Keeping Students Connected to Campus

Published on: April 08, 2009

Offering a place for students to develop special talents and interests, as well as make important connections with students of similar interests, college clubs and organizations can make all the difference in a student's college experience.

Lone Star College-Kingwood offers over 40 different clubs and organizations to help its students become better acquainted with the campus, other students and faculty. 

"Clubs and organizations are vital to the success of student life on any college campus.  Lone Star College-Kingwood has nearly 40 different clubs, from social to athletic to political to ethnic to academic, and nearly all of them are open to participation by any student with an interest that the club represents," says John Turner, Student Activities Program Manager at LSC-Kingwood.

The Gamers Guild, a new club on campus, welcomes all students who enjoy gaming.  "This club in particular might appeal to students who aren't into sports, so aren't involved with the sports clubs, but still want or need that social outlet," says Shawn Stevens, LSC-Kingwood professor and club sponsor.  

Steven Mitchell, LSC-Kingwood student and president of the Gamers Guild, says this group has been in the works for a while.  He says it started when he began bringing his game systems up to the campus and found that there was a huge interest in gaming.

Mitchell says the club has about 30 members, but can sometimes draw as many as 60.  "Our goal is to pull as many people who have an interest in gaming and promote their skills."  In the future, he sees the club competing in tournaments with other college groups.

Along with providing a social outlet for students, organizations offer opportunities for members to meet and interact with faculty and professionals who have a connection to the clubs' interests.  The Gamers Guild has invited a lead designer from Time Gate Studios, a company specializing in video game productions, to speak with them about all aspects of the video game industry.  This will provide the students the chance to learn more about trends and career opportunities within the industry. 

Other benefits to being involved in college organizations include opportunities for volunteering, leadership development and stress relief.  

"We provide these opportunities so that students can connect with other students that have interests similar to their own.  And connection with the college is what student life is all about.  The more connected and involved a student is, the more successful they'll be in the classroom, and helping students achieve their academic goals is ultimately what we are here for," says Turner. 

Some of the clubs offered on campus include: the African American Student Organization, Art League, Democrat Club, Republican Club, Tennis Club, the Society for Mathematics and Engineering, Student Nurse Association, Deaf Club and many, many others.  A full list of the clubs and organizations offered at LSC-Kingwood can be found online at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.

Register today for May Mini-term (May 11-29), Summer Term I (June 1-July 7), Summer Term II (July 9-Aug. 13) and Fall (Aug. 24-Dec. 13). Students can register in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/registration.

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 over 50,000 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas.