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LU announces 2013-2014 Ambassadors

Lamar University has selected 12 students to serve as Lamar Ambassadors. They will join 18 returning Ambassadors in representing the student body at official university events during the 2013-2014 academic year.

“The success of the many strong academic programs at Lamar University is due, in large part, to our collaborations with community and civic leaders,” said President James Simmons.  “Our Ambassadors allow the university to connect accomplished students with these important leaders, strengthening critical bonds and increasing opportunities for all students of our university.”

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 or junior in the fall 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:

BAYTOWN: Zach Holt, chemistry/chemical engineering

BEAUMONT: Jeremy Allen, management information systems; Jason Hatton, chemical engineering; Charles Huynh, chemical engineering/pre-med; Lydia Rosario, accounting; Ben Yett, electrical engineering; Kevin Zabala, chemistry/pre-med

GROVES:  Micah Murdock, chemical engineering

NEDERLAND:  Morgan Walston, corporate communications

LUMBERTON: Vivian Caloobanan, biology/pre-med

ORANGEFIELD:  Erica Edgerly, fashion merchandising

PORT NECHES:  Ayah Hamza, biology/pre-med

Other returning Ambassadors are Joshua Barnes, Beaumont, physics and mechanical engineering; Jesi Courville, China, general business; Cole Durkin, Orange, general business; Elisabeth Maxwell, Beaumont, biology; Fernando Mejia, Beaumont, dietetics/pre-med; Vaughn Ogrydziak, Nederland, chemical engineering; Will Pickard, Nederland, biology/pre-med; Jessica Pospisil, Manvel, nursing; Kristeen Reynolds, Port Arthur, accounting; Paul Rizk, Beaumont, chemical engineering and physics/pre-med; Riyad Samad, Nederland, industrial engineering and business; Natalie Sell, Spring, theatre arts;  Morgan Simmons, Nederland, speech language pathology; Patty Stephens, Port Neches, nursing;  Yanni Thomas, Deer Park, nursing; Daniel Ward, Lumberton, civil engineering; A.J. Webb, Duncanville, American Sign Language; Elizabeth Wu, Beaumont, industrial engineering

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