Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Program in January

Lone Star College-Kingwood will hold its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial program on Thursday, Jan. 17, 12:30 p.m. in the SFA Performing Arts Theatre. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the African American Student Association (AASA).

Linda Lorelle, former Channel 2 broadcast journalist, is this year's recipient of the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award.  "As a journalist, Lorelle not only touched lives but helped to save lives" says Dr. Rose Austin, dean for institutional effectiveness and sponsor of the African American Student Association.  "Her series on Buddy Check was invaluable in convincing women to get early breast cancer detection.  I also admire the work she has done through her scholarship fund.  She has raised more than 1 million dollars for scholarships."

The Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund has several components consisting of an Annual College Preparatory Conference, mentoring, a series of seminars, computer training, internships, scholarships, and fellowships. 

Lorelle made her move to broadcast journalism in 1987 following stints as a professional dancer and actress.  At that point she had earned a double degree in developmental psychology and Italian from Stanford University.

In addition to two Emmys she has been the recipient of the Gracie Award, Loving Hearts Caring Award, Texas Associated Press Award and many others.

Her interest in education and children led her to found with her husband Lou Gregory and colleague Martha Harvey the non-profit Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund in 1991. Since its inception, the fund has awarded nearly $1.4 million in scholarship support to 218 students in the Houston area.

Lorelle and her husband now own a real estate company in The Woodlands.

Bryan Barrows, professor of speech communications at Lone Star College - North Harris will be the guest speaker. Professor Barrows has received more than thirty awards in his professional life, including the NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence, Teacher of the Year-Del Mar College, the Cleo Glenn-Johnson Humanitarian Service Award, and the Distinguished Public Servant and Humanitarian Award by the Texas House of Representatives and the Harris County Commissioners. 

Barrows has received the Star Film and Video Festival's Excellence in Television Award twice. He has been recognized for writing and performance excellence for his play on the civil rights movement Who Was Martin Luther King? presented by Wolfman Productions of New York.

Professor Barrows recently received a Distinguished Lecturer Award from Grayson County College (Sherman, TX) noting fifteen years of excellence within the field of humanities.

For more information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial program and Black History month activities, call 281-312-1448.

Registration for the spring semester is going on now.  Students can register in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at kingwood.lonestar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at http://kingwood.lonestar.edu/.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit www.lonestar.edu.