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  • Andrea.Vasquez 4:58 pm on May 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    May 2019 Board Meeting Recoginitions 

    The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees recognized several student organizations who placed at regional-level competitions. San Jacinto College Foundation scholarship donor, PVF Roundtable was also recognized for its longtime partnership with the College in providing scholarships for students in the pipefitting, welding, and advanced manufacturing programs. See more about the honorees below:

    The San Jacinto College Board of trustees recognized the South Campus SkillsUSA cosmetology and engineering design graphics teams for placing at the regional competition and advancing to the nationals that will be held in Louisville, Kentucky in June. Pictured left to right: Back row: Dr. Roger Watkins, San Jacinto College South Campus department chair of business and computer technology services; William Buel, San Jacinto College South Campus engineering design graphics instructor; Dominique Massicott; Zachary Earles; Kathleen Williamson; Alexis Vest; Tanner Cates; Kylie Ownes; and Kevin Morris, San Jacinto College South Campus dean of business and technology. Front row: Dr. Brenda Jones, San Jacinto College South Campus provost; Dana Belt, San Jacinto College South Campus cosmetology instructor; Sara Perry; Kendall Kelledy; and Pandora Freestone, San Jacinto College South Campus cosmetology instructor.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees recognized the South Campus chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), for placing at the State Leadership Conference in Nacogdoches, Texas in April. Pictured from left to right: Back Row: Dr. Roger Watkins, San Jacinto College South Campus department chair of business and computer technology services; Kevin Morris, San Jacinto College South Campus dean of business and technology. Front Row: Dr. Brenda Jones, San Jacinto College South Campus provost ;Dipti Giri; Hannah Simmons; and Kristy McAuliffe, San Jacinto College South Campus business professor and PBL advisor. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

    The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees and the San Jacinto College Foundation recognized PVF (Pipe, Valve and Fitting) Roundtable for donating more than $137,500 since 2015 to provide scholarships and textbooks to students in the pipefitting, welding, and advanced manufacturing programs. Pictured from left to right: Kim Shelton-Brown, PVF Roundtable board member; Harold Armstrong, PVF Roundtable Vice President; Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director of advancement.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees recognized the Central Campus chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for for placing at the State Leadership Conference in Nacogdoches, Texas in April. Pictured left to right: Helen LaCour, San Jacinto College Central Campus program director for business office technology and PBL advisor; Lorenzo Rodriquez; Bill Wolfe, San Jacinto College Central Campus department chair of business, computer technology services, and maritime; Sherilyn Reynolds, San Jacinto College Central Campus program director of accounting, general business, and business management and PBL advisor; Dawson Dreiling, Tyler Smith, and Van A. Wigginton, J.D., San Jacinto College Central Campus provost.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The San Jacinto College Board of trustees recognized the Central Campus SkillsUSA automotive team for placing at the regional competition and advancing to the nationals that will be held in Louisville, Kentucky in June. Pictured from left to right: JP Goins, San Jacinto College automotive technology GM ASEP instructor; Chad Gardner; Sean Ham; Porfirio Salas; David Castillo, San Jacinto College automotive technology FAST instructor; Luis Hernandez; Daniel Stevenson, San Jacinto College automotive technology Toyota TTEN instructor; and Juan Garza.

     

     

     

     

     

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 10:27 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    National Open Education Week Faculty Information Sessions 

    In recognition of National Open Education Week, all faculty and instructors are invited to attend a campus information session on Open Books, the College’s open educational resource (OER) initiative. Attendees will be able to learn more information on adopting, adapting, and developing content for your courses that will help save students money in textbook costs. See flyer for dates, times, and locations of these sessions.

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 4:05 pm on January 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Lyceum event Feb. 5- “Game Changers and Box Breakers: Critical Thinking in Our World” 

    The San Jacinto College Lyceum Committee will host its annual Fall event, “Game Changers and Box Breakers: Critical Thinking in Our World” on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the South Campus inside the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center’s Proscenium Theater (Building 15).

    The event will feature frontwoman of the internationally acclaimed Houston band, The Suffers, Kam Franklin, and Kris Pierce, director of promotional video at Dallas-based anime distribution company, Funimation Entertainment. Both will participate in a panel discussion and give live presentations of how they use critical thinking in their respective artistic fields. The lecture portion of the event will take place at 10 a.m. Franklin will give a special performance in the Proscenium Theatre at 1:30 p.m., following with a reception featuring a film screening of Funimation’s “Your Name” held in the fine arts center atrium. For more information about Kam Franklin and The Suffers, visit thesuffers.com. For more information about Kris Pierce, visit krispiercedesign.com.

     

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 2:20 pm on January 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Small Business U breakfast with CPD 

    CPD recently hosted its Small Business U breakfast on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Local business owners, community organizations, and industry professionals were invited to network and hear success stories from CPD’s workforce and Small Business Development Center partnerships, an overview of the Texas Workforce Commission’s Skills Development Fund funding, and an overview of current and future series content. Attendees could also take a complimentary LinkedIn head shot facilitated by the CPD staff. To see more photos of the Small Business U event, click here.

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 5:07 pm on January 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    CPD hosts Physical Fitness with Mayor Wagner at PAL Gym 

    The San Jacinto College Continuing and Professional Development Division (CPD) and the City of Pasadena recently hosted the Physical Fitness with Mayor Wagner event on Monday, Jan. 14. More than 20 community participants enjoyed a session of Quigong led by CPD’s Dr. Janice Sullivan, dean of community education. It was a fun, healthy event to help start the new year! You can find more photos of the Physical Fitness with Mayor Wagner event here.

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 11:17 am on January 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Summer research internships at Rice, ASU, and UTEP 

    Please share this information with your students about summer research internship opportunities at Rice, ASU, and UTEP. If you have any questions about REU, please feel free to contact Selena Zermeño, R-STEM Communications & Marketing Coordinator, at selena.zermeno@rice.edu or (713) 348-8211.

    Nanotechnology Research Experience for Community College Students (Nano REU)

    Nano REU is a 10-week program for students enrolled in Greater Houston Area schools. Students will work in independent research projects in a Rice University nanotechnology research laboratory and attend seminars and presentations based on Rice research. Students will also present their research as a poster at the Smalley-Curl Institute Summer Research Colloquium. Students can earn up to $6000 in stipends!

    NEWT Research Experience for Community College Students (NEWT REU)

    NEWT REU is a 10-week program for students enrolled in schools in the Houston, TX; El Paso, TX; and Phoenix, AZ areas. Selected students will work in research labs focused on water treatment at either Rice University, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), or Arizona State University (ASU). Students will also present their research as a poster at the Smalley-Curl Institute Summer Research Colloquium. Non-Houston students will receive travel support to present their research poster in Houston, TX and can earn up to $6000 in stipends!

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 5:12 pm on January 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Small act of kindness from a big heart 

    Alex Coco didn’t think twice about turning in a $100 bill he found outside a shopping center parking lot. Most 12-year-olds would have considered it their lucky day and headed to their favorite store. Alex, however, walked right back inside to ask the management if anyone reported missing the bill.

    After doing some checking, Alex was told that he could keep the bill since no one called or left word to claim it. Now that he officially had $100, his conscious would be at ease knowing that it was rightfully his. But Alex is no ordinary 12-year-old. Rather than buy the latest video games, or even gifts for his family, he told his mom, Nevin Coco, South Campus liberal arts division operations coordinator, that he wanted to use the money to help those who needed it more than he did. Alex then decided to use the $100 to buy food for the South Campus’ food pantry. It’s a great feeling to know that there are young people out there whose compassion and kindness for others will always speak volumes through their actions. Thank you, Alex!

     
    • Ruth Keenan 10:56 am on January 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Alex Coco we love you! Nevin, this is a great tribute to your parenting. Thank you SJC for sharing this story. It made my day, and I am certain many others!

    • Kristy McAuliffe 10:59 am on January 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome job, Alex. I know your mom is so proud of you!

    • Susan Eason 12:07 pm on January 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful story…thank you, Alex, for helping our food pantry!

    • Brenda Jones 11:15 am on January 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Alex, I am so PROUD of you! You are AWESOME! Thank you so much for helping our SJC Food Pantry.
      Dr. Jones

    • Kelly Barnes 8:25 pm on January 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This story put such a smile on my face. Well done!

  • Andrea.Vasquez 4:23 pm on January 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Congratulations Nate Wiggins, IEEE Best Presenter Award 

    Nate Wiggins, professor of mathematics and engineering at San Jacinto College North Campus, was recently recognized with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Best Presenter Award for his presentation in the virtual reality and artificial intelligence category at the IEEE Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Wiggins presented a mixed reality homework system which creates holographic lessons for about 10 percent of the current cost, with no cost to the student, while providing artificial intelligence for automated feedback and remediation. Wiggins has been working on the research for a few years which was spurred from another project he was working on. He also uses his own homework system that he created for his classes, which he says has been working very well. Congratulations on your award, Nate!

     

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 4:27 pm on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Inaugural South Campus Food Pantry Ping Pong Tournament 

    The inaugural South Campus Food Pantry Ping Pong Tournament unleashed competitiveness from various faculty and staff across the campus, but all for a good cause. Amid trash talk and spectator outbursts, teams raised a total of 312 canned and dried food items for the South Campus food pantry. The winners of the tournament were math professors Benjamin Blanding and Gregory Brutsche, better known as Team “Smooth Function.” Due to the tournament’s overwhelming popularity, another event will likely be scheduled for spring. Thank you to all who supported and participated in this campus event that is sure to be a new tradition!

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 2:12 pm on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    CANstruction Competition raises TONS for campus food pantries 

    ‘Tis the season of giving, and this year 16 teams from across the College joined in the CANstruction competition in an effort to collect canned food items for the Central, North and South Campus food pantries. Each team held canned food drives in order to supplement their construction materials. In collaboration with the College’s veteran centers, each team was tasked with creating a structural piece of art with a military/veteran theme using the canned and dried food items donated, with all items being donated directly to the campus food pantries. The finished products were truly a sight to see! In total, the CANstruction teams raised 4,592 pounds of food for the campus food pantries. Congratulations to the team winners, and an overall THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the event and/or donated to this amazing cause. Check out some photos of these creative structures, and see more photos here.

     
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