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A University Press publication August 2017

Week of Welcome

August 28, 2017

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o our LU Community, welcome to the 2017-2018 academic year. It is already proving to be an exciting one as we have many activities underway with classes beginning for this fall semester, Week of Welcome and many new and returning students on campus. Whether you worked full-time, enjoyed some much needed time off, studied abroad or interned with a company in your field of study, I hope you enjoyed this summer and we are glad you are here for this coming year at LU.

I encourage you to check out our football team this season under new head coach, Mike Schultz. More importantly get involved – not only in the classroom but also outside of it in a student organization or learning community, com-


munity service, intramurals, or any number of other opportunities for engagement. I wish you a great beginning to this semesters and a wonderful year. Sincerely, Ken Evans President

I want to update you on where we are at with all the construction you are witnessing across campus. During the past year, we dedicated two new buildings, broke ground on another and began renovation of numerous facilities. The Wayne A. Reaud Building opened its doors last fall and was followed with the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, or CICE as most call it, in the winter. The complete and much needed overhaul to the Setzer Center and Quad will be completed this February.

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We have held the groundbreaking ceremony last spring, marking the beginning of construction near the Education and Speech and Hearing Buildings for our new Science and Technology Building, set to open in November of 2018. This will be our first academic building built on campus in more than 50 years. We also are completing a remodel of a few other facilities, including Landes Auditorium in the Galloway Building and a redesigned entrance and first floor to the Mary and John Gray Library, which will be completed by the end of October at the latest and

Convocation 2017 Evans announces QEP graduation initiative


amar University opened the new academic year with a convocation on Aug. 22. LU cheerleaders and Big Red helped welcome faculty and staff into the Montagne Center. President Kenneth Evans presented a “state of the university address,” where he unpacked current projects, shared updates, unveiled plans and celebrated accomplishments. After Evans welcomed 122 new full- and part-time staff members and 24 new faculty members, he addressed the renovations several buildings including Gray Library, which should be finished in October, the Setzer Student Center, which is set to be completed in February, and the Science and Technology which should be ready November of 2018, ahead of schedule. Evans talked about the increase in students studying abroad, saying 220 students went abroad this summer compared to 50 in 2016. “More importantly, we brought every student back that we took abroad,” he added, with a laugh. Evans said enrollment for the fall semester is possibly

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President Kenneth Evans holds a frisbee bearing the “Wings” logo of the LU’s new QEP slogan. UP photo | Hannah LaTulle

Welcome Back Cardinals New semester brings excitement s summer draws to a close it is time to turn our attention to the business of education. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of fun to be had. The Lamar University campus is brimming with activities to welcome students — new and returning — to campus. Even the faculty are excited and ready to serve up intellectual morsels — whether the students are ready or not! Even the most vigilant student may not be aware of all


the services and opportunities available this fall semester, so that is the point of WoW! This University Press publication is designed to be a handy guide to services and events both on campus and in Beaumont. So here’s hoping you’ll find that classroom at the first attempt, that your textbooks won’t break the bank, and the anticipation and excitement that comes with the beginning of a new semester never wanes.

Division of Student Engagement Multi-faceted division offers wide array of services


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or any other school, is the right fit for them,” she said. “It is crucial to their success to afford them opportunities that will help reduce the stress of being in a new place as well as balancing a college-level workload.” This year’s events start August 22 and culminate with Lamar’s first home football game on September 9. “We’ve got a ton of activities planned,” Eddards said. “From the University Convocation on Aug. 22, through the first home game, we’ve got Casino Night, a hypnotist visiting and plenty of seminars designed to help students with various matters.” Eddards said that the Cardinals Activities Board will continue to offer fun and informative activities throughout the semester. For more information, contact the Division of Student Engagement at 409880-8458, or visit www.students.lamar. edu/student-engagement.

