cardinal football                                                                                                                                                                                                                        moving, exciting domain, and Lamar is at
     and the marching band, the opening of Cardinal                      Lamar University has joined                    but many of them cannot. If we can’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the head of the pack,” Simmons said.
     Village V improved recruitment and retention                  Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung University               send our students out to the world,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Through the university’s academic
     efforts, new academic and campus programs, and                of Applied Sciences (KUAS) to estab-                 we’ll bring the world to them,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  partnership program and traditional
     the slack local economy as playing key roles in               lish a variety of collaborative programs             Steve Doblin, provost and vice president
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blackboard courses, more than 4,000
     the increase.                                                 between the two universities.                        for academic affairs. “In every discipline,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  students are exclusively online.
           The university is also seeing increases in other              Planned programs include two                   an understanding of the world is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Growth in research was another
     important measures of its incoming freshmen. The              online master’s degree programs in fam-              important to success. That’s why
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  milestone, Simmons noted, with $12
     percentage of entering freshmen who graduated in              ily and consumer sciences (one with an               we’re so committed to this.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  million in research underway at the
     the top quarter of their high school class grew to            emphasis in hospitality administration                    Doblin noted that the agreement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  university. “We are a long way from
     37.2 percent compared to 34.1 percent two years               and one with an emphasis in event                    with KUAS is the most recent among
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  where we began several years ago with
     ago. The percentage of entering freshmen with a               management), study abroad programs                   several collaborations Lamar University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $3 million,” he said.
     1010 or higher SAT score increased to 28.8 percent            and a joint bachelor’s degree program.               has undertaken with universities around
     compared to 26.7 percent two years ago.                             “We want our students to study                 the world.
                                                                   abroad and encourage them to do so,

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     on campus                                                                                                                                               on campus

    Faculty notes                                                                         Grant boosts nursing                                             LU leads the nation                                               Lamar University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Massachusetts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LU named a Best
   Sandra Harris, professor and director of the doctoral program in educational           student success                                                                  The report by the American Chemical
                                                                                                                                                                           Society Committee on Professional Training
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Institute of Technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Southern Cal, Cornell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Business School by
   leadership, has been selected to receive the 2011 Living Legend award by the
   National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA).
                                                                                          Nursing program students are benefitting from additional
                                                                                          resources targeted at improving their classroom success.
                                                                                                                                                                           published in last August’s issue of Chemical
                                                                                                                                                                           & Engineering News revealed that Lamar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Texas A&M
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             North Carolina State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Princeton Review
   Harris is in her seventh year on the Lamar faculty. She served as a teacher, prin-           The JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing                               University once again led the nation in                                                  Lamar University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Georgia Tech
   cipal and superintendent during the early years of her career . . . The Texas State    was awarded a two-year grant that focuses on keeping                             master’s graduates in chemical engineering.                                              has once again
                                           University System honored professors           more students in the nursing program and increasing the                                                                                                                   been recognized
                                           Keith Carter and Pamela Saur as new            number of graduates, especially those who are minorities                                                                                                                  as an outstanding
                                           regents’ professors, the system’s highest
                                           faculty award. A professor of art, an inter-
                                                                                          and international students.
                                                                                                The grant project, called Students Understanding
                                                                                                                                                           Master’s in nursing ranks among                                                                          business school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    by The Princeton

                                           nationally acclaimed photographer and a
                                           faculty member since 1989, Carter holds
                                                                                          Course Content Essential for Success in School (SUC-
                                                                                          CESS), received $258,204 from the Texas Higher                   most affordable in nation                                                                                Review. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    education services
                                                                                          Education Coordinating Board and an additional $25,820                                                                                                                    company features
                                           the Walles Chair in Visual and Performing                                                                       Lamar University is “getting it right” by          funded higher education institution ‘getting it
                                                                                          from Baptist Beaumont Hospital.                                                                                                                                           LU in the 2011
                                           Arts. A faculty member since 1988, Saur                                                                         offering one of the nation’s most affordable       right’ by providing affordable online degrees
                                                                                                “We are trying to improve the nursing workforce                                                                                                                     edition of its
                                           is a professor of German in the                                                                                 online graduate programs in nursing, accord-       to working adults.”
                                                                                          within the community by putting more nurses into our                                                                                                                      book “The Best
                                                                                                                                                           ing to an online education consumer group                GetEducated’s online education review
   Left, Ron Blatchley, and Keith Carter   Department of English and Modern               hospitals,” said Eileen Deges Curl, Dishman Department                                                                                                                    300 Business Schools.” The university
                                                                                                                                                           that ranks nursing and healthcare schools for      team found that the average cost for a region-
   Languages. The honor of regents’ professor is conferred on professors who              of Nursing chair and SUCCESS principal project director.                                                                                                                  has been included on the list since it began
                                                                                                                                                           cost and credibility.                              ally accredited online nursing master’s degree,
   demonstrate excellence and exemplary                                                   “One of our goals is to have a nursing workforce that                                                                                                                     in 2005.
                                                                                                                                                                 “Lamar is a top example of a public uni-     including tuition and distance-education fees,
   achievement in teaching, research and                                                  reflects the community in which the nurses live and work.”                                                                                                                      “This shows that even though we’re a
                                                                                                                                                           versity that is using distance learning to make    was $20,216. The online education research
   publication, and services . . . Regents of                                                   Gerald Bryant, chief nursing officer for Baptist                                                                                                                    regional school, we’re a national school in
                                                                                                                                                           healthcare education physically and financially    firm’s “Best Buy” degree rankings for online
                                                                                          Beaumont Hospital said, “Providing funding to our local                                                                                                                   terms of the quality of the education we
   The Texas State University System adopt-                                                                                                                accessible to Texans in these hard economic        master’s are based on a review of 24 regional-
                                                                                          university will provide health benefits to the entire commu-                                                                                                              provide,” said College of Business Dean
   ed a resolution designating Professor                                                                                                                                          times,” said Vicky          ly accredited graduate schools that offer 44
                                                                                          nity. It is imperative that we are proactive in preparing for                                                                                                             Enrique “Henry” Venta.
   Joseph “Joe” Pizzo Jr., who retired in May                                                                                                                                     Phillips, a spokeswoman     different distance nursing master’s.
                                                                                          the forecasted shortfall of nurses in Texas. Statistics reveal                                                                                                                  According to Robert Franek, Princeton
   2010 after more than 46 years of service,                                                                                                                                      for the Vermont-based             “Providing an affordable graduate-level
                                                                                          that by the year 2012, nurses in their 50s are expected to                                                                                                                Review senior vice president of publishing,
   as distinguished professor emeritus of                                                                                                                                         consumer group.             degree in nursing administration and nursing
                                                                                          become the largest segment of the nursing workforce;                                                                                                                      “We are pleased to recommend Lamar
   physics, a title he will hold in perpetuity.                                                                                                                                         The web site          education is important as the need for mas-
                                                                                          accounting for almost one quarter of the RN population.                NURSING                                                                                            University to readers of our book and users of
   The resolution describes Pizzo as “an                                                                                                                                 ranked      ter’s-prepared nurses has reached a high
                                                                                          As many of these nurses are preparing to exit the healthcare                                                                                                              our site,, as one
                                                                                                                                                                                  Lamar as the No. 2 most     point,” said Eileen Deges Curl, chair of the
   engaging instructor who punctuated his                                                 arena, Lamar and Baptist Beaumont Hospital have part-                                                                                                                     of the best institutions they could attend to
                                                    Brian McCall and Pamela Saur                                                                                                  affordable distance         JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of
   lectures and laboratories with captivating                                             nered to make sure that quality nursing is available in                                                                                                                   earn an MBA. We chose the 300 business
                                                                                                                                                                                  degree for Texas graduate                   Nursing. “MSN-prepared
   demonstrations and exhibits that translated the esoteric to the common for his         Southeast Texas.”                                                                                                                                                         schools in this book based on our high opin-
                                                                                                                                                           students seeking nursing education online. Its                       nurses provide leadership to
   students,” earning him the reputation as a master teacher. Pizzo’s reputation for            SUCCESS will consist of tools and resources for stu-                                                                                                                ion of their academic programs and offerings,
                                                                                                                                                           online students who live in Texas pay a low                             direct healthcare agencies
   instructional excellence reached the U.S. Military Academy at West Point,              dent retention used previously by other universities while                                                                                                                as well as our review of institutional data we
                                                                                                                                                           cost of about $11,005 for a distance mas-                               to meet current and future
                                                                                          building on traditional Lamar practices. Online resource                                                                                                                  collect from the schools. We also strongly
   where he twice served as a visiting professor of physics . . . Theresa Hefner-Babb,                                                                     ter’s degree from LU, according to                                       needs. Nurse educators
                                                                                          modules, Skills for Academic Success seminars, academic                                                                                                                   consider the candid opinions of students
   assistant professor of library services, is one of 34 librarians nationwide to be                                                                       reviewers for the consumer group.                                         prepared at the MSN
                                                                                          workshops and a resource center will be available for stu-                                                                                                                attending the schools who rate and report on
   selected for participation in the Association of College & Research Libraries                                                                           (Out-of-state online students pay a                                       level are essential in
                                                                                          dents needing assistance with complex content. Laptops                                                                                                                    their campus experiences at their schools on
   Immersion Program. This is an intensive, 4-day interactive training course                                                                              higher cost of about $22,475.)                                             order to have adequate
                                                                                          loaded with nursing software will also be available for nurs-                                                                                                             our survey for the book.”
   designed to enhance the ability of academic library and information profession-                                                                               “The distance healthcare master’s                                   numbers of faculty to
                                                                                          ing students to check out to help them improve classroom                                                                                                                        One of the strengths of Lamar’s MBA,
   als to meet the needs of the higher education community. In addition to                                                                                 degree offered by Lamar University                                       teach students to become
                                                                                          performance.                                                                                                                                                              Venta said, is the way it pulls into the same
   Lamar University, institutions whose librarians were accepted for participation                                                                         and reviewed by GetEducated cost                                        nurses in order to meet the
                                                                                                The Lamar University nursing department received                                                                                                                    classrooms working professionals, bright recent
                                                                                                                                                           less than half the average of                                          predicted shortage of nurses
   include Harvard, Michigan, Clemson, Massachusetts, Iowa, Emory, and                    one of six grants awarded by the Texas Higher Education                                                                                                                   college graduates and international students.
                                                                                                                                                           competing degrees in                                                         in the United States.”
   William & Mary . . . Ruhai Wang, associate professor in the Phillip M. Drayer          Coordinating Board under the Nursing Innovation Grant                                                                                                                           “We feel that’s the way to learn—a
                                                                                                                                                           the same accredita-                                                                  “Hot career
   Department of Electrical Engineering, has recently been appointed as an                Program. Lamar qualified for the Best Practices category in                                                                                                               dynamic environment full of a diversity of
                                                                                                                                                           tion class,” said                                                                 areas” include
   Overseas Agreement Professor by the Harbin Institute of Technology. HIT is             Clinical Education Competitions in which award selections                                                                                                                 cultures and perspectives where everyone
                                                                                                                                                           Phillips,                                                                           health law,
   one of China’s finest national engineering universities and is especially well         were based on project quality and reviewed by several high-                                                                                                               learns together,” Venta said. Traditionally,
                                                                                                                                                           GetEducated’s                                                                        healthcare
                                                                                          er-education faculty members from across Texas as well as a                                                                                                               MBA courses at Lamar have been offered in
   known for its aerospace and national defense engineering programs. Wang was                                                                             chief online edu-                                                                    management,
                                                                                          Texas Board of Nursing member.                                                                                                                                            the evening to better fit the schedules of
   invited to assist the Harbin Institute in developing their interplanetary/deep-                                                                         cation analyst.                                                                       emergency
                                                                                                “Our methodology set Lamar apart from other uni-                                                                                                                    working professionals. This spring, two early-
   space communication program . . . James Curry, assistant professor of industrial                                                                        “Lamar’s                                                                               services,
                                                                                          versities for this grant,” said Gina Hale, Dishman                                                                                                                        morning classes from 7 to 8:15 a.m. have been
   engineering, received funding from the U.S. Army for his proposal to offer a                                                                            distance-learn-                                                                         pharmacy
                                                                                          Department of Nursing retention coordinator and SUC-                                                                                                                      added to accommodate the program’s growing
   master’s degree in industrial engineering to outstanding civilian employees of                                                                          ing-degree                                                                              studies,
                                                                                          CESS program manager. “We really had some innovative                                                                                                                      number of course offerings and to provide
   the U.S. Army Logistics Leadership Center in Texarkana. This program is                                                                                 programs are                                                                             dietetics and
                                                                                          and creative ideas that were based on sound educational                                                                                                                   students with more scheduling options.
   being offered via distance education technologies, and the first cohort graduat-                                                                        laudable examples                                                                  nutrition, and
                                                                                                                                                           of a publicly                                                                     clinical practice.
   ed in December.

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     on campus                                                                                                                                                                              on campus

   At the podium                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Nursing earns statewide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             innovation award
   TSUS chancellor                                                                             Bridges to Life founder addresses                                                          LU hosts Commissioner                                                                              Faculty members of the JoAnne Gay Dishman Department
   keynotes winter                                                                             violent crime trauma                                                                       of Higher Education                                                                                of Nursing have won the statewide 2011 Teaching
   commencement                                                                                John Sage, founder of the Bridges to Life                                                                               Lamar University welcomed Raymund Paredes,                            Innovation Award from the Texas Organization of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education. The group
                                                                                               prison rehabilitation program, spoke Oct.                                                                               Texas Commissioner of Higher Education, Dec.
   Lamar University conferred                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                recognized the department for a disaster planning simulation
                                                                                               28 during a program presented by the                                                                                    8 to meet with higher education and K-12 leaders
   1,014 degrees during two                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  focusing on communication, teamwork, collaboration,
                                                                                               Lamar University Honors Program.                                                                                        in Southeast Texas. The discussions included pro-
   ceremonies at winter com-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 quality and safety, said Eileen Deges Curl, chair of the
                                                                                                     Sage, who also serves as executive                                                                                posed funding changes for Texas colleges and uni-
   mencement Dec. 18 in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  department. The award carries a $2,000 cash prize, which
                                                                                               director of Bridges to Life, has spoken at                                                                              versities as well as the progress Texas has made on
   Montagne Center. Brian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the department will match.
                                                                                               Lamar several times to report on the                                                                                    increasing the number of Texans going to college
   McCall, chancellor of the The

                                                                                                                                                                            LARRY ACKER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and new initiatives to increase the percentage of                           LU’s nursing faculty team, led by LeAnn Chisholm,
   Texas State University                                                                      continued growth of the program, which

                                                                               BRIAN SATTLER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       college students successfully completing a degree.                    instructor of nursing, collaborated with faculty members
                                                                                               began in Beaumont. Although he has

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     BRIAN SATTLER
   System, delivered keynote                                                                                                                   JOHN SAGE                                                                                                                                     from Lamar Institute of Technology to provide the third
                                                                                               spent most of his professional life in real                                                                                  Also, the Southeast Texas P-16 Council dis-
   addresses.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                annual interdisciplinary simulation experience for LU
                                        BRIAN MCCALL                                           estate and finance, Sage has earned honors for his efforts on behalf of                                                 cussed new developmental education initiatives at
        Graduates hailed from                                                                                                                                                              RAYMUND PAREDES                                                                                   nursing students and LIT allied health students. “Since
                                                                                               Bridges to Life. In 1993, Sage’s younger sister, Marilyn, was mur-                                                      Lamar University. The university’s distance learn-
   11 countries, 20 states outside Texas and 216 cities and towns in                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2006, Lamar University faculty in the JoAnne Gay Dishman
                                                                                               dered. The two killers were apprehended and sentenced to death.                            ing division is seeking K-12 input on new online courses and how to imple-
   Texas. The degrees include doctor of engineering and one doctor of                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Department of Nursing have been in the forefront in Texas
                                                                                                     “After several years of trauma, rage and grief, this life-changing                   ment them to best help K-12 schools meet education and reporting goals.
   philosophy in chemical engineering.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in the use of high-tech mannequins to simulate different
                                                                                               experience inspired John to found and direct Bridges to Life in an                              Paredes’ goals for closing the gaps begin early with an increased empha-
        When TSUS regents appointed McCall in April 2010 to serve as                                                                                                                                                                                                                         clinical situations to effectively teach students,” Curl said.
                                                                                               effort to empower victims and rehabilitate prisoners,” said Bridges to                     sis on the importance of early childhood education and cognitive develop-
   chancellor, they turned to a legislative leader with a solid track record
                                                                                               Life spokesman Jesse Doiron, an instructor of English and modern                           ment. The goals include creating a college-going culture in every pre-K-12
   of accomplishments. In the Texas House of Representatives, he
                                                                                               languages at Lamar.                                                                        school in Texas, increasing the rigor of the high school senior year, and align-
   chaired the House Calendars Committee and was a member of the
   Higher Education Committee. Texas Monthly magazine named him                                      Bridges to Life, a faith-based, non-profit charity, takes victims of                 ing high-school exit standards and college-entrance standards. At the higher-                                                  New VP joins
   one of the 10 Best Legislators of the 2009 session. Previously, McCall
   served as president of Westminster Capital Corp., an investment firm
                                                                                               crime, members of their families and other volunteers into prisons in
                                                                                               an effort to reduce recidivism and, thereby, effect a consequent reduc-
                                                                                                                                                                                          education level, Paredes’ goals include increasing state and federal financial
                                                                                                                                                                                          aid, overhauling developmental education and increasing transfer rates from                                                    admin team
                                                                                               tion in crime, Doiron said. Since 2000, Bridges to Life has experienced                    two-year to four-year institutions. Concurrently, he seeks to improve the                                                       Gregg Lassen has joined LU’s
   focused on acquisitions primarily in software and technology.
                                                                                               significant growth, with more than 11,000 inmate graduates, 800 vol-                       quality of undergraduate education and increase graduation rates while                                                          administrative team as vice
                                                                                               unteers and programs in 30 prisons throughout Texas, he said.                              improving educator quality for pre- and in-service teachers.                                                                    president of finance and opera-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tions. He comes from the
                                               NASA lecturer focuses                                                                                                                      South African ambassador speaks about                                                                                           University of Texas at Tyler,
                                                                                               LU, ExxonMobil present Rob
                                               on radiation                                                                                                                               multiculturalism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          where he had served as executive
                                                                                               Gardner in public lecture                                                                                                                                                                                                  vice president since 2006 with
                            Lamar faculty and students learned about                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GREGG LASSEN
                                                                                               The College of Engineering hosted the Academic Lecture Series Oct.                         Eric Bost, ambassador to the Republic of South                                                                                  a portfolio that includes all
                            space operations and the risks associated
                                                                                                                         25 with support from ExxonMobil. Rob                             Africa from 2006 to 2009, spoke Oct. 20 as part                                                    business affairs and student affairs functions.
                            with particulate radiation for both human
                                                                                                                         Gardner, manager of the Economics &                              of Lamar’s Cultural Enrichment Series.                                                                   “Gregg brings a track record of success and a lot of
                            and robotic exploration of space from
                                                                                                                         Energy Division Corporate Strategic                                    Bost has worked with the United States                                                       experience to the position,” said President James Simmons.
                            Richard Wilkins, director of the NASA
                               BRIAN SATTLER

                                                                                                                         Planning Department for Exxon Mobil                              and the United Nations on projects including                                                       “He has served in higher education since 2000 and has near-
                            Center for Radiation Engineering and
                                                                                                                         Corp. discussed “The Truth About Energy.”                        domestic and foreign relations, AIDS relief and                                                    ly two decades of corporate experience to draw on as well.
                            Science for Space Exploration. Wilkins is
    RICHARD WILKINS                                                                                                          A career that began with Mobil Oil in                        nutrition and consumer services. In January                                                              “He is not only adept at managing the financial and
                            also an associate professor in the electrical
                                                                                                                         Louisiana evolved into work for Mobil                            2009, he was named vice president for global                                                       business operations of a major university, he is also a life-
   and computer engineering department at Prairie View A&M.
                                                                                                                         Natural Gas in the new, expanding natural                        initiatives at Texas A&M University. His roles                                                     long learner who has continually enlarged his own world
                                                                                                                         gas marketing organization during the                            include providing leadership for the university’s                                                  through education,” Simmons said. “I am very pleased to
   Engineers learn about designing                                                              ROB GARNER               growing deregulation of U.S gas markets.                         international and globalization programs.                                                          welcome such a champion of higher education to the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             BRIAN SATTLER
   compounds                                                                                                             Beginning in 1990, Gardner began a                                     Bost discussed the importance of multicul-                                                   administrative team.”
                                                                                               decade of international assignments in the liquefied natural gas                           turalism in gaining international perspective.                                                           Previously, Lassen worked at the University of
   Lamar engineering students and facul-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Southern Mississippi and University of Phoenix, where he
                                                                                               (LNG) marketing area. He held positions in Indonesia, Qatar, Japan                         “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a           ERIC BOST
   ty participated in an invited lecture by                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  began his career as a faculty member in the Sperling School
                                                                                               and Singapore. He then returned to the U.S. and began a series of                          dynamic individual speak on our campus. By the
   Luke Achenie, professor of chemical                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of Business. He became a department chair and was associ-
                                                                                               management assignments in ExxonMobil’s Gas and Power                                       time they leave his lecture, I believe our students will understand the impor-
   engineering at Virginia Polytechnic,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ate dean before moving to Southern Miss. Higher education
                                                                                               Marketing’s Houston organization in both the domestic U.S. and                             tance of getting involved in international relations. Working for America in
   on computer-aided molecular and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           is a second career for Lassen; he spent 18 years in the energy
                                                                                               international areas. The group he manages today is responsible for                         an overseas capacity is beneficial, not only for our students, but also for the
   product design, an emerging research                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      industry, with assignments including financial and commer-
                                                                                               preparing ExxonMobil’s Energy Outlook.                                                     country’s image, economy and global stability,” said Dominic Beggan,
   area that addresses the systematic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cial management, regulatory affairs, business development,
                                                                                                                                                                                          assistant professor of political science and member of the university’s Cultural
   design of compounds with desired
                                                                               BRIAN SATTLER

                                                                                                                                                                                          Enrichment Series committee.                                                                       negotiations, marketing and auditing in a large corporate
   physical and chemical properties.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         environment. He holds a doctorate in international affairs
                                                      LUKE ACHENIE                                                                                                                                                                                                                           from the University of Southern Mississippi and a law
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             degree from the University of Houston.

