One College, One Book scholarship winners announced

Congratulations to Maryashley Schrock and Aylin Mendez for winning $550 textbook scholarships as part of the One College, One Book program at Lee College! After reading the featured book, American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures, edited by America Ferrera, students had the opportunity to participate in an essay competition and visual arts competition for the chance to win two scholarships provided by the Lee College Foundation.

Maryashley Schrock’s painting entitled, “Strengths in Silence,” was the winning entry in the visual arts category. As someone who exper

Schrock
Schrock

ienced partial hearing loss at a young age, Maryashley says the she wanted to use her art to communicate the love and respect she has for the deaf culture.

“It’s hard for the hearing world to understand how the deaf community works,” she said. “When I was growing up, I had a hearing loss issue, and that caused me to have a speech impediment that I still have to this day. I didn’t learn American Sign Language until high school, but I did it for four years, and the impact it had on me was amazing. Even now in college I still struggle, but I am going to try my hardest to go further than I could have ever expected.”

After Lee College, Maryashley plans to attend the University of Houston – Clear Lake and become a secondary science teacher.

Aylin Mendez placed first in the essay category for her work entitled, “In Between Two Worlds.” Through her writing, Aylin wants people to know that living between cultures is not as bad as it may seem.

“We always have to look at the positive outcome; we were blessed to live and share both culturales.” said Aylin. “Never try to be someone else just to be accepted by society. Just be yourself and know that if someone loves you, they’ll love you just the way you are.”

Aylin is working toward an associate’s degree in general studies, then she plans to transfer to the University of Houston to earn a bachelor’s degree, and eventually apply to law school to become an immigration lawyer.

“This scholarship has motivated me to keep writing about my personal experiences, and I will make sure to use it in a positive way,” Aylin said.

“I would like to dedicate this award to my mom for being my biggest supporter and always motivating me to do my best. Even though she is not physically here with me I know she is cheering and supporting me from miles away.”

Mendez
Mendez

Sponsored by Title V and the Lee College Library, One College, One Book was designed to: inspire a sense of belonging on campus through a shared reading experience; encourage a culture of reading on campus; and create a space to critically think about our own experiences in addition to the experiences of others.

The One Book experience reached beyond Lee College’s main campus last semester when Donna Zuniga, Dean of the Lee College Huntsville Center, purchased 100 copies of American Like Me to enable the peer tutors and a small group of incarcerated students at the Huntsville Center could participate in the book discussion at their campus. Two students entered the essay contest, and one received honorable mention.

In American Like Me, Ferrera invites 31 of her friends, peers, and heroes to share their stories about life between cultures. We know them as actors, comedians, athletes, politicians, artists, and writers. However, they are also immigrants, children or grandchildren of immigrants, indigenous people, or people who otherwise grew up with deep and personal connections to more than one culture. Each of them struggled to establish a sense of self, find belonging, and feel seen. And they call themselves American enthusiastically, reluctantly, or not at all.

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 education 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.

‘One College, One Book’ & Creative Contests

One College, One Book

The Lee College community is preparing to read American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures, by America Ferrera.

The book has been chosen as the 2019-2020 Lee College Common Read Experience. It is a collection of short, personal essays by members of marginalized communities written by Ferrera and 31 of her friends. We invite you to check out the book in the library and join the conversation to explore the different identities and common experiences of Americans.

Join the Conversation

Participate in the Campus Discussions

  • 9/17 & 9/18
  • 10/15 & 10/16
  • 11/12 & 11/13

12:30-1:30 p.m. & 5-6 p.m.
Gazebo by Moler Hall
Popcorn and drinks

Enter the Contests

Win one or two $550 textbook scholarships, and get your work published!

For more information:

Samantha Johnson, Lee College Library, sajohnson@lee.edu, 281.425.6380.

Creative Contests — Win a $550 textbook scholarship, and get your work published!

The following contests are open to all currently enrolled Lee College students.

Essay Competition

Prompt: Everyone has experiences in which they feel as though they don’t truly belong. In 1,000 words or less, write an essay that reflects how you navigate experiences of living between cultures.

Submit essays via email to Samantha Johnson at sajohnson@lee.edu by Nov. 20.

Visual Arts

Prompt: Works should address one of the themes of the One College, One Book title, American Like Me, including:

Being part of more than one culture

Navigating how to belong in a culture or social environment when you are different

Criteria: Artwork should be in a 2- or 3-dimensional format, such as:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile
  • Collage
  • Assemblage

The bases of any 3D works should  be no larger than 24×36 inches. Any 2D works should be no wider than 20 inches. Any 2D works on paper or other non-rigid material should be mounted on a rigid backing, so they can be displayed on an easel.

Artwork must be submitted to Samantha Johnson in the Lee College Library by Nov. 20.

Samantha Johnson, Lee College Library, sajohnson@lee.edu, 281.425.6380.

Funded by Department of Education Title V Grant P031S160051

Webb Society hosts free book fair for Lamar Elementary fourth-graders

Fourth-graders at Lamar Elementary School in Baytown browse through 650 books.
Fourth-graders at Lamar Elementary School in Baytown browse through 650 books from all genres at a free book fair held Friday, March 10, 2017, inside the Lee College Mobile Go Center. Hosted by the Lee College chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, the fair gave every fourth-grade student at Lamar the opportunity to select four books to take home in the hopes they would become lifelong readers.
Students in Ms. Valerio’s fourth-grade class at Lamar Elementary School
Students in Ms. Valerio’s fourth-grade class at Lamar Elementary School in Baytown gather outside the Lee College Mobile Go Center on Friday, March 10, 2017, after selecting books to take home from a free fair hosted by the college’s chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society. Every fourth-grader at Lamar had the opportunity to get four free books in exchange for drawing pictures of things they learned about Texas history and what Texas represents to them.

BAYTOWN, TX — Fourth-graders at Lamar Elementary School in Baytown climbed aboard the Lee College Mobile Go Center this month and found a treasure trove of nearly 650 books, all arranged by genre and ready to take home for free in an effort to set them on the path to lifelong readership.

The book fair was sponsored by the Lee College chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, which works through the Texas State Historical Association and college and university history departments to encourage students to discover, research, write and publish the history of Texas as they find it where they live. As payment for the four books they were allowed to take, students in each of the six fourth-grade classes at Lamar drew scenes depicting things they have learned this year about Texas history and what Texas represents to them.

“Their artwork was awesome,” said Dr. Portia Hopkins, a full-time faculty member who also serves as chairwoman of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division and adviser to the Webb Society. She developed the idea for the fair and secured a grant from the Elkins Foundation to help Webb members purchase some of the books given away. Additional books were donated by community organizations.

Students high-fived Rooty the Rebel and spoke with local historian and retired Lee College instructor John Britt before entering the Mobile Go Center for their turn to browse. Their eyes lit up when they saw the desks inside covered with everything from biographies and history books to classics, comics, fantasies, humor, science fiction, books about sports and animals, and well-known series by popular authors. Webb members and Lee College faculty and Student Ambassadors were available to help the fourth-graders comb the stacks to find their favorites.

After making their final selections, students were given pencils and bookmarks featuring Texas history facts. Hopkins said the Webb Society hopes to expand the fair next year to include more elementary schools and even more books.

“Children need to read early and often so they will continue reading throughout their lifetime,” she 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 education 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.