By: Roycelyn Bastian

The Lone Star College Board of Trustees awarded the title of Professor Emerita to Annie Beni eld, Ph.D., LSC-Tomball and Joan McAninch Samuelson, Ph.D., LSC-Kingwood during the May board meeting. “Lone Star College is proud of the selfless dedication of Dr. Beni eld and Dr. Samuelson,” said Mario K. Castillo, J.D., LSC chancellor. “ eir work has transformed the lives of students and colleagues and the title of Emerita is an expression of the college’s gratitude for their outstanding service.”


Upon the Chancellor’s recommendation, the Board may confer the “Emerita” title upon retiring faculty, administrators or sta to recognize significant contributions to the college through long and distinguished service in administration, teaching, support, or other service. Beni eld began teaching political science at LSC-Tomball in 1998 and remained until she retired in 2021. During her tenure, she received the LSC-Tomball Advance Equity Award, a faculty excellence service award and was named teacher of the month by the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce. Beni eld aimed to facilitate students’ learning about democracy and the political process with the hopes of transforming them into civically engaged citizens.


“I chose to work in education because I wanted to have a meaningful impact in society, similar to my past educators who had an indelible impact on my growth and development,” said Beni eld. “After serving as a faculty member for 23 years, I am deeply humbled and honored by such an extraordinary tribute from Lone Star College. Emerita status lets me remain engaged in academia.” Beni eld helped to organize Constitution Day at the college, served as the Texas Community College Teachers Association president, chaired the Social Sciences Department and served as the League of Women Voters of Houston president in 2022.


She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Alabama A&M University, a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. from  e University of New Orleans. Samuelson was one of the founding faculty members of LSC-Kingwood in 1984 and retired this May after 40 years of service. As a dedicated English professor, she has won numerous innovation and faculty fellow awards, helped launch LSC Honors College, and was a pioneer in Online Learning, having taught online courses before LSC had a dedicated LMS. Additionally, she worked as a website designer for LSC-Kingwood before the systemwide site.

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October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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