LC debate team wins again, headed to national championship

debate team with awards

The Mendoza Debate Society at Lee College with their awards at the University of Texas-Tyler’s 2nd Annual “Tournament of Roses.”

For the seventh time this season, the Mendoza Debate Society at Lee College was named the Overall Sweepstakes Community College Champions at the University of Texas-Tyler’s 2nd Annual “Tournament of Roses” held in Tyler, TX on February 28-March 1, 2020.   Lee College debaters finished strong as they also won 2nd Place in Overall Sweepstakes, 2ndPlace in Team Debate Sweepstakes, and 2nd Place in Individual Sweepstakes against a field of thirteen other colleges and universities from around the nation including Southern Methodist University (TX), Harding University (AR), Louisiana Tech (LA), and Jefferson State Community College (AL).

Sophomore Pamela Johnson once again dominated the field she finished as both the Varsity Debate Champion and the Varsity Debate Speaking Champion, winning every round as the top seed going into elimination rounds.  Lee College/Impact ECHS student Adam Kinder, ranked 2nd in the nation in the Novice Division of the International Public Debate Association (IPDA), capped off a monumental 2019/2020 season by medaling at every tournament he attended, finishing as a Novice Debate Semifinalist and in 3rd Place in Novice Debate Speaking.   Sophomore Julio Martinez brought home three awards this past weekend, finishing as a Semifinalist in Team Debate, as well as finishing as the 2nd Place Team Debate Speaker and the 3rd Place Professional Debate Speaker.  Sophomore Vanessa Rangel finished as a Varsity Debate Quarterfinalist while sophomore Lacey Gulley finished as a Junior Varsity Debate Quarterfinalist.  They were joined in competition by Jessenia Cabrera, Aaliyah Castro, Ervin Fuller, Lilly Gutierrez, La’Vonte Holt, Adam Naiser, Ryan Roseman, and Erica Truong.  Lee College Academic Advisor Zane Moseley served as a volunteer assistant coach for the weekend, helping keep the team on task and productive.

Lee College Debaters will conclude their 2019/2020 IPDA season at the IPDA National Championship Tournament and Convention held in Cookeville, TN, hosted by Tennessee Tech University on March 14-17, 2020. The Mendoza Debate Society is coached by Director of Forensics Joe Ganakos and Assistant Coach Christine Courteau.  For more information about the Lee College Debate Team, please contact Director of Forensics Joe Ganakos at jganakos@lee.edu or at (281)425-6502.

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“Rock the Red Zone” tailgate party fun!

Nearly 300 students, employees, community members and fans joined the fun at the fifth annual Lee College Rock the Red Zone tailgate party last Saturday! Throughout the event people of all ages enjoyed music, games, snow cones, face painting, player autographs, and more. The Runnin’ Rebels played a fantastic game against Jacksonville College who barely came out on top during the fourth quarter. A sincere thank you to everyone who participated in this special event sponsored by the Lee College Alliance Alumni and Friends Association. See you next year!

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Financial advisor on campus, March 4

Are you on track for the retirement you are planning on? Do you have questions about the 403b retirement account available through Lee College? Brian Orner, financial advisor with AIG (Valic) Retirement Services, will be on campus to answer your questions and offer guidance:

When:  Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Time:    Main Campus 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; and McNair Campus 3 – 6 p.m.
Where: Main Campus – Rundell Hall, Room 216 and McNair Campus – Room, P101C

If you would like to learn more about planning for retirement or have questions about retirement please stop by to speak with Brian Orner for more information.  If you are unable to make one of these sessions please feel free to contact Orner directly at Brian.Orner@aig.com or 832-627-3228.

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Lee College library now selling school supplies

Ever find yourself missing important supplies right before your next class is about to start? The Lee College library has you covered. You can now purchase select school supplies from the front desk at the library. Supplies for sale include:

  • Blue books $0.50
  • Flash drives $10
  • Packs of pens 10/$2
  • Scantrons $0.30
  • White out $2.30

The library is open Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Achieving the Dream Scholar shines at national conference

Miguel Lopez speaking on stage at the Achieving the Dream conference

Miguel Lopez

Lee College alumnus, Miguel Lopez spoke at the national Achieving the Dream (ATD) DREAM Conference in National Harbor, MD, where 2,000 leaders and practitioners from around the world met to discuss ways to improve success for all students. Miguel is one of only eight students nationwide chosen as an ATD DREAM Scholar. We are proud of you, Miguel!

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Taste of Culture – Food Sampling Event, Feb. 26

Photo of West African food

A traditional West African food assortment is shown. Food samples will include African-American, African, and Caribbean cuisine.

One of the most interesting ways to learn about the different cultures in the world is to experience their food! Stop by the gazebo behind Moler Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. for a free food sampling event. Enjoy the unique flavors of traditional African-American, African and Caribbean cuisines. This free event is part of the Black History Month events at Lee College this month.

 

 

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Rock the Red Zone Tailgate Party, Feb. 29

The fifth annual Lee College Rock the Red Zone tailgate party is Saturday, Feb. 29., from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Lee College Alliance, the FREE family friendly tailgate party will include games, music, giveaways, free food and drinks, and player autographs. Afterwards, stay for the last home basketball game of the season as your Runnin’ Rebels take on Jacksonville College at 6 p.m.

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Women’s History Month Kick-off, March 5

Female four person comedy team

All-female improvisational acting troupe, Discharged

March is Women’s History month, and Lee College is celebrating with a kick-off event Thursday, March 5, from 6-8p.m., in Rundell Hall Conference Center. All students, faculty, staff, and the public are welcome to attend. Antonio’s Italian Grill will cater the event, and students will have the chance to win a $550 textbook scholarship.

The highlight of the night will be performances by Lee College actors and the all-female improvisational acting troupe, Discharged, starring Jessica Thompson Falla. Since we are celebrating “Valiant Women of the Vote” this month, the Lee College actors will re-enact important speeches by such women, from historic suffragettes to modern-day female civil rights activists. The improv group will then perform skits that address related themes in funny, sharp, and insightful ways.

If you are a faculty member and you would like to bring your students to this event, please contact Georgeann Ward, 281.425.6530, to provide a headcount for food.

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Lee College volunteers fight hunger with clay

person making a clay bowl

Volunteers at the Empty Bowls event.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Bowl-A-Thon event at Lee College this month. Fifty-two volunteers crafted over 100 clay bowls for Houston’s annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser to help feed the hungry in the Houston area. Lee College will host its own “Empty Bowls” event on April 23, 5 – 8 p.m., to benefit the Lee College food pantry and Hearts & Hands of Baytown. Please contact Elena Poirot at epoirot@lee.edu for more information.

 

 

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Rock the Red Zone Tailgate Party, Feb. 29

Rock the Red Zone family tailgate party is Saturday, February 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Lee College. The Runnin' Rebels basketball game is at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Lee College Alliance.

Come join the fun at the fifth annual Rock the Red Zone tailgate party on Saturday, Feb. 29. Sponsored by the Lee College Alliance, the family friendly tailgate party will be 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. with games, music, giveaways, and free food and drinks, and player autographs. The tailgate party is free and open to the community! After the party, stay for the game as the Runnin’ Rebels take on Jacksonville College at 6 p.m.

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