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     on campus                                                                                                                                              on campus

                                                                                                                 LU raises                                                                                                             Biology major named LU’s
     Beyond the classroom                                                                                        admissions                                                                                                            third David J. Beck Fellow
     Kathlyn Doss, a senior computer science major           would be presented in a student-only section
                         from Beaumont, earned the           of the meeting. Prigmore is pursuing a doctor-      standards for                                                                                                                                                     Elisabeth Maxwell, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sophomore biology major
                               first-place award for a
                                   research paper pre-
                                                             ate at the School of Electrical, Computer and
                                                             Energy Engineering at Arizona State
                                                                                                                 Fall 2011                                                                                                                                                         from Beaumont, is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2011 recipient of Lamar
                                     sented at the presti-   University . . . The Department of Chemistry        As part of a continuing effort to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   University’s most presti-
                                      gious Association      and Biochemistry honored three undergradu-          enhance the academic environment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   gious undergraduate award,
                                       for Computer          ate students and four graduate students as win-     at Lamar University, undergraduate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the David J. Beck
                                       Educators in          ners in the department’s first student research     admission requirements will rise for
                                      Texas (ACET)           poster competition. Twenty-                                  students entering the univer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        David Beck presented
                                     conference in           two students presented their                                 sity in or after Fall 2011.
                                                                                                                                                             MATT MORRISON, DANNY ILES                                                                                             Maxwell with an engraved
                                    October. Her faculty     posters Sept. 8. Winners                                           “We want to do our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   medallion and certificate in
                                mentor, Stefan Andrei,       shared $1,500 in prize                                       best to attract and retain
                           associate professor of com-       money, said Paul Bernazzani,                                 good students and have            Anglers win regionals and                                                                                              a ceremony Nov. 29. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   also will receive a full

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               BETH GALLASPY
     puter science, describes the research topic as a        department chair.                                            found that having appropri-
     promising and novel method. The paper, “An              Undergraduate winners are                                    ate admissions standards is       $50,000 in prizes for club                                                                                             scholarship for one year—
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   including tuition, fees,
     Automatic Induction Proof for Program                   Jack Cochran of Newton,                                      one way to do that,” said         The team of Matt Morrison, a senior from Silsbee, and Danny Iles,               ELIZABETH MAXWELL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   books and on-campus
     Termination Analysis,” was the result of 10             first place; Joseph Trapasso,                                Kevin Smith, senior associ-       a sophomore from Hemphill, led all three days of competition at            room and board—and funding to pursue a summer project
     weeks of research during the summer through             Beaumont, second place; and Andrea Kelley of        ate provost. “These steps are part         the National Guard FLW College Fishing Texas Division Regional             proposed as part of her application packet.
     support of a National Science Foundation                Beaumont, third place. Graduate winners are         of a long-range plan to enhance            Championship on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The pair weighed a six-                   Maxwell, 20, plans to participate in a two-month internship
     grant, with Kami Makki, associate professor of          Cindy Dozier of Vidor, first place, and             admissions standards to stay               bass catch of 12 pounds 6 ounces for a three-day total of 51               with the South African Shark Conservancy to further her goal of
     computer science as principal investigator . . .        Raghavendra Pasupula, Jayanthi Sampathi and         competitive with our Texas public          pounds 4 ounces to win a top prize of $50,000, which includes a            becoming a marine biologist. She had researched the internship
     Xiongtao Yang, Ph.D. student                               Sravan Kovvuru, all of India, who won sec-       university peers.”                         Ranger boat and outboard wrapped in Lamar’s red and white for              previously but set it aside because she could not afford it. With the
     in chemical engineering, won                               ond and third places and honorable mention,            To qualify for unconditional         the winning club and $25,000 for the university. The team also             David J. Beck Fellowship, she will be able to pursue what she
     the 2010 Process Develop                                   respectively. The competition was sponsored      admission to Lamar University,             qualified for the National Championship. “Our goal coming into             describes as the perfect opportunity for the career she plans.
     Division Student Paper Award                               by the College of Arts and Sciences, the         students must have graduated from          this was to win it, and we accomplished that,” Iles said. The top                “One of the cool things about this internship is that you get
     for his study, “Dynamic                                    Sabine-Neches local section of the American      an accredited high school with at          five teams from each regional championship, 25 teams total, will           to participate in all the activities they have to do as a non-profit.
     Simulation and Optimization                                Chemical Society and the Lamar University        least 14 credits in specific college-      advance to the 2011 National Guard FLW College Fishing                     It’s not just doing research, but it’s how you get this kind of
     for the Startup Operation of                               Student Section of the Society of Plastics       preparatory courses and must               National Championship that will be hosted by Murray State                  organization going and keep it going,” Maxwell said. “They
     an Ethylene Oxide Plant.” His                              Engineers . . . Fourteen undergraduate           achieve a certain class rank and SAT       University on Kentucky Lake, April 7-9, 2011. The National                 do a lot of work with other agencies and the fishing industry
     manuscript has been published                              students presented the findings of their year-   or ACT score.                              Championship is a three-day televised event.                               and governmental institutions to work together on issues like
     in Industrial & Engineering                                long research projects at the 11th annual              Applicants ranked in the Top
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       overfishing and pollution.”
     Chemistry Research, with co-authors and fac-            McNair Scholars Research Symposium. The             10 percent of their high school class
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             A unique undergraduate fellowship program, the David J.
     ulty mentors Ku-yen Li and Qiang Xu . . . Howell        event is designed to help scholars prepare for      have no minimum SAT or ACT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Beck Fellowship was made possible by a generous gift to the Lamar
     Wright, a recent graduate of the doctoral pro-
     gram in educational leadership, was selected as
                                                             presentations at national conferences and to
                                                             allow them to share their work with family
                                                                                                                 score requirement.
                                                                                                                       Under new admissions
                                                                                                                                                          Mentoring program a finalist for                                             University Foundation from David J. Beck, a 1961 LU graduate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and founding partner of Beck, Redden & Secrest, LLP a boutique
     the 2010 Edward W Chance Dissertation
     Award winner by the National Rural
                                                             and friends, said Daniella Medley, LU’s McNair
                                                             Scholars Program director. The 2009-2010
                                                                                                                 standards, those in the Top 11
                                                                                                                 percent to Top 25 percent must
                                                                                                                                                          Texas Higher Education Award                                                 litigation firm in Houston. A distinguished alumnus, Beck created
                                                                                                                                                          Lamar University’s African-American Male Professional Connections            the fellowship to reward academic excellence and to allow top
     Education Association for his dissertation,             McNair Scholars at LU are Joshua Davis,             have a minimum score of 18 on the
                                                                                                                                                          Mentoring Program was one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Texas Higher          students to further challenge themselves.
     “The Role of the Superintendent in Closing              criminal justice/sociology, and Jade Paredez,       ACT or 850 on the SAT (combined
                                                                                                                                                          Education Star Award. The award recognizes programs that work                      “The fact that we have this fellowship says that Lamar
     the Achievement Gap in Diverse Small School             psychology, both of Beaumont; Julio Espassa,        math and critical reading).
                                                                                                                                                          diligently to provide valuable services to Texas and its people by           University puts the students first. It gives students an opportunity
     Districts” . . . Jay Prigmore, a May baccalaure-        computer science/mathematics/electrical             Applicants in the second quarter of
                                                                                                                                                          helping to close the gaps in education.                                      that they would otherwise never have,” Maxwell said.
     ate graduate of the Phillip M. Drayer                   engineering, Cameroon, Africa; Leslie Billot,       their high school class must have a
                                                                                                                                                                “Research shows that if a student identifies with a university, then         The event also included a presentation from the university’s
     Department of Electrical Engineering, present-          social work, Fannett; Jasmine Banks, political      minimum of 20 on the ACT or 930
                                                                                                                                                          he is more likely to stay at the institution, follow through to graduation   second Beck Fellow, Michael Zarzosa, a biology major from
     ed a paper, of which he was first author, titled        science, Fort Worth; Brittnee Rodriguez,            on the SAT. Those in the third quar-
                                                                                                                                                          and become a productive alumnus,” said Oney Fitzpatrick, interim asso-       Lumberton, about his summer spent performing research in
     “An IGCT-Based Electronic Circuit Breaker               psychology/pre-med, Groves; Humberto                ter must have a minimum of 24 on
                                                                                                                                                          ciate provost for student retention and program overseer and mentor.         Ambergris Caye, Belize. Zarzosa collected and analyzed samples
     Design,” at the 2010 Institute of Electrical and        Hernandez, biology, and Felicia Wenah, exercise     the ACT or 1090 on the SAT.
                                                                                                                                                          “The idea is to get these students to develop a sense of community on        from dogs to determine the prevalence of common parasites that
     Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Power                    science, both of Houston; Adam Smith,                     Under new admission standards,
                                                                                                                                                          campus and to recognize that there are people here who care about them       could be transferred to humans. He expects the research experience
     Engineering Society July meeting. The Power             sociology, Mauriceville; Beverly Paris, applied     applicants in the fourth quarter of
                                                                                                                                                          and want them to be successful.”                                             and the related academic paper he plans to produce to help him
     Engineering Society is the third-largest                arts and sciences, Nederland; Karla Obregon,        their high school class, those who
                                                                                                                                                                The program services about 50 students per semester by offering        achieve his goal of obtaining his doctorate in veterinary medicine
     professional society in the IEEE and provides           psychology/pre-medicine, and Carolina               were home schooled and those
                                                                                                                                                          informative guidance on campus resources like scholarships and services,     and a Ph.D. in public health.
     a meeting and discussion ground for energy              Ramirez, political science, both of Port Arthur;    graduating from schools that do
                                                                                                                                                          financial and graduate school planning, study skills and the opportunity           Beck Fellows work with a faculty mentor to complete their
     professionals worldwide. Prigmore’s paper was           Leanna Martin, history, Riverside, Calif.; and      not provide rankings will have their
                                                                                                                                                          to work with mentors in the community, including medical doctors,            summer projects. Maxwell and Zarzosa both selected Ana
     accepted under review as a regular paper rather         Mary Baswell, English, Vidor.                       applications evaluated on a case-by-
                                                                                                                                                          church pastors, business owners, university faculty and upperclassmen.       Christiansen, associate professor of biology, as their faculty mentor.
     than a student submission, the latter of which                                                              case basis.

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  ArtsCulture           &                                                                                                                                                                      Dave Steinmeyer, retired Air Force trombonist and former leader of the
                                                                                                                                                                                               Airmen of Note, was featured guest for the Lamarissimo! jazz concert
                                                                                                                                                                                               Oct. 5 to open the series’ 21st season. Steinmeyer took the spotlight
                                                                                                                                                                                               with the Lamar Jazz Ensemble for such standards as Just Friends and
                                                                                                                                                                                               Getting Sentimental Over You. An Air Force musician 28 years, he
                                                                                                                                                                                               performed at the White House for seven presidents and recorded with

                                                                                                             MICHELLE CATE
                 LU welcomes Dishman director
                                                                                                                                                                                               such stars as Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn and Joe Williams.
                                                                                                  When she was a
                                                                                             child growing up in
                                                                                                                             century architectural history as a Fulbright
                                                                                                                             Fellow at Université Laval. She earned her
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Colleagues in creativity                                                                                              Lamar’s Friends of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Arts orchestrated a
                                                                                                                                                                                                         The work of three artists, friends and colleagues came
                                                                                             Michigan, her father            doctorate in the history of art from the                                                                                                                                                            Rhapsody in LU March
                                                                                                                                                                                                         together in The Specious Instant Jan. 10-Feb. 18 at the
                                                                                             was an avid antiques            University of California at Berkeley.                                                                                                                                                               19 when they presented
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Dishman Art Museum with works by Steve Hodges
                                                                                             collector, and her                   A true Francophile, Dandona is fluent
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ’63, Justin Varner ’05 and Jakob Christmas ’02.                                                                         Le Grand Bal, a gala
                                                                                             mother owned a shop             in French and has been traveling to France
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hodges, a longtime art faculty member who died                                                                          evening of art, fine
                                                                                             that sold local artists’        on a regular basis since she was 14. As an
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Aug. 18, 2010, was Christmas’ and Varner’s teacher                                                                      dining, dancing and
                                                                                             works. “I grew up sur-          undergraduate, she spent a year at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and quickly became a mentor to both. They critiqued                                                                     entertainment. The
                                                                                             rounded by art and              Sorbonne and the School of the Louvre.
                                                                                                                                                                                  one another and collaborated extensively. The exhibition featured Varner’s                                                                     black-tie event honors
                                                                                             antiques,” she said.                 “Dr. Dandona is a significant addition
                                                                                                                                                                                  charcoal drawings and Christmas’ and Hodges’ oil paintings. “The show is                                                                       Judy and James Black
                                                                                                  As an undergrad-           to our program,” said Russ Schultz, dean of
                                                                                                                                                                                  a clear example of cross-pollination, of the mutations that wind their way                                                                     of Beaumont for their
                                                                                             uate at Brown                   the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

                                                                                                                                                                                  circuitously through separate and distinct
                                                                                             University, she initially       “She brings to us a tremendous background                                                                                                                                                           contributions to
                                                                                                                                                                                  bodies of work, each informed by the
                                                                                             wanted to study inter-          in art history, as well as an understanding of                                                                                                                                                      Lamar, the community
                   Jessica Dandona                                                                                                                                                other,” Christmas said. “It is a chronicle of
                                                                                             national relations, but         the relationship of the Dishman Art Museum                                                                                                                                                          and the arts. Le Grand
                 Lamar’s Dishman Art Museum is more than             she had an epiphany while studying Gothic               to the academic setting.”                                                                                                                                    Bal, now in its 37th year, is the major annual fund-raiser that
                                                                                                                                                                                                           in dialog and the
                 a building filled with paintings, prints, pho-      cathedrals in an art-history class. Dandona                  Dandona looks forward to directing the                                                                                                                  benefits the College of Fine Arts and Communication.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           sometimes con-
                 tographs and sculptures. For Jessica                was so moved by their beauty that she decid-            museum and plans to host exhibits with                                                                                                                       Michele (Yennie) ’88 and Mitch Smith are event chairs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           scious, but mostly
                 Dandona, the museum’s new director, it is a         ed to change her major course of study.                 broad appeal, such as a showing of contem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           unconscious, effects                                                           Activities included a reception and silent art auction from 7
                 gathering place for the community. “The role             The young scholar graduated magna                  porary comic-book art and a quilt exhibition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           on the resulting                                                               to 9 p.m. in the Dishman Art Museum, with a gourmet buf-
                 of the museum in our society is to provide a        cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in the               “Art is essential,” she said. “It allows us to see
                                                                                                                                                                                                           creative output.”                                                              fet, dancing and entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight in
                 forum to talk about ideas,” said Dandona,           history of art and French studies before mov-           our world anew.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Montagne Center . . . The Dishman Art Museum hosted
                 also an assistant professor of art.                 ing to Quebec for graduate research in 18th-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Gulf Print Storm, billed “a printmaking extravaganza,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nov. 15-20. Organized to promote fine-art printmaking, the
                 Sanderson’s Faded Love                              missed opportunities in the pursuit of impos-
                                                                     sible dreams, with some of the characters
                                                                                                                             British history,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          conference featured exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures and
                 Jim Sanderson’s second collection of short                                                                                                                                                                                                                               live printmaking events. It was the only event of its scale on
                                                                     showing up from Sanderson’s novels and his              details in his
                                             stories, like many of                                                                                                                                                                                                                        printmaking to occur on the Gulf Coast, said Xenia
                                                                     first story collection, Semi-Private Rooms.             fifth book
                                             his other literary                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Fedorchenko, associate professor and guest curator.
                                                                           Andrew Geyer, author of Siren Songs               Theodore
                                             works, takes place                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Attracting artists and students from Alabama, Louisiana,
                                                                     from the Heart of Austin, writes: “The charac-          Roosevelt’s 15-
                                             deep in the heart of                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas, it was the first of what
                                                                     ters Sanderson weaves in and out of these               month African
                                             Texas. “As                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   organizers hope will be a triennial national event,
                                                                     sometimes side-splitting, sometimes gut-                hunting expe-
                                             Hemingway said,                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fedorchenko said . . . Presenting annual awards Feb. 13, the
                                                                     wrenching stories are the people whose                  dition in what
                                             ‘Write what you                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Southeast Texas Arts Council honored recently retired art
                                                                     poignantly rendered lives resonate long after           he calls “a
                                             know,’” said                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 professor Meredith “Butch” Jack as Outstanding Arts
                                                                     the last page has been turned.”                         vignette” of this time in the president’s life.
                                             Sanderson, profes-
                                                                                                                             Theodore Roosevelt Abroad: Nature, Empire                                                                                                                    Educator; the late Ruth and Rex Goode for Outstanding
                                             sor of English.
                                                                                                                             and the Journey of an American President was                                                                                                                 Support of the Arts; and retired history professor Naaman
                                                                     Thompson talks Teddy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JOEL GROTHE
                                                  He took the
                                                                                                                             published by Palgrave McMillan in 2010.                                                                                                                      Woodland Jr. for Outstanding Support of Humanities . . .
                 collection’s title – Faded Love – from the Bob      J. Lee Thompson, professor of history,                        “There’s a saying that Roosevelt wanted                                                                                                                Michael Saar, reference librarian and assistant professor of
                 Wills song of the same name, with the               understands the interesting looks he receives           to be the groom at every wedding and the                                                                                                                     library science, directed the Beaumont Community Players’
                 clichéd sentimentality written into the story-      when he tells people he is a British historian.                                                                 As part of its fall season, Lamar Theatre presented A Lesson Before Dying, based
                                                                                                                             corpse at every funeral. He liked being the
                 line, said Sanderson, who sums up the stories       “It’s the same way I look at Britons who tell                                                                                                                                                                        production of Art, presented in February and starring David
                                                                                                                             center of attention, and people either loved            on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines and adapted for the stage by Romulus Linney. In
                 in one word: twice-bitten. Ink Brush Press          me they are American historians,” said the                                                                      this scene, Thaddeaus Green of Orange, guest artist Christopher Murray ’10 of                        Hooker ’68, ’74, Glenn Teeter and Keith Huckabay.
                                                                                                                             him or hated him,” Thompson said. “His
                 published the book in October 2010.                 Austin native, “It’s a look that says, ‘Why are                                                                 Beaumont, Amber Belton of Houston and Kristen Davis of Houston pray together in
                                                                                                                             larger-than-life presence made the research
                       The story cycle follows an interconnect-      you doing that?’”                                                                                               jail before the impending execution of Jefferson (portrayed by Davis) for a crime he
                 ed set of characters through hard living and              After authoring four books rooted in                                                                      did not commit. Ron Zank, visiting instructor of theatre, directed the play.

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ArtsCulture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I cared for him like a father. He is the reason
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for every success in my life since the day I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “My drawing teacher was gifted in that     met him.”—Calvin Carter ’00,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            he could teach you how to draw if you             Jasper, Texas
                                                                                      R E M E M B E R I N G . . .                                                                                           wanted to learn. He was a soulful person too
                                                                                                                                                                                                            . . . and imparted some of that, as well. He      “Never confrontational, always questioning,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and I were very close, and that proximity         always asking for more exploration, he deter-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            exists for me today in my art and in my life.”    minedly forced me, sometimes kicking and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            —Paul Manes ’72, ’82, New York, New York          screaming the whole way, to experiment with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              color, shape and movement . . . I am grateful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for his insistence in stretching my imagina-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tion and for his firm hand in enlightening
                                                                                                                                                        “Jerry taught me that making art never has          “To this day, Jerry inspires me to get up early

                                                                                      he legacy of Professor Jerry Newman—a mentor, friend                                                                                                                    me.”—Kim (Chen) Allen ’76, ’95,
     “When I reflect on my life and how I have arrived at                                                                                               to end . . . He showed me that the creative         and stay up late doing what I am so privi-
                                                                                      and father to his students for more than four decades—                                                                                                                  Lumberton, Texas
     this point in time, I see a great number of steps—some                                                                                             process is reflected beyond the realms of art .     leged to be able to do—paint . . . He chal-
                                                                                      came to life full circle as more than 50 of his proteges
     short and some very tall. . . . In those reflections . . . I                                                                                       . . He taught me how to approach living.”—          lenged me at every level . . . no matter what
                                                                                      paid him tribute with an awe-inspiring exhibition in the
     remember Jerry helping me onto many of those tall                                                                                                  Mike Kennaugh ’86, Houston, Texas                   I accomplished . . .
                                                                                      Dishman Art Museum. “Jerry had a very, very devoted
     steps, pulling me up, whether I was ready or not.”—                                                                                                                                                    all I could ever
                                                                                      following,” said guest curator Lynne Lokensgard,
     Kyle Young ’90, Bellaire, Texas                                                                                                                                                                        get from him was,                                            “His influence has gone from the
                                                                    University Professor of Art and Newman’s colleague and friend of more
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Hey, boy, you’re                                            lessons of a teacher to being a core
                                                                    than 30 years. Lokensgard coordinated the exhibit with Newman’s wife,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            coming along.’ I                                             element in my creative ability. To this
                                                                    Pattee, who, the curator said, selected the artists and created the impetus
                                                                                                                                                                                                            realized many                                                day, after creating hundreds of pieces
                                                                    for the show. “When he passed away (in 2008), so many students came to
                                                                                                                                                                                                            years later, this                                            of sculpture and casting many tons of
                                                                    pay tribute to him that we had the idea of organizing this exhibition as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            was Jerry’s way of                                           bronze, art feels like oil painting.”
                                                                    more formal way for them to pay their respects and to display the tremen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            saying, ‘I love                                              —David Iles ’73, Denton, Texas
                                                                    dous influence he had on their lives,” Lokensgard said. “He will be missed
                                                                                                                                                                                                            you.’ . . . Jerry
                                                                    for his kind nature and ability to instill a love of art in his students.” Titled
                                                                                                                                                                                                            was able to
                                                                    A Homecoming, the exhibition showcased more than 100 drawings, paint-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            inspire each of us
                                                                    ings and sculptures in a variety of styles. Newman taught at Lamar more
                                                                                                                                                                                                            in our own personal way.”—Bruce Tinch
                                                                    than 40 years. “It was just wonderful, and Jerry would have been so hon-                                                                                                                  “Perhaps (Newman’s) greatest gift to me was
                                                                                                                                                          “When I draw, I feel the crisp, white             ’72, Arlington, Texas
                                                                    ored,” Pattee Newman said. Here are some of the reflections on Jerry                                                                                                                      his advice to me when he said, ‘If you’re
                                                                                                                                                          paper beneath my fingers. The texture is
                                                                    Newman’s legacy.                                                                                                                                                                          going to paint cowboys, you need to step in
     “Jerry’s impact on my life reaches far beyond subject                                                                                                comforting, and with this familiarity, the        “Jerry Newman took a bunch of obstinate,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cow dung.’ I like to think he taught me that
     matter, painting technique or artistic endeavors . . . His                                                                                           smooth charcoal lines flow across the             small-town incognizants and patiently
                                                                    “Exactly 46 years ago, I walked into Jerry Newman’s class as a freshman art                                                                                                               life ain’t a dress rehearsal; you need to live it
     words of wisdom and encouragement are a permanent                                                                                                    plane. As these lines appear, the words of        showed us how to create and appreciate art.
                                                                    student . . . Little could anyone have known the profound impact this                                                                                                                     like it’s a command performance.”—Red
     part of my being.”                                                                                                                                   my teacher admonish me to ‘keep it                He taught us to focus on the essentials of
                                                                    encounter would have on my life and career. Jerry, who was in the early                                                                                                                   Allen ’90, Beaumont, Texas
     —Amy (Koski) Richard ’84, Gainesville, Florida                                                                                                       light’ . . . ‘think about every little stroke.’   the image and gave us the discipline and
                                                                    stages of his teaching career, had the patience and wisdom to work with a
                                                                                                                                                          . . . Not only did Mr. Newman teach us            freedom to explore.”—David Miller ’82,
                                                                    talented but raw 19-year-old. My father died that same year, and, in many                                                                                                                 “This was a kind man who took great satis-
                                                                                                                                                          to paint; he taught us important life les-        The Bronx, New York
                                                                    ways, Jerry became a surrogate father, as well as mentor . . . Jerry was my                                                                                                               faction when his students succeeded . . .
                                                                                                                                                          sons . . . His legacy continues each time
                                                                    great teacher . . . His enormous spirit fills my studio today.”                                                                                                                           Many times, we never saw him coming but
                                                                                                                                                          I hear him tell me to ‘keep it light.’”           “Mr. Newman was, and still is, the driving
                                                                    —John Alexander ’68,                                                                                                                                                                      felt his presence . . .”
                                                                                                                                                          —Angela (Robin) Osborne ’81, ’95,                 force behind my art. I still hear his words of
                                                                    Amagansett, New York                                                                                                                                                                      —Mary Grace (Bookman) Levacy ’01,
                                                                                                                                                          Port Neches, Texas                                wisdom every time I pick up a brush or pen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beaumont, Texas
                                                                                                                                                                                                            cil. Mr. Newman cared for me like a son, and
                                                                    “I met Jerry when I was a young
                                                                    student, insecure and uncertain                                                                                                                                                           “Newman pointed out the path and then
                                                                    about what to study and what to                                                                                                                                                           walked it with me. He still does.”
                                                                    do with the rest of my life . . . He                                                                                                                                                      —Laura Lee (Burchfield) Scott ’95, ’04,
                                                                    took me under his wing . . . and                                                                                                             “Newman sculpted everything                  Beaumont, Texas
     “Jerry’s genuine interest in every student in his class, to    taught me most of what I needed                                                                                                         I do as an artist . . . (He) helped define
     help them grow and develop their own visions and               to know about art, but also about                                                                                                       the person I am today. He is everything
     goals was an inspiration . . . I never ceased to stand in      what is important in life and love,                                                                                                     I do.”
     awe of Jerry’s vast knowledge about art and his wisdom         about commitment and persever-                                                                                                          —Scot Meents ’92, Port Neches, Texas
     about the whole of life.”                                      ance . . . Just like him, I became a
     —Betty (Allen) Iles ’59, ’65, ’94, Lumberton, Texas            professor of art at a university, returning the gift he gave me to other
                                                                    young students.”—Richard Davis ’66, Denton, Texas

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                                          A sea of red. A field of green. A rainbow arching over a sold-out stadium.
                                          Bagpipes. A parade of players. Marching band, dancers, twirlers, flag corps.
                                          Flyover and fireworks. Fans walking blocks to get there. Tailgaters emitting
                                          captivating aromas and camaraderie. Reunions: football, Techsans, Cards,
                                          Marching Band, Class of 1960. Red, White and You—and Get Your Red On.
                                          Football is back. Cardinal spirit soars. Next season: A new altitude.

