Poet who beats odds will present free program at LSC-University Park

Published on: February 19, 2013

  Poet who beat odds will present free program at LSC-University Park

Nationally recognized author, entertainer and poet Odd?Rod (aka Roderick Borisade) will host an Open Mic Night at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Lone Star College-University Park, in Building 13, Room 210. The free event is open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Rodís moving life story focuses on the importance of education and how hard work and dedication can pay off despite facing enormous obstacles.

Rod, a 28-year-old poet, was born in Jacksonville, FL by a drug-addicted mother and an absent father. Due to his tumultuous upbringing, Rod struggled during his preteen years. But it wasnít until the death of his older brother Eric from brain cancer that his life turned around. The loss of his brother gave Rod the motivation to move forward in a positive direction despite negative surroundings, including drugs and drug dealing, in order to succeed in school. 

Succeed he did. Rod earned a full scholarship to the University of North Florida (UNF) where he earned a BFA in graphic design with a concentration in multimedia. He has documented his entire life journey in poetry and has shared his experiences with students through college tours and open mic nights at college campuses across the US including Penn State University, Ithaca College and Winthrop University. Rod is also a published poet, childrenís book author and recording artist.

LSC-University Parkís Office of Student Life is sponsoring this free event in honor of Black History Month. For more information about Odd?Rodís performance, please contact Lisel Tucker, LSC-University Park student life coordinator at 281.290.2732.

LSC-University Park is the newest LSCS campus and includes one of the two LSCS university centers. The campus is located at the corner of State Highway 249 and Louetta Road across from Vintage Park. For more information about LSC-University Park, call 281.290.2600 or visit LoneStar.edu/UP.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.