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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 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 2:37 pm on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: faculty senate, jeff mcgee, mace, mace retirement ceremony   

    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 11:22 am on March 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    OER Week at San Jacinto College 

    On behalf of Tonja Conerly, San Jacinto College South Campus sociology professor and OpenBooks project director

    You might have heard of OpenStaxs, but now it’s time for you to hear about OpenBooks. OpenBooks is open educational resources (OER) at San Jacinto College. During March 5 – 9 , we had the opportunity to celebrate OpenBooks during Open Education Resources Week.  During this week, our College and other institutions around the world, raised awareness about OER, which are free, open-licensed educational materials that exist.  We had celebrations on the Central, North and South Campus to introduce how open education resources can help our students financially and also give our faculty members an opportunity to create and share their work with their peers all around the world. (More …)

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 3:27 pm on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Summer camp information form now available! 

    In an effort to continue to increase participation in community programs such as summer camps, we are collecting information about summer camps now so that advertising and promotion of these activities can begin March 1, 2018. In order for us to compile the most complete list of all Summer camps happening throughout the College, we need to receive this information now so we can begin planning for the website, camp registration and promotion. (More …)

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 10:48 am on September 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 9/11, student engagement and activities, ,   

    Remembering 9/11 

    All of the campus’ Remembering 9/11 events were a great success thanks to the College’s Veteran Services and Student Engagement & Activities departments. The Pasadena American Legion Post 521 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 521 provided six $100 scholarships to two student veterans at the Central, North and South Campuses.

    On Monday, September 11, 2017, AL Post 521 Commander Hubert Winters, ALA Unit 521 President Diana King, and ALA District 22 President Carol Chance Fleury made presentations on each campus at their respective Remembering 9/11 events.

    The two Central Campus winners of the AL and ALA $100 scholarships are Arturo Guerra and Victor DeLeon.  Arturo Guerra is a Communications major and a US Navy veteran. Victor DeLeon, an Army veteran, is a culinary arts major.

    Houston Green, one of the recipients of the $100 scholarship, is a mechanical engineer major and an Air Force veteran. The other recipient at South Campus is Katrina Parker-Hall; she is a nursing major and a Navy veteran.

    The two winners on North Campus of $100 scholarships are Adam Solis and Dominique Walker. Adam Solis is an Army veteran and is planning a career as a paramedic.  Dominique Walker is a Navy veteran and is preparing to be a social worker.

    Please enjoy this video of students sharing their 9/11 stories created by Eugene Bernard, San Jacinto College Veteran Services District Manager.

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 11:33 am on March 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Mark Johnson serves as guest panelist about OER at SXSWedu 

    Mark Johnson, San Jacinto College North Campus Dean of Business and Technology and Open Educational Resource (OER) Degree Project Director, recently attended SXSWedu in Austin to participate as a panelist in the OER debate session, “A Debate on ‘Open’ Educational Resources: Trendy? Sure, But Are They Viable for the Long Haul?” hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    The debate featured publishers and leaders of the open-resources community on the pros and cons of this growing movement. The discussion focused on asking how the approach aims to save students money and whether that comes at some educational cost.

    Featured panelists included:
    Goldie Blumenstyk, Senior Writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Peter Cohen, Group President, U.S. Education Group, McGraw Hill Education
    Cheryl Costantini, Vice President, Content Strategy, Cengage Learning
    Mark Johnson, Dean, Business and Technology & OER Degree Grant Initiative Project Director, San Jacinto College
    Kim Thanos, Founder & CEO, Lumen Learning

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 2:53 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Trailblazer Dr. Gilmore earns ’40 Under 40′ award 

    Congratulations to Dr. LaToya Gilmore for earning a “40 Under 40” award from Prairie View A&M University based on her accomplishments as an emerging leader who has blazed a trail in her field.

    “I had an amazing experience as an undergraduate at Prairie View and I use it to enhance, nurture, and inspire those I encounter,” Dr. Gilmore commented.

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    Prairie View’s 40 under 40 award recognizes 40 alumni under the age of 40 who use their experience at Prairie View to impact communities. “Our motto is ‘Prairie View Produces Productive People’ and being in this inaugural class is a tremendous honor,” Dr. Gilmore said.

    Dr. Gilmore has indeed blazed a trail in her field. She earned a bachelor’s degree in less than four years from Prairie View, transferred to Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California where she earned a master’s of science in marriage and family therapy. While studying at Fuller, she participated in mission work in Africa along with six other female graduate students. The students assisted communities and visited schools throughout Uganda.

    After graduating from Fuller, she worked as a family therapist in Compton, California for a non-profit organization prior to moving to Houston. Through other non-profit organizations, she provided in-home therapeutic services and education in communities around the city of Houston, including Sunnyside, Alief, Fifth Ward, Baytown, and Pasadena before beginning her teaching tenure at San Jacinto College.

    She has also presented and facilitated programs at professional conferences across the state of Texas. During her doctoral studies at Texas Southern University, she was a member of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society, later graduating magna cum laude.

    In addition to teaching Learning Framework at the North Campus, she serves as a mentor and faculty advisor.

    Dr. Gilmore holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Prairie View, a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Fuller, and a doctor of education in counselor education from TSU.

     
    • Betty Bruno 11:06 am on October 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Dr. Gilmorel

  • Andrea.Vasquez 8:32 am on October 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Ed Tech Media Center Open House- Oct. 14! 

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  • Amanda.Fenwick 2:59 pm on September 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Many bid farewell to Dr. Bailey at retirement reception 

    Many friends and co-workers gathered on Sept. 27 to bid a fond farewell to Dr. Richard Bailey, Vice President of Accreditation and Special Initiatives. Dr. Bailey is retiring after serving San Jacinto College for 39 years as a professor and administrator. Dr. Laurel Williamson, President and Deputy Chancellor, praised Dr. Bailey as an exemplary, dedicated and versatile educator, administrator, and leader.

    Congratulations Dr. Bailey! Thank you for your faithful and excellent service, and enjoy your retirement!

     
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