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LU announces 2015-2016 Ambassadors

ambassadorsLamar University has selected 17 students to serve as Lamar Ambassadors. They will join 29 returning ambassadors in representing the student body at official university events during the 2015-2016 academic year.

“The success of many initiatives at Lamar University is due, in large part, to our collaborations with alumni, donors and community leaders,” said Shannon Copeland, director of alumni affairs.  “The Ambassadors Program connects accomplished students with these constituents, strengthening vital 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 are very involved on campus, maintain high academic performance and are well informed about the university and what it has to offer students, alumni and the community,” Copeland said.

To serve as an ambassador, an applicant must be a registered full-time student, be classified as a sophomore or junior in the fall semester 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: Kay-Alana Calhoun Turner-management

HOUSTON:  Christian Brent-pre-nursing; Elohor Okene-chemical engineering; Love Osemwegie-political science; Aaron Lavergne, mechanical engineering

LUMBERTON: Cade Johnson-exercise science and fitness management and biology (pre-medicine)

NEDERLAND: Trent McGee-music education; Ryan Sherer-management

ORANGE: Kirby Clayton-mechanical engineering; John Ellis -computer information science

PORT ARTHUR:  Jorge Herrera-exercise science and fitness management (pre-physician’s assistant)

PORT NECHES:  Oxy Benites–pre-nursing; Kayla Clifton-management

POST: Dalton Holly-management

SANTA FE: Eric Yeager -biology (pre-medicine)

SARATOGA: Katie Loftin, advertising communications

VIDOR: Kinnedy Mitchell -English (pre-physician’s assistant)

Returning Ambassadors are Jeremy Allen, Beaumont, management information systems and Spanish; Noah Arnold, Woodville, finance and entrepreneurship; Devyn Coleman, Houston, management information systems; Brian Curran, Draper, Utah, biology (pre-medicine); Zach Defrancis, Port Arthur, history (teacher certification) and political science; Cole Durkin, Orange, finance; Erica Edgerly, Orangefield, fashion merchandising; Robert Ehrlich, Orange, chemical engineering; Danielle Ellis, Kountze, psychology (pre-medicine); Ayah Hamza, Port Neches,  dietetics (pre-medicine); Jason Hatton, Beaumont, computer science and mathematics; Eric Hernandez, Baytown, psychology and biology (pre-medicine and pre-law); Zach Holt, Baytown, biology; Charles Huynh, Beaumont, chemical engineering (pre-medicine); Margeaux Marks, Beaumont, industrial engineering; Jacob Martin, Orange, management, general business and entrepreneurship; Matthew McAfee, Orange, mathematics; Colton Morris, Orange, marketing; Micah Murdock, Groves, chemical engineering; Kristeen Reynolds, Port Arthur, accounting and entrepreneurship; Lydia Rosario, Beaumont, accounting; Dani Sanders, Orange, political science; Lauren Schuldt, Beaumont, English; Tyler Sumrall, Port Neches, communication; Kara Timberlake, Beaumont, English and communication; Keeley Townley-Smith, Lumberton, physics and electrical engineering; A.J. Webb, Duncanville, American Sign Language; Shelby Whitehead, Lumberton, chemical engineering; Ben Yett, Beaumont, electrical engineering and mathematics; and Kevin Zabala, Beaumont, psychology (pre-medicine).

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