From the Desk of Jim Rich (February 2015)

Jim Rich

The dye has been cast, and there is no turning back now. An Executive Search Committee is meeting in earnest to name my successor. The date is set for the end of June for me to step down as the president of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. It is a title and role that has been my life for 14 years, so it is a major change for ev­eryone. One of my remain­ing challenges will be the three or four columns the Beaumont Business Jour­nal will ask me to write be­tween now and then.

LSC-PA offers matching grant to benefit Seahawks athletics

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is the only two-year college in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana to offer opportunities for students to continue their athletic endeav­ors after high school.

The Port Arthur Higher Ed­ucation Foundation wants to make sure that doesn’t change.

The Foundation announced a two-year, $100,000 matching grant to benefit the Seahawks Athletics Program, providing scholarship opportunities for current and future athletes as well as contributing to the de­partment’s daily working bud­get.

Lamar University, Microsoft partnership advances professional development mission in education

Lamar University and Mi­crosoft Corporation are team­ing up to advance technology literacy for educators world­wide by providing a pathway from professional development to post-graduate certificate programs or a graduate degree in digital learning and leading. The partnership was announced by Microsoft Friday, Jan. 23 at BETT 2015 in London, an an­nual trade show that showcases the use of information technol­ogy in education.

Gopher Industrial to sponsor Bassmaster Elite angler Todd Faircloth

Gopher Industrial owner David Jones and angler Todd Faircloth

Gopher Industrial Inc., a solution provider for indus­trial supplies and services, an­nounced Jan. 22 that it would be partnering with Bassmaster Elite Series Professional angler Todd Faircloth for the upcom­ing 2015 season.

In 2013, Faircloth, a na­tive of Jasper, won the Sabine River Challenge tournament in Orange, and David Jones, owner of Gopher Industrial, said Faircloth has a legitimate shot to do well when the event returns this year.