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LSCS to host international conference

(March 24, 2010) – Lone Star College System and the Gulf Coast International Education Consortium will host the Seventh Annual International Education Conference on Friday, April 16 at LSC-Tomball.

The conference, entitled “International Conflict Resolution,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual conference is open to all students – high school and college – along with faculty, administrators and community leaders in the Texas Gulf Coast region. It will focus on international studies, global environmental concerns, international education, study abroad programs and international students. Exhibitors will include international groups, educational travel providers, and more.

The conference will feature several presentations in conjunction with the United States Institute of Peace, an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress.

The morning keynote address will be delivered by David Smith, senior program officer of the USIP, who will discuss “Community Colleges as Agents of Global Peace.”  The luncheon keynote speaker is Col. J.M. “Matt” Venhaus, who is the Jennings Randolph Army Fellow at USIP, and his address is entitled “Al-Qaeda: Young Men Joining Extremist Groups and How to Prevent It.”

“We are honored to partner with the United States Institute of Peace for the Seventh Annual LSCS International Education Conference,” said Nithy Sevanthinathan, director of international programs and services for LSCS. “The speaker line ups for this conference are dynamic and timely for the theme.

“The knowledge and expertise of our speakers alone make for wonderful insight for students, faculty and community members, not to mention the valuable information that will be available from the conference exhibitors. This is one that you don’t want to miss,” said Sevanthinathan.
 The registration fee for the day-long conference is $20 for students and $35 for others. Transportation is being arranged for LSCS students who may need a ride from other Lone Star Colleges to LSC-Tomball for the event. In addition, the first 200 students who register online at LoneStar.edu/IEC2010 are free.

For registration and other information about the conference, go to LoneStar.edu/IEC2010

The Gulf Coast International Education Consortium consists of Alvin Community College, Brazosport Community College, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College System, College of the Mainland, San Jacinto College and Wharton County Junior College.

The United States Institute of Peace is a national institution established and funded by the U.S. Congress. Its mission is to help prevent and resolve international conflicts; help promote post-conflict stability and development; and to help increase conflict management capacity, tools and intellectual capital worldwide. The institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills and resources, and by directly engaging in peace-building efforts around the globe.

With more than 62,000 students in credit classes in spring 2010, Lone Star College System is the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas and the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area. LSCS 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 at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.