Diversity Webinar Series, LU Reads for Change, and more

A message from Dean Maurer

The College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This year our faculty are giving a special effort to understanding and uncovering unconscious biases and microagressions in the academic realm.  The upcoming webinars on Fridays in October will bring to light issues that are often overlooked in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  Organized by department chairs in each of these three areas of our college, faculty will examine and discuss learning and research in their field through the lenses of anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Moderators will allow time for questions and discussions. Please attend, learn, teach, and participate!


A Council on Inclusive Excellence is being formed now to move the College of Arts and Sciences forward in anti-racism and all forms of anti-discrimination.    Terms are two years and we welcome 1-2 faculty members from each department.  The council will be an advisory council to the dean’s office.  Please let Lynn Maurer, Tim Roden, or Sunny Lei know if you are interested in serving.

Dr. Lynn Maurer, Dean

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Disciplines Webinar Series includes live sessions within social sciences, laboratory sciences, and the humanities. We invite all College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff to join us through Teams.

October 9, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm

Black and Brown Lives Matter: A Perspective from the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Moderator and discussion leader: Dr. Stuart Wright, Chair, Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

October 16, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm

Racial and Gender Bias in the Sciences: A Discussion of Issues in the Classroom, Laboratory, and Beyond
Moderator and discussion leader: Dr. Randall Terry, Chair, Biology

October 23, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm

A Candid Discussion about Race in the Humanities at Lamar University
Moderator and discussion leader: Dr. Rebecca Boone, Chair, History


LU Reads for Change is a campus initiative to intellectually engage students, faculty, and staff in discourse related to issues of anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, access, and equity through a common read.   

The program is designed to expose participants to global, intercultural perspectives and to foster a sense of community at Lamar University where marginalized students, faculty, and staff are heard, valued, and supported. 


Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum is awarded Traveler's Choice by Trip Advisor! 

This award was only received by three Southeast Texas museums and our Spindletop was one of those few!

Congratulations to director, Troy Gray, for his leadership and hard work to make this historical museum a hot-spot in Southeast Texas.

Welcome to our new Social Work faculty members!

Dr. Warren Miller
Ms. April Loya-Boggs

The Social Work Program is officially fully staffed and we are so excited to welcome our new faculty members!

First Wooster Professorship Award Recipient

Dr. Rebecca Boone, Chair of Department of History and Professor, has received the first Wooster Endowed Professorship and will hold the position for two years.

“Being named the first Wooster professor makes me feel that I am valued by my department and college. It inspires me to be a better historian, teacher and administrator.” -Boone

Click to read more about Dr. Boone's professorship...
CoAS student named TSUS Scholar

Tiffany Tran has been awarded the Texas State University System Scholar Award. She is a Biology major who is also pursuing a minor in Chemistry and concentrating in pre-dental.

Each year, the Board of Regents of the TSUS distinguishes at least one outstanding student from the TSUS member institutions with the Regent's Student Scholar Award. The chancellor selects the student scholars based on their outstanding academic achievement and scholarship, leadership abilities, and contributions to the institution and their community.

Continue reading the rest of Tiffany's article here...
Nursing graduates beat the national average

As if our School of Nursing wasn't well-known enough, well now you really know!  Our graduates ace the National Council Licensure Examination for nursing licensure with a pass rate of 97% and test 5% higher than the national level.

Continue reading more here....
Physics chair awarded National Science Foundation grant

Professor Phil Cole, Chair of Department of Physics, has been awarded $225,000 from the National Science Foundation. The three-year grant entitled, "Probing the Structure of Nucleons in Omega Meson Electroproduction," also provides funding for undergraduate students to work at two nuclear physics laboratories, Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Virginia and at the BGO-OD Experiment at the University of Bonn in Germany.

Continue reading here...

Upcoming Events

Diversty Webinar Series
October 9: "Black and Brown Lives Matter"
October 16: "Racial and Gender Bias in the Sciences
October 23: "A Candid Discussion about Race in the Humanities"

October 10: Spindletop Black Gold Bash
To volunteer, visit THIS LINK.

October 31: Cardinal Boo (also known as Cardinal View)

Register for a table HERE.

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