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  • wpadmin 4:03 pm on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Please welcome our newest full-time counselor on South 

    Bernadina Streeter

    Bernadina Gonzales Streeter joins the San Jacinto College South campus as an international counselor.  She brings 16 years of higher education experience through various positions held throughout Houston.  Her career began as a recruiter for the University of Houston, proceeded by serving as Texas A&M University’s director for the collaborative college prep University Outreach program with the University of Texas at Austin.

    While earning her master’s degree in counseling from UH, Bernadina coordinated the university’s Intercultural and International Student Services Celebrating Our Elders scholarship project. She became familiar with San Jac in 2002 as an intern and again, as a part-time advisor in 2006.

    Before coming aboard full time at SJC, she served as a counselor for Lone Star College. Bernadina also holds a bachelor’s degree in radio and television with a minor in Mexican American studies from UH.

    She is married with two children, a cat and a gold fish.

    “Looking back on my career, the thing that excites me the most is helping students achieve their dreams,” says Bernadina.

  • wpadmin 4:35 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Amado Peña visits South campus 

    Amado Peña, the Artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, recently visited the SJC South campus to reflect upon his 30 years of creating art that unveils the life and culture of Native Americans across the Southwest.

    The artist discussed the evolution of his work with SJC art professor Mark Schatz during three Inside the Artist’s Studio sessions and a question and answer session. Peña also had lunch with Honor students and a dinner with staff, faculty and administrators.

    A native of Laredo, Peña is well regarded for his artwork toward increasing the public’s knowledge and interest in the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment. His artwork can be seen at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

  • wpadmin 4:10 pm on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Edna Robinson returns to San Jac as interim district dean 


    As many of you are aware, Barbara Taplin, district dean, has been away from work recovering from an illness.  Edna Robinson, former AD-N department chair who retired in 2006, has agreed to join us and fill in for Barbara.  We are grateful for the help as we continue to look at new programming.

  • wpadmin 10:03 am on October 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Great job, Cristina and Connie!! 

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    A new book written by San Jacinto College speech professors to serve as a resource for public speakers may also be used as a quick communications reference tool for the savvy professional.

    “The Competent Communicator” by Cristina Cárdenas and Connie Taylor is the result of 15 years of research on effective communication tactics used in business. Initially designed as a workbook for their students in a public speaking class, the authors soon realized its potential to guide people through a variety of scenarios.

    “We started this as an activity for our students, but we didn’t realize how interactive it would be,” Taylor said. “You can use this in your personal life as well or for courses in another discipline.”

    The 229-page book contains lessons and tips on how to give an informative and persuasive speech, overcome speech anxiety, develop interpersonal skills, manage conflict, behave assertively, accept compliments, and effectively communicate to people during personal hardships. It also includes tear-out worksheets for communication exercises.

    Cárdenas and Taylor began collaborating on the workbook two years ago as a means to develop activities to enrich their class sessions at San Jacinto College.

    “This book can even assist teachers on how to prepare their students for their course,” Cárdenas said. “Everything is included, from taking notes, to test taking, to the actual public speaking.”

    Designing a communication book to use for more than one discipline stems from Taylor’s diverse professional background, which includes more than 20 years of professional experience working in the health care, media and education fields. She has also published an article on abuse in an anthology complied by Dr. Jim Towns, “Reverse         Mentoring: Transformed Lives,” and published several of her poems in the Threshold Arts Magazine, a publication of San Jacinto College, and the World of Poetry Anthology series. Taylor has a Master of Arts in Communication from  Stephen F. Austin State University and completed post-graduate work in sociology at Texas A&M Commerce and the University of Texas at Tyler.

    Cárdenas has more than 15 years experience teaching speech. She is the 2002 and 2004 recipient of a National Institute for Staff and Organization Development (NISOD) Award of Excellence. In 2007, she completed the National Community College Hispanic Council Leadership Fellows Program for future college presidents. Her letter of tribute to the Texas Women’s Historian Ruthe Winegarten was featured in the book “Mum’s the Word: A Tribute to Ruthe Winegarten.”

    Both professors joined the San Jacinto College South campus faculty in 2006.

    “The Competent Communicator” can be found in San Jacinto College bookstores, at Amazon.com and the Library of Congress.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:04 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    As seen on TV 

    SBDC Director Richard Prets, left, chats with Fox TV News reporter Ruben Dominguez shortly before going on air.

    SBDC Director Richard Prets, left, chats with Fox TV News reporter Ruben Dominguez shortly before going on air.

    The Small Business Development Center of San Jacinto College was recently featured during a segment on Fox 26 News’ Morning Show.

    SBDC’s Director Richard Prets talked about the “Lunch and Learn” educational workshops the SBDC is launching, and specifically about “The Ins and Outs of Social Networking,” the first Lunch and Learn event, which will be held on Oct. 14 at the SBDC’s new Pearland office.

