Lee joins GGCCISD in dedicating new early college high school building

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Lee College Pres. Dr. Dennis Brown offers congratulations to the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent District at the Nov. 10, 2015, dedication ceremony for the new IMPACT Early College High School building. IMPACT students complete a rigorous program that gives them the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and two years of college credit simultaneously.

BAYTOWN, TX – Lee College administrators and faculty joined the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District (GCCISD) this month for the dedication of the new building for IMPACT Early College High School, where students are able to earn a high school diploma and two years of college credit simultaneously.

“We are true community partners: Goose Creek and Lee College have the same dream and vision,” Pres. Dr. Dennis Brown said during the dedication ceremony, held Nov. 10 in the high school cafeteria.

Operated by GCCISD, IMPACT first opened in 2010 in the Advanced Technology Center at Lee College and was also housed temporarily at the Peter E. Hyland Center. Now located on Market Street, the new building was ready by the start of the 2015-16 school year. The college campus is only a short walk away and easily accessible via a path constructed across Baytown’s Bicentennial Park.

The first IMPACT graduates received their diplomas in 2014, with about half of the 89 members of the class also receiving one or more associate degrees. The Class of 2016 includes 92 students, of which 60 are expected to earn both a diploma and an associate degree in May. Lee College waives the students’ tuition and GCCISD provides their textbooks.

“It’s not the building that makes the child or the education; it’s what happens inside. It is the magic happening here and across the street,” Brown said. “Students in IMPACT Early College High School are getting a superior education, both for their high school diploma and their Lee College degree.”

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

NOTE: A video about the dedication event is available online at http://www.lee.edu/leetv/impact-early-college-high-school-building-dedication-2015/

 

Lee College Lady Rebels win All-Region and All-Conference volleyball honors

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From left: Julia Mauer, Madison Otis, Allie Deese, Bethany Covington, and Shelby Wade. Not pictured: Alondra Bautista.

BAYTOWN, TX – Despite early injuries that threatened to derail the 2015-16 volleyball season when it had hardly begun, the Lee College Lady Rebels fought their way to a 22-10 overall record and regional and conference recognition for its high-performing student-athletes.

“We had a really good season,” said Head Coach Tracie Johnson, noting that many players learned multiple positions to be prepared to conquer any challenge they faced on the court. The team won the Midland College Tournament, Cedar Valley Tournament, Yavapai College Tournament and its own invitational en route to a second-round finish at the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament.

“Everybody came together and worked hard; everyone contributed,” Johnson said. “This team had great chemistry and a true love of the game. They had the passion.”

That passion and commitment to their sport led six Lady Rebels to NJCAA All-Region and All-Conference awards. Sophomore Alondra Bautista and freshman Madison Otis earned First Team honors; sophomore Allie Deese and freshman Shelby Wade earned a spot on the Second Team; and sophomores Julia Mauer and Bethany Covington earned Honorable Mention.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Final summer session begins; fall registration open

Lee College is preparing to begin its final class session of the summer Monday, July 7, and students are reminded that registration for the fall 2014 semester is already under way.

A highlight of the summer term this year was the first-ever Summer Bash, hosted by the Campus Activities Board and held in the Student Center. The festive, beach-themed event included nearly 20 attractions and booths from local businesses, civic and community organizations and other exhibitors.

Students listened to music from Hot 95.7 FM radio; posed for silly photos; enjoyed refreshments; collected gifts and giveaway items; and took a spin in a drunken driving simulator from “U in the Driver Seat,” a statewide peer-to-peer education program that teaches college students about the risks of impaired driving.

“The Summer Bash was a really great opportunity for students to get good information and learn a lot of new things,” said Student Government Association Vice Pres. Fantasia Starlyn Verma.

The summer II session begins July 7, while the fall 2014 semester begins Monday, Aug. 25. Students must meet all general admission requirements to sign up for fall classes, and those who have been enrolled within the past 12 months can complete registration online.

For more information about fall registration and payment deadlines, course offerings and financial aid options, contact the Office of Admissions at 281.425.6393.

Bowl-a-Thon to fight hunger

Join the fight against hunger in our local community by creating one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls this weekend at Lee College to support the Houston Food Bank’s annual Empty Bowls campaign.

The Lee College Bowl-A-Thon will be held from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Ceramics Studio inside the McNulty Haddick Complex on campus. The college will provide professional and amateur ceramists alike with all the tools needed to craft their custom bowls: space to work, clay, glazes, trimming and firing. Instructor Jennifer Herzberg, chairwoman of the Ceramics Department, is leading the event.

Launched as a grassroots effort of artists and craftspeople around the world, Empty Bowls is an annual campaign aimed at helping the hungry. The empty bowls are intended to serve as a reminder of all those who have no food to eat.

