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  • amanda.fenwick 12:52 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Employees shine in Wonka 

    Amy Ammerman

    Amy Ammerman

    Richard Turner

    Richard Turner

    Kudos to Amy Ammerman, North campus dean of enrollment, who did an outstanding job in her role as Mrs. Bucket in the recent showing of Willy Wonka, performed by the Central campus theatre and film department.

    Amy was truly phenomenal in a role that entails challenging acting, and also features an important song solo. After the show, someone commented: “You really have excellent acting and singing talent. You must have been a drama major at some point when you attended college.” Amy’s simple response: “No, not a drama major, just a drama queen.”

    Congrats also to Richard Turner, drama instructor at the Central campus, who was outstanding doing double duty as the show’s costume designer, and who also played the role of Slugworth.

    Dr. Jerry Ivins, director; Curt Meyer, technical director; and Molly Vernon, video coordinator; and every cast and crew member are to be greatly commended for all their hard work and dedication. Willy Wonka was a truly top-notch, professional performance and you all deserve a standing ovation.

  • amanda.fenwick 12:49 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    New HR exec has extensive experience 

    Steve Trncak

    Steve Trncak

    The College recently welcomed Stephen Trncak aboard as vice chancellor of human resources, a man highly recommended and who has extensive experience in the field.

    As vice president for human resources at Merisol USA LLC, a position he held for the past 14 years, Trncak was accountable for the creation and articulation of the company’s human resources strategic plan, which he accomplished through the introduction of strategic alignment around the company purpose, values, talent development, culture creation, organizational structure, technology, process designs, performance metrics, accountability, and communications. Trncak has also held human resources management positions with Merichem Company, Panhandle Eastern Corporation, and Dixilyn-Field Drilling Company, through which he has gained a broad-based understanding of human resources issues and developments. In all, he has more than 25 years of human resources experience in the chemical, drilling and natural gas industries.

    “I am pleased to have Steve join our leadership staff,” said Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “He brings extensive knowledge and talent in developing and leading the human resource department of large organizations. He has already played a vital role in the development and roll-out of our new performance management system, and will continue to help us develop and improve our strategic focus on human capital within San Jacinto College. We want to be more strategic in how we recruit, retain, and develop employees, and Steve’s expertise is important to that focus.”

    Trncak lives in Pasadena and graduated from Pasadena High School in 1971. He attended Texas Tech University (TTU) on a basketball scholarship, and was a member of the 1973 TTU basketball team that won the Southwest Conference championship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech. His wife, Barbara, is a flight attendant with Southwest Airlines. The Trncaks have an adult son and daughter, both graduates of Texas A&M University.

  • amanda.fenwick 12:46 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Whiz Kids 

    WhizDr. Karen Hattaway, an English professor at San Jacinto College North, helps Michael Carmona, left, and Jonathan Sanchez during a critical thinking project as part of a recent field trip to the College. Both students attend North School High School’s ninth-grade campus and participate in the Scholars’ Academy, a collaboration between SJC and Galena Park ISD schools that provides enriched educational resources for students who show intellectual promise at an early age.

  • amanda.fenwick 12:11 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Honors students honored 

    HonorsHonors Program students who have earned scholarships were recently recognized for their achievements at the North campus and treated to a delicious meal prepared by the North campus culinary arts club. Shown in related photo (from left, front row) are: Dr. Pamela Maack, Central campus honors program coordinator; Tiffany Yarbrough, Adrian Tovar, Adriana Maldonado, Bethany Sederdahl, Tania Sederdahl, Ha Vi, and Rochelle Nettles; (back row): Scott Furtwengler, honors program dean, and interim South campus coordinator; Doug Simmons, North campus honors program coordinator; Leslie Crnkovic, Jose Guerrero, Jesse McNicoll, Nayeli Martinez, Pablo Lopez, Han Huynh, Francis Euceda, Amy West, and Jonathan Brown.

  • wpadmin 10:13 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Nga!! 

