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LSC-University Park seeks ideas to improve education during Innovation Week

For its third Innovation Week, March 28 - April 1, Lone Star College-University Park is calling for ideas that improve the educational experience.

The College holds the event during the spring and fall semesters to nurture innovative ideas about new or improved processes and products from students, faculty, staff and the community. 

The spring 2016 round of competition focuses on the theme "Igniting Education Through Innovation." Organizers hope to see ideas in the areas of student success, college readiness, curriculum, retention, graduation and business partnerships in education. 

The top ideas gathered during the week will receive an invitation to pitch to LSC-University Park President Shah Ardalan at the IGNITE! competition later in the semester.

“Innovation is a major key to our success as a college," Ardalan said. “We were built on Invitation2Innovate (i2i), which has become part of our culture. We encourage our faculty, staff and students to try new ideas.”

Ideas will be collected at an Innovation booth across from Minuti on the second floor of Building 12 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, said Christina Robinson, LSC-University Park's Chief Strategist for Innovation. They can also be emailed to i2i@LoneStar.edu.

Robinson said she looks forward to seeing a new set of creative concepts.

"Innovation Week will center on innovations in education,” Robinson said. “We are very excited to see what may be proposed by teachers and administrators in local school districts as well as faculty and others in higher education."

Brett Trusko, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biomedical informatics at Texas A&M University and President and CEO of the International Association of Innovation Professionals, will deliver one of the week's keynotes. His talk, “Creating Careers in Innovation Through Professionalization," will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, in the Student Learning Resource Center Teaching Gallery, Building 12, Room 805.

To see a full schedule of events, or to download the Invitation2Innovate IGNITE! Session Guidelines packet, visit LoneStar.edu/UP-Innovation-Week.

For more information about the competition, contact Jeannie Hale, Director of Innovation and Project Management, at Jeannie.Hale@LoneStar.edu or 281.290.2840. Submit ideas to i2i@LoneStar.edu.