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he Division of Student Engagement is a multifaceted group, encompassing several departments and programs that enhance the value of life for Lamar students. These sections range from Recreational Sports to the LU Police Department. One of the largest events on campus is the annual Week of Welcome, a series of events starting in August and continuing through Sept. 9, and comprised of functions to help freshmen ease into new surroundings, as well as welcome returning students to campus. “It’s important we start off the semester on a positive note,” Director of New Student and Leadership Programs Julie Eddards said. “We provide students with an abundance of activities designed to ease them into the Cardinal family the right way.” Eddards went on to say that a new student’s contact with Lamar starts with Orientation, followed up by the Week of Welcome. “Research shows that new students decide in the first three weeks if Lamar,

Residence Life iving on campus is a beneficial experience that can broaden your perspective and help you discover who you are during your college years. “There are many benefits to living on campus,” Kyle Smith, director of Housing and Residence Life, said. “ There are a lot of programs and services that are offered in the evenings on campus that a commuter student will more than likely miss out on.” Smith said students who reside on campus strengthen their independence and to forge a strong sense of identity. For more, call 409-8808550.


he Lamar University Police Department and the Disability Resource Center have partnered to introduce a mobility-accessible shuttle on campus. accessible chair lift, three spots for someone who is using a chair or scooter, and they can ride it with their friends — it’s not just for students with disabilities, it’s for everybody. Monday through Friday from 8 to 5, (the shuttle) runs all over campus. Students can call the number under parking and transportation to have the shuttle pick them up, and download the Lamar University app and see the schedules for the shuttle. Students can also call in off-peak hours and the shuttle will come pick them up.” For shuttle service, call 409-880-7551.


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Health Center




e Aware, Be Alert, Be Safe. Hector Flores, Lamar University police chief, said the department engages the community to keep our campus safe. LUPD maintains three levels of safety, security and enforcement. The second level of security is the Campus Safety Officers, or CSOs. These are non-commissioned officers employed by LUPD, who respond to non-criminal incidents. For questions, call 409-880-8307.

amar University offers enrolled students medical care, psychological care and health education services through the Student Health Center. The center operates by appointment and charges a $10 co-pay for each visit. The clinic accepts students with and without insurance. Physicians or nurse practitioners can write prescriptions for students, and many of those medications can be picked up at the Health Center’s in-house pharmacy. For more information, visit

Financial Aid he experiences associated with higher education may be more than a family can afford. If so, students and their families should know that they may qualify for financial aid. The financial aid office is located at 200 Wimberly on Lamar University campus. The staff is prepared to help students with their financial aid questions. They provide an informational brochure in all incoming students’ orientation packets that has lists of websites needed to complete the financial aid application process. To contact the Wimberly building call 409-880-7011.


Lamar Shuttle

Advising Center he University’s advising center helps freshmen, sophomores engage with trained professionals to provide a balanced schedule. “The Undergraduate Advising Center provides proactive advising for all freshmen and sophomores,”


Daniel Bartlett, executive director of student achievement and retention, said. “What we mean by that is that every student has a designated adviser based on their major. “These advisers are connected to departments. They understand what degree plans are, what the departmental expectations are — they understand who the faculty

are and what the events and organizations are. The advising center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. During peak registration, advisors may be available for an appointment after 5 p.m. by request. For more information, call 409880-8822 or visit advising.

Student Organizations ou are part of Cardinal Nation so make the most of your college experience by getting involved and joining a student organization. Lamar University has a variety of ways to get involved outside of class, with more than 200 registered stu-


Greek Life aron Noon, associate director of Greek life, says, “Greek Life offers something more than any other type of group on campus — and that is the family bond of brotherhood or sisterhood. Greek Life is not solely about being a part of a meaningful community. It is also steeped in tradition, Noon said. “Each chapter has its own history at Lamar, and also has its founding history and tradi-


dent organizations, including departmental and professional groups, honor societies, mutual interest groups, religious organizations, service-oriented groups, fraternities, sororities, spirit organizations and sports clubs. The underlying purpose of student organizations is to contribute to the classroom by providing support

tions, that for some, date back to the early 1800s,” he said. “It is a community you will have for the rest of your life, no matter where you go.” Greek life is more than just a social outlet, Noon said. It focuses on service, leadership and professional development, as well as recognizing academic achievements. For more information, call 409-880-1734, or visit https://students.lamar. edu/ student-engagement/greeklife/index.html.

groups for students with common needs and interests, improving leadership and communication skills, allowing students to apply learned concepts in a real setting, teaching self discipline, initiative and responsibility. To keep up with information — and become involved, visit OrgSync or the Lamar University website.

