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Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities offers preview day

Lamar University’s early college entrance program for high school-aged students will offer a glimpse into the opportunities provided for mature, academically-focused students at its preview day, Saturday, Oct. 12.

The tuition-free residential honors program, one of only two in the state, grants outstanding high school-aged students, who may apply as sophomores, the opportunity to earn 60 or more hours of college credit.  Students in the academy perform community service, participate in a variety of leadership forums, and benefit from other cultural activities and programs sponsored by the program.

“Academically, TALH is a liberal arts program, but our broader purpose is to foster leadership skills through exposure to a variety of humanities-based programs, including community service,” said Scott Stevenson, admissions director of the academy.  “At the core of any meaningful understanding of ‘leadership’ is a moral sensibility, and our goal is to cultivate this sensibility, along with the courage to live your principles, in our students.”

The preview day kicks off with a 9:30 a.m. pre-registration in the university reception center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library on the Lamar campus.  The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes presentations of the program from students and faculty, with current students discussing their experience at the academy.  Other highlights are financial aid information and an overview of the campus. Lunch will be “on your own.” Meals are available in the University Dining Hall for $5.95 per person. The day concludes with a question/answer panel for the students.  

Ted Stuberfield, director of the academy, looks forward to welcoming a group of potential students to the benefits of the academy.

“Preview Day is always an exciting time for potential students to experience the learning community of The Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) on the grounds of our university,” Stuberfield said. “The opportunities that embody our tenets of academia, leadership, and service are expressed through presentations by students, TALH administrators, and Lamar faculty. 

“I welcome interested students and parents to take part in Preview Day and consider joining our academy to benefit from the instructional experience of our most revered faculty.  An education in the liberal arts balanced with renowned science, mathematics, and engineering courses taught by the best professors Texas has to offer makes learning for the gifted student an experience unmatched by traditional educational settings.”

Students and parents who are interested in attending the preview day are encouraged to RSVP at www.texasacademy.org.

For more information on the preview day or the academy, call (409) 839-2995.