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                                                                                                                                                                        try title The men’s cross country team cap-       of eligibility remaining, he should be a fac-        certainly a very
                                                                                                                                                                        tured its fifth consecutive Southland             tor in our team and our program for a long           prestigious honor
                                                                                                                                        • major brands like Under
                                                                                                                                                                        Conference title with a dominating per-           time,” Head Coach Ray Woodard said.                  to represent the                    LARRY TIDWELL
                                                                                                                                          Armour and Nike
                                                                                                                                                                        formance this past fall at Bayou Din Golf         “This is one of the big things we wanted to          country of the Bahamas as their head coach
                                                                                                                                        • wide range of unique
                                                                                                                                                                        Club. The Cardinals finished with 38              do when we started football back up at               at the highest level,” Tidwell said. “I am very
                                                                                                                                          products from auto acces-
                                                                                                                                          sories and collectibles to    points, well ahead of runner-up McNeese           Lamar, was to give local guys a place to             committed to get their senior team back to a
                                                                                                                                          office and school supplies    State’s 70 points. The Cardinals had three        come home and play.” . . . Jayme Bazile              level that competes for championships with
                                                                                                                                                                        runners earn all-conference honors by plac-       named First-Team All-SLC Middle blocker              the ultimate goal of being in the Olympics.”
                                                                                                                                                                        ing in the top 10. Bob Ahimbisibwe, last          Jayme Bazile had a breakout sophomore                       Tidwell noted the team will compete in
                                                                                                                                                                        season’s SLC Freshman of the Year, led            season for                                           the Caribbean Championships, the
                                                                                                                                                                        Lamar with a second-place finish. LU’s            the Lamar                                            Centrobasket Championships, the FIBA

                                                                                                                                                         MATT BILLIOT
                                                                                                                                                                        Matt Johnsen was third in 24:50.1, while          University                                           Americas Championships, the Pan-American
                                                                                                                                                                        Tallam Kipruto was seventh in 25:13.3 . . .       volleyball team                                      Games and other FIBA-certified tournaments
      Clarence “Pick Kea ’86, Billy Tubbs ’58, Norman Bellard ’79 and Paul Zeek                                                                                         Men’s cross country has Freshman and              in 2010, and                                         during Lamar’s offseason.
                                                                                                                                                                        Newcomer of the Year Two members of the           the Southland

                     he 1978-79 basketball                       Not only did Tubbs’ confident Cardinals          commissioner of the Southland Conference)             cross country team received major acco-           Conference
                     season saw the first team            qualify for the Big Dance, they performed a             to go with me to Chicago where the NCAA                                   lades from the Southland      honored those
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Former LU star Sarbaugh
                     in school history advance            stunning Texas                                                                      presidents were                               Conference. Matt Johnsen      efforts by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               named Manager of the Year
                     to the NCAA Division I               Two Step over                                                                       meeting, and we                               was named Freshman of         naming her                                           Mike Sarbaugh ’93, who starred at shortstop
                     Tournament. Coached by               18th-ranked and                                                                     lobbied for an                                the Year, while junior        First-Team All-                                      for Lamar University over the 1986-1989
                     Billy Tubbs ’58 and assis-           highly favored                                                                      automatic bid for                             transfer Tallam Kipruto       Southland                                            seasons, was honored recently as the 2010
   tant Dennis Walsh, the team included B.B.              Detroit in the first                                                                our conference.                               was tabbed as Newcomer        Conference.                                          Minor League Manager of the Year.
   Davis -81, Clarence “Pick” Kea ’86 and                 round. The                                                                                “Once the            MATT JOHNSEN                                                                                                Sarbaugh, who has spent 21 years as a
                                                                                                                                                                                            of the Year. Johnsen was      Bazile, from Beaumont Ozen, was one of
   Norman Bellard ’79—three former players                Cardinals’ 95-87                                                                    NCAA granted a                                the top freshman finisher     12 players named to the All-SLC First                player, hitting coach and manager in the
   who remain actively involved with Lamar                shocker delivered                                                                   bid to our confer-                            at the Southland              Team as selected by the league’s head                Cleveland Indians’ organization, was voted to
   today. Those Cardinals went 23-9 overall and           that night in                                                                       ence, our players                             Conference                    coaches and media relations directors . . .          receive the prestigious award after guiding the
   9-1 in the Southland Conference and set a              Murfreesboro,                                                                       were determined                               Championships, placing        Women’s cross country earns national honor           Class AAA Columbus Clippers to both the
   standard for what became the most successful           Tenn., may never                                                                    to be the first team                          third to help Lamar win       The women’s cross country team was                   International
   run in Lamar basketball history.                       have occurred,                                                                      to win it.”                                   its fifth consecutive men’s   named as a 2010 Division I All-Academic              League title
                                                                                                                                                                         TALLAM KIPRUTO
        Tubbs, now special assistant to the presi-        Tubbs disclosed,                                                                          Not only did                            championship. Kipruto, a      Cross Country program by the U.S. Track              and the Triple-
   dent at Lamar and consultant for athletics,            had it not been for                                                                 the brash Cardinals       transfer from South Plains College, won his       & Field and Cross Country Coaches                    A national
                                                                                                                                          MATT BILLIOT

   remembers the 1978-1979 Cardinals as both              a little offseason                                                                  win it, they won it       first three races in a Lamar uniform. He          Association (USTFCCCA).                              championship.
                                                                                   B.B. Davis –81, Billy Tubbs ’58 and Norman Bellard ’79
   a misjudged and underestimated team.                   politicking he           (in background)
                                                                                                                                              in a runaway—by a         placed seventh at the SLC meet . . . Former             The Lady Cardinals had a cumulative                  “Mike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MIKE SARBAUGH
        “A lot of people thought we were a                instigated.                                                                         three-game margin         Silsbee star Jeremy Johnson transfers to          GPA of 3.45 and a GPA of 3.23 for the fall           has been
   cocky and arrogant team,” said Tubbs, who                     “The previous season, we finished in a           over Louisiana Tech and Southwestern                  Lamar Jeremy Johnson, one                         semester. Lamar had three runners, Sam               successful at every path he has taken as a
   compiled a 121-89 record over two stints as            tie with McNeese State for the conference               Louisiana.                                            of the most highly sought                         Walkow, Nora-Beth Saunders and Elzbieta              manager,” said Chris Antonetti, Cleveland’s
   Lamar’s head coach. “What they failed to               championship, and we both had good clubs                      “It was a wonderful thrill to me to have        after quarterbacks in the                         Gawron, with perfect 4.0 grade-point aver-           general manager. “His ability to relate excep-
   grasp was that it was simply a very confident          but neither one of us went anywhere (in the             the opportunity to coach those young men,”            nation, is transferring from                      ages. Other members of the team were                 tionally well to every player, to teach and
   team—one that played with a lot of pride               playoffs),” said Tubbs. “After that happened, I Tubbs said. “They were a fun bunch to be                      West Virginia to play foot-                       Taylor Cloy, Katrine Vaesel, Angela                  develop and consistently win are attributes
   and a lot of emotion. It was a team that               convinced Hig (J.B. Higgins, then Lamar’s               around, and I still cherish the memories they         ball for Lamar University.                        LaBorde, Emily Carpenter Daisy Cantu,                that make him an excellent candidate as he
   expected to win and to do big things.”                 director of athletics) and Dick Oliver (then            left me with.”—RW                                            Johnson, a Silsbee                         Tessa Denis and Sharon Sason.                        continues moving through our system.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                       JEREMY JOHNSON

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 SLC honors Lamar                                                                                                                                                                                    DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD:
 66 athletes attain GPAs of 3.00 or
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Vernon Durden
 Lamar student-athletes found success on
 the playing field and in the classroom dur-
 ing the fall 2010 semester as 66 Cardinals                                                                                                                                                                                                               development, guest speakers, and athletic and community service
 were named to the Southland Conference                                                                                                                                                                                                                   activities. Lamar’s AAMP program is another opportunity Durden
 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 embraces because it enables him and other mentors to align them-
       The fall honor roll includes student-                                                                                                                                                                                                              selves with students pursuing advanced education. He’s also active as
 athletes who took part in men’s and                                                                                                                                                                                                                      president of the Beaumont chapter of the 100 Black Men of America
 women’s cross country, football, volleyball                                                                                                                                                                                                              group, one of fastest growing of the 116 chapters nationwide that
 and women’s soccer. The honor roll recog-                                                                                                                                                                                                                work to educate and empower African-American young men and
 nizes student-athletes who maintained a                                                                                                                                                                                                                  teens. In addition, Vernon is president of the board of the Southeast
 minimum 3.00 grade point average.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Texas Food Bank, on the board of the United Way of Beaumont, and
       Lamar’s total of 66 was tied for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          regional chair for the Southeast Texas region of Employer Support

                                                                                                                                                                  MATT BILLIOT
 fourth most among the 12 member institu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for the Guard and Reserve.
 tions, while the 13 LU student-athletes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LARRY ACKER
 who posted a perfect 4.0 grade point aver-                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Johnnie is a member of the The Links Inc., an international
 age ranked second among all SLC schools.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 non-profit corporation of professional women of color in 270

                                                       erhaps no name is more synonymous                    “Billy Tubbs is a legendary figure in the bas-                        Vernon and Johnnie Durden
       “We know the importance of aca-                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chapters nationwide. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest
                                                       with the storied Lamar University basket-       ketball community and has left a lasting legacy at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          volunteer service organizations committed to enriching, sustaining

 demics, and we’re especially proud that                                                                                                                                                                 ernon ’04 and Johnnie Durden ’00 haven’t been
                                                       ball tradition than Billy Tubbs. That           Lamar University—first as a player, then coach
 the overall GPA for our student-athletes                                                                                                                                                                sidelined by retirement. While                                      and ensuring the culture and economic survival of
                                               name, along with his wife of 52 years, Pat,             and finally athletics director,” said President
 was a 3.0, and that includes all 17                                                                                                                                                                     most people look forward to                                         African-Americans. As a member of Top Ladies of
 sports,” said Athletics Director Larry        became a permanent part of the basketball legacy        James Simmons. “His success as the men’s bas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         slowing the pace, this China                                        Distinction, she helps teenagers plan their career
 Tidwell.                                      Feb. 19 when the Montagne Center floor was              ketball coach could not have been possible with-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         couple has embraced a life of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “I can think of no               goals and futures. She also serves as a member of
                                               named “Billy & Pat Tubbs Court” in their honor.         out the loving support of his wife, Pat, so it is
       He credited Helene Thill, Rose
                                                    Tubbs, who played at Lamar from 1955-57            only fitting that the playing court in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         giving back and setting a posi-    better time in the               the Art Museum of Southeast Texas advisory board,
 Hubbard, Rob McDermand, Tommy Collins
 and tutors for “an outstanding effort in      under Jack Martin, is now in his 27th year of           Montagne Center bears their names.”
                                                                                                                                                                                 tive example for many young people in the Golden               history of                   Communities in Schools and is a substitute teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             for the Beaumont school district.
 achieving this high plateau of academic       service to his alma mater. Just the 28th coach in            The ceremony took place during the annual
                                                                                                                                                                                 Triangle. During their brief periods of relaxation,         Beaumont to be                        Included on their walls are their Lamar
                                                                                                                                                                                 they prefer to saddle up either on their Harleys for
 excellence.”                                  NCAA history to record 600 career wins, Tubbs           basketball players reunion weekend and honored
                                                                                                                                                                                 a cross-country jaunt or on their champion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             associated with                 University diplomas—among their most valued
                                               currently serves as special assistant/consultant to     Tubbs’ 1978-79 team, the first in school history to
                                                                                                                                                                                 Tennessee Walkers for a lazy afternoon ride through         the growth and                  recognitions. Vernon earned a certificate in industri-
 Student athlete                               the president.                                          advance to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
                                                                                                                                                                                 the pasture.                                               progress of Lamar                al electricity and electronics before joining
 graduation rate sixth                                                                                                                                                                 “Once you retire and people find out you have           University...”                ExxonMobil in 1970. He continued his education
 in state
 The NCAA Division I student-athletes
                                               Naming honors Coach Gilligan                                                                                                      all this time to give, somehow your name gets to
                                                                                                                                                                                 the top of everybody’s list,” Vernon said. “But,
                                                                                                                                                                                 what we found out is when you’re helping people,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                —VERNON DURDEN '04
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             periodically throughout the years, but became more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             serious about finishing his bachelor’s degree when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Johnnie enrolled at Lamar and began pursuing her
 continue to show record graduation rates,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             degree in earnest. Vernon has also served on the

                                                    im Gilligan’s way has proven to be a reliable      Parkway and past Vincent-Beck Stadium to                                  the time spent is good quality time, and we just
 the organization announced recently.
       In the statistics released on gradua-        formula for Lamar                                                     University Drive.                                      enjoy that so much.”                                                     Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board.
 tion rates for Texas student-athletes who          University baseball                                                        Gilligan is a Lamar                                     From their small horse ranch west of Beaumont, the Durdens              On being selected a distinguished alumnus, Vernon said, “I can
 enrolled as freshmen from 2000-01             through 33 seasons and almost                                              graduate, having earned a                              offer their time and talents to the community by serving on numer-       think of no better time in the history of Beaumont to be associated
 through 2003-04, Lamar University ranked      1,200 victories.                                                           bachelor’s degree in 1969                              ous advisory boards and mentoring organizations. The walls and           with the growth and progress of Lamar University, one of our
 sixth in the state at 73 percent.                   So, it was appropriate that                                          and a master’s in 1970.                                tables of their home are dotted with plaques and awards as memen-        greatest assets. This recognition is both a surprise and distinct honor
       Private institutions dominated the      Beaumont City Council voted                                                     In coaching the                                   toes of their outreach. The majority of their time is spent mentoring    that I will treasure the rest of my life. As an alumnus, there is no
 four top spots, with Rice, Southern           unanimously this past summer                                               Cardinals for 33 seasons, he                           young adults in organizations such as Ben’s Kids Brighter Futures        greater honor.”
 Methodist, Texas Christian and Baylor         to rename a section of East                                                guided LU to 10 Southland                              Mentoring Program, 100 Black Men of America and Lamar                         Johnnie completed her bachelor’s degree a year before retiring
 taking the lead. The highest ranked state     Florida Avenue to Jim Gilligan                                             Conference championships,                                                                                                       in 2001 as an auditor at DuPont. Although they completed their
                                                                                                                                                                                 University’s AAMP program, an academic success and leadership
 school, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi,
                                               Way in honor of the head                                                   two SLC zone titles, four                              development program for African-American male students.                  formal education late in their careers, Johnnie said, they did so to be
 achieved a 78 percent four-year gradua-
                                               coach, who ranks sixth among                                               conference-tournament                                        Vernon is a mentor for the Ben’s Kids organization, which          an example to nieces and nephews and the young people they are
 tion rate for its student-athletes. Lamar’s
                                               the NCAA’s active coaches in                                               championships—the most                                 matches at-risk students with advisers who help them make positive       mentoring. “Our thought was,” Johnnie said, “if we are going to
 graduation rate also exceeded those of
 Texas A&M and the University of Texas.        career victories.                                                          recent in 2010—and                                     personal choices. Each mentor in the organization invests his or her     speak to these kids about the value of an education in their lives, we
                                                     Jim Gilligan Way extends                                             12 NCAA Regional                                       time to help a young person improve his or her life through character    had better walk the walk ourselves.”—LA
                                               from Martin Luther King Jr.                                                appearances.

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                        DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA:                                                                                                                                DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS:
                        Grace England                                                                                                                                        Bill Macatee

                                                                                  One of the first students to earn a bachelor’s degree in
                                                                             elementary education at Lamar, England went on to earn her
                                                                             master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at the University
                                                                             of North Texas and her Ph.D. in child development and special
                                                                             education at Texas Woman’s University.
                                                                                  England has worked as a consultant for U.S. Department of
                                                                             Defense Dependents Schools worldwide and for a variety of school
                                                                             districts in Texas. She has participated in educational training sessions
                                                                             around the world and
                                                                             presented at conferences
                                                                             across the country and
                                                                             internationally. She cur-
                                                                             rently serves as an edu-
                                                                             cational consultant for                                                                                                                                                       Bill Macatee with 2010 U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal

                                                                             the Spring Branch                                                                     ill Macatee ’78 has become a familiar face and voice             I’ve been lucky enough to do play-by-play in everything from golf to
                                                                             school district and as an                                                             of authority at some of the biggest sporting events in           sumo wrestling to the NFL,” Macatee said. “So much of the prepara-
                                                                                                                                                                   the world.                                                       tion for the life and the career I’ve had comes from my time at Lamar.”
                                                                             assistant professor of
                                                                                                            Grace and Bill England                                                                                                        After graduation, Macatee moved on to television stations in
                                                                             education at University
                                                                                                                                                              From the Masters and PGA Championship in golf to the U.S.             Kansas City and Dallas before joining NBC at age 26, becoming the
                                                                                              of St. Thomas in Houston.                                  Open, French Open and Wimbledon in tennis to                                                  youngest network sportscaster in the industry. With

                           race (Davis) England ’55                                                   England credits Lamar with providing a sup-        play-by-play for weekly NFL broadcasts, Macatee is                                            NBC, he covered events including the World Series,
                           has touched countless lives
                                                                 “It gave me                  portive environment, encouragement and opportu-            a veteran television sports broadcaster with unparal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “So much of the                  the Super Bowl, Wimbledon and college bowl
                           as a teacher, special education                                    nities that opened the door to valuable experiences        leled versatility. With CBS Sports since 1995,                                                games and served as sports correspondent for “The
                                                              an opportunity to                                                                          Macatee provides insightful coverage of some of            preparation for the                Today Show.” With the USA Network, he anchored
                           administrator, college                                             as a teacher, administrator, special educator and pro-
                           professor and educational
                                                              think back to the                                                                          the most prestigious golf and tennis tournaments           life and the career                coverage of numerous sports specials and major
                                                                                              fessor. She still recalls the words of her professor in
                                                             beginning of a really                                                                       internationally each year. In addition to his NFL             I’ve had comes                  events, including the 2006 Olympic Winter Games
                                                                                              her first education class at Lamar: “‘We of one gen-
        A trailblazer in the field of special education,
                                                                exciting career                                                                          responsibilities, he has handled play-by-play for col-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from my time at                  in Torino, Italy. He served as co-host of CBS cover-
                                                                                              eration must teach those of another generation how         lege basketball, including the NCAA Tournament,                                               age of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games from
   England has been recognized as Professional of the        and to recall all the            to live in yet another generation.’ That magnificent       and hosted CBS Sports Spectacular events for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lamar.”                     Nagano, Japan. In addition to his work with CBS,
   Year by the International Council for Learning              people at Lamar                challenge became a guidepost for my career.”               skiing, figure skating, and track and field.                      —BILL MACATEE '78           Macatee currently is an executive producer and
   Disabilities and has been commended by the Texas           who boosted me                          Working with both children and with future              His many successes in sports broadcasting                                                anchor with cable’s Tennis Channel.
   Senate for her work. She became director of special        along the way in                teachers has been rewarding. “In special education
                                                                                                                                                         build on the dedication and hard work he showed                                                    Macatee said he is proud to be a Lamar
                                                                                                                                                         even before he began his studies at Lamar. Macatee got his start in        University graduate and is honored to be recognized as a 2011
   education for Klein school district, a fast-growing,        ways that I now                there’s another component, and that’s working with
                                                                                                                                                         broadcasting as a teenager doing radio newscasts in El Paso. While in      distinguished alumnus. “This is significant for me. It’s the first thing
   Houston-area district, just days before passage of a         can genuinely                 the families,” she said. “I have such a respect for        college in San Marcos, Macatee became weekend sports anchor at the         I’ve asked my family to attend,” Macatee said. “I’m proud of the
   federal law mandating appropriate public education           appreciate and                families and how they accommodate and maneuver             NBC affiliate in Austin. That led to a job at Beaumont’s KBMT as           growth of the university. It’s grown not just in scope but in its
   for children with disabilities. At Klein, she led an            respect.                   their lives so they can give the children they have the    sports director and led Macatee to transfer to Lamar to complete his       prominence nationally.”
   effort to establish one of the first Early Childhood                                       support they need.”                                        degree in speech. At 21, with a full-time job and full course load,              Macatee said he thought back to his Lamar days often while
                                                                   —GRACE ENGLAND ’55                                                                    Macatee said he was “stuck between being a kid and being a                 teaching sports media for two years as an adjunct professor at
   Intervention programs in the state to provide serv-                                                Grace England said she was “overjoyed” by the
   ices such as speech therapy and physical therapy to                                                                                                   grownup.”                                                                  Chapman University, where his daughter, Caitlin, is now a student.
                                                                                              honor. “It gave me an opportunity to think back to
                                                                                                                                                              Macatee said he was impressed then and is pleased now by all          He also serves on the advisory council of Lamar’s College of Fine
   infants and toddlers with disabilities to better prepare them             the beginning of a really exciting career and to recall all the people      Lamar has to offer, including the quality of its teaching and the          Arts and Communication. Macatee makes his home in Newport
   for school. To her long list of honors, England adds the title of 2011    at Lamar who boosted me along the way in ways that I now can                diversity of its student body. “It really prepared me for traveling        Beach, Calif., and Dallas.—BG
   distinguished alumns.                                                     genuinely appreciate and respect.”—BG                                       internationally and having a broad world view. During my career,

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          class notes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lamar offers trip to Normandy, Paris
                                                                                                       sumer sciences, live in Silsbee.                   Department of Transportation. They live in                               .
                                                                                                                                                                                                              tion from Stephen F Austin State University.

    W     e hope you enjoy reading about former classmates. If you have news
          to share – a position announcement, milestone, achievement,
    wedding, baby – or know the whereabouts of a lost alumnus, we want
                                                                                                       Sam Dell ‘Olio ’63, B.B.A. marketing, works
                                                                                                       for Texas State Bank in Galveston, where he
                                                                                                       lives with his wife, Miriam.

