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

Lee College joining effort to help youth beat summer learning loss & prepare for fall

Mobile Go Center set to visit Roseland Park and Stratford Branch Library for July 13 event

Proclamation on Summer Learning Day
Baytown Mayor Stephen DonCarlos (center) presents a proclamation naming July 13, 2017, as Summer Learning Day to Lee College administrators and faculty at city hall. The college is partnering with Academic Beginnings for Children for Summer Learning Day to raise awareness of the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy over the summer so they can return to school in the fall ready to succeed. Also pictured, from left: DeDe Griffith, Director of Access and Student Success; Treva Brown-Askey, chairwoman of the Developmental Education Division; Donna Mohlman, Special Projects Librarian and co-chairwoman of Academic Beginnings for Children; and Dr. Christina Ponce, Executive Vice President and member of the Kiwanis Club of Baytown.

BAYTOWN, TX — Lee College is working in the community to help local youth beat the damaging “summer slide”: the phenomenon where young people, often low-income, lose academic skills during summer vacation and fall behind their peers by the time the new school year begins.

The college is participating in National Summer Learning Day on July 13 in partnership with Academic Beginnings for Children (ABC), a broad-based coalition of education, civic, business and non-profit organizations working together to deliver the best solutions for children. The annual event is sponsored by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to raise awareness of the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy over the summer to ensure they return to school in the fall ready to succeed.

On Summer Learning Day, the Lee College Mobile Go Center will be posted at Roseland Park in Baytown from 10-11 a.m., and the Stratford Branch Library in Highlands from 2-4 p.m. Students and families who climb aboard the center — a 42-foot, air-conditioned trailer equipped with high-speed Internet and other state-of-the-art technology — can enjoy e-books provided through a grant from the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation, and receive information about preparing for college. Children can also take a free paperback book home with them to read this summer, thanks to a $400 donation from the Kiwanis Club of Baytown, and participate in arts and crafts and other activities.

Lee College Mobile Go Center
Lee College Mobile Go Center

The Mobile Go Center will also be on hand throughout July and August at select locations where the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District (GCCISD) serves free breakfast and lunch to children 1-18 years old. In addition to losing access to nutritious meals, the NSLA estimates that low-income youth lose two to three months in reading and math skills over the summer while their higher-income classmates tend to make slight gains. By fifth grade, those reading and math losses can leave low-income students two to three years behind their peers in school.

“Reading builds better brains. Providing opportunities for children to read during the summer helps build those connections in the brain,” said Donna Mohlman, special projects librarian for Lee College and co-chairwoman for ABC. “By partnering with the GCCISD Summer Meals Program, we are providing food for the body and food for the mind.”

For more information about National Summer Learning Day, ABC programs in the community or other summer meals events, contact Mohlman at dmmohlman@gmail.com. To learn more about the Lee College Mobile Go Center, which is available to come to various venues to assist potential students with higher education and workforce activities, visit www.lee.edu/bearebel.

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 15 school systems. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.