    We are happy to announce that Nga Draeger, administrative assistant for Continuing and Professional Development at South, recently became a United States citizen after passing her test on Aug. 27. She was sworn in on Sept. 16. Nga first arrived in the U.S. in 2005. She began working for the College in 2007 and is married to Billy Draeger, an engineer with NASA.Nga Draeger.

  • wpadmin 10:07 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College instructor donates highest valued auction item for student scholarships 

    Carl Rentz believes in giving away items he has no use for, like a $50,000 Texans VIP Suite Weekend package he recently won in a lottery that will now be auctioned off to raise money for student scholarships during the 14th Annual San Jacinto College Foundation Golf Tournament.

    Rentz, a ballroom dance instructor with San Jacinto College, originally bought his lotto ticket in hopes of winning such prizes as a Texans T-shirt, but never expected the elaborate travel package created for one lucky winner and 13 guests.

    “This is great for the person who has friends from all over the world and wants to have a wonderful weekend,” Rentz said, who pondered over the decision on who to donate the prize to before learning about the SJC golf tournament. “Donating this prize to San Jacinto College for the tournament sounded like the right thing to do, based on the College’s wonderful relationship with the community. If this can do a lot of good for someone, then that’s what counts.”

    Rentz has served as an SJC instructor for 19 years and works as a freelance dance teacher at various centers and clubs across Houston. He moved here nearly four decades ago after receiving his training at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in New York City.

    The San Jacinto College Foundation will host the golf tournament, with guest host Andy Pettitte, on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park, Texas. The silent auction will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Items up for grabs include Rentz’s Texans VIP Suite Weekend package scheduled for the Nov. 29 Texans game against the Indianopolis Colts, autographed posters of Pettitte, a party for 10 people at Minute Maid Park, a weekend at Caesars Palace Las Vegas (including airfare), three-night stay at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas (includes dinner at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse and round trip airfare), tickets to Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, Texas Renaissance Festival tickets, free legal service (will writing), golf for four at Tour 18, and a party for eight in the CBS Radio suite at a Houston Rockets game.

    “What a great gift from Carl; the Foundation has never received such an expensive auction item,” said Susan Arscott, vice president of resource development for the College. “I encourage any Texans football fans to come to the reception and try to win this great package.

    The San Jacinto College Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the level of student achievement and excellence at San Jacinto College. Our purpose is to receive gifts, bequests, and donations, and to raise private funds to benefit the people of East Harris County, Texas. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information or to make a donation, please visit http://www.sanjacfoundation.org, or call 281-998-6104.

    San Jacinto College serves more than 27,000 students in over 140 degrees and certificates in university transfer and technical programs. The College also serves the community through workforce training. Students come with various goals and aspirations and we are committed to their success. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

    For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150 or visit http://www.sanjac.edu.

  • wpadmin 10:04 am on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Business administration department holds annual district-wide meeting 

    The San Jacinto College Business Administration Department recently held its annual district-wide advisory board meeting at the Central campus. Thirty members were in attendance, along with 20 SJC faculty/administrators. The purpose of the annual meeting is to seek information from business and industry employees, which will help in the design of the business administration curricula to effectively train students and prepare them to work in existing business environments. The members discuss and share information that helps the department maintain relevant and current programs for students.  Their advice and concerns are given serious weight in determining the effectiveness of the business administration programs.

  • wpadmin 11:09 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Pat yourself on the back, San Jac! 

    San Jacinto College ranks 40th in the nation as an associate degree producer, according to a 2009 report of the Top
    100 degree and certificate producing two-year institutions.
    The College also ranks 39th in awarding degrees to minority students and 44th on granting two-year certificates.
    Each year, Community College Week magazine releases a report on the nation’s community colleges, ranking the
    Top 100 or the Top 50 based on data gathered from the United States Department of Education. There are more
    than 1,000 community colleges nationwide, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    “San Jacinto offers top quality technical programs and equally strong academic transfer programs,” said Dr.
    Catherine O’Brien
    , dean of teaching and learning at San Jacinto College. “Our partnerships with business and
    industry help us to keep current in the workforce. We also recognize that an educated population is essential to a
    good economy.”
    San Jacinto College made last year’s report as well and ranks high on the following Top 50 associate degree lists for
    the current year, which also includes four-year institutions.

