LIT students are invited to attend Lamar University athletic events, except football games, free of charge by presenting their valid student IDs. Lamar University competes at the NCAA Division One level and is a member of the Southland Conference.
LIT students are eligible to take full advantage of the visual and performing arts on the Lamar University campus. Students can visit the Dishman Art Museum or attend one of many performances of the Lamar Theatre, Dance Company, and various bands.
LIT faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students with a valid student identification card have access to the recreational facilities and may participate in the wide variety of activities. The Recreation Sports Office is responsible for organizing the activities, which are arranged into three levels of involvement and competition.
The Recreation Program offers the use of Lamar University's facilities for free-time recreation for LIT students. Published schedules and reservations allow the student, faculty or staff member to exercise and enjoy competition with friends at a leisurely pace. Sports equipment is available to be checked out for overnight and weekend excursions or club activities.
The Intramural Program provides an opportunity to participate in supervised, competitive sports. Persons not involved in varsity athletics are given further opportunity to develop skills learned at the high school level. Organizations may place teams in the All-Sports Division, which consists of competition in 22 different sports, or choose the independent division in which specialization in one or more sports may be chosen. The stated purpose of the Intramural Program is to promote human understanding, fair play, and behavioral control through the interrelationships occurring in athletic competition.
Sports clubs are made up of individuals who are interested in a specific sport and who seek off-campus competition. Further information on any facet of the Recreational Sports Program may be obtained from the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center.
Setzer Student Center
The Richard W. Setzer Student Center provides facilities for leisure-time recreation and is the center for many extracurricular activities. The Setzer Center includes an information center, game areas, a TV room, snack bar, reservations office, video lounge, ballroom, reading room, and various meeting rooms and lounges. The Setzer Center also houses student organizations, student publications, and various staff members. Various dining options are available at Mirabeau's and the Cardinal Nest.
Student programming board is responsible for providing the campus with a diverse schedule of programs and extracurricular activities. The programming board of Lamar Alive! consists of student directors and committees that develop social, educational, and cultural experiences for Lamar Institute of Technology and Lamar University students. Dedicated volunteers and committee members plan traditional events such as a Mardi Gras Celebration, AIDS Awareness, Diversity Week, Lectures, Cardinal Comedy Corner, Poetry night, and other special events. For more information, contact the Director at (409) 880-8722.