Writing Center looks forward to new home

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In addition to a spacious main room, foreground, the new Writing Lab in the library has two tutoring rooms (near left), an administrative office (center left) and a computer lab (right).

Some news is worth writing home about, and a new writing home surely meets that criterion. The Lee College Writing Center is getting ready for its new writing home as construction is nearly complete on the new location in the library.

Writing Center director Jo Lynn Sallee said the move should take place as soon as furniture arrives, probably in the later part of February. Construction should be complete well before then, she said.

Entering the library through the main entrance, the new Writing Center location is in the far left corner, across from the Reference Desk. A glass wall separates the spacious room from the rest of the library, and there is also office space and a couple of tutoring rooms.

Students who need help with writing projects from any class–not just writing or English classes–don’t have to wait until February to get help. Before the big move, the Writing Center is continuing to operate in its old location in Room 238 of Bonner Hall.

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Regional theater festival Saturday at PAC

The Lee College Performing Arts Center is hosting three visiting theater companies Saturday in a competition held by Texas Nonprofit Theaters.

TNT holds four regional “Quad Fests” as the first stage of its theater competition.

The three shows Saturday are “Priscilla Dreams the Answer” from The Plaza Theatre in Wharton at 2:30 p.m., “The Stranger” from Encore Arts in Katy at 4:15 p.m. and “1984” at 7 p.m.

Individual show tickets are $15.

Lee College will also host the statewide TNT competition March 13-16. The college has hosted TNT’s youth theater festival in the past, but this is the first time it has hosted the competition for shows with adult actors.

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From the president: An Exciting Year Ahead

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Dennis Brown, Lee College president

As we enter 2019, the year looks to be very promising for Lee College.  Each year the Houston Business Journal (December 7-13, 2018 edition) prints a list of all greater Houston area public and private institutions of higher education ranking them by enrollment. Out of the 25 colleges and universities on the list, Lee College ranks ninth in enrollment. Among the nine Gulf Coast Area Community Colleges, Lee college is the fourth largest. Lone Star College is the largest, followed by Houston Community College and San Jacinto College. Being the ninth largest higher education institution means that Lee College graduates play a significant role in both the area workforce and university transfer. Last year Lee College was ranked number ten.

As important as enrollment is, it is more important to see students complete their programs of study, whether it be a certificate or an associate degree. As I mentioned in this past Tuesday’s Baytown Sun, 2019 will see Lee College focus on helping students achieve their academic goals. The buzz word is “completion.” Anything short of completion is not a win for either the student or the College.

In addition to the top-notch faculty Lee College has assembled, there are many support services provided by our staff to assist students in successfully completing their studies.  Some of these services are funded by college resources, while others are supported through state, federal and private grants. Among the institutionally funded student support efforts are the College’s highly successful Writing Center, which this spring will be moving into the College Library, and the Math Center. Support from external dollars includes our innovative STEM Hub, funded with a United States Department of Education STEM grant, and the Title V federal grant, both of which provide student access to tutoring and mentoring services.  Lee College’s talented employees have been very successful in garnering external resources to support our students’ success.

This past December the College’s Board of Regents approved some organizational realignments that will better position us to meet the needs of both prospective and current students. Through this realignment, the College will aggressively implement its Guided Pathways strategy, which is designed to quickly and effectively guide students through the College from enrollment, to successful course completion and on to graduation (program completion). Guided Pathways is a college-wide initiative that involves all areas of the institution, ensuring that students finish what they started.

The College is a major player in higher education in this region. We take that responsibility seriously, and 2019 will prove to be not only an eventful year, but one that sees great accomplishments from our students. Buckle up and hold on tight. It is going to be an exciting ride. On behalf of the Board of Regents, faculty and staff at Lee College, we wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Dr. Dennis Brown


Lee College

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Board of Regents report for Dec. 13

The Lee College District Board of Regents met in its regular meeting Dec. 13 and took the following actions:

  • Hired Helen Manibusan as a full-time associate degree nursing instructor
  • Hired Sharon Sampson as an academic advisor
  • Approved the college calendar through the fall semester of 2020
  • Approved purchases necessary to establish an advanced technician training project at the McNair campus, not to exceed $400,000. Donations will be solicited for the facility as well.
  • Approved a self-insurance option for named or numbered storm wind/hail/flood insurance coverage.
  • Approved a revised organization chart. See chart here: CHART_Realignment-12.12.18
  • Approved entering an agreement with Manhattan Construction Company for design-build services to upgrade the Gray Science Building at a guaranteed maximum price of $3,983,648.


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A Time to Give

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Dennis Brown, Lee College president

It is the holiday season, and on behalf of the Lee College Board of Regents, employees and students, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  What is special about this time of year is that not only do we celebrate the season, but we also join with family and friends to contemplate the year that has just passed, and to speculate about the year that is quickly approaching. It is also a time to scurry around looking for that perfect gift for a family member, friend or co-worker. For all the good and bad press gifting receives, the idea behind it is that we think about what the person we are buying a gift for means to us, and through a generous gesture, we carefully (most of the time) research , analyze and study what the perfect gift would be for them.

