perseveres after Rita for
historical winter graduation
than 670 strong, the
class of December 2005 braved the storm,
graduating Thursday night (Dec. 22, 2005) in
what President Jimmy Simmons called “the
graduation that almost didn’t happen.”
near-capacity audience filled the
for the ceremony, scheduled hours after
classes concluded for the fall semester.
Hurricane Rita interrupted classes for four
weeks, extended the semester and delayed
commencement from the original date of Dec.
is an important occasion, especially when you
consider that there was 2 inches of water on
this floor less than three months ago,”
winter commencement was special in several
ways, he told the graduates and guests.
is our first-ever evening graduation. It’s
one of the largest December graduations in
Lamar history. And it was the graduation that
almost didn’t happen,” Simmons said
Rep. Ted Poe, the commencement speaker, drew
rounds of applause with his address.
hours ago, you were taking finals,” Poe
said. “Three days before Christmas, you’re
graduating from ‘
Doblin, provost and vice president for
academic affairs, said commencement is the
highlight of any academic year but is
especially so this year.
the devastating winds of Hurricane Rita, there
were moments in September when we hoped the
next commencement would be in May of 2006,”
Doblin said. “Heartfelt thanks are owed to
many – including tonight’s graduates –
for the willingness and efforts that allowed
us to pick up the pieces; patch the roofs; dry
the buildings; reassemble the faculty, staff
and students; and finish the fall semester.”
holiday break begins Friday, Dec. 23, and
grades will not become final until after the
campus reopens Jan. 3. Although honor
graduates and potential recipients of the
Plummer Award, for graduates with the highest
grade-point averages, were recognized during
the ceremony, they will not be officially
announced until final grades are tabulated.
of Events Listing/Public Service Announcement:
Meaning of the Movies: 100 Years of Cinema’
to present Distinguished Faculty Lecture Jan. 30
through Jan. 30, 2006)
Rivers, professor of French at
, will present Lamar’s 19th annual
Distinguished Faculty Lecture, sponsored by
ExxonMobil, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30,
2006, in the University Theatre. “The
Meaning of the Movies: 100 Years of Cinema in
and Around the World” will be Rivers’ topic
as he leads a cinematic journey through a
century of film-making. His lecture commemorates
the centennial of the first
movie theater. Using clips from classic films to
illustrate his presentation, Rivers will share
insights and experiences of his lifelong
fascination with the movies. A reception is
scheduled after the lecture in the University
Theatre lobby. The lecture was delayed from its
original October date because of Hurricane Rita.
The University Theatre is on
Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
at Lavaca on the Lamar campus in
. The events are open to the public without
charge. Call (409) 880-8419 for additional
chair Bulow orchestrates Lamar music,
theater & dance department to new round of
Bulow, with some of his many instruments on
which he performs.
by Brian Sattler/courtesy of
Bulow is tuned to musical superlatives.
plays a score of instruments, has studied with
such musical giants as Aaron Copland and Henry
Mancini and performed with legendary bandleader
ensemble, the New Rococo Bandsmen, was a big hit
at high school dances and malls in southern
during the ’70s. As a teenager, he
had a career in radio – rising from janitor to
announcer at his parents’
And he worked his way through graduate school
writing jingles for such clients as Taco Bell
and film and television music for “The
Incredible Hulk,” among others.
is literally a one-man band, whose Harry Bulow
Jazz Quartet Minus 3 has entertained audiences
for years. He arranges all the parts (bass,
piano and drums) and records them, then plays
over them with flute, clarinet or saxophone.
he has taken on new challenges as chair of
’s Department of Music, Theatre & Dance,
orchestrating 19 full-time and 17 part-time
faculty members; 220 undergraduate and graduate
music, theatre and dance majors; and about 1,300
non-majors who take music each semester.
challenge multiplied when the devastating blow
of Hurricane Rita forced postponement and
rescheduling of dozens of concerts, recitals,
plays, dance performances and other events. But
he persevered, and the department’s season is
back on track.
a lot of good things about Lamar. It’s a
rising school. It’s emerging,” Bulow
said.”I like the people – both the faculty
and the students. There’s a lot of positive
energy – and. a strong artistic
came to Lamar from the
, where he was professor of music and director
of the Center for Music Technology.
, he grew up in
, where, in his formative years, he studied
organ, saxophone, clarinet and flute. He
with distinction, earning a bachelor’s degree
in piano. He earned his master’s degree and
doctorate from the
, both in theory and composition.
he learned to play the organ when he was 8, his
first childhood aspiration was to become a
doctor. “But junior high school, however, I
had a tremendous experience in the band program,
which changed my life.
that, I didn’t have a question in my mind
because, in high school, I became the drum
major. I became the jazz band instructor. Once I
was in the band, I was playing clarinet, flute,
all the saxophones – most of the woodwinds. I
found baritone sax was one of my favorite
instruments, and I play quite a bit of flute.
When I do my jazz gigs, I do mostly saxophone
and flute improvisations.”
continues playing piano, his undergraduate
major, and he wishes he had more time to hone
his skills on the bassoon.
compositions have received numerous prizes,
including first prize at the International
Composers Competition in
, a National Endowment for the Arts Composer
Felowship and 20 consecutive awards from the
American Society of Composers, Authors and
Publishers. He’s emphasized composing in
recent years, with
publisher and a number of commissions.
got a lot of irons in the fire,” he says,
“but I try to keep performing. Sometimes, as a
musician, you just want to go to the practice
room and play your horn.”
a lover of music, Bulow considers himself a
traditionalist. “Ernie Watts is probably my
favorite saxophone player, and Charlie Parker
and those bebop players I liked a great
played a concert with Woody Herman and his last
“Thundering Herd” at the Hollywood Bowl, and
the bandleader later accepted Bulow’s
invitation to perform in
has performed as soloist with a number of
symphony orchestras, including
, as well as
, where the late Dudley Moore once was
piano soloist on Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in
had made more than his share of musical
arts are all tremendous, but music – I’m
glad I went in this direction because I’ve
been a lot of different places and experienced a
lot of fun moments with people. We’ve made
some really great music.”
department chair, Bulow hopes to continue taking
the department in the direction of success.
principal aim is to reinforce and support the
positive areas we already have and to see if we
can’t develop new areas that are emerging
technologies and the whole media area,” he
said. “My focus as an
artist-composer-performer is really the
integration of the arts. I think it is important
for musicians, dancers and theater people to
brought Bulow together with his wife, Ellen, a
native of Hong Kong, when he was teaching at the
15 years ago. They sang in their church choir
together and kept seeing one another at
concerts. Their first date, not surprisingly,
was to a concert. Ellen Bulow is a talented
pianist who also has been a church organist and
music director. In
, she was a beloved member of the community,
attracting scores of piano students to her
Bulows have two children, Tim, 11, and Hanna,
profession allows little leisure time, but, he
said, “Spending time with my wife and kids and
trying to perform music are still the joys of my
goes on after Rita for new
Lamar chair Harry Bulow
they gave a performing arts season and nobody
came – except a devastating diva named Rita.
was the worst-case scenario confronting Harry
Bulow just weeks after he arrived at
to take on the highly visible and active role
as chair of the Department of Music, Theatre
a result of his efforts and those of his
faculty, the shows affected by Hurricane Rita
went on, rescheduled later in the fall and in
spring of 2006. “A lot of the work we did
prior to Rita, we had to redo,” Bulow said.
“It’s been a wild ride.”
had barely settled into his office in the
– he’d been there about five weeks –
when Rita came roaring onto the
coast, cutting a wide swath across the Lamar
also was taking aim at the home where Bulow,
his wife, Ellen, and their two children –
all first-time Texans – were just getting
settled after the move from
tried to get out,” Bulow said. “We were on
the road 9 ½ hours and got just 10 miles.
That’s when we decided to come back. We
would probably have had to drive 25 hours,
Plus, we hadn’t been in
very long and really didn’t know where to
the family battened down the hatches of its
golf course is in the back of the house, so we
got pillowcases and filled them with sand
borrowed from the traps and barricaded the
house. We propped beds against the windows. We
had a generator going and kept saws in case we
had to cut our way out. We were prepared.”
10 days, however, the family was running low
on gasoline and drove to
to get more.
said Bulow, “We couldn’t get back into
. Finally, we discovered some back roads and
found our way back.”
returned to his campus domain to find 2 inches
of water in the band hall and the University
Theatre “a swimming pool.” The
sustained other major damage, and several
musical instruments were destroyed. Working
with his senior administrative associate,
Delores Black, he kept track of faculty
members during the evacuation.
were a lot of things that we’ve worked hard
to pull together.”
there was the larger issue of un-scheduling,
then rescheduling, a full season of concerts,
recitals and stage performances.
had to go through and find venues for all the
performances – especially Lamarissimo!
because I didn’t want to lose the series,”
Bulow said. “We moved people around, not
just to the Jefferson Theatre but also to
places like Lamar State College-Port Arthur
with $4,000 in repair bills for the two
instruments badly damaged in the flood, the
department found help from the Texas Music
Educators Association, which stepped forward
to ask what it could do to help and offered to
repair the instruments at no charge.
Bulow, as a new department chair, “Starting
out was difficult – twice. It’s always
tough in the fall, but then we had to start up
again. It’s been like a year or two – or
five. Everyone is pretty worn out.”
he said, “I think we’re OK, although the
storm will have a residual effect on the
entire year. It has intensified all our
seasons. We had to pack 15 weeks worth of
concerts into seven, but everyone’s working
hard. It’s a great group of people.
will be a busy spring, but a good one,” he
said, referring to the Lamarissimo! concert
series’ schedule now totaling four concerts
instead of the usual two.
will be more charged up with an even greater
dedication to the series,” Bulow said.
a sense of loss in the community, and people
want to get back to things that feel normal.
Lamarissmimo! has a defining quality on the
campus and in the community. We don’t want
to lose our culture.”
student elected to
national honors council
Collegiate Honors Council board member Oscar
, with Lamar Honors Student Association
President Divya Verma of
at the meeting of the council.
paves new way for
Lamar Honors Program
the “new kid on the block” can be hard for
students – with moving, having to make
friends and proving yourself, it can be a
trying time for anyone . . . unless you’re
of the fall semester from
, his hometown, Villanueva joined the Lamar
Honors Student Association.
went on to earn nationwide recognition with
his election to the board of directors of the
National Collegiate Honors Council, becoming
the first student from Lamar to hold this
feel tremendously honored to represent honors
students from all across the nation in the
,” he said.
says the students in the Lamar Honors Student
Association were graceful enough to elect him
to serve as their representative at both the
National Collegiate Honors Council and Great
Plains Honors Conference. While at the
National Collegiate Honors Council Conference
in October, Donna Birdwell, honors programs
director, informed Villanueva of the opening
on the Board.
said based on my past academic achievements
and leadership credentials, she felt I had a
good chance of being elected to the
position,” he said.
took Birdwell’s advice, and, after being
nominated from the floor at the conference’s
business meeting, he formulated a personal
biography and a statement of purpose, which
was posted on the internet. Members of the
Honors Council, administrators, honors program
directors and other executives, not students,
voted. From a candidate pool of six,
Villanueva and another student were selected.
is such a blessing that I will take very
seriously,” he said. “It is a humbling
position of responsibility that I will strive
to perform dutifully,” he said.
is majoring in pre-law and English at Lamar.
He says he chose English because he thinks it
will prepare him for the rigorous reading,
writing and research he will be faced with in
would like to thank Dr. Birdwell and all my
fellow students in the Honors Program,” he
said, “for they all had a hand in this
more than anything, I would like to recognize
my parents for their dedication and commitment
and the desire they instilled in me to always
reach higher in anything I undertake. I would
not be where I am today without their
artists whip up eats
at 3rd annual LU contest
students Conner Brennan (left) and Prestin Wyble
took first prize in the family and consumer
science division, specifically for schools
without a designated culinary program.
like professional chefs, adorned in white
jackets and matching culinary hats, students
from 10 high schools as far away as
participated in the third annual Culinary
students Prestin Wyble
Conner Brennan took first prize in the family
and consumer science division, specifically for
schools without a designated culinary program.
students Kala Koonce and Andrea Wilkins took
second place, and
students Jasmine Castillo and Kayla Fontenot of
took third place within that division.
In the culinary arts division, designated for
schools with culinary arts programs, first-place
winners were Johnny Brantner and Sarah Robinson
students Amber Morris and Elyssa Gaddis of
took the second-place prize in that division.
The Lamar event was created as an outreach
effort on the part of the Lamar’s hospitality
management program, said Molly Dahm, program
“Our goal in to expose high school students to
the culinary arts at Lamar,” Dahm said. During
the contest, students had the opportunity to
work in a state-of-the arts kitchen and compete
according to rules established by the American
Culinary Federation. In addition, students got a
first-hand look at Lamar’s hospital management
and culinary programs.
