University Services and Offices
The Division of University Advancement encompasses development, public relations, web communication, alumni affairs, advancement services, integrated marketing and and operation of the University Reception Center and the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum. It also serves as a liaison to the Lamar University Foundation.
Development works closely with the president and other executives in raising external funds for student scholarships, endowed faculty positions, and other university programs. It also coordinates fund-raising for campus constituencies, including campaign and special event planning as well as prospect research. Through its advancement services arm, it manages a database of alumni, friends, and donors, tracking gifts to a multitude of university programs.
The Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs, which supports graduates and ex-students, is active on a year-round basis. The office coordinates all events and activities for alumni, ranging from public service projects to social events. Activities sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs include organization and class reunions, Golden Circle events for 50+ year graduates, alumni homecoming, and presentation of the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. The alumni office also produces the monthly Parents and Families e-newsletter and coordinates the Lamar University Ambassadors program, which is designed to provide a connection between outstanding LU students and alumni, community sponsors and donors.
Public relations coordinates all media relations, publications, and institutional marketing activities for the university. It supports student recruitment, fund-raising, and special events through the production of print, broadcast, and Web products and materials. It also publishes the university magazine, Cardinal Cadence, mailed to more than 75,000 alumni and friends of the university.
Web communication oversees the university's public web presence and provides leadership, systems and support to academic and administrative units to assist them with developing and improving their web communications. Central to this mission is the management and deployment of the university's web content management system, which supports the distributed ownership of web content and provides a consistent user experience across the university's public web environment.
The University Reception Center manages logistics for special events ranging from meetings and lunches to formal receptions, banquets and weddings, primarily in the main venue on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library but also at other locations across campus, including the Dishman Art Museum, Montagne Center, and John Gray Center.
Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum
The Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum is located on Lamar’s campus at University Drive and Highway 69. The museum is a 16-building replica of Gladys City, the oil boomtown that sprang up overnight when the Lucas Gusher blew in on Spindletop Hill January 10, 1901, marking the beginning of the Petroleum Age.
The museum complex includes the 1941 Lucas Gusher Monument, the replica Lucas Gusher derrick and gusher, and exhibit buildings furnished with items from the late 1890s and early 1900s that depict daily life in Gladys City and Beaumont. The museum's Visitor Center includes the Gift Shop and the Caroline Room, a meeting room available to the public. Other museum facilities are also available for parties, picnics, receptions and evening events. Annual special events include Wildcatter Weekends in the Fall, the Lucas Gusher Anniversary in January, and the Boomtown Ruckus in June, which features live re-enactors celebrating Beaumont before the oil boom. The replica gusher blows water 160 feet in the air during these special events. Visit www.spindletop.org for more information and a calendar of upcoming events.
Center for Distance Education
Lamar University delivers face-to-face courses on the campus, at West Brook High School and at Lumberton High School. In addition, courses are delivered via interactive video to area high schools and through LU Online. Some online programs are delivered in accelerated terms of five and eight weeks. Most core curriculum courses are available online, and several degree programs are available entirely online. For current information on all distance and online courses, degrees, and programs, go to http://luonline.lamar.edu.
Distance education students may contact the Division of Distance Learning by phone at (409) 880-7537 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) is an early college entrance residential honors program created by the Texas Legislature that allows academically qualified high school-aged students in the state to earn college credits toward a college degree. Students live on campus and enroll in a full-time college curriculum. Graduates of TALH are awarded a diploma from the Academy. The typical TALH graduate will earn 60 hours of college credit after two years of study. Required for admission are academic transcripts from the 9th grade to date, a minimum SAT composite score of 550 on the critical reading and 500 on the math portions, an autobiographical essay, and at least two recommendations from teachers/administrators familiar with the student´s abilities and character. The successful candidate will have a superior academic record and SAT or comparable ACT score and supporting application materials evidencing the personal integrity, sense of responsibility, and level of maturity requisite for success in the program. Tuition and fees are fully subsidized for 15 credit hours per semester. The application deadline for fall enrollment is April 15. Additional information is available by contacting the program at (409) 839-2995 or visiting the website at www.texasacademy.org.
The Information Technology Division supports the IT needs of Lamar University. These services include maintaining the Student Information System (Banner SSB), university email, supporting the learning management system (BlackBoard), technical support for campus organizations, and maintaining campus wireless internet. The student information technology website is http://students.lamar.edu/it-services-and-support/index.html. The University Service Desk is located in the Mary and John Gray Library, room 105. Students may contact the Service Desk at (409) 880-2222 or by email to email@example.com.
The Mary and John Gray Library is an eight-story building centrally located on campus. Its collection exceeds one million volume equivalents, including books, journals, microforms, maps, music scores, state and federal government publications, software, and audiovisual materials. The library subscribes to more than 800 current print periodicals and provides digital access to aggregated articles from more than 35,000 periodicals. Students, faculty, and staff of Lamar University can utilize computers in-house or remotely to locate print and electronic books in the online catalog. They can also access digital citation indexes and databases, full-text journal articles, and interactive guides tailored to specific subject fields of study, style and formatting help for research papers, orientation, and distance education support. A service-oriented library staff provides assistance in the use of reference materials, government documents, special collections and archival materials, reserve materials, and instructional media. The Cardinal One Card serves as a patron's library card for borrowing purposes. Lamar Electronic Access (LEA) credentials are utilized to access the databases and other electronic resources.
