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  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 5:01 pm on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    SJC establishes a local chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges 

    San Jacinto College (SJC) has established a local chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) to offer support and maximize the potential of women working in higher education.

    Dr. Sarah Janes, vice president of Continuing and Professional Development Operations, will serve as president of the SJC chapter; Dr. Toni Pendergrass, vice president of instruction at SJC South, will serve as president-elect; Dr. Catherine O’Brien, dean of teaching and learning, will serve as secretary; and Niki Whiteside, vice president for educational technology, will serve as treasurer. South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy serves as president-elect of the national AAWCC.

    “This is a very valuable organization for women,” said Janes. “Members will learn about professional development, particularly to women working in higher education. Our primary goal will include activities for women that benefit the internal or external SJC community. However, anyone can join.”

    Membership is open to all faculty, staff, students and administrators. Annual dues, from date of membership establishment, will be based on an individual’s income level. Janes said the chapter will announce the first meeting in the near future, which will cover finalizing the chapter charter and defining major functions and focus.

    “I am looking forward to working with the chapter members to support educational and leadership initiatives that strengthen the college and the community,” said Pendergrass.

    The American Association for Women in Community Colleges is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 1:57 pm on August 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Farewell SJC retirees 

    San Jacinto College South recently held a Silver and Gold Reception in honor of those who are retiring after years with the College. Retirees honored at the reception included:

    Marsha Hattan, 18 years with SJC South children's center

    Amado Olivares, 27 years with SJC South

    Joyce Prewitt, 20 years with SJC South

  • 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
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    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.

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