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Lamar honors nine with Plummer Awards

Lamar University honored nine students with the Plummer Award, recognizing them as the top male and female graduates in Lamar’s class of May 2014. All Plummer Award winners attained a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the spring semester.  Lamar University president, Kenneth Evans, presented the awards during commencement ceremonies May 17 in the Montagne Center, where LU alumnus Bill Macatee delivered the commencement address for the two ceremonies.  Plummer Awards honor the late Otho Plummer, who was chairman emeritus of the Lamar board of regents and a longtime board member.

Emily Rae Carter, a graduate of Deweyville High School, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in speech and hearing.  She is the daughter of Apryl and the late Rickey Carter of Orange.  Carter was the recipient of the Tony Houseman Memorial Scholarship and the Undergraduate Scholarship.  She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Speech Science Language Hearing Association, undergraduate research and the Junior Clinician Program for Speech Language Pathology.  Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, leading high school students at church, leading at youth and preteen camps during the summer, playing sports, reading books and running.  Future plans include beginning graduate school at Lamar in August and later to pursue a doctorate in speech and hearing sciences.  She hopes to work in schools, a clinic or hospital.

Rachel Anne Reed, a graduate of Orangefield High School, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies.  She is the daughter of Denise and Morgan Reed of Orange.  Reed was the recipient of the College of Education and Human Development Honors Award.  She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Lights of Lamar.  Her hobbies include church activities.  Future plans include finding a career in the education field and help shape children’s futures.

Nora-Beth Frances Saunders, a graduate of Sir James Dunn Collegiate and Vocational School, Saulte Ste. Marie, Ontario, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.  She is the daughter of Elizabeth and David Saunders of Ontario, Canada.  Saunders was the recipient of the Lamar University Track and Field Athletic Scholarship, Katherine E. and William C. Mundt Scholarship in Engineering, Dr. Jack Hopper Scholarship in Chemical Engineering and Southwest Chemical Association Scholarship.  She is a member of the honors program, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Omega Chi Epsilon, American Medical Student Association and the Lamar University Cross Country Track and Field team.  Her hobbies include cooking and reading.  Future plans include beginning medical school in fall 2015.

Linh Thuy Vu, a graduate of Bryan Adams High School in Dallas, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies.  She is the daughter of Tuyet Pham of Port Arthur.  Vu was included on the President’s List for all semesters and the Perfect Academic Record Honor.  She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Lamar Student Education Association.  Her hobbies include travel, reading, painting and walking. Future plans include teaching in Catholic school while continuing her education.  She hopes to return to Vietnam to do ministry and teaching there.

Kathleen Ann Broussard, a graduate of West Brook High School in Beaumont, earned the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing.  She is the daughter of Jamie and Benjamin Broussard of Beaumont.  Broussard was included on the President’s List, and the recipient of the Dr. Robert Swerldow Memorial Scholarship and the Charles and Susan Gordon and Julia Gordon Memorial Scholarship.  She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, LU Honors Association, Society for Human Resources and Phi Kappa Phi.  Her hobbies include tennis and cooking. Future plans include earning the M.B.A.

Pedro Jose Hidalgo Herrera, a graduate of the William Shakespeare School in Quito, Ecuador, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering.  He is the son of Maria de Lourdes Herrera.  He was the recipient of the Good Neighbor Scholarship, Patricia and Michael E. Aldredge Presidential Scholarship, Room and Board Scholarship, and a general scholarship.  He is a member of Alpha Pi Mu, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Institute of Industrial Engineers.  His hobbies include playing guitar, exercise, sports and listening to music.  Future plans include gaining work experience before returning to Lamar to attain a master’s degree in engineering.

Jonathan Chase Wooding, a graduate of Nederland High School, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.  He is the son of Matresa and James Wooding of Nederland and is engaged to Randi Holst.  Wooding was the recipient of the Mirabeau Scholarship and was recognized at the IEEE Region 5 Student Paper Contest.  He is a member of the Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Kappa Phi.  His future includes a wedding, moving to San Antonio and acquiring the master of business administration with a management science concentration from University of Texas-San Antonio.

Trevor Scott Howard, a graduate of Paola High School in Paola, Kansas, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.  He is the husband of Kimberly and son of Connie and Jeff Howard of Lumberton.  Howard was the recipient of the W.J. and Lela Budwine Charitable Foundation Scholarship, TSPE-Sabine Chapter Scholarship in Engineering Scholarship and Gas Processors Association of Houston Scholarship.  He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  His hobbies include automotive and antique restoration, water sports and ranching.  Future plans include studying for the FE exam and working toward becoming a professional engineer.  He currently works at DuPont.

Seth David Lipko, a home-schooled graduate, earned the Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.  He is the son of Lori and David Lipko of Orange.  Lipko was the recipient of the McMaster Honors Scholarship, and the TSPE-Sabine Chapter Scholarship in Engineering Scholarship.  He is a member of the Honor Student Association, Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Kappa Phi.  His hobbies include playing guitar and piano, scuba diving, playing sports and reading.  Future plans include moving to Baltimore, Md. for a job at Northrop Grumman Corporation.