Student Government


he Lamar University Student Government Association offers a voice to students. “SGA is the official voice through which student opinion is expressed,” Dillon Nicholson, right, 2017-18 SGA President, said. “I encourage all new students to get involved in our student government here at Lamar. The more students we have speaking up about their problems or concerns, the more efficacy we have as a collective whole. Only by participating and working together do we have the legitimacy to bring about change.” For more, call 409-880-7775, or visit their office on the student annex.

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he Cardinals Activities Board hosts free events for students to enjoy fun experiences outside of the typical learning environment. “CAB is the student programming board for LU,” Brandie VanZanden, associate director of student involvement, said. “It is composed of an executive board that research, plan, and run all the events. We also have a chance for all students to join CAB on our volunteer board. These students help run the events and gain volunteer hours by working our office and event.” The main mission is to provide a fun and engaging atmosphere that provides and encourages campus spirit and life, VanZanden said. For more information, visit their office in 109 Carl Parker BuildStudents participate in a Tug-O-War contest during Homecoming at Provost Umphrey Stadium ing or call 409-880-8723.

Star Services tarting college is an exciting new journey and as with any endeavor, guidance is key to reaching goals and aspirations. Lamar University understands the importance of providing support for students to attain their college degrees and offers a variety of programs to help students succeed. STARS programs are free to all Lamar students. For more information, call 409-880-7201 or visit stars.


Career Center

Gray Library

he Center for Career and Professional Development provides students with many different types of career and professional development opportunities. The center has dedicated career consultants available to meet with students to discuss career options and industry trends to guide students on a path to success. For more, call 409-8808878, or visit services. The Center for Career and Professional Development is located in 102 Galloway Business Building, and can be found on LinkedIn and followed on social media, @LamarUnivCPD.

he Mary and John Gray Library is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. It opens Friday at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 5:45 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., and Sunday hours are 2 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. The library has almost a million volumes available in print. There is a reference area in room 105 on the first floor, where a reference librarian is available to help locate a book or article, and to help students with research for a paper. Interlibrary loans is a service offered when the library does not have an item that is needed for research. Available online through the library’s home page, students can request a particular item from the reserve desk on the second floor. For more information, contact the reference desk at 409-880-7264.


Cardinal Communities


ardinal Communities leads students on path to success. Cardinal Communities is a program this year that incorporated the Freshman Interest Groups and learning communities on campus. For information, visit More information can also be found on their Instagram page, lucardinal community.

Healthy Cards amar University’s peer education program, Healthy Cards, was founded on the idea that students can be highly effective in educating their peers, by influencing their attitudes and beliefs, especially concerning health related issues. Students who are interested in becoming peer educators should go to the Health Center’s website at for applications and information or call the Lamar Student Health Center at 409-880-8466.

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Writing Center amar University’s Writing Centers guide students through the writing process. Their services include brainstorming, organizing, content revising, grammar usage and editing. The Writing Center in Gray Library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Writing Center in Morris Hall is open Monday through Thursday from no one to 6 p.m., and Friday from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 409-880-8571 or 409-880-7344, or contact Jennifer , Writing Center director, at


‘I Will’


Will program aims to foster student success Lamar University has created a form of admission for incoming undergraduates. Students accepted through “I will” admission will enter an agreement with the university to do well if they are given the chance to attend college. “It’s ‘I will,’ and what’s missing there is, ‘I will give it my best shot, I will succeed — I will, if you give me a chance,’” Kevin Smith, senior associate provost, said. “We are well aware that class rank and test scores are not perfect predictors of university achievement success.”

Study Abroad


lobal Classroom Study Abroad program fosters cultural awareness, growth. Incoming students have many opportunities to enhance their education and receive scholarships through experience and travel with the Lamar University Study Abroad program, available to all interested Students. Students seeking information can visit the study abroad office in 215 Wimberly Building or on the web by searching Global Lamar, which will link students to the study abroad social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. For more information call 409-880-7516, email or visit,


Look for a Starbucks in the newly renovated lobby coming this fall.

