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Lamar honors 2 with Plummer Awards

plum 1Lamar University honored Lan Nguyen of Nederland and Paul Eugene Howell of Beaumont with the Plummer Award, recognizing them as the top female and male graduates in Lamar’s class of December 2012. Both attained perfect grade-point averages of 4.0.

A graduate of Nederland High School, Nguyen is the daughter of Kim and John Nguyen.  She earned a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies.

Howell is the husband of Tamara Howell and the son of Del Jackson and Paul Howell. He has two daughters, Jessica and Krista, and a son, David. A graduate of Newbury Park High School in California, he earned a bachelor of applied arts and sciences from Lamar.

President James Simmons presented the awards during commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Montagne Center, where community activist Regina Rogers delivered the commencement address for morning and afternoon ceremonies. Lamar presented the honorary doctor of humane letters to Larry Wayne Lawson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of eCardio Diagnostics. Lawson attended Lamar from 1963 through 1967, enjoying a successful career in music before going into the health care field.

Plummer Awards honor the late Otho Plummer, who was chairman emeritus of the Lamar board of regents and a longtime board member.

plum 2Nguyen was a recipient of the Caldwell & Rosine McFaddin Memorial Scholarship and a member of the Student-Faculty Grade Appeals Committee and Vietnamese Student Association. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in teacher leadership. Nguyen lists her hobbies as reading, hunting and fishing and sports.

A member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and Pi Sigma Alpha national political honor society, Howell was active in the Episcopal College Community and Student Development Leadership. He was a recipient of the Charles and Susan Gordon and Julia Gordon Gray Memorial Scholarship, Lamar Academic Scholarship and Women of St. Mark’s Academic Scholarship. Howell plans to enter the master-of-business administration program at Lamar, focusing on business start-up. He lists his hobby as working with youth soccer.