Digital Alumni and Friends Gatherings

Lamar University Digital Alumni and Friends Gathering

Upcoming Events

Discussion with LU Distinguished Alumnus John Alexander
Presented by: John Alexander '68, artist
When: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 6:30 PM CST
Where: Lamar University Facebook Live

Betty Moody, owner of the Moody Gallery in Houston, will interview John who will discuss his career and art.

John Alexander

About John Alexander: Born in 1945 in Beaumont, Alexander remained in southeast Texas until his graduation from Lamar University. He entered graduate school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1969. Upon completing an MFA in 1970, he moved to Houston, established a studio and became a member of the art faculty of the University of Houston. In the late 1970’s Alexander left Texas for New York.​ He currently divides his time between New York City and Amagansett, NY.

His work is included in the permanent collections of leading museums including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Dayton Institute in Ohio, the Dallas Museum of Art; The Meadows Museum in Dallas, The McNay Museum in San Antonio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Nevada Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as well as many other distinguished public and private collections worldwide.

Recognized as an LU Distinguished Alumnus, Alexander serves on the College of Fine Arts and Communication Advisory Council, and has served as the speaker for two President’s Circle Dinners. The John Alexander Painting Studio is located in the Art Building on the campus of Lamar University.

1970 M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)
1968 B.F.A. from Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas)

Past Events

The Coronavirus Pandemic: Food Safety and Food Supply Chains
Presented by: Bart Simmons '78, '79, Founder, The Provision House; Owner, 2S Ranch
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 6:30 PM CST
Where: Lamar University Facebook Live

Bart Simmons

About Bart Simmons: In 2003, Bart Simmons fulfilled a lifelong dream when he purchased 2S Ranch located 50 miles west of DFW in Palo Pinto, Texas. Over the next decade, he transformed the ranch, replacing acres and acres of cedar trees with beautiful oak savannahs filled with native Texas grasses. He wanted the 2S Ranch to be built on sustainability, which is why great care was taken to restore its land and soil. Bart and his wife Martye (also an LU alumna), could have sold the meat to a lot of different places, but instead decided to provide customers with a unique opportunity to be able to get to know their rancher and meat provider. So in 2014, the Simmons opened The Provision House in order to deliver 100% grass fed beef right from their ranch to consumers' doors. The Provision House provides meats from the 2S Ranch, as well as meats from other ranches that share the values of the 2S Ranch. Bart graduated from Lamar University with a BBA in Finance in 1978 and an MBA in 1979. He was named a 2008 Lamar University Distinguished Alumnus and inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame in 2013.

A Discussion with Bill Macatee About His Career and His Reflections on Social Distancing and Professional Sports
Presented by: Bill Macatee '78, Broadcaster and Investment Manager
When: Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 6:30 PM CST
Where: Lamar University Facebook Live

Bill Macatee

About Bill Macatee:  For the past 30 years, Bill Macatee has been a prominent, network television broadcaster who has anchored coverage of prestigious events such as The Olympics, The Masters, The US Open Tennis Championships; as well as network play-by-play of the National Football League.  

Throughout his career, Bill has been considered to be one of the most versatile broadcasters in the industry, hosting and announcing everything from all 4 major championships in tennis to basketball’s March Madness, the PGA Tour, the Ryder Cup matches, the PGA Championship, track & field, figure skating, gymnastics and boxing.   Macatee is also known for his insightful, television interviews at major events like The Masters, Wimbledon, the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Olympics; as well as interviews during his time as the sports correspondent for NBC’s Today’s Show.  In 2018, Bill was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

In addition to his career in media, Bill has made a successful transition into the investment world, working in mid-market private equity since 2013 with the Chicago-based, Vistria Group, focusing on Healthcare, Education and Financial Services. Bill currently serves on several privately held, company boards and continues to serve as a Senior Advisor for the Vistria Group.  In addition, Macatee is an Advisory Director for Investment Banking at Nomura Americas in New York. 

Bill spent two years as an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University in Southern California where he taught Sports Media at the school’s prestigious Dodge College of Film & Media Arts.  He currently serves on the Board of the USTA Foundation and from 2016-19 as a Trustee at for the Lamar University Foundation.  Bill was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Lamar University in 2011 and gave the Commencement Address to the Lamar University Class of 2014. Bill graduated from Lamar University in 1978 with a B.S. degree in Speech. 

Bill lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Sonya and has a daughter, Caitlin Macatee.