Lamar University has selected 12 students to serve as Lamar Ambassadors. They will join 18 returning Ambassadors in representing the student body at official university events during the 2013-2014 academic year.

“The success of the many strong academic programs at Lamar University is due, in large part, to our collaborations with community and civic leaders,” said President James Simmons.  “Our Ambassadors allow the university to connect accomplished students with these important leaders, strengthening critical bonds and increasing opportunities for all students of our university.”

Lamar University Ambassadors are a select group of students who serve the university by assisting in recruiting qualified prospective students, building goodwill among alumni and community supporters at various public functions, and representing the student body to visiting dignitaries, according to Linda LeBlanc, director of alumni affairs and one of the sponsors of the group.

“Lamar Ambassadors have a high level of involvement on campus and are well informed about the university and what it has to offer students, alumni and the community,” LeBlanc said.

To serve as an Ambassador, an applicant must be a registered full-time student, be classified as a sophomore or junior in the fall and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.  Applicants must also submit a letter of interest, resume, faculty recommendation and have approval from their college dean.

Erica Edgerly, of Orangefield, was the lone selection for the Orange County area. Edgerly’s major is fashion merchandising.

The only local student who will be returning as an Ambassador is Cole Durkin, of Orange. His major is general business.

For more information about the Lamar University Ambassadors, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 409-880-892, or visit