Twenty years of excellence in higher education is a milestone achievement for Lone Star College-Tomball. In celebration, the college is unveiling a beautiful place of reflection - an on-campus labyrinth - that offers a symbolic journey for the college, faculty, staff and students.
A maze-labyrinth by definition is any intricate or involved enclosure - especially, an ornamental maze or enclosure in a park or garden, said project catalyst and Professor of Mathematics Dr. Peg Crider.
"We were searching for ways we could best commemorate our anniversary and since a labyrinth is a continuous path from beginning to end, it was an opportunity to create something special that symbolized many things," said Crider.
"It represents the journey of the college from its inception; it represents the journey of each faculty and staff member in their efforts to provide quality education; and it is symbolic of the journey that each student begins and completes while a student at LSC-Tomball," said Crider. "As it has artistic, mathematical, literary, geologic, life science, and social-science implications and applications, it is also cross-disciplinary."
After gaining approval for the project through a resolution by the LSC-Tomball faculty senate, Facilities Director Mike Dannenbaum and his team built the labyrinth based on the Roman model Crider provided.
Located on the southwest quadrant of the LSC-Tomball campus, the labyrinth is 130 feet in diameter and consists of granite paths lined with boxwoods and shrubbery, said Dannenbaum.
The labyrinth leads to a seating area with benches and a fountain - the ultimate place for reflection and remembrance, said Crider.
The labyrinth is expected to be unveiled as part of the LSC-Tomball's 20th Anniversary Celebration in November. Those with an affiliation with the college - as well as the community in general - are encouraged to visit the site.
Lone Star College-Tomball is located at 30555 Tomball Parkway/State Highway 249.
The Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and Lone Star College-University Center. To learn more, visit http://www.lonestar.edu/.