                                                                                                                                                          Bill Worsham ’65, B.S. physical education,
                                                                                                                                                          ’72, M.Ed. secondary education, retired as
                                                                                                                                                                                                              She retired and lives in Anahuac.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Robert Sutton Jr. ’69, B.B.A. marketing, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                              owner of Sutton Enterprises in Beaumont,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Journey inaugurates new travel program
                                                                                                                                                          athletic director from Lamar State College-         where he lives with his wife, Brenda.
                                                                                                       Ken King ’63, B.A. history, earned a master’s
    to hear from you.                                                                                                                                     Port Arthur after 42 years in education. He

                                                                                                       degree in public administration from the
                                                                                                                                                          and his wife, Carolyn, live in Port Arthur.
                                                                                                       University of Oklahoma. He lives in Flower                                                                                                                  Lamar University has initiated its
           Send us your news:                                                                          Mound with his wife, Dorothy (Curtis) ’66,         Ken Buss ’66, B.B.A. accounting, owns a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Alumni and Friends travel program
           Write to Cadence, P.O. Box 10011, Beaumont, TX 77710,                                       B.S. elementary education.                         computer business and lives in Carrollton           Ron Beaumont ’70, B.S. electrical engineer-
                                                                                                                                                          with his wife, Carolyn (Minter) ’65, B.S. ele-      ing, earned a master’s degree from Stanford          beginning with a May 2011 nine-
           e-mail or call (409) 880-8421.                                      Robert Tolar ’63, B.S. mathematics, earned a
                                                                                                                                                          mentary education, ’76, M.Ed. elementary            University and is chief executive officer for        day trip to Normandy and Paris,
                                                                                                       master’s degree from the University of Texas
                                                                                                                                                          education.                                          Hypercube in Lancaster. He lives in
                                                                                                       at Austin and a doctorate from Texas A&M.                                                                                                                   which filled up quickly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Grandview with his wife, Linda.
                                                      A&M. He is a retired school teacher and

                                                                                                       He is a professor at College of the Canyons        Dr. Sam Showalter ’66, B.S. biology, recently
                                                      lives in Spring with his wife, Pat. They have    in Valencia, Calif., where he lives with his       celebrated 40 years in dentistry. He and his        Larry Mills ’70, B.B.A. accounting, is princi-            Through the new LU program,
                                                      two sons.                                        wife, Debra.                                       wife, Gail (Cawley) ’70, B.S. speech, live in       pal officer for Funchess, Mills, White and           travelers will encounter the life,
    Tommy Walker ’48, A.A. general studies,                                                                                                               Nederland.                                          Co. in Beaumont, where he lives with his
    earned a medical degree from Baylor College
                                                      Larry Badgett ’63, B.S. mathematics, ’64, B.S.   Margaret (Pugh) Bostic ’64, B.S. speech, ’75,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              wife, Maryann.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   people, history, art, architecture,
                                                      electrical engineering, earned a master’s        M.S. health and physical education, and her        Jim Tarbett Jr. ’66, B.S. electrical engineering,
    of Medicine. He lives in Eugene, Ore.
                                                      degree in electrical engineering from the                                                                                                               Barbara Richards ’70, B.S. home economics,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   food, wine and culture of the
                                                                                                       husband, Leroy, celebrated their 50th wed-         ’70, M.E.S. electrical engineering science,
    The Port Arthur Evening Sertoma Club              University of Southern California and a mas-     ding anniversary with a traditional wedding        works for JAT Engineering Inc. and lives in         is in her 37th year as an educator and teach-        destination region and city. Trip
    awarded the Service to Mankind award to           ter’s degree in business from Pepperdine         ceremony Dec. 4, 2010, at the Botanical            Beaumont.                                           es high school career and technology at
    Herbert Stafford Jr. ’49, A.A. general studies.   University. He retired as an executive from      Gardens in Beaumont, where they live.                                                                  Homer Hanna High School in Brownsville.
                                                                                                                                                          Carole (Cobble) Wills ’66, B.B.A. secretarial
                                                      Aerospace Electronics in Huntington Beach,                                                                                                              She lives at Rancho Viejo.                        “Making great trips available for
                                                                                                       Richard Dalton Sr. ’64, B.S. geology, earned a     science, is head of school at the Briarwood
                                                      Calif., where he lives.
                                                                                                       master’s degree from University of                 School in Houston, where she lives with her         Bill Scott ’70, B.S. government, was honored      our alumni and friends is one
                                                      Billy Caraway ’63, B.B.A. general business, is   Oklahoma. He works for Acadia Exploration          husband, Jim ’66, B.S. mathematics, ’68,            with the Boy Scouts of America 2010
    Howard Graff ’51, A.A. general studies, ’53,      county judge for Hardin County. He and his       Corp. as a consulting geologist. He lives in       M.S. mathematics.                                   Society Award. He lives in Nederland with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tangible way we can say ‘thank
    B.S. biology, is retired and lives in Hamshire    wife, Kay (Busby) ’96, B.S. family and con-      Houston with his wife, Sharon.
                                                                                                                                                          Sandra (Thomas) Baker ’67, B.S. elementary
                                                                                                                                                                                                              his wife, Gay (Duckworth) ’80, B.B.A.             you’ for the terrific support they
    with his wife, Carvelynne.                        sumer sciences, ’99, M.S. family and con-                                                                                                               accounting.
                                                                                                       John Gilbert ’64, B.S. industrial engineering,     education, retired as a teacher in the Garland                                                        have given to Lamar University,”
    James Bolton ’54, B.S. physical education, is                                                                  earned a master’s degree from          school district after 37 years. She lives in        Lannie Tucker ’70, B.S. health and physical
    a retired sales executive and lives in Port                                                                    Purdue University. He has been         Sachse with her husband, Bob.                       education, earned a master’s degree from                    — JUAN ZABALA,
    Arthur with his wife, Jimmie.                                                                                  principal of the John Gilbert Co.,                                                                    .
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stephen F Austin State University and a                     Executive Director of Alumni Affairs
                                                                                                                                                          Helen (Pate) Reynolds ’67, B.A. English,
                                                                                                                   a national healthcare executive                                                            doctorate from Texas Woman’s University.
    Charles Alexander ’58, B.A. history, and his                                                                                                          earned a master’s degree in English from the
                                                                                                                   search firm, for 17 years and lives                                                        She retired from teaching and is a flight
    wife, JoAnn, celebrated their 50th wedding                                                                                                            University of Arkansas, retired from teaching                                                            organizer Alumni Holidays
                                                                                                                   in San Luis Obispo, Calif., with                                                           attendant for American Airlines and lives
    anniversary and live in Hamilton, Ohio. He                                                                                                            and lives in Nederland.
                                                                                                                   his wife, Marian, who is a concert                                                         in Euless.                                           International has conducted trips
    earned his master’s degree and doctorate
                                                                                                                   pianist.                               Donna (Lemmon) Sherrick ’67, B.S. music,                                                                 for universities across the globe for
    from the University of Texas. He is distin-                                                                                                                                                               Bill Caughman ’71, B.S. biology, is a sales
                                                                                                                                                          retired from teaching and lives in
    guished professor of history emeritus at                                                                       Betty (Wade) Merwin ’64, B.S.                                                              representative for Wyeth Pharmaceutical. He          nearly 50 years. A campus director
    Ohio University.                                                                                               elementary education, ’81, M.Ed.                                                           lives in Sugar Land with his wife, Patsy.
                                                                                                                   elementary education, retired          Bill Stoehs ’67, B.B.A. management, earned a                                                             travels with each group, and expert
    Tom Willard ’59, B.S. chemistry, earned a                                                                                                                                                                 Sue (Russell) Dismukes ’72, B.B.A. secretarial
    doctorate from Tulane University and is pro-
                                                                                                                   from a 34-year teaching career         master’s degree in business from Fairleigh
                                                                                                                                                                                                              science, retired from the city of Beaumont           English-speaking guides conduct daily tours. Plans include spring and summer trips in 2012, which
                                                                                                                   and lives in Everton, Ark.             Dickinson University. He is retired and lives
    fessor emeritus at Florida Southern College
                                                                                                                                                          with his wife, Catherine, in Hudson, Fla.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              human resources department after 35 years            will be announced in the next issue of Cadence.
    in Lakeland, Fla., where he lives with his                                                                     Ike Porter -64, physical education,                                                        of service. She lives in Beaumont with her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “The expertly planned itinerary balances the benefits of group travel with leisure time, and best
    wife, Barbara.
                                                                UPCOMING                                           is a minister, author and record-
                                                                                                                   ing artist. He lives in Port Arthur.
                                                                                                                                                          Michael Wilson ’67, B.S. sociology, ’71,
                                                                                                                                                          M.B.A. business administration, lives in
                                                                                                                                                                                                              husband, Tom.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of all, participants will travel amid the camaraderie of Lamar University alumni and friends,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Diana (Cline) Schneider ’71, B.S. speech, ’81,
                                                               ALUMNI EVENTS                                       Herman Weber ’64, B.S. govern-
                                                                                                                   ment, earned a master’s degree in
                                                                                                                                                          Savannah, Ga., with his life partner, Leo
                                                                                                                                                          Monroe Jr. ’94, B.S. interior design.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              M.Ed. counseling and development, was one
                                                                                                                                                                                                              of 12 teachers in Texas presented with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Camille Mouton, vice president for university advancement. Participation in the program is not
                                                               All events require reservations.                                                                                                                                                                    limited to Lamar University alumni, Mouton said.
    Larry Drayer ’60, B.S. electrical engineering,                                                                 public administration from             Merri (Beatty) Biser ’68, B.A. English, and         2010 Outstanding Teaching of the
    and his wife, Anna (Hopkins) ’60, B.S. speech,           (409) 880-8921 • (800) 298-4839                       Cornell University and retired as      her husband, Roy, celebrated their 40th             Humanities awards. She teaches in the                      Lamar alumni, faculty and friends from Beaumont, Houston, Dallas, Louisiana, Missouri and
    celebrated their 50th anniversary. They live                                                                   personnel director for the city of     anniversary in June. They live in Houston.          Hardin-Jefferson school district and lives in        California will travel to Normandy, where travelers will visit the historic and scenic Honfleur on the
    in Austin. Both of his brothers, Jerry ’60,
                                                                                                                   Pasadena, where he lives with his                                                          Beaumont.
    B.S. electrical engineering, and Phil ’67, B.S.                                                                wife, Loretta.
                                                                                                                                                          Karen (Rowland) Richardson ’68, B.S. music,                                                              Seine. From there, they will travel to the Caen Memorial, one of the best World War II museums in
    electrical engineering, are Lamar graduates.                                  •                                Harold Baker ’65, B.S. chemistry,
                                                                                                                                                          ’77, M.M. music education, retired as a
                                                                                                                                                          teacher of gifted and talented elementary stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Doug Simpson ’71, B.S. biology, ’73, M.S.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              biology, is president and chief executive offi-      the world, and visit the Omaha Beach Memorial. They will tour the Place de Vieux Marché in Rouen
    John Hunt ’60, B.S. secondary education,                                                                       earned a doctorate degree from         dents and lives in Beaumont with her hus-           cer of Corgenix Medical Corp. in                     where Joan of Arc was put to death, Bayeux where a beautiful tapestry depicts the events leading to
    earned his master’s in zoology and botany                Thursday, April 14, 2011 | 5:30pm                     Tulane University. He works for        band, Ronnie ’70, B.S. graphic design, ’82          Broomfield, Colo. He lives in Boulder with
    from Stephen F Austin State University and
                    .                                          Austin Area Alumni Reception                        Luminex Corp. as a senior scien-       M.Ed. counseling and development. He                his wife, Cathleen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the Norman invasion of England, and a pilgrimage site in Lisieux as well as a cheese facility there.
    his educational doctorate from Baylor
                                                                      Top of The Oasis                             tist in Austin, where he lives.        retired as a coordinator of guidance and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ellen (Hamblett) Wahlberg-Carlisle ’71, B.S.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Normandy is the Cradle of Impressionism so another highlight of the trip will be a visit to Giverny,
    University. He is professor of curriculum and                                                                                                         counseling and high school art teacher.
    instruction and science education at
                                                                                                                   Sally (Pearson) Montague ’65, B.S.                                                         home economics, is assistant director for            the site of Claude Monet’s pastoral home, colorful gardens and studio. The tour ends in Paris where
    Mississippi College in Clinton. He lives in
    Pearl, Miss.
                                                                                  •                                elementary education, was an
                                                                                                                   educator for 35 years, retired and
                                                                                                                                                          Robbie Bates ’69, B.B.A. accounting, works
                                                                                                                                                          for Bailes Bates and Associates as a certified
                                                                                                                                                                                                              special nutrition programs for the southwest
                                                                                                                                                                                                              region of the U.S. Drug Food and Nutrition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   travelers will see the Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and
                                                                                                                   is living at Lake Livingston with      professional accountant in Sugar Land,              Service. She lives in Dallas with her hus-           numerous other historical sites, as well as the Louvre, Musée d´Orsay and other wonderful museums.
    Joe Wilson ’60, B.S. geology, is retired from
                                                                Friday, May 6, 2011 | 5:30pm
                                                                                                                   her husband, Bruce.                    where he lives with his wife, Mary.                 band, Charlie.                                             Tours include accommodations at first-class hotels, extensive meal programs and abundant time
    Hood Packaging Corp. and lives in Tyler                            Baseball Tailgate
                                                                                                                   Clinton Smith ’65, B.B.A. general      Pat (Sherburne) Groben ’69, B.S. chemistry,         Steve Bayless ’72, M.B.A. business adminis-          to sample authentic regional specialties at featured local restaurants.
    with his wife, Judy. He has served as a volun-                  Vincent Beck Stadium                           business, and his wife, LaVerne,       works for MEMC Pasadena. She lives in               tration, is principal officer for Bayless
    teer at various national parks.
                                                                                                                   celebrated their 50th wedding          La Porte, with her husband, Scott.                  Consulting. He lives in Katy with his wife,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         For questions about the new Alumni and Friends Travel Program, call the University Advancement
    Don Henderson ’62, B.S. secondary educa-                                                                       anniversary in August 2010. He                                                             Lou.
                                                                                                                                                          Barbara (Fullerton) Smith ’69, B.S. elementary                                                           office at (409) 880-8419.
    tion, earned a master’s degree from Texas                                                                      is retired from the Texas
                                                                                                                                                          education, earned a master’s degree in educa-

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    Lark (Wiltshire) Bernini ’72, B.S. secondary     Charles McFarland ’73, B.B.A. accounting, is      economics, teaches in the                                                   Supervisors Association        the Bridge City school district, where he          Charley Lowe Jr. -82, health and physical         Madison, Ala., with his wife, Janelle.              Paul Loftus ’84, M.S. psychology, is an indus-
    education, is production coordinator for the     a manager for Halliburton in Houston. He          Bridge City school district.                                                named Dianne (Smith)           lives with his wife, Sandra.                       education, works for Eastham Forge in                                                                 trial/organizational psychologist for Paul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Robert Griggs ’83, A.A.S. drafting technolo-
    TV series Brothers and Sisters and was in        lives in Katy with his wife, Cindy.               She lives in Orange with                                                    Timberlake ’78, B.S. ele-                                                         Beaumont, where he lives.                                                                             Loftus & Associates in Montreal, Canada,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bruce Olson ’80, drafting technology, is man-                                                        gy, is senior technician for International
    Beijing for six months working on the movie                                                        her husband, Thomas.                                                        mentary education, ’07,                                                                                                                                                                 where he lives with his wife, Avy.
                                                     Faye (Montagne) Parish ’73, B.A. mathemat-                                                                                                                   ager of M-M Design in College Station,             Steve Lucas ’82, B.B.A. finance, is senior vice   Specialty Products in Port Neches, where he
    Karate Kid. She lives in Sherman Oaks, Calif.                                                                                                                                  M.Ed. educational lead-
                                                     ics, ’94, M.Ed. secondary education, is the       Kathy (Girolamo) Attaway                                                                                   where he lives.                                    president of Wells Fargo in Beaumont, where       lives.                                              Marcia (Miller) Stevens ’84, M.Ed. education-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ership, District 5
    John Corrent ’72, B.S. oceanographic tech-       secondary mathematics coordinator for             ’76, B.S. elementary edu-                                                                                                                                     he lives with his wife, Robin.                                                                        al leadership, was honored as the first recipi-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Assistant Principal of the     Kathy (Fitzgerald) Turner ’80, B.A. sociology,                                                       Aaron Patterson ’83, B.M. music education,
    nology, is owner and manager of Structural       Bridge City school district. She lives in         cation, ’83, M.Ed. educa-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ent of the Capital One Community
                                                                                                                                                                                   Year. She works at China       is a provider resiliency trainer for the Army.     Mark Martin ’82, B.S. health and physical         works for the Pasadena school district as an
    Illusions. He lives in Sandy, Utah.              Orange.                                           tional leadership, is assis-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spotlight award, which recognizes a local
                                                                                                                                                                                   Elementary School in the       She lives in San Antonio with her husband,         education, ’94, M.Ed. school administration,      elementary music specialist at Garfield
                                                                                                       tant professor of educa-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            business leader who has had a significant
    Annette (Parigi) Fehrenbacher ’72, B.A. math-    Deborah (Gill) Queen ’73, B.S. elementary                                                                                     Hardin-Jefferson school        David.                                             is principal at Hamshire-Fannett Middle           Elementary School. He lives in Houston.
                                                                                                       tional leadership at Lamar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          positive impact. She and her husband, The
    ematics, is a retired teacher and lives in       education, was elected to the board of the                                                                                    district. She lives                                                               School. He and his wife, Robyn ’02, B.G.S.
                                                                                                       University. She lives in                                                                                   Babe White ’80, A.A.S. industrial electricity,                                                       Driscoll Staley ’83, B.S. electrical engineer-      Honorable John B. Stevens Jr. ’74, B.A. gov-
    Vienna, W.Va., with her husband, Robert.         Texas Forest Trail Region for the 2011 fiscal                                                       Visit                     Beaumont.                                                                         general studies, have two daughters, Kirstey
                                                                                                       Village Mills.                                                                                             ’81, B.S. industrial technology, was inducted                                                        ing, works for Invista as maintenance man-          ernment, live in Beaumont.
    Phil Gerik ’72, B.S. secondary education,
                                                     year. She is executive director of the                                    Donald Young ’78, B.S.                            into the Epsilon Pi Tau International Honor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and Kortney, who are attending Lamar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ager in Victoria, where he lives with his wife,
                                                     Beaumont Botanical Gardens. She lives in          Karen (Williford) Lee ’76,                                                                                                                                    University.                                                                                           Robert Bartlett ’85, B.B.A. marketing, is dis-
    works for Region 12 Education Service                                                                                                         for Cardinal gear                communication, is senior       Society for Professions in Technology in                                                             Cynthia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           trict sales manager for AstraZeneca. He lives
                                                     Silsbee.                                          B.S. music education,
    Center as a field agent. He and his wife,                                                                                                                                      account manager for            Nashville. He is a senior systems analyst for      Cynthia (Boutte) Thibodeaux ’82, A.A.S. busi-
                                                                                                       retired as a middle school                                                                                                                                                                                      Naomi Arabie ’84, B.S. elementary education,        in Plano with his wife, Diane.
    Cathy (Neumann) ’72, B.S. speech, live in        Tweed Scott Chouinard ’74, B.B.A. market-                                                                                     TopSide Media in Austin,       space station training facility at Johnson         ness data processing, and Mike Thibodeaux
                                                                                                       choir director. She lives in Orange with her                                                                                                                                                                    teaches math in High Island, where she lives.
    Waco. Their son, Matthew ’01, B.S. commu-        ing, is owner of Texas Cool Wear, an author                                                             where he lives.                                      Space Center in Houston. He lives in               celebrated 25 years of marriage June 8 with                                                           Ross Boothman ’85, B.M. music education,
                                                                                                       husband, Dale ’72, B.A. history.
    nication, also is an alumnus.                    and professional speaker. He lives in Cypress.                                                                                                               Dickinson with his wife, Yvonne (Collins) ’79,     a Caribbean cruise. They have two daugh-          Bill Dixon ’84, B.S. electrical engineering, is     ’06, M.Ed. school administration, is presi-
                                                                                                                                                             Toni (Passmore) Anderson ’79, B.M. music,
                                                                                                       Tom Noyola ’76, B.S. criminal justice, ’05, M.S.                                                           certif. nursing.                                   ters, Courtney and Tayla. They live in            senior staff systems engineer for Lockheed          dent-elect of the Texas Music Educators
    Quenton Jackson ’72, B.S. mechanical engi-       Warren Clark ’74, B.A. government, earned a                                                             earned a master’s degree in vocal perform-
                                                                                                       applied criminology, is Tech Prep/ESL coordi-                                                                                                                 Beaumont.                                         Martin. He lives in Coatesville, Pa.                Association. He lives in Lumberton, where
    neering, is territory sales manager for          law degree from Texas Tech University and                                                               ance from the New England Conservatory               Franchette (Bertrand) Bledsoe ’81, B.S. ele-
                                                                                                       nator for Lamar Institute of Technology. He                                                                                                                                                                                                                         he is high school band director.
    Monsanto in Senoia, Ga., where he lives          works in Amarillo, where he lives with his                                                              and a doctoral degree from Georgia State             mentary education, ’91, M.Ed. school               Terry Welch ’82, B.S. electrical engineering,     David Dornes ’84, B.S. sociology, works secu-
                                                                                                       lives in Groves with his wife, Mayra.
    with his wife, Joyce.                            wife, Cynthia.                                                                                          University. She published a book, Tell Them          administration, is a principal in the West         earned a master’s degree in business from         rity for Allied Barton. He lives in Beaumont.       Lou (Orton) Burgin -85, nursing, is student
                                                                                                       Maggie Perkins ’76, B.B.A. office administra-         We Are Singing for Jesus: The Original Fisk          Hardin school district in Saratoga. She lives      Northwood University. He is site manager                                                              admissions assistant senior for Lamar
    David Lewis ’72, B.S. environmental science,     Nelson Fernandes ’74, B.S. electrical engi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Linda Eddy ’84, B.S. elementary education, teach-
                                                                                                       tion, is lead human resources specialist for          Jubilee Singers and Christian Reconstruction,        in Sour Lake with her husband, Thomas.             and vice president of operations for BP                                                               University. She lives in Vidor.
    ’78, M.S. biology, received the Big Thicket      neering, is senior project engineer for AK                                                                                                                                                                                                                        es at Dishman Elementary in the Beaumont
                                                                                                       Valero Services in Port Arthur. She lives in          1871-1878. She lives in LaGrange, Ga.                                                                   America in Decatur, Ala. He lives in
    Association’s R.E. Jackson Conservation          Steel Inc. in Rockport, Ind. He lives in                                                                                                                     Cliff Bolton ’81, B.G.S. general studies, ’85,                                                       school district. She lives in Beaumont.
    Award Oct. 9 at the Big Thicket National         Newburgh, Ind., with his wife, Elizabeth.                                                               Charles McBride Jr. ’79, B.S. communication,         A.A.S. industrial electricity, is a systems ana-
    Preserve Visitor Center. He is a retired                                                           Anita (Prince) Watson ’76, M.Ed. supervision,         ’88, A.A.S. computer electronics and robot-          lyst at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in
                                                     Paula (Welch) Quick ’74, B.S. elementary edu-
    chemist and avid mycologist.                                                                       is retired from the Beaumont school district,         ics, teaches science at West Brook High              Houston, where he lives with his wife,
                                                     cation, ’85, M.Ed. secondary education, is
                                                                                                       where she lives.                                      School in Beaumont. He lives in Port                 Dena.
    Lana Parker ’72, B.S. elementary education,      superintendent of Burkeville schools. She
    is named 2010-11 School Board Trustee of
    the Year by the Texas Classroom Teachers
                                                     lives in Jasper with her husband, David ’70,
                                                     B.S. secondary education, who is retired
                                                                                                       Ron Borel ’77, B.B.A. accounting, is chief
                                                                                                       financial officer for Triangle Waste Solutions

