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  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 3:23 pm on October 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations A&W team! 

    Congratulations to the A&W team at Central campus for receiving a 97.8 percent Excellent Award from Steritech, an independent brand and customer service company hired by Yum Foods to conduct audits on franchises. The team was graded on brand adherence to standards, and health and safety, and sanitation guidelines.

    Way to go, team!

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 2:31 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathy to Debbie Westmoreland on the recent passing of her
    brother, Walter B. Dowlearn.

    Walter B. (Sonny) Dowlearn, age 70, passed away Sunday, October 10,
    2010, in La Vernia, TX. He is preceded by parents, Walter M. & Lola M.
    Dowlearn, and his son, Kenneth Bernard Dowlearn. Walter is survived by
    sons, Vince A. Dowlearn of La Vernia, TX and Brandon E. Dowlearn;
    daughter, Cassandra L. Meadows & husband, Scott of Schertz, TX; brother,
    Robert Dowlearn & wife, Jackie of Garden Ridge, TX; sisters, Debbie
    Westmoreland & husband, David of Dickinson, TX, Brenda Cotter and
    husband, Joe H. of Stockdale, TX; numerous grandchildren, nieces,
    nephews and best pal, his cat “GW”.

    GRAVESIDE SERVICE Thursday, October 14, 2010 11:00 AM Stockdale
    Cemetery, Stockdale, TX.

    The Rev. Scott Jones officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to
    the Humane Society 4804 Fredericksburg Rd. San Antonio, TX 78229 or
    donors choice.

    Finch Funeral Chapel
    400 S. Fourth St.
    P.O. Drawer 69
    Stockdale, Texas   78160
    Phone: 830-996-3811

    Debbie is Administrative assistant for the Technical Dean on Central

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 2:54 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brenda Jones, dean of business and technical education   

    Please welcome Dr. Brenda Jones 

    Dr. Brenda Jolivette Jones will serve as dean of business and technical education for San Jacinto College (SJC) South.

    Jones returns to SJC after serving as program coordinator for the Central campus corporate education department and as an adjunct business professor. She previously served as dean of technical and professional education at Galveston College and worked for Lee College Huntsville Division as the division chair for instructors at four Texas Department of Criminal Justice Prison Units.

    “I am committed to providing an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning,” said Jones. “In collaboration with my faculty and staff, I hope to provide high-quality educational programs and services that creates accessible learning opportunities for all our students. It is my belief that as educators, it is imperative that we assist our students in fulfilling their individual needs as well as effectively address our community needs by offering programs and courses that prepares our students to effectively function in the workforce.”

    Jones earned her doctoral degree from Texas A&M University, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston –Clear Lake, and is a graduate of Lee College.

    She is the mother of five children and resides in Pasadena with her husband, John Jones.

    “I am excited about the energy I feel from everyone that works for this College,” said Jones. “I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to assist in providing an atmosphere where our college is viewed as a visionary learning college that is designed to engage student learning and create successful 21st century learners.”

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 8:19 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    In Loving Memory
    Joe R. Hooton, II
    01/17/1940 – 09/30/2010

    Joe R. Hooton, II, 70, of Friendswood, Texas passed away September 30, 2010. He was born January 17, 1940 in Pittsburg, Texas to Joe and Zilfa (Girton) Hooton.

    A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October3, 2010 at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546 with Rev. Jim Bass officiating.

    Condolences may be sent to the Hooton family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at http://www.jeterfuneralhome.com <http://www.jeterfuneralhome.com/&gt; .

    Mr. Hooton was a Career Pilot adjunct on the Central Campus Since 2005.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 11:53 am on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College rides into the Pasadena Rodeo 

    Last night was San Jacinto College (SJC) Night at the Pasadena Rodeo, and everyone was out to have a good time. Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; Board of Trustees members Larry Wilson, Marie Flickinger and Dan Mims; and Foundation board member Grady West all rode in on horseback. Board member Wayne Slovacek and North campus President Dr. Allatia Harris were also in attendance among the San Jac crowd.

    Funds raised for the evening went toward scholarships for SJC students. Country music star Stoney LaRue headlined the night’s entertainment.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 4:51 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College (SJC), in collaboration with the Consulate General of Spain in Houston, recently hosted the crowd favorite Solero Flamenco.

    Under the direction of SJC guitar professor Jeremías García and Irma La Paloma, Solero Flamenco’s performance of “Unidos en Compás II” featured “Maestro de Bulerías” Timo Lozano, a native of Galveston who has performed and taught the art of flamenco in more than 15 countries. Guest bailaoras included Solangel “Lali” Calix, Edith Nino, Alexandra Simmons, Almoraima Esparis, and Laura Uribe. Chris Howard performed on percussion.

    South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy opened the show  by introducing Solero Flamenco to an audience that included representatives from the City of Houston and the Consulate General of Spain.

    Solero Flamenco has appeared at numerous festivals and events and have produced two theatrical performances featuring original compositions, “Unidos en Compás” and “Amor Flamenco.” They will make an appearance at the South campus’ first flamenco festival in April; additional information will be announced in the near future.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 1:28 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Dr. Hellyer and Dr. Murphy! 

    San Jacinto College (SJC) Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer and SJC South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy have been selected to serve this year on commissions with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

    Hellyer will serve on the Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development, and Murphy will serve on the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

    “The fact that both Dr. Hellyer and Dr. Murphy were accepted speaks very well of the institution,” said Norma Kent, senior vice president for communications with the AACC. “Selection is an honor, because it’s a very competitive process.”

    Headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C., the AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy. The association represents almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions, and more than 11 million students.

    Kent said the six AACC commissions allow community college administrators to advise the Board of Directors. The Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development addresses such issues as community college accreditation, dual enrollment, student services and success, and distance learning placement. The Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity addresses civil rights, English as a Second Language (ESL), minority services, students with disabilities, student recruitment, retention, and student support. Commission members are appointed by the AACC chair-elect in May, prior to the start of each new Board and Commission year.

    “I am very honored to serve alongside some of the country’s top administrators on the Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development,” said Hellyer. “I welcome the opportunity to share ideas to learn how others are enhancing the nation’s community colleges and make higher education more accessible to students, resulting in an increase in student success.”

    Murphy is currently the president-elect for the American Association for Women in Community College (AAWCC), an affiliate council of the AACC, and will step into the position as president next year.

    “This is going to be an incredible experience,” said Murphy. “I really welcome this opportunity. We at San Jacinto College have a rich environment with students who reflect our community. I look forward to working with other community colleges and telling our story and our student experience.”

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 1:11 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome SJC honors coordinators! 

    Left to right: Honors Program Dean Scott Furtwengler; Doug Simmons, North campus honors coordinator; Walter Thompson, South campus honors coordinator; and Ben Fraser, Central campus honors coordinator.

    Please welcome San Jacinto College’s newest honors coordinators Doug Simmons from the North campus, Ben Fraser from Central, and Walter Thompson from South. The three coordinators will work alongside Honors Program Dean Scott Furtwengler.

    Simmons, a long-time Texas resident, attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and Sam Houston State in Huntsville. When not reading about American history, or other histories, his interests are more eclectic, encompassing everything from theology and philosophy, to good music and food. He can also be found in the weight room from time to time.

    Fraser attended Sul Ross State University in Alpine where he earned a Master of Arts in Political Science. He attended the University of Houston for his undergraduate work, where he met his wife of seven years. Together, they live in Spring and have one daughter and are expecting another addition to the family very soon.

    Thompson is a professor of physics and astronomy at the South campus. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in physics and astronomy from Johns Hopkins University.  While earning his graduate degree, Thompson performed research on galaxy evolution and the large-scale structure of the universe at the Space Telescope Science Institute (home of the Hubble Space Telescope). He has served as a full-time instructor of physics and astronomy since 2004 at several institutions, including Towson University, Harford Community College, and San Jacinto College, and also teaches at the University of Texas Medical School’s Summer Medical and Dental Educational Program.  Outside of the ropes, Walter loves to cook, ride his bike, and travel the world with his wife of five years, Melissa.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 4:00 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Hello. District office holds annual Meet N’ Greet event 

    San Jacinto College District office employees recently attended the annual Meet N’ Greet event to celebrate the beginning of a new academic school year. Lunch included plenty of pizza, wraps, fruit, and desserts. Also, recent retiree, Nancy McShane, was recognized for her 20 years  of service to the College.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 3:34 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    CPD holds Business and Professions open house 

    Continuing and Professional Development recently held a Business and Professions open house to give students an opportunity to meet with staff and faculty, inquire about programs and register for classes. Representatives attended from the following divisions: human resources management, project management, supply chain management, Lean and Six Sigma, ISO quality, bank teller, payroll specialist, DDI/Achieve Global, and professional photography.

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