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Gilbert Rhodes Smartt
On Lamar’s 74th anniversary, we remem
ber the composer of our alma mater.
Yale’s problem is not one that Lamar has
had — yet.
Mack is back
Flags fly with the return of intramural
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Friday, September 19,1997
Serving Lamar University and the community for 74 years
Vol. 74, No. 6
UP news editor
Lamar University enrollment sta-
tistics for the 1997 fall semester show
a decrease in students for the
Beaumont campus and an increase in
students for the Institute of
The most recent statistics show the
head count of Lamar-Beaumont at
8,142 as compared to 8,431 in the fall
Kevin Smith, associate vice presi-
dent for academic affairs, said any
decline in enrollment numbers is a
cause for concern.
“Right now, we’re in a process of
analyzing the statistics to determine
what we can do to bring the numbers
back up,” Smith said.
“To some extent, there are forces
and factors beyond our control, like
the number of high school graduates
in our recruiting area and job avail-
ability for students.”
Smith said there have already been
changes made that should positively
affect future enrollment, such as the
improvements being made in the
financial aid office.
“That’s something that is very
important,” Smith said. “We’ve also
added a recruiter who will give us the
opportunity to visit with more high
Smith said a “web registration”
system is being developed that would
allow students to sign up for classes
via the internet.
“That would make registration
much easier,” he said. “It should be
available in another semester or two.”
Smith said several other efforts are
being made to boost enrollment,
including raising scholarship funds
and trying to schedule future classes
at the most convenient times for stu-
Enrollment figures for fall 1997 at
LUIT are up for the seventh straight
The school showed a 7 percent
increase from 1,611 in the fall of 1996
to 1,724 this semester. It is the first
time since 1990 that the technical col-
lege’s enrollment has surpassed 1,700.
“It’s refreshing to know that our
programs continue to offer residents
of Southeast Texas the training they
need for employment,” Robert
See ENROLLMENT, page 6
Ll-B. LUIT ENROLLMENT — FALL 1997
Fall 1996 Fall 1997
— LU-B —
• Lamar University-Beaumont’s fall
1997 enrollment was down 3.5%
compared to fall 1996 figures.
• Lamar University Institute of
Technology enrollment grew 7.0%
over fall 1996 figures.
Fall 1996 Fall 1997
— LUIT —
Don’t look down
Dustin Williams of Texas City puts the finishing touches on a new mobile
communications tower in Port Arthur on Tuesday.
LUIT contest seeks entries
for new campus logo, seal
Students at the Lamar University
Institute of Technology will have the
opportunity to design a new logo and seal
for the two-year technical college on East
Lavaca Street in Beaumont.
Robert Krienke, president of LUIT, has
announced the college will hold logo and
seal design contests open to all students
on the institute’s campus.
“We made some minor changes last
year to our logo and seal, but we feel we
need something completely different from
any other Texas State University System
colleges or universities,” Krienke said.
“We hope that, when adopted, the new
logo and seal will be accepted by all our
students, faculty and staff and instill a new
sense of pride in the college as it exists
LUIT was created as a separate two-
year technical college by an act of the
Legislature in 1995. It is one of the eight
members of TSUS, four of which consti-
tuted the former Lamar University System
in Southeast Texas.
The college is offering students cash for
their winning entries in both the seal and
First-place winners of the contests will
be awarded $100 each. Entries finishing
second and third will receive $50 and $25
For more information about how to
enter, contact Harry Wood at 880-8292.
Adopt-a-beach program set for Saturday
Students from the four
Lamar campuses are among
the first to take Texas Land
Commissioner Garry Mau-
ro’s challenge to colleges and
universities and are ready to
rid local beaches of marine
debris and litter.
The Texas Adopt-a-Beach
program has issued a chal-
lenge to colleges and universi-
ties to join the Adopt-a-Beach
Cleanup on Saturday.
“Texas college students are
known for their school pride
and energy and we want to put
that to good use at the Texas
Adopt-a-Beach Clean-up on
Saturday,” Mauro said.
“We’re challenging college
take a break
school spirit to
the beach to
pick up trash
and have a
teers have joined the twice-
annual cleanups and have
picked up 3,741 tons of trash
since the program began.
“That’s proof positive that
Texans, especially our beach
cleanup volunteers, care
deeply for their beaches,”
Mauro said that data
collected by the vol-
unteers during the
past 11 years has-been
instrumental in a
world-wide ban on the
dumping of plastics in
the oceans and in pro-
hibiting any dumping
in the Gulf of Mexico
and the wider
Caribbean. The environ-
mental awareness sparked
by this program has also
spurred recycling programs.
For additional informa-
tion on the Saturday
cleanup, contact Valerie
Durham at 880-8739.
UP staff writer
Arthur Schlesinger, former
special assistant to President
John F. Kennedy, will lecture on
his new book, “The Disuniting
of America: Reflections on a
Multicultural Society,” Thursday
at 8 p.m. in the University
The lecture and reception
immediately following in the
Dishman Art Gallery are free
and open to
is guest speak-
er for the
Judge Joe J.
in which he
societal trends of racial polariza-
tion and ethnic violence.
Looking at these problems from
a historical viewpoint, he urges
our society to embrace the
democratic foundations of our
Schlesinger is a distinguished
historian and award-winning
writer. He is author of 22 books,
and his book, “The Age of
See SCHLESINGER, page 6
Lamar alum establishes endowment in growing field
In his own words, Lamar
University is “near and dear” to
Joshua Allen’s heart.
So when State Rep. Mark
Stiles established a Lamar crimi-
nal justice scholarship in Allen’s
honor, the Beaumont business
executive and former state crimi-
nal justice board member couldn’t
have been more pleased — or
more optimistic about Lamar’s
leading-edge role in the field.
“This scholarship is one of the
greatest honors that could have
been bestowed on me,” Allen
said. “As a longtime friend, Rep.
Stiles knows I have a great love
for Lamar and always work for
the best interests of the institu-
“It is exciting to know students
will benefit from this scholarship
in my name. I am very proud
because Lamar is near and dear to
Stiles initiated the endowed
scholarship to honor Allen for his
commitment and dedication to
Southeast Texas and recognize his
service on the board that oversees
the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice. Stiles’ contribu-
tion and a matching gift from
Transit Mix Concrete Materials
Co. provided the impetus for the
Because Allen is a former stu-
dent and longtime supporter of
Lamar, a scholarship that carries
his name reflects not only his
commitment to the criminal jus-
tice field, but also his commitment
to education, Stiles said.
“Helping others to have a bet-
ter life is the hallmark of Josh
Allen’s contribution to Southeast
Texas,” he said.
Allen takes special pride
because the scholarship furthers
opportunities in criminal justice
— a field in which he believes
Lamar can become a leader.
His own leadership on the state
board had significant impact on
the state’s correctional system.
New prisons built during his
tenure pumped billions of dollars
into the Southeast Texas econo-
Because of its location, Lamar
is ideal for training and research
in the field of criminal justice on a
national level, Allen said.
“I think we will see substantial
growth in upcoming years,” he
See SCHOLARSHIP, page 6
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