This success story is about a unique partnership between Houston’s progressive technology leaders and CIOs and LSC-University Park. The Houston Chapter of the Society of Information Management (SIM) held its 9th Annual CIO Charity Golf Tournament Monday, April 25, at the Golf Club of Houston. The event scored $25,000 for Lone Star College-University Park. However, there is much more to this philanthropic relationship.
Last Friday, May 13th, was a triumphant morning for Lone Star College-University Park – when more than 2,000 attended the 2022 commencement ceremony at Berry Center in Cypress. Large gatherings were back for the first time since 2019, and LSC-University Park celebrated its first in-person graduation since the pandemic. The Lone Star College system awarded nearly 9,500 students a degree or certificate, including a record-breaking 1,010 from LSC-University Park.
As part of a grant-based project called “A Day in the Field: How to Mitigate Flooding and Maintain Healthy Streams,” students made one-on-one connections with members of LSC-University Park’s math, biology, chemistry, physics, and geology faculty and staff. They also collected data, learned about local streams from an interdisciplinary perspective, and provided solutions to drainage and flooding concerns in the area.
Jamie Margolin, the Colombian-American organizer, activist and author, visited the Lone Star College-University Park campus on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Margolin's book Youth To Power is the 2021-2022 campus read at LSC-University Park and serves as a reminder of the shared passion amongst the faculty and staff, who understand that communal reading can be transformative when shared ideas take root and grow.
There is still time for students to register for the Fall 2021 semester at Lone Star College-University Park. Shorter-length Next Start courses are scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Sept. 13, for the 14-week session; Monday, Sept. 27, for the 12-week session; and Wednesday, Oct. 27, for the eight-week session. Next Start courses, which are offered in both in-person and virtual formats, end the week of December 13 – at the same time as full-semester classes.
Alexandria Flores graduated from LSC-University Park with an Associate of Arts degree and plans to transfer to a four-year university in the spring. Read her student Q&A to learn more about her experience at LSC-University Park.
LSC-University Park announced a new initiative that will enable faculty to cultivate more enriching, engaging class discussions utilizing artificial intelligence (AI). In partnership with the inquiry-based discussion platform Packback, LSC-University Park will expand faculty and student access to a platform shown to promote critical thinking, build a sense of community in class, and help improve student success.
We're honored to recognize Hispanic members in the LSC-University Park community as part of our Hispanic Hertitage Month celebration. Elizabeth Pena is a talented Development English professor at LSC-University Park.
There is still time for students to register for the Fall 2021 semester at Lone Star College-University Park. Shorter-length Next Start courses are scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Sept. 13, for the 14-week session; Monday, Sept. 27, for the 12-week session; and Wednesday, Oct. 27, for the eight-week session.
Lone Star College-University Park has launched a new health information technology certificate and degree program this fall. With a growing demand for digitized records, the need for skilled workers in health care technology has never been greater.
LSC-University Park’s Department of Geology has received the 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
When Enrqiue Paz first enrolled at LSC-University Park, he wasn't sure what to expect. In his student Q&A, he shares about the academic opportunities, scholarships and friends he has gained as a student.
After graduating from LSC-University Park, Sameia Rahmath transferred to the University of Houston Business College. In her student Q&A, she discsses what earning a degree means to her and shares her advice for transfer success.
A partnership between Lone Star College-University Park and Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) Delta Composite Squadron brought together area teenagers for a free Air Force Association (AFA) CyberCamp in July at the college’s Energy & Manufacturing Institute building.
Lone Star College-University Park is tapping into student interests outside the classroom by building teams of a new kind: eSports. Electronic sports, or gaming, is trending nationally and internationally, thanks in part to the pandemic, raising the bar for competitive video game play. Construction began this summer on a new eSports lounge, which will enhance the competitive gaming landscape at the college.
LSC-University Park student Marylin Rubio's dream is to become a teacher and after graduation she plans on transfering to Texas Tech to earn her bachelor's degree. Check out her Q&A to learn more about her experience at LSC-University Park!
Deep underground the greater Houston area is an intricate piping system transporting materials to sustain our energy lifestyle. To support that piping system above ground, Lone Star College-University Park is training students to safeguard the metal piping from one of its biggest threats: corrosion.
Most people plan to travel after retirement, but Linda Flake Jackson, a 72-year-old from Houston, had another goal in mind—earn a college degree. And she did. Jackson recently graduated from Lone Star College-University Park with an Associate of Arts field of study degree in Criminal Justice.
Vistas Early College High School (ECHS) offers students a clear path and a unique opportunity to complete a high school diploma and earn up to 60 college credit hours toward an associate degree with LSC-University Park – with the cost of tuition covered.
Lone Star College-University Park celebrated the graduation of a record number of students in the college's eight-year history. The college recognized 1,128 graduates for completing their degrees or certificates during its virtual Commencement Ceremony held Friday, May 14, via Facebook Live.
A common joke in Houston is that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes. It will change. This fall, students at Lone Star College-University Park will have the opportunity to learn about the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of the city’s complicated weather patterns and systems, as well as weather forecasting, air pollution and climate change.
When Irene Falcon learned about the customized associate of arts in teaching (AAT) program offered by Lone Star College-University Park, she knew it was her best chance to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. Falcon has worked as a paraprofessional and, out of necessity, a substitute teacher, for the Royal Independent School District.
Throughout 2020 and into 2021, performing arts have been dealt a blow from the ongoing pandemic, but the Lone Star College-University Park Department of Drama has taken the phrase “the show must go on” to heart. Building on the college’s reputation for innovative thinking, including novel techniques to ensure everyone’s safety, the department will give audiences a one-of-a-kind virtual production of “The Actor’s Nightmare,” opening Thursday, April 29, via Webex.
When Zuriyah Logan graduates from Klein Cain High School this May, she’s heading to Dartmouth University with a full scholarship. She’s also taking more than 40 hours of college credit with her from dual credit classes completed through Lone Star College-University Park.
