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Student chapter named No. 1 chapter by Ducks Unlimited

The Lamar University chapter of Ducks Unlimited is the No. 1 “Sweet 16” university chapter for 2012, the organization announced recently.

Ducks Unlimited presentationEach spring, the international nonprofit conservation organization names the top university programs to the “Sweet 16” for their role in fundraising for the conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, other wildlife and people.

The organization’s nearly 600,000 members recently concluded the 75th Anniversary of Ducks Unlimited.

Lamar’s Ducks Unlimited student chapter raised $65,464 in 2012. That accomplishment set a new record among all “Sweet 16” chapters, said Ducks Unlimited Area Chairman and Lamar Chapter President Jesi Courville.

“To add to our achievements, Lamar University ranked 76th among the more than 2,700 Ducks Unlimited Chapters in the nation and are now recognized as one of the President’s Elite Chapters in 2012,” Courville added.

To commemorate the accomplishment and to thank LU President James Simmons for his support of the student chapter, Jesi Courville and chapter members Jami Courville and Eric Payton presented him with a 75th Anniversary Pintail decoy signed by each of the chapter’s members