                                                                                                                                                             Larry Moon ’79, B.S. chemical engineering, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Elizabeth (Evers) Braun ’81, B.S. mechanical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  engineering, has published her first novel,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     FROM YOU
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    Association. She is school board president in    from ExxonMobil and also taught in the            in Port Arthur. He lives in Orange.                   principal officer for Zephyr Environmental           Tampico’s Gold. She lives in Ludwigshafen,
    Port Neches-Groves, where she lives.             Burkeville district.                                                                                    Corp. in Austin, where he lives with his wife,       Germany, with her husband, Thomas.
                                                                                                       Benjamin Eaglin ’77, B.S. health and physical
    Betty (Gaspard) Peebles ’72, B.S. speech,        Bill Urquhart ’74, B.S. electrical engineering,   education, works for Valero Energy. He and                                                                 Charlotte (Dominy) Edwards ’81, B.S. elemen-
    teaches in the East Chambers school district.    earned a master’s degree and law degree           his wife, Patricia, live in Beaumont.                 Glen Weldon ’79, B.S. electrical engineering,        tary education, earned a master’s degree in
    She lives in Hamshire with her husband,          from Indiana University. He is president of                                                             is global manufacturing advisor for                  elementary education from Stephen F. Austin
                                                                                                       Tommy Goth ’77, B.B.A. management, ’80,
    Corky.                                           International Chemical and Polymer and                                                                  ExxonMobil in Baytown. He lives in                   State University and teaches in the La Porte
                                                                                                       M.B.A. business administration, is senior
                                                     lives in Estes Park, Colo.                                                                              Houston with his wife, Kathryn.                      school district. She lives in Baytown.
    Jerry Whittredge ’72, B.S. chemical engineer-                                                      vice president financial advisor for UBS in
    ing, is retired and lives in Tampa, Fla.         Terry Weatherford ’74, B.S. electrical engi-      Beaumont, where he lives with his wife,               Iris (Laday) Williams ’79, B.A. English, ’79,        Judy Lehner ’81, B.S. health and physical
                                                     neer, retired from ExxonMobil and lives in        Sherry (Jones) ’78, B.S. elementary educa-            M.Ed. supervision, is retired and lives in           education, ’86, M.Ed. counseling and devel-
    Keith Chatham ’73, B.B.A. management,
                                                     Nederland with his wife, Wanda. They have         tion, ’86, M.Ed. school administration. She           Beaumont.                                            opment, is counselor at Hamshire-Fannett
    owns Precision Fit Golf in Kerrville, where
                                                     three children, Wesley, Traci and Tiffany.        is a retired educator.                                                                                     Middle School. She lives in Beaumont.
    he lives.                                                                                                                                                Tadarell Woods ’79, A.A.S. industrial electric-

    Billy Curl ’73, B.S. music, ’78, M.M.E. music
                                                     Robert Cuddy ’75, B.S. health and physical        Paul Krenning ’77, B.B.A. general business, is        ity, ’80, B.S. industrial electricity, is analyzer   Kathy (Williams) Smith ’81, B.A. English, ’09,                      Give securely online
                                                     education, is a certified instructor for          operations coordinator for BASF in                    technician for Oxy Vinyls in La Porte. He            M.Ed. administration, is director of special
    education, retired as assistant superintendent
                                                     Raytheon Technical Services in Wichita,           Beaumont. He lives in Hamshire with his               lives in League City with his wife, Hyacinth.        programs in the Hardin school district where
    of the Port Neches-Groves school district
    after a 37-year career in education. He lives
                                                     Kan., where he lives.                             wife, Tina.                                                                                                she taught English and Spanish for 29 years.                        Lamar University is a vibrant center of knowledge and learning, comprised of student scholars,
    in Port Neches with his wife, Barbara
    (Copeland) ’87, M.E. elementary education,
                                                     Victor Higginbotham ’75, B.S. art education, is
                                                     creative director for Victor Higginbotham
                                                                                                       Don Pippen Sr. -77, business, and his wife, Jo
                                                                                                       Ellen, celebrated their 50th wedding anniver-
                                                                                                                                                              80s                                                 She lives in Liberty with her husband,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  David, who works on Alaska’s North Slope.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They have two sons.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      involved faculty, innovative research facilities and more. Our mission is to engage graduates,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      families, friends, corporations and foundations in the life of the University. We also seek to
    who teaches at Ridgewood Elementary              Creative in China, where he lives.                sary on Aug. 28. They live in Beaumont.                Terry Ingram ’80, M.Ed. educational leader-
    School in the same district.                                                                                                                              ship, and his wife, Susan (Teel) ’72, B.S. ele-     Doug Farmer ’82, B.S. mechanical engineer-
                                                     Donald Hilton ’75, B.S. mechanical engineer-      Lee Romero ’77, B.S. criminal justice, earned
                                                                                                                                                              mentary education, retired from the                 ing, earned a master’s degree from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      encourage financial investment in Lamar University’s programs and scholarships. We are
    Jane (Borell) Dunn ’73, B.S. mathematics, was    ing, earned a master’s degree from the            a law degree from South Texas College of
    chosen as Region 5 Teacher of the Year           University of Houston and works for               Law and is an assistant district attorney in
                                                                                                                                                              Beaumont school district. They live in Frisco.      Pennsylvania State University and works for                         most grateful to our many alumni and friends who choose to support Lamar University with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  INVISTA as a senior research associate. He
    among secondary teachers. She teaches in the     Commonwealth Engineering and                      Conroe, where he lives.                                Mike Kiger ’80, B.S. health education, is head                                                                          financial gifts. If you are considering a gift to Lamar University, we encourage you to use the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lives in Greensboro, N.C.
    Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district      Construction as director of engineering in                                                               network tester for CenterPoint Energy. He
                                                                                                       Rosemary Banda ’78, B.S. criminal justice, is
    and lives in Orange.                             Houston. He lives in Chappell Hill.
                                                                                                       logistics manager for Crown Logistics. She
                                                                                                                                                              and his wife, Cheryl, live in Spring.               Connie (Hembree) Galloway ’82, B.B.A.                               Lamar University online giving option now available.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  accounting, is accounting manager for
    Candice (Zummo) Haggard ’73, B.S. health         Ronnie Melancon ’75, B.S. physical educa-         lives in Porter.                                       Sam Kittrell ’80, A.S. law enforcement, ’89,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Advanced Pharmacy in Houston. She lives
    and physical education received a Wayne          tion, is branch manager for Helena Chemical
                                                                                                       Diane (Ramby) Daniels ’78, B.S. elementary
                                                                                                                                                              B.S. criminal justice, retired as chief of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in Missouri City.
    Reaud Excellence in Education award. She         Co. in Winnie. He lives in Nome.                                                                         Orange Police Department after serving as
    teaches eighth grade at Central Middle
                                                                                                       education, ’89, M.Ed. school administration,
                                                                                                                                                              chief since 1987.                                   Kathleen (Hood) Haskins ’95, B.A. English,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Select the “GIVE NOW” button.
                                                     Vivian (Rogers) Skillman ’75, B.S. elementary     retired as superintendent of the Kountze
    School in Nederland and is in her 37th year                                                                                                                                                                   teaches language arts for Ehrhart School in
                                                     education, completed training to be a foster      school district at the end of a 32-year career.        Tom Morris ’80, A.A.S. drafting technology,
    of teaching. She lives in Nederland.                                                                                                                                                                          Beaumont, where she lives. She won the                              Large or small, your gift keeps students learning and LU growing.
                                                     grandparent. She lives in Beaumont.               She lives in Kountze.                                  is principal electrical/instrument designer for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  inaugural Warren Adler Short Fiction
    David Lightfoot ’73, B.B.A. marketing, ’74,                                                                                                               NANA WorleyParsons. He lives in New
                                                     Robert Smithson ’75, B.A. political science,      Robert Noffke ’78, B.S. industrial engineering,                                                            Competition, and her story is included in the
    B.B.A. accounting, is manager at Luminant                                                                                                                 Orleans with his wife, Paula.
                                                     earned a master’s degree in history from the      is industrial technology manager for BP                                                                    book by Warren Adler, An Anthology of the
    Energy in Dallas. He lives in Rockwall with
                                                     University of Dayton. He lives in Spring.         Amoco Chemical Co. He lives in Athens, Ala.            George Navarro ’80, A.S. law enforcement,           Warren Adler Short Story Contest Winners.
    his wife, Linda.
                                                                                                                                                              ’94, B.S. criminal justice, is police chief for
                                                     Sharon (Womack) Woolley ’75, B.S. home            The Texas Elementary Principals and

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         class notes

 Cards in Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Janet (Mills) Coon ’85, B.B.A. economics,         Steven Beagle ’87, B.S. kinesiology, ’95,          Lockwood Cox ’89, B.S. secondary education,        for the Port Neches-Groves school district.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    owns Brentwood Country Club. She lives in         M.Ed. school administration, is principal of       ’06, M.S. biology, teaches in the Little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stefani (Haynie) Kubena ’90, B.S. elementary
        Alumni living in Georgia,                                                                                                                                                                   Beaumont. Her daughter, Michelle, is a            Nederland High School. He lives in                 Cypress-Mauriceville school district. He lives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            education, teaches second grade in the Deer
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lamar student.                                    Nederland.                                         in Buna with his wife, Kimberly ’98, B.S.
        Alabama, Tennessee and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           interdisciplinary studies, ’07, M.Ed. school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Park school district. She lives in Pasadena
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Deirdre Davenport ’85, B.S. secondary educa-      Lisa (Whitten) Brasseaux ’87, B.S. secondary                                                          with her husband, Jeffery.
        Florida gathered Nov. 6 for a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    administration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    tion, earned a master’s degree in counseling      education, ’10, M.Ed. administration, earned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Charlie Sassine Jr. ’90, B.S. biology, is plant
                                                                                                                                                                                                    from Prairie View A&M University and              a grant from the Texas Computer Educators          Donnis (Payne) Henderson ’89, B.M. music
        pre-game reception hosted by                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        protection specialist for the U.S. Department
                                                                                                                                                                                                    teaches in the Beaumont school district,          Association. She is a science teacher and          education, is owner and educator for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of Agriculture in McAllen. He lives in
        the Office of Alumni Affairs to                                                                                                                                                             where she lives.                                  robotics coach at Little Cypress-Mauriceville      Kindermusik with Donnis. She lives in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Corpus Christi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      High School. She lives in Orange.                  Hallsville with her husband, Anthony.
        cheer on the Cards vs. the                                                                                                                                                                  Tim Funchess ’85, B.B.A. finance, is Jefferson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kevin Stone ’90, B.M. music education, ’08,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    County treasurer. He lives in Beaumont.           Donna (Peterson) Weeks ’87, B.B.A. market-         Herbert James Jr. ’89, B.S. criminal justice, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            M.M. music, is director of bands in the
        Georgia State Panthers in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ing, works for WinCo Industrial and Marine         a community supervision officer for Jefferson
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Donna Gunter ’85, B.S. communication dis-                                                                                                               Barbers Hill school district. He lives in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in The Woodlands, where she lives.                 County. He lives in Port Arthur.
        Georgia Dome.                                                                                                                                                                               orders, earned a master’s degree in education                                                                                                           Baytown.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    from the University of South Carolina. She        Eric Dengler ’87, B.S. computer and informa-                                .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Dolly Jernigan ’89, B.S.W social work, is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Karen (Legnon) Gilman ’91, B.S. communica-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    is founder of She lives in        tion sciences, is an administrator for             licensed social worker and lives in Kirbyville.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tion, is associate director of communications
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Orange with her husband, Eric.                    Encompass Home Health for the Houston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Patonah Kassan ’89, B.S. mathematical sci-         for the Diocese of Beaumont, where she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      region, where he lives.
    2                                                                                                                                                                                               Bill Herrera ’85, B.S. industrial technology,                                                        ence, is an educator in Malaysia, where she        lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    owns Water Resources Co. in San Antonio,                                                .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jeannine (Estrade) Hoffman ’87, B.S.W social       lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dean Lackey ’91, B.S. mathematics, is district
                                                                                                                                                                                                    where he lives.                                   work, earned a master’s degree in social
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Marla (Harris) McKinstry ’89, B.S.W social         general agent for Colonial Life and Accident
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      work from the University of Houston. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Betty (Hammock) Martin ’85, B.B.A. person-                                                           work, works for Texas Bed Co. in                   Insurance Co. He lives in Round Rock.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lives in Tomball.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    nel administration, is an educator in the                                                            Beaumont. She lives in Lumberton with her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lane Martin ’91, A.S. law enforcement, ’94,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district.      Daniella Irle ’87, B.S. kinesiology, is senior     husband, Todd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            B.S. criminal justice, is chief of the Orange
                                                                                                                                                                                                    She lives in Orange with her husband, John        associate athletics director for internal opera-
                                                                               3                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Brad Oden ’89, B.S. kinesiology, is principal      Police Department and lives in Orange.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ’91, B.S. kinesiology, who is an educator in      tions and senior women’s administrator for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         at Shiner High School. He and his wife,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the same district.                                the University of North Dakota. She lives in                                                          Lisa (Pierce) Stewart ’91, B.S. elementary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Cecelia (Garbade) ’90, B.S. kinesiology, live in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Grand Forks, N.D.                                                                                     education, teaches in the Bridge City school
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Terry Price ’85, B.S. physics, ’90 M.S. mathe-                                                       Shiner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            district. She lives in Port Neches.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    matics, earned a doctorate from Washington        Jane Ledet ’87, B.S. fashion retailing and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Kathy Portie ’89, B.S. communication, ’94,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    State University and is instructor of physics     merchandising, is a freight-payables analyst                                                          Janna (Smith) Fulbright ’92, B.S. communica-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         M.A. visual arts, is sports editor for Big Bear
                                                                                                                                                                                                    at Lamar University. She lives in Lumberton.      for Chevron Phillips Chemical in The                                                                  tion, is public relations and marketing spe-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Grizzly newspaper in Big Bear Lake, Calif.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Woodlands, where she lives.                                                                           cialist at Spindletop MHMR, working
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Clancy Weeks ’85, B.M. music education,                                                              where she lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            specifically with the Spindletop Foundation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    earned master’s and doctoral degrees from         Gary Martel ’87, B.S. kinesiology, earned a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Charlette (Hope) Roddy ’89, B.S. sociology,        She lives in Beaumont with her husband,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the University of Houston. He is a pub-           master’s degree in education from Stephen F    .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         earned a “Back to School” grant from Dollar        John.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    lished composer of band literature, with          Austin State University as well as a superin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         General for books and technology. She is
                                                                                                                                                                                                    more than two dozen works in print. He            tendent’s certificate. He is superintendent of                                                        Percy Kennedy Jr. ’92, B.B.A. marketing, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         librarian at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High
                                                                                    5                                                                                                               lives in Tomball with his wife, Molly. They       the Diboll school district, where he lives                                                            an account manager for Novartis. He lives in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         School and lives in Orange.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    have a son, Leo.                                  with his wife, Susie. They have been married                                                          Humble.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      26 years and have two daughters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Joey Breaux ’86, A.A.S. industrial electricity,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ’89, B.S. industrial engineering, is owner of
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alamo Cleaners in Beaumont, where he lives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mark Williams ’87, B.S. kinesiology, was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      named coach of the year on Beaumont
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         90s                                                Robert Patten III ’92, B.B.A. marketing, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            engineering project manager for Verizon in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Richardson. He lives in Dallas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Tammy (Burr) Astley ’90, B.S. secondary edu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    with his wife, Elizabeth.                         Enterprise’s Super Gold Baseball Team. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cation, and Dennis ’89, B.S. electrical engi-      Ken Pepper ’92, B.S. chemical engineering,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lives in Evadale.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Joey Hebert -86, accounting, is installation                                                         neering, live in Galena, Ill.                      ’99, M.E.S. engineering science, ’10, Ph.D.
    4                                                                                                                                                                                               manager for US Remodelers in Houston,             Ronda (Greig) Zowarka ’87, B.S. chemical                                                              chemical engineering, works for Chicago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Lydia Bahnsen ’90, B.S. elementary educa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    where he lives.                                   engineer, is environmental, health and safety                                                         Bridge and Iron as process engineering man-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tion, ’00, M.Ed. educational leadership, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      expertise leader for Dow Chemical Co. in                                                              ager in Beaumont, where he lives with his
                                                                                                                                                                                          6         Wayne Moore ’86, B.B.A. general business,                                                            principal of Eugene Field Elementary School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Port Lavaca. She lives in Bloomington with                                                            wife, Angie.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ’90, M.B.A. business administration, is                                                              in Beaumont, where she lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      her husband, Joe Gregory.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    administrator at Christus Hospital St. Mary                                                                                                             James Richardson II ’92, B.A.A.S. applied
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Michelle (Bieljeski) Barnette ’90, B.S. elemen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    in Port Arthur. He lives in Port Neches with      Bob Caruthers ’88, A.A.S. industrial electrici-                                                       arts and sciences, works for Siemens as an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tary education, ’10, M.Ed. administration, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                    his wife, Karen.                                  ty, is informational technology manager for                                                           account executive. He lives in Round Rock.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         owner and director of The Clubhouse in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Delta Industrial Construction Co. He lives in
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cheryl (Allred) Nelson ’86, B.S. elementary                                                          Nederland, where she lives with her hus-                                         .A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Valerie Yaklin-Brown ’92, B.F graphic
                                                                                                                                                                                                    education, ’93, M.Ed. educational leader-                                                            band, Barry.                                       design, M.A. visual arts, is an adjunct profes-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ship, ’10, Ed.D. educational leadership, is       Patricia (Charles) Fontenot ’88, B.S. psycholo-                                                       sor at Lone Star College-Montgomery. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Rodney Cavness ’90, B.S. kinesiology, was a
                                                                                                                                                                                                    special programs coordinator in the               gy, is director of substance abuse services for                                                       lives in Magnolia with her husband, David.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         finalist for the Superintendent of the Year
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lumberton school district, where she lives        the South East Texas Regional Planning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         award from the Texas Association of School         Teresa (Harrison) Camp ’93, B.A. political sci-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    with her husband, Steven.                         Commission. She lives in Beaumont.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Boards. He is superintendent of schools in         ence, earned a master’s degree in special edu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Willie Simmons ’86, B.S. industrial engineer-     Laura (Miller) Sattler ’88, B.B.A. general busi-   the Port Neches-Groves school district. He         cation from Grand Canyon University in
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing, works for Entergy as a senior engineer.      ness, is owner of Beaumont Dealers Auction         and his wife, Tanya, live in Beaumont.             2006. She is director of student services in
                                                                                                                                                                                                    He and his wife, Jennifer (Stelly) ’89, B.B.A.    Inc. in Beaumont, where she lives with her                                                            the Hull-Daisetta school district. She lives in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Gina Giblin ’90, B.A. sociology, earned her
                                                                                                                                                                                                    personnel administration, live in Nederland       husband, Scott. Their daughter, Catherine, is                                                         Thicket with her husband, Shelby.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         law degree from South Texas College of Law
                                                                                                                                                                                                    with their daughter, Morgan, and son,             a Lamar student.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and works for the Giblin Law Firm in                                                  .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ava (Hamilton) Caughrean ’93, B.S.W social
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bret Babineaux -89 was selected to play with       Dallas, where she lives.                           work, earned a master’s degree from the
    1. From left, Doris (Brown) Thorn ’60, Virginia (Sheffield) Seelbach ’73, Wayne Seelbach ’70, Stan Thorn and Chris Farnie ’88 2. Alva Primm, left, Camille Mouton, vice president for univer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    John Valastro ’86, B.S. kinesiology, ’05,         the U.S. team, USA Classic Eagles, at the                                                             University of Houston and is executive direc-
    sity advancement, and Phil Primm ’67 3. From left, Vern Berwick, Thad Patin ’79, Cynthia (Puckitt) Thomas ’78, Robert Thomas and Joseph Malbrough ’86 4. From left, Juan Zabala ’07,            M.Ed. educational leadership, is assistant        World Rugby Classic in Bermuda. He is vice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Eddie Hernandez ’90, B.S. kinesiology, teaches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tor of Grace Hospice of Oklahoma. She lives
    executive director of alumni affairs, Marion Phillips III ’84, Michelle Bonds and Bobby Flores ’77 5. From left, Alex Hashemian, Nikki Hashemian, Chris Farnie ’88, Hash Hashemian ’08 and                                                                                                           in the Vidor school district. He lives in Port
                                                                                                                                                                                                    superintendent of the Lumberton school dis-       president of Air Comfort in Beaumont. He                                                              in Tulsa, Okla.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Neches, with his wife, Cheryl (Toups) ’84,
    Nazzy Hashemian 6. From left, Spenser Decuir, Larry Decuir ’81 and Austin Decuir                                                                                                                trict, where he lives.                            lives in Lumberton.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         B.B.A. accounting, who is business manager

