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The Board of Regents, the governing body for TSUS and its eight component institutions, held its quarterly meeting Nov. 7-8 on the campus of Lamar University in Beaumont.

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Evans (right) received the presidential medallion from James Simmons.

Kenneth R. Evans was invested as Lamar University’s 15th president on Thursday, Nov. 7, calling on students and faculty in his inaugural address to recognize the strengths of the university’s heritage while also seeking to invent a promising new future.

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Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, on the Lamar University campus, will host the first-ever Spindletop Spookfest on Halloween evening, October 31, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with trick or treating through the boomtown buildings and fun activities for “ghouls” and “goblins” of all ages.

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Romm

Ronald Romm, a preeminent trumpeter and clinician, will be on the Lamar University campus Nov. 7 – 9 as a guest artist in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. Romm will give a presentation to Lamar students, lead master classes for majors and coach a student brass quintet. His visit will conclude with a recital featuring Lamar students, and his wife, pianist Avis Romm, a Steinway artist.

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Carter

In his first attempt, Calvin Carter placed fourth with artwork he created for the 2013 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s federal duck stamp contest. Carter’s work was narrowly edged out of the top three spots by one point. His work will be included in a traveling show to promote wildlife conservation. The contest is the largest wildlife art competition in the United States and this year drew 202 entries.

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The 25th annual Chef’s Delight will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza at 6 p.m.

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Kumer Das

Kumer Das, associate professor of mathematics, has been tapped as the director of the newly-established Office of Undergraduate Research. Reporting directly to the Office of the Provost, the research office is temporarily located in the Lucas Engineering building.

“I’m deeply honored and humbled to have been selected for this position,” Das said. “This is a wonderful opportunity, and I’m looking forward to working with our students and faculty.”

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Jerry Craven

Jerry Craven, head of the Lamar University Press, recently received the Frank O. Connor Award for fiction for his short story “The Stone Salvation Barn.” Craven was chosen by descant, the literary journal of Texas Christian University, in which the story will be published, Lamar University said in a press release. More than 100 stories were considered for this prestigious award.

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LU

(Lamar press release)

Lamar University has been recognized for excellence in the field of minority education innovation by the P-20 Initiatives for African American Student Success.

Lamar received this recognition at the 2013 “Every Student Can” Developmental Education Course Redesign Summit hosted by the P-20 Initiatives for African American Student Success in conjunction with the Texas Higher Education Journal in Austin on July 15-16.

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