LSC-University Park Library announces recycled book art winners

Winners of the Second Life for Books recycled art project were recently announced by the Student Learning Resource Center (SLRC) at Lone Star College-University Park. Utilizing their creativity, resourcefulness and problem-solving skills, students in the Drawing I class of art instructor Kari Breitigam created unique 3-D sculptures from recycled books.

Les Cumbie received first place for his book sculpture, while Chinoyerem Oji received second place. Third place winner was Geovana Villa and an honorable mention went to Jeanne Mason.

According to Breitigam, the SLRC-sponsored project is a wonderful and meaningful way to recycle unused books. “It also challenges students to think about a familiar object in a new manner—a great exercise in creative problem-solving,” she said. “Then, the students share these creations with the rest of the campus, which is great fun. I’ve had people stop me in the hall to tell me what a great job students have done.”

Breitigam adds that she is continually impressed by what her students have produced from books that might have been discarded in a landfill, but instead were made into original works of art.

Shannon Hausinger, SLRC’s director, is equally impressed by the recycled book sculptures currently on display in the library. “I love that this level of creativity has been exhibited at the SLRC. In a 100 percent digital library with no books, these student pieces are innovatively ironic.”

Please visit http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHwXiYZ to view the Second Life for Books exhibits.

LSC-University Park is the sixth and newest LSCS campus located in the former Compaq Computer’s world headquarters complex. The 71-acre campus houses four university partners, a charter high school, several business partners, Lone Star Corporate College and the LSC Energy and Manufacturing Institute. Under the first President, Shah Ardalan, LSC-University Park’s vision is to be nationally recognized as the model for the innovative college of the 21st century. In just two years, LSC-University Park’s Invitation-2-Innovate (i2i) has resulted in many local, national and global recognitions including one patent.The campus is located at the corner of State Highway 249 and Louetta Road. For more information about LSC-University Park, call 281.290.2600 or visit LoneStar.edu/UP.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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