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                                                                                                    Mark Gaudet ’97, B.B.A. general business-          with her husband, Jim ’92, B.S. communica-           Charlotte (Gray) Carrico ’01, B.S. health edu-    lyst. He lives in Fairfax, Va., with his wife,   LaRae Vilce ’03, B.B.A. management infor-            a financial advisor for Edward Jones
                                                                                                    industrial engineering, is director of sales for   tion.                                                cation, is program director at Kaplan College     Minu.                                            mation systems, is planning executive for            Investments in Beaumont. He lives in Groves
                                    READERS’ SURVEY                                                 the North and South Americas, Canada and
                                                                                                                                                       Kimberlee Shelton ’99, B.S. sociology, works
                                                                                                                                                                                                            in Beaumont. She lives in Silsbee with her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chanelle (Guidry) Reese ’02, B.B.A. manage-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ranger Planning and Management in                    with his wife, Kelly.
                                                                                                    Mexico, for American Autogard Corp. in                                                                  husband, Ronald.                                                                                   Beaumont. She lives in Port Neches.
                                    Please take a minute to share your thoughts                                                                        for the Texas Department of Family and                                                                 ment information systems, earned a master’s                                                           Audra (Smithey) Benoit ’05, B.S. biology, ’05,
                                                                                                    Rockford, Ill. He lives in Port Neches.                                                                                                                                                                    Srimanth Brindavanam ’04, M.E. industrial            B.S. criminal justice, ’07, M.S. applied crimi-
                                                                                                                                                       Protective Services as a caseworker. She lives       April Colligan ’01, B.S. communication disor-     degree in education from East Carolina
                                         about Cadence through the online readers’-                                                                                                                         ders, ’03, M.S. speech-language pathology, is     University. She lives in Alexandria, Va., with   engineering, is project manager for the state        nology, is natural resource specialist and
                                                                                                    Shawn Hurley ’97, B.B.A. finance, ’07,             in Beaumont.
                                    survey at                            M.B.A. business administration, is vice presi-                                                          a speech language pathologist for Rehab 4         her husband, Terrence, and sons, Terrence        of Tennessee. He lives in Mount Juliet,              enforcement coordinator for the Texas
                                                                                                                                                       Stephen Townsend ’99, B.B.A. management                                                                                                                 Tenn., with his wife, Sirisha ’05, M.E. indus-       Commission on Environmental Quality. She
                                                                                                    dent for Texas First Bank in Port Arthur. He                                                            Kids. She lives in Lumberton.                     and Cason.
                                                                                                                                                       information systems, ’04, M.B.A. business                                                                                                               trial engineering.                                   lives in Vidor.
                                    Your answers will help us tailor your alumni                    lives in Beaumont with his wife, Shana
                                                                                                                                                       administration, earned a law degree from             Crista Crouch ’01, B.S. psychology, earned a      Brian Stampley ’02, B.S. psychology, ’06,
                                                                                                    (Bourgeois) ’93, B.S. nursing.                                                                                                                                                                             Robyn (Voss) Hesse ’04, B.S. kinesiology, is         Jessica (Lyon) Burgin ’05, B.S. chemical engi-
                                    magazine to your interests to create a more                                                                        South Texas College of Law. He lives in Port         master’s degree in occupational therapy from      M.Ed. counseling and development, is a
                                                                                                    Chris McAfee ’97, B.B.A. marketing, is an          Neches.                                              Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She          licensed professional counselor and regional     senior assessment specialist for Lamar               neering, works for Nalco as district represen-
                                    enjoyable reading experience.                                   industry manager for Univar USA Inc. in                                                                 lives in Beaumont.                                director for The Wood Group Behavioral           University in Beaumont, where she lives.             tative and lives in Angleton with her hus-
                                                                                                                                                       Rebecca (Lane) Weeks ’99, B.A.A.S. applied                                                                                                                                                                                           .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    band, Chase ’06, B.S.W social work.
                                                                                                    Dallas. He lives in Royse City with his wife,                                                                                                             Health Services in Beaumont. He lives in         Renwick Johnson ’04, B.S. communication,
                                                                                                                                                       arts and sciences, retired from teaching in the      Michael Curl ’01, B.A. history, is a youth
                                                                                                    Kim (Jones) ’04, B.S.W social work.
                                                                                                                           .                                                                                                                                  Vidor with his wife, Aspen.                      teaches and coaches at Memorial High                 Dr. Tyler Dabel ’05, B.S. biology, has a dental
                                                                                                                                                       Woodville school district. She lives in Village      minister at First Baptist Church in Mustang,
Chris Ingram -93, business, is Precinct 1 jus-    tional leadership, is director of special pro-    Colleen (Creed) Shugart ’97, M.S. speech-lan-      Mills with her husband, Larry ’84, B.S. math-        Okla., where he lives with his wife, Rynda.       Amber (Kimura) Ambrose ’03, B.S. communi-        School in Port Arthur. He lives in Beaumont          practice in Nederland. He lives in Beaumont.
tice of the peace for in Hardin County. He        grams for Orangefield school district, where      guage pathology, is a speech language              ematical sciences.                                                                                     cation, is public relations account executive    with his wife, Hailey.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Suresh Gudavalli ’01, M.E. civil engineering,                                                                                                           Casey Gates ’05, B.S. family and consumer
lives in Silsbee.                                 she lives.                                        pathologist for West Wichita County Coop                                                                                                                  for Design At Work. She lives in Houston
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ’06, Eng.D. civil engineering, works for                                                                                     .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wynetta Jones ’04, B.S.W social work, is             sciences, is chef and kitchen retail manager
Rickey Jacks ’93, B.S. kinesiology, coaches
girls basketball in Vidor, where he lives.
                                                  Jake Hebert ’95, B.S. physics, earned a mas-
                                                  ter’s degree in physics from Texas A&M
                                                  University and is pursuing a doctorate from
                                                                                                    in Kamay. She lives in Wichita Falls with her
                                                                                                    husband, Mat.                                      00s                                                  ATSER as manager of engineering and test-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ing in Houston, where he lives with his wife,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              with her husband, Lennie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Erik De La Rosa ’03, B.B.A. finance, ’08,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               unit supervisor for the Texas Health and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Human Services Commission. She lives in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for Sodexo in Port Arthur. He lives in
David Janecek ’93, B.B.A. general business,                                                         Jeff Collum ’98, B.S. kinesiology, is executive    Rob Arnold ’00, B.G.S. general studies, works        Archana.                                          M.B.A. business administration, works for                                                             Amanda (Steeves) Hebert ’05, B.B.A. finance,
                                                  the University of Texas at Dallas, where he       director of student services for the Tyler         for J P Morgan Chase Bank as senior loan                                                               BHP Billiton in Houston as a financial ana-
is warehouse supervisor for Golden Pass                                                                                                                                                                     Mohammad Nashir ’01, M.E. civil engineer-                                                          Rene’ (Slott) Latiolais ’04, B.S. communica-         is teller manager for Capital One Bank. She
                                                  lives.                                            school district. He lives in Longview with         officer in Houston. He lives in League City                                                            lyst. He lives in Humble.
LNG in Sabine Pass. He lives in Beaumont                                                                                                                                                                    ing, is project manager for Calvin, Giordano                                                       tion, is director of membership development          lives in Baton Rouge, with her husband,
with his wife, Patricia.                          Lisa Lewis ’95, B.A.A.S. applied arts and sci-    his wife, Cara.                                    with his wife, Janette.                                                                                                                                 and relations for the Greater Beaumont               Joseph.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and Associates in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He        Linda Esch ’03, B.S. nursing, is a registered
                                                  ence, ’10, M.Ed. special education, is an edu-    Anita (Jagneaux) Leonard ’98, B.S. nursing,        Damon Daniels ’00, B.F studio art, works
                                                                                                                                                                               .A.                          lives in Cooper City, Fla., with his wife,        nurse for Sava Senior Care at Kountze            Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Bridge
Harry Murdock Jr. ’93, B.S. industrial tech-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vishnu Koya ’05, M.S. computer science, is
                                                  cator with the Beaumont school district,          works for Christus Hospital St. Mary in Port       for Artizen Studios as studio manager and            Sadia Naaz.                                       Nursing Center in Kountze. She lives in          City with her husband, Toby ’10, M.Ed.
nology, is chief executive officer of Sterling                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      senior software engineer for 3I Infotech. He
                                                  where she lives.                                  Arthur. She lives in Beaumont with her hus-        color expert in Dallas. He lives in Fort                                                               Beaumont.                                        administration.
Shipyard in Port Neches. He lives in Orange                                                                                                                                                                 Katie O’Brien ’01, B.S. communication disor-                                                                                                            lives in Freemont, Calif.
with his wife, Kristen.                           Stephan Malick ’95, B.S. communication, is        band, Donald ’89, A.A.S. welding. Their            Worth.                                                                                                                                                  Aimee Lieby ’04, B.S. criminal justice, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ders, ’04, deaf studies and deaf education,       Lindsay Feagin ’03, B.B.A. general business,                                                          Dawn (LeBlanc) Stanley ’05, B.A.A.S. applied
                                                  student media adviser in the Beaumont             daughter, Miranda, is a Lamar student.                                                                                                                                                                     human resources assistant for ExxonMobil in
Thomas Price Jr. ’93, M.Ed. educational lead-                                                                                                          Alyson Kirchner ’00, B.S. communication, is          teaches American Sign Language and lives in       works for Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift                                                             arts and sciences, is child-care licensing super-
                                                  school district, where he lives. He is the        Joy (Dubose) Simonton ’98, B.A.A.S. applied        senior district marketing manager for                Austin.                                           America as a legal services coordinator and      Beaumont, where she lives with her husband,
ership,’07, Ed.D. educational leadership, was                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       visor for the Texas Department of Family and
                                                  2010 A&M Club Classroom Teacher of the            arts and sciences, is a lawyer in Bridge City,     Aramark Higher Education. She lives in                                                                 senior paralegal in Houston. She lives in        Lane Weatherford.
a finalist in the Texas Association of School                                                                                                                                                               Jonathan Crisman ’02, B.B.A. management,                                                                                                                Protective Services in Beaumont. She lives in
                                                  Year.                                             where she lives.                                   Houston.                                                                                               Cypress.
Board’s Superintendent of the Year. He was                                                                                                                                                                  is area operations director for Hospice                                                            Melinda (Coziar) Moore ’04, B.B.A. account-          Village Mills with her husband, Randy ’91,
selected as a mentor superintendent and                                  .A.
                                                  Scott Weldon ’95, B.F graphic design,             Mandy (Matte) Weeks ’98, B.S. communica-           Shawn Molina ’00, B.A. history, ’07, M.A.            Source in Houston. He lives in Conroe with        Jason Galloway ’03, B.S. criminal justice, is    ing, ’04, B.B.A. finance, is tax manager for         B.S. criminal justice.
Region 6 representative for the                   earned a master’s degree in biomedical com-       tion disorders, ’01, M.S. speech-language          history, is account executive for Time Warner        his wife, Debbie.                                 title manager for RedSky Land, LLC. He           Lufkin Industries in Lufkin. She lives in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kasey Tanner ’05, communication disorders,
Commissioner’s Cabinet and board member           munications and is supervisor of medical          pathology, lives in Lake Charles, La., with        Cable Media Sales in Beaumont, where he                                                                lives in Austin.                                 Nacogdoches with her husband, Robert.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Traci (Yawn) Cross ’02, B.G.S. general stud-                                                                                                            earned a master’s degree from the University
on the State Board of Texas Association of        illustration for Baylor College of Medicine.      her husband, Corey.                                lives with his wife, Stephanie (Dollar) ’00,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ies, teaches second grade in Warren. She lives    Padamanabh Jahagirdar ’03, M.E.S. industrial     Angel (Lewis) Murphy ’04, B.G.S. general             of Houston and is a speech-language pathol-
Mid-sized Schools. He is superintendent of        He lives in Kingwood with his wife, Leah.                                                            B.B.A. general business, who is director of
                                                                                                    Melissa Cessac ’99, B.B.A. marketing, is                                                                in Beaumont, with her husband, Darren ’03,        engineering science, is project manager for      studies, earned a master of education in             ogist at Texas Children’s Hospital in
the Splendora school district, where he lives.                                                                                                         marketing for the Beaumont Convention
                                                  Shannon (Tarbett) Flowers ’96, B.S. interdisci-   director of youth ministry for St. Charles                                                              B.B.A. marketing, ’03, B.B.A. management.         Parkson Corp. He lives in Pompano Beach,         administration and supervision from the              Houston, where she lives.
Sheri (Moore) Sheppard ’93, B.S. medical          plinary studies, ’01, M.Ed. counseling &                                                             and Visitors Bureau.                                                                                                                                    University of Phoenix. She is an educator in
                                                                                                    Borromeo Catholic Church in Nederland.                                                                                                                    Fla., with his wife, Deepa.                                                                           Whitney (Evans) Williamson ’05, B.S. commu-
technology, works for Christus Hospital St.       development, teaches in the Hardin-Jefferson                                                                                                              Trey Elliott ’02, B.S. computer science, and                                                       the Port Arthur school district, where she
                                                                                                    She lives in Port Arthur.                          Dr. Wesley Myers ’00, B.S. chemistry, ’00,                                                                                                                                                                   nication, teaches kindergarten in the Clear
Elizabeth as a medical technologist. She lives    school district. She lives in Sour Lake with                                                                                                              Gwyndolene Harrison were married June 6,          Stephanie (Baird) King ’03, M.S. family and      lives with her husband, Pedro.
                                                                                                                                                       B.S. biology, earned his doctorate at the                                                                                                                                                                    Creek school district. She lives in Bacliff with
in Lumberton with her husband, James.             her husband, Kevin ’91, B.S. kinesiology.         Ginger Dahl ’99, B.A.A.S. applied arts and                                                              2010, on Grace Bay Beach in Turks &               consumer sciences, is a nutrition support die-
                                                                                                                                                       University of Texas Medical Branch in                                                                                                                   Cynthia (Allison) Pipkins ’04, B.S. nursing,         her husband, Tyler.
                                                                                                    sciences, ’04, M.Ed. counseling and develop-                                                            Caicos. He earned a master’s degree in busi-      titian for LifeCare Solutions. She lives in
Angela (Texada) Sterling ’93, B.S. criminal       Ramon Lopez ’96, B.S. industrial technology,                                                         Galveston and is a plastic surgeon for the                                                                                                              ’07, M.S. nursing, is an instructor at Lamar
                                                                                                    ment, is a counselor for Shepherd school dis-                                                           ness administration from the University of        Sanger.                                                                                               Courtney (Martindale) Airheart ’06, B.G.S.
justice, is a clinical nurse at M.D. Anderson     is a material engineer at DuPont. He lives in                                                        Sadler Clinic in The Woodlands, where he                                                                                                                University and lives in Nederland with her
                                                                                                    trict. She lives in Kountze.                                                                            Houston and is software manager for M.D.                                                                                                                general studies, teaches at Vandegrift High
Cancer Center in Houston, where she lives         Port Neches, with his wife, Cheryl.                                                                  lives with his wife, Keri (Harris) ’00, B.S. biol-                                                     Shawn Mills ’03, B.S. chemical engineering,      husband, David ’00, B.B.A. finance. Their
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. They                                                                                                                 School in the Leander school district. She
with her husband, Norman.                                                                           Bryce Darby ’99, B.S. chemical engineering,        ogy.                                                                                                   is a project engineer for Bechtel. He lives in   daughter, Kayla (Pipkins) Fisher ’08, B.S. fam-
                                                  James Molina ’96, B.S. political science, is a                                                                                                            live in Katy.                                                                                                                                           and her husband, Wes, live in Austin.
                                                                                                    is senior account manager for General                                                                                                                     Sugar Land, with his wife, Vanissa (Turney)      ily and consumer sciences, is also a Lamar
Jo Ann (Nash) Borel ’94, B.A. history, ’98,       legislative correspondent for the U.S. House                                                         Kristell Nelson ’00, B.M. music, teaches in
                                                                                                    Electric in Baytown, where he lives.                                                                    Mike Gonzales ’02, M.Ed. educational leader-      ’02, B.M. music.                                 alumna.                                              Sharae Bassett ’06, B.B.A. marketing, earned
M.A. history, is supervisory management           of Representatives. He has worked in the                                                             the Houston school district, where she lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ship, is assistant superintendent in the Port                                                                                                           a law degree from Texas Southern University.
program analyst for the U.S. Department of        Congress for nine years and lives in              Dr. Laura Eastep ’99, B.S. chemistry, earned                                                                                                              Judy (Johnston) Peterson ’03, B.B.A.             Rachael (VonDerAu) Turner ’04, B.S. family
                                                                                                                                                       Christina (Strickland) Parrillo ’00, B.A.A.S.        Neches-Groves school district. He and his                                                                                                               She lives in Houston.
Education in Washington, D.C. She lives in        Washington, D.C.                                  her doctorate from University of Texas-                                                                                                                   accounting, is manager at                        and consumer sciences, is senior designer for
                                                                                                                                                       applied arts and sciences, is a juvenile proba-      wife, Dana ’93, B.S. interdisciplinary studies,
Annapolis, Md., with her husband,                                                                   Medical Branch at Galveston. She lives in                                                                                                                 PricewaterhouseCoopers. She lives in             Furniture Marketing Group. She lives in              Stephanie (Tyler) Best ’06, B.S. interdiscipli-
                                                  Melinda (Francis) Teer ’96, B.A. English,                                                            tion officer for the state of Fla. She lives in      live in Port Neches.
Christopher.                                                                                        St. Louis, Mo.                                                                                                                                            Washington, D.C.                                 Rosenberg.                                           nary studies, teaches in the Barbers Hill
                                                  teaches in the Hardin-Jefferson school dis-                                                          Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            James Graham Jr. ’02, B.S. criminal justice, is                                                                                                         school district. She lives in Port Neches, with
Rodney Patten ’94, B.S. communication,            trict. She lives in Sour Lake with her hus-       Greg Falcon Jr. ’99, B.S. computer science, is                                                                                                            Lori (Johnson) Rochelle ’03, B.A.A.S. applied    Sharron (Manuel) Wood ’04, B.G.S. general
                                                                                                                                                       Jaime (Yim) Talbert ’00, B.M. music, is band         a sergeant in the Beaumont Police                                                                                                                       her husband, Jared ’07, B.A. criminal justice,
earned his doctorate degree in city manage-       band, Bennette.                                   a software engineer for ITA Software in                                                                                                                   arts and sciences, ’05, M.Ed. special educa-     studies, is an educator with Little Cypress-
                                                                                                                                                       director at Mauriceville Middle School and           Department. He lives in Kountze, with his                                                                                                               and son.
ment from the University of Texas at Dallas.                                                        Cambridge, Mass. He lives in Weymouth,                                                                                                                    tion, is director of student activities at       Mauriceville school district. She lives in
                                                  Dr. Manda Waldrep ’96, B.S. biology, earned a                                                        was named Texas Young Bandmaster of the              wife, Laura, and sons, James and Landon.
He has also earned a law degree from Texas                                                          Mass., with his wife, Nicole.                                                                                                                             Central High School in Beaumont, where           Mauriceville with her husband, Monty.                Dean Clower, Jr. ’06, B.G.S. general studies,
                                                  medical degree from Texas A&M University                                                             Year. She lives in Orange.
Southern University and is assistant city                                                                                                                                                                   Dottie (McIntyre) LeBlanc ’02, B.S. communi-      she lives with her husband, Kendrick.                                                                 is assistant tennis coach at the University of
                                                  College of Medicine. She completed her resi-      Celena (Champagne) Green ’99, B.S. criminal                                                                                                                                                                Sainath Adhiraj ’05, M.S. computer science, is
attorney for the city of Plano. He lives in                                                                                                            Lori (Jackson) Blake ’01, B.B.A. marketing,          cation, is regional business manager of the                                                                                                             Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., where he lives
                                                  dency in internal medicine and pediatrics and     justice, works for Texas Regional Title Co. as                                                                                                            Marco Sanchez ’03, M.E. industrial engineer-     software quality assurance project manager
McKinney.                                                                                                                                              teaches in the Beaumont school district,             south central region for Reckitt Benckiser.                                                                                                             with his wife, Amanda (King) ’07, B.S. psy-
                                                  a fellowship in allergy and immunology at         an administrative assistant. She has 5-year-                                                                                                              ing, is an engineer for Mason Construction.      for Clearwire in Kirkland, Wash. He lives in
                                                                                                                                                       where she lives with her husband, Jason.             She lives in Daphne, Ala., with her husband,                                                                                                            chology. She is assistant track and field coach
Paul Shipman ’94, B.S. mathematics, ’99,          the University of Alabama in Birmingham,          old twins and lives in Beaumont.                                                                                                                          He lives in Beaumont.                            Redmond, Wash.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Matt.                                                                                                                                                   also at the University of Wyoming.
M.Ed. school administration, ’08, Ed.D.           Ala. She lives in Round Rock with her hus-                                                           Kyle Boudreaux ’01, B.A. English, is universi-
                                                                                                    Ashley (Gerlufsen) Jackson ’99, B.S. criminal                                                                                                             Stefanie (Grohn) Stallings ’03, B.S. communi-    Matthew Badgett ’05, B.B.A. general busi-
educational leadership, is principal of           band, David Hall, and son, Nathaniel.                                                                ty instructional designer at Lamar University        Steve Megas ’02, B.B.A. general business, is                                                                                                            Derrick Davis ’06, B.B.A. marketing, is man-
                                                                                                    justice, works for Dell and lives in                                                                                                                      cation, is account executive at IDEA in          ness, works for Motiva and lives in
Dishman Elementary in Beaumont, where he                                                                                                               in Continuing and Distance Education. He             vice president of the Schooner restaurant in                                                                                                            ager at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Beaumont.
                                                  Wayne Wells ’96, B.S. criminal justice, is        Wimberley with her husband, Jason.                                                                                                                        Houston, where she lives with her husband,       Nederland, with his wife, Danielle, and chil-
lives with his wife, Kimberly.                                                                                                                         lives in Nederland with his wife, Erin (Savell)      Nederland. He lives in Port Neches.                                                                                                                     He lives in Orange with his wife, Rebecca.
                                                  principal of Ogden Elementary School in the                                                                                                                                                                 Curtis ’04, B.S. communication, ’04, B.B.A.      dren, Kennedy and Drake.
                                                                                                    Carmel (Reeves) Myers ’99, B.B.A. account-         ’03, B.S. psychology.
Dayna (Herring) Smith ’94, B.A. English, ’99,     Beaumont school district, where he lives.                                                                                                                 Leo Pius ’02, M.S. computer science, works        marketing. He is a trader for Sequent                                                                 Brianne Dengler ’06, B.B.A. marketing, is
                                                                                                    ing, is accounting manager for the Brock                                                                                                                                                                   Jason Barrett ’05, B.B.A. general business, is
M.Ed. special education, ’02, M.Ed. educa-                                                                                                                                                                  for Marlabs Inc. as a software developer ana-     Energy.                                                                                               advertising sales marketing manager for
                                                                                                    Group in Houston. She lives in Tomball

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       class notes

                                                                                                                        eHarmony in Pasadena, Calif. She lives in        Frederick, Md.
                                                                                                                        Santa Monica, Calif.
                                                                                                                                                                         Roshan Balasubramanian ’07, M.E.M. engi-
                                                                                                                        Ashley (Holt) Guillory ’06, B.B.A. general       neering management, works for R J
                                                                                                                        business, teaches third grade at St. Anthony     Engineering Systems Inc. as manager of

           Cardinals on the wing                                                                                        Cathedral School in Beaumont. She lives in

                                                                                                                        Lisa (Reid) Hansen ’06, B.A.A.S. applied arts
                                                                                                                        and sciences, ’10, M.Ed. educational technol-
                                                                                                                                                                         global projects in Houston, where he lives
                                                                                                                                                                         with his wife, Sudhamani.

                                                                                                                                                                         Megan (Kelly) Begnaud ’07, B.B.A. market-
                                                                                                                                                                         ing, is employer relations coordinator for
                                                                                                                        ogy leadership, lives in Beaumont with her       Christus Health Foundation. She and her
                                                                                                                        husband, Keith.                                  husband, Aaron ’06, B.B.A. general busi-
                                                                                                                                                                         ness, live in Groves.
                                                                                                                        Christyne Harris ’06, B.B.A. finance, earned a
                                                                                                                        law degree from South Texas College of           Jennifer (Moore) Camp ’07, B.S. communica-
        BILL MCAFEE ’82 has lived and worked in                                                                         Law. She lives in Lumberton.                     tion, earned a law degree from the South
                                                                                                                                                                         Texas College of Law. She lives in
        Antarctica periodically since 1992 managing the                                                                 Tabitha (Nash) ’06, B.S. interdisciplinary
                                                                                                                        studies, and Mario-Antonio Herrera married
        Information Techology and Communications                                                                        June 19, 2010. They live in Houston.             Lindsey Cauthen ’07, B.S. biology, ’07, B.A.
        Department at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole                                                                     Kimberly (Cessac) ’06, B.S. biology, ’08 M.S.
                                                                                                                                                                         music, is a graduate research assistant for
                                                                                                                                                                         M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston,
        Station for eight of those years. Here, he shows                                                                biology, and Karl Huch married May 29,
                                                                                                                                                                         where she lives.
                                                                                                                        2010. She is an environmental analyst with
        the Red and White, standing in -20F weather in
                                                                                                                        Lower Neches Valley Authority. They live in      Angela (Boatner) ’07, B.B.A. human resource
        an LU cap his parents sent to him. He spends                                                                    Beaumont.                                        management, and Christopher DeMore cele-
                                                                                                                                                                         brated their first wedding anniversary in Key
        four months each year at the Pole during the                                                                    Stephanie (Kelsey) Kemmerling ’06, B.S. nurs-
                                                                                                                                                                         West, Fla. Christopher is a member of the
        austral summer.                                                                                                 ing, earned a master’s degree in nursing from
                                                                                                                                                                         armed forces. They live in New York.
                                                                                                                        the University of Texas-Health Science
                                                                                                                        Center and is a family nurse practitioner. She   Yvette (Beaugh) Garner ’07, Ed.D. education-                  Lamar University public radio station KVLU-FM has plans in
                                                                                                                        lives in Beaumont, with her husband,             al leadership is assistant professor of elemen-
                                                                                                                        Andrew ’08, B.S. chemical engineering.           tary education at McNeese State University.                   place for a trip through the Canadian Rockies July 18-26, 2011.
                                                                                                                                                                         She lives in Lake Charles.
                                                                                                                        Jessica (Spinks) LeDet ’06, B.B.A. finance,                                                                          Being organized in conjunction with Collette Travel, the trip will take travelers
                                                                                                                        teaches English as a second language in the      Gladys (Aguirre) Hall ’07, B.A. Spanish, teach-
                                                                                                                        Houston school district. She lives in Humble     es in the Beaumont school district and lives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       through some of the most scenic vistas on the
                                                                                                                        with her husband, Anthony ’05, B.B.A.            in Vidor.                                                     North American continent, traveling through
                                                                                                                                                                         Britnie Hanks ’07, B.S. nursing, works as a
                                                                                                                                                                         registered nurse for Children’s Hospital Los
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       British Columbia from Vancouver to Calgary and
                                                                                                                        Tyran Lee ’06, M.S. deaf education, has been
                                                                                                                        appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the          Angeles, where she lives.                                     staying in some of the finest resorts, including
                                                                                                                        Texas School for the Deaf Governing Board
                                                                                                                                                                         Marty (Boudreaux) Hooks ’07, B.S. interdisci-                 the renowned “Castle in the Mountains,” the
                                                                                                                        for a term to expire Jan. 31, 2013. He is an
                                                                                                                                                                         plinary studies, teaches in the Goose Creek
                                                                                                                        American Sign Language instructor for Lone
                                                                                                                                                                         school district. She lives in Deer Park with                  Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, said Melanie
                                                                                                                        Star College at Cy-Fair. He lives in Humble.
                                                                                                                                                                         her husband, Tobey ’06, B.S. mechanical
                                                                                           MELANIE DISHMAN ’88
                                                                                                                        Jan (Prejean) Lopez ’06, B.G.S. general stud-    engineering.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dishman, KVLU co-manager for advancement.
                                                                                           enjoys a chance meeting
                                                                                           with actress Molly
                                                                                                                        ies, teaches in the Nederland school district,
                                                                                                                                                                         Amanda (Henry) Jureidini ’07, B.S. interdisci-                      “For the sixth year in a row, KVLU is pleased
                                                                                                                        where she lives with her husband, Shannon.
                                                                                                                                                                         plinary studies, teaches kindergarten at West
                                                                                           Shannon during a visit to
                                                                                                                                                                         Orange-Stark Elementary and lives in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to sponsor another exciting travel adventure,”
                                                                                                                        Zenobia Ozen ’06, B.B.A. human resource
                                                                                           New York City this winter.
                                                                                                                        management, is business office manager of        Orange with her husband, Elias.                               Dishman said. “We put a lot of thought into what
                                                                                                                        Kaplan College in Beaumont. She lives in
                                                                                                                                                                         Jennifer (Vardell) Kahla ’07, B.S. sociology, is              kind of trip we wanted to offer for this year, and Canada was at the top of the list.”
                                                                                                                        Port Arthur.
                                                                                                                                                                         a field accountant assistant for JV Industrial
                                                                                                                        Joel Pace ’06, B.S. industrial technology, and   Companies in La Porte. She lives in
                                                                                                                        Dana ’08, B.A.A.S. had a son, Jude, June 22,     Baytown with her husband, Josh.
                                                                                                                        2010. He is a manufacturing engineer for
                                                                                                                                                                         Sivasanthosh Komirelly ’07, M.E. chemical
                                                                                                                        American Valve and Hydrant Manufacturing
                                                                                                                                                                         engineering, is a process simulation engineer
                                                                                                                        in Beaumont. She teaches in the Hardin-
                                                                                                                                                                         for Cape Software Inc. in The Woodlands.
                                                                                                                        Jefferson school district, and they live in
                                                                                                                                                                         He lives in Houston, with his wife,
                                                                                                                        Sour Lake.

