Resilience and Recovery Summit



April 9, 2021


Resilience and Recovery at Lamar University

The primary focus of the RnR Summit this year will be recovering and growing as a community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of other disasters/catastrophic events will also be addressed. The Summit will focus on:

Gathering knowledge to adapt to, withstand, or more rapidly recover from a disaster or catastrophic event
Gaining and understanding of methods to improve preparedness, communication, and coordination during a disaster/catastrophic event in Southeast Texas
Exploring options for disaster/catastrophic event community resources in Southeast Texas related to industry, governmental, or healthcare
Beginning a dialogue with other stakeholders to build a resilient community in Southeast Texas


  • Healthcare
  • Government & Industry
  • Science
  • Community Preparedness

CNE and CEU credits available in Nursing*, Social Work, and Psychology.

*Lamar University Dishman School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Louisiana State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. LSNA Provider No. 4002105

Virtual Broadcast

The 2021 Summit will be broadcast live via our Lamar Live stream. 

You may view our 2020 Summit by visiting our archived broadcast.

2021 Agenda


7:30 - 8:10 Registration/Preparation
8:10 - 8:30 Welcome & Introduction - Dr. Brenda Nichols, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Lamar University
8:30 - 9:15 Regional Disaster Recovery - Jorge Ayala, Area Director AURO Economic Development Administration (U.S. Dept of Commerce)
9:15 - 10:00 Regional Health Update - Kenneth Coleman, Beaumont Public Health Department
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:15

Breakout Sessions I

  1. Healthcare
    1. Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study - Ruthie Robinson, Cynthia K. Stinson
    2. Resilience in the Time of COVID-19: A Virtual Experiential Learning Program Serving Students and Cancer Patients - Lindsey Minter
  2. Economic
    1. Lamar University Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program - Enrique Venta, Gevorg Sargsyan, Paul Latiolias, Ricardo Colon, James Slaydon
    2. Financial and Risk Management Analysis of the Education Sector in Southeast Texas During Hurricane Harvey - Enrique Venta, Gevorg Sargsyan, Paul Latiolias, Ricardo Colon, James Slaydon
11:15 - 12:00

Lunch Break


12:00 - 12:30 Coastal Restoration - Tim Richardson, County Judge Jeff Branick
12:30 - 1:45

Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned and Resources for Future Storms

  • National Weather Service (NWS): Joe Rua, Senior Forecaster, Lake Charles Office
  • US Geological Society (USGS): Jeff East, Surface Water Specialist, Texas Water Science Center
  • Entergy-Texas (tentative): Frank Shannon, Customer Service Director
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM): Carman Apple, District Coordinator
  • Lower Neches Valley Authority (LNVA): Scott Hall, General Manager

Moderated by Dr. Liv Haselbach, Chair, Lamar University Civil and Environmental Engineering

1:45 - 2:00 Break
2:00 - 3:00

Breakout Sessions II

  1. Healthcare
    1. Socially Distanced: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention During a Pandemic - Warren Miller, Angela Clavijo, Matt Stephenson
  2. Science/Community Preparedness
    1. Radar Satellites for Emergency Response to Storm-Induced Flooding - Reda Amer
    2. A GIS Study of Showing the Importance of Wearing Facemask During COVID Pandemic - Suranjana Chatterjee
3:00 - 3:15 Wrap-up, Evaluations

Printable Agenda

Co-Sponsored by: LU EDA Economic Recovery and Resiliency, Program Center for Public Policy Study, Dishman School of Nursing, Southeast Texas Flood Coordination Study