Student Profiles

Amy BecerraTimberlake finds window into other world

For Beaumont native Kara Timberlake, her growing curiosity and love for adventure sparked a desire in her to learn about other cultures and a summer study abroad experience in Salamanca, Spain.  Read more ...

Stephanie MirandaMiranda helping others realize their dreams

Nederland resident Stephanie Miranda knew she wanted to be of service to others. Helping people manage their finances and learn how to invest is her goal in earning a business degree at Lamar University.  Read more ...

Amy BecerraBecerra: Faculty inspiration fuels passion

 Amy Becerra has always been passionate about how people think. Participation in a psychology learning group helped develop her interests and introduced her to new opportunities, encouragement and inspiration.  Read more ...

Ben Yett

Math and engineering add up to opportunities

Beaumont native Ben Yett’s collegiate journey has been one of many choices. The 2011 graduate of Beaumont’s Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School, is majoring in electrical engineering and mathematics and plans to graduate from Lamar University in May 2015.
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Michelle Chestnut

Champion sharpshooter Chestnut on target 

Steady. Thoughtful. Analytical. Consistent. Attributes desired in a physician … or an engineer. Attributes readily seen in Lamar University sophomore Michelle Chestnut. Add to the list: sharpshooter. Michelle is two-time junior world champion and three-time female four gun world champion in the .50 BMG, the largest caliber available to the shooting enthusiast. Read more ...

Riyad Samad

Samad combines engineering and business for greater opportunity

Samad is an industrial engineering major and is planning on getting his Master of Business Administration at Lamar University once he graduates in May 2014.  Before coming to college, Lamar was only an afterthought for the Nederland resident. It was not until he visited the campus that he realized it was a good fit for him. “Building relationships [at Lamar] can provide invaluable employment and research opportunities.,” Samad said.   Read more...

Vivian Caloobana

Pre-med/biology major finds niche

For Vivian Caloobanan, studying pre-med and biology marries her two passions - science and helping others. The junior’s desire to pursue the medical field was confirmed in high school with her involvement in her Lumberton Health Sciences and Technology (HST) class.  “I applied to be a Lamar Ambassador because I wanted to achieve more and I knew that by joining the Ambassadors, it was a first step to becoming a leader,” Caloobanan said. Read more...

Reynolds

Accounting major loves crunching numbers

After graduating as valedictorian of her senior class at Memorial High School in Port Arthur, accounting major Kristeen Reynolds planned to attend Lamar University for one year and then transfer. After her first year, though, she knew that Lamar was where she belonged. "I chose to stay here for a year because Lamar is small and close to my family," Reynolds said. "Once I got here, though, I fell in love with the faculty." Read more...

Will Pickard

Pre-med, biology major continues family tradition

Nederland native Will Pickard chose to pursue a medical career after watching his father's impact on his patients and followed his father's advice on attending Lamar as well. "My dad urged me to consider Lamar, saying that it got him to be where he is as a doctor today. Lamar has an excellent track record with its pre-med students getting accepted into medical schools." Read more...

Tyler Doiron

Engineering major finds LU springboard via TALH program

After completing a residential program for high school students at LU, Tyler Doiron enrolled with a double major in electrical engineering and mathematics. “I chose to stay at Lamar University for so many reasons,” she said. “Lamar is just a wonderful school. The teachers and programs are great, especially within the College of Engineering. And the classes are smaller. You often have multiple courses with the same people for several semesters." Read more...

Cynthia Offordile

Criminal justice major reaches back home with research

Cynthia Offordile, a Nigerian native who moved to Houston as a teenager, began researching human trafficking laws as a McNair Scholar at Lamar and hopes to continue educating others on the issue as she moves on to graduate studies in international relations and to law school. “While at Lamar, I have transformed from an introvert to someone who is comfortable being social. I am not a natural-born leader, but Lamar molded me into one.” Read more...

Jessica Pospisil

Nursing major pursues passion for learning, helping others

Jessica Pospisil of Manvel believes her experiences with the Lamar nursing program have truly prepared her for a nursing career. Along with her love for Lamar’s student facilities, such as the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center and the Cardinal Village residence halls, she feels that the quality of Lamar’s faculty and the smaller class sizes are part of what makes Lamar a good investment. “It seems like all the teachers and instructors here are really there to help you.” Read more...

