As we prepare for the start of another successful semester, I hope each one of you realizes the impact you have on students and the surrounding community. Thank you all for maintaining---and strengthening---our atmosphere of excellence.
|George Mitchell's Vision for Higher Education Continues
Were it not for George Mitchell's determination to make higher education a significant part of The Woodlands and surrounding area, our community would be a much different place. Indeed, it's hard to imagine LSC-Montgomery without considering the vision that Mr. Mitchell had for higher education in Montgomery County. Tens of thousands of students have received their education from LSC-Montgomery and LSC-University Center, most of whom continue to live and work in our community, contributing to the economy and making this a better place to live. That is the vision that Mr. Mitchell had for his master-planned community when it was created more than 40 years ago. And that is a big part of his legacy.
In the early 1970s, as the first homes were being built in The Woodlands, Mitchell was already working with the University of Houston to create a presence in the area. Though there were many hurdles in the way, and several initiatives in the 70s and 80s failed to establish a permanent higher education presence, his pioneering spirit led the way for a subsequent effort to bring the Lone Star College System into Montgomery County.
In 1991, when the residents of Conroe ISD voted themselves into the Lone Star College System, it was due in no small part to the efforts of Mr. Mitchell and The Woodlands Development Company. They literally paved the way for the college by committing funding to complete Highway 242 (College Park Drive), including all of the necessary land acquisition and right-of-ways. Mitchell also provided land for both LSC-Montgomery (at a heavily-discounted price) and LSC-University Center (donated), giving both campuses enough space with room to grow as enrollment increased in subsequent years. In fact, the LSC-University Center building is named in his honor, and his presence at the dedication ceremony in 1997 was one of his crowning achievements.
Today, you don't need to look far to see the impact that higher education has made on our community. Our hospitals and medical facilities are filled with nurses, radiologic technologists, physical therapist assistants, phlebotomists and more -- so many of whom received their training at LSC-Montgomery. Emergency service facilities boast of our emergency management technicians and fire science graduates. We've trained countless students in criminal justice, accounting, business management, social services, and more. These former students, as well as the businesses for which they work, owe much of their success to Mr. Mitchell and his vision.
The Woodlands' slogan - 'live, work, play and learn in The Woodlands' - brings it all together. At LSC-Montgomery, we are proud to carry on Mr. Mitchell's legacy, providing higher education and career-focused learning opportunities to area residents, making our community, quite simply, a better place.
|Save the Date
Faculty and staff: Please join us for Convocation on Monday, August 19, at 3 p.m., in the Mainstage Theatre (Building D). This year's theme is "Building
a Culture of Success."
Refreshments will be served beginning at 2:30 p.m.
First Day of Classes
August 26th is the big day! The Office of Student Life is hosting various events that week with free food and giveaways to welcome students to campus.
This fall, the campus launches THE Initiatives. With innovation and collaboration at the core, the new Teaching Highlighting Engagement Initiatives will allow both students and faculty a chance to further excel via three unique spaces: THE Classroom (Bldg. F, Room 103); THE Engagement Lounge (Bldg. F, Room 112); and THE Lecture Hall (University Center and SHSU Center).
- THE Classroom is intended to be an active site for robust faculty professional development while allowing for visitors and unique approaches to engagement and assessment.
- The unconventional, coffeehouse-style of THE Engagement Lounge facilitates a more flexible approach to instruction with the goal of fostering interaction.
- THE Lecture Hall exposes students to larger-sized classes they might find at a university while providing additional tutoring and instructional support near their classroom.
The implementation of this project is due to the progressive partnership between several departments. Many faculty and staff have worked together for more than a year to see this come to fruition. Sixteen classes are scheduled to take place in these new spaces this fall semester.
Learn more about THE Initiatives and visit the spaces during one of the open houses on Monday, August 19, or Thursday, August 22, from 12-2 p.m., in Bldg. F, Room 103.
What an honor to see some of the 850+ graduates walk across the stage at May's Commencement ceremony. Attendees heard from Kris Chapman, director of bands, and Jackeline Tamara Pesqueira, a Class of 2013 graduate.
