Update – December 2, 2014

on December 2, 2014 in Weekly Update

Good afternoon San Jacinto College Community –

I love to talk about the amazing work going on at San Jacinto College.  Just yesterday, I was invited by a professor to his EDUC 1300 class where students were discussing the value of education, its impact on society, and what steps they needed to take to achieve their goals.  I then met with reporters who were interviewing our students about the tremendous career opportunities available in our region for students who complete their credentials in several of our technical programs.  I wrapped up the afternoon with an interview on the work that San Jacinto College is doing to engage public education and business and industry partners around the implementation of House Bill 5.  It was an exciting first day back from Thanksgiving break!!

Every area of the college community is focused on our mission to ensure student success, create seamless transitions, and enrich the quality of life in the communities we serve.  We know that it takes all of us, in a multitude of different instructional and support areas, to achieve the college’s mission and vision.  Today, it gives me great pride to announce the following individuals who have been nominated by their peers to be recognized as the 2014-2015 Minnie Piper Nominees, Outstanding Faculty, and League for Innovation Excellence Award Recipients:

Central Campus

  • Outstanding Technical Faculty: Debra Clarke, Allied Health
  • Outstanding Academic Faculty & Minnie Piper Nominee: Michael Mizma, Music
  • Excellence Award Recipient: Carrie Hughes, Faculty Biology
  • Excellence Award Recipient:  Jerry Ivins, Department Chair Art, Theater & Film

North Campus

  • Outstanding Technical Faculty: Debra Acuff-Whitaker, Engineering Design Graphics
  • Outstanding Academic Faculty & Minnie Piper Nominee: Karen Hattaway, English
  • Excellence Award Recipient:  Karen Hattaway, Faculty English
  • Excellence Award Recipient: Ra Shaunda Sterling, Department Chair College Preparatory & Developmental Studies

South Campus

  • Outstanding Technical Faculty: Elizabeth McKinley, Accounting/Business Management
  • Outstanding Academic Faculty & Minnie Piper Nominee: Lambrini Nicopoulos, Biology
  • Excellence Award Recipient: Eugene Bernard,  Coordinator Veteran Success Center
  • Excellence Award Recipient: Alexander Okwonna, Dean Health & Natural Sciences


  • Excellence Award Recipient: Catherine O’Brien, Associate Vice Chancellor for Learning
  • Excellence Award Recipient: Gloria Ramirez, Scholarship Accounting Specialist

Congratulations to these individuals for their recognition!!  You will be receiving additional information over the next few days about the next steps regarding your recognition.

Thank you to all of the committee members who reviewed the nominations and to all the people who made the nominations.  I appreciate the work that went into the process!

We are in the busy time of the semester and year, but I want to encourage all of you to congratulate these recipients!!



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