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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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Groves Police Department

A Groves Police Department officer's squad car was struck from behind by an intoxicated driver last night (April 15) at 9:37 p.m.

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K.P. Jeanes

A Beaumont man was sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to injury to a child Monday, April 15.

K.P. Jeanes, a former assistant pastor of the Woodlands Baptist Church, was originally charged with indecency with a child, but after talks with the young victim’s family, prosecutors allowed Jeanes to plea to the lesser charge of injury to a child.

The youngster was 9 years old at the time of the offense.

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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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