From the President

Jim Rich, President Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce

You are going to hear a lot about the channel improvement project for the Sabine-Neches Waterway as Congress takes up the Water Resources Development Act of 2012 (WRDA). The civil works program of the Army Corp. of Engineers investigates, constructs and in certain instances operates and maintains projects for navigation, flood damage, hurricane and storm damage reduction, environmental and ecosystem restoration, water supply and more. WRDA is the principal legislation for authorization of civil works projects and policies for the federal government.

Motiva Rebounds

Motiva Refinery

CEO cites early 2013 restart for crude distillation unit

In a stunning reversal of fortune last June, Motiva Enterprises had to shut down major operating units at its Port Arthur refinery only weeks after celebrating the completion of a $10 billion expansion that made the facility the largest oil refinery in North America.

‘Negotiating with Terrorists’

Esser presents 2012 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

James EsserJames Esser, professor of psychology, focused on “Negotiating with Terrorists” at Lamar University’s 2012 Distinguished Faculty Lecture presented Nov. 13. He was the 26th recipient of the honor – one of the highest to be accorded teacher-scholars at the university.

Sara Gubala and therapy dog Kennedy

Sara Gubala and therapy dog Kennedy

Among four honored with Julie and Ben Rogers Community Service Award

Sara Gubala, instructor of political science at Lamar University, and her Springer Spaniel Kennedy have a way of brightening up a room. Through their service in the community, they have brought smiles to children and seniors and helped motivate injured patients toward recovery.

The pair were honored with Lamar University’s Julie and Ben Rogers Community Service Award presented Nov. 8 in the University Reception Center of the Mary and John Gray Library.