Each team created a fruit tray, a vegetable tray
and a cheese tray. Each dish was completed in 45
minutes, which included cleanup time for each
Students were judged on teamwork and planning;
appearance and personal hygiene; use of
products; organized workspace and sanitation;
integration of products; creativity; and overall
appeal and function. Contest judges included
Charles Duit, instructor of culinary arts at
Lamar and food service director at Calder Woods;
Casey Gates, a 2005 hospitality management
graduate from Lamar and executive chef at
Pablano Grill; and Joshua Srader, who works at
Pappadeaux’s and will graduate from Lamar’s
hospitality management program Thursday.
The local Golden Triangle Chefs Association
purchased chef coats for all participants, a
prize basket and a $250 prize for each
first-place winner who enrolls in Lamar’s
hospitality management program. Within the
program, Lamar issues a culinary arts
certificate, which designates graduating
students as certified culinarians, accredited by
the American Culinary Federation.
Other schools participating in the culinary arts
. Schools also participating in the family and
consumer science division included
, Ozen and Silsbee high schools.
Poetry Calendar features
Lamar’s Patrick Wright
Allen Wright, with 2006
by Brian Sattler/courtesy of
Patrick Allen Wright, calendar poet.
the week of Jan. 15-21, 2006, and mark those
dates. They’re Wright’s seven days of fame
in the 2006 Texas Poetry Calendar. It’s quite
an honor for the Lamar University lecturer in
English and one that places him in an elite
of Texas poets selected for the annual
publication from among hundreds who submitted
an honor because not that many people are
represented,” said Wright, who holds
bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English
calendar’s publisher, Dos Gatos Press of
Austin, selected Wright’s “Delusions of a
Modern Quixote” for inclusion in the 116-page
volume. There’s a poem for every week – a
few of them have two short poems.
editors said they liked this poem a great deal.
One of my friends calls it my signature piece.
It’s a first-person poem, and it does kind of
capture my personality,” Wright said.
“I’ve always referred to it as one of my
several surrealistic poems because I take life
experiences and turn them into animated
appreciation for poetry began when he was a boy
growing up in Nederland and Hardin County.
“There were a lot of books in my family,” he
said. “ I always liked the ones that had
I grew older, I didn’t know anything about my
writing skills or abilities, but my senior
English teacher at Hardin-Jefferson asked us to
write an epigram as a little exercise.
we came back to school the next day, she had put
my epigram on the bulletin board,” he recalls.
“That was a big kick for me.”
graduating from Hardin-Jefferson in 1971 he
earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in
English from Lamar in 1980 and 1984,
respectively. His master’s thesis made Lamar
history, and Wright is proud of that
wrote the first creative thesis ever accepted at
Lamar University,” Wright said.
late Robert Barnes, then the department chair,
was chairman of his thesis committee, and,
like R.S. “Sam” Gwynn, was a mentor. The
thesis is made up of 81 poems and an afterword
explaining the writing process for several.
really is important to me because a lot of
people have done them since then,” Wright
said. “The argument against it was that a
creative thesis wasn’t significant enough, and
so Bob Barnes took me under his wing to prove
that you can learn a lot from writing poetry.”
Also during his Lamar career, Wright set what he
believes is a record for the most publications
in Pulse. The literary magazine published
45 of Wright’s poems, also bestowing the
Eleanor Poetry Award three times.
Wright, 52, is a Vietnam veteran, having served
in the military between high school and Lamar.
“During that time, I wrote,” he said. “I
wrote mostly bad poetry, but it was poetry
nonetheless. When I got out of the Army, poetry
became practically therapeutic for me. It was
very cryptic – nobody but I could understand
what I said. I was trying to hide the
During almost three years in Asia, he developed
an interest in Oriental ideas. He likes to write
haiku and, he says, “My poetry sometimes has
that flavor.” He also has a black
belt in martial arts.
Wright continued to write after leaving Lamar
and earning secondary teaching certification
from Texas A&M University and mid-management
certification for administration from the
University of Texas-Pan American.
was a teacher and administrator in Edinburg and
McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley but returned to
Southeast Texas in 1995 and joined the Lamar
faculty in 2000.
says he is fortunate to have returned to Lamar
when he did because it enabled him to renew his
friendship with his mentor and champion, Bob
Barnes, before Barnes’ death in 2003. “His
influence on me as a teacher, poet and person
are immeasurable,” says Wright.
During his career as an educator, Wright has
served as an assistant principal at West
Orange-Stark High School and Lumberton Middle
School and as a teacher in Silsbee, as well as
in the Valley.
stays close to his Hardin County roots; he and
his wife, Stephenie, a surgical nurse at
Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, live in Silsbee
with their daughter, Lara Anne, 3. His parents,
Charlene and Alton J. Wright live near
With Gwynn’s encouragement, Wright has become
more serious about publishing his work.
“I write to see how well I can put an image on
the page. Sometimes it’s an inspiration that
wants to get onto the page. Other times, it’s
just something that I’ve thought about. Most
of my poems, though – that are any good –
came out on their own. It’s almost as if a
poem was inside waiting to happen, and I was
ready with pen and paper in hand.”
2006 Texas Poetry Calendar also features poems
by Lounel Whitaker of Beaumont and Michael
Gullickson of Nederland. Whitaker received an
honorable mention for her poem “Along the
Railroad Track.” The calendar is available
through the Dos Gatos Press website, www.dosgatospress.org.
is scheduled to confer about 675 degrees during
winter 2005 commencement at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday (Dec. 22, 2005) in the
. The speaker will be U.S. Rep. Ted Poe,
Seven of the graduates will receive dual
degrees. Graduates hail from eight countries, 12
and 77 cities in
Highlights of commencement will include
presentation of the Plummer Award, honoring the
graduates with the highest grade-point averages
in their class.
The commencement represents a departure from
previous ceremonies concluding the fall
semester. Hurricane Rita interrupted classes for
four weeks in September and October, delaying
graduation from Dec. 17 to Dec. 22 – the last
day of classes and final exams and the day
before Lamar’s holiday break begins. Staff
members return Jan. 3, and spring classes begin
Unlimited’ brings holiday
cheer to Lamar families
to right) Lainey Solomon,a junior; Ashley
Johnson, a 2004 graduate; and Andrea Ogren, who
earned degrees from Lamar in 2003 and 2005, sack
Christmas gifts donated to Santa's Unlimited.
The gifts were wrapped Monday and Tuesday and
they will be distributed throughout the day
Wednesday and Thursday
is from Deweyville, Johnson is a
native and Ogven lives in
by Chris Castillo/courtesy of
“Santa’s Unlimited” gift
collection/distribution sponsored by the Office
of Student Affairs at Lamar
is coming to a close today and Thursday (Dec. 21
two months of collecting gifts through donations
from faculty members, campus organizations and
the student affairs office, 28 Lamar families
will be able to put gifts for their children
under the Christmas tree this year.
Office of Student Affairs posted flyers around
the Lamar campus near Thanksgiving, advertising
assistance through the Santa’s Unlimited
program. Parents and students filled out
applications, and, if they were verified to be
students and families of Lamar, they were
“adopted” and had some holiday shopping done
for them this year.
had a lot of participation this year from campus
organizations,” said Lainey Solomon, student
director of the Office of Student Affairs.
of the families may come pick up their gifts at
the student affairs office, Room 115 Wimberly
Student Services Building, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
today and Thursday.
Cardinals are coming! The Cardinals are
reception revs Lamar alumni
for Jan. 7 Cardinal-Bobcat contest
will host a pre-game reception for
area alumni and friends of Lamar at 4 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7, at Matt’s El Rancho,
2613 S. Lamar Blvd.
event will precede the Southland Conference
basketball match-up between the Lamar
Cardinals and the Texas State University
Bobcats at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 in Strahan Coliseum
office of alumni affairs is coordinating the
gatherings provide a unique opportunity for
our alumni to reconnect with
and get back in touch with friends and former
classmates,” said Juan Zabala, director of
alumni affairs. “As the always spirited
conference basketball competition gets
underway, I know all of our alumni will want
to rally behind Coach Billy Tubbs and the
to the game are available through the
ticket office, (512) 245-2272. Prices are $8
for reserved seats and $6 for general
information about the reception is available
from the Lamar University Office of Alumni
Affairs, (409) 880-8921.
to confer 650 degrees at
winter commencement Dec. 22
is scheduled to confer about 650 degrees
during winter commencement at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22, in the
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, will be the
are Lamar’s winter degree candidates and
their majors, listed according to their
: Taruna Ratankumar Hasrajani, business
administration; Vivek Hasmukh Shah, master of
Shana Marie Neal Plake, counseling and
: Nivedita Deshpande, Srinivas Varadaraj,
: Jignashu Vitthaldas Bodawala, Dhaval
Vasantkumar Desai, master of engineering.
Sondra Lynn Ancelot, Velina Haynes
Johnson, administration; Harry James McCowan,
applied criminology; Jyothi Chinnie Koneru
Chennupati, Juan Carlos Chica,
Colin Bryan Echols, Robert Stephen Grissom,
Todd Allan Johnson, Dennetta Marcella Starks,
Deborah Lynn Bowling Verret, business
administration; Swati Agarwal, Sheshu Mettu,
chemistry; Chirag Bhavsar, Girish Tarachand
Dhameja, Bankim Ghelani, Nilkanth Kakadiya,
Anupama Kunchakara, Rui Luo, Vamshikrishna
Mada, Sanjaya Maurya, Aravinth-Raj Shanmogavel,
Amit Shrivastava, Bala Senthil
Sivaramachandran, computer science; My-Linh
Thi Ho, counseling and development; Delores
Ann Johnson Calvin, educational technology
leadership; Palak Chandrakant Shah,
environmental engineering; Vineela Kolupoti,
Sunil Paleru, environmental studies; Baikuntha
Adhikari, Keerthan Anjani, Srinivas Anumula,
Satya Surya Siva Rama Hanuman Athi, Srinivas
Reddy Ayannagari, Jwalant Dhananjay Bhatt,
Bhanuprakash Bhukya, Karthik Datta, Tie Deng,
Hemant Ramakani Joshi, Satish Kadali,
Gopichand Kavikondala, Shruti Malla,
Madhavi Satyasri Medapati, Sridhar Mudhagouni,
Chaithanya Nakka, Vaibhavkumar Pandya,
Himanshukumar Patel, Mayankkumar Ramanlal
Patel, Smitkumar Pradipbhai Patel, Praveen
Kumar Roopireddy, Daniel Ogwoka Siringi, Anand
Solanki, Melvin Suggs Jr., Sri Nagendra Tayi,
master of engineering; Sumeet Santkumar
Manjudevi Agarwal, Chaitanya Gabbula,
Sachin Pandurang Lahoti, Balu Mahendra Meka,
Vijay Kumar Dhanji Patel, Sathishkumar
Rajendran, master of engineering science;
Vijai Golla, mathematics; Shanna Lane
Chance, Michelle Celeste Gooch Corning, public
administration; Widad Miqdadi Abedelwahab,
secondary education; Kimberly Anne Bruno
Sleeper, special education; Crystal La'Neal
Curry, theatre; Sylvia Weir, visual arts.
: Sudheer Reddy Baddam, computer science.
CITY: Cynthia Rene Bayarena Dupuis, Kyra
Rienstra, administration; Stephanie Carolyn
Townsend, business administration; Rebecca Ann
Mathews, counseling and development; Mary
Elizabeth Foster, environmental engineering.
Lockwood Belew Cox, biology; Stacy Anne
Rush Rutherford, counseling and development.
: Avtar Singh, master of engineering.
: Narayanan Kasthuri, Vijayanand
Varadachari Santhanam, master of engineering.
Chandrasekhar Narayana Challa, master of
STATION: Wykesha Renae Townsend, applied
: Laura Zuniga Hane, deaf studies/deaf
: Robyn Richter, special education.
Betty Ann Talbert Foster, administration.
: Kandis Leigh Grose, family and consumer
: Seth Thomas Davidson, theatre.
: Jeremy Everett Hendricks, business
administration; Cheryl Markum Higgins, special
: Swara Dashrathbhai Patel, chemistry;
Atin Jain, Ankit Thakorbhai Patel, Anand Kiran
Kumar Shah, master of engineering.
: Rajashekhar Tadi, environmental
Robyn Lynn Shafer Thornton, counseling and
: Rajan Nanda, business administration.
: Georgann Ellis, Scott Hutchison, deaf
studies/deaf education; Zaheer Iqbal Rangwala,
master of engineering.
Venkat Ramana Reddy Goli, Ravikiran Kumar
Tatikonda, chemistry; Sirisha Reddy Seri,
environmental studies; Akshitha Boddu, Karthik
Veena Kale, Rama Devi Kasoji, Rahul Koorapati
Bhasker, Rohini Priya Parvathaneni, master of
: Brent Tannin Tabata, family and consumer
Ryan Wayland Moody, applied criminology.
: Debojyoti Ghosh, computer science.
