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Dream Works Conference focuses on character, service

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a true example of a public servant who helped guide the nation to achieve his dream of becoming a better place. In honor of his lifelong dedication to justice, equality, and service for the greater good, the Lincoln Recreation Center presents the annual Dream Works Conference on Saturday from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Be Transformed by the Renewing of your Mind — Rebuild and Restore!”

Admission is free, and lunch is $5 per plate. The first 50 registrants will receive a free conference shirt.

The conference kicks off with the Keeping the Dream Alive Award Luncheon to celebrate and honor community members who have spent countless hours serving others. The afternoon schedule is filled with breakout sessions featuring engaging and powerful presentations that focus on character, leadership and personal development.

The conference concludes with an evening of praise and worship led by the Brazos Valley Community Choir. Anyone at least 10 years old is invited to rehearse with the choir Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Lincoln Recreation Center. Under the direction of Mr. Matthew Douglass, participants will learn songs the choir will perform. The cost is $5 per person.

Saturday’s Schedule

Registration: 10:30-11 a.m.

Keeping the Dream Alive Awards Luncheon: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The $5 meal ticket includes brisket, loaded potatoes, and ranch beans with all the trimmings catered by Justin Payton of Always Cravin’ Pit BBQ. The luncheon is sponsored by J. White & Associates.

Terrance D. Grant-Malone, pastor of Houston’s Historic St. John Missionary Baptist Church, will be the keynote speaker. Grant-Malone is an articulate orator known for his intellect and high-spirited, powerful preaching. Honorees are LaVerne Young Hawkins, the College Station Police Department’s Community Enhancement Unit, Larreishia McCorr, and Judy LeUnes.

Breakout Session I — Rebuild and Restore: 1:45-2:45 p.m.

  • Renew and Recharge for Adults: The mind and body are not separate. What affects one affects the other. Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Learn how to take care of your thoughts when you’re alone, and take care of your words when you’re with people. Session conducted by Dominique Williams, a health doctoral candidate at Texas A&M.
  • Transformation for Adults: Transformation is not to be confused with change. Session conducted by Life Coach Cory J. Ford and George White, Jr., of J. White & Associates.
  • Conform or Transform for Teens: Are your friends trying to pull you in one direction, but your heart and mind are telling you to go in a different direction? Learn steps to renew your mind and battle negative forces. Session conducted by Minister Donnie Nelson, Jr.

Breakout Session II — Civic Responsibilities: 3-4 p.m.

  • Learn to Give for Adults: The session defines civic responsibility and how citizens can give back in the Brazos Valley. Session conducted by Constable Isaac Butler.
  • Learn to Give NOW for Teens: You are never too young to start learning how to serve NOW. Learn how to give back to your community. Session conducted by Emajie Clements of Texas A&M.

Conversation Matters – Town Hall Discussion: 4:15-5:30 p.m.

Conference attendees converse and address social concerns with a panel of guests.

Praise and Worship: 6-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through songs, dance and the spoken word with performances by the Brazos Valley Community Choir, Expression of Praise, Ny’gel Starling, JC Cooper and Friends, Steven Johnson, and Spoken Word.

We’ve dreamed of a better community. It’s time to wake up and find solutions.  As Dr. King said, “The time is always right to do the right thing.”

For more information and to register, visit or call 979.764.3779.

About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has worked for the Parks & Recreation Department for 14 years, the last seven as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


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Ms. Jean’s spirit lives on through Dream Works Conference

dreamworks_fbeventBy Cheletia Johnson, Lincoln Recreation Center Assistant Supervisor

 “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”   — Gen. Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State

robinsonI was privileged to work with a woman of great character who lived by Gen. Powell’s words. The late Lillian Jean Clark Robinson, better known as “Ms. Jean,” was a former supervisor of the Lincoln Recreation Center. She stood proudly and fought tirelessly to deliver more services to the community.

Ms. Jean is no longer with us physically, but her spirit lives on.

Without her dreams, the Lincoln Recreation Center would not have started celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Without her dreams, guests of the Lincoln Recreation Center would not be able to see the beautiful mural displaying prominent African-American heroes such as Gen. Powell.

