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Sattler honored with 2016 Rogers Community Service Award

Brian Sattler, director of public relations at Lamar University since 1998 and resident of Bridge City, was honored with the university’s 2016 Julie & Ben Rogers Community Service Award at a December 6 program in the University Event Center of the Mary and John Gray Library.

The Rogers family established the award in 1979 to encourage Lamar University faculty and staff to volunteer their service and talents to the community. The Lamar University Foundation maintains the endowment that provides for the award.

Brian Sattler“I am grateful to the Rogers family for their vision in establishing this award and to Regina Rogers in particular for continuing to inspire Southeast Texans through her own incredible life of service,” Sattler said.

Involved in many aspects of university life through his role in media relations and communications, Sattler also finds particular reward in activities that extend beyond the campus.

“I am really enjoying participation as a representative of LU on the Greater South Park Neighborhoods Partnership,” Sattler said. “This is a group with a real heart for the people of the area. They have great ideas and the passion to see them through.” 

Comprised of many individuals and organizations interested in helping South Park and surrounding neighborhoods reimagine, rebuild and revitalize their communities, the partnership has grown to more than 40 active members and continues to make significant strides toward the long-term goal of thriving communities. This fall, the partnership hosted its second annual “A Day in the Park” that brought several hundred South Park residents together to celebrate their community at Alice Keith Park.

Sattler has also been a member of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce’s Advancing New Technology Committee since 2004. Charged with exploring ways the university could accelerate economic development, the committee formulated the idea of an innovation and commercialization center at Lamar University. The Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship is a partnership between Lamar University’s College of Business, the College of Engineering and the Southeast Texas business community. Sattler helped the committee craft numerous proposals, and developed news releases, feature articles, brochures, displays, videos and other presentations to communicate the role, mission and potential of the CICE to create jobs and opportunities for Southeast Texans.

In 2000, the Spindletop Centennial committee was faced with a PR crisis and Committee President Evelyn Lord asked if Sattler would voluntarily pick up the ball and, with the help of his team, take on all of the public relations, media relations and publicity work for the region’s Centennial Celebration of the Spindletop gusher. Through their effort, Southeast Texans learned about the event and their history. More than 20,000 gathered for the historic occasion despite it being a rainy, bitterly cold January day. The anniversary event received international recognition bringing considerable attention to the region that boosted tourism of the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, the Texas Energy Museum and the region for many months following.

“The centennial event and the many projects that surrounded the celebration were very important to Southeast Texas,” he said. “And, of course, Evelyn Lord could be quite persuasive. In the end, it was an exciting time and our successes were testament to what was possible by working together.”

Sattler has been active with the Press Club of Southeast Texas since 2000, serving as club president in 2002 and 2011. In 2002, he led the club in hosting a forum with training for area nonprofit organizations on working effectively with the news media. That same year, he guided the club in initiating an endowed scholarship for communications students at the university that has grown to become one of the largest in the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

A resident of Orange County, Sattler has served for 13 years on the Orange County Veterans Memorial committee that created a memorial plaza and provides the annual Memorial Day program for veterans of Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines, as well as those currently on active duty or in the reserves from Orange County. He has worked public relations and publicity for the event, and helps with preparations and event activities.

In the Air Force from 1985 to 1992, he participated as a pilot and observer on search and rescue missions with the Civil Air Patrol while stationed in California. After leaving active duty in 1992, he served four years in the Air Force Reserve traveling to duty assignments at the Pentagon and Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

An active churchman and member of Orange First Church of the Nazarene since 1998, Sattler served as a board member for 12 years, choir member, men’s ministry director since 2011, and was on the Fresh New Vision team guiding the $580,000 renovation of the church’s sanctuary and family life center. In addition to participation in oversight of contractor-related work, he directly led volunteer work on a major portion of the project saving more than $60,000 over the projected costs. “I am so grateful for those who showed up night after night and gave up many Saturdays to see that our children’s ministries have a safe, beautiful and functional space in which to play, worship and learn,” Sattler said.

OFCN’s men’s ministries have participated in numerous projects ranging from wheelchair ramp construction to recovery efforts after Hurricanes Rita and Ike, and with more recent flooding in Orange County and the Baton Rouge area.

“Having lost so much to flooding during Hurricane Ike as a Bridge City resident, and having been blessed with the help we did receive, it is very meaningful to me to be able to bless others in similar circumstances,” he said. 

Beyond Southeast Texas, Sattler has served on the Alumni Board of Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, his undergraduate alma mater, and now serves on the Board of Trustees for SNU representing the South Texas District. He and his wife, Kay, also sponsor a child in Bolivia and a child in Bangladesh through World Vision and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.

Other 2016 recipients of the Rogers Community Service Award are Adriane Champagne, Lamar State College-Port Arthur; Christine Marsh, Lamar Institute of Technology; and Katie Rather, Lamar State College-Orange.

Other recent LU recipients have been Kumer Das, 2015, Monica Harn, 2014, Teresa Simpson, 2013, and Sara Gubala, 2012.