: Laurie Louise Vinson Elliott,
Erica Leigh Walther, deaf studies/deaf
: Krystle Lea Mason, applied criminology;
Andrew Jude Challie, business administration;
Kristi Nicole Goad, secondary education.
: Kiran Devi Kangjam, master of
: Baljinder Singh, master of engineering.
Justin William Klipstein, public
: Brenda Ruth Fore, counseling and
: Timothy David Elkins, history.
PLEASANT: Juanita Judith Sosa, deaf
: Nisha Krishnakumar Menon, computer
science; Hemal Navinchandra Rupani, master of
Cindy Lin Durso Ashcraft, administration; Tara
Colleen Duval, Randy Allen Hudson, business
administration; Theresa Lynn Karnes Ramey,
Kelli Lynn Spell, counseling and development;
Carrie Deann Hysmith Martin, educational
technology leadership; April Lanette Shierling
Petersberger, special education.
: Vijeta Goyal, computer science.
Audra Annette Williams, deaf studies/deaf
: Teri Lea Fisher Rainey, administration;
Cindy Ann Sheppard Overman, Candi Lyn Kemp
Patterson, counseling and development.
ARTHUR : Shayla Denise Curry, applied
criminology; Kirsten Faye Richard, Kim Thanh
Tran, business administration; Devin Lyndell
Woods, master of engineering; Mary
Jennifer Jones Edwards, public administration.
: Michelle Therese Bryan, Keith Jones,
Summer Senae Schwertner, business
: Sandeep Gore, master of engineering
: Nitin Garg, master of engineering.
: Saurabh Gupta, master of engineering;
Deepika Shevade, master of engineering
: Navjot Singh, master of engineering.
: Vijayraghavan Parthasarathy, master of
: Cristina Veronica Elizondo, family and
: Pinkesh Gautamchand Gadiya, master of
: Jason Timothy Roop, deaf
: Daniel Vicente Villate, master of
Madeline Sanders Adcock, Daisy Kathryn Barnett
Netterville, business administration; Rhonda
Renae Shelley James, counseling and
development; Jennifer Dennis
Pickard, educational technology leadership;
Pauline Elizabeth Brown, Abby Kathleen
Hickerson Judkins, special education.
: Caraleen Michelle Shird Rogers,
: Oindrila Bhawal, business
administration; Uma Mahesh Vommi, master of
: Raghavendhar Konnoju, computer science.
Steve Gibbs, administration; Emma Claudette
Walker, Robert Drew Walker, special education.
: Francisca Nonyelum Akaenyi Okadigbo,
Thomas Myzell, industrial technology; Tammy
Austra Duhon, interdisciplinary studies.
: Benjamin Ignacio Garate Melus, economics
and finance (two degrees).
: Anesia Ann Parrish, general business;
Suzanne Krisher, general studies;
Courtney Ryan Vaughan, industrial technology;
Jerry Bradford, kinesiology; Cory Lee
Broussard, mechanical engineering.
Sharika Baksh Bean Allison, Eboni Jahara
Bertrand, William Alexander Chambers Jr.,
Sameh Ghaly, Precious Ebony Johnson, Pamela
Marie Lockler, William Henry Seale Jr.,
Courtney Ann Woods, accounting; Regina
Blandine Arceneaux, Carla Jean Bohn, Elizabeth
Bonura Breaux, Jo Anne Stelly Eugene, William
Stark Lambert Jr., Thomas Lewis Jr., Eltema
Joyce Bean Mitchell, Chandra Joyce Spiller,
applied arts and sciences; Stephen Louis
Walston, chemistry; Jonathan Michael Klauss,
civil engineering; William Burnell Cook Jr.,
Robert Cortez Jr., Brittany Nacole Droddy,
Shontel Nicole Green, Jennifer Sparks Lowrance,
Brandon Rocco Morrell, Tamera Cne' Thompson,
communication; Eryka Genee Thomas, Clayton
Allen Thomason, criminal justice; Nicole
Elizabeth Daigle, dance; Kandyce
Meskerem Ashworth, Haley Rochelle Celeste,
Arkisha Shaneal Collier, English; Christopher
Blake Vidrine, environmental science; Amy
Renee Barker, exercise science and fitness
management; Edward Pe Camba, Breanne Rene'e
Sales Flowers, Tonya Dailey Gernentz, Maronda
Parrott, family and consumer sciences; Raissa
Teresa Javier Belan, Justin Wayne Murphy, Nina
Tong, finance; Sarah Diane Arthur,
Cherice Elaine Braden, general business; Bryan
Edward Brassard, Bryan Mitchell Castino,
Paxton Lehi Chaney, Rosette Antoinette Jones,
Holly Francene Leppert, Emily Beth McCullough,
Jere' Lavet Moore, Terry Denise Reeves,
Hillary Denise Smith, Michael Earl Smith Jr,
Stephanie Michelle Taylor, Michael Shayne
Thomas, Calla Nicole Wells, general studies;
Stephanie Gale Cade, Gilder Ray Boulard,
Kal Kincaid, Donald Vallier, industrial
technology; Lauren Cothran Albert, Jennifer
Nicole Diggs, Katelyn Jane King Fertitta,
Lindy. Goodwin, Kim Denise Holbrook Hood,
Alicia Zell King, Tresha Ann Malone, Patricia
Rios, Emily Margureate Stapleton Verdine,
Janniah Emylene White, interdisciplinary
studies; Elizabeth Ann Ned, kinesiology; Frank
Cyril Rinando III, management and marketing
(two degrees); Jay Ajmera, Lee Michael Smith,
Laura Ruth Wooten, management; Nicholas Scott
Lomonte, Kathrin Nikitina, management
information systems; Wesley Saal Koch, Kylee
Ann Linney, marketing; Jack Wade Gilcrease,
mathematics; Amanda Joy Brantley, Yasheka
Shonte' Broussard, Catherine Shelly Calfee,
Lori Lynn Conners, Dana Sue Hamlin Crawford,
Kahla Shay Garrett, Sammatha Pauline Harmon,
Michelle Lynn Easter Houk, Kim-Thuy Thi
Nguyen, Nkem Agatha Nwaobi, Sharon Santos,
Amanda Rae Savell, Monica LaRue Sennet, Shana
Lea Sattler Wilson, nursing; Nakisha Lynn
Biglow, Theresa Eunjoo Lee, Frederick William
Manhart, Kim Thuy Nguyen, Shayna Taylor,
Sheena Dionne Walker, psychology; Bridgett
Shanteail Stanley Thomas, social work; Larry
Andrew Jones, sociology; Jacqueline
Gale Hamel, studio art; Amber Dawn Lanning,
: Michelle Darlene Lucas, nursing.
: Rebecca Ann Wooten Parrish, general
: Priyaben Jagdishbhai Patel, finance and
human resource management (two degrees).
Josef Blake Hoffman, mechanical engineering.
: Lyndalyn Renee Alford, communication;
Robert Hardy Bush, finance/economics; Amber
Diane Wiegand, finance; Rachel Christine
Tisdale Gault, general
studies; DonNiece Danielle Fells, industrial
technology; Wendy Michelle Taylor Beall,
Kaylin Marie Babin Cropper, Keely Jo Guidry,
Donna Rene' White Necci, interdisciplinary
studies; Jeremy Shane Simmons, kinesiology;
Lance Colin Polk, management information
systems; Lee Michael Posey, mechanical
engineering; Caleb Lopez, music; Courtney Lane
Guillory, Jessica Lene' Van Huis, nursing;
Danielle Nicole Dismukes Cox, psychology.
Anne Belt, communication; Teri Jo Lounsberry
Burt, interdisciplinary studies; Heather Hill,
Misty Rhea Sutton, nursing.
: Noelle Christianne de Guzman Bucoy,
Georgianna Patrice Zoch, industrial
: Zhi Chen, computer science.
: Benjamin Allen Everett, communication;
Tricia Renee Clement, general studies; Stella
Nichole Phillips, interdisciplinary studies.
Cassie Lynn Withers Willson, nursing.
: Katrina Renee Lilley, interdisciplinary
Destiny Lynn Heckman, interdisciplinary
: Matthew Blake Porter, finance.
: Anthony Bartholomew LeDet, finance.
: Charles Faulk, applied arts and
Terry Netterville, applied arts and sciences.
Rita Sanders, applied arts and sciences.
: William Gregory Smith, history.
: Wilson Fregia Jr., applied arts and
sciences; Nathanael Charles Brown,
communication; Don Leslie Dever Jr., general
business; Donna Margaret Wyse
Reavis, interdisciplinary studies; Ernest Ray
Matthews Jr, mechanical engineering.
: Christopher Rene Trejo, marketing.
Tammy Leann Reeves, interdisciplinary studies;
Jennifer Anne Jones Stark, nursing
Kirk Allen Hampton, communication; Joshua
Nathan Srader, family and consumer
sciences; Dyann Kathleen Carney, kinesiology;
Kayla Marie Russell, music; Tara Vanessa
WORTH : Julia Dean Johns, general
Charles Rodriguez, accounting.
: Francesca Evette Lorraine Edwards,
: Veronica Ann Lewis, industrial
: Timothy Myles Foster, chemical
engineering; Kelly Michelle Manuel, Lauren
Michelle Michalk, Barbara Cooley Strother,
family and consumer sciences; Jason
Todd Barrett, Laura Ann Castillo, general
business; Julie Renee' Carlin, Loretta Kay
Dukes, Diane Elizabeth Tomplait Duplant, Sarah
Theresa Janssens, interdisciplinary studies;
Jessica Nicole Johnson Boudreaux, management
information systems; Christina Marie Cavazos,
Shawn Oscar McCullough, Ashley Renee' Murphy,
Daniel Swann, marketing; Melissa Ann Evans,
Serena Jae Girolamo, Cara Lyn Stephens,
Christina Ann Stroud Ware, nursing; Michael
Paul Janssens Jr., theatre.
Zeke William Hill, environmental science;
Sarah Michelle Summers, marketing; Kelci Kay
Tina Marie Richard, communication; April
Annette Sherman McCreight, interdisciplinary
Joseph Oscar Iglesias, Rachel Kate
Quinton Jarod Virgil, accounting; Krystal
Michele Billings, Jennifer Lauren Mackey,
biology; Fren-Mark Libutaque Banes,
civil engineering; RayNeisha
ShaRay Porter, communication disorders;
Lytrina Aurora Bob, English; Patricia Guzman,
Fallon Shenay Rucker, family and consumer
sciences; Kenneth Rolston II, general
Emily Kay Bass, kinesiology; Ama Elaine Brown,
Holly Marie Simmons, nursing; Vallire
Nicole Granger, Shannon LaShay
Powers-Williams, psychology; Tyrann Sherrod
Deann Byerly Seely, general business; Kelley
Magdaline Parker, nursing.
: Lisa Faye McCrea, nursing.
CREEK: Jamie Elizabeth Kiser,
: Carey Neal Dunn, physics.
Nicole Dupree, accounting; Lance Anson
Ellis, biology; Karen Michelle Newby,
communication; Morgan McKay Pruitt, industrial
Allen Price, psychology; Molly Lynette Davis,
Audra Smithey Dawson Benoit, biology and
criminal justice (two degrees); Grady Aaron
Dennis, civil engineering; Emily Irene Short,
family and consumer
sciences; Misty Nicole Lee, general studies;
Karla Rachelle Whiteside Peters,
interdisciplinary studies; Rachel Marie Gray
Cleveland, studio art.
MARQUE : Kymyaka Kenniesha Michelle
Nolley, criminal justice; Oshay Deshawn
PORTE : Kenneth Wayne Proffitt, chemical
engineering; Scott Ryan Sheridan, civil
engineering; Renee Alicia Rice, family and
consumer sciences; Courtney Elaine Reiss,
: Amy Arcement Templet, management and
marketing (two degrees).
: Sharon Rene' Mitchell, social work.
Jimmy Roy Thompson, civil engineering.
: Corliss Kathleen Dubuisson Viator,
general studies; Courtney Lynn Joines Davis,
Carol Yvonne Treece Nugent, interdisciplinary
studies; Donyell McAdams Jackson, social work.
: Sibel Berkoz, general studies.
: Alicia Denise Summers Williams,
: Kristina Rae Wheeler, accounting;
Christina Lee Drake, Sarah Elizabeth Ramer,
applied arts and sciences; Sarah Elizabeth
Clark, Annie Marie Zarzosa, communication;
Millard Gray III, Rockford Daniel Ross,
criminal justice; Julie Elizabeth Cole
Burnett, earth science; Matthew Shane Majors,
electrical engineering; Stephanie Michele
King, English; Shana Linn Green, Sean
Christopher Strich, finance; Erica Marie
Flores Duckworth, Clinton Lee Fuselier,
general studies; Kimberly Anne Kidder, health;
Lori Nicole Latino Crites, Jessica Este'lle
Jennings, Lauren Nicole Peninger,
interdisciplinary studies; Britney Leigh Fesco,
Robert Jayson Merren, kinesiology; Justin
Fishback, Jason Kendal Lynch, marketing;
Sherri Denise Banchor, Christina Leigh
Dougherty, Nicole Kristin DeVaugh Waugh,
nursing; Charles Denman Burgin, social work.
