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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.

SpawGlass manager speaks at LSC-O Fall ’17 graduation

Friday, Dec. 15, Lamar State College – Orange held commencement ceremonies for Fall 2017 at the Lutcher Theatre.

LSC-O President Dr. Michael Shahan welcomed graduates and their friends and families after nursing instructor Janet Lemons sang the national anthem.

LSC-O recognizes academic achievement at Honor Society induction

The Alpha Nu Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at Lamar State College – Orange inducted 24 new members for the Fall 2017 semester. The ceremony was held Friday, Dec. 8, at LSC-O’s new Cypress Center.

Lamar Institute of Technology named ‘Best Community College in Texas’

Lamar Institute of Technology was recently named “The Best Community College in Texas” for 2018, and is ranked 26th in the U.S., according to the national educational ranking website

The website produces comprehensive rankings, report cards and profiles for K-12 schools and colleges throughout the U.S. Rankings reflect the entire college experience, from freshman year to life after college. Niche also provides in-depth profiles and assesses colleges to produce annual grade reports for each school.

Sabine-Neches Chiefs’ Association names LIT adjunct instructor Person of the Year

Much to the surprise of a humble Lance Billeaud, the Lamar Institute of Technology Fire Academy adjunct instructor recently was named “Person of the Year” by the Sabine-Neches Chiefs’ Association (SNCA).

He was invited to the Boss’s Night awards ceremony under the guise that the SNCA would be honoring his co-worker, Regional Fire Academy Coordinator John Randall. His “accidental” appearance was actually a collaborative effort involving his full-time boss, Groves Fire Chief Dale Jackson, and Randall.

Texas Mutual awards $10 million in grants to policyholders affected by Hurricane Harvey

Texas Mutual Insurance Company offered its policyholders $10 million worth of grants following Hurricane Harvey for storm damage, the company recently announced.

The grant was intended to support the recovery of business operations throughout the Gulf Coast region for Texas Mutual policyholders in the 58 counties identified in disaster proclamations issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Texas Mutual received more than 1,150 applications, and in Jefferson County, nearly 100 policyholders received funding, according to statistics supplied by the company.

Grant caravan brings educational tools to Beaumont schools

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) grant caravan stopped at seven Beaumont Independent School District campuses Dec. 1 to bring students and teachers hands-on educational tools that inspire creative learning in the classroom.

Members and friends of the foundation rode out with the BPSF Grant Caravan bus to drop off the numerous learning tools requested, and to present winning educators with glass apple awards in recognition of their dedication to academic excellence.

Valero Port Arthur gives record-breaking donation of over $1 million to United Way

Valero Port Arthur refinery set a record in 2017 with the first million-dollar company campaign in local United Way history. Valero employees and the company donated $1,015,258 to United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County’s annual drive. The money was generated by pledges and fundraisers from refinery employees and matched by the company.

Port Arthur Education Foundation disburses $516,962.37 in grant money in 2017

The Port Arthur Education Foundation recently presented Lamar State College Port Arthur a grant in the amount of $15,000 toward Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. These funds will benefit and support students that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey with tuition, books and other needs.