Student group to host gaming party benefitting tech students

BAYTOWN, TX — A new student organization at Lee College invites the community to a computer and console gaming party this week to raise money for students taking certification exams in technical programs.

The Dot Matrix club’s Local Area Network (LAN) Party will begin at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 12, in Rooms 116, 117 and 119 on the first floor of the TV-1 building on campus. Dozens of computers in each classroom will be networked together for the event, giving participants the opportunity to play against each other in games like Halo CE, OpenArena, League of Legends, Street Fighter II and Dungeons and Dragons before the party ends at 11 p.m. There will also be a Wii U Super Smash Bros. tournament for a $2 entry fee, and one lucky gamer will win a Raspberry Pi II B Starter Kit that can be used to build a mini-computer from scratch.

Dot Matrix was founded in part to help technical students pay for certification tests in their chosen fields, which can cost hundreds of dollars. The organization has raised funds this semester by selling food and running a gaming booth at campus-wide events, and helped promote the technical programs at Lee College by hosting a Super Smash Bros. tournament in April at the annual Tech Night in the Sports Arena.

For more information about Dot Matrix or the upcoming LAN Party, visit www.dotmatrix.club or e-mail matrixdot2@gmail.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 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

Student group sponsors benefit for Flint water crisis victims

BAYTOWN, TX – Students in the Reaching Excellence Against Limitations (R.E.A.L.) Organization at Lee College are hosting a benefit May 10 for Flint, Mich., residents still reeling from lead contamination in the city’s tap water.

“Let’s be Real for Flint,” is set for 3:30-7 p.m. in the Student Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public, and will include entertainment from a live DJ, a silent auction, a bake sale and complimentary refreshments for those who attend.

Cash donations and cases of bottled water will be accepted at the benefit and sent to Flint to help victims of the water crisis, which has created a public health emergency that has lasted more than 2 years. Lead exposure can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities in children, and kidney ailments and other health problems in adults — and while treatments are available that reduce the levels of lead in the blood, there is not yet a cure for lead poisoning.

Launched at Lee College in 2015, R.E.A.L. is a student organization that aims to educate and empower black males by enhancing their skills and creating positive change. The group recognizes four pillars: educating the black male on who he was, is and can be; empowering the black male voice on campus and helping put their thoughts in action; enhancing member skills to form a strong foundation from which they can build their futures; and creating a campus climate that helps increase retention rates for black male students.

For more information about the upcoming “Let’s be Real for Flint” benefit, contact R.E.A.L. adviser Jessica Falla at 281.425.6421 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 Liberty, 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.