Lamar University

The Lamar University Beta Xi Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, an international honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education and enhancing knowledge about various cultures around the world, held its first colloquy — a formal discussion or conversation — Tuesday, Oct. 21. The meeting covered the crisis in Ukraine, where fighting continues between pro-Russian rebels and the armed forces of the Ukraine.

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When Cardinal football was reintroduced in 2010, there was an excitement on campus that hadn’t been felt in a long time. It was a welcome return following two decades without a sport that Southeast Texans eat, sleep and breathe. Now that Big Red pride is back in full force, Lamar University reintroduces another tradition dating back more than half a century — the Homecoming Parade.

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The Lamar University softball team teamed with the softball team from Lamar State College-Port Arthur to raise $7,400 for the American Cancer Society.

The teams opened the day with a softball game that saw the Lady Cardinals claim a 5-0 victory. That was followed by a 5K run in the evening in which more than 200 runners participated.

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Jerry Lin

Lamar University has honored Jerry Lin, professor of environmental engineering, as the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2014. “Chasing Quicksilver: From an Emperor’s Tomb to the Global Environment” will be the topic of his lecture, sponsored by ExxonMobil, to be presented Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre. The Lamar University Faculty Senate will host the lecture, which is open to the public without charge.

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Lamar sophomore Nikita Lis had to fight his way through a couple of three-set matches to earn a berth in the Cardinals’ Ron Wesbrooks Flight One Singles Championship against Texas-Pan American’s Juan Cruz-Soria.

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The new black-painted helmets didn’t help Lamar against Sam Houston State as the Cardinals were blown out at home in their Southland Conference opener by the score of 42-10 in front of announced crowd of 9,308.

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It was a good week for Lamar athletes as senior Leigh Lattimore was named the Southland Conference Women’s Cross-Country Athlete of the Week, and seniors Kimmy Albeno and Bailey Fontenot swept the SLC Soccer Players of the Week.

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A Lamar University paleontology field crew led by Dr. Jim Westgate, professor of Earth and Space Sciences, recently returned from their expedition to the desert badlands of the Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah near Vernal.

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Woodard

It’s a pretty common occurrence in college football — schedule teams that you know you can beat. They all do it, year in and year out. But many teams have that luxury.

Take, for instance, Texas A&M. The Aggies play in arguably the toughest conference in all of football — the Southeastern Conference. So their non-conference schedule this season includes Lamar, Rice, SMU and University of Louisiana-Monroe. The reason is because their conference schedule includes LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri and Ole Miss.

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Rudy Williams speaks at the announcement of the naming of the building.

Officials, family and friends gathered Tuesday, Aug. 26, to formally dedicate the Rudy Williams Building at the John Gray Center complex to honor Williams for his contributions to higher education at Lamar University.

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