Continuing on a tradition of excellence and top-notch performance regionally, nationally and internationally, Lone Star College-University Park’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society chapter, Beta Upsilon Nu, was recognized with two international Hallmark Awards at the PTK Catalyst 2021, held virtually April 8-10.
Ivan Ramos-Medina, assistant professor of math at Lone Star College-University Park, believes GradUP provides a clear perspective for faculty, staff, and administrators. The primary focus at LSC-University Park is student success.
Who looks forward to another Zoom meeting? In a COVID-19 world, the implications of human interaction in a digital landscape take on new meaning. Though many technologies are designed with human connection and expression in mind, experience has shown that technology can also isolate and repress.
Alexandria Flores is in her second year at Lone Star College-University Park and majoring in business administration. Alexandria is currently exploring different career paths and taking various classes to expand her horizons. She grew up in California and moved to Texas when she was ten. She works full-time at a preschool as a teacher's aide and enjoys being involved within her community and LSC-University Park.
LSC-University Park’s annual Innovation Week showcases how innovative practices are being applied in specific industries so that today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s evolving career opportunities. This year will bring America’s Top Young Scientist and Time Magazine’s first “Kid of the Year,” Gitanjali Rao, to the college virtually as the keynote speaker.
Pursuing innovation and setting bold goals has been a hallmark for Lone Star College-University Park since its founding in 2012. So, it is not surprising that the college has been named as a finalist for two prestigious national awards that recognize exceptional work among the nation’s two-year colleges.
Sameia Rahmath was born in India, but raised in Qatar. She moved to the U.S. only two years ago. She is currently in her second year at LSC-University Park and intends to graduate with an Associate of Arts before transferring to University of Houston's Bauer College to study business. She is the eldest of two daughters and her hobbies include writing, research, and watching philosophical and faith-based lectures.
Deserving students at Lone Star College-University Park will soon be the beneficiaries of the generosity of the Champions Sunrise Rotary Club, thanks to its recent decision to direct proceeds from its annual golf tournament to the college in the form of student scholarships.
Dr. Mosadi Porter has been a contributor to the field of higher education for over 20 year, currently serving as the Associate Dean for Admissions and Outreach. This encompasses admissions, outreach, three campus service centers and orientation.
When asked what GradUP means to her, Christina Cross, associate professor of business at Lone Star College-University Park, says that it is an initiative that allows faculty, staff and administrators to align themselves around one specific goal: graduation.
Before the global pandemic, Enrique Paz was on the cusp of transferring to a four-year university. As COVID-19 undermined the best laid of plans, Paz soon realized his future looked bright and he was exactly where he needed to be: Lone Star College-University Park.
Dr. Christa Spears is originally from New Jersey and has worked for ExxonMobil in Houston as an exploration geologist. This position took her around the world, exploring for oil and gas in politically and economically-challenged environments. Her responsibilities included drilling on- and offshore wells, working with assets, and negotiating the terms for commercial transactions. While ExxonMobil offered her a fun and exciting career, her true passion is teaching.
Erandi Prashani Mayadunne teaches chemistry at LSC-University Park. She was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the U.S. to pursue her doctoral degree in analytical chemistry at Oklahoma State University. Her passion for teaching began when she was in graduate school working as a teaching assistant. Helping students understand difficult chemistry concepts brings her great joy.
Lone Star College-University Park announces the appointment of Dr. Jess P. Kelly as dean of its math and sciences division, following an extensive national search, as well as interviews with faculty, staff and administration.
Etienne is a native Houstonian and a freshman in his second semester at Lone Star College-University Park. A member of the Student Success Institute, he will graduate with an Associate of Science degree and plans to transfer to Rice University.
With over a decade in education, Dr. Sawyerr is always sharing her knowledge and expertise through conferences and podcasts throughout the Houston area. Dr. Sawyerr enjoys working with children and at-risk youth. Her mantra is “mental health is the new wealth.” In her spare time, she likes to give back to the community by mentoring students interested in mental health concerns.
When Debanhi Villarreal Lopez, a student at Lone Star College-University Park, heard that loaner laptops were available for enrolled students, she knew her chances for successfully completing her semester had just increased.
Allyson Bullock is a native Houstonian who has gained valuable experience in various industries. As a former publicist for Miss Louisiana, higher education administrator, and health care community liaison, she developed a niche for people development. Her passion for empowering people has made her a master motivator and team builder, and her love for humanity and change is infectious.
Dr. Jermaine Johnson, professor of criminal justice at Lone Star College-University Park, views life through a different lens – one that looks for hope over hopelessness and opportunity in every challenge or roadblock. With GradUP, an initiative to bolster student success and increase graduation rates by 300% in three years, in mind, Johnson approaches his students with his lemon-to-lemonade attitude, earning their trust, and helping them find their individual paths to success.
At the age of 14, Lone Star College-University Park student Andrea Luna Gonzalez, together with her father and stepmother, departed El Salvador for Houston, Texas. Their destination was a certainty, yet the plans for her education were unclear.
Kevin Carreathers was raised in a family that valued education. He recognizes that his upbringing has played a significant role in how he views the world – and the importance of education in getting ahead. He has been involved in higher education at a variety of institutions, but with a focus on student affairs and diversity.
Throughout February’s Black History Month, Lone Star College-University Park will host several virtual events to celebrate African Americans' achievements and their pivotal role in U.S. history. Centered on a common theme of "Learning from the Past to Influence Our Future," the events encourage engagement in honest, relevant conversations about race and marginalized communities.
If Lone Star College-University Park students need help when they struggle with a class assignment, Ana comes to the rescue, leading them to online tutors. Ana also informs students about virtual campus events taking place throughout the week. She even reminds them about upcoming college holidays.
For Lone Star College-University Park’s Kristen Khalaf, professor of developmental English, GradUP is not only a goal of reaching a 50% three-year graduation rate. It ultimately calls for faculty and staff to help students see their potential and start working toward fulfilling that potential.