Since April, approximately 1,100 students have attended 35 different orientation sessions at LSC-Montgomery, with 90% of those students enrolling for summer or fall classes. The collaborative efforts by everyone on campus has made our orientation sessions tremendously successful.
Our Student Services team has gone above and beyond to assist students. (This includes the Business Office, Call Center, and all others involved with the registration/admissions process.) Their tirelessness--especially as we move into the period of heavy registration, is inspiring.
Mobile Outreach Trailer
We're excited to introduce our campus' new mobile outreach trailer. This fall, the recruitment truck will be out and about in the community to share college information and resources with prospective students and interested community members. Plan now to tailgate with us at CISD football games!
Our Discovery College youth camp has made a huge impact in children's lives this summer. Classes ranged from Robotics and LEGOŽ Engineering to Woodworking and CSI Crime Scene. The knowledgeable instructors made learning fun in a relaxed, creative atmosphere. The kids' smiles say it all!
Bronze Maverick Statue
The new bronze Maverick statue stands tall and proud on the main campus drive, Maverick Way. This statue will rally school spirit among students and showcase our Maverick pride to campus visitors. It was dedicated by students; however, an official dedication will take place this fall.
July 4th Parade
Faculty, staff, and students debuted the college's new mobile outreach trailer at The Woodlands' annual 4th of July parade. Our very own Monty the Maverick joined in the fun, alongside the volunteers and Maverick Leaders to pass out festive LSC-Montgomery stars, which were a hit with the community. The college's "VI Corps Fifes and Drums" directed by Dr. Craig Livingston, earned the Most Patriotic Entry.
In case you missed any of the great events from May, pictures can be found here.
This includes GED and specific program graduations, the Heights of Excellence ceremony, and more.
Matthew Samford considers his roles at the college very rewarding.
"My approach to students is very simple," said Samford, who holds a master's degree in psychology and is a licensed professional counselor. "I use humor to create a safe environment for students in both the office and classroom setting."
Samford, who's been with LSC-Montgomery for 13 years, has been instrumental in the creation of the college's new Maverick Transfer Recruiting & Career (TRAC) Center, which assists students with university transfers and career opportunities through one-on-one appointments and workshops. Samford is also a faculty sponsor for the newly-formed Transfer Student Organization, a group for any student who plans to transfer to the university level at some point in the future.
Samford was born and raised in the Houston area and attended Klein High School. In his spare time, he and his wife, Linda, enjoy spending time with their children, Evan (12) and Hillary (8). They are active in their church and with their extended family.
After working in the Texas prison system for 15 years, Angela Kane-Pigg joined our team in 2010 as the division coordinator for business and social sciences.
"My favorite things about LSC-Montgomery are the friendly employees, positive working environment, and the educational opportunities for staff," said Kane-Pigg. "I truly enjoy coming to work each morning."
Kane-Pigg holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and is currently enrolled in LSC-Montgomery's certified public accountant program, which she will complete in fall 2014.
"I like puzzles, and accounting is like a puzzle," she said. "I enjoy finding where all the pieces fit. Since I already had several accounting credits and the program was conveniently available, it seemed like the next step."
Kane-Pigg is married and the proud mother of two boys. Her oldest, Blake, attends Stephen F. Austin University and recently got married. Her other son, Austin, just wrapped up his freshman year at Magnolia High School. While she devotes most of her spare time to her family and friends, she does enjoy sneaking in time to read, scrapbook, and watch baseball.
|Summer Spirit Challenge
Don't forget to submit your picture wearing the Maverick medallion for the Summer Spirit Challenge! Entries are due by August 11, at 11:59 p.m.
Awards will be given for the highest altitude, the furthest distance from LSC-Montgomery, the most creative/original picture, and new this year--Tex-cations, or pictures taken within the Lone Star State.
Submit your entries at LoneStar.edu/MaverickChallenge. A
ll entries will be shown at Convocation.
If you still need a medallion for last-minute submissions, visit College Relations (Bldg. E, Suite 101) to pick one up. Good luck, and safe travels!