50th Anniversary highlighted at board meeting

To accommodate a large crowd, the September 19, 2011 Board Meeting was held at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building on the Central Campus. Civic and government leaders, community residents, former students, and former employees gathered to commemorate the College’s 50th anniversary.

Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer interviewed Gene Blasingame, who attended as a student at SJC’s original temporary campus that was housed in renovated stores in downtown Pasadena in the early 1960s.

South Campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy interviewed John Bolen, who was also a SJC student in the 1960s who returned after graduation to serve as a professor, and who now teaches at the South Campus.

North Campus President Dr. Allatia Harris interviewed Dr. Gary Friery, who was also a SJC student in the 1960s who returned after graduation to serve as a professor, and who now serves as a dean at the North Campus.

Central Campus President Dr. Neil Matkin interviewed three current students to highlight how the College’s mission of student success remains the same today as it was 50 years ago.

The North Campus culinary arts program provided cake. The music programs from all three campuses provided music and singing. The College’s IT department, and Marketing department provided video and pictorial slideshows featuring historical highlights.

Several elected officials were on hand to express appreciation to the College for serving the area so well for 50 years. Proclamations from municipal, county, and state offices were on display that designate September 19, 2011 as San Jacinto College Day.

Kudos to the many employees who gave so much time and effort to make the historic board meeting a tremendous success, including Amanda Booren, Eric Late, Lori Barbay, Kathy Conway, Les Williams, Geneva Fort, Mike Mizma, Dr. Randy Snyder, Steve Rudd, Timothy Banks, Donna Jones, Rob Vanya, Keith Hudson, Justin Petty, LaVena Wilder, Niki Whiteside, Sherry Ransdell, Cynthia Stevens, Linda Harrison, Ginger Lambert, Hollie Fulsom, David LeMaster, and Carol Schwing.