Welcome to Cardinal Football “Our biggest strength on gameday is the support of our fans, especially the students. Never underestimate your value to me, my staff and this team.” would like to welcome you back to campus for the 20172018 academic year! For those entering your first year of college, you are embarking on a special new chapter in your life, just as our football team is embarking on a new chapter in Lamar football history. I know you’re as excited as our staff and team are to start a new academic year and new football season. We have been working hard for this moment — the 2017 football season. It’s a great time to be a Lamar University Cardinal. It’s the start of not only a new season but a new era.


I’m honored to serve as your head coach, and I can assure you that our players will work hard to present their best both on and off the field. We have a great tradition at Lamar, and I expect our teams to build upon that tradition. This past spring we had our first NFL Draft selection since bringing back the program, and I believe that was just the tip of the iceberg. We have lofty goals for the Cardinals, but for us to achieve those goals, we need your participation. Our biggest strength on gameday is the support of our fans, especially the students. Never underestimate your value to me, my staff

and this team. I invite you to stand together with us as we face a daunting schedule this season. I look forward to seeing you on campus, and at Provost Umphrey Stadium this season as we take on the Southland Conference together and take this program to new heights! Sincerely, Mike Schultz Head Football Coach

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Football begins Sept. 2 vs. UNT or the Cardinal football team, 2017 has been a year of change. This season welcomes 29 freshmen and plenty of new faces, along with an entirely new coaching staff. This year the Cardinals are led by head coach, Mike Schultz — the second to do so since the program’s return in 2010. “I’m excited about this season getting started,” Schultz said. “The kids came down and did a great job, they worked hard this summer. We’re excited about getting going.” LU returns only 13 starters after saying goodbye to several seniors, including NFL draft pick and cornerback Brendan Langley last year, along with all-conference safety, Xavier Bethany and all-time leading rusher, Kade Harrington. Returning senior, Matt Oubre, continues his career as a one of the conference’s top offensive linemen. Alongside Oubre returns OL Con-

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nor Ward, who started in 10 games last season. Defensively the Cards return only five players, including Rodney Randle Jr. as a top returning corner and defensive back. Beside Randle is Manhasseh Miles as a returning defensive end. Despite their youth, Schultz said the team has set a good foundation already. “There has been a pretty good base established here coming out of 15 practices of spring training,” he said. “We’re feeling good where we are, we’ve just got to take maybe a few kids and see where they can help us and build them up from there.” Schultz said the team isn’t where they use to be, but are not where they want to be either. “It’s a process and were going through the process,” he said. “I’m just excited about the kids, because they have really bought into what we’re trying to do and what we’re

trying to accomplish.” Schultz said he expects the team to be ‘Triangle Tough’ this season. “You’ve got guys here, of what I call blue-collared guys,” he said. “They go in and punch their clock every day. They come in early, they stay late, they punch out. While they’re there they are going to work their tails off and I think that’s what this community is a little bit. So, when we started talking about ‘Triangle Tough’ that is what I want our kids to do. Come in early, work their tails off, stay late, punch out and do it all over again the next day.” The Cards begin their preseason against North Texas, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. in Denton. This year Lamar will face Northwestern in their season opener, Sept. 16 in Natchitoches at 6 p.m. Cassie Jenkins | UP sports editor

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Volleyball hosts Cardinal Classic tourney Sept. 1-2 Lady Cards to face familiar foes LA Tech, Texas Southern, Southern University he Lamar University volleyball team opens the 2017 season in Clemson, S.C. with an appearance in the Clemson University Big Orange Bash Tournament, held August 25-26. The Cardinals will face Jacksonville in their first game, followed by matches against BethuneHollowell Cookman and Clemson. Early-season tournaments are often seen as a way to gauge a team’s skill set before conference play, and Lamar is no different. “As long as the team walks in and remembers we’re not playing Clemson’s football team, we’ll do fine,” LU head coach Alan Edwards said. “Skill-wise and athletically, we’ll be fine. I like our chances in this tournament, I really do.” The Cardinals return to their home court to host the Cardinal Classic Sept. 1-2, with matches against familiar foes Louisiana Tech, Texas Southern and Southern University.