Her successors have embraced many of Ms. Jean’s great attributes. The visionary and talented Lance Jackson —brother and father figure of the neighborhood, as well as the Lincoln Center’s longtime supervisor —continues spearheading many endeavors set in motion by Ms. Jean. For more than 25 years, Lance has made a positive impact on our community.

16141022709_a06f6fa3f2_oContinuing the legacy of dreams, Lance visualized a concept to remember Dr. King through the Dream Works Conference. Dream Works develops civic responsibility through active discussion, participation, and celebration of the legacy and dream of Dr. King. The format provides an opportunity for the public to share thoughts, ideas, and resources.

In its third year, the 2017 Dream Works Conference will be from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Lincoln Recreation Center. Rev. Sam Hill of North Bryan New Birth Baptist Church will be the guest speaker, and the conference will feature sessions on character, leadership, spirituality and personal and community development. The conference is free, but lunch is $7 per plate.

Click here to register.

As part of the legacy of the Lincoln Recreation Center, my aspiration is to be a torchbearer, lighting the path for future generations and, someday, adding a scholarship banquet to the MLK weekend. With faith, hope, and determination, I expect this to come to fruition in 2018.

We’ve dreamed for a better community — now it’s time to wake up and find solutions for a better community.  As Dr. King said, “The time is always right to do the right thing.”


15056423_10211457886507712_8938533943363720232_nAbout the Author
Cheletia Johnson has worked for the City of College Station for more than 23 years, including 12 as the Lincoln Recreation Center’s assistant supervisor. A College Station native, Cheletia grew up near the LRC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in community health from Texas A&M and a master’s in counseling from Prairie View A&M.


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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (August 11)

2014 Council

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, August 11. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:20 p.m.

The workshop has started. Council members Julie Schultz and James Benham are out of town and are participating via teleconference.

6:39 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled this consent item for workshop discussion:

  • Roadway Improvements: The council will consider two contracts for engineering, survey and design services related to the widening of Rock Prairie Road West and capacity improvements to FM 2818.
  • Lincoln Recreation Center Expansion: The project includes a new 15,355-square foot multi-purpose facility with a gymnasium, multiple activity rooms, and support spaces. Once the new addition is complete, the existing facility will also be renovated. The $3.37 million contract includes three bid alternates for building a walkway cover, repairing the existing storage building and leveling the existing gymnasium.

  • Rejection of Underground Cable Bids: The Electric Department has decided not to bid this project for the third time. This work will be completed using existing contracts for various electric construction and maintenance needs and through in-house labor.

6:59 p.m.

FY17 Proposed City Budget

The council got its first look at the city’s proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The council will review the budget in a three-day series of in-depth workshops starting Monday, with final adoption of the budget and tax rate set for Sept. 22. A public hearing on the tax rate is scheduled for Aug. 31, followed by a public hearing on the tax rate and budget on Sept. 8.

Click here to read a more detailed blog post about the budget proposal.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:05 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar, future agenda items, and committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

7:06 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

7:23 p.m.

Hear Visitors

Two people spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens may address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Ben Roper recognized Marine Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr. as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 21-year-old Houston native died March 26, 2004, due to hostile fire in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
  • Another citizen informed the council about a dangerous intersection.

7:24 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda, except for item 2i (setting water/wastewater impact fees public hearing dates):

  • A contract with Elder-Aid, Inc. for a $200,000 grant of federal HOME Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Set-Aside funds for the acquisition and rehabilitation of two existing dwelling units to be used as affordable rental housing for income-eligible elderly households.
  • A $571,102.50 Contract with Binkley and Barfield for engineering and surveying services associated with the FM 2818 Capacity Improvements Design Project.
  • A $152,500 contract with Jones & Carter for the final design and construction phase services for the Lick Creek Generator Replacement Project.
  • A $3.37 million contract with JaCody Construction for renovations to the existing facility and construction of a new multi-purpose building for the Lincoln Recreation Center.
  • A $650,326 contract with Binkley & Barfield for professional engineering services related to the design of the Rock Prairie Road West Widening Project.
  • A $51,600 bid award to Techline for the purchase of distribution line sensors.
  • The rejection bids for the University Drive Underground Cable Installation Project.
  • The second renewal of an annual blanket order not to exceed $140,000 for copy and printing services with Alphagraphics ($80,000), Copy Corner ($40,000), and Office Depot ($20,000).
  • Renewal of a $525,996 annual purchase award with Techline for electric distribution poles.
  • A $64,515.85 annual bid award to Greenville Transformer Company for transformer repair and rebuild services.
  • Called a public hearing on the City of College Station’s FY17 Proposed Budget for Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
  • A $149,049 contract with Hahn Equipment Company for the replacement of the Lick Creek Raw Lift Pumps and Variable Frequency Drives.
  • An amendment to the FY16 funding agreement with the Brazos Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau to allow for the repayment of $30,000 related to the acquisition of a site for a visitor information center. The original agreement allowed for reimbursement of legal and architect fees associated with a new joint facility with the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley in the same amount.