Well, gifting to Lee College is completely acceptable and encouraged.  The many communities that we serve, and their most generous residents, have for years been supportive of this wonderful institution. You have heard the expression give the gift that keeps on giving. Well, I know just how you can do that. By giving a financial gift to the Lee College Foundation, which is tax deductible, you not only help students pay their tuition, fees and textbook costs, but as they complete their programs of study, and move into the workforce, they remember the support they received and “pay it back” by becoming a donor just like you. Whether you make a one-time donation, or a continuing annual contribution, every dollar is used to directly support our students.  The cost of operating the Foundation is underwritten by Lee College so that all contributions can be used to directly support student progress and completion.

It is a festive time, with a lot of red and green holiday themed clothing, snazzy Christmas ties, shiny dresses, and sharp suits.  Plenty of good food is on the menu, decorated Christmas trees sparkling, and houses all aglow. Let’s not forget my favorite, Christmas cookies. Yum! We all remember the excitement as little kids waking up early on Christmas morning, peeking out at the Christmas tree, and seeing those beautifully wrapped gifts just waiting to be torn open. Santa made it to our house. Cookies were eaten and the milk is gone. But the most special gift of all did not even come from Santa. It came from you. The package is opened, and the envelope revealed, and there, right in front of their eyes, is a gift for the future. Yes, a Lee College Scholarship. How amazing! Your generosity, and our outstanding Regents and employees, are changing one student’s life at a time.

If you would like to be part of this amazing story, you can be a sponsor for deserving students to help them make their dreams come true. Give the gift that keeps giving. Contact Pam Warford, Executive Director of the Lee College Foundation and Resource Development, at pwarford@lee.edu or 281.425.6361.  It will make you feel good, and it will be a very Merry Christmas for all, including the prospective students who are about to embark on a marvelous journey. From all of us at Lee College, to all of you, Happy Holidays!

Dr. Dennis Brown


Lee College

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BSO presents Christmas in Baytown this weekend

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Baytown Symphony Orchestra members rehearsing for Christmas in Baytown, directed by Pierre-Alain Chevalier.

Enjoy the sounds of the holidays this weekend as Baytown Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas in Baytown. Vocalists from the Baytown Community Chorus, high school choirs and church choirs will perform with the orchestra.

General admission tickets are $20. Students with ID are free. For tickets, go to www.lee.edu/pac or call 281-425-6255.

Michael Grauvogl leading Baytown Community Chorus rehearsal.

BSO conductor Pierre-Alain Chevalier will conduct the concert, with Michael Grauvogl leading chorus preparations. Lee College Voice Artist Instructor Cassandra Black will be featured soprano soloist.

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HEACC Posada Saturday

In celebration of the season, the Hispanic Education Access and Completion Committee is hosting a Posada Saturday in Parking Lot 13, which is on Texas Avenue near the Baytown Oak.

Marylou Ortuvia, with HEACC, said the Posada celebration is based on a traditional Mexican Christmas observance that recalls the search for shelter faced by Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. “Posada” literally translates to “inn.”

There will be bolos (treats) for the little ones, live music, food and an art contest.

Live music will be provided by Alcanzable (10:30 a.m.-noon) and Clave 45 (12:30-2 p.m.).

Students from Goose Creek CISD high schools will take part in an art contest, with winners announced at 2 p.m.

There will also be food vendors and several community organizations with information booths.

This is a first-time event for HEACC, Ortuvia said. Christmas on Texas Avenue will be going on the same day in Town Square, and guests can easily visit both events.

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Plan for parade parking problems Thursday

Baytown’s annual Christmas Parade takes place Thursday, which will mean parking a traffic challenges for anyone coming to or leaving the campus in the late afternoon or evening.

Access onto or crossing Texas Avenue will be completely blocked starting around 5:30, as will the intersection of Lee Drive and Market Street.

The campus will be accessible from the south only during the parade–on Lee Drive from West Main Street.

Parking Lot 13, which opens only onto Texas Avenue, will be blocked off.

The parade route has changed from previous years. This year it will both begin and end on Market Street in the area near Bicentennial Park.

Watch out for pedestrians, especially children.

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Lee College Players to present ‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)’

After a while, the reindeer and elves and snowmen and Whos and all the fantastical creatures of Christmas can start to blend together like the green beans and gravy at the big feast.

The Lee College Players’ upcoming production of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)” takes an over-the-top comic mix-and-match spin on the holiday stories we all grew up with.

There will be just four performances, starting Thursday night and ending Monday. All shows are in the black box theater of the Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are:

  • 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 (Late curtain time because of Christmas Parade)
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
  • 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
  • 7:30 p.m.Monday, Dec. 10

Tickets are $15 (Lee College faculty, staff and students $8). For tickets, go to www.lee.edu/pac or call 281-425-6255.

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‘Rock the Red Zone’ draws enthusiastic crowd

More than 200 fans got to enjoy food, fun, giveaways and, of course, Rebel basketball at the fourth annual Lee College Alliance Red Zone Tailgate event Saturday.

Alumni Relations Manager Clarissa Martinez said those attending saw a great basketball game as the Rebels defeated Tyler Junior College 77-70.

“This is a cross-campus effort and we would like to thank our Lee College family for their participation and continued support,” she said.





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