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Nederland native and Lamar alumnus Gerald Duff, 76, recently released his 19th book, Playing Custer, a novel narrated from varying points of view, illuminating personal and political events leading up to the death of General George Armstrong Custer.

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Stronger budgets and new construction are outcomes of the 84th legislative session that Lamar University officials are calling one of the best ever for the university.

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Armani Collins and Narda Herrarte

The Ben Rogers/Lamar University/BISD “I Have A Dream” Program recently awarded nearly $25,000 in scholarships to 10 Beaumont ISD Class of 2015 graduates at a reception and luncheon at the BISD Administration Building.

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Brandon Belaire, a junior from Groves; Remington Whitt, a senior from Livingston

A dozen Lamar University civil engineering students are working hard to ready Big Beau, their canoe, for the 2015 Tex-Mex Regional Competition. This year, preparations for the annual competition extend beyond the research and construction to include serving as hosts for the April 23-25 competition, the first at LU since 2004.

Lamar’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers will host the competition for the Texas-Mexico Region.

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The Lamar University Police Department is still searching for the suspect in the theft of a cell phone forcibly taken from a student on campus on Feb. 9.

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Beaumont Police Department detectives are still working to determine the circumstances and to locate the suspects in the shooting death of a 20-year-old man at a local convenience store on Jan. 19.

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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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