Jesse Fitzgerald Rodriguez, a 2016 Lone Star College-University Park graduate, has become a published author with the recent release of "Develop a Genius Mindset: Unleash Your Full Potential and Achieve Unimaginable Success," a self-help book from Purist Publishing.
Lone Star College-University Park is offering both in-person and virtual student services during the upcoming winter break to make sure its students are prepped and ready for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester. Whether online or in-person, staff members will offer several services over the holiday break for students to stay on track during 2021.
Philip Lee, Lone Star College-University Park founding faculty and professor of business, retires this month after 18 years with the Lone Star College System. Among Lee’s many achievements were the creation of two functioning robots, both of which will stay on campus after he leaves, representative of technology integration and innovation important to LSC-University Park.
he Society of Information Management Houston Chapter (SIM Houston) recently dedicated $20,000 in proceeds from its 7th Annual Houston CIO Charity Golf Tournament to support Lone Star College-University Park students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
This fall, Maggie Espinal entered the doors of the Energy & Manufacturing Institute each Saturday morning and marveled at the doors that life had opened for her. When she retired from the U.S. Army in 2016 with more than 20 years of service, she didn’t know that her path would lead in a new direction for her career and life.
When Lone Star College-University Park announced its bold GradUP initiative to bolster students’ success and increase graduation rates by 300% in three years, Methias Plank, professor of political science, knew that this would require a holistic approach in his teaching. Plank met the GradUP initiative challenge with intentionality, not only in his teaching methods, but in all of his interactions with students.
Lone Star College-University Park President Shah Ardalan, Ed.D., has been named to the Board of Trustees of the College Board, a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.
In 2014, when Lone Star College-University Park opened its Honors College, Brian Kyser, executive director, knew it would compete for many of the best and brightest students in the area. In just six years, LSC-University Park has earned significant recognition for cultivating a one-of-a-kind academic experience via the Honors College.
Naomi Joubert’s experience in the Air Force included high-stress assignments such as participating in security detail for Presidential and top-level officer visits. After several years of service, however, she experienced a traumatic back injury that effectively ended her military career with a medical discharge.
At Lone Star College-University Park, student success is at the forefront for faculty, staff and administration. In 2018, LSC-University Park instituted the GradUP call-to-action to move the needle on student graduation rates by 300% in three years. For Dr. Bryn Benford, LSC-University Park professor of geology, helping her students stay focused on and connected to their goals is key to helping them reach graduation.
LSC-University Park will highlight ways that organizations and individuals can thrive during uncertainty with a free, half-day virtual symposium, Living Innovation, on Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lone Star College-University Park graduate Heather Rouat is familiar with adversity. At the age of 14, Rouat left France and crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the United States without speaking English. However, with a gift for language and communication, Rouat learned English quickly. Only six years after her arrival, Rouat’s never-give-up spirit and LSC-University Park’s supportive environment helped her reach graduation in May 2020.
Sonia was the first in her family to graduate from college – after emigrating from Colombia earlier in life. Now, she is the President & CEO of a global, full-spectrum technology consulting firm based in Houston. She enthusiastically supports Lone Star College-University Park and serves on the LSC-University Park Community Advisory Council.
Frank Rodriguez, a professor and chair of the college's math department, has been working with Lone Star College since 2007 and is one of the founding faculty members of LSC-University Park. Since starting at the college, he has undertaken several other projects and is now one of the co-advisors for Phi Theta Kappa.
At just 17-years-old, Ashley, a first-generation American, was the first in her family to attend college when she enrolled at LSC-University Park. Now in her last semester, Ashley was voted President of the Puente Club and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is also an Outreach Mentor in the Office of Student Success and a LSC Foundation Gala Scholarship recipient.
Kathy started her education journey as a college student with a scholarship from a community college. Today, she is the Vice President of Instruction at Lone Star College-University Park where she not only serves as a leader on campus but strives every day to support students with stories and backgrounds similar to hers.
Whether you’re just starting college or returning, these 10 Habits for Successful Online Learning will help you make the most out of your time at LSC-University Park. Adopting these habits into your daily routine will not only lead you to success in the classroom, they can also be beneficial to your professional and social life!
Neev Dash has loved cars since he was a small boy. As he grew older and learned about the impact of gas engines on the environment, he was motivated to make a difference. Fast forward several years, and Dash, who is a dual credit student entering his second college year at Lone Star College-University Park – and his senior year at iSchool High – embarked on a project to create an affordable and accessible way for the average American to drive an eco-friendly car.
One way to help ensure student success, says Philip Lee, Lone Star College-University Park professor of business, is to customize the way a course is taught to each student in the class. While this may sound impossible to achieve, Lee incorporates innovative techniques to make sure it happens. And he points to the positive comments of his students – and their increased interest in finishing what they start – as proof that it works.
There is still time for students to register for the fall 2020 semester at Lone Star College-University Park. Next Start courses are scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Sept. 21, for 12-week options and the week of Monday, Oct. 19, for eight-week options.
One of the most honored traditions at Lone Star College-University Park is the annual 9/11 ceremony that memorializes those who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The ceremony also recognizes those who serve as first responders.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all levels of society, college students nationwide are particularly vulnerable to issues such as food insecurity. To help address this critical need, Lone Star College-University Park held “Leo’s Drive-UP Meal” distribution – which included a gourmet meal for its students.
Donnelly, a 2017 Faculty Excellence Award winner, takes the GradUP mission of raising graduation rates by 300% to heart. As an instructor of EDUC 1300 - Learning Framework: First Year Experience, Donnelly has been at the forefront of communicating the GradUP message to first-time-in-college students at LSC-University Park.
Sometimes it only takes recounting a joyful experience to profoundly impact one’s life. Just ask Marilyn Rubio, the newly-elected president of LSC-University Park’s Student Government Association (SGA). The experiences of those around her not only led her to LSC-University Park, but also to growing into one of the college’s active student leaders.