Zach Holt

Chemistry, chemical engineering major explores possibilities

For chemistry and chemical engineering major Zach Holt, a Baytown native, chemistry is a passion that led to his choice of attending Lamar University. “Ever since I can remember, I have always liked chemistry,” Holt said. “If you can understand chemistry, you can understand anything in the world because everything is chemistry. When I discovered that Lamar had a great engineering school and was ranked nationally as a top school, I knew that Lamar was the right choice for me.” Read more...

Charity Ogbeide

SGA president embraces LU as second chance

When Charity Ogbeide enrolled at Lamar University, he knew that college was a second chance and an opportunity for him to reinvent himself. “In high school, I wasn’t involved in any of the organizations,” Ogbeide said. “I always tell people the only thing I was ever part of was winning class clown my senior year. So coming to college, I wanted to take advantage of everything.” Elected as Lamar University Student Government Association president for 2013-2014, the Missouri City native decided to seize every opportunity he found to be involved. Read more...

Patty Stephens

Pre-med major Stephens dedicated to leadership, learning

Small classes and the chance to develop strong relationships with professors first attracted Patty Stephens to Lamar University. Since enrolling, she has taken advantage of multiple opportunities that reinforced her choice. “It’s the best decision I’ve made. I’ve established myself at the university by being involved; my academics are good; and I’ve made great friends,” said the biology/pre-med major. Read more...

A.J. Webb

American Sign Language major seizes opportunities

A.J. Webb, American Sign Language major from Dallas, has an eye for opportunities. During his education at Lamar University, Webb has become a Lamar Ambassador, a McNair scholar, vice president of the rugby team, Black Student Association historian, president of the sailing club and an LU cheerleader. “Because the majority of us in the house were hearing, we focused more on speaking than on signing. As a student at Lamar, I have gotten a lot more insight into what American Sign Language has to offer.” Read more...

Ashley Newchurch

Fiber arts major Ashley Newchurch frames unique artistic future

Ashley Newchurch's interest in art comes from creating things others can enjoy. Lamar University became her comfort zone even before she enrolled when she visited her sister on campus. She found her own niche in the art department. “I made so many connections that I felt it was my own special community.” Read more...

Will Robbins

Political science major enjoys great experiences

After graduating from high school in Beaumont, Will Robbins planned to attend Lamar for a year, get some college experience and then transfer to another school in a bigger city. "Once I got to Lamar, I loved it, and I never left. I never would have imagined all the opportunities Lamar could give." Robbins’ grandfather was the chemistry-physics department chair for many years, and both of his parents graduated from Lamar. Read more...

Ana Mendez

Dietetics major aims to educate with easily digestible language

Ana Mendez, dietetics major from Marshall, breaks down language barriers. Her goal is to deliver patients the information they need to stay healthy in a way that is easy to digest. Her interest in dietetics began when served as an interpreter between doctors and her mother, who developed gestational diabetes. Her knowledge has grown through her classes and research opportunities at LU. Read more...

Crissie Vandehoef

Biology, chemistry major pursues healing research

A frightening medical diagnosis at age 14 prompted Crissie Vandehoef to veer off course academically for a few years. Now the biology and chemistry major from Port Neches is on track to a future as a biomedical researcher with the help of opportunities, including as one of two 2013 David J. Beck Fellows. She will spend her summer as a research assistant at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) investigating the chronic inflammatory disease. Read more...

Amy Morgan

English, Spanish major explores new cultures

For Amy Morgan, studying at Lamar University has provided extraordinary opportunities and exposure to new cultures that she never envisioned while growing up in Silsbee. An English and Spanish major, Morgan traveled to Salamanca, Spain, in summer 2011 for a Lamar study abroad program. As one of LU’s two David J. Beck Fellows for 2013, she is now planning her second trip abroad. For her summer fellowship project, she will travel to Argentina for a literary seminar, study and work on a literary translation. Read more...

