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Lamar University announces 2012-2013 Ambassadors

Lamar University has selected 10 students to serve as Lamar Ambassadors. They will join returning Ambassadors in representing the student body at official university events during the 2012-2013 academic year.

"Lamar University is fortunate to have many alumni and friends who are dedicated to supporting the goals of our university,” said President James Simmons. “The Ambassadors are excellent representatives of the students who benefit from the support of these loyal friends of our institution.” 

Lamar University Ambassadors are a select group of students who serve the university by assisting in recruiting qualified prospective students, building goodwill among alumni and community supporters at various public functions, and representing the student body to visiting dignitaries. Lamar Ambassadors have a high level of involvement on campus and are well informed about the university and what it has to offer students, alumni and the community.

To serve as an Ambassador, an applicant must be a registered full-time student, be classified as a sophomore, junior or senior and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.  Applicants must also submit a letter of interest, resume, faculty recommendation and have approval from their college dean.

Newly selected Lamar University Ambassadors, listed by hometowns and majors, are:

BEAUMONT: Joshua Barnes, physics and mechanical engineering; Fernando Mejia, dietetics/pre-medicine.

DEER PARK: Yanni Thomas, nursing.

DUNCANVILLE: Adrain Webb, American Sign Language.

KOUNTZE: Danielle Ellis, psychology/pre-medicine.

LUMBERTON: Daniel Ward, civil engineering.

NEDERLAND: Morgan Simmons, speech language pathology.

ORANGE: Cole Durkin, general business.

PORT ARTHUR: Kristeen Reynolds, accounting.

SPRING: Natalie Sell, theater arts (leading to teacher certification).

Other returning Ambassadors are Candice Andrews, Rockwall, elementary education; Rachel Binagia, Nederland, graphic design; Stacy Cotton, Beaumont, nursing;  Jesi Courville, China, general business; Alex Edgerly, Orange, biology/pre-dental;  Elisabeth Maxwell, Beaumont, biology; Long Nguyen, Beaumont, chemical engineering; Vaughn Ogrydziak, Nederland, chemical engineering; Will Pickard, Nederland, biology/pre-medicine; Jessica Pospisil, Manvel, nursing; Paul Rizk, Beaumont, chemical engineering and physics/pre-medicine; Will Robbins, Beaumont, political science and history; Kayleigh Romero, Beaumont,  interdisciplinary studies; Charline Sam, Beaumont, master of business administration; Aleiya Samad, Nederland, chemical engineering; Riyad Samad, Nederland, industrial engineering and business; Patricie Stephens, Port Neches, nursing;  Christina Walker, Beaumont, speech pathology; Elizabeth Wu, Beaumont, industrial engineering; Christine Zabala, Beaumont, history and English.

For more information about the Lamar University Ambassadors, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (409) 880-8921 or