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.

Conquering Frankenstorm Sandy

Valrico driver Joe Swanekamp fueling a Verizon vehicle

Area firms boost relief efforts with boots on the ground

Editor’s Note: Southeast Texas residents know all too well what it is like to fight back from the devastation of a large-scale natural disaster. In the last decade, we had to do it twice when first Rita then Ike came to call. When Sandy wreaked havoc on the Northeastern U.S. in late October, we were ready to assist. Presented here are reports from two area companies who answered the call.