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‘President’s Outdoor Extravaganza’ to spread investiture excitement

Lamar University staff members are planning a “President’s Outdoor Extravaganza” Nov. 5 to help students get into the excitement of a presidential investiture. 

The event is decidedly different than the pomp and circumstance of a formal presidential investiture but is a fitting tribute to the man who fills the university’s top post. 

Slacklining and S'mores Chris HuebnerLamar will celebrate new leadership with the investiture of Kenneth Evans as its 15th president. The investiture will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. in the Montagne Center. A public reception will be held after the event to give the public opportunity to meet President Evans and his wife, Nancy.  

“Our president has been active in the outdoor world, so we are doing something that is more laidback,” said Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator Chris Huebner. 

Evans has embraced outdoor activities throughout his adult life – cycling, canoeing, hiking, running, and fly fishing are among his avocations – so it seemed fitting to put together a celebration of outdoor pursuits, Huebner said. 

“There are students who hear about the investiture and they have no clue what it is,” Heubner said. “I think this event will be good advertising in the sense that students are going to start asking ‘What is this investiture?’” 

“This event will engage students with active, fun and unique activities like the mobile climbing wall or slacklining,” he said. “Some of the events are a little wild and crazy like the inflatable games, and some are toned down like the hammocks and yard games.” 

“The easiest way to describe slacklining is to say it is like walking on a piece of rope, actually one-inch webbing stretched between two trees,” Huebner said. “Anybody can try it. It is fun and new for people.” 

President Evans will kick the event off at 4 p.m. in the area between the Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall and the Mary and John Gray Library. 

“It's a large area so we’ll have plenty of room for all the inflatable games, 30-foot outdoor climbing wall and yard games,” Huebner said. 

“Sixty or more student volunteers from several groups, including LU cheer and dance, athletics and student organizations, will be helping make sure everything goes smoothly,” Huebner said. 

There will be outdoor fare including hot chocolate, snow cones, popcorn, and, of course, marshmallows to roast and S’mores to make. Jam DJ Productions will provide music. 

At 7 p.m., the focus will shift to an outdoor screening of the comedy, “This is the End” that was selected by the Greek Council, Huebner said. 

For more information on the presidential investiture, visit lamar.edu/investiture. To learn about outdoor pursuits at Lamar University, visit lamar.orgsync.com/org/outdoorpursuits.