Lamar

Standing Ovation

Lamar University president Dr. James M. “Jimmy” Simmons has become the first president emeritus in Lamar history.

Chancellor Brian McCall made the announcement Saturday night, March 2, during halftime of the Cardinals’ basketball game at “A Standing Ovation for Jimmy and Susan Simmons” in the Montagne Center.

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J. Wayne Dyess: 1947-2013

J. Wayne Dyess, professor of trombone and director of jazz studies at Lamar University, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. He was 65.

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Jim Armacost

Lamar University has created a new office of sustainability with the goal of making the university as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. Steve Doblin, provost and vice president of academic affairs, named Jim Armacost, assistant professor of biology, the university’s first director of sustainability.

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Dave Oliphant, a 1963 Lamar graduate, author, and an accomplished poet and scholar, returned to Lamar on Feb 11 to speak to students about his memories of the school where his writing career began.

“I had such wonderful teachers at Lamar,” said Oliphant, who was born in Fort Worth but moved to Beaumont in 1953.

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Ana Mendez

Ana Mendez, a Lamar University dietetics major from Marshall, breaks down language barriers. Her goal is to deliver patients the information they need to stay healthy in a way that is easy to digest.

Mendez’s interest in dietetics came when her mother developed gestational diabetes during a pregnancy. A native of Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, her mother spoke little English and asked Mendez, who was 14 years old, to interpret for her and her doctors.

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Macbeth

Lamar University’s Department of Theatre and Dance breathes new life into one of William Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies “Macbeth,” opening Feb. 28. The fast-paced thriller of witches, prophesy, murderous ambition and warfare will run in the University Theatre through March 3.

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Mary Scheer

Lamar University’s Mary Scheer is a recipient of the prestigious 2012 Liz Carpenter Award for Research in the History of Women, presented by the Texas State Historical Association.

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Lamar Univerisy Alumni Night

Lamar University alumni will be featured guests when the Lamar basketball teams take on McNeese Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Montagne Center. Tipoffs will be at 4 p.m. for the women’s game and 6:30 p.m. for the men’s contest.

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Lady Card Kalis Loyd

Ten Lamar University regular-season women’s basketball games will be aired live on KLVI (AM 560) this season. In addition, KLVI will air all Lady Cardinal postseason contests.

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Sanaz Alasti, assistant professor of criminal justice at Lamar University and an Iran native, has been invited to present her research at the fifth seminar organized by the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, in co-operation with the NATO School. This year’s seminar will focus on “Shari’a Law and Military Operations” in the Middle East.

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