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2015 February 16 - 02:25 pm

Honors & Awards

A summary listing of colleges receiving institution and individual honors and awards

Pictured are winners of the Lone Star College Foundation student essay contest with Stephen Head, LSC chancellor. From left: Gabby Alcantara, Quashawn Sterling, Hessami Hernandez, Head; Douglas Dennison, Candice Hart and David Rico.

Six Lone Star College (Texas) students shared stories of hardship, dedication and success during the Lone Star College Foundation’s 22nd annual Chancellor’s Breakfast. The event is held to recognize six students, one from each of the Lone Star Colleges, for their winning essay. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship made possible by the generosity of LSC Foundation donors and supporters. The LSC Foundation manages assets of $23 million, with more than $17 million committed to endowed scholarships. The six student essay winners were: Candice Hart, LSC-CyFair; Gabby Alcantara, LSC-Kingwood; Douglas Dennison, LSC- Montgomery; David Rico, LSC-North Harris; Quashawn Sterling, LSC-Tomball; and Hessami Hernandez, LSC- University Park. Each year, LSC students are invited to participate in the essay contest to write about “How my Lone Star College experience has influenced my life.” Winners are selected by campus committees prior to the breakfast event, which was held at the Lone Star Community Building in The Woodlands. “We are so grateful for the support from the many individuals, families, estates, businesses, corporations and foundations who have established endowments which help Lone Star College students achieve their dreams,” said Leah Goss, LSC chief advancement officer and LSC Foundation executive director. “This truly is an investment in our community’s future.”

Daniel Lovett, Halifax Community College (N.C.) director of Title III, Sponsored & Special Projects, has been named the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce 2014 Volunteer of the Year. The award was in appreciation for Lovett’s service to the chamber and the community. He shared credit with the PReparing men for Intellectual, acaDemic, & Educational success (PRIDE) Male Mentoring Program for the honor. Program members have contributed numerous hours in support of their “Take PRIDE in Your Community” projects. “We try to get our students out into the public and involved in activities where they give and don’t expect anything back expect personal enrichment. Over the years, we’ve probably logged in more than 1,000 hours of time,” said Lovett. He stressed that there is always a learning process behind the activities.

Joseph Maestas, a physical education instructor at Tarrant County College Northwest Campus (Texas), was ranked second internationally on the list of Highest- Rated Junior and Community College Professors of 2013-14, issued by mtvU’s Rate- MyProfessors.com. Based on students’ input, each individual professor’s rating is weighed, with more emphasis on recent scores than the past. Professors are evaluated on clarity, helpfulness, easiness and rater interest level before attending the class. Each profes sor’s overall quality rating is calculated by weighing the clarity and helpfulness rating, although easiness and rater interest levels also were tabulated. Professors are rated from high to low, and only professors with 30 or more ratings are included, with 5 being the highest rating and 1 being the lowest for each category. Maestas was ranked among 1.4 million professors from colleges and universities across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Said Maestas: “I go into every semester with the intention of learning and growing from the interactions with my students.”

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