Dorothea Titus

Lamar University honored 110 employees with service awards at Lamar’s annual staff recognition program. The Lamar Staff Advisory Council hosted the event April 17 in the Mary and John Gray Library University Reception Center.

Dorothea Titus was recognized with 35 years of service.

Employees receiving 30-year service recognition arePamela Kay Blankenship, Salvador Costa, Gail Davis, Cynthia Perkins, Jill Rowley and Joy Tate.

Earning 25-year awards are Diane Foreman, Ralpheal Guilbeau, Alma Morrison, Shaw Shang and Sam Tait.

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President Jimmy Simmons is presented with the Distinguished President Award

The Lamar University Staff Advisory Council has honored President James "Jimmy" Simmons with the “Distinguished President Award,” citing his inspiration and dedication during one of the brightest periods in Lamar’s history. 

Diann Brodnax, president of the Staff Advisory Council, surprised Simmons with a special tribute and the presentation of a plaque at the conclusion of Lamar’s annual staff awards ceremony Tuesday, April 16.

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Dr. Jimmy Simmons presents Donna Blaisdell with the TSUS Staff Excellence Award

Donna Blaisdell, executive assistant to the director of the Mary and John Gray Library, earned honors Tuesday as Lamar University’s first recipient of The Texas State University System Staff Excellence Award.

Blaisdell is a resident of Lumberton and a 28-year veteran of the Lamar staff.

Five other LU employees earned Distinguished Staff Awards at Lamar’s annual staff recognition program.

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Qiang Xu

Qiang Xu has been selected as Lamar University’s 2013 University Scholar. President James Simmons announced the honor during a ceremony April 10 in the University Reception Center of the Mary and John Gray Library. The University Scholar Award is the most prestigious research honor bestowed upon a faculty member at Lamar.

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The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of 15 cattle found shot in a private property area of Mansfield Ferry Road in Vidor. Sheriff Keith Merritt said his office was alerted to the incident Monday, April 15, at approximately 8:50 a.m. by a concerned citizen traveling by the scene of the crime. According to a press release from Sgt. Chad Hogan, the cattle were all female and included several calves.

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