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Lamar University & Lamar State Colleges

LU Computer Science team places in Top 20 percent in three-state competition

A student team representing Lamar University recently placed in the Top 20 at the Association on Computing Machinery (ACM) South Central Regional Programming Contest at Louisiana State University. It was LU’s second consecutive year to crack the Top 20 list.

Two LU student teams participated in the competition. Thomas Norris of Conroe, Robert Monarch of Port Neches, and Ethan Hall of Pinehurst comprised “Team Discovery Channel.” They placed 19th overall out of 75 teams from Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana and ranked No. 1 of the 12 teams at LSU site.

Seahawks of LSCPA help bring holiday joy to victims of flood

When Tropical Storm Harvey flooded the Port Arthur home of J.R. Bermudes and his expecting-any-day wife Jesse in August, all their household belongings were ruined.

Since the birth of son Michael on Sept. 19, the parents and three children aged 3 and younger have had to make do in tough circumstances.

“We have an air mattress that we all squeeze on,” Jesse Bermudes said.

That changed recently when student-athletes from the Lamar State College Port Arthur sports teams and other volunteers loaded new furniture, beds and mattresses onto the family’s flatbed trailer.