Student Government Association is a Leader for the Houston Area

Published on: May 08, 2009

LSC-Kingwood's Student Government Association (SGA) was recently recognized for their outstanding leadership abilities and nominated by their peers to lead their region of the Texas Junior College SGA.

At the Texas Junior College Student Government Association Convention, LSC-Kingwood was elected by Region V as the college to hold the Executive Board position of president for the 2009-2010 academic year.  LSC-Kingwood was also elected to the position of Region V Advisor.

Sean Stout, current LSC-Kingwood SGA President, will serve as Region V SGA president and John Turner, LSC-Kingwood SGA chapter advisor and program manager of student activities, will serve as Region V advisor.

As the school that holds the presidency, LSC-Kingwood SGA will preside over all General Assemblies and Executive Board meetings, as well as appoint committees and serve as the chief spokesperson for the region.

"As the largest system of higher education in the Houston area, which is what Region V encompasses, Lone Star College System has the capability and the administrative support to make Region V the most prominent voice of the students and student governments within our state," says Turner. 

Stout comes into this position with a lot of passion and enthusiasm.  He says one of their goals is to create a website which will provide a direct link to the Region V board.  The website will give up to date contact information, lists of current events, plans and goals for the region, accomplishments and most importantly, links to all of the Region V schools.

Stout has already contacted each executive board member in Region V and will work to bring all of the Region V schools together in the near future.  They will work together to create goals that are in line with Region V's mission, as well as each school's mission.

He says his time in SGA has been very rewarding and he looks forward to the opportunities this new position presents.  "Being a part of the student government allows me to give back to the college and the community.  I'm extremely honored to represent the students of LSC-Kingwood and I will do everything I can to make sure the Lone Star College System is that shining star both in our region and nationally."

While serving as Region V president, Stout plans to keep LSC-Kingwood SGA goals front and center.  "We want to make sure every student knows who we are and that we are here to serve them.  Increasing the presence of SGA on campus is a top priority of mine."

Stout was in the military for four years and came to LSC-Kingwood with the intention of only taking his core classes and then moving on.  After becoming involved with SGA and other campus organizations, he soon felt a strong bond with the LSC-Kingwood campus. 

"After getting so involved with SGA, things were going so well, I decided to stay and earn my associate of science.  For one thing, the school here offers a top notch education and also, I ask a lot of questions and its easier being in a class of 20 rather than at a university where there are 300 students in a class."

Along with his responsibilities as SGA president and Region V president, he is also a member of the Veterans Club, the Collegiate Leadership Institute, the student committee for the Student Services Building, the student budget committee and holds two jobs in the community.  He plans to transfer to UH, where he plans to earn his bachelor's and master's in architecture.

Region V is comprised of the following colleges: Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, HCCS-Central College, HCCS-Northeast College, HCCS-Northwest College, HCCS-Southeast College, HCCS-Southwest, LSC-Cy Fair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball, Lamar University at Orange, Lee College, San Jacinto-Central, and San Jacinto-North.

Turner says they look forward to the challenges and opportunities this position offers LSC-Kingwood  and feels honored to represent Region V.

"It is our responsibility to reflect the will and protect the rights of all community college students within the state of Texas.  Our primary goal within Region V is to be responsive to the needs of the 150,000 students it represents," says Turner.

Register today for Summer Term I (June 1-July 7), Summer Term II (July 9-Aug. 13) and Fall (Aug. 24-Dec. 13) credit classes. 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.