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The Early Bird Gets…An Ipad? First Winner Announced For Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Early Registration Contest

First iPad Winner, Melanie HodgesFor some Lone Star College-Montgomery students, the greatest perk for early registration is having the best selection of classes for the upcoming semester. But for student Melanie Hodges, the greatest perk for registering early is walking away with a free Apple iPad.
Hodges is the first student winner in LSC-Montgomery’s “Turn It In To Win” contest, a challenge requiring students to register before final exams and turn in a copy of their spring schedule to a faculty member in order to be eligible to win one of three iPads.  
“This is the first thing I’ve won in several years,” said Hodges, a mother of three who is currently completing the prerequisites needed to apply for the nursing program. “It was very unique for my family to see me act so silly—yelling and getting excited—when I found out I won.”
The first drawing was held in the office of student success on Tuesday, November 23, and Hodges received her brand new iPad right before the Thanksgiving holiday, allowing her a long weekend to “break it in.” She plans to use it to record lectures, store class notes, and organize course work.
“I had no clue the iPad was advanced as it is,” said Hodges. “I’m most excited to use the e-book feature with my textbooks, so I won’t have to carry around seven or eight big bulky textbooks. They will all be on my slim, lightweight iPad!”
In addition to taking courses, Hodges works full-time as a unit technician at St. Luke’s Woodlands Hospital. She has more than 16 years in the medical field, serving in the U.S. Navy and working as both a paramedic and a medical assistant. After completion of the nursing program, Hodges hopes to work as a trauma nurse.  
The next drawing for the “Turn It In To Win” contest will be on Friday, December 10, and the final drawing will take place on Friday, December 17. Current students can complete their 2011 spring semester registration at www.LoneStar.edu/registration and turn in a copy of their schedule to an instructor of their choice.
The contest is sponsored by the Extended Learning Center (ELC), the library, and the office of student success.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for fall 2010, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which 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.