Communicator LSC-Montgomery Employee Newsletter September 2012
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The Communicator is a forum to keep you posted on upcoming events and information, share our stories, and ignite Maverick pride. With a mix of regular contributors and an open invitation for you to provide content, the Communicator will keep you apprised of what's happening in Maverick Country!

This newsletter will come out monthly during the fall and spring semesters as well as one issue during the summer. If you have stories, events or information that you would like to share with LSC-Montgomery employees, please contact College Relations.


Theatre & Art



The Faculty Art exhibit will be on display from October 1 through November 30. The Artist Reception is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2 at noon.

Denise Lorenz Freshwater Springs Glass tree drawing Robby Wood art



Somebody Nobody One Celebritys trash is a nobodys treasure"Somebody/Nobody" by Jane Martin

So you think you want to be famous? So did teen idol and "shark-movie" star Sheena Keener, the darling of the press, the obsession of the paparazzi, and the Goddess of the 'E! Channel'. But now she can't stand to be looked at anymore and her Godzilla of an agent is on the warpath. When Sheena ends up on the doorstep of na´ve newcomer Loli, a recent arrival from Flatt, Kansas, it's a wild ride on the road to fame. Sheena is a somebody who wants to be a nobody. Loli is a nobody desperate to be a somebody. In this hilarious comedy about Hollywood, fame and the TMZ, renowned playwright Jane Martin takes dead aim at our culture of celebrity.


October 11-13 at 7:30 p.m.

October 13 at 2 p.m.

Buy tickets!



Jazz Ensemble Concert: Love Songs Featuring Julie Johnson, guest vocalist

To begin the 2012 Concert Season, the Montgomery Jazz Ensemble is delighted to welcome to the stage guest jazz vocalist Julie Johnson. A highly sought-after performer in the local Houston Jazz scene as well as her native Chicago, Johnson captivates her audience with her vivacious and energetic performances! As beautiful as she is talented, Johnson will perform love songs made famous by the iconic Lena Horn. Come join the Jazz Ensemble for an unforgettable night of great jazz music!             

October 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets!                                    


New Faculty


Eiki IsomuraDr. Eiki Isomura is the newly appointed assistant professor of music and director of Orchestras at Lone Star College-Montgomery. In addition to building the college system's first orchestra program, he will direct the String Ensemble and teach classes in music theory and history. He recently completed his DMA in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan where he served as conductor of the Campus Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras. He has led performances with the University of Michigan Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, Kalamazoo Philharmonia, Arizona Symphony, and the ensembles of numerous conducting workshops in the U.S. Isomura is new to Houston and very much excited to take part in its vibrant performing arts community.


Mark MarottoDr. Mark Marotto is the newly appointed assistant professor and director of choral activities where he heads the choral-vocal area, conducts the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir and teaches musicianship.  Previously, Marotto led the choral programs at Eastern Michigan University, as well as Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. He has lived and worked in five countries throughout Europe and North America. Marotto completed his doctorate in choral conducting at the University of Michigan. He also holds a master's degree in orchestral conducting from the National Music University of Bucharest, Romania and a bachelor's in music (summa cum laude) from Duke University.


Tim CampbellTim Campbell is the newly appointed associate professor of drama. Campbell served as the managing & artistic director of Temple Civic Theatre in Temple, TX from 2004 - 2012. He also acted as the director of theatre activities for Temple College from 2005 - 2012. Campbell holds an MFA in directing from the University of Oklahoma and a BS in music management from the University of Colorado. He has worked in regional and educational theatre and arts administration in Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. He has taught at both the high school and college levels and was the 2004 recipient of the Southwest Theatre and Film Association's August Staub Young Director's Award. Campbell is thrilled to be part of a LSC-Montgomery's dynamic and progressive learning community.


It's all happening @ the Library!


Writers in Performance

Tony Diaz Speaking @ The Library


tony diazTony Diaz, novelist, is also an entrepreneur who brings together contemporary Latino arts, culture, and business in ways that have transformed Houston, Texas, and have now blossomed into the Librotraficante Movement. Diaz holds a master of fine arts in creative writing, and he is the founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, which oversees several successful approaches to the Latino experience in the U.S. These range from unique websites, to classic media such as the magazine Aztec Muse and the group's weekly radio program.


