Lone Star College-Kingwood Fitness Center is located on the beautifully landscaped 304 acre campus. Outdoor facilities include six tennis courts and a baseball field. The indoor facilities include weight training and cardiovascular training rooms, racquetball courts, basketball courts, and a dance/aerobic studio.
The mission of Lone Star College-Kingwood Fitness Center is to serve the health and fitness needs of students, employees, and community members. A variety of sports and fitness classes are offered for college credit. Anyone interested in taking classes for the pure enjoyment of the activity can register through community education. Lone Star College-Kingwood Fitness Centerís membership plan is priced to help the community achieve personal health and fitness goals economically.
Regular Classes available include:
Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness
First Aid & Safety
Foundations of P.E.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 7 am - 8 pm
Friday: 7 am - 2 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
Monday - Thursday: ?7 am - 6 pm
Friday - Sunday: Closed
281.312.1658 Office: FTC 105
Dr. Cassandra Rincones, dean of the Social Sciences, Humanities, Cosmetology and Kinesiology Division, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013 as an associate professor of history. Rincones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. She holds a Master of Arts degree in U.S. History from the same institution. Rincones earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in May of 2015, specializing in U.S./Southwest Comparative Border studies.
Rincones has been awarded several fellowships and grants, including the Lone Star College Chancellorís Dissertation Research Grant, the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute Fellow from Texas A&M University, and the Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship in Latino History from the Texas State Historical Association.
Rincones has more than 15 years of experience, having taught at South Texas College, Weslaco and Alice independent school districts. She has also presented numerous papers including, "Bridging Cultures in the Community College: LSC-Kingwood NACCS Tejas Foco, and at LSC-North Harris in 2015; and "Tejana Rights: Solidifying Legal Codes in Early Texas" at the Texas State Historical Association meeting in March. Rincones is a member of the Texas State Historical Association.
"I enjoy working with our stellar faculty! Together I feel we make a real difference in our studentsí lives!"," Rincones stated.
"Tejana Land Grants: Gender and the Expansion of Empire," Southern Historian, (Spring 2015), Vol. 36.
"The Introduction of Women into Hidalgo County Politics," Journal of South Texas, (Spring 2009).
Richard H. Almstedt, department chair for kinesiology and dance, joined LSC-Kingwood in 1991. Almstedt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth College and a Master of Education degree from the University of Houston.
Almstedt has presented a number of papers during his career. In 2004, he presented "So you want to be an official" at the Texas Association for Health Physical Education (TAHPERD), Recreation and Dance and the South District American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference. He has also presented, "Officials Managing Players, Coaches and Administrators" at the Texas Association of Sports Officials (basketball) Convention for four consecutive years. He also presented, "Prime Time Intramurals" at the TAHPERD convention in 2008 and before the El Paso Independent School District in service.
Almstedt has earned awards and recognitions. In 1993 he was named "Teacher of the Year." In 2000, he was named, "National Federation Officials Boys Basketball Officials of the Year." He has also officiated at NCAA, NAIA and NCCAA and NJCA. From 1998-2002 he was president of the Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials (basketball). He was also named South District of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Recreation Professional of the Year in 2004. He was also named the TAHPERD Administrator of the Year in 2011-2012.
Alsmstedt teaches first aid and safety, foundations of physical education, aqua aerobics and scuba diving. "LSC-Kingwood is the campus in the LSC-System," he added.
Alan Wright, professor of kinesiology and director of intramurals and sports clubs, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2006. Wright obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Science degree in health, physical education and recreation from Middle Tennessee State University.
Wright has presented a number of papers at conferences across the country. In 2009, Wright presented, "Club sport partnerships between community colleges and universities" at the National Intermural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). In 2006, he presented, "What it takes to be a good supervisor" at the same conference.
Wright teaches fitness for life, weight training, golf and learning frame work. Heobtains certifications in Scuba and as a 4-H facilitator.
"The greatest satisfaction I get from my job comes from motivating students to become healthier by setting realistic goals and leading them on a simple, but effective path to a better lifestyle. By focusing on the simple things, I help them learn the value of themselves and learn that society should not be allowed to define their self-worth," Wright stated.
Yolanda Marie Camarata, professor of kinesiology and nutrition, joined LSC-Kingwood in 1999. Camarata earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch and Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas and a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Bridgeport.
Camarata teaches courses in personal health, first aid and safety and nutrition.
She is also involved in various committees. Some of these include the kinesiology curriculum committee and the general education core curriculum committee.
"I am passionate about all the courses I teach," explained Camarata. "This campus has been like home to me since my time as a student here."