“Two years ago, we went over to Louisiana Tech and beat them,” Edwards said. “Last season we lost a tight match to Texas Southern we should have won. I don’t feel we’ll be out-classed. Again, I like our chances.” This year’s squad is led by seniors Amy Hollowell, Phoenix, Ariz., and Haley Morton of Pearland, as well as a

host of juniors. “Amy’s leadership this summer has been invaluable,” Edwards said. “She’s planned all the workouts and practices, really setting the standard for her teammates as well as the new recruits. We also have a great group of juniors who are helping to push the standards higher. I really think we can make a big push this season.” For tickets, contact the Lamar ticket office at 409-880-1715, or visit Bill Warrington | UP staff

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Barbecued Crabs: Fried in oil rather than grilled as the name suggests, BBQ crab is a southern favorite.

outheast Texas is a cultural and geographical crossroads – it’s where Cajun meets Country, the piney woods meets the sandy beaches and where urban meets rural. Another way of putting it is that there is something for


Sea, Sun, Sand

Boudain: Born out of Southern pride, boudain is a mix of precooked pork, rice, onions, green peppers and seasonings stuffed in sausage casings.

Big Thicket National Preserve 409.951.6700 | Just minutes north of Beaumont, the Big Thicket National Preserve is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve protecting 113,121 acres of land and water spread over 7 counties in southeast Texas. It has over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails and countless miles of creeks, bayous, and the Neches River wind through the Big Thicket. Most visitors come to camp, walk, birdwatch, canoe, and kayak.

Crawfish: A shrimp-like crustacean boiled with corn, mushrooms, onions, lemons, and spicy cajun seasoning.

Village Creek State Park 409-755-7322 state-parks/village-creek Village Creek State Park’s 1,090 heavily forested acres are located in the Hardin County town of Lumberton, 10 miles north of Beaumont. A local favorite for cool, lazy canoe float among trees in the forest with sandbars that are great for sunbathing or a pickup game of horseshoes or washers with friends.

Gumbo: Gumbo is a thick Cajun soup, seasoned with spices and vegetables, made with chicken and sausage or with shrimp and crabs. King Cakes: A cake made specifically for the celebration of Mardi Gras. But watch out! King cakes have a hidden surprise buried within. You just might find yourself biting into a plastic baby Jesus.

everyone in this community. Southeast Texans are proud of their food, their music and the places they call home. If you and your friends are looking for something to do when you’re not in class, fun is not far away.

Sea Rim State Park 409.971.2559 Known by local as the quiet beach because no vehicles are allowed on the seashore, Sea Rim is about 25 minute drive from campus. Great for sunbathing and swimming the park has showers and a Ranger Station

Bolivar Peninsula, Crystal Beach and Galveston Not just one place, but a destination. LU is close to several Gulf beaches with the Bolivar Peninsula being the most visited and most populated. Stretching from High Island on Hwy 87 all the way to the Galveston Ferry crossing is a 30mile journey with drivable beaches, fishing, several shops, restaurants and bars. Go for a ferry ride, it’s free, and see if you can spot the dolphins that frequent the bay.

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Tyrrell Park (409) 842-3135 | 6088 Babe Zaharias Dr, Beaumont, TX 77705 Tyrrell Park is a municipal park located 5.6 miles from campus that boasts the Henry Homberg Municipal Golf Course, walk a 2.8 mile walking trail, ride on horseback through guided trails, and enjoy sheltered picnic tables, two lighted basketball courts, a playground area and restrooms and the Beaumont Botanical Gardens.

