Lamar honors 3 with Plummer Awards as top May 2008 grads
Three Lamar University students attained perfect 4.0 grade-point averages to become co-recipients of the Plummer Award, honoring them as the top academic graduates in Lamar’s class of May 2008.
Tiffany Smith, a mechanical engineering major from Mauriceville, received the award as the top female graduate. The male Plummer recipients are Stephan Unger of San Antonio , interdisciplinary studies, and Andy West of Beaumont , political science.
President James Simmons announced the awards during commencement Saturday, May 10, in the Montagne Center . A total of 729 students received diplomas during the ceremony, which featured a keynote address by Texas Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones.
“This is the largest graduating class in the history of this university,” Simmons said. Lamar conferred a record 22 doctorates, 21 in educational leadership and one in engineering.
Plummer Awards honor the late Otho Plummer, who was chairman emeritus of the Lamar board of regents and a board member from 1949 to 1990. The award recipients are among 37 students who graduated summa cum laude – with highest honors.
A graduate of Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, Smith is the daughter of Carolyn and David Smith. She is a Lamar Honors Program graduate and a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society and the Chinese Club. Smith was the recipient of the Katherine E. and William C. Mundt Student Engineering Fund scholarship, the ENGlobal Engineering Inc. and Triple “S” Industrial Corp. Scholarship in Engineering and the Charles and Susan Gordon and Julia Gordon Gray Memorial Scholarship. She plans to begin work in June at the Du Pont Sabine River Works in Orange . She lists her hobbies as paintball, martial arts, racquetball, theology and the Chinese language.
Unger is married to Andrea Unger and is the son of Cynthia and Mark Unger. He is a graduate of Smithson Valley High School . Unger plans to move to Rotterdam in the Netherlands , where his wife will be stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard. He lists his hobbies as cooking and spending time with family and friends.
West, the son of Charla and Garland West, is a graduate of Hardin-Jefferson High School in Sour Lake . He has been a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies for freshmen, Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and the Pre-Law Society. West was the recipient of the Jack Brooks Scholarship for Government and Public Services, the U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson Scholarship and the Charles and Susan Gordon and Julia Gordon Gray Memorial Scholarship. West plans to enter South Texas College of Law this fall. He lists his hobbies as classic film, reading, politics and collecting photo records.