: Daisy Vanessa Estrella, general
: Jeremy William Walter, management.
Bryan Lee Stephenson, family and consumer
sciences; Ashley Martin, interdisciplinary
studies; Edward Arlen Mace Jr., management;
Castino, marketing; Douglas Preston Dean Jr.,
: Roxann Ray Barrera, interdisciplinary
: John Allen III, general business.
: Rhonda Elaine Hobbs Ruben, applied arts
: Carl Johan Hed, general business.
: Kayla Gregory, interdisciplinary
: Eric Bradley Collins, accounting;
Cathy Susan Rosas, Kimberly Beth Dowden Ward,
applied arts and sciences; Marcus Wayne
Jarred Menlo Lane
James Sedatole, communication; Jessica
Cacioppo, Ashley Nicole McGlothin,
communication disorders; Kevin Joseph Hussey,
criminal justice; Ross Alan LaBove, exercise
science and fitness management; Julie Marie
Frederick, Anthony Blake Rashall, Amanda Marie
Steeves, finance; Carrie Lea Franklin Guarnere,
Jared Wilson Hamilton, Bryan Tarver,
general studies; Misty Dee Rountree, Justan
James Thibeaux, industrial technology; Michael
Edward Charles, Jamanda Darby, Melony Brewer
Puz, Natasha Renee' Rone, interdisciplinary
studies; Jeffery Lynn Smith Jr., kinesiology;
Jarret Austin Calaway, management; Mathew Ryan
Crain, Christopher Ferguson, Landon Joel
Haley, Roxanne Homuth, Traci Lyn Slaughter,
marketing; Raymond James Hawkins, mechanical
engineering; Laura Sherrie Ellis, Donna Marie
Williams, music; Bree Nicole VanMarion Cammack,
Ashley Nicole Holmes, Kelli Marie Vidrine
Huebel, Debra Kay Lege Schrader, Theresa Dawn
Thornburg, Brittny Renee' VanMarion, Christie
Nicole Waite, nursing; Erin Anne Ritter,
Jarrod Anthony Rossi, Joseph Michael Vargas,
IBERIA La. : Daniel Webster III,
applied arts and sciences.
: Jules Crosby Smith, applied arts
and sciences; Yinelly Marie Arnold, theatre.
Jolene Ann Lear Amburn, criminal justice;
Stacy Nicole Bailey, finance; Clint DeWayne
Knighton, general studies; LaShona Renee
Woods, interdisciplinary studies.
: Jolene Ann Lear Amburn, criminal
justice; Stacy Nicole Bailey, finance, ;
: Cullen Lewin Lee, general business.
Andrea Klinkhammer Silveira, accounting;
Taylor Stephenson, chemistry; Jane-Anne
Lanting, Dawn Marie Comeaux Stout,
communication; Guy Austin
Whitford, finance; Caroline Marie McCord,
Staci Leigh Orta, Ronda Kay Miller Sunderland,
Courtney Lynn Vigil, Janis Kathryn Woodard,
interdisciplinary studies; Latoya Donyell
Calhoun Crosbie, kinesiology; Cristyn Nicole
Francis, marketing and general business (two
degrees); Carlos Ramiro Herdocia, Brandy Mayo,
marketing; Katie Lauren Hubbard,
Natalie Diane McGalin, Zachary Dean Padgett,
nursing; Amber Nichole King, psychology;
Sheryl Denise Warnell, social work; Cameron
Dean Peet, sociology.
Jonathan David Fenner, criminal justice; Leah
Theresa DeLeon, interdisciplinary
, W.V.: Bud Michael Boyles, health.
: Misty DeMann, psychology.
: Heather Rita Romine, environmental
: Jason Keith Ramsey, communication.
ACRES: Steven Paul LeBlanc, finance.
: Lorin Curt Chamberlain, Kenny Nguyen,
Gina Marie Wilson, accounting; Anita Renay
Brown, Nelva Louise Jackson, applied arts and
Christopher Stephen Guy, Edgar Najera, civil
engineering; Troy Allen Palombo,
communication; Kimberly Monique Charles,
Alexandria Elyse Jacobs, criminal justice; Ali
Perez Dupuis, family and consumer sciences;
Megan Leigh Miller, finance; Andrea Michelle
Gans, Ouindetta Janine Hightower, general
studies; NaTonya Lecrecha Holmes,
history; Khuong Van Hoang, industrial
technology; Christina Castaneda Puente,
Dimitra Angelicky Raesis, interdisciplinary
studies; Dawana Kay Babineaux
Candice Marie Cormier, Kimsheka Shonte'
McGlory, management; Ramon Rosendo Lopez,
management information systems; Brandon Paul
Coleman, Judith Paige Jimenez,
Altaf Sukhyani, marketing; Ivorry Fania Gomez,
My Chau Lisa Tran, Kimberly Latrece Williams,
nursing; Dane Alexander Dennison, Tao
Lotus Dumas, political science; Tiffany
Ann Wilson, psychology; LaShea Williams
Sowell, Kenneth Christopher Wolf, social work.
NECHES: Austin Jon Begnaud, Charlee Dawn
Hood, Kristin Ashley Mattingly, accounting
and finance (two degrees); Valarie Celeste
Travis, accounting; Jo Ellen Mendoza LeBlanc,
applied arts and sciences; Christopher Block,
chemical engineering; Kenneth Ray Dupuis Jr.,
Bradley Eugene Neel, Clint Aaron Pardue,
communication; Adrian Clinton Miller,
criminal justice; Michael John Hackbarth,
family and consumer sciences; Nicholas Ryan
Canizales, Chase Justin Hinds, general
business; Christopher Brian Gary, Erich Paul
Guidry, general studies; Ryan Joseph Stelly,
geology; Scott Alan Selkirk, industrial
technology; Elizabeth Sherie' Beach-Sparks,
Anita Davis Conway, interdisciplinary
studies;Jesus Davalos IV, Kristin Nicole
Runnels, nursing; Anthony Jude Flores,
political science; Pamela Cheree Tucker,
: Ruthaureen Luching Potato, biology.
ANGELO : David Brian Dennis Jr.,
: Richard Adrian Cantu, communication; La
Toya Cherise Martin, communication
AUGUSTINE: Anita Rena Curl Garrett,
applied arts and sciences.
Leia Marie Coon, Christopher Farren,
biology; Kathyrne Lynn Gore Merritt, Joseph
Randolph Kirby, general studies; Karen Aletha
Bumstead, Sabrina Kay
Goetsell McWilliams, Eva Marie Hodgdon Rustin,
Farrell Vann, psychology.
: Rikard Sundelin, psychology.
: Katy Diane McClelland, accounting; Kay
Frances Haar, applied arts and sciences;
Brandon Bonds, biology; Andrew William Conway,
Raven Christine Busceme, criminal justice;
Jacob Daniel Janacek, Kayla Terese Marcus,
general business; Charla Faye Leger Gilliland,
general studies; Misty Mae Robison Burris,
Amber Carpenter Eaves, Caris Shae Pavlow,
Carrie Ellen Phelan, Corby Layne Wilkerson,
interdisciplinary studies; Bryan Gaspard,
marketing; Kimberly Elizabeth Britain
music; LaChelle Nicole Mauboules, nursing;
Heather Marie Scott, psychology.
: Charity Monica Lemaire, general
: Charles Eugene Lott, sociology.
Marcus Layne McCabe, health; Carrie Elizabeth
: Lauren Luce Lancaster, family and
consumer sciences; Collin James Estes,
WOODLANDS: Matthew Haws Robichau,
management; Shane Scott Jensen, marketing
: Ryan Patrick Finan, management.
Tracey Perry Allen, criminal justice.
: Kristin Ashley Kerr, communication.
Bobbie Jo Burns, accounting; Sharon Ann
Brooks, communication; Nicholas Paul Wright,
criminal justice; Mandy Michele Willey,
finance; John Ashley Chesser,
Garrett Wade Foxworth, Cynthia Gail Norris
Minton, general business; Kelli Ann Boyett,
Selena Ann Treadway, general studies; Aimee
Dushane, Elonda Florence Teems Mathues,
Ashley La'Dan Oulapour, Jennifer Mahana
Reynolds, interdisciplinary studies; Hannah
Michelle Wedgeworth Jobe, Lauren Elizabeth
Madding, marketing; Monica Michelle Taylor
Hall, Aime'e Marie Hargraves, Kris Ellis
O'Brien, Justin Paul Smith, Courtney
DianneWalker, nursing; Liesl Anna Biehle,
Dawn April LeBlanc Stanley, applied arts and
Jason Daniel Gardner, history; Victoria
Marie Lyons, psychology.
: Timothy Mark Ervin, communication
million gift from Sheila and Walter Umphrey
announced today (Wednesday December 14) a $5
million gift from Sheila and Walter Umphrey. The
gift is the largest in the university’s
history, officials said.
recognition of the gift,
will name its newest campus building the
is a wonderful gift,” said James Simmons,
president of the university in
.“A gift of this magnitude helps raise
“We are so
grateful and appreciative of Sheila and Walter
Umphrey’s leadership in stepping forward to
further Lamar’s growth through this
unprecedented, transforming philanthropy,”
gift is a bright spot at the end of one of the
toughest years in the university’s history. A
direct hit by Hurricane Rita left the campus
badly damaged on Sept. 24, but, after weeks of
intensive restoration work, the university
showed resilience by reopening Oct. 19 enabling
its December graduates to complete their degrees
continues on the $19 million recreation sports
center, with opening projected in the fall of
2006. The state-of-the-art facility
encompasses the landmark McDonald Gym, with
spectator seating for volleyball and basketball
games. The renovated areas and new construction
will include 13,000-square feet of
cardiovascular and free-weight training, a 1/10
mile walking/jogging track, a 40-foot climbing
wall, basketball, volleyball and badminton
courts, a wellness and fitness center, health
food café and juice bar, lounge areas with pool
foosball, video games and TV.
is really going to be a wonderful facility,
absolutely incredible,” Sheila said after
reviewing plans with Simmons.
wish more people could see the changes to the
campus and the wonderful new buildings that are
there — the residence halls, the dining hall
and, soon, the recreation sports center,”
Sheila said. “Jimmy and Susan Simmons have put
so much into making Lamar bigger and better.”
said: "We expect this facility to become a
real centerpiece of campus life.”
“Private gifts can be transformational for a
university,” Simmons said. “The generosity
the Umphreys have shown enables us to continue
to provide the quality education our students
deserve and need to become globally-minded
graduates destined to lead in their chosen
professions. It also helps make it possible for
Lamar to make lasting contributions to the
region and to the world through its many
outstanding programs, research and graduates.”
Umphrey owns The Decorating Depot Inc., a
residential and commercial interior design
business in Pt. Neches and is active in many
local civic organizations.
Umphrey is senior managing partner of Provost
& Umphrey Law Firm. Born in
, Walter received a football scholarship to
Southern Methodist University then completed
undergraduate studies at
. In 1965, Walter received a Juris Doctorate
before returning to
to join the Jefferson County District Attorney's
Office as a prosecuting attorney and ultimately
chief felony prosecutor.
Umphreys are noted contributors to important
causes from protecting
wildlife to the creation of Southeast Texas’
newest cancer institute, the
, located in
LU helps potential students
with New Year’s resolution
If your New Year’s resolution is to get a
better job by obtaining a college degree,
officials are ready to help.
Registration is currently underway for the
spring semester. Students can register at www.lamar.edu.
Classes begin Jan. 11.
“Students can register online throughout the
holiday,” said Jim Rush, director of Academic
Services. Students who have questions can visit
the second floor of the
for information through Dec. 22, he said. For
information, call (409) 880-8888.
“Some people like to putting things off,”
Rush said. “Class availability is better when
you register early.” The sooner a student can
registers, the better their opportunity to get
the classes they want at the day and time
they’d like to take it, he said. Registering
before the holiday has another advantage, Rush
said. After the holiday, instead of rushing
around to register, students can relax and just
show up to school on the first day of class.
Some LU students were impacted by Hurricane Rita
and could not attend school in the fall, Rush
said. People were displaced, businesses closed
and it takes some time for things to get back to
normal, he said.
“This is a time for to set a plan for the rest
of your life. It is time to start moving
forward,” Rush said. Taking classes at Lamar
is a good way to hit the ground running, he
The final day to register without paying a late
fee is Jan. 10. Students who register on or
after Jan. 11 must pay a $10 late fee. Student
advisement is currently underway.
The 2006 class schedule is available at www.lamar.edu.
Registration is open for all qualified students
. All students must apply and be accepted for
. Each applicant must receive a Personal
Identification Number (PIN) from their advisor
before registration. Individuals interested in
attending Lamar should contact the admissions.
