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Marco Born was named Lamar University Director of Athletics by President Dr. Kenneth Evans on March 29 and wasted no time before being seen out in the community. For those who have never seen Born in person, he stands nearly 6-foot-10 and loves to talk and promote Lamar University.

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A veteran of coaching in the Southland Conference, David Dumars joins the Lamar University men’s basketball coaching staff. Dumars replaces Justin Bailey who left last month to become the head coach at Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Dumars comes to Beaumont after spending the previous 18 years at McNeese, the final 14 seasons as associate head coach. The hiring marks the second time Price and Dumars have served on the same staff.

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Lamar’s football team held a scrimmage Aug. 11 at Provost Umphrey Stadium. The scrimmage was broken down into three parts — offense vs. defense, special teams and red zone work.

The offense had the upper hand in the scrimmage, breaking several big plays, while the defense flipped the script during special teams work.

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The 2018 soccer season will open this weekend for last year’s Southland Conference champion Lamar Cardinals. LU will host Grambling on Friday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. and the University of Houston on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. The Cards won an exhibition game Aug. 8 against Rice, 3-2.

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Saving energy proved rewarding today as Lamar University received a $90,348 energy conservation incentive check from the Entergy Texas Entergy Solutions Program.

Lamar University administrators and staff joined representatives of Entergy Texas in the Reaud Executive Event Center to recognize LU’s energy conservation management projects from 2016 through 2018.

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Lamar University will officially be kicking off the 2018-19 academic year with a family-oriented event for the fans. LU will be hosting Cardinal Fan Fest on Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Montagne Center at 5:30 p.m.

The LU football and soccer teams have reported to campus, and volleyball and cross-country will be reporting in the coming days, which means the start of a new athletic season has arrived in Beaumont.

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Scott Whitfield

The City of Beaumont’s Jazz at the Lake series continues with the Lamar Cardinal Jazz Orchestra and Jimmy Simmons.  The free concert takes place Thursday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Event Centre.

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Donna Elise Wilsker, RN, MSN, aged 67, passed away in Beaumont on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.  At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by beloved family and friends.  Up until her death, Donna was an Associate Professor of Nursing at Lamar University, where she served for nearly 40 years.

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What makes someone legendary? While many have achieved academic accomplishments, career milestones and high socioeconomic status, only a few have set themselves apart with a magnitude of selflessness that they will truly be remembered for generations to come.

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Lamar University is now in search of a new athletic director. Nov. 20, Jason Henderson resigned his position after being on campus for 11 years. Henderson joined Lamar in 2006 as a compliance coordinator then was named interim athletic director in 2011. Lamar took the interim tag off in 2012.

Former Lamar basketball standout Norman Bellard was named interim athletic director.

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