Student Writers Celebration @ the Library

September 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., LSC-Montgomery Library


Sept. 26, 2012 - Sign Up Now!  LSC-Montgomery Library invites all students to attend a "Student Writers Celebration" to be held in the library in room F-160 between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Students who write poetry, fiction, or nonfiction are invited to sign up to read their original works.  Students may sign up by contacting librarian, 936.273.7490, or by signing up to read on the day of the event.  Faculty members are asked to announce this event in classes and to encourage students to attend as readers or as audience members. Refreshments will be served. Faculty members are encouraged to attend to support our talented students.  Everyone is welcome!  Contact Deborah Cox for more information.



New Research Guides


The librarians at LSC-Montgomery Library have recently finished the first complete revision of the research guides since 2009. The new guides now integrate with the library catalog and research databases to guide students and faculty to the latest resources on a particular topic. The guides also include relevant websites that are appropriate for academic research. New researchers will also find helpful tips to aid them in finding and accessing library resources. With 55 guides on topics ranging from Anthropology to How to Cite a Resource, students and faculty are sure to find a useful guide. Be sure to check them out:


Who's Reading What


Have you ever wondered who else reads the magazines you read?  How the library chooses which journals to keep?  Which ones to drop?  Decisions about print periodicals are based largely on how frequently they are used. The following list represents the most popular print periodicals at LSC-Montgomery.


Top Ten Most Popular Magazines at the LSC-Montgomery Library (2011-2012) 

    5. HOLA
    6. GLAMOUR

Top Ten Journals at the LSC-Montgomery Library (2011-2012)

    1. The Journal of the American Medical Association
    2. Poetry
    3. Miniature War Games
    4. Nursing
    5. Art Forum International
    6. Shakespeare Quarterly
    7. Biblical Archaeology Review
    8. New England Journal of Medicine
    9. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health
    10. American Journal of  Nursing

Communication Across the Curriculum


Fall 2012 Presentation Schedule

Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m., Blue Star C.A.F.╔., E-202


Sept. 26Mark Stelter (Criminal Justice)
"The Gospel According to Christ: The Message of Christ & How We Missed It"
Oct. 3Vivian Jones (English)
Oct. 10David Kennedy (Political Science)
"Why Honors? A Discussion of the Meaning of Honors & Why It Matters for Students and Faculty"
Oct. 17Steven Hayes (Sociology)
"Holistic Reentry: Broken Pieces of a Whole Person"
Oct. 24Barbara Buchanan (Dean, BELS Div.) & Panel
"Where Do We Go From Here? Developmental English Course Re-Design at LSC-Montgomery"
Oct. 31Larry Loomis-Price (Chemistry/Biotechnology)
"The Finish Miracle: Implications for American Education"
Nov. 7Habib Far (Math)
"Some 20th Century Iranian Writers & Poets, & Their Works"
Nov. 14Barbara Eckenfels (Counseling)
"Burger Flipping or Brain Surgery: Career Indecision & Today's College Student"


Professional Development 


Microsoft Access
Training Webinars

Please R.S.V.P. to
For webinars Oct 2 - Nov 27







Oct 2

1:30-3 p.m.

Intro to Access Databases



Oct 9

1:30-3 p.m.

Planning a Database



Oct 16

1:30-3 p.m.

Creating a Database and Working with Tables



Oct 23

1:30-3 p.m.

Working with Fields; Finding, Formatting and Filtering Data



Oct 30

1:30-3 p.m.

Working with Queries, Part 1



Nov 6

1:30-3 p.m.

Working with Queries, Part 2



Nov 13

1:30-3 p.m.

Working with Forms



Nov 20

1:30-3 p.m.

Working with Reports and Formatting Forms & Reports



Nov 27

1:30-3 p.m. 

Advanced Topics



Dec 4

1:30-2 p.m.

Questions and Answers





LSC-Online Montgomery Fall 2012 Schedule 


LSC-Montgomery Professional Development Schedule

Professional Development Fall 2012 Schedule 


Request Professional Development oportunities through the Professional Development Request Form.

Student Life


October 2012 Events

Hispanic Heritage Week 

October 8

Celebrando Culturas Latinas

A Celebration of Latin Cultures

Free Food Event

Commons, Building A | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

October 9Guest Speakers
Dr. Chuy Negrete & Art Rascon, News Anchor-ABC-13
October 10Student Open Mic /Talent Show-en Espa˝ol featuring songs, poetry, dance, and more.
October 11Tentative Soccer Tournament
October 12Fiesta Latina
Commons, Building A | 6-11 p.m.

Monty the Maverick's 2nd Birthday Party, October 16
LSC-Montgomery Fountain | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cake, punch, games and giveaways.
Co-sponsored by College Relations


Volunteer Fair, October 17-18

Commons, Building A | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Student Leadership Lunch, October 24

LCS-Conroe Center | noon-1 p.m.