Those seeking enrollment into the university and
students enrolling in person should visit the
upstairs lobby of the
campus for assistance. Before enrolling, all
potential students must apply for acceptance
into the university.
Students transferring from another university
and first-time college students should bring
their SAT or Texas Academic Skills Program
scores as well as high school and college
transcripts with them to register. Students from
other colleges who are attending Lamar only
during the summer must complete an application
and show proof of TASP compliance.
For more enrollment information, call (409)
to keynote winter commencement
Dec. 22 at Lamar
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, will be the keynote
winter commencement at 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 22, in the
is scheduled to confer 675 degrees. Graduates
hail from eight countries, 12 states outside
and 77 cities in
The ceremony represents a departure from previous
ceremonies concluding the fall
Hurricane Rita interrupted classes for four
weeks in September and October, delaying
graduation from Dec. 17 to Dec. 22 – the
last day of final exams and the day before
Lamar’s holiday break begins.
a congressman representing the 2nd
District of Texas, the commencement speaker
continues his distinguished career of public
service to the
weeks after taking his oath of office on Jan. 4,
2005, he was one of three members of Congress
– and the only House freshman – sent to
to observe the historic elections. Poe
and northern Harris counties. He serves on House
committees on Transportation and Infrastructure,
International Relations and Small Business.
the commencement program, President James
Simmons will present introductions and student
recognitions. Stephen Doblin, provost and vice
president for academic affairs, will welcome
graduates and guests and certify degree
Holmes, associate professor of educational
leadership and president of the Lamar Faculty
Senate, will lead the academic processional and
Price, professor of English and modern languages
(retired), and Patrick Harrigan III, chair of
the Department of Communication, will present
the graduating class. Debra Greschner, adjunct
professor of music, will lead in singing “The
Star-Spangled Banner” and the Lamar Alma
Mater. The Lamar Brass Quintet will perform the
processional, recessional and musical prelude.
made a name for himself in
as a straight-talking, no-nonsense assistant
district attorney and as a criminal court judge
famous for his innovative sentences. He served
as a felony court judge in
more than 20 years, having been appointed in
1981 as one of the state’s youngest judges. In
the ensuing years, he won six elections and
handled 20,000 cases. He became famous for
sentences such as ordering murderers to place
photographs of their victims in their prison
cells and ordering thieves to carry signs in
front of stores from which they stole. These
became known as “Poetic Justice” and
attracted national media attention.
of his first actions in Congress was to form the
Congressional Victims’ Caucus to represent and
advocate before the Congress and the
administration on behalf of victims. Poe
says he believes the nation is built on
security: homeland security, retirement security
and personal security. A major priority is
protecting abused and neglected children.
prominent speaker, Poe has delivered more than
200 training sessions and keynote addresses to
law enforcement entities, as well as lawyers,
judges and private citizens’ organizations. He
has taught courses at the Federal Bureau of
, and at the
’s West Point in
earned his bachelor of arts in political science
and a juris doctor from the University of
Houston Law Center. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he
now is a member of the Air Force Reserve. Poe
and his wife, Carol, have four children.
grants support LU
ExxonMobil Corp. recently awarded $11,000 in
grants to four engineering departments at
as a part of their national program supporting
higher education. The corporation contributed
departmental grants to 88 colleges and
universities totaling $1.6 million in 2005.
“It is clear that ExxonMobil considers higher
education and the value it brings to its
workforce an integral part of its long-term
business strategy,” said Jack Hopper, dean of
. “We are pleased that our neighbors choose to
be partners in higher education who help support
our mission through gifts like these generous
The grants to Lamar are: $4,400 to the chemical
engineering department; $3,600 to mechanical
engineering; $2,000 to electrical engineering
and $1,000 to civil engineering.
The grant allows selected academic departments
to allocate money for various educational
purposes including scholarships, field trips,
visiting speakers, equipment purchases, student
and faculty travel to academic-related
activities, and other educational projects.
ExxonMobil awards the grants to schools that
offer degrees in subject from which it recruits
“ExxonMobil is a strong believer in supporting
colleges and universities that maintain programs
that effectively prepare our future
employees,” said Ed Price,
recruiting manager for ExxonMobil. “We are
proud to provide
with this grant so that they can allocate the
funds to further enhance the excellence of those
programs that produce such highly-skilled
students that ExxonMobil seeks to hire.”
The amount of the grant is based on several
factors including ExxonMobil’s past recruiting
success and the number of employees produced
from a specific university.
continues to be a source of outstanding
graduates who contribute to the company’s
growth and success,” Hopper said.
The Departmental Grants Program represents only
a portion of ExxonMobil’s overall support of
education. In 2004, ExxonMobil Foundation,
ExxonMobil Corp., and its divisions and
affiliates provided $40 million in contributions
to educational initiatives worldwide.
Dishman opens senior exhibit with
reception Friday at Lamar
will host a reception from 8 to 10 p.m.
Dec. 16, to celebrate the opening of Lamar’s
annual winter senior thesis exhibition.
exhibit, continuing through Dec. 22, will
showcase works by four candidates for graduation
from Lamar’s Department of Art.
artists are Liesl Biehle of Vidor, Noelle Bucoy
, Rachel Cleveland of Kountze and Melanie
Edwards of Kirbyville.
candidate for a bachelor of fine art in fine art
with a concentration in painting, will present a
series of paintings that address the utility
pole as a symbol of communication.
who will earn a BFA in visual design, will
exhibit an advertising campaign promoting a
fictional pop artist.
who will graduate with a BFA graduate in fine
art with a concentration in fiber art, is
presenting an installation illustrating several
experimental processes of fiber manipulation.
who will earn a BFA in fine art with a
concentration in ceramics, will exhibit a group
of ceramic columns based on the various meanings
given to amphibians through societal beliefs.
exhibition and reception are open to the public
is at the corner of
Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
and East Lavaca on the Lamar campus in
, phone (409) 880-8141. The gallery is open from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Simmons & Friends
Homecoming CD arrives
just in time for holiday gift-giving
LA to the Bayou City to Music City USA – and
points in between – a stellar lineup of
Lamar University alumni talent converged on
the Lamar campus Feb. 25, 2005, for the Jimmy
Simmons & Friends Homecoming concert.
that landmark performance is on record to
delight music-lovers for years to come.
Simmons & Friends” – a dazzling
collection of music recorded live in McDonald
Gym and in studio sessions – is on sale now
at four Beaumont locations. The compact disc
features President Jimmy Simmons and more than
30 alumni musicians. Jazz favorites, ballads,
blues and much more make up the stellar lineup
of Lamar talent.
the perfect stocking-stuffer for the music
lover on your holiday list,” said Juan
Zabala, Lamar’s director of alumni affairs.
“It’s a great opportunity for Lamar
University alumni and friends to support the
university and enjoy a world-class band’s
from CD sales benefit alumni activities at
assumed his musician/bandleader persona to
bring his musical talents to the landmark
performance. A versatile performer on
clarinet, saxophone and piano, Simmons says:
“My first love, of course, is music –
jazz and teaching – and this gave me an
opportunity to get together with some of our
top graduates and to again enjoy their
wonderful talent. I’m honored so many of our
wonderful, talented alums returned for the
concert. They made up quite a band.”
Simmons added, “The CD is something we’ll
all be able to enjoy for many years to
Simmons & Friends” features performances
from many of the students Simmons taught and
mentored as a professor of music, director of
the Jazz Band and Big Red Marching Band,
department chair and dean.
him in making the project a reality were
longtime Lamar music professors Raul Ornelas,
who assembled the musicians, and Wayne Dyess,
who coordinated the music.
has never been a performance like this at
Lamar,” said Ornelas. “It is unique in
that we made a concerted effort to get
musicians from the past 40 years. These
musicians are terrific.”
on tenor saxophone, takes the spotlight on the
CD for “Her Song,” while Dyess is featured
on trombone for “There Will Never Be Another
soloists include saxophonist and
Grammy-winning composer Don Rollins of
Dickson, Tenn., near Nashville, on “When
You’re Smiling”; blues singer-guitarist
Becky Barksdale, of Los Angeles, on “Muddy
Water”; and, from Houston, songbird Sharon
Montgomery on “Let the Good Times Roll”
and “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good”
and guitar guru-vocalist John Calderon, on
“Stormy Monday” and “Just for a
saxophonist Jim Boone, a musical veteran and
retired educator now living in Colmesneil,
joins Montgomery on “I Got It Bad and That
Ain’t Good” and also solos on “Autumn
Killion of Orange, a 1981 graduate, is
featured on baritone saxophone for “Don’t
Get Around Much Anymore,” while Travis
Harris (1990) of Dallas is trombone soloist on
“Beautiful Love” and “Gettin’
Sentimental Over You.”
the Still of the Night” features drum dynamo
Billy McQueen, a Lamar student from
alumni musicians include Richard Cantu of
Beaumont, alto saxophone; David Jernigan,
Beaumont, trombone; David Johnson, Beaumont,
bass guitar; Jeff Laird, Houston, trumpet;
Rusty Lay, Jasper, trumpet; Lanny Marshall,
Kirbyville, trombone; David McArthur, Houston;
tenor saxophone, Mike Smith, Lumberton,
saxophone, Kevin Stone, Orange, trumpet;
Freddie Titus, Beaumont, piano; Michael
Westbrook, Lumberton, trumpet; and
Daryl Wilson, Nederland, drums.
non-alumni musicians contributing their talent
is Charlie Prause of Houston, whose piano solo
is featured on “All of Me,” and Ray
Gonzales of Beaumont, trumpet.
performers represent five decades of musical
excellence at Lamar.
who earned three Lamar degrees (1964, 1974),
has a resume that includes stints as principal
of Beaumont’s French High School,
self-employed businessman and adjunct
instructor of music at Lamar.
and I have played together since our teen
years,” Boone said. “We competed in
All-Region/All-State band activities and
worked ‘gigs’ together in college and
after. We’ve been friends nearly 50 years.
He’s also the best musician with whom I’ve
is a 1983 graduate who won a Grammy in 2004 as
the co-composer of the Alan Jackson-Jimmy
Buffett superhit “It’s Five O’Clock
Somewhere.” His song also earned two
Academy of Country Music awards and honors as
Vocal Event of the Year from the Country Music
native of Beaumont, Rollins grew up in Vidor
where he worked as a band director before
moving the Nashville.
who hails from Nederland, performs in Houston
with the Ed Gerlach Orchestra, Richard Brown
Orchestra and other groups. Audiences remember
her as a member of the popular vocal trio
Montgomery, Plant & Stritch. One member of
the group was Liza Minnelli’s frequent
arranger, Billy Stritch. Said Minnelli:
“Sharon Montgomery is a fantastic party
you’re glad you went to . . . funny,
brilliantly talented and full of surprises.”
a student at Lamar in the 1970s, Montgomery
played the lead in “Funny Girl” and
performed with the Cardinal Singers.
“I have always been so proud to have
attended Lamar University and to have been
associated with the world-class talent that is
nurtured here,” she said.
Arthur native Becky Barksdale, a 1984
graduate, was introduced to blues not long
after her grandfather gave her a guitar when
she was 12. At Lamar, she says, “playing
with the Jazz Band was so much fun – I
changed my major to music.”
the past two decades, Barksdale has been a
major attraction on the festival circuit and
in the studio. She stays busy recording new
releases for television and film.
stage,” one critic wrote, “Becky rocks the
blues with convincing authority, combining
fluid, fiery guitar licks with edgy vocals.”
Calderon is active as a freelance musician and
teacher in the Houston area. His world travels
have taken him to Switzerland, Poland and
Japan. He plays guitar with Grammy-winning
R&B vocalist Regina Belle, including a
Jazz Festival in New York’s Central Park.
looked forward to playing with Jimmy Simmons
because I knew the band would be smokin’,”
said Calderon, a 1998 Lamar graduate. “Great
band, great music and a really nice hang with
friends – that’s the greatest!”
Jimmy Simmons & Friends CD is on sale on
campus at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in
the Setzer Student Center and the Office of
Alumni Affairs office in Building B of the
John Gray Center, 855 Florida. Other locations
are the Kampus Korner Bookstore, 4637 Rolfe
Christopher Drive, and Swicegood Music Co.,
3685 College. To purchase the CD online, go to
Price of the CD is $20. For additional
information, call (409) 880-8921.
Lamar Rotaract Club sending
60,000 books to
On Saturday, Dec. 10, members of the Rotaract
will join forces with Rotarians from around
the region to send a little “Christmas
. Members of the organizations and volunteers
will transfer about 60,000 books from their
storage location in Shivers Hall to a sea
crate for shipment Dec. 22 to
from the Orange Interact Club and the Thirty
Something Club will also help load books.
guess it is sufficient to say we can never
have too many,” said Beaumont Rotary
Club’s Roger McCabe, “because if we are
not killing ourselves working, we can be
enjoying the camaraderie of each other.”
project was originally scheduled for Sept. 24,
prior to Hurricane Rita, and was instigated by
McCabe’s daughter-in-law, Rene’ Sessions
McCabe, a Lamar graduate who now lives in West
Dundee, Ill. After a trip to
, she realized the dearth of books available
to the populace and decided to supply
materials for libraries.