With online learning modalities taking center stage this fall in the midst of COVID-19, Lone Star College-University Park faculty are using their wealth of experience in the field to guide students to success. One of the college’s faculty is using her expertise to help educators across the country prepare for virtual teaching and its unique challenges.
With the fall 2020 semester beginning Monday, Aug. 24, Lone Star College-University Park is forging ahead with its annual Roar Week activities for the first week of classes Aug. 24 - 29. Though the semester will commence largely online, the college is using innovative, virtual solutions to continue tradition and welcome students to the new semester.
Despite the ongoing effects of a global pandemic in COVID-19, faculty are adapting and fine-tuning their coursework and classroom approaches to better serve students. For Dr. Christa Spears, associate professor of geology, flexibility, building relationships with students, relating material to students and active-learning are key in all teaching modalities.
Struggles or obstacles and how they are overcome define a person. They can cause one to stumble or they can cause one to thrive. The latter was the case for Tooba Narejo, who immigrated to the U.S. six years ago from Karachi, Pakistan, with her husband and three small children. While navigating a new country and managing expectations of motherhood, Narejo graduated with honors from Lone Star College-University Park in 2019.
LSC-University Park has long been known for encouraging its faculty, staff and students to pursue innovative programs and services. Most recently, the college was recognized for its innovative Safe Zone program, which fosters an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students, as one of the 2019 - 2020 Innovation of the Year recipients from the prestigious League for Innovation in the Community College.
In the twentieth year of its founding, S.A.F.E. Diversity Communities is honoring LSC-University Park President Dr. Shah Ardalan with its prestigious 2020 College President of the Year Award for his dedication to improving the lives of students with disabilities.
Lone Star College-University Park is not allowing COVID-19 to stop its fight against student food insecurity. The college is announcing a partnership with the United Network for Collegiate Pantry Sharing (UNCPS). Through local restaurants, UNCPS will provide short-term food relief at no cost to LSC-University Park students experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic.
The Lone Star College-University Park community is coming together to celebrate the accomplishments of the college’s graduates with the Class of 2020 Virtual Celebration Thursday, May 28, at 5 p.m. on Facebook Premiere.
As COVID-19 forces organizations to pivot, Lone Star College-University Park has met the challenge in stride with student success at the forefront. From online seminars to live open forums, all resources ensure employees are taking care of themselves, have the knowledge they require to move to an online format for the foreseeable future and, in turn, are better able to continue providing students with an academically and socially rich experience despite the circumstances.
The LSC-University Park music program continues to grow with the pulsing sound of the college’s Percussion Ensemble, directed by Yamaha Artist Lamar Burkhalter. With performances at the front gates of Minute Maid Park during postseason, NRG Stadium, and outside Jones Hall for the opening of “Stomp,” you may have found yourself tapping your foot to their rhythm. Since 2018, the group has helped students pursue their passions for music and has provided unique performances throughout Houston.
LSC-University Park’s Black Student Union, Student Success Institute (SSI) and Student Learning Resource Center (SLRC) are hosting multiple events and promotions throughout the month, all tailored to educate students, faculty, staff and community members about African American culture and history.
Lone Star College-University Park is proud to announce the opening of Leo’s Shelf, an on-site food pantry designed to serve campus community members with free grab-and-go meals and snacks, as well as nonperishable pantry items and personal hygiene products.
Lone Star College-University Park art professor Kari Breitigam is celebrating a significant milestone with her exhibition, “In Search of Serenity.” The exhibition is on display through Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Marilyn Morgan Hillery Community Gallery (Pearl), located only minutes from the college in northwest Houston.
As part of holiday season celebrations, Minuti Coffee graciously donated 40 turkeys and hams to Lone Star College-University Park employees. The recipients consisted of full-time and part-time faculty and staff members.
This fall Lone Star College-University Park welcomed students to its latest addition, the Lion’s Den. The multipurpose student space continues the college’s history of producing innovative and responsive facilities that meet the needs of students and the community.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, Lone Star College (LSC) students, faculty and staff joined thousands of community members at LSC-University Park to participate in the 2019 American Heart Association’s (AHA) Northwest Harris County (NWHC) Heart Walk. This is the fifth consecutive year LSC-University Park has hosted the Heart Walk, which engages the community to raise awareness and over $300,000 per year for a great cause.
LSC-University Park’s ReadUP program will host a signature author event featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Tuesday, Nov. 19. The event is open to LSC-University Park students, employees and community partners. As part of the annual program, the college is focusing attention on environmental issues and the impact on underserved communities.
The Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to Lone Star College-University Park. The scholarship will benefit students who are enrolled in various stages of the college’s machining program and who are working toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in machining technology.
The Society of Information Management Houston Chapter (SIM Houston) continues its substantial financial and resource commitment to Lone Star College-University Park to help enrich academics and promote student access.
Lone Star College-University Park was one of only 26 companies citywide and the only institution of higher education to be honored by the Houston Business Journal (HBJ) during its Fast 100 and Innovation Awards Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis Houston Thursday, Sept. 26.
With three awards in just two months, Lone Star College-University Park’s reputation for innovation and excellence in higher education has been recognized by renowned local and international organizations.
Lone Star College-University Park’s partnership with Harris County Precinct 4 is one example of how the college is successfully working with the community to fulfill its role as an engine of prosperity for students of all ages, families, and businesses.
While Michelle Gomez was still a student at Klein High School, her mother was diagnosed with cancer. The associated financial upheaval, coupled with the need for her to stay close to home during her mother’s treatment, led Gomez to choose Lone Star College-University Park on her academic journey.
At Lone Star College-University Park, criminal justice professor Jermaine Johnson, Ph.D., has proven that despite hardships and setbacks, personal growth and professional fulfillment are not just possible, but probable.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost. For recent Lone Star College-University Park graduate and international student, Jane Lim Jing Ting, this powerful quote from Robert Frost has served as inspiration, motivation and an overall driving force for most of her life.
