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New Student & Leadership Programs hosting 24th Annual Food Drive

New Student & Leadership Programs is hosting their 24th Annual Food Drive, now until Nov. 20. They are asking all student organizations, Greek organizations and university departments to challenge each other to collect non-perishable food items for the Cardinal Pantry and Southeast Texas Food Bank.

Students can bring their non-perishable food items to 208 Setzer Student Center. They will track the groups to see who donates the greatest number of items, and the winning organization/department will be recognized.

For more information, contact the New Student & Leadership Programs Office at 409-880-7775.

The 7th HASBSEB Conference

All undergraduate students, faculty and staff from all academic areas of the Lamar University community are invited to attend “The 7th HASBSEB Conference”  Nov. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. via Zoom.

During the event, speakers will present talks from various HASBSEB fields including humanities, arts, social and behavioral sciences, education, business, kinesiology and speech and hearing sciences, all organized in sequential breakout sessions.

The conference will start with opening remarks from Dr. Brenda Nichols, senior provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Derina Holtzhausen, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, who will introduce the eight 2020 SURF HASBSEB winners and their research work. 

The keynote speaker is Maria Stamatis, a speech-language pathologist at the 212 Therapy Pediatric Home. Stamatis earned her B.S. degree in speech and hearing sciences from Lamar University in 2018, followed by her M.S. degree in speech-language pathology also from Lamar University in 2020. 

Presentations from all the HASBSEB areas of undergraduate and graduate level research are welcome. The O.U.R. will offer awards for the best presentations in both undergraduate and graduate categories. 

For more information about the conference, please visit the conference webpage

Celebrate Mushroom Day with a Top Mycologist

Celebrate National Mushroom Day with mycologist David Lewis as he shares his internationally acclaimed photographs and colorful tales of 50 years studying the people, plants and creatures that inhabit the Big Thicket Nov. 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via this link.

David P. Lewis is a retired chemist and avid mycologist with a B.S. and M.S. from Lamar University, where his master’s thesis was based on a study of east Texas mushrooms. David is currently a Research Associate with the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, where 5,000 collections of his fungi are deposited. He is president of the Gulf States Mycological Society and discovered several new species of mushrooms. (Four species are named for him.) He was a recipient of The North American Mycological Association’s award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology and the R.E. Jackson Conservation Award from the Big Thicket Association. With Alan and Arleen Bessette, he co-authored “Mushrooms of the Gulf Coast States- A Field Guide to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.”