    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services: No. 28
    • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences: No. 12
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences: No. 31
    • Nursing: No. 39
    • Science Technologies/Technicians: No. 5

    “The message is clear: San Jacinto College is providing a high quality teaching and learning environment, as well
    as the support services that students need in order to succeed and reach their career and personal goals,” said Dr.
    Brook Zemel
    , vice president of student development at San Jacinto College.

  • wpadmin 11:04 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College holds its own among universities at summer program 

    Five San Jacinto College South professors recently participated in the 2009 Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at the University of Texas Dental Branch and Medical School in Houston, the highest-rated of 12 program sites across the nation.
    Dr. J.P. Anderson, Dr. Joyce Miller, Dr. Mary Wisgirda, Dr. Frank Richardson and Dr. Walter Thompson each taught core math and science curriculum courses to college freshmen and sophomores during the six-week program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
    “We are the only community college that participates in SMDEP, and our site has received the highest ratings of all,” said Martha Robertson, San Jacinto College faculty coordinator and SMDEP curriculum coordinator. Other SMDEP program sites around the country include Columbia University, Yale University and the University of California-Los Angeles.
    Robertson said 80 students are admitted to the SMDEP each year. Houston participants live in dorms at Rice University during the duration of the program and participate in such enrichment activities as medical and dental simulations, shadowing doctors and dentists, and how to manage money.
    The SMDEP is a “gem” that allows professors to mentor students pursuing careers in medicine or dentistry, according to Dr. Laurel Williamson, vice chancellor of instructional programs and services at San Jacinto College.
    “I was impressed with the program and with our faculty’s participation in it,” Williamson said. “It was clear from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation site team that they were impressed as well. It’s great to see this confirmation of what we all know: San Jacinto College is a great college, doing exceptional work in our community.”
    Congratulations to these five folks, and thank you for representing San Jacinto College!

  • wpadmin 11:02 am on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    A job well done! 

    Leonard Simpson, survey research analyst at San Jacinto College, and Cindy Ullrich, research analyst at Brazosport College, discuss the Institutional Information System during a break at the recent GCAIR meeting.

    Leonard Simpson, survey research analyst at San Jacinto College, and Cindy Ullrich, research analyst at Brazosport College, discuss the Institutional Information System during a break at the recent GCAIR meeting.

    The San Jacinto College aSPIRE
    Office was recently selected to
    host the Gulf Coast Association
    of Institutional Research (GCAIR)
    quarterly meeting, based on the
    College’s accomplishment in effectively
    utilizing the Institutional
    Information System (IIS).
    George González, director of
    research and institutional effectiveness,
    presented “The Odyssey
    of Implementing an Institutional
    Information System (IIS) at San
    Jacinto College” to association
    members. González explained
    the history of the IIS from its beginning,
    selecting a vendor, the report request process, and the

    George González, director of research and institutional effectiveness at San Jacinto College, presented “The Odyssey of Implementing an Institutional Information System (IIS) at San Jacinto College” during the recent GCAIR meeting.

    George González, director of research and institutional effectiveness at San Jacinto College, presented “The Odyssey of Implementing an Institutional Information System (IIS) at San Jacinto College” during the recent GCAIR meeting.

    “go-live” in late August 2008. He
    also gave a demonstration of the
    reports available through the IIS
    at San Jacinto College.
    The GCAIR consists of
    Institutional Research offices
    from the following community
    colleges: Alvin Community
    College, Blinn College, Brazosport
    College, College of the Mainland,
    Galveston College, Houston
    Community College
    System, Lee College,
    Lone Star College
    System, San Jacinto
    College, Victoria
    College, and Wharton
    County Junior College.

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