LSC-Kingwood Service Learning Earns More Kudos

Published on: February 15, 2008

Lone Star College-Kingwood is celebrating another honor to its service learning programs.  The college was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

LSC-Kingwood was recognized for its exemplary service efforts and services to disadvantaged youth.  Professor Brian Shmaefsky, who leads the college's service learning, works with faculty to incorporate service learning into classrooms and with student activities to make more service learning opportunities.

"Service learning instills the value of social responsibility," said Professor Shmaefsky.

LSC-Kingwood has long been a proponent of service learning using the words of Mahatma Gandhi to guide its program.  "I shall pass through this world but once.  Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now.  Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

Late last year, the college was recognized by the organization Beyond the Books for its outstanding performance in the area of service learning.

Dr. Cora Ann Williams, speech professor with the college sums up the entire faculty's dedication to service learning, "When I think about teaching, I think about being of service to others.  That's why I enjoy being involved in Service Learning.  It humanizes education.  It allows students to take what they have learned in class and apply their knowledge to address a community problem."

The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.  Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.  In total, 528 schools were recognized this year. 

Service Learning is a teaching method which combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility.  Information on LSC-Kingwood's service learning program can be found at kingwood.lonestar.edu/12888/. 

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