Birdwell, director of the Lamar University
Honors Program, said the Lamar Criminal
Justice Association, under the leadership of
Jennifer Frisbie, assistant professor of
sociology, social work and criminal justice,
also contributed a great deal to the effort,
as well as many people from around the Golden
Dance Company to present fall concert Dec. 15
Lamar Dance Company will present its fall
dance concert Thursday, Dec. 15, at the
Jefferson Theatre. The 7:30 p.m. concert will
feature modern dance, ballet and tap dance
company will present works by this
semester’s company director,
, including “Games,” a modern dance that
transforms the playful movement of
children’s games into an eerie picture of
adult maneuvering. Howes says they will also
present “Sleight of Hand,” an
award-winning piece based on swift, dexterous
hand gestures and a reprise on her own work,
“NchiCa,” a dance featuring movement of
concert also will feature new works by other
Lamar faculty and advanced dance students.
member, Lou Arrington, will debut two new
ballet works including ‘By George!’
performed to a Gershwin medley,” said Howes.
“The evening will also feature student
choreography by advanced dance students.”
will be available for pre-sale and at the door
for $8 and $5 for seniors and students. The
Jefferson Theatre is at 345 Fannin in downtown
Simmons & Friends CD now on sale, the
perfect holiday gift
Jimmy Simmons & Friends – a dazzling
collection of music recorded live and in
’s 2005 Homecoming celebration – is on
sale now at four
locations. The compact disc features Lamar
President Jimmy Simmons and more than 30
alumni musicians. Jazz favorites, ballads,
blues and much more make up the stellar lineup
of Lamar talent. It’s the perfect
stocking-stuffer for the music lover on your
holiday list. The Jimmy Simmons & Friends
CD is on sale on campus at the Barnes &
Noble Bookstore in the
and the Office of Alumni Affairs office in
Building B of the
. Other locations are the Kampus Korner
4637 Rolfe Christopher Drive
, and Swicegood Music Co., 3685 College. To
purchase the CD online, go to www.lamar.edu.
Price of the CD is $20, with proceeds
benefiting Lamar alumni activities. For
additional information, call (409) 880-8921.
lights stage for
holidays in series opener Dec. 13
holiday magic of Lamarissimo! will shine
more brightly this year, an inspirational
reflection of rebuilding and renewal.
the concert after the storm – the grand
opening of the 2005-2006 season after Hurricane
Rita forced a delay in the series’ 16th
season and rescheduling of three of the five
choirs will raise voices in celebration when Lamarissimo!
ushers in the holidays Dec. 13 at a new location
in the Jefferson Theatre. JK Chevrolet is
sponsoring the 7:30 p.m. performance.
concert will feature sacred works, seasonal
favorites, multicultural selections and an
audience sing-along, all conducted by Eduardo
Garcia-Novelli, Lamar’s director of choral
activities and accompanied by Dwight Peirce. L.
Randolph Babin, retired chair of the Department
of Music, Theatre & Dance, will serve as
announcer and lead the sing-along.
are delighted at the return of the Lamarissimo!
holiday concert as we explore a new venue: the
grand Jefferson Theatre in downtown
,” Garcia-Novelli said. “We invite the
community to join Lamar choirs as they warmly
transport their audience to the wonderful mood
of the season.”
A Cappella Choir, Grand Chorus and Women’s
Chorus – Lamar’s newest choral ensemble –
will sing holiday music in Latin, Spanish,
English, Yiddish and German, the conductor said,
“from the exhilarating American sound of
Daniel Pinkham in his ‘Angelus ad pastores ait,’
accompanied by four trombones, to the
breathtaking a cappella “Lux aurumque” by
young Eric Whitacre, the latest American choral
concert will feature the brilliant choral
writing of English composer Andrew Carter and
young Eslovenian composer Damijan Mocnik, as
well as seasonal favorites arranged by Mark
Hayes,” Garcia-Novelli added.
we invite our audience to enjoy ‘Silent
Night’ in an unparalleled arrangement by Leo
Nestor, set in English, Spanish and German.
Other highlights include the jazzy ‘Hey,
Santa,’ with the Cardinal Singers, Billy
McQueen, professor Raul Ornelas and Lamar’s
own President Jimmy Simmons; the dazzling ‘Go
Tell It!’ and a sparkly percussion-based
arrangement of the African song, ‘Sing We All
Noel’ by Lamar’s Gary Parks.”
is an adjunction instructor of music. McQueen,
who plays drums, is a student from Humble.
has divided the program into five parts:
“Holiday Welcome,” “20th-Century
Sounds,” “An Andrew Carter Christmas,”
“A Multi-cultural Holiday Season” and “A
soloists include Laura Stanton of Silsbee,
piano; Josmery Ramirez of
, soprano; and Leslie Prihoda of
composition will feature six percussionists:
Justin Collazo of Beaumont, Kendra
Hargrove of Buna, Ryan Flanigan and
Jamie Strawther of
and Josh Williams of
, as well as the composer.
Ornelas and Simmons as faculty soloists will be
Beth Graham, oboe, and Peirce and Nick Rissman,
piano for four hands.
Holiday Concert is open to Lamarissimo! season
ticket-holders as part of the five-performance
package. Season tickets, priced at $35 for
adults and $18 for students, are on sale are
available from the Lamar University Department
of Music, Theatre & Dance, phone (409)
tickets, $12 for adults and $8 for students,
will be available in the Jefferson Theatre box
office beginning at 6:45 p.m. the night of the
concert. Admission is free to Lamar students
with valid LU identification.
revised 2005-2006 season of Lamarissimo!
will continue in 2006 with faculty artists and
chamber music, Feb. 14; jazz bands March 7; Wind
Ensemble and concert Band, March 23; and April
25, Cardinal Singers and Lamar Dance Company.
, LIT host forum for
historically underutilized businesses
and the Lamar Institute of Technology will host
a free public forum for historically
underutilized businesses 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.,
Wed., Dec. 7, 2005 in the
, Building A on the Lamar University Campus.
The educational training forum is part of the
Building and Procurement Commission’s
statewide HUB program for small businesses,
historically underutilized businesses,
minority-owned businesses, and women business
Owners and employees of small and minority
businesses are invited to attend to learn more
about business opportunities and resources
available for their business.
Participating in the forum are the Golden
Triangle Minority Business Council, the U.S.
Small Business Administration, the TBPC
Statewide HUB Program, SCORE Ch. 521, Beaumont
I.S.D., Port Arthur I.S.D., City of
Workforce Commission, Beaumont Housing
Authority, Partnership of Southeast Texas, Port
Arthur Economic Development Council, and more.
To register for the free forum, call (409)
880-1783, or email email@example.com
Wheatley comedy back
on boards Dec. 8-11 at LU
’s fall season is back into the swing of
things after Hurricane Rita, with its second
production since the storm opening Dec. 8.
storm-delayed season began Nov. 17 with
performances of Anna Deveare Smith’s
award-winning play “Fires in the Mirror” and
will finish off the fall semester with theater
faculty member Randall Wheatley’s production
of “Billy’s Last Broadcast.”
satiric comedy, was written and directed by
Wheatley, will be performed as a staged reading
at 8 p.m. Dec. 8-10 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 in the
a gift to the people of the Golden Triangle,
admission to ‘Billy’s Last Broadcast’ is
free,” said Adonia Placette, director of
theatre at Lamar.
Last Broadcast” is the story of Billy Gross,
who has just been fired from his job at the
lowest-rated radio station in
. With no prospects and nothing to lose, Billy
gets a gun and holds the station hostage for one
cast includes Christopher Murray of
as Billy, Jacquelyn Gower of Orangefield as
Cory, Kyle Romero of Orangefield as Rupert,
Christopher Freeman of Channelview as Moose,
Nathan Foster of
as Cecil and Jesus Pineda of
as the Narrator.
Last Broadcast,” the winner of the
of Theatres’ “Best New Play” award,
was presented at Capital City Playhouse while
Wheatley was serving as its
Wheatley has distilled the spirit of Ernie
Kovaks, added a dash of Mel Brooks and simmered
it all in his own maniacal energy to produce a
madcap comedy,” said the Austin
American-Statesman. “The language is earthy,
and the jokes run the gamut from gory to goofy,
but the dialogue is serious enough to establish
the characters as real people.”
Last Broadcast,” said the Austin Chronicle,
“sets new standard for the rapid-fire
outrageousness of a Wheatley work....It’s
exhilarating just trying to keep up. And twisted
as the turns are, they are somehow eerily real.
The satiric bent of Wheatley’s world is close
enough to be strange but true.”
Lamar faculty member since 2001, Wheatley is an
assistant professor in the Department of Music,
Theatre & Dance. A discussion with the
playwright is planned after the performances.
The play is rated “R.”
information is available from Wheatley at (409)
office, (409) 880-8037; or
box office, (409) 880-2250.
Lamar students invent, design
and test cycle for paraplegics
Three mechanical engineering seniors watched in
anticipation as Tom Rupakus took the prototype
of their hand cycle out for a test ride on a
campus ride, students A.J. Jackson and Seth
Irwin of Sweeney and Chris Alexander of Pasadena
listened as Rupakus and Todd Freeland, both
paraplegics, shared ideas on how to improve
their prototype, a project in the works since
January 2004. Rupakus of Dickinson and Beaumont
resident Freeland are leaders for recreation and
sporting in the paraplegic community.
“It’s got a lot of potential,” said Freeland.
“It is built for the disabled body.”
paraplegic since 1982, is also is a double
amputee.He and Rupakus have lent their
experience to assure the cycle is user friendly.
how stable it is,” Rupakus said after riding the
cycle. The former quality engineer praised the
project. “It’s a totally different design,” he
said, when compared to other hand cycles.
“It feels like you can get a lot of speed out of
it,” Rupakus said. “I feel like it gets the most
out of your muscles.” Many people who are
paraplegics have the desire to pursue sports.
Hand cycling is one way those individuals can be
Robert Yuan, chair
of the civil engineering department, is
overseeing the project, and Andrew Green of Port
Arthur is founder of Composite Technology Inc.
and a volunteer consultant. It began as a
two-wheel hand-cycle, using two smaller wheels
for balance. Eventually, it evolved into a
three-wheel hand-cycle for paraplegics.
“These are very
talented, innovative students. They design it.
We just supervised them,” Yuan said. The
students used software to analyze their data and
tools in the lab to test their prototypes,
adapting their design to best serve riders, he
“The students did
a heck of a job,” Green said.
The group needed feedback from Rupakus and
Freeland because they have insight into what
will and won’t work and have a totally different
prospective, Green said. The team agrees the
feedback has been invaluable. Because men like
Rupakus and Freeland want to be physically
active, Green said, he sees a need for the
students are making modifications based on
feedback from Rupakus and Freeland. The duo
suggested some changes to the seat and adding
mirrors so a rider can see what is behind him or
Yuan hopes the
students will patent the cycle. After
modifications are complete, a model of the cycle
will be manufactured with composites, making it
very lightweight and extremely durable, Yuan
“We’ve still have
a way to go, but it is moving,” Green said of
the project. “We’re ready to convert it into a
The project has been a success for the Lamar
students on many levels.
experiment has been very beneficial to the
students’ education. They have learned a lot,”
Yuan said. “And they have developed something
useful for society.”
Every college student approaching graduation
knows that job one is finding one. The
transition from student status to career
presents many new challenges, but, thankfully
for Lamar University students, the LU Career
Center staff is ready to help.
The Career Center in the Galloway Building is a
busy place. Already during the fall 2005
semester, recruiters from 79 companies have
recruited students on campus, From AFLAC to
Winter & Associates, the list includes media,
government, education, technology, health,
business, industry and more.
The recruiting business has been particularly
brisk for engineering graduates, said Teresa
Simpson, coordinator of recruiting, career
development and placement at Lamar. Since fall
2004, 72 companies have recruited engineering
majors through the career center. Representative
from eight companies have interviewed
engineering students on campus this fall: BP,
ExxonMobil, GE, Halliburton, Lyondell,
MeadwestVaco, National Instruments and TOTAL
“We are seeing a lot more interest in our
graduates, thanks in large part to the
enthusiastic and aggressive promotion of Lamar
and our students by the Career Center staff,”
said Jack Hopper, dean of the College of
Engineering. “They work closely with Jim Thomas,
who directs our co-op program, and our chairs
and faculty get the word to our students. Then
the company recruiters see a large turn-out of
quality students when they interview.”
Lamar’s Career Center staff has joined several
professional organizations to increase its
expertise and to network on behalf of Lamar
University students. Simpson is president-elect
of the Houston Area Consortium of Career
Centers, which has 14 university members.
