LSC-Kingwood Students Display Creativity For Local Non-Profit Organization

HOUSTON (Dec. 11, 2009) – Students enrolled in college credit classes at Lone Star College-Kingwood are getting real-world experiences they can use to further develop their skills and enhance their portfolios.

In a service learning project with FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center in Humble, Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Visual Communication students created all publications for the non-profit organization’s 2009 Women of Achievement Gala.

“FamilyTime is happy to partner with such a wonderful community friend as LSC-Kingwood. We are happy to give the students an opportunity to work on a professional graphics project and I am thrilled that we have been a part of their learning process. We hope this is the beginning of a long-term partnership,” Susan Meinholz, gala chair for FamilyTime, said.

Visual Communication classes that participated in the program were Computer Illustration, which created the logo for this year’s gala; Digital Publishing II students worked in teams to create the official gala invitations, programs, response cards, sponsor forms and gift inserts; Design Communication I students designed newspaper ads that will appear in the local newspapers; and the Digital Imagining class created the posters.

“The program benefitted the students by allowing them to be part of the overall campaign development of FamilyTime’s 2009 Women of Achievement Awards Gala,” Donna Monteferante Johnson, professor of Visual Communications at LSC-Kingwood, said. “Students were given the overall purpose/goal of FamilyTime’s event and asked to design work for their audience. The students learned what it was like to produce products for a client and receive critiques from the client on why they liked or disliked a particular design.”

As a non-profit organization, FamilyTime did not have money in its budget to hire a professional graphics company to do the work for them. Its decision to partner with LSC-Kingwood turned out to be a win-win situation for everyone involved.

“It has been wonderful working with the professors and students at LSC-Kingwood. I have been very impressed with the artwork they have created,” Meinholz said. “We are so pleased that our invitations, program, posters and forms have a professional look, thanks to the talent and efforts of the students and professors.”

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The annual gala on Jan. 30 will highlight area women who have worked hard to make a difference in their communities. It is a major fundraiser to support the many services FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center provides for victims of abuse.

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