Flag Football Tailgate Party, October 26

Sports Field | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Creepy Carnival Festival, October 30


President's Fitness Challenge   


president's challenge program logo


Keeping fit is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. This Challenge is meant to encourage fitness and recognize those faculty and staff at Lone Star College-Montgomery who stay on a fitness regimen throughout the 2012-13 academic year. 


This Challenge is the idea of several LSC-Montgomery employees, with special assistance coming from Steve Scheffler, Craig Livingston, Brad Mitchell, Mike Devoley, and Mary Mendoza.

There are two ways to take part in the Challenge. The first is a "All Star" level. This involves establishing (and sticking to) a weekly fitness schedule of at least 2 hours (equivalent of 30 minutes/day, four days per week) of aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise includes things like brisk walking, jogging, biking, swimming, tennis, aerobics, zumba, etc. Record your activity in the fillable PDF form. Email or bring the form on a monthly basis to DeAlva Engelhardt in the office of College Relations (E-101). Those who participate and record each week from October 1 through April 1 will be recognized as President's Fitness Challenge "All Stars" at the Heights of Excellence ceremony in April.


The second way to participate is the "Challenge" level. This involves measuring yourself against national percentiles in the following fitness components (modeled after the U.S. President's Challenge Adult Fitness Test):

  • 1-mile walk
  • Half sit-ups
  • Push-ups
  • Flexibility (sit and reach)

Those wanting to participate at the "Challenge" level must do a pre-test administered in the LSC-Montgomery Wellness Center (Commons Building; bldg. A) on October 1-2 (between noon-3 p.m.), as well as a post-test during the week of April 15, 2013. The results from the post-test will be used to determine your "Challenge" status: Gold, Blue or Red Maverick!


Those who participate at the "Challenge" level will also be recognized at the Heights of Excellence ceremony in April.

All participants will receive a special President's Challenge shirt for their efforts.


Good luck, and have a FIT academic year!

Mystery Employee 

This month's Mystery Employee currently lives in Willis. S/he moved there six years ago from a small town called Yorkshire, approximately 30 miles south of Buffalo, New York. S/he is married and has two grown sons (one of whom works at System Office), and three dogs.


Throughout his/her life, this person has held a number of jobs including 23 years of service in the Air Force. Before that, however, s/he started out "working in Ford Gum and Machine- where they made the penny gum balls."


For 10 years, s/he was also a Town Justice in New York.


"During that time, I had the honor of performing a number of marriage ceremonies, including two of my Air Force Buddies, my three nieces, a cousin," he/she said. "And I just found out that I can also do the ceremony for my nephew."


This person joined the college in 2010 and works with the NaSH division.


"Their mission here is almost a holy one," s/he said. "This is a group of people who have chosen occupations which give people a better quality of life. Now that they have accomplished that goal, they are going the extra step to teach others to carry on their mission."


When not working, this person enjoys fishing-"when there is water in the lake!" performing honey-do lists, and helping his/her son around the house. Long range, s/he hopes to retire in approximately seven years.


When asked about his/her proudest accomplishment, this person said, "Watching my sons grow up into good young men."


Do you know who it is? Click here to find out who it is.
New Metals & Jewelry Course  

hands on jewelry makingArt has always been a hands-on subject, but this fall, the art department is taking "hands-on" to another level as students in the brand new Art Metals and Jewelry Course (ARTS 2341) are able to wear their homework!


Students are designing, forming, and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry and other small art objects from a variety of metals. The course covers metal folding, forming, and joining, as well as the art of copper enameling, which introduces a wide range of colors on metal that will further enhance designs.


metals and jewelry course"The jewelry program has been suggested by both community members and students," said Linda Woodward, chair of the art and humanities department at LSC-Montgomery. "It fits within the academic art curriculum, but also is a class for those who simply wish to enhance their artistic skills in this area."


The class, which is open to both continuing education and credit students, will be offered again in the spring semester.
Faculty/Staff Lounge 
Faculty Staff Lounge refreshments

me Hour: Uno

Thursday, Sept. 27 | 2:30 p.m.


Just Desserts
Every Monday | 2:30 p.m.

In This Issue
Theatre, Music, & Art
Communication Across the Cirriculum
Professional Development
Student Live
President's Fitness Challenge
Mystery Employee
New Metals & Jewlery Course
Faculty/Staff Lounge
PSSA Employee of the Month





Congratulations to: 


David Lee July Employee of the Month 

David Lee

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