Lamar University has selected 17 students to serve as Lamar Ambassadors. They will join 29 returning ambassadors in representing the student body at official university events during the 2015-2016 academic year.

“The success of many initiatives at Lamar University is due, in large part, to our collaborations with alumni, donors and community leaders,” said Shannon Copeland, director of alumni affairs.  “The Ambassadors Program connects accomplished students with these constituents, strengthening vital 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.

“Lamar Ambassadors are very involved on campus, maintain high academic performance and are well informed about the university and what it has to offer students, alumni and the community,” Copeland 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 semester 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.

Newly selected local Lamar University Ambassadors are:

Orange – Kirby Clayton, mechanical engineering and John Ellis, computer information science; and Vidor – Kinnedy Mitchell, English (pre-physician’s assistant).

Returning Ambassadors are: Cole Durkin, Orange, finance; Erica Edgerly, Orangefield, fashion merchandising; Robert Ehrlich, Orange, chemical engineering; Jacob Martin, Orange, management, general business and entrepreneurship; Matthew McAfee, Orange, mathematics; Colton Morris, Orange, marketing and Dani Sanders, Orange, political science.

For more information about the Lamar University Ambassadors, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (409) 880-8921 or