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Lamar GYRO keeps campus and community involved

The 2011 football season marked the second year Lamar University has worked to get the campus and the community more involved in supporting the Lamar Cardinals with the annual Get Your Red On promotion. Many departments on the LU campus participated in the GYRO decoration contests, vying for prizes and bragging rights. More than 10,000 visitors to the GYRO website voted each home game week for their favorite campus decorations. The Lamar University Financial Aid Office was the campus grand prize winning team with Academic Services and Cardinal Operations winning individual honors during the season.

“The departments had so much fun decorating their areas and competing against one another,” said Evie Clifton, coordinator for the campus GYRO contests. “People get very creative when they have a theme and the desire to really support our Cardinals.”

The goal for the annual GYRO events is to promote school spirit and pride among all students on campus as well as all alumni and the community at large. As part of the GYRO homecoming week celebration, community businesses had the opportunity to get into the act and show their LU pride by decorating their businesses in Lamar red during the community competition.

“We had businesses from all over the Beaumont area participate in the GYRO business decoration competition during homecoming week,” said Tanya Celestine, coordinator for the community GYRO contest. “Everybody seemed to have so much fun dressing up their businesses and themselves to support the Cards during homecoming.”

Celebrity judges from media outlets in Beaumont spread out across the community to judge the business decoration competition. The HEB store on Dowlen Road won the community competition with colorful red and white vignettes throughout the entire store.

“It’s important for us to have the community support for Lamar University and our student athletes and student performers,” said Juan Zabala, interim associate vice president for university advancement. “We have so much fun on campus during football season it just naturally spills over to the community.

To see photos of all the 2011 entries for GYRO, visit