“This is the beginning of a new and exciting era for our school, students and communities,” said Dr. Linda Stegall, president of the newly named Lone Star College-Kingwood, as she spoke to an attentive crowd at the logo unveiling celebration that took place Wednesday, Jan. 16. The event introduced students, faculty, politicians and community members to the new logo for the Lone Star College System that replaced the old name, North Harris Montgomery College District, NHMCCD. “Originally founded as North Harris County College in 1972 with 613 students, Lone Star College has grown to more than 49,000 in its 35-year history,” said Stegall. “With more than 49,000 students, we are now the largest college in the Houston area, the third largest in the state of Texas and in the top 20 in the country.” The name change had been talked about for years with no action taken until this past November when the board of trustees renamed the district. This process took time and included online polling and criteria set by the committee. "Over 2,000 tallies were received during the first stage of online polling and 400 name recommendations were submitted and narrowed down to nine," said Stegall. "More than 3,700 tallies were received during the next stage of online voting to further narrow down the list. The Lone Star name is of particular interest in the area because of its heritage--Montgomery County is the birthplace of the Lone Star flag." Stegall also read a message written by Texas Governor Rick Perry for this historical event. Perry proclaimed the day "Lone Star College Day" as part of the dramatic unveiling of giant banners displaying the new logo. Philip Ivy, legislative aide for state Representative Joe Crabb, presented Stegall with a flag flown over Austin. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held with members of the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce. Newly elected Houston City Councilman Mike Sullivan said a few words as well as Dr. Martin Basaldua. “This is the backbone of the education system. The dual credit option is a unique way to introduce young adults to college,” said Sullivan. “I stand here as a member of the community to welcome this new change.” The celebration included free barbecue sandwiches, refreshments and shirts as well as live music by Husker Row. "Based on the food we served and the number of shirts we gave away, about 1,000 people attended Kingwood's unveiling," said John Turner, student activities program manager. "We call the new logo the 'Star of Tomorrow' because it symbolizes the many facets that make Lone Star College a truly unique source of opportunity for our community," said Stegall. "We feel the 'Star of Tomorrow' reflects who we are, what we will become." PHOTO: Weather proved no match for the logo unveiling celebration that took place Wednesday, Jan. 16. The event took place at Lone Star College-Kingwood under a huge tent with a live band. Photos by John Yakoub

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