The handcrafted bowls created at Lee College will be donated to Empty Bowls Houston and sold in May at fundraising event benefiting the Houston Food Bank. For a minimum $25 donation, fundraiser attendees will be able to select a bowl of their choice and receive a lunch of soup provided by Whole Foods Market and prepared by the Houston Food Bank Community Kitchen.

The Houston Food Bank feeds 800,000 hungry people each year by distributing food through nearly 600 relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties. The organization estimates that on any given day, 66,000 people in southeast Texas have no food to eat — including 5,000 children.

For more information about the Lee College Bowl-A-Thon to support Empty Bowls Houston and the Houston Food Bank, contact Herzberg at 281.425.6484 or jherzberg@lee.edu.

Student creations to be available for purchase at annual Lee College Holiday Art Sale

BAYTOWN, TX – Shoppers will find nearly 200 unique and handcrafted pieces available for purchase this year at the Lee College Holiday Art Sale, an annual event that features works created by the college’s skilled student artists.

The Holiday Art Sale is set for two dates this season: Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Performing Arts Center Gallery on campus, and Saturday, Dec. 5, as part of the Christmas on Texas Avenue event sponsored by the Art League of Baytown. Both sales will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Artwork to be sold will include ceramics, paintings, prints and other pieces. Cash and checks will be accepted for payments. For more information about the Holiday Art Sale, contact Jennifer Herzberg at 281.425.6484 or jherzberg@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Free band and choral concerts set for Nov. 15 and 16 at the Lee College arts center

BAYTOWN, TX – Musicians and singers from Lee College and the Baytown community will showcase their talent next week in two free concerts at the Performing Arts Center on campus.

Baytown Concert Band
7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15

Made up of both Lee College students and community members, the Baytown Concert Band will perform a program that includes works by well-known contemporary composers like Christopher Theofinidis, a University of Houston graduate whose pieces have been played by elite orchestras around the world. The concert will also include selections from Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical “Into the Woods,” and the dynamic circus march “Rolling Thunder” by Henry Fillmore.

Band director Kenneth Booker noted “Riften Wed” by Julie Giroux and “A Brass Thing” by Danny Elfman as additional highlights of the program. Giroux’s piece draws inspiration from Riften, a city located in the expansive, fictional world depicted in the popular action video game Skyrim. The eclectic and striking “A Brass Thing” comes from Elfman’s “Serenada Schizophrana” – one of the first orchestral works completed by the renowned film composer.

Choirs of Lee College
7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16

A chamber choir whose members are all music majors at Lee College, the ensemble’s concert will highlight works of composers from the late 19th century to modern day – from Johannes Brahms to Ola Gjeilo, whose “Ubi Caritas” features a virtuosic piano solo that will be played by accompanist Nedra Bradley. Vocal major Destenee Elliot will be the featured soloist in “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” a clever arrangement of the song written and recorded by Dolly Parton.

Conductor John Weinel’s selection of the repertoire for the choir’s performance was inspired by Carl Sagan’s thoughts on the nature of the universe. “With the exception of ‘Ubi Caritas,’ all of the pieces on the program are related in some way to light and darkness,” he said.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee earns Military Friendly® School designation for 4th consecutive year

BAYTOWN, TX — For the last four years, the Lee College Veterans Center has been a source of support and community for more than 400 former service members seeking higher education and new civilian careers. It has also been the driving force behind the college’s designation as a national Military Friendly® School — in 2016, as announced this week by Victory Media, and every year since the center was founded.

Victory Media released the newest list of Military Friendly® Schools just as the Lee College Veterans Center prepares to celebrate its fourth anniversary and Veterans Day at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Rundell Hall Conference Center on the Lee College campus. The celebration event is free and open to the public, and local military service members past and present are encouraged to attend and be acknowledged.

Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse, awards the Military Friendly® Schools credential to the top colleges, universities and trade schools around the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and beyond. The designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

At Lee College, the Veterans Center strives to be a warm and friendly home away from home for military students and their families. Under the leadership of Director Ehab Mustafa, the center provides academic advising that includes development of individual education plans for each student; advising about educational benefits, like the G.I. Bill and Hazlewood exemption, and the certification process; and moral and mental health support that includes career guidance, peer tutoring and individualized counseling. The center also works to ensure military students are connected with prospective employers through special job fairs, workshops and networks for internships and other opportunities.

Students are always welcome to drop by the Veterans Center between classes, grab a snack or cup of coffee, study from one of the textbooks in the Veterans Library, use the computer and free printing, and spend time in the company of their fellow veterans. They can join the Student Veterans of Lee College and the nationally recognized Student Veterans Honor Society, and are encouraged to continue their service to others through participation in events like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visits to local hospice and nursing home facilities and fundraising for veterans in need.

Lee College will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.