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Thursday declared ‘Kenneth R. Evans Day’ in Beaumont

Dr. Evans responds to the proclamation

In honor of the Lamar University Presidential Investiture of Kenneth Evans, Mayor Becky Ames and the City of Beaumont have proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 7 as “Kenneth R. Evans Day.”

That proclamation was read at the beginning of the Beaumont City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5.  A large number of Lamar representatives were on hand, including cheerleaders, mascots and a band ensemble that played the LU fight song.

“The City of Beaumont has always been an active partner with Lamar University, embracing students from near and far, and welcoming faculty and staff into the community,” said Mayor Ames as she read the proclamation. “Dr. Evans conveys to Lamar University and Beaumont enhanced prominence, reputation and opportunity.”

Later that afternoon, as a part of investiture week, LU students gathered in front of the Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall to celebrate at the President’s Outdoor Extravaganza.

President Evans and First Lady Nancy Evans joined the crowd in fun activities that included a variety of outdoor yard games, a rock climbing wall, slack-lining, inflatables, hammocks for relaxation, hot chocolate and s’mores, a movie on the lawn and music. More than 60 student volunteers from student organizations helped to ensure everything went smoothly.

Kenneth Evans will be invested as the 15th president of the university during the formal program that begins at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Montagne Center.

“The public is encouraged to be a part of this important event in the history of the university,” said Juan Zabala, associate vice president for university advancement. “After the program, there will be a reception to provide everyone an opportunity to meet President Ken Evans and First Lady, Nancy.” 

For more information, visit or call 880-8419. Funding for the investiture generously provided by Gay and Bill Scott.