Archive for June, 2009

Weekly Update – June 28, 2009

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We are reaching the end of June, and the realization just hit me that 2009 is half over.  It is amazing how fast life moves, and each of us must find the time to relax, reflect. and smell the roses.  I hope you find some time today.

This week I received a demonstration of the web refresh project.  Information gathering for this project has been in the works for months through focus groups and interviews with SJC employees and students.  The purpose of the project is to redesign the college website using the “WOW” factor.   The new site will be interactive, organized for students, less cluttered but with more information available, and with enhanced search capabilities.  Processes such as the application and payment will be simplified and more user friendly, as will the ability to update and change pages by departments. The site will be tested by students and employees during July and August and will be rolled out no later than October.   I know you will be very impressed with what you see.  Thank you to everyone who has worked on this project – the result is a website that will be first class!!

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Weekly Update – June 23, 2009

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I hope you are enjoying the dry weather and still have green grass and
live flowers in your yard.  It’s hard to think about Houston and drought
in the same thought….but here we are! Interesting though, I just heard
on the news that there is a potential tropical depression brewing!

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon at Houston
Community College regarding the Houston Pathways Initiative (HPI). This
initiative partners with school districts and universities to facilitate
and track student success across educational segments. HPI is a
replication of the successful Cal-Pass project in California and one
recently introduced in San Antonio. The Houston Endowment is funding HPI
and the partners include The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board,
Houston Community College, San Jacinto College, the University of
Houston – Downtown, the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and six local
independent school districts. San Jacinto College will be working with
Pasadena ISD, Deer Park ISD, and Galena Park ISD on this initiative. You
will hear more about this in the future.

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Weekly Update – June 14, 2009

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I heard this morning on the news that we will be in a heat wave all week.  Hope you are staying cool!!

We kicked off the summer session with an overall college increase in head count (up by 9.6%) and contact hours (up 7.7 %).  Both of these numbers mean that we have an increase in students, classes,  and related activities on the campuses. The greatest increases have been seen at Central Campus followed by South Campus. Just this week, I was reading an article about the Navy’s Blue Angels, and the teamwork required, on the ground and in the air, to keep the fleet maneuvering through those incredible stunts. I thought about SJC and how it takes every department and person to keep our students on task and moving toward their goals. On behalf on our students, “thanks”.

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Weekly Update – June 7, 2009

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We made it through the first week of June, and now we are ready to kick off the first summer session on the 8th!  Faculty, have a great  summer session!! And to the employees in student services, business offices, financial aid, and enrollment management  – I know you are geared to support not only these summer students but also those students interested in beginning at San Jacinto College in the fall. Each one of us, no matter if you see direct student contact or offer support such as maintenance, security,  purchasing, payroll, and grounds keeping, plays a role in student success  – just remember that your smile, your offer to assist someone who looks lost, or your concern and answer to an “odd” question will make a difference for those students who might need a little extra attention and encouragement.

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