Archive for May, 2009


Weekly Update – May 30, 2009

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I just went for a walk/jog and the weather is perfect!! Hope you enjoy it!!

I hope all of you had a great Memorial Day holiday. It’s such a wonderful time to remember all of those who have served our country and paid the price for our freedom. For all of you who have served in the United States military – THANK YOU!

I started off my week in Austin attending the NISOD conference with several of you. San Jacinto College had 22 presenters leading 14 different sessions on a wide range of topics including leadership, teaching tools and innovations, early college academy, Hurricane Ike response, faculty professional development, distance learning, and our QEP. San Jacinto College also had a magnificent booth at the exhibit hall. I heard from several non-SJC attendees that ours was the best booth with the nicest people!! Also congratulations to our nine Excellence Award recipients who were honored at the conference!!

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Weekly Update – May 22, 2009

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This past week has been a whirlwind of activity in the legislative session. One area of particular interest was HB 2480. This bill, in its original form, would have allowed school districts to contract for dual credit with any community college regardless of service area. The Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) testified before the Senate Education Committee and requested that the bill be amended to allow a right of first refusal for the service area college. Unfortunately, when they testified there was only one Senator in the room and the when the quorum of the committee assembled, few were fully informed. During the week, TACC and the community college presidents and chancellors contacted their legislators to support an amendment based on the following concerns:

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Weekly Update – May 15, 2009

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I hope all of you got to enjoy a little of the cooler weather this week-end.

This past week included several celebrations – two graduation ceremonies for North Campus and the 30th Anniversary Reception for South Campus. This anniversary celebration was a great tribute to the successes of our youngest campus!! And for those of you who thought those pictures of the past wouldn’t come back to haunt you, don’t be so sure!

The week started off with a visit from 15 students from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas in Austin. They spent the morning hearing a variety of presentations on master planning, budget, communications, QEP, Hurricane Ike, student support services, IT, and a variety of other topics. They split into three groups and spent the afternoon at the campuses where I am told they received red carpet tours. They will be writing a report contrasting what they saw and learned at San Jacinto College compared to Houston Community College, Temple College, and Texas State Technical College. I am sure that San Jacinto will be the highlight of the report.

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Weekly Update – May 8, 2009

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Good afternoon everyone!

It has been an extraordinary first week here at San Jacinto College as your Chancellor. I enjoyed my first Board workshop and meeting Monday evening. At the workshop, the Faculty Performance Management System was presented by the Implementation Team. The Board was quite impressed with the work that has been done by this team, and they are anxious for updates as the pilot rolls out. There are some interesting items that were passed at the Board meeting regarding vending and food service at the campuses. Here is an update:

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Weekly Update – May 1, 2009

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Good Afternoon San Jacinto Employees –

Today is May 1st – my first day as Chancellor at San Jacinto College. I am honored to hold this position, and I do not take its responsibilities lightly.  While I know many of you, I look forward to getting to know you better and to meeting those of you whom I haven’t run across in the past.  I am anxious to work with each of you.

The month of May will be busy for us. Not only do we have finals and graduation, but it is also a critical time in the legislative process. I expect to be spending much of May in Austin, attending hearings and sessions and meeting with legislators. There is nervousness regarding the session and its outcomes, but hopefully, we will have answers by early June.

We are also a bit anxious as we continue to hear about the H1N1 flu (swine flu). I assure you that the situation is being monitored, and we will continue to respond quickly as the situation changes. Updates will be posted on the SJC website, and you will be receiving regular emails from Ginger Lambert on safety issues, James Fowler on policy and processes, and Laurel Williamson on instructional concerns. I will also provide regular updates and summaries.  We are approaching this with caution and not over-reaction. If you have concerns on a H1N1 issue, please direct your questions to Ginger, and she will direct you to the proper resource.  

I plan to be spending more time at the campuses over the next few months in order to gain a better understanding of concerns and benefits impacting the campuses and related services. I will be developing additional communication media over the next few months in order to continue to build more open and transparent communications. To that regard, I will be sending out weekly updates through the month of May to keep you posted on major activities.

Have a great weekend. 

Warmly,

Brenda Hellyer