Joshua Barnes

Engineering, physics major eyes sustainable future

Joshua Barnes has an eye on the future. The Beaumont mechanical engineering and physics major has developed a system to measure the sustainability of the products Americans produce and consume. "We need something better in America to fight entropy. And sustainability is a good way to do that.” Barnes said he was attracted to Lamar's strong engineering program and has found faculty and administrators helpful in letting him know about opportunities. Read more...

Christine Zabala

English, history major finds the story behind the story

Christine Zabala, senior English and history major, likes to get the whole story. While some are serial status updaters on their favorite social media site, Zabala’s interests lie with the thoughts and happenings of the past.  “English is something that I really enjoyed in high school,” she said. “So when I switched from biology to history, I added English as a major because they complement each other so well.” Read more...

Chelsea Henderson

Henderson tapped as University Press editor

Chelsea Henderson has an eye for news. The sophomore communication major was recently named University Press editor at Lamar University after a three-year career at the publication.When she began her college search, she wanted to work for a great university paper, which led her to Lamar. Andy Coughlan, Lamar’s director of student publications, said Henderson’s passion for journalism has been evident since she was a freshman. Read more...

Heather Edgar

Spanish major credits LU experience for evolving identity

Whether through her work with her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi; as section leader with the Lamar University Drumline and percussion ensembles; as vice president of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society; or at her on-campus job at the parking office, Heather (Daniel) Edgar has been one busy Cardinal. “It was so much fun getting down on the field and marching with the drumline,” she said. “For five months we would spend two hours, six days a week drumming. They really became like family.” Read more...

Nick Lanning

Math and physics major Lanning reflects on research

As a dual major in physics and mathematics, Nick Lanning of Orange has reached far beyond textbooks through research opportunities offered at Lamar University. His work with Lamar’s Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement and STAIRSTEP programs have offered Lanning invaluable research experience and even earned him national recognition. He received the American Physical Society of Physics Students' Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation this year.  Read more...

Quentin Jiles

Quentin Jiles, social work major, named SGA president

Quentin Jiles, Houston senior and social work major, was named the new Lamar University Student Government Association president for 2012-2013. Jiles said he owes much of his success at the university to his involvement with student organizations such as the NAACP and the Social Work Student Association.  Jiles said he owes much of his success at the university to his involvement with student organizations such as the NAACP and the Social Work Student Association.  Read more...

Elizabeth Wu

Industrial engineering major Elizabeth Wu embraces challenges

Lamar’s challenging curriculum offered just the sort of mental cross-training Elizabeth Wu wanted from her education. A proficient violinist since the age of four, fluent in Mandarin and a brown belt in San Shou martial arts, Wu has enjoyed her transition into university life. "Here at Lamar, they don’t just push you in a certain direction; they kind of challenge you from several different aspects.” Read more...

Isaiah Johnson

Spanish major Isaiah Johnson finds adventure in being bilingual

For senior Spanish major Isaiah Johnson, it is not enough to just speak, write and understand Spanish in order to become bilingual; you have to dream in it as well. “After a few science courses I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a dentist anymore,” said Johnson. Johnson got involved in the Spanish Circle Organization and the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honors Society where he began volunteering at the Southeast Texas Food Bank.   Read more...

Romero

Kayleigh Romero enjoys education as student and teacher

For Kayleigh Romero, a junior at Lamar University, the decision to pursue a career in education was made in the summer of her sophomore year of high school. “I wanted to work somewhere where every day I’d have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life,” said Romero. Read more...

Tamara Frydson

Chemical engineering is passion for Tamara Frydson

Being far from home in Ecuador is anything but easy for junior chemical engineering major Tamara Frydson, but with her involvement in campus organizations, love for chemical engineering and close relationships with professors, she believes she has found a family at Lamar University. Read more...

Lucas Castle

Math major Lucas Castle finds strength in numbers

Lucas Castle always knew he loved mathematics, but it wasn’t until he gained the confidence to do a little research that he discovered the field offered him a future full of possibilities. “There are tons of opportunities out there for mathematicians that I was never aware of until recently. If I hadn’t come to Lamar, I would not have had any of the opportunities that I’ve had.” Read more...