The library provides rooms for group study, and the fifth floor is a designated quiet study floor. Coin-operated copy machines for both print and microforms are available. There are 131 computers openly accessible to all students in two computer labs located on the first and seventh floors, respectively. An additional 30 computers are available for classes and special projects in a seventh-floor library classroom. Trained staff provide assistance in the use of computers, printers, and software. There are seven separately administered areas in the Gray Library: (1) University Writing Center; (2) Student Advising and Retention Services (STARS) Tutorial Lab; (3) Office of Planning and Assessment; (4) Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement; (5) IT Services Help Desk; (6) Media Services; and (7) University Reception Center.
Beyond locally provided resources, the Gray Library can supply patrons with other libraries’ books and articles through an efficient interlibrary loan borrowing system. Lamar University students and faculty can also borrow in person from the library collections of 51 other publicly funded colleges and universities utilizing credentials from the statewide TexShare program. TexShare borrowing cards are available at no charge at the circulation desk in the front lobby. The library provides services to distance students through email, IM, and phone contact. The library is open seven days a week in the long semesters. Hours of operation are posted on the library website at http://library.lamar.edu/ and can be heard in a recorded message at (409) 880-8117.
The 10,000-seat Montagne Center, home of Lamar University basketball, is a multipurpose facility that provides opportunities for educational and extracurricular programs. The center houses athletic offices, training spaces, reception areas, and a ticket office. This facility is capable of hosting concerts, receptions, banquets, graduation ceremonies, high school proms, workshops, business meetings, conventions, and other activities. The Red Room provides beautiful views of the basketball arena and newly renovated football complex and makes an ideal space for executive business luncheons, meetings, and receptions for groups of 50 or less. Full catering services are available for all events. For reservations call (409) 880-1810.
The Lamar University Mail Center is located at 211 Redbird Lane. Hours of operation for window services are 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and parcel services 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The University Mail Center is a contracted facility operated by the University and is officially designated as Lamar University Mail Center, 77710. Full postal services are offered, including stamp sales for domestic/international mail, incoming and outgoing United Parcel Services, student mail forwarding, express courier deliveries, and standard mail processing (including folding, tabbing, and inserting services). Students, staff, and faculty are allowed to use outbound United Parcel Services with Authorized Return Service at no charge.
Students, staff, and faculty may rent postal boxes on an annual basis. Annual cost is $15. Student box sharing is prohibited. Mail is received from U.S. Postal Services at 4:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. daily Monday through Friday. Outbound stamped and metered mail is dispatched daily at 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The Sponsored Program Administration Office is administered by the associate provost for research. This office promotes externally funded research; oversees sponsored programs and technology transfer as well as patent, copyright, and intellectual property policies; establishes liaison between the university and state and national funding sources; and assures that proposed projects comply with institutional and governmental regulations. This office also provides assistance to faculty in the development and submission of grant/project proposals by locating funding sources and reviewing proposals for compliance with budgetary and funding guidelines. The office is also responsible for the post-award administration of grants, which includes monitoring expenditures and grant billings as well as research compliance.The office is located in the John Gray Center, Building C. Call (409) 880-7670.
The Lamar University Records office, under the direction of the university registrar, provides official transcripts to those who have attended Lamar University. Students may request up to five transcripts per semester at no charge. Additional transcripts are $5.00 each. Transcripts can be ordered in person, by mail, or online. For more information, go to www.lamar.edu/transcripts, call (409) 880-8985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barnes & Noble at Lamar University is a one-stop shop for all textbook and academic needs – including low cost rental, used, and digital textbooks. Barnes & Noble at Lamar University also provides Lamar Cardinal and Lamar Institute of Technology clothing and merchandise, school supplies, a convenience items, and other books and magazines. Customers can shop in the store (located in the Setzer Student Center) or online at http://www.lamar.bncollege.com. For more information about the bookstore, call (409) 880-8342. Follow the bookstore on Facebook@ http://facebook.com/Lamarbookstore.
Lamar University has a strong commitment to student and faculty engagement and teaching and learning excellence. Under the direction of the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement supports faculty, administrators, graduate students, and staff in their academic pursuits and provides a range of instructional services to assist all members of the LU teaching community. In order to foster and sustain a culture that practices, values, and rewards teaching and learning as vital forms of scholarship at Lamar University, the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement takes as its mission to
- promote deep understanding of the scholarship of teaching and learning by assisting both individuals and groups of instructors to gather, analyze, and reflect on information about their own teaching and their students' learning;
- cultivate dialogue about teaching pedagogies and learning theories through seminars, orientations, workshops, teaching and learning circles, and other programming;and
- foster the use of research-based best practices, models, and approaches to university teaching and learning—and facilitate access to resources that support them.
The Active and Collaborative Engagement for Students (ACES) program emerged from recommendations of the Quality Enhancement Plan Development Committee, a university-wide task force with representation from the student body, the Division of Student Affairs, Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, and faculty members from all five colleges at Lamar University. ACES is specifically focused on the core courses required of all LU students as well as college readiness courses designed to assist at-risk students. As an initiative of the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, the ACES mission is focused on enhancing faculty understanding of the importance of active and collaborative learning for student engagement and student success and enhancing faculty skill at utilizing innovative educational pedagogies. In addition, faculty are chosen through a competitive process to serve as ACES Fellows and are committed to implementing active and collaborative teaching methods in their courses.
For more information, visit the CTLE website at https://sacs.lamar.edu/ctle/, the ACES website at https://sacs.lamar.edu/aces, or call the CTLE at (409) 880-8426. Offices are located on the 6th floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.