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LU opens year with convocation

Lamar University opened the new academic year with a reception and standing-room-only convocation for faculty and staff on Monday, Aug. 18. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 25.

President Ken EvansPresident Kenneth Evans addressed faculty and staff at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year in his second “state-of-the-university” speech following pre-convocation percussion near the entrance to the University Theatre by the LU Drumline, a fanfare by the Cardinal Sound Brass Quintet, and introductions by LU Provost Steve Doblin.

Earlier, faculty and staff gathered in the adjacent Studio Theatre for an opening reception.

Evans shared a brief update on the upcoming 84th Legislative Session and special appropriations LU will be seeking. He praised the support of the university’s local legislative delegation, as well as friends and alumni in the state capitol. 

“We are privileged to have a stout Texas State University System,” Evans said. “Chancellor Brian McCall and his staff will push, advocate, and lobby relentlessly for our interests. Our Regents and friends will loudly echo these messages.”

Cardinal Sound Brass QuintetSought is support for tuition revenue bonds for a new science and technology building, as well as special items including one in the area of logistics and transportation sciences and a Center for Advances in Water and Air Quality.

Evans said early indications are that the fall enrollment will be strong, giving credit to the university’s recruiting efforts as well as many areas of the university that foster strong retention and student success. 

Evans shared several examples of student and faculty excellence during the summer months, including travel abroad and research.

Construction on campus will be the norm in the coming months, with groundbreakings on a new administration building and Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, both on the corner of Rolfe Christopher and Jim Gillian Way, creating a new “gateway to campus.”  Also, groundbreaking will soon take place for a new softball field adjacent to the soccer field. Also planned is renovation of the Setzer Student Center.

University Theatre Strategic planning for the university will begin this fall, Evan said, on the heels of LU’s $132 million comprehensive campaign.

The gathering concluded with the return of the brass quintet leading in the alma mater and LU fight song led by the Cardinal Cheerleaders.