Lone Star College-University Park celebrates 10 years of innovation

HOUSTON, TX – Lone Star College-University Park recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with the Celebrating 10 Years of Innovation event on December 6th.

“Congratulations to Lone Star College-University Park on reaching this significant milestone,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC Chancellor. “From its inception, this campus has laid the groundwork to transform higher education by bringing a new look at how best to serve its students.”

At the Celebrating 10 Years of Innovation event, the college received multiple proclamations and flags from leading federal, state and local politicians, who declared December 6, 2022 as LSC-University Park Day. Sam Harless, Texas State Representative, District 126, and LSC alumni; Jack Cagle, Harris County Commissioner District 4; and Bobby Lieb, President and CEO of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, personally presented their awards.

“We are honored and proud of how our community leaders have shown their unwavering support of Lone Star College-University Park,” said Shah Ardalan, Ed.D., President of LSC-University Park. “This is the only college in the country built on an open invitation to innovation (i2i), transforming the property into this community’s college.”

Representative for the Offices of Greg Abbot, Gov. of Texas; Dan Crenshaw, US Congressman 2nd District; Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County District Attorney Jack Cagle also presented proclamations.

“Lone Star College-University Park is a tremendous asset to this community and its economic prosperity,” said Sam Harless, Texas State Representative District 126. “Congratulations to Dr. Shah Ardalan for his leadership in the college and in the community.”

The LSC-University Park Percussion, Choir and Jazz Trio provided musical performances and the college’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts unveiled a mural at the anniversary celebration. Attendees at the event included current and former LSC Trustees, other LSC Presidents, donors and supporters, Chamber of Commerce representatives, industry, community and corporate leaders, and leaders from academia and K-12 partners, including the University of Houston- Downtown, Klein Independent School District and iSchool High.

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“On behalf of the staff and students of LSC-UP, I thank our elected officers, partners, community leaders and all friends and supporters of the college for a tremendous and humbling show of pride and appreciation,” Ardalan said. “It was indeed a beautiful day at Lone Star College-University Park and the best is yet to come.”

Speakers at the Celebrating 10 Years of Innovation event included Keith Barber, CEO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and LSC alumni; Jenny McGown, Ed.D., Klein Independent School District Superintendent; Daniel Villanueva, Jr., Ph.D., vice president for enrollment management at the University of Houston-Downtown; Martha Donnelly, LSC-University Park Faculty and Senate President; Clavelia Martin, secretary of the LSC-University Park Professional Support Staff Association; and Kayla Hajdik, President of the LSC-University Park Student Government Association.

“I would like to thank Lone Star College-University Park for their exemplary work in helping Klein ISD prepare our students to find the exit with their purpose on the path they choose to be successful,” said Jenny McGown, Ed.D., Klein ISD Superintendent. “I am grateful for this wonderful partnership that has saved students and families thousands of dollars.”

LSC-University Park, located in the former headquarters of Compaq Computer Corporation, officially opened as a university center on January 4, 2010, serving 6,030 students. The campus’ growth exploded within two years, making it LSC’s sixth full-service college. LSC-University Park held its official opening ceremony on June 6, 2012 and dedicated Buildings 10, 11, 12 and 13 on December 6, 2012.

The LSC-University Park offers 57 degrees and certificates. It houses the LSC-Energy and Manufacturing Institute and the Center for Science and Innovation. The college plans to open its Visual and Performing Arts Center in December 2023. Visit LoneStar.edu/UniversityPark to learn more about LSC-University Park.

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Lone Star College celebrates its 50th anniversary by providing quality, affordable and competitive educational opportunities for families in the greater North Houston area. The full story of LSC is available at LoneStar.edu/50Years.

Lone Star College enrolls over 80,000 students each semester and provides high quality, affordable academic transfer and career education. Educating tomorrow’s workforce today, LSC is redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as Chancellor of LSC, the largest college in the Houston area, and was named #35 in Texas by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a 2022 Great Colleges to Work For® Institution in the Forbes Named America’s Best Employers By State and recognized as one of this year’s Best Places to Work in Texas™ by Fortune Magazine and Great Place To Work®. LSC consists of eight colleges, seven centers, eight Workforce Centers of Excellence and the Lone Star Corporate College. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.