LU to honor Jimmy and Susan Simmons at Mar. 2 celebration

LU President Jimmy Simmons and first lady Susan Simmons

Lamar University will host a “Standing Ovation” – a celebration honoring LU President Jimmy Simmons and first lady Susan Simmons – on Saturday, March 2, at the Montagne Center in Beaumont. Simmons is stepping down after more than 14 years of service as president and 43 years with the university. Activities will begin with the Lady Cardinals’ basketball game at 4 p.m. and continue with the Cardinals’ men’s game at 6 p.m. There will be a celebration on the arena floor afterwards. Both teams will take on the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts University. “Standing Ovation” highlights also will include special recognitions of the Simmonses during halftime of the men’s game for the parts they have played in the growth and success of the university during their tenures. Guests are being asked to wear rubber-soled shoes to the post-game reception. Admission will be by season tickets or single-game tickets for March 2 only, available for $1 on a first-come, first-served basis at or (409) 880-1715.