Places to go, people to see SETX has something for everyone Gator Country 409.794.9453 | 21159 FM 365, Beaumont, TX 77705 | Gator Country Wildlife Adventure Park is the largest alligator adventure park/sanctuary in Southeast Texas, housing over 450 American Alligators, crocodiles, and many different reptiles acquired through nuisance rescues, donations, and other institutions. Nationally recognized, Gator Country offers college internships and is open to volunteer community services. Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center 409-670-9113 | Featuring more than 300 plant species, the 252-acre Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in nearby Orange is world-class institution that is free to the public. Texas Rice Festival, October 4th - 7th Winnie Stowell County Park The Texas Rice Festival is an annual harvest celebration honoring rice farming as a major economic activity in Southeast Texas. The first Texas Rice Festival was in 1969 in Winnie, Texas. One of the best festivals in the area for food and a variety of live music from some the biggest names in the Texas music scene.

Dining Out Literally too many places to list, Southeast Texans love their food and you’ll find things here like no where else.

Patillos 2775 Washington Blvd, Beaumont, TX 77705 (409) 833-3156 One of the South’s most legendary barbecue joints that opened in 1912. Written up in the April 2015 Texas Monthly, Patillos is the “oldest, independent family-owned barbecue restaurant in Texas and the oldest African-American-owned barbecue in the state.”

Theater, Music, Art Beaumont Community Players 4155 Laurel Ave, Beaumont, TX 77707 (409) 833-4664 This talented group of local artists who are passionate about their audiences, and performs at the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts. The company has been performing for the community with classical plays and musicals for more than 75 years. Symphony of Southeast Texas (409) 892-2257 | The orchestra is currently made up of approximately 70 musicians from communities throughout Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana who audition for their positions and are paid for all season rehearsals and performances. Many of the orchestra's principal musicians are on the faculty of Lamar University and several Lamar University students who perform in the orchestra receive Symphony scholarships. The Art Museum of Southeast Texas 500 Main Street, Beaumont, TX 77701 (409)-832-3432 Showcasing some thousand works of art, including paintings, sculptures, folk art and photography, this museum in Beaumont’s Museum District

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Republic Chicken 797 N. 5th Street, Beaumont (409) 497-9691 and on Facebook Deep South, Texas-style comfort food at it’s best. Whether it’s the whole fried chicken or the never-ending sides, you can’t go wrong with what has become one of our staff’s favorites.

Various locations From an area that brought the world the Blues, Country, Hip-Hop and Zydeco music and artists like Janis Joplin, Johnny and Edgar Winters, Marcia Ball, Barbara Lynn, Tracy Byrd, Mark Chesnutt, Pimp-C, Bun-B, Chamillionaire, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown along with a host of currently touring musicians the Golden Triangle is a hotbed for live music with literally too many venues for us to post here. Keep an eye on the UP and the our web site as we try to keep you up-to-date on great acts and locations. Our staff has some favorites places like Larry’s French Market for Cajun/Zyedeco, Logon Cafe for alternative/indie music, Nell’s for sweet Jazz and Soul, Texas Yellow Rose for harder edge rock and metal and Thirsty’s for everything in-between from Blues to Electronica. We told you it’s a long list and we haven’t even started.

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Larry’s French Market and Cajun Restaurant 3701 Pure Atlantic Rd Groves, TX 77619 (409) 962-3381 or The iconic Larry’s French Market and Cajun Restaurant serves fresh Gulf shrimp tails, crab étouffée, chicken and smoked sausage gumbo and more. Come by to stuff your face on Thursday-Saturday for an all-you-can-eat buffet of seafood and great live music.

Legendary Live Music

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Soccer he Lamar University women's soccer team made a clean sweep of Southland Conference awards in the first week of the 2017 season after opening the campaign with a pair of wins. Junior forward Kelso Peskin was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week, junior midfielder Juliana Ocampo was named Defensive Player of the Week, while senior Lauren Lovejoy was tabbed as the SLC's Goalkeeper of the Week. Peskin had a goal and four assists over two games as the Cardinals defeated Southern 6-0 on Friday before defeating Louisiana by a 3-1 score on Sunday. Ocampo had a goal and two assists over the weekend, while Lovejoy posted a 0.50 goalsagainst average with one shutout and a save percentage of .857. It marks the third time in program history and the first time since 2011 that the Cardinals swept the weekly awards. It was the second weekly honor for Lovejoy, who was honored in 2015. It's the first time Ocampo and Peskin have been honored by the Southland Conference. The Lady Cards play Fridays and Sundays during the fall. Call 409-880-1715. Tickets are available at the Montagne Center ticket office weekdays, or at the LU Soccer Complex one hour prior to kickoff.