7:38 p.m.

Land Use at 8607 Rock Prairie Rd.

After a public hearing, the council voted 6-0 to approve a request to change the land use designation from Estate and Suburban Commercial to Restricted Suburban for about 16 acres at 8607 Rock Prairie Road to allow for development. Councilwoman Schultz recused herself from voting because of a conflict of interest.

The property is located north of Rock Prairie and west of Fitch Parkway.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:42 p.m.

Right-of-Way Abandonment

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to abandon part of a right-of-way at 600 First St. to accommodate redevelopment in the Northgate area.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:50 p.m.

Traffic Impact Analyses

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to remove the single-family residential development exemption from the Traffic Impact Analysis rules. The change requires a traffic impact analysis be included with a preliminary plan application where applicable.

The original ordinance provided an exemption for Northgate zoning districts and single-family zoning districts. In 2009, the Comprehensive Plan called for the requirement for traffic impact analyses to be extended to single-family developments. As part of the Five-Year Comprehensive Plan Evaluation & Appraisal Report, the recommendation was made to require traffic impact analyses for single-family residential development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

8:54 p.m.

Wireless Devices and Distracted Driving

The council voted 6-1 to amend the city’s traffic code to restrict the use of wireless communications devices such as cell phones while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle. Exceptions include the use of a hands-free device and while at a complete stop. Councilman James Benham voted against the motion.

An earlier motion to add a 90-day education period to the amendment passed 6-1, with Benham voting no. The ordinance takes effect in 90 days.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation received by the council:

8:57 p.m.

Board Appointments 

The council voted unanimously for these board appointments:

  • Historic Preservation Committee: Anat Geva.
  • Parks and Recreation Board: Megan Fuentes.

8:57 p.m.

The mayor adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, August 25.

Colin KillianAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


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5 ways being a rec assistant will make your summer


By Lance Jackson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor

I believe that my life as a recreation and parks professional has been my calling. Sometimes my job can be inspiring, and it’s the kids I work with who inspire me most.

After serving our youth and community for more than two decades, you might say a spirit of gratefulness compels me to pay “it” forward. The “I” stands for “investment” and the “T” represents “time.”

If you can relate to that, you may have what it takes to be a recreation assistant with the City of College Station’s Parks & Recreation Department. We’re hiring recreation assistants for our summer youth programs, lifeguards for our pools, water safety instructors to teach swim lessons, and Tsunami Swim Team coaches.


Lincoln alumni blazed an impressive trail of achievement

By Lance Jackson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor

In Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, he said “the world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to unfinished work…”

Lincoln’s eloquent words were about the battlefield, but they could apply to the legacy of the College Station school that once bore his name. It’s fitting to reflect on that heritage as we observe African-American History Month.

From 1941-65, the Lincoln School educated children from elementary grades through high school. The development and history of the Lincoln Recreation Center mirror the achievements of the many students who walked those hallways.


Lincoln Center, neighborhood thrive after years of investment


By Steve Beachy, Former Parks & Recreation Director (1978-2007)

In 1978, the Lincoln Center and the surrounding neighborhood were in a severe state of neglect.

The old school buildings showed the years of little or no maintenance. Holleman Drive was a narrow roadway with broken pavement and no curbs or gutters. Eleanor Street and adjacent streets were unpaved and had a tendency to become impassable during heavy rains. Sidewalks, street lights, and paved parking were nonexistent.

The area also had numerous substandard homes, vacant houses and properties overgrown with weeds and brush. The poorly maintained softball field and two youth baseball fields fell far short of meeting the needs of our small but growing college-oriented community.

A lack of funding for potential improvements made the situation grim.

A steady renaissance (more…)