Lamar University

LU Spirit Squad

(Lamar press release)

The Lamar University Spirit Team, consisting of the LU Dance Team and the LU Cheer Squad, brought home several awards after attending the Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association Collegiate Camp on July 12-15 at Texas State University in San Marcos.

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William Harn

William Harn, professor and chairperson of Lamar University’s speech and hearing sciences department, was recently named as dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

“I am extremely excited,” Harn said. “It is a dream come true. I look forward to the challenges that come with the job.”

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Juan Zabala

Lamar University has named Juan Zabala executive director of the Lamar University Foundation, officials announced.

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A.J. Webb

Adrain “A.J.” Webb, American Sign Language major from Dallas, has an eye for opportunities. During his education at Lamar University, Webb has become a Lamar Ambassador, a McNair scholar, vice president of the rugby team, Black Student Association historian, president of the sailing club and an LU cheerleader.

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Vernon Durden

(Lamar press release)

The Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board has elected Vernon Durden of China to serve as 2013-2014 president.  Ellen Rienstra of Beaumont is past president, and Stephanie Molina of Beaumont will serve as president-elect.

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Dr. James "Jimmy" Simmons

(Lamar press release)

Lamar University is scheduled to confer a record 1,619 degrees at spring commencement Saturday, May 18, in the Montagne Center. President James Simmons will be the keynote speaker.

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Dr. Catalina Castillon

(Lamar press release)

Lamar University has honored Catalina Castillon, associate professor of English and modern languages, as the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2013.

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Serdar Ilban

Lamar University voice students from the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music earned numerous award placements in a regional voice competition at the University of Houston.

Students competed in the annual Greater Houston Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) classical auditions in April.  

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Left to right, Billy Pattarozzi, Elly Garner, Ashley Angelle, and Professor Thom

Three Lamar University MBA students placed first in graduate level value funds at the Global Asset Management Education (GAME) conference, officials announced.

Ashley Angelle of Bridge City, Elly Garner of Orange, and Billy Pattorozzi of Beaumont, placed first at the conference hosted by Quinnipiac University April 3-6, in New York City.

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