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38 The Student Congress also plays a major role in the alloca- tion of funds generated by the student services fee. These funds are used to support the activities of student organiza- tions recognized by the College, student oriented cultural activities, and other non-instructional activities. Student Congress and Student Clubs The Lee College Student Congress is comprised of elected representatives from recognized clubs, organizations, and members-at-large. Student Congress meetings are open and all students are encouraged to attend. However, the right to cast votes at Student Congress meetings or in the election of Student Congress Officers is limited to representatives of recognized organizations and members-at-large. The voting conventions used by Student Congress are summarized below; however, students with an interest in Student Con- gress are encouraged to obtain a copy of its bylaws. Recognized campus clubs/organizations may designate a voting representative and that representative may cast votes at Student Congress meetings regardless of his/her atten- dance at previous meetings. Lee College students, including members and officers of rec- ognized clubs, may become members-at-large by attending Student Congress meetings. The number of meetings re- quired to become a member-at-large is set by the Student Congress. Students need not be club representatives or members-at-large to qualify as candidates for Student Con- gress offices. How to Join a Club or Form a New Club A list of clubs recognized by the College, their officers, and their sponsors is available from the Student Activities Coor- dinator whose office is located in the Student Center. Stu- dents interested in joining clubs should obtain this list. Notices regarding club meetings and activities are posted on the bulletin boards of most college buildings, including the Student Center and Moler Hall. Any group of seven or more students may form a club or or- ganization, provided they meet the stipulations set forth in the Lee College Handbook for Clubs and Organizations. Copies of this handbook are available from the Student Ac- tivities Coordinator or online at Art Association The Lee College Art Association provides support to visual arts activities such as the student/faculty art show and sale each long semester and to individuals participating in gallery shows on campus and entering competitive shows in the area. Officers are elected from the group. Students who want to sell work in the campus exhibitions contribute a per- centage of sales to the Visual Arts Scholarship Fund. Debate The Lee College Debate Team is open to all Lee College stu- dents, regardless of major or area of concentration, who have an interest in competitive public speaking, argumenta- tion, logic, and other applied academic areas. This extracur- ricular activity allows students to compete in a structured environment against students from colleges and universities from around the nation. Membership in intercollegiate de- bate programs is a desirable activity on applications for transfer to competitive institutions, as well as those who have an interest pursing graduate education in Speech, Busi- ness, Politicial Science, or law school. The Lee College De- bate Team is a national competitive member of the International Public Debate Association (IPDA), providing opportunities for both individual and team debate. No debate experience is necessary to join and newcomers will be prepared to compete against students of similar readiness in Novice competition, while those who may pos- sess a debate background at the high school level may com- pete against more seasoned competition in the Varsity division. Membership in the Debate Team is also open to those students who do not wish to compete but to simply refine their delivery and argumentation skills. Students will receive hands-on training in both debate and public speak- ing and are able to attend 8-10 tournaments throughout the academic year, culminating in the IPDA National Championship Tournament in the late Spring semester. Scholarships are available by application. Lee College De- bate also offers assistance in applying for debate transfer scholarships to a network of four-year institutions through- out the nation. For more information, please contact the Di- rector of Forensics at 281.425.6502. Drama Lee College theatre students participate in all phases of the- atre production: set design, set construction, lighting, make- up, acting, sound, publicity, and box office. Students are exposed to a wide variety of theatrical experiences through field trips to see productions by local theatres, both amateur and professional. Lee College maintains a chapter of Delta Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society for commu- nity colleges. Students present major productions each year. Plays may be entered into competition at the Annual Texas Junior College Play Festival and the Kennedy Center American College The- ater Festival.

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