                                                   SKYLAR ROWLEY, a
                                                                                  Send Cadence your                                                                      Santhoshi ’08, M.E. electrical engineering.        Palak Naik ’07, M.E.S. electrical engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            science, works for Constellation Energy as an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kartheek Thalakanti ’07, M.E. chemical engi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            neering, is a process engineer for AMEC in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              trict, where she lives.
                                                                                                                        Subash Paudel ’06, M.E.S. civil engineering
                                                   general studies major from
                                                                                  photos as you travel                  science, is senior structural engineer for
                                                                                                                                                                         Shaston Marks ’07, B.S. kinesiology, is head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            analyst for application development. She        Houston, where he lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shamyra Bessard-Barry ’08, B.S.W social
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              work, lives in Beaumont with her husband,
                                                                                                                                                                         women’s basketball coach for Lone Star
                                                   Orange, left, and JOSETTE
                                                                                  the globe.                            Cameron International Corp. in Houston.
                                                                                                                                                                         College in Kingwood. He lives in Houston.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lives in Houston with her husband,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jonathan Vernon ’07, B.S. political science,      Melvin.
                                                                                                                        He lives in Cypress with his wife, Pratistha                                                        Darshankumar Trivedi ’07, M.E.S. electrical
                                                                                  Prints: Attn: Cynthia Hicks                                                                                                                                                               earned a law degree from South Texas
                                                                                                                        Pradhan ’07, Eng.D., civil engineering.          Billy McQueen -07, general studies, crafts         engineering science.                                                                              Amy (Dunlap) ’08, A.A.S. nursing, and
                                                   (TAYLOR) HUGHES ’93 stop                                                                                                                                                                                                 College of Law. He lives in Houston.
                                                                                  Cardinal Cadence, Box 10011,          Brittany (Broussard) Robinson ’06, B.G.S.
                                                                                                                                                                         drums for national musicians as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kailas Patil ’07, M.Ed. mechanical engineer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Donald Blanding married Oct. 16, 2010,
                                                   to admire the Eiffel Tower                                                                                            teaching as an adjunct professor at Lamar                                                          Edolia (Alexander) Anderson ’08, B.S. interdis-   and live in Flora, Miss.
                                                                                  Beaumont, TX 77710                    general studies, teaches in the Beaumont
                                                                                                                                                                         State College-Port Arthur and private lessons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ing, is a mechanical engineer for Liftmoore,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ciplinary studies, teaches in the Port Arthur
                                                   during the KVLU-sponsored,                                           school district. She lives in Nederland with                                                        Inc. He lives in Houston.                                                                         Crystal Brunson ’08, B.S. communication dis-
                                                                                  E-mail: high-resolution file to                                                        at Lamar University. He plays for two                                                              school district, where she lives with her hus-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              orders, is a speech language pathology assis-
                                                   eight-day tour of London                                             her husband, Brett.
                                                                                                                                                                         Houston churches and is the drummer for            Mustafa Rampurwala ’07, M.E. mechanical         band, Demar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             tant in the Houston school district, where
                                                   and Paris Sept. 23-30, 2010.                                         Shafi Shaik ’06, M.S. chemistry, is a research   the Houston band Doppelganger. He lives            engineering, is an engineer for Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kim Ballenger ’08, B.G.S. general studies,        she lives.
                                                                                                                        and development scientist for Pharmaceutics      in Houston.                                        International Inc. He lives in Houston.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            teaches and coaches at Humble school dis-
                                                                                                                        International in Hunt Valley, Md. He lives in                                                                                                                                                         James Carnley ’08, B.S. computer science,

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          class notes

                                                                                                                                                              We w i l l m i s s . . .
   ’10, M.S. computer science, is a software          is assistant principal of Tomball High School.     trict and lives in Orange.                                                                             Jerry White ’53, B.S. business administration,
                                                                                                                                                               Alumni                                           died Dec. 20, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2010.                                             Aline (Wells) Hall ’71, B.S. secondary educa-     Sheridon (Gay) Wright ’83, B.S. elementary
   developer for Epic in Verona, Wis. He lives in     She lives in Tomball.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tion, died Aug. 28, 2010.                         education, died Aug. 23, 2010.
                                                                                                         Kasey (Lawler) ’09, B.S. interdisciplinary stud-      Lottie (Wherry) McWhorter ’31, A.A. general                                                        Frank Myers ’63, B.S. speech, died Jan. 2,
   Fitchburg, Wis., with his wife, Crystal                                                                                                                                                                      Joan Brenizer ’54, B.S. mathematics, died Oct.
                                                      Jennifer (Arceneaux) Cole ’09, B.S. nursing,       ies, and Beau Strange married July 31, 2010.          studies, died Sept. 1, 2010.                                                                       2011.                                             Lawrence Huelsebusch ’71, B.S. industrial         Michael Coleman ’84, B.S. computer science,
   (Wettingfield) ’09, B.S. computer science.                                                                                                                                                                   10, 2010.                                                                                           engineering, died Dec. 7, 2010.                   died Sept. 18, 2010.
                                                      works for Christus Hospital St. Mary in Port       She teaches in the Port Arthur school district,                                                                                                          Sandra Whyte ’63, B.S. physical education,
                                                                                                                                                               Earleene (Dryer) Nolan -35, died July 12,
   Christopher Cole ’08, B.B.A. management            Arthur. She lives in Groves, with her husband,     and lives in Port Neches.                                                                              Jack McGaffey ’54, B.S. physical education,       died Oct. l, 2010.                                Annette (Howell) Wiggins ’71, B.S. elementary     Ronald Roberts ’84, B.S. biology, died Dec.
   information systems, is systems and applica-       Keestan ’09, B.S. civil engineering.                                                                                                                      died Aug. 27, 2010.                                                                                 education, ’75, M.Ed. counseling and devel-       12, 2010.
                                                                                                         Lauren Williams ’09, B.B.A. marketing, works          James Callender ’38, A.A. general studies,                                                         Thelma (Rosentreter) Hammons ’64, B.S. ele-
   tions specialist for the University of Texas                                                                                                                                                                 Claude Clower ’55, B.S. industrial engineering,                                                     opment, died July 9, 2010.
                                                      Marcus Cooper Sr. ’09, B.S. electrical engineer-   for ABS in Houston as marketing coordinator.          died Sept. 24, 2010.                                                                               mentary education, died Dec. 13, 2010.                                                              Patricia (Verret) Sanderson ’86, B.S. commu-
   Health and Science Center in Houston. He                                                                                                                                                                     died Oct. 3, 2010.
                                                      ing, is an instrument and power distribution       She lives in Kingwood.                                                                                                                                                                                     Charles Beard Jr. ’72, B.S. elementary educa-     nication, died Nov. 13, 2010.
   lives in Richwood.                                                                                                                                          Naomi (Stanley) Echlin ’40, A.A. general stud-                                                     Joyce (Duke) Serres ’64, B.S. elementary edu-
                                                      engineer for DuPont in Victoria, where he lives.                                                                                                          James Smith ’55, B.B.A. general business,                                                           tion, died Dec. 30, 2010.
                                                                                                         Wade Womack ’09, M.Ed. administration                 ies, died Feb. 21, 2010.                                                                           cation, died Aug. 27, 2010.                                                                         Wilda Welch ’86, M.Ed. counseling and
   Jamie Gongora ’08, B.S. communication, teach-                                                                                                                                                                died Dec. 4, 2010.                                                                                  Doris (Babcock) Byrd ’72, B.A. French, died       development, died Oct. 27, 2010.
                                                      Candy Core ’09, M.Ed. administration, is edu-      teaches and coaches softball for Medina Valley                                                                                                           Robert Shannon ’64, B.S. physics, died Aug.
   es third grade in the Port Arthur school dis-                                                                                                               William White ’40, A.A. general studies, died                                                                                                        Sept. 21, 2010.
                                                      cation specialist for Region 4 Education           High School in Castroville, where he lives with                                                        Juanice (Dixon) Collier ’56, B.S. elementary      15, 2010.                                                                                           Cynthia (Cain) Frederick ’89, B.S. criminal jus-
   trict. She lives in Nederland.                                                                                                                              Oct. 19, 2010.
                                                      Service Center. She lives in Houston.              his wife, Brenda.                                                                                      education, ’71, M.Ed. special education, died                                                       Thomas Christian ’72, M.B.A. business admin-      tice, died Aug. 9, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                               Jesse Lafferty ’41, A.A. general studies, died   Oct. 7, 2010.                                     Curtis Barbay ’65, B.S. health and physical
   Rebecca (Krenning) ’08, B.S. interdisciplinary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   istration, died Dec. 5, 2010.
                                                      Shanna Cormier ’09, B.S. finance, is contract      Johnny Briseno Jr. ’10, Ed. D. educational lead-      Jan. 18, 2011.                                                                                     education, died Sept. 25, 2010.                                                                     Curtis Rutherford III -89, criminal justice, died
   studies, and Dusty Green were married in                                                                                                                                                                     James Durham ’57, B.A. history, died Oct. 21,                                                       Robert Preston ’72, M.Ed. counseling and          Oct. 26, 2010.
                                                      administrator for Camp Dresser and McKee in        ership, is a principal in the Alvin school dis-                                                                                                          Warren Clark Jr. ’65, B.B.A. managem0ent,
   Beaumont Aug. 1, 2010. She teaches science at                                                                                                               Dorothy Levin ’41, A.A. general studies, died    2010.                                                                                               development, died Oct. 16, 2010.
                                                      Houston, where she lives with her husband,         trict. He lives in Pearland, with his wife, Maria.    Nov. 14, 2010.                                                                                     died Dec. 7, 2011.                                                                                  Lavenia (Bray) Durso ’91, B.S. sociology, ’93,
   East Chambers High School, and they live in                                                                                                                                                                  Ben Kirby Jr. -57, business, died Oct. 16,
                                                      Michael Nguyen ’08, B.S. chemical engineering.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Robert Seelen ’72, B.B.A. management, died        M.Ed. counseling and development, died July
   Winnie.                                                                                               Diane (Sylvester) Campbell ’10, M.Ed. adminis-        Arthur Greenspan ’42, A.A. general studies,      2010.                                             John Pagan Jr. ’65, B.S. secondary education,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nov. 3, 2010.                                     2, 2010.
                                                      Michelle (Bauer) Courmier ’09, B.G.S. general      tration, is an educator for the Conroe school         died Oct. 5, 2010. Memorial contributions                                                          died Dec. 6, 2010.
   Rachel Gunther ’08, B.A. political science,                                                                                                                                                                  Harry Reed ’57, B.B.A. general business, died                                                       Judy Tharp ’72, B.S. elementary education,        Richard Edwards II ’93, B.B.A. marketing,
                                                      studies, is a graduate assistant at Lamar          district. She lives in Spring.                        may be made to Lamar University                                                                    Carl Smith ’65, B.B.A. management, died July
   teaches social studies at Legacy Christian                                                                                                                                                                   July 20, 2010.                                                                                      died Oct. 23, 2010.                               died Sept. 17, 2010.
                                                      University in Beaumont. She lives in Vidor.                                                              Foundation for the Arthur Greenspan                                                                25, 2010.
   Academy in Beaumont, where she lives.                                                                 Lisa (Perez) Cox ’10, M.Ed. administration,           Memorial Scholarship, Lamar University           Carl Siebenthall ’57, B.B.A. accounting, died                                                       Mike Barnett ’73, B.S. health and kinesiology,    Barbara (Watson) Fleming ’93, B.S. criminal
                                                      Leslie (Riedmueller) ’09, B.S. family and con-     teaches in the Houston school district and lives      Foundation, P Box 11500, Beaumont,
                                                                                                                                                                             .O.                                Sept. 25, 2010.                                   Jimmie (Stubbs) Wright ’65, M.Ed. elementary
   Casi (Carter) Harris ’08, B.A.A.S. applied arts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  died Oct. 19, 2010.                               justice, died Aug. 19, 2010.
                                                      sumer sciences, and Joseph Edwards ’06,            in Huffman with her husband, Edward.                  Texas 77710.                                                                                       education, died Dec. 16, 2010.
   and sciences, works for Claybar Kelley-Watkins                                                                                                                                                               Thomas Martinez ’58, B.B.A. accounting, ’69,                                                        David Colemon ’73, B.B.A. accounting, died        William Wright ’93, B.A.A.S. applied arts and
                                                      B.B.A. finance, married July 10, 2010. She                                                                                                                                                                  Charles Zoch ’65, B.S. electrical engineering,
   Funeral Home and lives in Lumberton with                                                              Alice (Grant) Crocker ’10, M.Ed. teacher leader-      Delores (Brigance) Riddick ’42, A.A. general     M.B.A. business administration, died Aug. 17,                                                       Dec. 29, 2010.                                    sciences, died Jan. 7, 2011.
                                                      works for First Steps ECI, and he works for                                                              studies, died July 30, 2010.                                                                       died Nov. 29, 2010.
   her husband, Sean.                                                                                    ship, teaches and coaches in the Kilgore school                                                        2010. Memorial contributions may be made
                                                      Jason’s Deli. They live in Beaumont.                                                                                                                                                            .O.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                to the Lamar University Foundation, P Box                                                           William Copelin ’73, B.B.A. management,           Richard Guilbeaux ’95, B.A.A.S. applied arts
                                                                                                         district, where she lives with her husband,           Lula (Conway) Skinner ’43, A.A. general stud-                                                      Paul Moak ’66, M.B.A. business administra-
   Mindy (Oknefski) Hopper ’08, B.S. interdiscipli-                                                                                                                                                             11500, Beaumont, TX 77710 for the Modern                                                            died Aug. 11, 2010.                               and sciences, died July 28, 2010.
                                                      Lauren Holt ’09, B.S. nursing, works for Baptist   Randy.                                                ies, died Aug. 9, 2010.                                                                            tion, died Nov. 17, 2010.
   nary studies, ’09, M.S. deaf studies/deaf educa-                                                                                                                                                             Languages Competition.
                                                      Beaumont Hospital as a registered nurse. She                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kay (Grounds) Smith ’73, B.S. elementary edu-     Donna Kiser ’98, B.S. nursing, died July 19,
   tion, is a deaf education teacher in the Bryan                                                        Stephanie Hall ’10, M.Ed. administration, is          Edward DuBose ’47, A.A. general studies,                                                           David Ryan ’66, B.S. speech, died Dec. 4,
                                                      lives in Nederland.                                                                                                                                       Raymond McNeil ’58, B.B.A. management,                                                              cation, died Nov. 25, 2010.                       2010.
   school district. She lives in College Station                                                         data specialist in the Lewisville school district,    died Aug. 28, 2010.                                                                                2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                died Dec. 23, 2010.                                                                                 Jerolyn (Wilson) Halbrook ’74, B.S. elementary    Thomas Caraway ’03, B.A.A.S. applied arts
   with her husband, Jarrett.                         Nicole (Armentrout) ’09, B.S. interdisciplinary    where she lives.                                      Doris (Maida) Riley ’47, A.A. general studies,                                                     Bobby Walls ’66, B.S. industrial engineering,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stuart Wilson ’58, B.A. English, died Dec. 4,                                                       education, died Jan. 2, 2011.                     and sciences, ’08, M.A. history, died Jan. 4,
                                                      studies, and Nicholas Hunt married July 31,                                                              died Sept. 30, 2010.                                                                               ’70, M.E. engineering, died Jan. 13, 2011.
   Dawn Katz ’08, B.S. communication, earned a                                                           Lyndi (Wells) ’10, B.S. kinesiology, and                                                               2010.                                                                                                                                                 2011.
                                                      2010 at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Harold Pitts ’74, B.S. chemistry, died Oct. 17,
   master’s degree in communication and public                                                           Matthew Keller married June 12, 2010. She is          Henry Rodrique ’47, A.A. general studies, died                                                     John Hignett Jr. ’67, B.B.A. general business,
                                                      They live in Lumberton.                                                                                                                                   Donald Bean ’59, B.B.A. general business, died                                                      2010.                                             Martha Woolwine -03, general studies, died
   relations studies from the University of                                                              the daughter of Douglas ’76, A.S. law enforce-        Nov. 27, 2010.                                                                                     died Nov. 17, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                July 9, 2010.                                                                                                                                         Oct. 28, 2010.
   Houston and is now an instructor of commu-         Courtney King ’09, B.S. communications, is         ment, and Monica Wells ’83, M.Ed. elementary                                                                                                                                                               Kathleen (Williams) Sherwood ’74, B.S. ele-
                                                                                                                                                               Mary (Alexander) Walker ’47, A.A. general                                                          Lucretia (Crusan) Hopper ’67, B.A. English,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Louis Morrison Jr. ’59, B.B.A. management,                                                          mentary education, died Dec. 28, 2010.            Cassandra Rogers ’08, B.S. sociology, died
   nication at Lamar University.                      marketing and promotions coordinator for the       education. The Wellses live in Sour Lake and          studies, died Aug. 28, 2010.                                                                       died Nov. 26, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                died Sept. 11, 2010.                                                                                                                                  Oct. 24, 2010.
                                                      AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas,             the Kellers live in La.                                                                                                                                                                                    Ilona (Kessler) Baker ’75, B.S. elementary edu-
   Johnny Plasencia Jr. ’08, B.A.A.S. applied arts                                                                                                             Thomas Whitson ’47, A.A. general studies,                                                          E. A. LaBauve Jr. ’67, B.B.A. general business,
                                                      where she lives.                                                                                                                                          Frankie (Compton) Schexnayder ’59, B.S. home                                                        cation, died Aug. 5, 2010.                        Tom Sawyer ’09, B.S. criminal justice, died
   and sciences, works for Parigi Property                                                               Nicole (DuPree) May ’10, M.Ed. administration,        died Sept. 5, 2010.                                                                                died Dec. 29, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                economics, died Dec. 3, 2010.                                                                                                                         Dec. 19, 2010.
   Management Ltd. in Beaumont, where he lives        Gary Long Jr. ’09, B.S. mechanical engineering,    is assistant principal in the Denton school dis-                                                                                                                                                           Henry Bowman ’75, B.B.A. accounting, died
                                                                                                                                                               James Bergeron ’48, A.A. general studies,                                                          Violette (Braswell) Ladd ’67, M.Ed. special
                                                      is machinery engineer for LyondellBasell           trict, where she lives with her husband, Perry.                                                        Barbara (Youngblood) Willard ’59, B.S. elemen-                                                      July 22, 2010.                                    Joshua Melder ’10, B.A. English, died Nov. 8,
   with his wife, Erin.                                                                                                                                        died Sept. 2, 2010.                                                                                education, died Nov. 14, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                tary education, died Aug. 13, 2010.                                                                                                                   2010.
                                                      Industries in Houston. He lives in Pearland                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Nell (Sherman) Jones ’69, B.A. English, ’75,
   Jinwei Qiu ’08, Eng. D. civil engineering, is a                                                       Jennifer (Schwaiger) Sawyer ’10, B.S. industri-       Ruth Carter ’48, A.A. general studies, died                                                        David Reimers ’67, B.S. geology, died Jan. 21,
                                                      with his wife, Valerie.                                                                                                                                   Alfred Besch ’60, B.S. physical education, died                                                     M.Ed. counseling and development, died
   project engineer for URS Corp. in Dallas. He                                                          al engineer, works for Delta Refractories as a        Sept. 21, 2010.                                                                                    2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Aug. 28, 2010.                                                                                      Oct. 4, 2010.                                     Faculty, staff and friends
   lives in Plano.                                    Megan Myers ’09, B.S. interdisciplinary studies,   quality engineer in Lumberton, where she                                                                                                                 Juanell (Jones) Langston ’68, B.S. elementary
                                                                                                                                                               Barbara (Collins) Roark ’48, A.A. general                                                                                                            William Smith ’75, B.S. elementary education,
                                                      teaches fourth grade at Fletcher Elementary in     lives.                                                                                                 Howard Perkins ’60, B.A. English, died Oct.       education, died Sept. 16, 2010.                                                                     Agnes Bledsoe, retiree, died July 13, 2010.
   Meghan (Merritt) Ruggles ’08, B.S. chemistry,                                                                                                               studies, died Aug. 12, 2010.                                                                                                                         died Aug. 2, 2010.
                                                      Beaumont. She lives in China.                                                                                                                             20, 2010. Contributions to a scholarship in
   ’10 M.S. chemistry, is an instructor of chem-                                                         Michelle Somerhalder ’10, M.Ed. administra-           Hubert Swanzy ’48, A.A. general studies, died    his memory may be made to the Lamar               James Sheffield ’68, B.S. sociology, died Nov.                                                      Barbara Brentlinger died Feb. 4, 2011.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Janis Dupuy ’76, B.S. sociology, died Nov. 14,
   istry at Lamar University. She lives in Silsbee.   Sonia (Sanchez) Owens ’09, A.A.S. nursing, is a    tion, teaches Spanish at Decatur High School.         Aug. 30, 2010.                                   University Foundation, P Box 11500,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        .O.                       1, 2010.                                                                                            Dr. Joe Dickerson died Nov. 24, 2010.
                                                      registered nurse for Christus Hospital St.         She lives in Decatur with her husband, James                                                           Beaumont, TX 77710.
   Cathy (Seidman) Warmack ’08, B.S. music,                                                                                                                    Wilbur Webster ’48, A.A. general studies,                                                          Genny (Griggs) Hargrove ’69, B.S. music, died                                                       Leonard Drake died Sept. 30, 2010.
                                                      Elizabeth. She lives in Port Neches.               Vandebeck.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Betty (Burns) Cole ’77, B.S. secondary educa-
   teaches private violin students and plays with                                                                                                              died Dec. 11, 2010.                              Larry Richardson ’60, B.S. geology, died July     Dec. 12, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tion, ’81, M.A. government, died Nov. 15,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                27, 2010.                                                                                                                                             Clyde Goff Jr., retiree, died Nov. 2, 2010.
   two orchestras. She lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.     Sabrina (Rushing) Pomales ’09, M.Ed. adminis-      Karen (Fennell) ’10, M.S. family and consumer         Joyce (Whitman) Hester ’49, A.A. general                                                           Frances Henley ’69, B.S. biology, died Sept.      2010.
                                                      tration, teaches in the Brazosport school dis-     science, and Jordan Spindle married June 5,           studies, died Aug. 2, 2010.                      Kenneth Alexander Sr. ’61, B.S. biology, died     11, 2010.                                                                                           Ann (Dickinson) Jones, retiree, died July 18,
   Michael Welch ’08, B.B.A. marketing, is title                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Flois (Chapman) Howard ’78, B.S. elementary
                                                      trict. She lives in Angleton with her husband,     2010, in College Station. They plan to move                                                            Dec. 23, 2010.                                                                                                                                        2010. Memorial contributions may be made
   agent for J. Mark Smith and Associates. He                                                                                                                  Arby Walker ’49, A.A. general studies, died                                                        Teresa Rhone ’69, B.A. psychology, died Jan.      education, died Dec. 28, 2010.
                                                      Benjamin.                                          to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he will be a ophthal-                                                                                                                                                                                                                            .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to the Tom F and Ann D. Jones Memorial
   lives in Beaumont.                                                                                                                                          Aug. 11, 2010.                                   Larry Jacobs -61, died Oct. 16, 2010.             3, 2011.                                                                                            Scholarship Fund, Lamar University, P   .O.
                                                                                                         mology resident at SUNY Downstate.                                                                                                                                                                         Matthew White ’78, B.B.A. general business,
                                                      Brian Roberson ’09, B.S. communication,                                                                  Gloria (Luke) Hamilton ’50, A.A. general         Gerald Nelson ’61, B.S. chemical engineering,     John Wasser ’69, B.B.A. management, ’71,          died July 17, 2010.                               Box 10011, Beaumont, Texas 77710.
   Angelique (Stuart) ’08, B.S. nursing, and
                                                      teaches special education in the Spring school     Ashli Stinnett ’10, B.A.A.S. applied arts and sci-    studies, ’61, B.S. mathematics, died Sept. 6,    died July 24, 2010.                               M.B.A. business administration, died Nov.
   Kenneth Whitney married Sept. 25, 2010. She                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nancy (Clingan) Tanner ’79, B.S. nursing, ’87,    Gerald Klein died July 26, 2010.
                                                      district. He lives in Houston.                     ences, is a paralegal for Schechter Shaffer and       2010.                                                                                              25, 2010.
   works for Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in                                                                                                                                                                 Lloyd Tansy ’61, B.S. chemistry, died Sept. 24,                                                     M.Ed. guidance and counseling, died on July
                                                                                                         Harris in Houston, where she lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sam Lucia, retiree, died Sept. 5, 2010.
   Beaumont, where they live.                         Nigeria Savoy ’09, B.B.A. accounting, is a sen-                                                          Rose Mary (Oge) Rose ’50, A.A. general           2010.                                             John Herrington ’70, B.B.A. marketing, died       17, 2010.
                                                      ior associate for Deloitte and Touche in           George Taylor III ’10, M.Ed. administration,          studies, died Aug. 28, 2010.                                                                       Nov. 17, 2010.                                                                                      Brenda Oliver, retiree, died April 13, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                David Todd ’61, B.S. chemical engineering,                                                          Howard Trahan Jr. ’79, B.B.A. accounting,
   Lyn Williams ’08, B.S. communication disor-
                                                      Houston, where she lives.                          teaches and coaches at Anahuac High School.           Walter Sekaly ’51, A.A. general studies, died    died Oct. 27, 2010.                               Walter Leleux ’70, B.B.A. accounting, ’71,        died Dec. 5, 2010.
   ders, ’10 M.S. speech-language pathology,
                                                                                                         He lives in Baytown with his wife, Heather.           Aug. 17, 2010.                                                                                     M.B.A. business administration, died Sept.
   works for HCR Manorcare as a speech lan-           Shane Howard ’09, M.B.A. business adminis-                                                                                                                June (Adams) Traiteler ’62, B.S. elementary                                                         Jim Wiley -80, died July 20, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  17, 2010.
   guage pathologist in Houston, where she lives.     tration, is tax assessor-collector for Jefferson                                                         Rodney Christ ’52, A.A. general studies, died    education, died Dec. 25, 2010.                                                                      James Crum ’81, B.S. criminal justice, died
                                                      County. He lives in Beaumont.                                                                            Jan. 16, 2011. Memorial contributions may                                                          Shirley (Schexnayder) Ogunbanjo ’70, B.S. ele-
   Ashli Brown ’09, B.G.S. general studies, owns                                                                                                                                                                Elizabeth (Otey) Carmine ’63, B.S. elementary                                                       July 8, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                               be made to the R. B. and Earline Christ                                                            mentary education, died July 19, 2010.
   Zandy Zoo’s Clothes and Shoes, an infant and       Patricia (Domingue) Steele ’09, M.Ed. adminis-                                                                                                            education, died Oct. 5, 2010.                                                                       Michelle Taylor ’82, B.S. physics, died Nov. 7,
                                                                                                                                                               Family Scholarship, Lamar University, P  .O.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sherry Ryals ’70, B.S. speech, ’75, M.Ed. edu-
   children’s boutique, in Nederland. She lives in    tration, was chosen Region 5 Teacher of the                                                              Box 11500, Beaumont, Texas 77710.                Stephen Hodges ’63, B.S. graphic design, died                                                       2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cational leadership, died Jan. 7, 2011.
   Port Neches.                                       Year among elementary educators. She teaches                                                                                                              Aug. 18, 2010.                                                                                      Evelyn (Roberts) Wheelus ’83, B.S. environ-
                                                                                                                                                               Preston Premeaux ’53, B.S. biology, died
                                                      in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville school dis-                                                                                                                                                              Raymond Tadlock ’70, B.B.A. marketing, died
   Karen (Kinto) Chlebo ’09, M.Ed. administration,                                                                                                             Aug. 29, 2010.                                   Sam Morphew ’63, B.S. physics, died Oct. 25,                                                        mental science, died Dec. 23, 2010.
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                                                                                                                                               from Lamar. In 1969, Norwood went to              has paid off. Norwood is not the only person      business and the lube oil additives business is

