The Redbird (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 27, Ed. 1 Friday, May 12, 1967 Page: 4 of 8
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May 12, 1967
Biser Receives Teaching Award
Roy H. Biser, professor of
physics received the $500 Phi
Kappa Phi teaching award Friday
May 6, at the Spring initiation
banquet honoring 46 undergrad-
uates and two faculty members
who were initiated into the na-
tional honor society.
The Phi Kappa Phi teaching
award, presented for the second
time at Lamar Tech, is given
for outstanding classroom ins-
truction. Biser was chosen by a
committee of student members
of the honor society from a num-
ber of faculty nominations. Tho-
mas Townsend, Port Arthur, was
chairman of the committee.
Biser has taught physics at
Lamar since 1946, He has served
as Instructor, assistant and as-
sociate professor of physics.
A native of Highland, Kans,,
Biser received an Associate in
Arts degree from Lamar College;
BA degree from Rice University;
and MS degree from the Univer-
sity of Michigan. He also studied
at the University of Wisconsin,
$500 AWARD—Roy H. Biser, professor of physics, holds the
check for $500 he received from Phi Kappa Phi. The check was
the teaching award given each year by the organization. (Staff
Photo by Scott Harbers)
Russ all Oliver’s Project
Sociology Student Poses As Bum
By Charles Goode
Editor in Chief
Would you set out on a trek
through an unfamiliar town, on
an empty stomach and with no
money...even as an experiment?
Russell Oliver, sophomore
pre-law major, made just such
a sojourn through Beaumont as
part of a project for his 131
Sociology class from David Ed-
wards, instructor in sociology.
Oliver is from Canada (now
lives in Port Arthur) and knows
nothing about Beaumont. In order
to look and feel the part of a
'ransient, Oliver said he
“stopped shaving May 3, had my
last meal May 4. I was dropped
off Saturday May 6 about five
miles outside of town on Sour
Lake Rd." Oliver was dressed in
old clothes and carried a beat
“I really looked like a bum,"
Oliver got a ride with a truck-
driver after about five minutes
of hitchhiking. The driver told
him there was plenty of work
here and dropped him off on
Calder. Oliver walked down Cal-
der for about an hour.
“I could feel people looking
at me. I began to really feel the
part of a bum, and I felt as frus-
trated as I looked," said Oliver.
He came to St. Mark’s Epis-
copal Church on Calder and
couldn’t bring himself to go in-
side looking and feeling as he
did, A man happened to come out
of the church and told him to
get help at the Salvation Army.
He didn’t offer to help him get
there. He just gave directions.
Next Oliver tried across the
street at First Baptist.
“I walked upstairs and scared
a lady nearly to death. She ran
and got another fellow in the
church. He may have been the
minister...I don’t know," Oliver
continued. Once again he was
questioned and told to go to the
S.A. The man also recommended
the Beaumont Rescue Mission.
“Once again I asked how to
get there, and he took me out-
side and pointed directions. I
think he knew I wanted more
help, but I just thanked him and
Oliver noticed that “neat up-
perclass people* turned their
heads while those who looked to
be in the same fix he was always
nodded or said hello.
“A lot of cops drove by me,
looked at me, and turned their
heads as they went by," he con-
After getting lost, Oliver fin-
ally found the S.A. where a'man
asked if he could help. Oliver
said he needed a place to stay
and something to eat. He was told
to come back at 4:30 to register.
Oliver walked till 3 and return-
ed to the S.A. and waited in the
back with some othermen. One
man had been picking oranges in
Florida but complained that the
weather was hot and the work
Oliver noticed one strange
thing about the men.
"The men in the back talked
about seeing a dog get hit by a
car. One described how the dog
had yelped in pain. They got a
big laugh out of this and seemed
to think the accident was hilar-
Oliver was called in and
assigned a “nice, clean bed." But
when he went to register and told
the S.A. man he had no identi-
fication things went awry.
“The man didn’t know what
to do. He said you could get
arrested for not having any iden-
tification. Then he told me to go
uptown to the police station to
get help,” noticed Oliver.
When the man found that all
Oliver wanted was food, he quick-
ly brought out a plate of “cold and
awful food." But Oliver was so
■ JADE 1 EAST
A NEW AFTER SHAVE & COLOGNE
Biser served in theU.S. Navy
for three years during World War
Biser is a member of the
American Association of Physics
Teachers, served as vice chair-
man of the Texas Section in 1962;
Texas Association of College Te-
achers; was a distinguished lec-
turer at Baylor University in
1962; and a National Science
Foundation Faculty Fellow.
He is the author of several
publications, and received two
research grants on photon di-
Membership in Phi Kappa Phi
national all-college honor soc-
iety, is limited to the upper 10
per cent of each graduating class
and to the upper five per cent
hungry by now that he ate every-
As he put it, “I ate it all plus
bread and butter and a cup of
Oliver was ready to quit the
social experiment business by
now, but when he finally got a
filling station man to loan him a
dime, he found his ride was not
available. His hitch-hiking lead
him halfway to Vidor and back
to Beaumont. Finally with the aid
of two boys who gave him a ride,
he got home.
The two went out of their way
to take Oliver home. On the way
Oliver revealed what he was up
to. They believed his story and
asked to be included in his report.
"I drank three Cokes in a row
when I got home," Oliver said,
" and my family chuckled about
Despite his problems, Oliver
was impressed with the Salva-
tion Army. He had gotten help of
some kind from both the S.A.
and the churches.
“The hardest part was asking
for help," Oliver concluded.
The headquarters for Air Force
ROTC is located at Maxwell Air
Force Base, Alabama, near
of the junior class.
Elvis Mason, executive assis-
tant to the president of First
Security National Bank, was guest
speaker at the banquet held in
Dining Hall B,
BSU Will Sponsor
‘Car Bash’ Monday
A “car bash* will be held May
15 at 912 E. Virginia by the Bap-
tist Student Union.
Students will get two bashes
for 25 cents. A prize will be given
for the “biggest bash."
The bash will consist of whack-
ing the names of professors,
clubs or enemies (which will be
painted on the old car) with a
sledge hammer. This is a fund
raising project for the BSU.
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Goode, Charles. The Redbird (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 27, Ed. 1 Friday, May 12, 1967, newspaper, May 12, 1967; Beaumont, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth499116/m1/4/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lamar University.