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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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Jeremy Alm congratulates Destiny Allain on receiving the Trjitzinsky Award.

Lamar senior Destiny Allain of Warren has received the Trjitzinsky Award from the American Mathematical Society in the amount of $3,000. Allain is one of seven recipients in the country to receive this scholarship.

“The scholarship could not have come at a better time,” said Allain. “I was unsure whether I would have been able to pay for my next semester, so it has been a huge blessing.”

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Lamar women’s basketball

The start of college basketball is right around the corner, and if the Southland Conference preseason polls are any indication, both the Lamar women’s and men’s teams will have plenty of success in the 2017-18 season.

The women’s team is picked to finish first in the league while the men are predicted to finish second behind Stephen F. Austin.

“We now have to live up to our expectations,” said women’s head coach Robin Harmony. “I think this team can be something special.”

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Tara Hoch of Beaumont

Tara Hoch, of Beaumont, is turning her international passion into a profession.

 A senior political science major at Lamar University, her interest in worldwide affairs stems from childhood experiences abroad.

“We lived in Canada until I was six, but when I was four years old, my family relocated to the Central American country of Belize for a year while my father was involved in the Belize River Watershed Water Quality Project,” said Hoch.

Living in a foreign country was an impressionable experience for Hoch at such an early age.

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The Cardinals ran into a buzz saw last week at home when they faced Nicholls, a team who should have beaten Texas A&M a few weeks earlier. The Colonels (3-2, 2-1) jumped out to a 20-0 first-half lead and never looked back to roll on 41-14 over Lamar (1-4, 0-4) in front of over 6,000 fans at Provost Umphrey Stadium on Sept. 30.

The Cardinals struggled to move the ball, finishing the night with 237 yards of total offense. LU’s quarterbacks completed 14 of 33 passes for 121 yards with two interceptions by junior transfer Darrell Colbert.

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The Press Club of Southeast Texas invites members and students of all disciplines to the Dishman Art Museum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 12 for a free media mixer. The museum is located on the Lamar University Campus at 1030 East Lavaca St.

Meet members of the media from various outlets and learn more about radio, print and broadcast journalism from experienced professionals. Find out what happens behind-the-scenes from producers, camera operators and others who bring the news to homes all over Southeast Texas.

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The City of Beaumont is providing sandbags to city residents beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, until 7 p.m. this evening and again Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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Dennis Franchione

One of most recognizable names in college football during his time as a head coach, Dennis Franchione, will serve as the guest speaker at the 2017 Lamar University Football Kickoff Banquet scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Montagne Center at 6 p.m.

Prior to the start of the banquet, there will be a special VIP reception with Coach Franchione in the Cardinal Club room at 5 p.m.

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