Joshua Ragion

Psychology major Joshua Raglon hits the ground running

A member of the Lamar University Track and Field team, Joshua Raglon balances his schedule between rigorous track practices, a course load of 16 hours and other academic pursuits. He recently completed the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. “I am pretty busy,” Raglon admitted. Read more...

Candice Montgomery

Industrial engineering major Candice Montgomery loves a challenge

Candice Montgomery believes that she has become better prepared for the future with the help of Lamar University’s student organizations. “I was always involved in high school, but when I got to college I gained the ability to handle much more. I put a lot on my plate at one time, but I always get it done.” Read more...

Humberto Hernandez

Biology major Humberto Hernandez fascinated by unseen world

Beginning with his first high school biology class, Humberto Hernandez of Houston has been captivated by the possibilities offered through scientific research. Lamar University has been the perfect fit for the senior biology major because of the ample opportunities he has had to pursue significant research starting early in his undergraduate career.  Read more...

Paul Rizk

Paul Rizk lays groundwork for career in medicine

Chemical engineering and physics major Paul Rizk is laying the groundwork for a career in medicine. Now a Lamar University junior, Rizk has set his sights on the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Minnesota. "It may sound cliché, but I like the idea of making a difference in people's lives," Rizk said. Rizk was accepted to Princeton and Lamar, but after research of both schools and examining the tuition rates, he decided Lamar was the right choice for him. Read more...

Aleiya Samad

Co-ops benefit on path to engineering career for Aleiya Samad

Although her Lamar experiences had her flying high this summer, Aleiya Samad is keeping her career plans firmly grounded in the excellence of the university’s engineering courses and its outstanding co-op program. This semester, Samad is gaining valuable experience in her second co-op through the College of Engineering’s Co-Operative Education program working at the BP Texas City Refinery. Read more...

Andrew Greenberg

Andrew Greenberg stamps his name on Lamar

As president of the Student Government Association, Andrew Greenberg’s biggest priority is to unite the students at Lamar University as a powerful force in the community – and in order to do so, he plans to lead by example. “My goal is to push things as far as I can in the year that I am here,” Greenberg said. “I want to do things that make an impact on the community, where people say ‘Wow, look what Lamar students are able to do.’” Read more...

Diana Mendez

Business, tennis bring Diana Mendez to Lamar

Diana Mendez started her collegiate career at a northern university in Iowa playing primarily indoor tennis. A native of Bogota, Colombia, where it's always warm, she was longing for warmer weather and felt she was a better outdoor tennis player. The Lamar tennis program along with the facilities and the College of Business impressed her enough to get her heading south. Read more...

Ashley Brown

Nursing major Ashley Brown walks path toward helping others

What started as a way to accumulate required service learning hours for the Lamar University nursing program has become Ashley Brown’s own personal therapy and passion. She finds that volunteering at Stable-Spirit is rewarding not only because she loves working with children and horses, but also because it is preparing her for a career in pediatrics. For Brown, a senior nursing major from LaMarque, volunteering is only one of the many opportunities Lamar University has offered during her time as a student. Read more...

Heather Moore

Connecting lives: Heather Moore pursues ASL degree at LU

Heather Moore is pursuing her lifelong goal of obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Sign Language. “It is always a challenge, fitting your life around your schoolwork, and I wouldn’t be able to do with without the convenience of Lamar University,” Moore said. “I can take online classes, and the campus is close to where I live. I don’t have to uproot my family to pursue my college dreams.” Read more...

Allison Underhill

Allison Underhill gets inspired at LU

Junior theatre education major Allison Underhill revels in the opportunity to learn from others and hopes one day to inspire students of her own. A native of Port Arthur and 2007 graduate of Nederland High School, she has become interested in the possibility of pursuing a master’s in order to teach at the college level. Read more...

Fred Vernon

Long road, long hours lead to LU for Fred Vernon

For Fred Vernon of Port Arthur, the path to becoming a successful Lamar University student has been a winding one. A junior accounting major, Vernon is spending the summer in a paid internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Houston, where he hopes to eventually become a partner after completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Lamar University. “It’s been great. I’m learning about business. I’m learning about myself." Read more...