hree members of the Lamar University women's golf team were honored as Women's Collegiate Golf All-American Scholars for the 2016-17 season by the Women's Golf Coaches Association. Senior Felicia Sauceda, junior Olivia le Roux and freshman Elodie Chapelet were all recognized by the WGCA. To qualify for the award, the student-athletes needed a minimum GPA of 3.50. The fall season for men and women begins in September.

Tennis ix members of the Lamar University men's tennis team, seniors Michael Feucht, sophomore Lukas Grubelnig, senior Juuso Laitinen, senior Nikita Lis, junior Logan Powell and sophomore Sebastian Santibanez, have been named 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athletes and the Cardinals


amar’s Cross Country teams will get their seasons underway Sept. 1 at the Aggie Opener at College Station. The team is the reigning Southand Conference champions. LU’s Freddie Gasbarri was named the Cross Country Southland Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2017.

were recognized as an All-Academic team. Five members of the Lamar University women's tennis team have been named 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete announced ITA officials. The Cardinals named to the list are freshman Jasmin Buchta, senior Katya Lapayeva, junior Stephanie Marchena, senior Talisa Merchiers and senior Anna Spengler.

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exceeding last fall’s. Residence halls capacity is at 93 percent. “That is alarmingly close to where we like to operate,” he said. “We may have to begin looking at the likelihood of a new residence hall in the not too distant future.” However, President Evans cited Lamar’s low graduation rate as a field of emphasis. “The elephant in the room is this, that over the past decade, Lamar’s six-year graduation rate is 30 percent — it’s a published fact, anybody can access it,” he said. “In fact, students and parents, when they’re looking at Lamar, look at that number.” Evans said the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is looking at detailed statistics to help guide improvement in this area. Lamar has instituted a Quality Enhancement Program to focus on retention and on mainstreaming students who are struggling with their math skills. The QEP has been branded with the name “Wings,” as it is a tool to lift the students up and help them in their trajectory and their program, Evans said. “This has been demonstrated nationwide to be very successful,” he said. “What it doesn’t do, is it doesn’t set the student back in their matriculation.

President Kenneth Evans gives the fall 2017 convocation address in the Montagne Center, Aug. 22.

It gets them moving along and, hopefully, gets them moving towards a six-year degree, or maybe less.” Evans ended with good news for faculty and staff, informing them of a 2 percent merit raise beginning Jan. 1. Faculty and staff celebrated the start of the

UP photo | Hannah LaTulle

new academic year as the Lamar marching band and cheerleaders led them in the fight song. QEP frisbees and T-shirts were available as people exited the arena. Shelby Strickland | UP managing editor For more coverage, visit

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Fall classes begin Last day to register for fall 2017 with late fee Labor Day Holiday Application for December 2017 graduation begins Oct. 9

Sept. 12 Deaf activist NyLE DIMARCO, winner of “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Next Top Model” will present “Living Out Loud,” as part of the Lamar University Academic Lecture Series in the University Theatre. The free event is hosted by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Born into a multigenerational deaf family, DiMarco will speak about his mission striving to diminish stereotypes about the deaf community and culture. For more information, contact the College of Fine Arts and Communication at 409-880-2154 or visit fineartscomm.

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Last day for undergraduates to apply/pay for December graduation Registration begins at 7 a.m. for special populations - Winter Mini/Spring 2018 THANkSGIvING HOLIDAy

Lately’ when I was late for work,” Earle said. “But ‘Johnny Cupcakes’ is the one that stuck.” As a joke, Earle decided to make a T-shirt with the now famous insignia of a cupcake and crossbones, and began wearing the shirt in public where it garnered attention from passers-by. What started as a practical joke soon became a phenomenon, and grew into a fairly lucrative business. In his lecture, Earle will give tips on how to start a business, and how to find the creative spirit to drive people to new ideas. For more information, call 409880-2154.

