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  • Amanda.Fenwick 9:43 am on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    AEOP members honor super bosses 

    Standing, left to right: Selene Lopez, Research Clerk; Rosy Bynum, Senior Research Analyst; Leonard Simpson, Survey Research Analyst; Patti Walling, Office Manager; and Linda Perez, Information Management Liaison Business Analyst. Seated: George González, Jr., Director of Research & Institutional Effectiveness.

    Standing, left to right: Selene Lopez, Research Clerk; Rosy Bynum, Senior Research Analyst; Leonard Simpson, Survey Research Analyst; Patti Walling, Office Manager; and Linda Perez, Information Management Liaison Business Analyst. Seated: George González, Jr., Director of Research & Institutional Effectiveness.

    Congratulations to George González, Jr., Director of Research, for being named the AEOP’s Boss of the Year! Paid AEOP members had an opportunity to nominate their boss for the award, which was presented on Thursday, Oct. 15. The Research and I.E. – aSPIRE office nominated George because, “He is the best boss anyone could ask for. He is always willing and perfectly capable of performing any of the jobs of the persons that he supervises. He does not require or expect members of our office team to do anything that he would not do himself. The phrase that comes to mind to exemplify his work ethic is: ‘He leads by example.’” In their nomination, the aSPIRE staff went on to say that they nominated George “for supporting and having faith in us to become high performing individuals and a top quality team.”

    Other bosses nominated were Dr. Maureen Murphy, South Campus President; Dr. Steve Horton, Central Campus Dean of Technical Education; Pam Campbell, South Campus Dual Credit Director; Judy Hendley, North Campus Cosmetology Department Chair; Bill Dickerson, District Director of Accounting and Financial Services; Serita Dickey, North Campus Acting Academic Dean; and Craig Zimmerman, Director, Applied Technology, CPD.

    Voting was conducted by staff at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. A big thank you to them for their time! Congratulations to all of the nominees and thank you for being great bosses!

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 4:30 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Halloween Parade features cute kids 

    hal010Kathy Greenway, childcare lab school manager at the North campus, holds the door open and points the way for children all dressed up and ready to go trick-or-treating.

    Employees of the North campus childcare center coordinated a recent Halloween Parade, during which little pirates, fairies, action figures, Cookie Monsters, and cute kittens prowled through campus halls, eagerly receiving candy, cookies, and other goodies being handed out by North campus faculty, staff, and employees.

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 1:32 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Camp sponsors recognized 

    Don Coffey (left), Lee College Board of Regents Chair, and Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College (right), recognize Terri O'Reilley and Monte King of Shell for their support of EnergyVenture Camp.

    Don Coffey (left), Lee College Board of Regents Chair, and Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College (right), recognize Terri O'Reilley and Monte King of Shell for their support of EnergyVenture Camp.

    In an effort to help 7th, 8th and 9th graders learn about the energy industry, four Gulf Coast community colleges collaborated with energy industry partners over the summer for EnergyVenture camp. On Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, those industry partners were recognized at an appreciation breakfast.

    Over 350 students attended the EnergyVenture camps held in the Houston area at San Jacinto College, Lee College, College of the Mainland and Brazosport College. The camps taught the middle school students about the energy field and the career opportunities it holds. Camp activities included plant tours, making silly putty and slime, and various lab experiments.

    “This camp would not have been possible without the support we received from our corporate sponsors,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College chancellor. “This initiative represents a powerful partnership between educational institutions, economic development organizations, and companies in Houston and the Gulf Coast region. The camp truly illustrates the power of a collaborative approach to prepare today’s youth for success in the energy field in what is a global, demand-driven economy.”

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 1:15 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Helpful donation 

    CNASan Jacinto College’s Foundation, on behalf of the Continuing and Professional Development Division, recently received a donation of four medicine carts from the Houston Medicine Chest Company. The equipment has an estimated value of $4,500 and will help to train medication aides.

    “These carts are used as part of the instruction for the medical aide classes and allow the students the convenience of using actual equipment in the training setting,” commented Mary Smith-Hill, director of Health Occupations Students for CPD. “Students may use the same style or a similar type medication cart as a working medication aide. This donation will help our students have a classroom lab that looks, feels and operates more like an actual work site.”

    The gently used carts are being rehabbed by San Jacinto College’s maintenance department before being placed in classrooms.

     
  • 2:54 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    District office employees win Houston Texans spirit contest 

    Members of the San Jacinto College District office recently won a contest for being the most spirited Texans office in Houston. Several staff members dressed in their Texans gear prior to the start of the 2009 season, and submitted the photo below to the organization showing how they are the most spirited office in Houston.

    SJC District office employees won an autograph session with running back Ryan Moats for submitting this photo.

    SJC District office employees won an autograph session with running back Ryan Moats for submitting this photo.

    The prize for winning the contest was a one-hour autograph session with running back Ryan Moats. Moats visited the San Jacinto College District office on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and is shown below celebrating with members of the District staff.

    From left to right (front row): Andrew Hoang, Jessica Vaquera, Karla Silva, Ryan Moats, Hollie Fulsom, Blanca Currasco, Karina Trevino, Becky Turner. Back row (left to right): Amanda Booren, Ginger Lambert.

    Andrew Hoang, Jessica Vaquera, Karla Silva, Ryan Moats, Hollie Fulsom, Blanca Currasco, Karina Trevino, Becky Turner, Melinda Velchansky, Amanda Booren, Ginger Lambert.

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    Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, was gracious enough to step out of a meeting to say hello and thank you to Moats.

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    Hollie Fulsom from the Safety Office (a.k.a. Texans fan extraordinaire) coordinated the group photo and the autograph session. Thank you, Hollie!!!!!

