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Lone Star College-Montgomery Student Report to be Published in Prestigious Textbook

Scott Beltran 

Lone Star College-Montgomery student Scott Beltran will have his assignment “Police Ride-Along Report” published in the next edition of The Bedford Reader.

Lone Star College-Montgomery student Scott Beltran will
have his assignment “Police Ride-Along Report” published in the next edition of The Bedford Reader. The reader is a highly-respected composition and rhetoric textbook used in writing courses at colleges across the United States.  

“This is an incredible honor for Scott, our faculty and the college as a whole,” said LSC-Montgomery President Rebecca Riley. “We are very proud of our students and what they accomplish because of their efforts while at LSC-Montgomery.”

 “I am excited. It is a big honor for me,” Beltran said. “I hope that it inspires people when they read it.”

The piece was originally an assignment for a criminal justice class taught by former professor Mark Stelter. Beltran wrote about his experience spending a night on patrol with a police officer.

“I was always interested in being a cop and I had a cousin who has been with the Houston Police Department for over 20 years,” Beltran said. “So it just seemed like the right thing to write about. Professor Stelter liked my paper and gave me an A.”

“He did not simply list what happened in his report,” Stelter said, “He also included insights into work that he observed while on his ride-along, based on discussions we had in class.”

Stelter was so impressed that he submitted Beltran’s report to LSC-Montgomery’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Journal for consideration. The journal celebrates writing across the LSC-Montgomery curriculum. Faculty from all disciplines and workplace programs submit their students’ writing for consideration. Beltran’s piece was selected for publication in the WAC Journal’s 2013 edition.

Staff at The Bedford Reader found Beltran’s essay online in the WAC Journal. Assistant editor, Jennifer Price says Beltran’s piece was selected because it exemplified narration. “It provided a clear and engaging example of what other student writers can achieve.”    

“We are immensely proud of Scott for his achievement and of the recognition this brings the college and the Journal, as well as the efforts of all the instructors who integrate as much writing as they can into their teaching,” said Dr. Ron Heckelman, professor of English and co-editor of the WAC Journal. “This not only enhances learning and self-reflection, but ensures the possibilities of student success in the world of work, where knowing how to write well is a definite advantage.”

To read Beltran’s piece, visit wwwapps.lonestar.edu/flipbook/wac_2013/WAC_2013.html.

To learn more about The Bedford Reader visit http://www.macmillanhighered.com/catalog

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.


Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion.  Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation.  Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball, and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.