Lamar University

For the third consecutive season, Lamar University senior Michael Feucht has been named the Southland Conference Tennis Male Student-Athlete of the Year, while senior Katya Lapayeva earned the Southland Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

Feucht highlights a 2017 Academic All-Southland Conference team that features four Cardinals, including three first-team selections.

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As part of a federal reentry initiative, the United States Attorney’s Office is working with Lamar University in Beaumont in a new and innovative program designed to reduce recidivism by improving employment outcomes for ex-offenders in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas, Acting United States Attorney Brit Featherston announced May 8.

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There’s been a whirlwind of changes since Mike Schultz arrived as the new head football coach earlier this year and a major point of emphasis under Schultz is that players get stronger by spending more time in the weight room. 

With that said, Schultz and the coaching staff hosted a first for the Lamar football team — Night of Champions — on April 25, which is a strength and conditioning showcase that saw several members of the team square off in bench press, squats and deadlift at Provost Umphrey Stadium in front of fans. 

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James Han

Several Lamar Fine Arts events are on the calendar for the end of April including the LU Brass Festival, Mind Garden: Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition and the Spring Choir Concert. 

The LU Brass Festival will be held over three days beginning Thursday, April 27 with the Brass Extravaganza and the Brass Showcase on Friday, April 28, both at 7:30 p.m. in the Rothwell Recital Hall, and the Brass Gala on Saturday, April 29 in the University Theatre at 7:30 p.m. 

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LU will honor its four seniors – Michael Feucht, Jeandre Hoogenboezem, Juuso Lai

The Lamar Cardinals softball team (22-21) will host nationally ranked Baylor on Tuesday, April 25, for one non-conference game beginning at 4 p.m.

The Bears (35-7), ranked No. 13, defeated the Cardinals 5-3 back on Feb. 18 during their tournament in Waco. To purchase tickets, view lamarcardinals.com or call (409) 880-1715.

Before the Cards square off with the Bears, they have a date with Southland Conference first-place McNeese (30-14, 16-2) in Lake Charles for three games beginning Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m. followed by a double-header Saturday at 4 p.m.

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It’s a weekend full of fine arts events from Lamar University beginning with the Concert Band & Wind Ensemble Concert on Friday, April 21, at Silsbee High School (1575 Highway 96 N.) at 7:30 p.m.

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music will present the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Deppe, director of bands, and Concert Band, under the direction of Eric Shannon, director of athletic bands, in a combined concert. This is the final band concert for Deppe, who will retire this summer.

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There’s still time to purchase tickets to the Champagne & Ribs “Wide World of Sports” themed event on Thursday, April 20, and help the Gift of Life win the monumental battle with prostate cancer. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Ford Park (5115 Interstate 10 South) in Beaumont.

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Boudin Jalapeno pizza

The MCM Eleganté Hotel is hoping a new concept will entice guests to order pizza in-house and also capitalize on sales opportunities outside the hotel.

Itza Pizza, which opened Saturday, April 1, is serving hotel guests, dine-in customers, and delivering to a whole new market through the Waitr app.

Located inside Hemmingway’s Café, Itza Pizza sold over 300 pizzas in its first week, said Matt Peterson, food and beverage director at the MCM Eleganté.

The concept is the brainchild of hotel GM Steve McGaha.

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Reaud Honors College

Lamar University’s Reaud Honors College will host the annual Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) conference March 31 to April 2 in the new Wayne A. Reaud Building. The college confirms 440 participants from 45 different educational institutions across six states will gather at the university.

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It’s a gala evening of art, fine dining, dancing and entertainment as Lamar University hosts the 42nd annual Le Grand Bal on Saturday, March 25. This year’s theme, “Lamar University in Black and White,” features a musical retrospective of LU through the decades. Guests are encouraged to dress in black and white. Activities include a silent art auction at the Dishman Art Museum, as well as a gourmet buffet, libations, music and dancing in the Montagne Center.

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