Nov. 27 Dec. 4 Dec. 5

Winter Mini 2017 non-payment purge after 5 p.m. All final grades are due by 1 p.m. Last day for full refund on dropped Winter Mini courses Winter Mini session begins Census Day - Winter Mini Commencement Ceremony College of Arts & Sciences Commencement Ceremony College of Engineering Commencement Ceremony College of Business

Open registration begins 7 a.m. for Winter Mini/Spring 2018 Last MWF class day for Fall (no exams or assignments) Last TTH class day for Fall (no exams or assignments) Final exams begin at 5 p.m.

Gladys City Museum Plummer Lawn Dishman Art Museum Montagne Center Provost Umphrey Stadium

Commencement Ceremony College of Fine Arts & Communication Dec. 16 Commencement Ceremony College of Education and Human Development Dec. 19 Last day to drop without academic penalty (by 5p.m.) Winter Mini December 21 - 31 — HOLIDAyS

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Sept. 29

20th Class Day Final Fall 2017 non-payment purge after 5 p.m. Last day to drop or withdraw without academic penalty Distingushed Faculty Lecture Sara Hillin, associate

Dec. 14

Final Examinations

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Sept. 21 Entrepreneur Johnny Earle, of “Johnny Cupcake” fame, will talk as part of the Lamar University Academic Lecture Series, at 1 p.m. in the University Theatre. The College of Fine Arts and Communication is hosting the free event and Johnny will be selling limited LU inspired T-shirts after the event. Earle founded 16 different businesses before the age of 16 that included lemonade stands and magician performances. “My friends used to give me nicknames because anything goes with Johnny, like ‘Johnny ComeSept. 25

Dec. 6 - 12 Dec. 13

11 a.m. Big Red’s Ride 2 p.m. Homecoming Parade 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Cardinal Fan Fest 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Art Extravaganza 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Alumni Tailgate 6 p.m. Cardinals vs. Central Arkansas

Nov. 16 Sept. 13

professor of English, will present "Flashpoints of Flight: The Enduring Rhetorical Legacy of 20th Century Women Aviators" at 6 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free. Last day for graduate students to apply/pay for graduation Course schedules available for Winter Mini/Spring 2018 Advisement begins for Winter Mini/Spring 2018 Last day to drop or withdraw with academic penalty

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Rec Sports offers fitness, fun for all R

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ecreational Sports provides opportunities for students to participate in the wide variety of activities, such as intramural sports clubs, group fitness, outdoor pursuits, rock climbing, aquatics and informal recreation. All currently enrolled Lamar University students have access to the facilities and may participate in all activities. Art Simpson, director of recreational sports, said he encourages all students to get involved in the program. “It is essential for students to engage in recreational sports activities for their college experiences,” he said. “The program has an impact on student learning and development that include providing them with skills and abilities they will use after college.” The Rec Sports program also has a positive impact on student satisfaction, academics and social inte-

gration, Simpson said. “As college students develop into future leaders, and recreational sports being the largest student employer on campus, the program values their student’s development by fostering lifelong habits of wellness, customer service, leadership opportunities, teamwork, transferable skills, dedication, and respect, are some of the many values that recreational sports can teach,” he said. Students can learn new skills by

joining several successful club teams, such as archery and the men and women’s basketball teams. Club archery has seven members who compete at the SouthCentral Region Outdoor Collegiate Championships, hosted by UT Austin, Texas A&M and UT Dallas. “Out of the seven shooters for Lamar last year, six placed in their division,” Simpson said. “Five of them received first-place awards, one received second place and another third.”

The men and Women’s basketball clubs also competed at the NIRSA Championship Series National basketball tournament at Ohio State University last semester. “Both clubs represented the university extremely well,” Simpson said. “We are very proud of how they competed during the tournament.” Rec Sports offers various activities that get the students involved on campus, develop leadership skills and build friendships, Simpson said. “All of our clubs and intramural teams are active and do an excellent job with community service, competition and traveling,” he said. For information, visit the Rec Sports office in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center, or call 409-880-2306. Cassandra Jenkins | UP staff

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