Recent Lone Star College-University Park (LSC-University Park) graduate Isabella Hearn is celebrating a life-changing accomplishment after receiving over $600,000 in college scholarship awards. Hearn credits LSC-University Park’s affiliation with iSchool High with helping her to overcome adversity to achieve her education goals.
Lone Star College-University Park President Dr. Shah Ardalan, LSC Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Alton Smith, and vice president of Instruction at LCS-University Park Kathy Cecil-Sanchez accepted a $5,000 donation from Shining Stars Guild (SSG) leaders to help students receive an impactful education at LSC-University Park.
Being dealt a difficult hand in life is enough to make anyone break down. The thought of being homeless, suffering from a disease, and working through a disability might cause some to shutter, but Houstonian Alex Jensen faced these obstacles head on and thrived at Lone Star College-University Park.
When Gabrielle Juniel received her Associate of Arts degree at Lone Star College-University Park’s commencement ceremony earlier this month, she reached a major milestone for herself and her close-knit family. And she did so at only 15 years old.
Lone Star College-University Park student and recent LSC graduate Emil Gillett is riding a wave of success after being accepted into a prestigious summer internship program at Pennsylvania State University.
The hopes and dreams of students from all backgrounds and walks of life will be front and center at Lone Star College-University Park’s annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May, 10, at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston. The school is expected to confer more than 800 associate degrees, 48 certificates and six GEDs during the celebration.
In March, the local chapter triumphed against 3,500 students at the annual Texas HOSA Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference in San Antonio. With the multiple victories, the chapter becomes eligible for honors at HOSA’s international convention in June in Orlando, Florida.
HOUSTON (April 8, 2019) – Artificial Intelligence (AI) is dumb, and humans are smarter than AI; we just have to accelerate our imagination and use our bodies, which have the energy of seven atomic bombs, to transform the challenges of today into the breakthroughs of tomorrow, according to Mike Mathews, VP of Technology and Innovation for Oral Roberts University and moderator of the third annual Houston Open Innovation Conference (HOIC) on March 28 at Houston Exponential.
The Coca-Cola Academic Team has named Lone Star College-University Park student Christina Ware as a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar. Ware is one of only 50 students nationwide to be named a Gold Scholar.
Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to celebrate LSC-University Park’s spirit of innovation and technology with engaging, hands-on experiments, demonstrations and seminars, Feb. 18 - 21.
The LSC-University Park’s Black Student Union is presenting the Black History Month Extravaganza, in partnership with the college’s Student Business Organization, Student Government Association, LGBTQ Coalition, the Office of Student Life and the Student Learning Resource Center.
LSC-University Park hosted the Holiday Harvest Thursday, Dec. 6, which brought the Houston Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry to the college. In just three hours, more than 300 people representing 825 total family members received food for their households.
LSC-University Park Professor Lisa Hill is connecting and improving community college teacher education programs through the development of the Texas Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (TACCTEP).
LSC-University Park hosted Dr. Tara Westover, New York Times bestselling author of Educated: A Memoir, Tuesday, Nov. 13. Nearly 250 students, faculty, staff and community members attended Dr. Westover’s presentation, The Power of Education, and book signing.
LSC-University Park, in partnership with University of Houston-Downtown Northwest (UHD-NW), will host the Criminal Justice Job Fair Wednesday, Oct. 10, for students and the community to learn about local career opportunities.
LSC-University Park faculty and staff were invited to accompany their children to Bring Your Child to Work Day for a day filled with fun and developmental activities throughout different areas of the college!
LSC-University Park offers a variety of programs which meet students’ academic and personal goals. Through the college’s dual credit program, students can begin earning college credit as early as their freshman year in high school.
LSC-University Park was named one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (Diverse) magazine.
LSC-Univeristy Park student Anthony D’Souza graduated this spring with an Honors Associate of Science degree and $40,000 per year toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree at Rice University. D’Souza was awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which helps top community college students continue their education and makes him eligible to apply for $50,000 annually for graduate school.
Graduates were honored at the 2018 commencement ceremony Friday, May 11, at the Champion Forest Baptist Church. Among the graduates, more than 30 students were congratulated for finishing their associate degrees while attending local high schools.
Lone Star College-University Park’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society chapter, Beta Epsilon Nu, was recognized with three Texas regional awards, five international awards and Five Star Chapter status at the honor society’s centennial Hallmark Awards Gala in Kansas City, Missouri, April 21.
LSC-University Park will host a SNAP Challenge for faculty, staff, students and community members April 23 - 27 in an effort to raise awareness of food insecurity among college students and the community.
LSC-University Park is partnering with Resource One Credit Union to host the college’s first Reality Fair April 11. The interactive event offers students budgeting and financial planning resources to help them learn to manage their money effectively and make responsible spending choices.
Congratulations to the 2017 LSC-University Park Faculty Excellence Award Winners! These faculty members were recognized by their students, colleagues, or previous award winners for the service they provide to the LSC-University Park community.
For LSC-University Park student Emil Gillett, a trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in late 2017 offered not only an unforgettable glimpse at NASA’s achievements, but also a major boost to his own resume.
After hearing of the damage left by Hurricane Harvey, Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, and The American Association for Women in Community Colleges – Onondaga Chapter raised $515 to benefit LSC-University Park students.
In celebration of Women's History Month in March, LSC-University Park’s Student Learning Resource Center (SLRC) and the Office of Student Life are hosting a panel discussion series that will look at strong women in history, literature, and leadership.
Through a partnership with Communities In Schools (CIS), Lone Star College-University Park is expanding student-centered support services to aid students in the pursuit of their academic, personal and career goals.
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s resilience made headlines throughout the country, as did residents’ strength and positive attitudes. Through a partnership with SpringHill Suites by Marriott Houston Northwest, Lone Star College-University Park students were no exception, using art to represent the #HoustonStrong theme.
Feburary is Black History Month and an ideal time to learn about and recognize the contributions and history of African Americans. Be sure to check out a variety of celebratory and educational events starting Feb. 1!