“One benefit is that our students can go to the
regional career events hosted at other Houston
member schools,” Simpson said.
The center is also a part of the Southwest
Association of Colleges and Employers, and the
National Association of Colleges and Employers.
“Our membership in SWACE has resulted in a
number of companies beginning active recruiting
of Lamar students,” Simpson said.
facilitate the increase in on-campus interviews,
the university has renovated five interview
suites where prospective employers can meet with
Lamar students on campus to conduct screenings
The career center offers an array of programs to
prepare university students for the working
world beyond campus. The center offers a series
of professional development workshops on
effective communications, and dressing for
success, as well as conducting mock interviews
to help students prepare.
addition to its recruitment programs, the Career
Center also offers testing services, career
counseling and the LamarWork$ student employment
When a company recruiter contacts the Career
Center with information on a job opportunity,
center staff will publicize the information,
often on a flyer distributed to the appropriate
college deans and department chairs, who, in
turn, distribute the flyers to the students.
Students interested in the jobs register online
with the career center and post their resume
there. Career Center staff then forward all
qualified resumes to the company recruiters who
pre-select from the group and arrange a schedule
Simpson also makes follow-up calls to the
company recruiters to solicit feedback on the
interviews to identify topics to address.
“We want to help all our students polish their
presentation of themselves for the next
opportunity,” Simpson said.
Each fall and spring semester, the career center
hosts the “Invitational” to showcase the quality
of Lamar’s graduates. Second-semester
sophomores, juniors and seniors who have 3.0
grade point averages or higher receive a letter
from the dean of their college inviting them to
meet with key company recruiters. These top
students are required to register with the
Career Center and to attend at least one
professional development workshop before
attending the invitational.
“We are the human resources office for
students,” Simpson said. “We are here to uphold
their marketable status and to help them refine
their presentation — the total package that
prospective employers see.”
For more information on the Career Center, call
880-8878, or visit on the Web at
Jeanne Emmons comes home
for Nov. 21 Lamar poetry reading
Jeanne Emmons is about to prove you can go home
will read from her work at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov.
21, in the Dishman Art Museum lecture hall –
less than two blocks from her childhood home on
Howard Street and across the Lamar University
campus from where her father taught English more
than 30 years.
now living in
, Emmons is the daughter of Ethel Mae Emmons,
who taught Latin at
and West Brook high schools. Her father, Winfred
S. Emmons Jr., died in 2000.
Emmons teaches English at
, where she is editor of The Briar Cliff Review.
Her latest collection of poetry, “Baseball
Nights and DDT,” was published in 2005 by
Pecan Grove Press of San Antonio. The
poet Phil Hey, “contains the best series of
poems about a father that I have ever read. She
shows intelligence and craft in every poem and
grace in every line.”
last section of the book is about Daddy, and
I’ll be reading a lot of those poems,”
Emmons said. “I am very moved about doing the
reading at Lamar because Daddy taught there, and
I went there for my first year.
poems about my father are really an elegiac
group, including memories of him and responses
to the gradual decline of his health and,
finally, his death. I was, basically, mourning
him through poetry for a number of years,”
first section of the book contains poems dealing
with growing up in
, watching the refinery from my bedroom window,
going to Little League games in Alice Keith
Park, going to Southern Baptist revivals and the
first collection, “Rootbound,” won the
Minnesota Voices Poetry Competition, sponsored
by New Rivers Press, in 1998 and was
subsequently named for a Pippistrelle Best of
Small Press Award. Her third collection, “The
Glove of the World,” is forthcoming from
received the Iowa Woman poetry award, the South
Coast Review Poetry Award and the Sow’s Ear
Review Poetry Award. Her poetry has been
published in numerous poetry journals, including
The American Scholar, Confrontation, Louisiana
Literature, Prairie Schooner and New Orleans
language has a sculpted quality, a range of
texture from the tough and tensile to the
delicate and subtle. The result is a gallery of
the essential, opening out from one specific
life to the historical and mythical lives we all
poet James Doyle said.
and educator Lee Ann Roripaugh writes: “These
poems consistently reveal a steadfast yet
sympathetic eye, a sensibility that is both
exacting and deeply compassionate, and a use of
the language that possesses both a razor-sharp
clarity and voluptuous lushness. Her deftly
executed and compelling narratives resonate and
linger in the reader’s mind.
plans to enhance her presentation with
photographs of her father and other memorabilia.
She says she knows a lot of people here and
hopes to renew acquaintances.
grew up in
where she graduated from
. After spending her freshman year at Lamar, she
transferred to the
, where she received her B.A, M.A. and Ph.D. in
English. In 1977, she married Adam Frisch,
another English doctoral student, in 1977. They
in 1978 and have taught since that time in the
English department at
. They have two children, Eleanor and Austin,
and one grandchild.
Hall, her editor at Pecan Grove Press, is a
Lamar graduate. “I felt it was almost
like he took this book because he had been a
student of Daddy’s,” Emmons said. “It is
as if this is where it belonged. I’m so glad a
press took it and that it was Palmer’s. I’m
so pumped and excited because so much of it is
and growing up there. It’s really a
reading is sponsored by the Lamar University
Department of English and Modern Languages,
Pulse Magazine and the estate of the late
Eleanor Weinbaum. The event is open to the
public without charge. Additional information is
available from R.S. “Sam” Gwynn, University
Professor of English, at (409) 880-8575.
Stones with stories:
couple net first-ever fossil
geology professor Roger Cooper and his wife and
fellow geologist Dee Ann ’97 recently made the
first find of a Cretaceous Era fossil squid with
preserved soft body parts in the United States.
Shortly after his first remarkable discovery,
Roger found a second, larger fossil squid in the
same Boquillas Formation
in Big Bend
National Park. The fossils are estimated to be 89 million
“I remember the four of us standing there in
the shade of the truck and someone saying
‘We’re about to become famous,’” Dee Ann
said of the moment they and their research team
members, retired Lamar University geology
professors J. B. and Margaret S. Stevens,
realized they had an exceptional fossil in their
“The importance of soft body parts is that it
helps us understand how the animal behaved and
lived,” Roger said. Preserved soft body parts
are also extremely rare. For soft tissues to
become fossilized, the animal must be covered
rapidly by material that shields it from
bacteria and scavengers.
Ann Cooper learns from renowned paleontologist
W. A. Cobban of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Ann, who fulfilled her master’s thesis with
guidance from J. B. Stevens, has made numerous
research and teaching visits to the area since
the mid-1990s. Her work included several
mini-session field trips for Lamar students
while she was an adjunct instructor.
It seems a little unfair that it would be
who made the spectacular finds, Dee Ann laughs.
He too, is a little incredulous. After 25 years
specializing in economic geology and igneous
rocks, he has received considerable ribbing from
his “hard rock” colleagues over his “soft
rock” finds. He credits his good fortune to
bringing a new set of experienced eyes to the
Renowned paleontologist W. A. Cobban of the U.S.
Geological Survey confirmed the significance of
couple visited Cobban in
for five days in September. With more than 56
years of experience at the USGS, Cobban curates
an extensive collection of invertebrate fossils
that fills several acres of storage in Colorado.
“Bill was extremely helpful to both of us and
incredibly patient in answering my many
questions,” Roger said. “Both of us learned
a tremendous amount.”
significance of the squid finds were also
confirmed by Kirk Johnson, chief curator and
chair of the Department of Earth Sciences of the
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Neil
Landman of the
of Natural History in New York City.
made another exciting fossil find in the same
area: the second known discovery of the
vertebrae of a Elopid Fish. Ken Carpenter, chief
preparer and curator of vertebrate paleontology
of the Denver
of Nature and Science identified the fossil. The
known specimens of
fossil fish were discovered in 1939 and 1941 in
Upper Cretaceous rocks northeast of Dallas, some 500 miles away from the Coopers’ find
in the Trans-Pecos region.
Dee Ann, along with J. B. and Margaret Stevens,
has been studying the Boquillas Formation since
the early 1990s, researching the strata for
evidence of climatic changes. During these
studies, she became interested in the fauna
in the top of the lower portion of the
formation. It is there that
made his recent discoveries.
“I was encouraged to go out and look at this
area in 1979,” Roger said, “but it wasn’t
until about three years ago that I made my first
survey of the area and saw the potential to map
the fossil-bearing strata over great
distances.” During the fall semester of 2004
and last summer, he worked to update the
geologic maps of
National Park, a project last undertaken in the 1960s.
surveys made with modern tools such as Global
Positioning Satellite technology will provide
the National Park Service and USGS with an
improved geologic history and understanding of
Together with the Stevenses, Roger Cooper has
pursued the work in 2004 on development leave
from the university and received a Research
Enhancement Grant from Lamar for 2005-2006 to
help fund the research with other support from
the NPS and USGS.
The fossils remain in the couple’s hands while
they work on scientific papers for submission to
the Journal of Paleontology and other scholarly
publications. These papers will include
descriptive articles on the two squid finds and
the fish, as well as a paper on the faunal
assemblage — or animal community — which now
numbers more than a dozen identified species.
The detail evident in the fossil is remarkable.
“If you look closely you can even see the
squid’s eye,” Dee Ann said.
And you can bet that when the couple returns to
in the future they will keep a sharp eye out for
more remarkable stones with stories to tell.
Working Side by Side . . .
Alzheimer’s Association, TAN unite to
benefit clients after Rita;
board members plan fund-raiser Nov. 18 with
Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Texas
and Triangle AIDS Network are teaming up to
bridge the gap in resources created by
of the storm, the two non-profit organizations
were forced to cancel fall fund-raisers –
major means of private support. To help
maintain essential services to their
respective clients, two board members of the
organizations stepped forward to host an
evening of “fun, food and friends” from 5
to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18.
Rita: A Tarp-and-Tape-a-Thon” is the theme
of the event, which will be at 2495 Broadway
at Ninth Street in Beaumont, the law offices
of Susan J. Oliver and Lynn M. Bencowitz,
hosts for the fund-raiser. Oliver is a member
of the TAN board, while Bencowitz serves on
the board of the Alzheimer’s Association.
thanks to Lynn Bencowitz and Susan Oliver for
their generous offer to host this event to
benefit Alzheimer’s/AIDS,” said Debra
Brozak, outreach coordinator of the
Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Texas.
“We have all suffered from the Rita
devastation, but the need for public awareness
and continued services to our community for
both organizations has never been greater.”
evening will feature barbecue with all the
trimmings, entertainment and an auction and
book sale. Refreshments, including soft
drinks, beer, wine and margaritas, will be
available at a cash bar.
Rita made a dramatic impact on these two
organizations, whose resources have been
diminished because of the storm,” said
Oliver and Bencowitz. “We invite the people
to help bridge the gap on behalf of their
added: “Hurricane Rita made all of us aware
of our dependence on other people in a time of
crisis: long lines for gasoline, food,
– all of this was annoying to us who do not
have to face this type of wait on a regular
basis. But the clients face this wait every
day of their lives. They wait for medical care
so they can feel better; they wait through
long lines of bureaucracy so they can get
answers to their questions. And, in many
cases, they wait for the end of a life that is
in terrible suffering.
fund-raiser gives us the opportunity to
recognize the impact of this hurricane on
everyone in our area and to reach out and
donate to two deserving agencies who work
constantly to increase the quality of life for
those in need,” Brooks said.
live auction will feature a day-long offshore
fishing expedition for four, donated by Joe
Brozak of Captain Bro’s Fishing Charter
Service; fine furnishings contributed by Jeff
McManus of the McManus Co.; and an authentic
Cuban dinner for six, courtesy of Jack Holden
and Carmen de los Reyes of Accent Home Health.
More than a dozen items will be featured in
the silent auction, and new and used books
will be available for purchase.
news anchor Bill Leger will serve as master of
ceremonies and auctioneer.
for “Wrangling Rita” is casual, with
western wear, blue tarp or duct tape fashions
optional, said event organizers.
Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Texas
serves Hardin, Jefferson,
counties, as well as Winnie in
. Its mission: To eliminate Alzheimer’s
disease through the advancement of research
and to enhance care and support for
individuals, their families and care-givers.
association receives private support from
donations, memorials and bequests and from
fund-raisers including a golf tournament,
Memory Walk and Education Conference. November
is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and
the association had planned an Alzheimer’s
Awareness Week to include the Memory Walk –
the group’s biggest fund-raiser – and the
to the impact of Rita on our sponsors and
committee members, we had to cancel our events
as planned,” Brozak said. “Many of our
sponsors had serious damage to their
businesses and are in the rebuilding stage.
Many of our committee members had serious
damage to their homes and could not commit to
the time involved in putting on the events.”
the past, TAN had relied heavily on the annual
fund-raiser, Paint the Town Red, to garner the
major part of its community support, Brooks
said. “In a time of decreasing grant monies
for social services and especially when less
emphasis is being placed on the issue of AIDS,
it is imperative to reach out to the local
community for help,” she said.
