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Fall 2021

First-Generation College Celebration Kickoff

Date: Tuesday, November 2nd 
Time12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Setzer Student Center
Details: Join us for a celebration of First-Generation students in the Setzer Student Center, where we will present a timeline presentation and invite our LU community to learn more information about First Generation students and resources on campus. There will also be FREE T-shirts, snacks, and giveaways!

First-Gen Proud Paint and Sip

Date: Wednesday, November 3rd 
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Setzer Student Center Food Court

Coffee and Pastries with LU first-gen staff, faculty, and supporters

Date: Thursday, November 4th 
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Mary and John Gray Library Lobby
Details: Register to win a FREE copy of the book Just Mercy, the LU Reads for Change fall 2022 campus book.

First Gen Information Table for LU Homecoming

Date: Monday, November 8th 
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Dining Hall Lawn

First-Gen Table Talk

Date: Tuesday, November 9th 
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual via Zoom, Link to register: https://www.lamar.edu/forms/diversity/diversity-dialogues-and-discussions.html
Details: Dr. Vince Nix, Education Leadership, will be presenting on the topic of "First-Gen Assessment and Program Evaluation"

 

Spring 2021

Oris Granger, first gen student, in a mask and red polo holds up the LU hand sign

 

Lamar University receives First-Gen Forward designation; National honor for commitment to first-generation student success

 

Fall 2020

First-Generation Spotlight Series

Through the month of November, in celebration of our First-Generation students, the Lamar University Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence is excited to present the Fall 2020 First-Generation Spotlight Series, where we share the accomplishments and experiences of some of our outstanding First-Generation students on our social media and website. Please join us in congratulating these students on their incredible hard work and success. Visit the First-Gen Spotlight Blog to see the full series and to read more about the 2020 First-Generation College Celebration.

  • Spotlight slide with text: Approach life with a why not attitude and always give it your all with everything you try so you have no regrets about it later; Elijah Keal; Senior, Chemical Engineering; From Port Arthur, Texas; Division of Global Diversity Inclusion and Intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight Slide with text: Fun Fact: Fizzah is involved in over 5 different organizations on campus and plans to go on to pursue a doctoral program in Occupational Therapy; Fizzah Noor Khan; Senior; Psychology Major, Biology Minor; From Haripur, Pakistan and Port Neches, TX; Division of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight Slide with text: College is what you make it. Take risks and challenge yourself. Nothing worth having comes without its share of obstacles! Mariah R. McCoy; Senior, Accounting; From Houston, Texas; Division of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight Slide with text: Fun Fact: While attending college, Osha has served as the Director of Outreach for The Big Event, where she has secured service projects for student volunteers; Osha Jones; Senior, Speech and Hearing Sciences; From Houston, Texas; Division of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight Slide with text: Fun Fact: While Viviana's career focus is in business and medicine, she also has a personal passion for crafting and following crime podcasts; Viviana Denova; Senior, Business Management (Pre-Med Concentration); From Beaumont, Texas; Division of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight card with text: Fun Fact: When she can find time outside of her busy schedule in the nursing program and her on-campus involvement, Christelyn enjoys taking bike rides and going crabbing. Christyelyn Palmer; Senior, Nursing; From Houston, Texas; division of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight Slide with text: Fun Fact: Neera shares that she was worried about starting college as a first-generation student, but she is now involved in over 5 different organizations and holds numerous leadership positions.; Neera Momin; Senior, Psychology and Criminal Justice; from Port Arthur, Texas; Division of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight Slide with text: At first, being a first-generation college student was difficult, but having a supportive group of friends and staff members at Lamar made my transition easy, and I quickly felt at home; Stefany Rico; Sophomore, Psychology; From Beaumont, Texas; Division of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight Slide with text: Being a First-Generation student means much more than just the degree and career path. It means setting a trend of persistence and hard work for [my] baby sister to follow; Trayce Gray; Senior, Biology Major, Chemistry Minor; From Beaumont/Lumberton, Texas; Division of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight Slide with text: Alongside her studies, on-campus involvement, and many accolades, Yesenia has also worked in the restaurant industry for over 5 years, doing everything from bartending to management; Yesenia Loera Romo; Senior, Finance and Economics; From Port Arthur, Texas Division of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight Slide with text: Being a first-generation college student has molded me into the man I am today, and I will be the bridge builder for the next generation coming after me; Oris Granger; Senior, Industrial Engineering; From Beaumont, Texas; Division of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight Slide with text: Fun Fact: Alongside her pre-medical studies, Rosalia has a diverse set of interests, some of which include studying dance and music, learning French, and trying Olympic diving and bodybuilding.; Rosalia Triana; Senior; Biology, pre-medicine Major, Chemistry and Dance Minor; From Coahuila, Mexico and Uvalde, TX; Division of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and intercultural Affairs; Lamar University; Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight

  • Spotlight card with text: Being a first-generation college student has never discouraged me but has only motivated me to persevere. Ambriana Sykes; senior, biochemistry, from Houston, Texas. Division of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Intercultural Affairs Lamar University Office of Global Diversity and Inclusive Excellence; First-Generation Spotlight.

Connecting with Cardinals Spotlight

Meet Oris Granger, a senior industrial engineering major and first-generation student here at Lamar University. Hear about his experiences and perspective in this issue of Connecting with Cardinals with interviewer Landon Richard.

 

 

Announcements

McNair Scholars Research Internships Opportunities 

The McNair Research Internship Program provides a six-week summer semester research

internship experience. You will be paired with a Lamar University faculty member whose

research interests match your own, and under the direction of this mentor, you will participate in a research project. Other highlights of your internship provided by the program include:

  • up to a $2,800 stipend for the internship period
  • three semester hours in an undergraduate research course, tuition, room and board during the internship period
  • funded trips to professional conferences and graduate school visits
  • access to laptops during the internship
  • individualized seminars on research skills, the graduate school application process, financial support available to graduate students, and preparation for the GRE
  • access to research and computing facilities and
  • opportunities to interact with successful role models who have earned terminal degrees

The 22nd Annual McNair Scholars Research Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, 2021. The McNair Research Symposium provides our Scholars with the opportunity to present what they have learned through their research experiences and to share their work with the broader campus community.

Before it’s time for the Annual Symposium, Scholars will have successfully completed year-long research and scholarly activities, their Oral Defense, and spent weeks preparing their presentations. The McNair Scholars Program at Lamar University is in its twenty-second successful year and each year we are amazed at the intricacies of the topics the Scholars cover in their research. The Research is the culmination of a year’s worth of commitment and dedication from the Scholars as well as the Lamar faculty and staff that have devoted their time and skills to collaborating with the Scholars on their research.

We are very fortunate to have the support and encouragement of many faculty and staff members who have worked with our students as social mentors or who have presented workshops and seminars on the many aspects of graduate and faculty life. These individuals give a valuable gift to our students – time in volunteering to support, encourage, and nurture our Scholars’ aspirations.

McNair Faculty Mentors who work with our students foster the academic growth of the Scholars each year. Many hours of hard work and dedication go into these research projects and the success of the Scholars is largely attributed to the mentors’ talents, expertise, and motivation.

We are honored to have these talented students and dedicated faculty at Lamar University and the Annual Research Symposium allows us an opportunity to extend our commendations and congratulations to everyone on a job well done.

Pamela K. Comer, M.Ed., NCC Director of McNair Scholars

Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs