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  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 12:04 pm on August 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome back San Jac! 

    A Welcome Back Social was recently held at San Jacinto College Central to ring in the new academic year.

    Faculty, staff and administrators, including Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Dr. Neil Matkin and Dr. Allatia Harris, were in attendance and enjoyed dancing to live entertainment from Beatle’s cover band, Abbey Rode, and Eagle’s cover band, Already Gone.

    Children enjoyed the moonwalk, face painting, balloon artist, ice cream, popcorn, and hot dogs.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 9:03 am on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    SJC hosts Texas Higher Education IR/IT Forum 

    On Thursday, July 22, 2010, San Jacinto College hosted the Texas Higher Education IR/IT  Forum. What started as a small event (anticipation of about 12 guests) turned into a large event with more than 50 people in  attendance from several two- and four-year institutions, as well as the Texas Higher Education  Coordinating Board (THECB).

    This large response shows the interest and  need for understanding data and consistency in reporting to help higher  education institutions make better decisions. Several participants  representing information technology (IT) and institutional  research (IR) departments commented on the need for these two reporting  departments to collaborate. Representatives from human resources, continuing education, and financial aid also attended, and the groups came together to share best  practices for this business intelligence tool. Other institutions represented include Texas  A&M University – Kingsville, Tarleton State University, Steven F.  Austin University, and Houston Community College.

    Congratulations to  our own IT and aSPIRE offices who collaborated to bring this conference to our college,  and facilitate the exchange of ideas on higher education reporting to  fruition.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 10:18 am on July 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Fight the Bite! 

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 4:46 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Congratulations on new grants! 

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 2:26 pm on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dr. Christine White   

    Dr. White, you will be missed 

    Dr. Christine White, known across San Jacinto College as a true friend, great colleague and teacher, and outstanding historian passed away last week. Dr. White was a part of the SJC family for approximately a decade, serving with distinction in the history faculty. For a few years, she also served as the assistant director of the Honors Program. Honors students elected her Professor of the Year for her outstanding teaching and her devotion to excellence in and out of the classroom. A memorial service for Dr. White was recently held at Crowder Funeral Home. She will be missed.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 8:22 am on July 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Dr. Brenda Hellyer to serve on NSCS Community College Honorary Board 

    (From left to right) Scott Furtwengler, dean of the San Jacinto College honors program and advisor for the NSCS chapter; Lindsay Bowen, NSCS senior director for chapter development; and SJC Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer.

    San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer will serve on the Community College Honorary Board of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).

    The Board recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in the community college world and who embody the NSCS core values of scholarship, leadership, service and integrity. Hellyer joins members from such organizations and institutions as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Los Angeles Southwest College, Miami Dade College and Houston Community College System.

    “San Jacinto College supports The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and its mission to further student academic achievement by combining academic excellence and civic responsibility,” said Hellyer. “I am honored for the invitation to serve on the Community College Honorary Board and look forward to working and collaborating with the other board members and NSCS personnel. Our college goals are aligned with the work of NSCS, which provides numerous opportunities for our students.”

    The NSCS is a member organization of the Association of College Honor Societies that provides students with opportunities to develop leadership skills, positively change their campuses and communities, as well as prepare for future endeavors. Recognized at 250 campuses across the country, the NSCS offers more money for undergraduate scholarships than any other honor society nationwide, according to its website. Honorary Board of Regents include such high-profiled members as famed poet Dr. Maya Angelou, a Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University; Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; and CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr. of Marriott International, Inc.

    San Jacinto College recently established a NSCS chapter for students with at least a 3.6 grade point average and more than 12 credit hours within an academic program. Membership allows students to apply for transfer scholarships, participate in an induction convocation and gain access to NSCS conferences.

    “We are impressed with Dr. Hellyer’s accomplishments and efforts in higher education and truly appreciate her support of the NSCS Community College Program,” said Lindsay Bowen, NSCS senior director for chapter development. “We look forward to working with the newly chartered San Jacinto College chapter of NSCS and gaining valuable insight from Dr. Hellyer as we continue to move forward in the launch of this program.”

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 3:27 pm on June 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Personnel changes at South 

    South campus recently announced a couple of personnel changes. Please congratulate the following people as they step into their new positions.

    Joseph He’Bert, who previously served as Evening Dean, has been appointed as Dean of Administration. He’Bert will coordinate campus budget development, as well as act as representative for bond projects and renovations.

    The Evening Dean positon will be replaced by an Evening and Weekend Director; an internal search is underway for a one-year interim director.  Martha Olivares and Abraham Martinez will remain with the Evening Division, which will allow for a smooth transition.

    Student Success Center counselor, Shelley Rinehart, will serve as interim counselor, Amy Ruiz’s former position, in Counseling and Advising.

    Joseph He'Bert

    Shelley Rinehart

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 5:10 pm on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College South presents Carnegie Hall preview concert 

    The visual and performing arts department at San Jacinto College (SJC) South provided audiences with a ‘glimpse’ of their 2011 Carnegie Hall performance during a recent preview concert.

    Cynthia Stevens directed more than 30 singers for “A Glimpse Into the Future,” which featured such old time favorites as “The Water is Wide” and “Danny Boy.”

    The concert was held in honor of Marie Flickinger, SJC Board of Trustees Chair, who made a donation toward the group’s May 29, 2011 trip to the famed New York City concert venue. South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy and vice president of instruction Dr. Toni Pendergrass were also in attendance to enjoy the evening’s event, which was followed with a reception catered by SJC Central campus culinary arts department.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 11:28 am on June 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College cafeterias receive food service awards 

    San Jacinto College South and Central cafeterias recently received awards of excellence for proper food handling and sanitation practices. Pictured left to right: Mark Escobedo, Central campus cafeteria food service manager; Silvia Aguirre, lead cook for A&W and catering at Central; Carolyn Askew, assistant food manager at Central; Mary Johnson, South campus food service manager.

    San Jacinto College recently received three Food Standards Consultation Awards of Excellence for the A&W and Pizza Hut franchises at the South and Central cafeterias.

    Awarded by the food safety consulting company, EcoSure, the restaurants underwent thorough inspections and were recognized for proper food handling and sanitation practices.

    “Receipt of this award demonstrates an exemplary commitment to food safety standards by the management and team members of both franchises combined,” said Mark Escobedo, Central campus food service manager.

    Central campus is home to 21 food service employees, 16 of which are students. South campus is home to 14 food service employees; 11 are students. Both of the cafeterias unveiled extensive renovations in the Spring semester to include the two fast-food restaurants, along with new tabletops, booths, lighting and paint.

    “This award goes out to my staff who have proven their commitment to food safety,” said Mary Johnson, South campus food service manager. “Through their dedication, extensive training and hard work, we have built an exemplary food program.”

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 2:34 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Retirees return to San Jac 

    Eighty-five San Jacinto College (SJC) retirees recently gathered at the Central campus to celebrate and reflect upon their time spent with the College. Each year, SJC hosts the retiree luncheon as a way of providing retirees with a small token of appreciate for their loyal service. The event allows former SJC faculty and staff the opportunity to reunite with other another, while learning about current events surrounding the College. This year’s luncheon featured an introduction by SJC Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy and Central campus President Dr. Neil Matkin were also in attendance.

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