Golden Triangle is near a major epidemic area
for HIV disease (
), and, although many advances have been made
in increasing the quality and length of life
for persons with AIDS, the disease still
remains fatal, and the number of people who
are infected nationwide remains exceptionally
Triangle AIDS Network was formed in 1987 to
address a growing health crisis in Jefferson,
. TAN is committed to providing accurate
information about HIV disease; supporting
those who are infected and affected with
HIV/AIDS through educational, medical, social
and psychological services; and preventing the
spread of HIV.
to “Wrangling Rita” is $20 per person,
payable at the door. Tickets may also be
purchased in advance at the Alzheimer’s
Association of Southeast Texas, 440 N. 18th
St., Suite 7; Triangle AIDS Network, 2544
Broadway; or board members of the two
who are unable to attend may join in a
“silent campaign” to assist the two
organizations by sending their contributions
to 2495 Broadway, Beaumont, Texas 77702, with
checks made payable to Alzheimer’s/AIDS.
Book donations are being accepted at the
Alzheimer’s Association, TAN and the 2495
additional information, call Brooks at
Triangle AIDS Network, (409) 832-8338 or
Brozak at the Alzheimer’s Association of
Southeast Texas, (409) 833-1613.
Jazz Band performs Sunday at Art Museum
in the Mirror’
presents ‘eye-opening’ drama Nov. 17-22
1991, in the
, an Hasidic man’s car jumped a curb, killing
a 7-year-old black child. Later, in what appears
to have been an act of retaliation, an Hasidic
rabbinical student was stabbed and killed.
her play, “Fires in the Mirror,” acclaimed
actress and playwright Anna Deveare Smith takes
a searing look at misunderstandings between the
two divergent cultures.
work – by a playwright hailed as “the
theater’s antidote against social
irrelevance” – will unfold Nov. 17-22 at
production, directed by graduate student Crystal
, will be presented at 8 p.m. Nov. 17, 18, 19,
21 and 22 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in the
is presenting “Fires in the Mirror” free of
charge as part of a fall season shortened
because of Hurricane Rita. The production is
in the Mirror” focuses on the conflict between
Jews and African-Americans, drawing parallels
between slavery and the Holocaust. “This will
open everyone’s eyes,” director Curry said.
“The play is very socially conscious. It makes
she added, “It has the perfect title because
it gives you a reflection to look at
create the multiple-award-winning stage work,
the playwright drew from a series of more than
50 interviews with Crown Heights residents –
politicians, activities, religious leaders, gang
members, street dwellers – victims and
result is a dynamic theatrical event of
importance to every American,” said
spokesman Randall Wheatley.
Smith performed all of the roles in the original
staging, the Lamar production will feature a
cast of nine. Actors are Ty Williams and Jesus
Pineda of Houston; Kyle Romero and Jacquelyn
Gower of Orangefield; Ebonique Thomas of Orange;
Chris Murray of Beaumont; Katy Hearne of Groves;
and Stacey Carrell of Vidor. Director Curry is
originally from Webster and a graduate of
play, subtitled “
and Other Identities,” was first produced in
1992 at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre. It went
on to win a Drama-Logue Award, Obie Award, Drama
Desk Award and Pulitzer Prize nomination.
was looking for a final project toward
completion of her master’s degree when a
friend suggested “Fires in the Mirror.”
ordered it online and fell in love with it, just
doing the research,” she said. “Even being
an African-American women, I had never realized
there was such a big conflict between Jews and
narrowed the play to include nine actors and 10
different monologues. The cast is a diverse
group, with Hispanics, African-Americans and
Caucasions, playing the roles.
monologues I picked focus just on story. I
loved every one of them but picked ones that
focused on what happened and on the different
points of view. It gives you a look at both
sides. It’s not biased at all. She wrote just
what they said, verbatim.”
two years, studying computer and information
systems. Then, she said, “I took a 180-degree
took a theatre course and then got into speech.
Transferring to Lamar, she graduated in May 2004
with a bachelor’s degree in theater.
been acting in church since I was 12. When I
came to Lamar, I decided I was going to act. I
said, ‘I am an actress. I am not going to
she took yet another turn. “After graduation,
I stayed on at Lamar for my master’s and
discovered I have a great passion for directing.
Now I’m getting experience in both acting and
Rita created doubt, some anxious moments and a
few tears as Curry feared the storm might
disrupt the fall theater season enough to thwart
her plans for December graduation. She was
thrilled when her play was included on the new
think it’s going really well,” she said of
preparations for opening night. “We have
strong cast that understands my concept – that
it’s important to get every word because these
are real people. Every word counts. Every word
makes a difference.
the monologues fit together.
out loud is different than reading on paper.
It’s very strong and very emotional. We take a
lot of breaks.”
plans to begin work toward teacher certification
in January. She would like to become a principal
at a school that emphasizes fine arts. Her
ultimate goal is to earn a Ph.D.
essayist on the salon.com website wrote:
“Theater needed not just another infusion of
talent. It needed a savior . . . This is one
explanation for the fervor with which Anna
Deavere Smith has been received.
1991,” the essay continued, “she seized the
American stage with ‘Fires in the Mirror,”
her one-woman epic on the bloody Jewish-black
confrontation that shook New York . . .
‘Fire’ thrust her into the national
limelight in a way that nobody could have
expected. With her sweeping political and
artistic ambitions and her uncanny talent for
mimicry, Smith was greeted as the theater’s
antidote against social irrelevance . . .
in Smith’s hands, would become nothing less
that an attempt to reintroduce America to
itself, giving voice to the disparate social
groups that had become warring tribes . . . In
portraying real people from divergent
backgrounds, Smith depicts the hot pot of
American culture that refuses to melt.”
has taught at
and Yale and Stanford universities. She was
honored in 1996 as a MacArthur Foundation
Fellow, recipient of a grant better known as a
addition to being a playwright, Smith is a
gifted performer who has appeared in numerous
New York productions and in films such as
“Philadelphia,” “Dave,” “The American
President” and the cinematic adaptation of her
play, “Twilight: Los Angeles,” shown at the
2000 Sundance Film Festival. Television
audiences will recognize her for her role as
National Security Advisor Nancy McNally on
“The West Wing.”
information about the production is available at
box office, (409) 880-2250.
Lamar’s Castillon publishes book on cultural studies
the spring of 2003,
’s Catalina Castillon, attended a graduate
seminar on Latin America and globalization at
by the Department of Classical and Modern
Languages at the university, the
attracted doctoral students and professors from
Europe, Latin America and the
. Out of the talks, sessions and research of all
the participants, an idea for a book was born.
started as an unassuming publication of the
different articles and research work that were
produced as a result of this seminar ended up as
a more ambitious project in which we included
the works of well-known Latin Americanists from
around the world,” said Castillon, instructor
of English and modern languages at Lamar.
book, “Estudios Culturales y Cuestiones
Globales: Latinoamerica en la coyuntura
transnacional,” is about cultural studies and
globalization, with a focus on
is very much in the spirit of cultural studies
research, a contemporary interdisciplinary
movement,” Castillon said.
co-edited the book with Cristian Santibanez and
Marc Zimmerman, an internationally known scholar
of cultural studies.
Marc Zimmerman suggested the possibility of
working with him, I was thrilled,” Castillon
said. “I just jumped in the boat without
joined the Lamar faculty in 1991 and is now
completing her doctorate, which she hopes to
accomplish in the summer of 2006. She has also
earned a master of arts in Spanish linguistics
and literatures from the
, a master of science in Deaf
studies/habilitation from Lamar, a juris
doctorate from the University of Seville, Spain.
with an emphasis on public/international law,
and a certificate of completion in general
says she selected the collaborations, wrote the
introduction with Santibanez, did overall
editorial work and wrote one of the articles in
reference to globalization, migration and
utopia, which is about “transnational
relations between Latin America and
try to respond to Western ideas from a Latin
American perspective and give answers to modern
questions from different perspectives,” she
said, “considering the social, economic,
political and technological implications of a
fast-changing 21st-century world.”
book is a transnational project of the Latin
America Cultural Activities and Studies Arena
(USA) and Bravo y Allende (
) publishing companies. “It is published in
Spanish, because it has been distributed in
several Latin American countries, as well as in
compiles different essays on cultural studies
and globalization by several well-known
academics from around the world, including
, Venezuala and the
. Castillon says getting to know some of the
contributors personally was a great experience
in and of itself.
learning first hand how to do the whole editing
and publishing process was a great experience,
also,” she said. “It was hard work, and at
times tedious and strenuous, but worthwhile. All
in all, a very good experience.”
Calendar of Events/Public Service Announcement
Wrangling Rita, an evening of fun, food and
entertainment, will benefit the Alzheimer’s
Association of Southeast Texas Triangle AIDS Network Friday, Nov. 18, from 5 to
10 p.m. at the law offices of Susan J. Oliver
and Lynn M. Bencowitz, 2495 Broadway at
. The event – being billed as a
“tarp-and-tape-a-thon” – will feature a
barbecue dinner, refreshments, music, silent
auction and a book sale. Oliver and Bencowitz
are hosting the fund-raiser to help the two
non-profit organizations in the wake of
Hurricane Rita. Admission is $20 per person,
payable at the door. Supporters unable to attend
may send their contributions to 2495 Broadway,
Beaumont, Texas 77702, with checks made payable
to Alzheimer’s/AIDS. For additional
information, call Bonnie Brooks at (409)
832-8338 or Debra Brozak at (409) 833-1613.
Lamar Dance Company Overcomes Rita to Attend
Despite the recent events brought on by
Hurricane Rita, several
Lamar University students chose to move on and
overcome those obstacles. Six students from the
Lamar dance company, NewDance Ensemble,
performed at the inaugural Fort Worth Dance
Festival Oct. 21-23 at the Fort Worth Community
The students who performed in the festival were
Emily Lockard and Nicole Daigle of Beaumont;
Katy King of Fannett; and Melanie Bohacek,
Allison Fulton and Leslie Davis of Houston.
Festival organizers had invited the Lamar
students to appear in all six performances over
the two weekends, but, because of the evacuation
and the closing of the university, the students
were unable to work with their choreographer,
Alice Howes, for more than a month. That forced
the students to miss the first weekend of
performances at the festival.
"The students put in long rehearsal hours," said
Howes ,"and they managed to prepare for the
performance in just two days so they could join
the second weekend of performances."
NewDance Ensemble is a modern dance company
directed by Howes, who is an instructor of
music, theater and dance at Lamar. The ensemble
performed Howes' "Sleight of Hand" as the
opening piece for the three performances over
The Fort Worth Dance Festival was a judged
event, so Lamar's late entry had to be accepted
by a panel of three judges in order for the
group to perform.
According to directors of the Arts Council of
Fort Worth, the inaugural event was a huge
success, with full house attendance for most
"The festival was a tremendous learning
experience for the students," said Howes, "as
they had the opportunity to share the stage with
student dance companies from Houston, Fort Worth
and other areas of
Howes said events like the Fort Worth Dance
Festival "are great for both giving our students
opportunities to perform and to see other
performers, and to also publicize Lamar
University's growing dance program."
University College of Business
Lamar University’s College of Business will host
Mark Etheridge, president of Advanced Lab
Concepts Inc., as an ExxonMobil Executive in
Residence Nov. 14-15.
Etheridge will share his business experience
with students, faculty and the public in a free
lecture on “Middle Market Niche— Survival,
Growth and Competing with International and
Venture Capital Driven Opponents.”
The lecture is 11 a.m. Nov. 15 in the Landes
Auditorium in the Galloway Business Building.
Etheridge is president of Austin-based ALC and a
1980 business graduate of Lamar. He turned his
woodworking hobby into a multimillion-dollar
venture that now equips the nation’s top
Etheridge’s state-of-the-art computer-guided
machinery brings consistency to old-world
craftsmanship in Advanced Lab Concept’s
top-drawer designs that meet the specifications
of the nation’s leading architects.
Recent contracts fulfilled by ALC include 11
floors of laboratory furnishings for the
University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in
Dallas for $6.9 million, and five floors of
laboratory space for the Centers for Disease
Control in Atlanta for $4.7 million, as well as
a $3.1 million job for Harvard, Cambridge,
Mass., and a $1.5 million job for Scripps
Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.
Etheridge worked in sales and marketing after
graduating from Lamar, first for Xerox, then for
a hazardous waste processor company based in
In 1988, Etheridge founded ALC with three
employees designing and installing laboratories
primarily in the petrochemical industry. While
they used other companies’ products to meet
customer specifications, they found it
increasingly necessary to build lab furnishings
themselves. In 1998, Etheridge opened his plant
between Austin and Pflugerville, drawn there by
the lower humidity — a concern in woodworking —
and the abundance of skilled craftsmen in the
Etheridge’s visit is made possible by a generous
grant from ExxonMobil. In addition to the public
lecture, he will host a faculty colloquium and
an informal discussion with graduate students in
the College of Business.
For more information on the lecture, contact the
College of Business at (409) 880-8603.
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