LSCS marks opening of new conference center

Published on: January 07, 2010

Local business owners, economic development leaders and other officials gathered in December at the Lone Star College Conference Center located at the newly-purchased LSC-University Park to celebrate the grand opening of this premier meeting facility in northwest Houston.

Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor, welcomed the visitors and described the behind-the-scene processes involved to get the college system to this point with its purchase of these former headquarters of Hewlett Packard, which is now LSC-University Park.

“If not for a bold and visionary board of trustees, this just doesn’t happen,” Carpenter said. “This community now has a tremendous resource.”

He noted that the day marked not only the official opening and preview of the conference center, but also the first-year anniversary of the launch of Lone Star Corporate College.

“During this past year, the staff of Corporate College has had a tremendous year. They have worked hard to build the Corporate College brand,” Carpenter said.

The conference center is managed by the staff of LS Corporate College. Most recently, the  center was the host site for an E-learning Symposium for more than 300 higher education professionals from across the state as well as a town hall meeting for Texas Sen. Dan Patrick.

The conference center, which is available for use by members of the local community, provides modern and professional conference and meeting facilities with 19 meeting rooms totaling more than 14,000 square feet, along with exhibition space and state-of-the-art technical support. There are multiple configurations for each of the 19 rooms that can be changed to accommodate a variety of meeting uses.

 “If you haven’t seen the Lone Star College Conference Center and are interested in hosting a meeting or event, I would encourage you to come out for a visit,” said Cecilia Martinez, conference center director.

“The center can accommodate meetings large or small,” Martinez said.  “Additional services include catering, mid-conference configuration changes, security, display installation, custodial, administrative and concierge services.”

“We recently installed stylish, cutting-edge audio visual connectivity solutions with integrated, color touch panel and keypad and high level graphic resolution,” she said.

Basic conference center services include: initial conference room(s) setup and breakdown, audio/visual technical support, concierge service for all meetings, LCD projector and screen, flip charts, whiteboard and markers, speaker phone service, and wireless Internet availability.

Optional services that can be added to any meeting include: catering services, mid-conference configuration changes, security service (parking, after-hours surveillance), display installation, installation of specialized audio/visual equipment, administrative services, and additional custodial services.

The conference center, which is part of the LSC-University Park facility, is located in the complex at SH 249 and Louetta Road. For more information about scheduling the conference center, contact corporatecollege@LoneStar.edu or call 281-296-STAR (7827).

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center @ Montgomery, LSC-University Center @ University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 59,000 students in credit classes last fall, LSCS is the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas and the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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