Student group to host event honoring Orlando victims

The OHANA student organization at Lee College invites the community to join them this Tuesday, June 21, for a diversity celebration and vigil in honor of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., at the gazebo located near the Student Center. OHANA members and other participants will share a meal to celebrate the differences that make the Lee College campus and community a rich and inclusive place to learn and grow. Free refreshments will be provided.

At 8:15 p.m., participants will walk the perimeter of the campus in memory of the 49 people who died in the nightclub massacre, and as a symbol of the college’s ongoing commitment to diversity.

Founded at Lee College in September 2015, OHANA aims to use education, support and advocacy to create a more safe and accepting environment for all people – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. As part of their work, the organization hosts events and activities that bring awareness of LGBTQ+ issues.

For more information about the OHANA Diversity Celebration and Vigil, contact adviser Jessica Falla at 281.425.6241 or jfalla@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 South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit

Study Abroad students find growth, inspiration on journey to Belize

Program will take students and faculty to China and Costa Rica for Summer 2017

Lee College Study Abroad in Belize
Lee College Study Abroad students and faculty prepare to zip-line through the rainforest during their eight-day trip this summer to the Central American nation of Belize. The program, which allows students to experience another country while also earning credit for their Lee College degree, will host trips to China and Costa Rica in 2017.

BAYTOWN, TX — After a long and challenging climb to the top of the Xunantunich ruins during the Lee College Study Abroad trip to Belize, Miranda Sprinkle looked down at the earth 130 feet below and felt her eyes well up with tears.

From the peak of the ancient Mayan ruins and archaeological site — one of several spots explored by Study Abroad students and instructors during their 8-day stay in the Central American nation — visitors are treated to a staggering view of the Guatemala-Belize border and the lush jungles that surround.

“I was overcome by the fact that I was so small and able to see something so big,” Sprinkle shared upon the group’s return to campus on May 31. “Yet even though we are all incredibly small in this world, look what we can build. It was an honor to be able to go on this Study Abroad journey; I grew in a way I might not have if I had stayed in America.”

Study Abroad allows students to experience another country while also earning academic credit for their Lee College degrees. The program was revived at the college in summer 2015 with a trip to Great Britain, Ireland and Wales. Two travel destinations are planned for summer 2017: China and Costa Rica.

Before leaving for Belize, Study Abroad students had to complete intensive English and kinesiology classes that provided a theoretical foundation for their journey, and prepared them physically for the activities they completed. The English course centered on the unique relationship between place and identity, and eco-composition — a way of examining writing and literacy by using concepts from ecology.

In presentations to the campus community about what they saw and felt in Belize, students spoke often about how the journey helped them to grow as scholars and individuals. Many returned to Texas with a changed perspective on life and their goals for the future — inspired by the beauty of the land and sea, the excitement of discovering new and unknown places, and the warmth of the Belizean people.

“I learned so much about other people and loved hearing their stories. Even in a small country, people have really big dreams,” said Cynthia Pizana, who tried to make personal connections with as many Belizeans as possible while she was there. “We had the chance to actually go outside of our own country. You can’t get that experience from a textbook.”

As one of two faculty members who traveled to Belize, Honors Program Coordinator Georgeann Ward was impressed by the students’ depth of knowledge and determination to soak up everything the country had to offer. Graeme Cox, chairman of the Kinesiology and Wellness Division, also accompanied the students abroad.

“This trip was a complete success,” Ward said. “I was amazed every day by the bravery and curiosity of our students. They showed how powerful education can be when it encourages students to understand themselves and their relationship to the world around them.”

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 South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee College tennis program hosting summer camps for kids, tournament for adults

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College tennis program is offering activities this summer for community members of all ages: half-day and full-day camps for youths 6-14 years old, and a one-day tournament for adults to compete against each other.

Tennis summer camps for kids will begin Monday, June 6, at the Lee College courts on Market Street and continue weekly through August. Parents can select from a half-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon, or a full-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and includes lunch. Students will be divided into groups according to their age and skill level, with the goal of improving their overall athletic ability and sharpening their fundamentals to make them more knowledgeable and successful tennis players.

The adult tennis tournament will be held Saturday, June 11, at the Lee College courts. Participants can compete in singles and doubles play, with an open event for players 18 and older, and an event reserved for those 45 and older. There will also be an opportunity for parents to play doubles with their children.

“Tennis is a lifelong sport that you can play at any age,” said Rob Coles, the tennis professional for Lee College and coordinator of the summer camps and adult tennis tournament. “It doesn’t take a whole team, just a few friends who want to get out on the court.”

Limited spaces are available for the kids summer camps and adult tennis tournament. Registration deadlines are approaching fast. To sign up or get more information about costs and other program details, contact Coles at 281.425.6843 or rcoles@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 South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Open house June 11 at Lee College Education Center — South Liberty County

Community invited to discover all the programs & services the new campus has to offer

BAYTOWN, TX – Lee College invites the community to a free open house at the new Lee College Education Center — South Liberty County to explore the campus and learn more about the classes, camps, and programs offered there.

The open house will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 11, at the education center at 1715 Highway 146 Bypass in Liberty. Participants will enjoy free food, giveaways, raffle drawings, and the chance to meet the Runnin’ Rebels basketball team. Get important information about how to begin the enrollment and registration process for credit and non-credit classes, community education courses, summer camps, teaching opportunities, and more available at the center this summer and fall.

Representatives from Lee College academic and technical programs and the offices of Outreach and Recruitment, Student Career and Employment and Student Success will be available to answer questions and share details about resources and services. Prospective students can learn which college courses and degree programs they can take at the South Liberty County education center, and parents can learn more about the Dual-Credit Institute, which allows students in five neighboring school districts — Anahuac, Dayton, Liberty, Hardin and Hull-Daisetta — to earn a college credential by the time they graduate from high school.

The Lee College Education Center — South Liberty County opened in January to advance the college’s commitment to enhance the academic resources and workforce training offered throughout the region by providing a wide range of programs for students of all ages. Summer classes will begin June 20 and run through Aug. 12.

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 South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.