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 12:26 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Auto tech students give Boy Scouts a taste of college life 

    Scout GroupBoy Scouts from local Troop 199 and 268 Sam Houston Area Council recently visited San Jacinto College Central to earn credit on their automotive maintenance merit badges. Toyota technicians from local Toyota dealers and Toyota automotive technology students from the College served as volunteer mentors to the scouts, providing valuable hands-on demonstrations in the College’s state-of-the-art automotive training center.

    Auto tech instructor Homer Swihart, who coordinated the Boy Scout merit badge training event, said such out-of-the-classroom experiences are important for the college students. “We emphasize to our students the importance of volunteering time outside of the classroom,” he commented. “I believe it’s just as important as any other part of a young person’s education.”

    Those participating in the field trip include, from left (front row): Homer Swihart (auto tech instructor), Michael Abston II, Brandon Jordan, Hector Escamilla, Kyle McDaniel, Jason Ruth, Alexander Hernandez, Jonathan Woodall, Kirk McDaniel, Anthony Swihart, and Chris Tran (auto tech instructor); (back row): Matvei Orsak, James Kimery, Neal Albritton, Julio Iracheta, Geronimo Escamilla, Jeff Mendendez, Alejandro Coronado, and Jonathan Grimaldo.

     
  • 12:35 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Employees recognized at November Board of Trustees meeting 

    Several San Jacinto College employees were recognized at the November Board of Trustees meeting for their service to the College.

    $100.00 for authorship of chapter in book titled Writing from the Heart: Inspiration for the Writer’s Heart.

    Dr. Maureen Murphy (right), South campus president, presented a certificate to Dr. Dawn Eaton for a $100 honorarium for authorship of chapter in book titled "Writing from the Heart: Inspiration for the Writer’s Heart."

    Connie Taylor and Cristina Cardenas were recognized by South campus president Dr. Maureen Murphy (center) for the authorship of a book titled "The Competent Communicator."

    Connie Taylor and Cristina Cardenas were recognized by South campus president Dr. Maureen Murphy (center) for the authorship of a book titled "The Competent Communicator."

    Ken Luce (left) was presented a certificate for his $250 honoraria for creatorship of an art exhibition painting titled El Papa in the El Paso Museum of Art.

    Ken Luce (left) was presented a certificate for his $250 honorarium for creatorship of an art exhibition painting titled El Papa in the El Paso Museum of Art.

    Greg Black (center) was presented a certificate and trophy by Dr. Steve Horton (left) and Dr. Neil Matkin (right) for his recognition as a GM World Class Technician.

    Greg Black (center) was presented a certificate and trophy by Dr. Steve Horton (left) and Dr. Neil Matkin (right) for his recognition as a GM World Class Technician.

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 5:05 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Celebrating a Season of Change 

    Keynote speaker for the seminar was Terry Stewart Mouchayleh.

    Keynote speaker for the seminar was Terry Stewart Mouchayleh.

    Administrative assistants and other support staff members from all three campuses gathered at the Central campus recently for “Celebrating a Season of Change,” a staff community day featuring break-out sessions, as well as plenty of delicious food and positive fellowship.

    Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer welcomed everyone and expressed her sincere appreciation to employees for their continual dedication and hard work.

    Keynote speaker Terry Stewart Mouchayleh, Austin Community College’s director of professional development and evaluation programs, gave a very informative presentation about making the most of generational differences.

    Following a delicious barbecue lunch, employees chose which break-out sessions to attend – some of which were instructional, and some of which were entertaining. Sessions and their presenters included Social networking (Chris Duke and Sherry Nixon); Ancestry online (Martha Sells); Wellness on the Web (Linda Pennington and Detra Merino); Avatar, Internal Website, Atomic Learning (Tom Cortez); Outlook tips and techniques (Linda Pennington); Nutrition and fitness (Fitz Koehler); Line dancing (Red Draper); Arm and hand massage (Cosmetology department); Holiday safety and self defense (Robyn Ring); Holiday cooking (Leonard Pringle); Generational bias (Mouchayleh); Leadership and teamwork (Christina Cardenas); How have I changed (Gloria Butler); Your attitude and your success (Connie Taylor); Finding a balance (Clare Zaborowski); Matters of the mind (Pam Campbell); and Skills and values (Scott Furtwengler).

    The staff community day was planned and organized by members of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, which includes Ann Tate, Martha Robertson, Jeanie Wright, Donna Cubstead, and Elizabeth Romero. The San Jacinto College Staff Organization officers — which includes Jeff Wylin, Nancy McShane, and Charlene Moore — also helped to plan and organize the seminar.

    Here are some related photos —

     
  • 4:25 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Banner and SOS outage – Nov. 20-Dec. 1 

    Banner and SOS will be down from Nov. 20 – Dec. 1, 2009 for an upgrade to the system. During this time, there will be no access to either system for students and employees. The upgrade will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 and will run through 12 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2. At that time, Banner and SOS will re-open for general use by students and employees.

    Please note that students and employees who access the Banner and SOS systems for registration, transcripts, payment, financial aid, and application processing will not be able to access any of these services during this time. This upgrade will not affect Blackboard, e-mail, network computer services on the campuses, the Call Center, tech support or the San Jacinto College Web site.

    “The upgrade is necessary to keep our system current and to be able to use the new or revised features that Banner 8 will bring,” said College Registrar Wanda Munson. “We hope to be able to implement some of the new features in the future, including registration wait listing, and an online application for graduation.”

    Students should also be aware that they will not be able to register for the Spring 2010 semester during this time, and should plan accordingly.

    Should you have any questions regarding the outage, please call Tech Support at 281-998-6137.

     
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