After a brief winer weather delay, spring classes kick off Thursday, Jan. 18, at LSC-University Park! To celebrate the new semester, Student Life is hosting a variety of events for students during ROAR Week Jan. 18-24.
Lone Star College-University Park has received a $22,000 donation from the Society for Information Management (SIM) Houston Chapter. SIM Houston presented a check to LSC-University Park representatives at SIM Houston’s Annual Clay Shoot Saturday, Nov. 18.
The Student Business Organization (SBO) is leading a holiday toy drive through November. Donations will benefit children in need during the holiday season through the Children’s Assessment Center (CAC).
More than 60 Lone Star College-University Park students affected by Hurricane Harvey received backpacks filled with school supplies in the fall 2017 semester. The effort was led by Brandi Jones, a professional development trainer and adjunct faculty member at LSC-University Park.
Lone Star College-University Park hosted the annual American Heart Association’s (AHA) Northwest Harris County (NWHC) Healthy for Good ™ Heart Walk for the third year Saturday, Oct. 21. Thousands participated in the noncompetitive, 5K walk on campus.
Officers from the Student Government Association (SGA) at Lone Star College-University Park attended the first SGA System Retreat this fall and plan to lead a digital food pantry initiative to help meet local needs, including those resulting from Hurricane Harvey.
Financial aid and admission representatives from more than 20 public and private colleges and universities will converge at Lone Star College-University Park Oct. 16 to share information about their programs with potential transfer students.
LSC-University Park hosted the Project GRAD closing ceremony Thursday, Aug. 3 with over 200 guests in attendance, including participating high school students and their family members. The ceremony celebrated the end of a successful Project GRAD Summer College Institute at LSC-University Park, in collaboration with Workforce Solutions, July 24 through Aug. 2.
Lone Star College-University Park invited community and business leaders to join the first meeting of the Community Advisory Council (CAC) April 27, 2017. This new initiative is part of LSC-University Park’s vision to be an innovative college and serve the community’s needs.
Amar Moturu is not your typical Lone Star College (LSC) graduate. While still a student at Cy-Fair High School, Amar received his associate of science degree at the LSC-University Park commencement ceremony Friday, May 12, at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston.
Ideas and imaginations will come to life when LSC-University Park’s new Innovation Room opens today (Tuesday, Feb.
21). A public open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will feature demonstrations and hands-on opportunities of
virtual reality, and tinker stations will let visitors try out a variety of
Lone Star College-University
Park presented a whimsical, enchanting event, Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy,
Sunday (Dec. 4) on campus. The afternoon holiday tea and ballet performance
drew nearly 100 children and adults to the community event.
Lone Star College-University
Park’s emerging theater program presented a special performance of the
previously sold out The Christmas Carol – The Radio play for members of the
Shining Stars Guild Board and their guests Dec. 4 in the Black Box Theatre on
LSC-University Park is offering a variety of mini-mester classes that are perfect for students who want to get ahead, students who are catching up and for students back in the Greater Houston area over winter break at their four-year institutions.
Karina Cabrera is a student leader on campus, leading the pack in
more ways than one.
An International Studies sophomore, Cabrera serves in two major
leadership roles on campus. She is serving her first semester as president of
the Student Government Association and her second semester as president of the
International Studies Club.
College-University Park and the Energy Conference Network will hold the
first-ever Texas Open Innovation Conference Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28
& 29, in suburban northwest Houston one of the fastest growing communities
in the country thanks to the city’s role as a global energy hub.
College-University Park has a new, fast-track program in mechatronics that is
specifically designed to meet Houston’s growing need for highly trained,
technical workers in the manufacturing sector.
Children from three Klein ISD grade schools are off to a better school year thanks to two Professional Staff Support Associations at Lone Star College-University Park.
The PSSA chapters for LSC’s System Office and LSC-University Park, both headquartered in facilities at State Highway 249 and Louetta Road, spent summer months gathering every kind of school supply imaginable to help young learners at Benfer, Zwink and Mittlestadt Elementary Schools.
Professors and departments are responding to changes in disciplines and student interests this fall with new classes.
"I want to commend our academic leadership team for thoughtfully considering our student needs," said LSC President Shah Ardalan. "Careful additions to our class offerings reflect our focus on students and our passion for innovation."
College-University Park chapter of Psi Beta has earned national recognition for
the second year in a row.
psychology honor society for community colleges has given the LSC-University
Park chapter one of only 14 national Chapter Excellence Awards for the
2015-2016 academic year. LSC-University Park’s young chapter held its first
induction in March of 2015 and has since become one of the college’s most
active academic organizations.
All cadets in the most recent Law Enforcement Academy (LEA)
class at Lone Star College-University Park passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement’s
(TCOLE) licensing exam on their first attempt, giving the class a coveted 100
percent pass rate.
There are two chances to
catch Pokémon with LSC-University Park. Lures will be set at the Lone Star
College kiosk in Willowbrook Mall on Wednesday, July 20, from noon to 2 p.m.
and at the campus 911 Memorial on Thursday, July 21, from noon to 2 p.m. Gyms
and local PokéStops are also nearby so you can try to "catch em'
The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Lone Star College-University Park will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Energy & Manufacturing Institute, 11521 Compaq Center West Drive in Houston. Free parking is available next to the building.
groundbreaking for LSC-University Park’s new Center for Science &
Innovation begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, near the intersection of
University Park Campus Drive and Compaq Center Drive West.
Looking for a
part-time job teaching college? Lone Star College-University Park may have a
position for you. The College will hold an Adjunct Faculty Career Fair from 4
to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at its Energy & Manufacturing Institute,
11521 Compaq Center Drive West, Houston, TX 77070.
College-University Park welcomed more than 400 local middle and high school
students for its third annual regional Science Olympiad competition this spring.
The competition brought students from 12 high schools and 13 middle and junior
high schools together for a daylong competition.
might make a love match this Valentine’s Day through the Lone Star
College-University Park library’s Blind Date with a Book campaign.
Valentine’s Day paper, each mystery package displayed on the front counter of
the Student Learning Resource Center sports hints about the reading material
inside, including the first line of the book.
Officers from three law enforcement agencies left Lone Star College-University Park Dec. 4
with some colorful characters in their squad cars: more than 1,100 stuffed “911
Bears” of all shapes and sizes.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recognized Lone Star
College-University Park as the winner of its prestigious 2015 Star Award. The
College won for its innovative Education and Career Positioning System (ECPS) –
a suite of computer applications that help students in planning for their
LSC-University Park and a host of other agencies and institutions are collecting new teddy bears through Friday, Dec. 4, to assist law enforcement officers when they make calls involving stressful situations and children.
Looking for a part-time job teaching college? Lone Star College-University Park may have a position for you. The college will hold an Adjunct Faculty Career Fair on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Energy & Manufacturing Institute, 11521 Compaq Center Drive West, Houston, TX 77070.
Parents who attend LSC-University Park could receive full-time
childcare scholarships for the current fall semester, but applications should
be submitted as soon as possible.
Noble Energy, the D.
Bradley McWilliams YMCA and LSC-University Park joined forces this summer to
establish the Children’s Academy Scholarship Program. Noble Energy provided a
$20,000 grant to cover full-time childcare tuition at the YMCA Children’s Academy at University Park.
LSC-University Park President Shah Ardalan announced the new
venture and said future students who want to enroll in credit and workforce
programs can now come to the mall to talk with admissions specialists.
With only a semester under its
belt, the Lone Star College-University Park chapter of Psi Beta has earned
The national psychology honor
society for community colleges has given the LSC-University Park chapter one of
only nine Chapter Excellence Awards for the 2014-2015 academic year. The group
held its first induction in March.
Humanities faculty member Amy
Hirsch has taken over as the new director of The Honors College. She replaces
Jason LaPres, who has accepted an interim dean position at LSC-CyFair.
Hirsch teaches Honors Humanities I
Prehistory to Gothic and has taught several other humanities and English
courses during her teaching career at Lone Star College. She has worked for the
college since 2007 in both student services and instructional roles.
First-time students planning to attend Lone Star College-University Park in the fall will have several opportunities for "one-stop shopping" to take care of admissions-related requirements during College Bound Days on Tuesday through Thursday, July 21-23.
During the events, attendees can apply and enroll in classes, attend new student orientation and get help with financial aid. Students should bring their SAT/ACT scores as well as proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination.
Lured to a conference room under false pretenses, Lone Star College-University Park student Jessica Kent found herself surrounded by 30 well-wishers in on a secret: her next two years of college are paid for.
Kent won one of 90 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The award can be worth up to $40,000 a year for tuition, living expenses, books and fees.
Kent plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin and major in International Relations and Global Studies.
More than 250 people are expected for the Lone Star College Law Enforcement Academy's graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, in West Dining on campus. Retired Houston Police Department Sgt. David Houston will deliver the graduation address. He will speak about the exemplary police officer, and will discuss the building blocks of character, competency, professionalism and leadership.
The 2015 edition of Uproar, the college's Literary & Arts Journal received a warm reception as faculty, staff and students joined the writers, artists, editor and faculty at an author-and-artist signing party on Wednesday, April 22.
About 300 students, faculty members and dignitaries explored issues of global interest at Lone Star College’s 12th Annual International Education Conference Friday, April 10, at the Lone Star College-University Park Conference Center.
College is a perfect time to develop and refine leadership skills and
thanks to "Latinos Learning to Lead," a new semester-long program
designed by Dean of Student Success Julie Gruber, LSC-University Park
students are becoming stronger leaders.
Students, faculty and staff from across the college were encouraged
to stop by the Invitation-2-Innovate (i2i) booth on campus to share
their ideas regarding new processes, products or approaches that could
improve the campus, college or the world.
Psi Beta's Mission is to encourage professional development and
psychological literacy of all students at two-year colleges through
promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership,
research and community service.
What happens when two creative and
academically talented freshmen put innovation and creativity at the top of
their list for creating a mid-term project? Professor Cherry H. Sawyerr told
her students that "Innovation begins with creative ideas," at the beginning
of her fall semester honors psychology class and the magic began.
Shawna Beaudreau, former Navy veteran and student at Lone Star College-University Park, shares her story about motherhood. Her daughter, Anna, happened to be born at the naval base where Shawna was stationed shortly after 9/11.
Commencement at Lone Star College-University Park is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 9 at West Dining on the campus located at 20515 SH 249 (at Louetta Road). We proudly spotlight graduates from the 2014 commencement class of LSC-University Park.
The new 70,000 square-foot Energy and Manufacturing Institute (EMI) will be dedicated at a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 14. The building, located on the campus of Lone Star College-University Park at 11521 Compaq Center West Drive, will be a hub for high-tech workforce training in energy and manufacturing.
Lone Star College-University Park has announced exciting, new course offerings for the 2014 fall semester that starts Aug. 25. Registration for fall is now underway and students are urged to register early since classes fill quickly.
Is there a link between student success and visits to the Houston Museum of Natural Science or the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston? If education values critical thinking with a broad knowledge of the world, then the ideal place to start might be the humanities.
The pride of LSC-University Park will be on full display April 3 as we welcome the community to a Roar-UP Open House event. Join us from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and experience what LSC-University Park has to offer.
Students wanting to move their degree plans closer to graduation or transfer can take advantage of low-cost options available at Lone-Star College-University Park. Registration begins March 5 for Summer I, Summer II and the May Mini-Mester.
Kathryn Friesen is inspiring others to reach for their dreams. The 14-year-old author and student at LSC-University Park and iSchool High has proven that writing and publishing a YA novel can become reality.
Lone Star College-University Park brought together the young and the young-at-heart for two events on Feb. 6 that demonstrated the wide-range of programs available on the campus for every member of the community, from toddlers to seniors.
Lone Star College student Kara Vigants represents everything positive about a returning college student over 40, including a love of learning. She recently won the 2014 Lone Star College Foundation Student Essay Challenge by writing about her learning experience and how it has influenced her life. Vigants and her award-winning student essay were recognized at the Lone Star College Chancellor’s Breakfast on Feb. 5.
When President Obama talked during his State of the Union address on Jan. 28 about the White House’s commitment to help high-school and college students succeed, members of the Lone Star College-University Park innovation team were not surprised. For them, it was a case of “been there, doing that.”
Lone Star College-University Park students are anticipating a return from the holidays with the official start of the 2014 spring term. Registration is currently underway for classes, which begin Jan. 13.
LSC-University Park President Shah Ardalan and two LSC-North Harris employees were selected to participate in the 2013 Chinese Bridge Delegation, a one-week educational exchange program in China Nov. 6-14. The program was sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in China.
Qualified part-time instructors, tutors and more will be recruited Dec. 2 at Lone Star College-University Park’s hiring fair in response to an ever-present need for candidates in a number of subject areas.
Lone Star College-University Park celebrated Opening the Door to Citizenship Month with a public art unveiling in collaboration with the Texan French Alliance for the Arts on Nov. 19. The event honored LSC-University Park’s dedication to opening educational doors of opportunity and helping to achieve greater awareness of what it means to be an engaged citizen.
Visionary Talk Radio for Higher Education (VTR.4he) at Lone Star College-University Park will welcome sports and business thought leader, Marcus Wilkins to discuss “The Mind Muscle: Think Critically to Think Smarter” in an exclusive, live broadcast Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m.
Listeners are encouraged to interact live with Wilkins in West Dining at LSC-University Park, via the Internet at http://blogtalkradio.com/visionary4he or call in at 347.850.8330.
Lone Star College
System recently received a 2013 Pro Bono Award from the Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA)
during a reception celebrating National Pro Bono week.
The organization specifically recognized LSC-University
Park for its partnership, which includes hosting and promoting various LSLA
events. The reception was held last week
at the LSLA offices in downtown Houston.
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.
“LSC-University Park is pleased to be able to offer fun and exciting camps this summer for our younger students,” said Shah Ardalan, president of LSC-University Park. “This is a great way to expose children to LSC-University Park and get them interested in our innovative college atmosphere at an early age.”
Three area faculty members were named Lone Star College-University Park’s first faculty Excellence Award Winners and were recognized at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) conference in Austin, TX, May 26 to 29.
Lone Star College-University Park’s Class of 2013, the college’s first graduating class, were recognized for their academic achievements on May 11 at the spring 2013 Commencement. The ceremony for both LSC-University Park and Lone Star College-Tomball students was held at 10 a.m. at Fellowship of The Woodlands.
Houston-based Corrpro, a global provider of corrosion control and integrity engineering services, recently created an endowment at Lone Star College-University Park as part of its expanding partnership.
The fall semester is right around the corner. Fall registration at Lone Star College-University Park will be open for all students beginning April 10. Although the fall semester doesn’t begin until August 26, classes fill up quickly.
Lone Star College System (LSCS) and Virtual Intelligence Providers, LLC (VIP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish an innovative educational and commercial partnership to align corporate training needs with higher education programs.
LSC-University Park will hst its first Criminal Justice Symposium and Community Day in celebration of Criminal Justice Month. The event, will be Wednesday, March 27 from 10a.m. until 2p.m.
Lone Star College-University Park is home to LSCS’s Law Enforcement Academy. In addition, University of Houston Downtown-Northwest Campus, a partner universities at the college’s University Center offers degrees in criminal justice.
Nationally recognized author, entertainer and poet Odd?Rod (aka Roderick Borisade) will host an Open Mic Night at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Lone Star College-University Park, in Building 13, Room 210. The free event is open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Devika Lalsinghani, professor of mathematics at Lone Star College-University Park, has been named a recipient of the inaugural 2012 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award by the League for Innovation in Community College.
“By partnering with VIP, we can provide comprehensive, customized, and cost-effective services and programs to offer additional value to over 90 VIP global customers and hundreds of existing LSCS customers,” said Shah Ardalan, president, LSC-University Park.
On Thursday, Dec. 6 more than 300 people joined Lone Star College System Chancellor Dr. Richard Carpenter and Lone Star College-University Park president Shah Ardalan in celebrating the dedication of the Lone Star College-University Park campus.
Lone Star College-University Park will host a Veterans Awareness Day Monday, Nov. 12 from 8 to 11 a.m. on the LSC-University Park campus, Bldg. 11, first floor. The event is to honor veterans and their families and educate the community on how to honor and treat those men and women who have served our country.
Students at Lone Star College-University Park can now earn one of three degrees simply by attending weekend classes. Beginning in the spring 2013 semester, LSC-University Park students will be able to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Business, Teaching or a general associate degree through the campus’ weekend college.
Lone Star College-University Park’s Chief Strategist for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Michael Mathews was one of several national thought-leaders invited to attend the White House Education Datapalooza in Washington on Oct. 9.
Lone Star College-University Park is currently enrolling students for fall 2012 Second Start classes. These eight-week accelerated classes are perfect for students who missed the start of the standard semester or need flexibility in their scheduling due to work or family. Students can register up to the first day of each class, which begin Monday, Oct. 22.
Lone Star College-University Center at University Park will host an open house for students interested in transferring to one of the center’s four-year university partners: Sam Houston State University–Northwest Houston Campus, Texas Southern University-Northwest Campus, University of Houston-Northwest Campus, and University of Houston Downtown-Northwest.
Lone Star College System employees Michael Mathews and Burton French took first place honors at the NW Houston Area L42 Toastmasters International speech contest held at Lone Star College-University Park on Saturday, Sept. 22.
HOUSTON (June 20, 2012) – Lone Star College System and the Shanghai Oriental Chinese Education Development Center (SOCEDC) executed a memorandum of understanding June 11 to form the Texas Center for Sino-U.S. Education and Cultural Exchange.