Dr. Ruby K. Payne

Lamar University’s College of Education will host Ruby Payne, expert in educational leadership as ExxonMobil Scholar in Residence, March 21 and 22. Payne will conduct workshops March 21 with the fall 2012 ExxonMobil student researchers in the College of Education, with staff from Smith Middle School in attendance at one of the sessions. Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Education and Human Development Building on the Lamar campus.  

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The Ducks Unlimited President’s Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. The Lamar University chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters over the last year.    

Lamar Soccer Camp


The Lamar University soccer program is offering a two-day, soccer-oriented, Spring Break Soccer Camp for boys and girls, kindergarten through 8th grades, March 14  and 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The camp allows children the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of soccer as well as advanced techniques from both the coaches and players of the Lamar soccer program. A special goalkeeper option is available for those interested in that position-specific training.

Lamar College of Business

Prospective students from all undergraduate majors can learn more about the advantages of pursuing an MBA at Lamar University at an Open House scheduled for 5:30 - 7 p.m. March 19 in room 140 of the Galloway Business Building.

The MBA program at LU offers flexible options for students interested in earning a graduate degree in business. Lamar’s program allows students with an undergraduate degree in business to complete an MBA in as little as 16 months. Those with a different undergraduate major can earn an MBA in as little as two years.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.