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GO CARDINALS <strong>Jim Shell and SeTEX are celebrating their 20-year anniversary</strong>
Jim Shell and SeTEX are celebrating their 20-year anniversary

Aug. 12, 2010


23 DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF - Jim Shell, owner of SeTEX Construction, has been involved in several projects with Lamar University over the years, but none as big as the one he decided to undertake just over two years ago.

Shell's first project at Lamar with SeTEX was the baseball dugouts at Vincent-Beck Stadium, and his company is celebrating its 20-year anniversary by building Lamar's new athletic complex and readying Provost Umphrey Stadium for play.

"This is the largest project we've undertaken at SeTEX and it really is a milestone for our company," said Shell, a graduate of French High School in Beaumont. "We began this project two years ago and have enjoyed working with Lamar on several jobs.

"We are now working seven days a week on the job and the tireless efforts of everyone involved to get the job done on time has been great to see."

Shell, who has purchased several season tickets for both family and crew to use, knows that a project of this scope does not get done without the efforts of every person involved.

"A lot of the credit on a job like this goes to the donors that Dr. (James) Simmons has secured," said Shell. "That went a long way to getting the project off and running."

Shell, who started in construction at the age of 28 with Miner-Dederick Construction of Houston, is excited about what college football will mean to an area that is passionate about the sport.

"A lot more focus will come to the area because of football," said Shell. "The economic impact of football at Lamar will be a great asset to the community.

Shell plans to have a large tailgate party to thank all of his workers at the first home game on Sept. 11th.

Lamar and the Cardinal football team should most certainly thank Jim Shell for all the work he has done.

The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved an athletics fee to restore the program in February of 2008 and named former NFL player Ray Woodard its eighth head coach on June 19, 2008.



Lamar will play an 11-game schedule this season, with six games being played in the newly renovated Provost Umphrey Stadium. The first home game will be against Webber International on Sept. 11.

Tickets for this historic season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Lamar Ticket Office at (409) 880-1715 or by visiting the athletics Web site at


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