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Lamar University selects 2017-2018 Ambassadors

New LU AmbassadorsLamar University has selected 20 students to serve as Lamar Ambassadors. They will join 32 returning ambassadors in representing the student body at official university events during the 2017-2018 academic year.

“The success of many endeavors 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 some of our most 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 getting involved on campus, demonstrating school pride, building goodwill among alumni and community supporters at various public functions and representing the student body to visiting dignitaries.

“Lamar Ambassadors not only maintain high academic performance, but also are very involved on campus 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 or staff recommendation and have approval from their college dean.

Newly selected Lamar University Ambassadors, listed by hometowns and majors, are:

ALLEN: Yves Jordan Kenfack-biology

ARLINGTON: Obinna Emeh-chemical engineering

BEAUMONT: Kimberly Boase-speech and hearing sciences; Kaily Garcia-English; Serene Kaggal-psychology, pre-medicine; Mary Kim-nursing; Ashley Towers-nursing

EDNA: Lillian Hill-English

HOUSTON: Tuenebari Loomma-psychology; Tran Nguyen-environmental science and biology, pre-medicine; Darien Phillips-accounting

NEDERLAND: Aziz Shaaban-biology, pre-medicine

ORANGE: Jordan Curl-biology, pre-medicine; Emily Lawrence-political science; Brody McBee-biology, pre-medicine

PORT ARTHUR: Marilyn Beard-chemistry; Sakurah Fisher-psychology, pre-medicine

PORT NECHES: Omar Hamza-biology, pre-medicine; Luke Nguyen-chemistry, pre-medicine

VIDOR: Madison Marino-economics, pre-law

Returning Ambassadors are Maria Estibaliz Azpilicueta, Argentina, chemical engineering; Oxy Benites, Port Neches, nursing; Joshua Bonnette, Missouri City, mechanical engineering; Christian Brent, Houston, nursing; Progga Chirontoni, Dhaka, Bangladesh, chemical engineering; Kirby Clayton, Orange, mechanical engineering; Kayla Clifton, Port Neches, management; Katie Deaton, Lumberton, chemical engineering; Stephanie DeMeyer, Rockwall, American Sign Language and corporate communication; John Ellis, Orange, computer information science; Jorge Herrera, Port Arthur, exercise science and fitness management (pre-physician assistant); Derek Inoma, Missouri City, industrial engineering; Cassie Jenkins, Cleveland, communication-journalism; Cade Johnson, Lumberton, exercise science and fitness management, biology and pre-medicine; Victoria LaFleur, Port Neches, accounting and finance; Margeaux Marks, Beaumont, industrial engineering; Emily McCall, Orange, biology and pre-medicine; Trent McGee, Nederland, music education; Avery Murdock, Groves, biology and pre-physical therapy; Caroline Nwandu, Houston, biochemistry and pre-medicine; Elohor Okene, Houston, chemical engineering; Taylor Reasons, Groves, biology and pre-medicine; Marcus Rodgers, Lumberton, mechanical engineering; Lydia Rosario, Beaumont, accounting; Natalie Sfeir, Beaumont, Speech and Hearing Sciences; Ryan Sherer, Nederland, management; Kimanh Tsan, Orange, chemical engineering; Thanh Tsan, Orange, mechanical engineering; Kay-Alana Turner, Beaumont, management; Kinnedy Mitchell VanDevender, Vidor, English (pre-physician assistant); Lowell Washington, Houston, health and nursing; and Shelby Whitehead, Lumberton, chemical engineering.

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

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