                   Co-op to corporate                                                                                                          work for Lubrizol as a co-op student. He has
                                                                                                                                               been with the company ever since.
                                                                                                                                                     “I really liked the company,” Norwood
                                                                                                                                               said. “They offered a lot of challenges and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 in Lubrizol’s senior management team who
                                                                                                                                                                                                 got his start with the company through
                                                                                                                                                                                                 cooperative education. The chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                 officer was a co-op student from Texas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   excellent,” said Jack Hopper, dean of LU’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   College of Engineering. “He understands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lamar and understands the industry, so he’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   been an extremely valuable addition to the
                                                                                                                   by Beth Gallaspy            opportunities to do different things as a co-     A&M, and the chief operating officer was a        advisory board.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 co-op from Cornell. The company’s strong                Norwood said he looks forward to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 management and marketing dominance                working with the council and with Hopper,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 recently prompted Warren Buffett’s Berkshire      who was one of his professors, to further
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hathaway to acquire Lubrizol for approxi-         strengthen Lamar’s engineering programs
                                                                                                                                                                                                 mately $9.7 billion. With significant opera-      and develop additional graduate education
                                                                                                                                                                                                 tions in Texas and Ohio, Lubrizol continues       offerings in engineering. He enjoyed his own
                                                                                                                                                                                                 to use co-op students from Lamar, among           time at Lamar, particularly the friendships he
                                                                                                                                                                                                 other Texas universities, and from universities   made and the dedication he saw from profes-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 in the Midwest.                                   sors to take extra time to help students learn.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Staying with one company for an entire      “We had a pretty good time there. When I
                                                                                                                                                                                                 career and moving up through the organiza-        first started attending Lamar we had some
                                                                                                                                                                                                 tion was fairly common for people who, like       pretty good basketball teams,” Norwood
                                                                                                                                                                                                 him, started their careers in the early 1970s,    said. “I think my fondest memories are about
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Norwood said. With changes in the economy         the friendly campus atmosphere and interac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 and globalization, however, such a practice is    tions with other students and the professors.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 more unusual today. Norwood cites global-               Norwood and his wife, Cynthia
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ization as one of the biggest changes he has      (Smesny) Norwood ’72, married while
                                                                                                                                                                                                 seen during his career.                           attending Lamar. They will celebrate their
                                                                                                                                                                                                       “I guess I started doing work in China as   40th anniversary this year. The couple met
                                                                                                                                                                                                 a younger engineer in the early 1980s when        on a blind date in high school and continued
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the country first started opening up to inter-    dating as college students. Cynthia, who
                                                                                                                                                                                                 national investments. It’s been interesting to    majored in history at Lamar, teaches classes
                                                                                                                                                                                                 see how much the chemical industry has            around the country on making traditional
                                                                                                                                                                                                 grown globally,” Norwood said. “Another           hooked rugs using techniques that date back
                                                                                                                                                                                                 major change has been the advances in tech-       about 200 years. Her interest in the art and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 nology—the use of computers, electronics,         craft began as a hobby and evolved into a
                                                                                                                                                                                                 distributed control systems in the day-to-day     business, Norwood said. She even wrote a
                                                                                                                                                                                                 operations. From a technology perspective,        book on the topic, published in 2008.

                                                               s corporate vice president of operations for the Lubrizol Corp., Larry          op student. I liked the way they treated          things have changed very rapidly.”                      The Norwoods enjoy interests such as
                                                               Norwood ’73 is no stranger to international travel. The specialty chemical      employees. When I graduated in 1973, I                  Lubrizol produces a variety of lubricant    golf, gardening, downhill skiing and attend-
                                                               company headquartered in Wickliffe, Ohio, has facilities in North America,      went to work for them full time.”                 additives to improve the performance of           ing orchestra performances. Norwood said
                                                               South America, Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia, and Norwood oversees               Then and now, co-op students alternate      transportation and industrial lubricants and      he also enjoys fly fishing and woodworking.
                                                               the operations of all of them, a responsibility that requires monitoring        one semester in classes with one semester in      fuels. These products have changed over the       Ever the engineer, he also likes experiment-
                                                               things first-hand at times.                                                     paid employment related to their studies to       years in response to auto manufacturers’          ing with electronics. He has built his own
                                               Earlier this year, Norwood visited Nanjing, China, for an official contract signing ceremo-     provide practical professional experience. As a   desires to enhance engine efficiency, reduce      computers on several occasions.
                                          ny with the construction and engineering companies that will build a new facility for Lubrizol       chemical engineering major, Norwood found         emissions, improve fuel economy or increase             In the years ahead, he sees his biggest
                                          in Zhuhai, China. Another business destination offered some enjoyable excursions in                  Lubrizol, which was then a small specialty        equipment durability. The company also has        professional challenge as grooming his suc-
                                          Normandy, France. The company has facilities in the cities of Le Havre and Rouen.                    chemical company in Houston, a good fit.          diversified into advanced specialty polymers      cessors to ensure continued strong leadership
                                               The travel has made Norwood’s work more interesting and, on occasion, more challeng-                  “It was a company that, as long as you      used in consumer and industrial applications,     and forward momentum for his company.
                                          ing. “It’s always interesting to get an opportunity to meet different people and see how different   proved you could handle responsibility, they      such as thermoplastic urethanes, performance      “This is an issue facing a number of compa-
                   LARRY NORWOOD          cultures approach things,” Norwood said.                                                             gave you responsibility early in your career. I   coatings and various components used in           nies. People my age are moving through
                                               Norwood can trace his opportunities for a career with such a global reach directly to his       had the opportunity to work in a number of        personal care products.                           their careers and are working to develop the
                                          roots at Lamar University. After he graduated from Liberty High School, three of the factors         different areas. That was interesting and               Because of his vast experience in the       next generation of leaders, to make sure the
                                          that attracted Norwood to Lamar were its strong engineering program, reasonable tuition and          exciting,” Norwood said.                          industry, Norwood was invited to join             next guy is ready to take our place.”
                                          good cooperative education program. Norwood knew little about Lubrizol when it came up as                  The company’s philosophy of building        Lamar’s College of Engineering Advisory
                                          a possible co-op assignment. But, with facilities in Houston, it wasn’t too far from home or         reciprocal relationships with co-op students      Council. “His expertise in the chemicals

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                                                                                                                                       BRIAN SATTLER
                                                                                                                                                            When he graduated in 1984—the morning ceremony took place                   Beyond the vital financial support, the ministry gives
                                                                                                                                                       in the old McDonald Gym—he was sworn in as an officer that after-         survivors and their families the ability to “talk with some-
                                                                                                                                                       noon. Two days later, he was on his first military post learning the      one who’s walked that same dark path and knows the
                                                                                                                                                       art and science of war. His career would take him on assignments          emotions and things you’re going through. It’s a great
                                                                                                                                                       around the world, including combat with the 2nd Armored Calvary           opportunity to do what scripture tells us to do and to
                                                                                                                                                       Battle Group in the Battle of 73 Easting inside Iraq where the lead       comfort others as we were comforted.”
                                                                                                                                                       elements of the 7th Corps hit Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard                  Along the way, the couple, with co-author Ginger
                                                                                                                                                       on Feb. 26, 1991. His Army career was well on track.                      Kolbaba, wrote Refined by Fire: A Family’s Triumph of Love
                                                                                                                                                            “When Sept. 11 occurred, Mel became both mom and dad to              and Faith, which chronicles their life-changing ordeal. “It’s a
                                                                                                                                                       our son Matt and the sole decision-maker in the family because I          story of the Lord’s grace more than anything else and what
                                                                                                                                                       was incapacitated,” Birdwell said. “There is a tremendous burden in       life is like in a burn center,” Birdwell said.
                                                                                                                                                       being both caregiver and parent and being faced with decisions not               Birdwell was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds
                                                                                                                                                       really knowing the long-term implications.”                               received at the Pentagon and at his retirement received the
                                                                                                                                                            “There were some hard moments for both of us for a lot of            Legion of Merit Award, the capstone of a long and success-
                                                                                                                                                       days,” Birdwell said.                                                     ful military career.
                                                                                                                                                            On one of those days Jack Elwood, an associate pastor of the                Today, Mel manages the work of the ministry while he
                                                                                                                                                       church the Birdwells attended, visited Birdwell in physical therapy.      serves the people of Texas in the Senate in a very challeng-
                                                                                                                                                       “I was at fixed bayonets with pain, looking at it every day 24/7.         ing session with big issues such as overcoming a massive
                                                                                                                                                       When 60 percent of your skin is missing, you’re dealing with pain         budget shortfall. Other challenges include redistricting,
                                                                                                                                                       on a moment-by-moment basis,” Birdwell said. “Pastor Elwood said          voter identification, security and immigration, as well as
                                                                                                                                                       ‘God doesn’t waste our pain.’ It wasn’t until about six months later      various issues specific to the many regions of Texas.

                                          Through the fire:
                                                                                                                                                       when my returns to the hospital were becoming less frequent that I               Birdwell is a proponent of limited government, a term
                                                                                                                                                       began to see what he meant.”                                              he sees “as a statement of jurisdiction, not just a measure of
                                                                                                                                                            On one visit, Birdwell’s physical therapist asked him to visit       how many employees or the size of your state budget. It is
                                                                                                                                                       with the family of a newly arrived burn patient. At first he was reluc-   a measure of the jurisdiction we are exercising on people’s
                                                                                                                                                       tant, wondering what he could share. “I visited with the family for       lives on a day-to-day basis.”
                                          From military man                                                                                            about an hour, and, when I stepped out of the room, the little light             “Ultimately, those 49 words of the Declaration of
                                                                                                                                                       bulb came on,” he said. “I realized how God could use our experi-         Independence are most important,” Birdwell said. “We are a
                                          to statesman                                                           by Brian Sattler                      ence to help other folks.”                                                people ‘endowed by their creator with certain inalienable
                                                                                                                                                            Birdwell’s medical journey would continue into 2005, and he          rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of
                                                                                                                                                       knew from a medical perspective that his military career was over.        happiness,’ and then the phrase right after is the charge to
                                                                                                                                                       He would have to retire with 20 years of service. The big question        us as elected officials and ‘to secure these rights govern-

                                          ife changed forever for Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell ’84, his wife, Mel, and their son,                    was what was next. “My plan didn’t work out the way I wanted it           ments are instituted among men,’” Birdwell said. “My pri-
                                          Matt, when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.                          to,” he said, “but I realized that we could comfort others as we had      mary duty is to be here to protect you from government.
                                               In that terrible instant, Birdwell was thrown to the ground and engulfed in flames                      been comforted as Second Corinthians tells us to do.”                     To protect your rights, to protect your ability to go out and
                                          that ravaged 60 percent of his body. Of his burns, nearly half were third degree in                               Together, Brian and Mel started Face the Fire Ministries, shar-      succeed or to go out and fail and learn from that failure.”
                                          severity. After 39 operations and months of hospitalization and long rehabilitation, he                      ing their story with burn survivors and their families. They also raise          “I always ask myself the question, ‘Is what you’re ask-
                                          has traded his Army career for the role of statesman as Texas senator in District 22,                        funds to help offset the costs associated with keeping families intact    ing government to do going to expand opportunities by
                                          covering the counties of Bosque, Coryell, Ellis, Falls, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan,                       while one member, often the primary breadwinner, is being treated.        removing an obstacle or will it put another rock in their
                                          Navarro and Somervell.                                                                                       Expenses can mount quickly, from temporary housing to child care.         rucksack?'”
                                               The son of life-long educators, he participated in the Reserve Officer Training Corps                   It takes a lot to just make ends meet. The ministry has also provided            A native Texan and resident of Granbury, Birdwell was
                                          programs and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice under the tutelage of Lamar                      funds to medical facilities specializing in the research, treatment and   elected in a special election to fill the unexpired term of
                                          mentors Jim Love, Robert Frazier and John Altemose. “Lamar was very good to me,”                             care of burn injuries.                                                    Senator Kip Averitt. Birdwell ran unopposed on the
                                          Birdwell said. “It was a very good fit.”                                                                          “The financial gifts we’ve been able to provide to burn survivors    November ballot and was elected for the full term.
                                                                                                                                                       and wounded servicemen and women have been able to help defray                   Although calamity could easily have weighed him
                                                                                                                                                       the costs of their displacement from home,” Birdwell said.                down, he is quick to credit faith, family and friends with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 helping him triumph over the trauma and once again find
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fulfillment in serving others.

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                                                                                                                      to Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, Germany,
                                                                                                                      Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Turkey,
                                                                                                                      Israel, Egypt, India, Thailand, Hong Kong,
                                                                                                                      Vietnam, Japan and Russia. Plenty of time
                                                                                                                      was allotted to visit sites in the many coun-

                   Around the world               by Brian Sattler
                                                                                                                      tries, Smith said. Many of the stops during
                                                                                                                      the 42-day trip were locations of particular
                                                                                                                      interest to Smith, who graduated Lamar
                                                                                                                      with a degree in history.
                                                                                                                            “I have many mental movies of the
                                                                                                                      trip,” Smith said. “One day that comes
                                                                                                                      immediately to mind is the flight to
                                                                                                                      Petropavlovsk, Russia. We left Nagoya, Japan
                                                                                                                      July 15 in rain and low clouds. Our wonder-

                                                                  utch Smith ’75 and two colleagues completed         ful Japanese handlers managed all the
                                                                  a flight around the world last summer in a          arrangements perfectly, then lined up in a
                                                                  300-m.p.h. twin-engine Beechcraft King Air          row and held a formal bow as we took off.
                                                                  to raise awareness for Grace Flight, a non-prof-          “Handling was a little different at our
                                                                  it organization providing free air transportation   first stop in Russia (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk) with
                                                                  for medical and humanitarian purposes.              lots of soldiers, border security guards and
                                                                                                                      customs officials, all with the most extraordi-
                                                                                                                      nary hats. After refueling and a shocking

                                                        “It is our goal to remove the transportation burden from
                                                  patients so they can get to specialized medical treatment not
                                                  available to them locally and focus on getting well,” Smith
                                                  said. “Many of our patients do not have access to convention-
                                                                                                                      “Hundreds and hundreds
                                                                                                                      of people followed the
                                                                                                                      flight. It is very gratify-
                                                                                                                      ing, and more than a little
                                                                                                                      humbling to know that
                                                                                                                      these good folks, and
                                                                                                                                                                        English from the controllers who
                                                                                                                                                                        gave altitude assignments in meters
                                                                                                                                                                        and wind speeds in kilometers per
                                                                                                                                                                        second. It was fairly challenging to
                                                                                                                                                                        fly a low-ceiling approach in an air

                                                  al transportation or are too ill to drive or fly commercially.
                                                                                                                      their friends, were intro-                        control system so different from
                                                  Grace Flight of America relies completely on volunteer pilots       duced to Grace Flight                             our own over such remote and
                                                                                                                                                                        unforgiving terrain.
                                                  and donations from individuals, foundations, clubs and cor-
                                                                                                                      and its compassionate                                   “We broke out (of the
                                                        “Our global circumnavigation flight was an incredible         mission.”                                         clouds) to land on a 10,000-foot
                                                  adventure,” said Smith who, when he’s not flying with Grace                                                           runway completely surrounded                                                          ISRAEL
                                                                                                                      —BUTCH SMITH ’75
                                                  Flight, pursues business opportunities through McRight-                                                               by hills and tall, green trees. As

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Grace Flight provide their time, equipment,
                                                  Smith Capital, LP a private equity company.
                                                                     ,                                                                                                  we taxied over a mile through dark woods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and fuel and operating costs with no
                                                        A 1975 history graduate of Lamar University, Smith                                                              chilled by mist and fog, we spotted aircraft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        reimbursement. Grace Flight, a non-profit
                                                  built a career in marketing and financial institutions. Smith                                                         revetments to the left and right filled with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        corporation headquartered in Addison,
                                                  was one of the first speakers in the College of Business’           amount of paperwork, we left for the over         MIG and Sukhoi fighters. The Russians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Texas, works with hospitals; care facilities;
                                                  Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies speaker series.               water flight ending at our final stop for the     appeared to be just as amazed by us as we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and social, community, and religious workers
                                                        “To our great surprise, we know that hundreds and hun-        day, Petropavlovsk, 900 nautical miles away.      were by them.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to identify people whose access to critical
                                                  dreds of people followed the flight. It is very gratifying, and           “As we arrived and crossed from ocean             Grace Flight of America flew more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        care is hampered due to location or trans-
                                                  more than a little humbling to know that these good folks,          to the Kamchatka peninsula, a low cloud           1,600 missions last year and is on track to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        portation difficulties. All Grace Flight
                                                  and their friends, were introduced to Grace Flight and its          deck obscured the mountains and active vol-       increase that number by 50 percent this year,
   Butch Smith, standing; Glenn Smith,                                                                                                                                                                                  services are provided free of charge to those
                                                  compassionate mission.”                                             canoes below. The approach to landing was         Smith said. The more than 1,300 volunteer
   left; and Mark David                   CHINA                                                                                                                                                                         in need.
                                                        The flight, which originated in McKinney, took the three      ‘interesting’ with rapid-fire Russian-accented    pilots and aircraft owners who serve with

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