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  • 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.

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 3:50 pm on November 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Central Campus Fall 2018 Distinguished Faculty 

    Congratulations to the Central Campus Distinguished Faculty named for the fall 2018 semester!

    Ash, Sherry                          Montemayor-Allen, Cynthia

    Bernal, Rachel                     Mott, Cheryl

    Brown, Barbara                   Nelson, Bret

    Cole, Laura                          Rice, Tammi

    Hanning, Virginia                 Rosaly, Diana

    Harthcock, Elisabeth           Rudisell, Theresa

    Hoffman, Merrily                  Sledge, Sharon

    Hooi, Phyllis                        Steinke, Patricia

    Madrigal, Tanya                   Thornburg, John

    Maima, Judith                      Wolfe, William

    Malloy, Karen

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 12:40 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Congratulations Fall 2018 SSI Grant Recipients! 

    The San Jacinto College Foundation Board is proud to announce the following awardees for the Fall 2018 Student Success Initiative grant program.

    These winning projects were selected for their innovative efforts to increase opportunities in learning, research and academic success for our students.

    Applicant Name                          Grant Proposal

    Phuong Nam Doan                      The Synthetic Arm

    Leslie Crnkovic                             Non-Destructive Testing Program Weld Inspection Bend Test Curriculum

    Susan M. Starr                              North and Central Campus Stem Expo with Communities In Schools

    Sheema Nasir                                STEM-Honors NASA Johnson Space Center Connection

    Yessenia Jimenez                          Adventures in STEM 2019

    Katherine Truax                             Gamification of Historical Concepts and Vocabulary

    Chache Franklin                             Intentional Connections Enrichment Program

    Kelly Anderson                               Influence of Proctored Testing in Distance Learning Mathematics

    Patrick Callaghan                          Commissioned Composer Project: Dr. Julian Bryson

    Patricia L. House                           Assessing Water Quality and Ecology of Armand Bayou

    Christina Dawn Crawford              National Day on Writing 2018

    Tim Bell                                  Connections Build Success: Interdisciplinary Events Strengthen Career Pathways

    Amanda Rose                               San Jacinto College Food Pantry

    Erin C. Callahan                            Culture Vulture

    Roger T. Watkins                           Business Venture Pitch Competition

    Twila Evette Rose                          North Children’s Center and Laboratory School Outdoor Classroom Project

    Allyson Marceau                            ESOL Scholarships and Awards Assembly

    Yesenia Chavez                    How do Bilingual Students Empower Students of Spanish as a Second Language?

    Congratulations to all of the fall 2018 recipients!

    Apply now for a Spring 2019 SSI Grant! The submission period IS NOW OPEN for the spring 2019 round of Student Success Initiative grants. The deadline to apply is October 30, with recipient announcements expected by November 30.

    Please visit the SJC Foundation Webpage for more details on the SSI application process.

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 2:37 pm on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Mace Retirement Ceremony and Unveiling of New College Mace 

    During fall 2018 College Community Week, the original three College commencement maces were retired in a formal ceremony.  Led by South Campus speech professor and Faculty Senate President, Cristina Cardenas, the Central, North and South Campus provosts and their respective faculty senate campus vice presidents served as the mace presenters for the ceremony: Central Campus English professor Dr. David LeMaster and Provost Van A. Wigginton, J.D.; North Campus history professor Dr. Stephen Lopez and Provost Dr. Bill Raffetto; and South Campus biology professor Dr. Karen Duston and Provost Dr. Brenda Jones.

    South Campus Fine Arts Department Chair Jeff McGee gave a brief presentation about his work crafting the new College commencement mace, a process that has taken nearly two years. McGee discussed the research, design choices, symbolic elements, and the intricate processes used to create the new mace. The new commencement mace will make its first official appearance at the fall 2018 commencement ceremony at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, Dec. 16.

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 8:51 am on July 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Garrett and Olivier newest Leadership and Mentoring Institute graduates 

    The Leadership and Mentoring Institute (A Division of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education – AABHE) meets the needs of San Jacinto College employees by providing professional development and diversity training.  As one of the College’s values, diversity remains a key priority and offers its continued support of the Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI). This organization prepares African-Americans and others committed to diversity for senior leadership positions (More …)

     
    • YVONNE DAVIS FREAR 3:05 pm on July 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Dr. Garrett and Dr. Olivier on completing the 2018 LMI!

  • Andrea.Vasquez 9:35 am on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Venture Pitch winners! 

    Congratulations to Venture Pitch first place winner Saad Nadeem, a Clear Horizons Early College High School student, with a business idea pitch that centered around creating bionic prosthetic limbs for low-income families. Second place went to Stewart Macnee, who pitched an idea focusing on tax credits. Dr. Roger Watkins, San Jacinto College South Campus department chair of business and computer technology services, would also like to thank Elizabeth McKinley, accounting and business professor, for serving as the moderator; and Kevin Hale, business management professor; Nevin Coco, liberal arts division operations coordinator; Lori Rhodes, liberal arts division operations coordinator; and LaDarrell Hopkins, CEO of Green Thumb Consultant LLC for serving as the judges for the first Venture Pitch competition.

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 2:26 pm on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Congratulations PTK! 

    Student members and faculty advisors of San Jacinto College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society Alpha Gamma Zeta chapter recently received numerous awards at the regional and international conferences.

    At the Texas regional conference, PTK Alpha Gamma Zeta was named a Top Texas PTK chapter within the top 16 chapters out of approximately 90 PTK chapters in Texas. PTK student officer, Isabelle Faust was named to the Distinguished Officer Hall of Honor. The chapter also received their 5-Star Chapter Award, the highest award an individual chapter can receive for student and administrator engagement at the regional and international levels through projects and outreach (More …)

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 2:13 pm on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Culture Con 2018 

    Check out highlights from the San Jacinto College South Campus’ annual Culture Con fair and fashion show! Great collaborations across disciplines and tons of student engagement throughout the event!

     
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