For students involved in the Honors Program at Lone Star College-Kingwood, attending classes is just the tip of the iceberg.
Professor of History, David Putz sponsors the Honors Program and says the program allows students to have a rich college experience. "The honors program allows us to challenge the students who are looking for a more enriching educational experience."
Along with classes which encourage active participation, extracurricular activities and working with peers, the honors students have a more hands-on relationship with their peers and professors and are encouraged to get involved and take leadership roles in the many organizations, clubs and activities going on around campus.
"Many of our students are very involved in other campus organizations and efforts here on campus. Just recently, we had students working on the We Spiked Ike food drive in partnership with the Houston Food Bank. We encourage that kind of participation," said Professor Putz.
Any student may enroll in an honors class, but to be admitted into the honors program, they must meet strict academic standards. Students in the Honors Program enjoy privileges not available to other students, such as scholarship opportunities, participating in academic enrichment events and special recognition at graduation.
The Honors Student Organization (HSO) is an important element in the equation. The HSO is a very active student-led group that involves both social and community service opportunities. The organization is open to any student who is enrolled in an honors class or in the honors program.
Jana McKelroy, president of the HSO says getting involved with the organization has made all the difference in her college experience and she's passionate about spreading the word.
"As soon as I got recommended for the honors program, everything just took off. I'm completely involved in college now and loving it," she says. She plans to return to LSC-Kingwood one day as a history professor.
She says the HSO will begin a monthly book club in November or December and students, staff and community members will all be welcome to join in. "We think this will give the community a chance to come in and meet us and learn a little more about the college in a friendly and fun way," says McKelroy.
The other endeavor is a public achievement project which is still in the works. "We're excited about this opportunity. The idea is for the HSO to sponsor a group of middle school students in a public school. We want to demonstrate to these kids that they can make a difference. We want to have direct interaction with them and encourage them in their studies," McKelroy says.
Along with advanced classes the honors students also have opportunities for off campus activities. Students in the Honors Program recently attended a production of the play Frost/Nixon and future trips will include visits to the Greek Festival, the Museum of Fine Arts, and a trip to the site of the Battle of San Jacinto with Professor Steve Davis.
Professor Davis says these types of activities are so beneficial to students because they bring a new level of understanding and participation to the learning experience.
"To have the opportunity to actually visit the site of the historical event you are studying is unique and really the best way to learn." He also adds that these kinds of opportunities allow the students to bond with other students and with their professors, further enriching the educational experience.
For more information on the Honors Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-312-1710.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at 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.