Lamar Institute of Technology will continue its celebration of Black History Month with a program at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in the Multi-Purpose Center.

This is the second year that LIT has held a program to commemorate the month.

Guest speakers are Roosevelt Petry Jr. of Port Arthur and Dr. Richard Price of Beaumont.

A graduate of Lamar University, Petry is founder of GP Industrial Contractors, Inc., in Port Arthur. His company specializes in piping, steel fabrication, carpentry, maintenance and engineering.

He is also very involved in the community, and has served as chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Arthur Housing Authority, chairman of the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation, vice president of the Construction Board of Construction and Appeals, vice president of the Clean Community Commission, as well as many others.

Petry’s work in business and in the community have garnered him many awards, which include Score’s 2007 Business Man of the Year Award, 2006 Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation’s Business of the Year Award and the 2004 Houston Minority Business Council’s Emerging Ten Award.

Dr. Price was an associate professor in mathematics at Lamar University from 1970 until his retirement in 2006. He continues to teach part-time at Ozen High School and to mentor students for academic contests.

While at Lamar, he was the advisor to the campus chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and was a member of its national advisory board. He also received the group’s 2004 Golden Torch Award for lifetime achievement in academia.

In 2008, Lamar University honored him by naming the auditorium at the John Gray Center as the Dr. Richard L. Price Auditorium.
A native of Beaumont, Price earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Prairie View A&M University, his master’s degree from the University of Texas and his doctorate from Ohio State University. He also earned a master’s degree in religion from Yale Divinity School.

Also featured at the program will be winners of the Star Award.

They are Junnious Pollard from the Allied Health & Sciences department, Samantha Chatman from the Business Technologies department, Capt. Keith Stewart from the Public Service & Safety department, and Andrew Flanagan from the Technology department.

Music will be provided by the West Brook High School choir under the direction of Lynnda Castolenia and Justin Cezar, management development student at LIT.

For more information, call (409) 839-2035.