Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities offers preview day

TAHL students community service project

Lamar University’s early college entrance program for high school-aged students will offer its semiannual glimpse into the opportunities provided for mature, academically-focused students at its spring preview day Saturday, Feb. 16.

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 complete their final two years of high school while simultaneously earning 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, (Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities) 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 $8 per person. The day concludes with a question/answer panel for the students.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome interested students and parents to the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities and Lamar University. Our spring preview day provides a wealth of information as well as a glimpse of the opportunities offered and explored through the TALH learning community and the university experience,” said Ted Stuberfield, director of the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities.

Students and parents who are interested in attending the preview day are requested to RSVP at www.texasacademy.org. For more information on the preview day or the academy, call (409) 839-2995.