Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, left, visits with Lone Star College Chancellor Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., before delivering the keynote address recently at the Community Colleges for International Development conference.

LONE STAR HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Higher education officials, government representatives and professionals employed in workforce development gathered recently for the 41st annual Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) conference. Lone Star College was the host institution for the event, which was held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The conference, entitled “‘Aligning the Stars,” offered workshops on topics such as “Health, Safety and Risk Management for Study Abroad;” “Building for the Future: A Comprehensive Model for Establishing an International Programs Office;” and “Partnership between Lone Star College and Qufu Normal University.” Nearly 250 attendees representing 14 countries and 30 states took part in this year’s conference. Lone Star College welcomed 3,025 international students from more than 100 countries in Fall 2016. LSC students also participate in study-abroad programs in countries like China, Italy and Spain. CCID is a global network of community, technical and vocational institutions dedicated to creating globally engaged learning environments. Members engage within the network to improve practices, participate in learning communities, and collaborate to advance global opportunities at the college level.

 

TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT KINGS CROSSING GOES LIVE

Houston City Council Member Dave Martin has announced that the traffic signal at Kings Crossing Lane and Kingwood Drive underwent final inspection and was energized Thursday, March 2. Since this traffic signal is new, those who observe any issues are asked to contact 3-1-1 immediately by dialing 713-837-0311 to make a report. Those who do make a report are asked to follow up with Martin’s office so that his staff may track the issue. Contact Martin’s office by calling 832-393-3008 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

PEACE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS TO BE HONORED

The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Peace Officers and Firefighters of the Year luncheon will be Tuesday, March 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center. The luncheon will feature speaker Art Acevedo, the recently sworn-in chief of the Houston Police Department. $30 for chamber members; $35 for guests. Registration can be made online at LakeHouston.org. For more information, call 281-446-2128.

 

CHAMBER WELCOMES NEW SALES DIRECTOR

VanDeventer

The Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce has announced Adam VanDeventer, a recent graduate of Texas State University, as the new investor sales and services director. VanDeventer, 21, a native of Liberty, earned a B.A. in communication studies with a minor in business. He served in leadership roles at his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, since April 2015 while attending the university. Though new to the Lake Houston region, VanDeventer is no stranger to the Greater Houston area. He interned at Houston City Council Member Dave Martin’s office during the summer of 2015. “I look forward to meeting a lot of people and I’m excited at the opportunity to learn about this area and what is important to the businesses around here,” VanDeventer said.

 

HUMBLE SURGICAL FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

Humble Surgical Hospital filed for bankruptcy Feb. 23 after a judge ruled that they owe Aetna $51.4 million. In a case that stretched over seven years, Aetna sued the hospital, alleging that they overcharged for procedures. Testimony presented said the hospital in some cases charged 10 times the market rate for out-of-network charges. The insurance company contended that Humble Surgical Hospital offered discounts to out-of-network patients so their fees were similar to in-network patients, but billed Aetna higher rates as an out-of-network provider. The court denied Humble Surgical Hospital’s motion to reconsider the judgment earlier this month. In its bankruptcy petition, Humble Surgical Hospital certified it had liabilities of at least $50 million and assets of at least $10 million. The hospital said in its filing that it has between 200 and 999 creditors. Lawyers for the hospital later said they cannot generate enough revenue to pay the judgment.

 

NEW PERMITTING CENTER WEBSITE 

Houston City Council approved a contract for website development services that will transform the way residents, businesses and the building community navigate the City of Houston’s permitting process. The new Houston Permitting Center’s website, estimated to launch in one year, will feature a wizard that automatically customizes permitting requirements based on answers to a series of questions provided by the customer. The new website will also consolidate each department’s permitting pages and repackage the information in a way that is functional to the customer based on needs, i.e. opening a business and remodeling a house. Other functions of the enhanced online experience will include comprehensive customer support, keyword search, simple online application forms and electronic signatures. Individuals with residential, business or construction permit questions are encouraged to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 832-394-9000.

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