    Prets did an outstanding job of representing the College and the SBDC during the interview conducted by TV personality Ruben Dominguez. Way to go Richard, and keep up the good work!

  • amanda.fenwick 3:01 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Teachers keep pace through externships 

    From left, Sun Products plant manager Craig Shultz with San Jacinto College instructors Mike Speegle and Greg Smith at the Sun Products facility.

    From left, Sun Products plant manager Craig Shultz with San Jacinto College instructors Mike Speegle and Greg Smith at the Sun Products facility.

    To keep up with industry trends and developments, two San Jacinto College process technology instructors recently completed externships at Sun Products, a local plant that manufactures detergents and biodiesel.

    During the summer, Mike Speegle and Greg Smith completed 40 hours of refresher training at the plant located in the Bayport industrial complex to enhance their skills and learn about recent technological advancements. Smith is a full-time process technology instructor at the Central campus, and Speegle is the Central campus’ process technology department chair.

    Speegle said technology changes, industry regulations and standards change, and process technology instructors must keep up with those changes.

    “I was able to view equipment that I’m familiar with, but have never actually seen in operation,” commented Speegle. “I learned a lot and can use the experience to better educate our process technology students.”

    Kudos to Mike and Greg for going the extra mile. Keep up the good work.

  • amanda.fenwick 2:49 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    North campus celebrates record enrollment 

    One of the highlights of the 6000-Plus event was a hot dog eating contest.

    One of the highlights of the 6000-Plus event was a hot dog eating contest.

    North campus employees enjoyed fun, food, and fellowship with students during the recent campus-wide “6000-Plus Celebration,” which featured food, games, music, dancing, a hot dog eating contest, a live alligator, and informational booths. The campus celebrated a record-breaking enrollment of more than 6,000 for the Fall term.

    The committee that put together the fun event was headed by Amy Ammerman, North campus’ dean of enrollment services. Employees who played a big part in making the celebration successful include: Steve Rudd, Danette Conaway, Jo Eggebrecht, Dr. Rebecca Goosen, James Hall, Amanda Herrick, Clare Iannelli, Charlotte Jackson, Lamar McWaine, Cassandra Reid, Don Spies, Faye Allen, Mary Buyer, Brenda Blue, Mary Cherry, Charlene Moore, Donna Jones, and Deborah Longtine.

    “Research tells us that helping students develop connections with a college and with other students advances retention,” commented North campus President Dr. Allatia Harris. “Feeling a part of something goes a long way toward helping retain students, and our students definitely felt a part of San Jac at the 6,000-Plus Celebration.”

    Check out the slideshow of pix that showcase some of the highlights of the fun celebration.

  • amanda.fenwick 2:41 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Dr. Janes named VP of the CPD division 

    Dr. Sarah Janes

    Dr. Sarah Janes

    Dr. Sarah Janes was recently named vice president of the College’s Continuing and Professional Development division. Before the move she served as the academic dean of the North campus.

    Dr. Janes, known affectionately as “Sallie Kay” by friends and cohorts, is a highly regarded educator and has served as a dedicated and respected San Jacinto College employee for many years. She has spent 40 years in education, 18 years teaching math at various grade levels in public schools in Louisiana, Germany, Lubbock, and Houston. For the next 20 years she served at San Jacinto College, teaching math at both the developmental and academic transfer levels. She also coordinated the University Connection program and the HomeGrown Teacher project.  For the past six years she has served in an administrative capacity, first as dean of instruction, then as academic dean at the North campus. Dr. Janes has written and directed grants for Teacher Quality, National Science Foundation, United Negro College Fund Special programs, and NASA.

    Sallie Kay believes in partnerships, collaborations and always learning. She also teaches a graduate course periodically for the University of St. Thomas for San Jacinto College faculty on Addressing Diversity in the Classroom.

    Besides facilitating learning, Sallie Kay’s passion is for NASA and the aerospace community. Her dream to be an astronaut came true when she was able to fly on the Zero-Gravity plane for the NASA Microgravity University in January, 2009.

  • amanda.fenwick 2:29 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome aboard Dr. Hanson 

    Dr. Barbara Hanson (third from left) was recently welcomed by Central campus administrators, from left: Dr. James Braswell, dean of administration; President Dr. Neil Matkin; Dr. Steve Horton, technical dean; Dr. Timothy Elliot, dean of evening and weekend college; Karen Blankenship, library director; and David Norman, automotive department chair.

    Dr. Barbara Hanson (third from left) was recently welcomed by Central campus administrators, from left: Dr. James Braswell, dean of administration; President Dr. Neil Matkin; Dr. Steve Horton, technical dean; Dr. Timothy Elliot, dean of evening and weekend college; Karen Blankenship, library director; and David Norman, automotive department chair.

    A group of Central campus employees recently welcomed Dr. Barbara Hanson at a reception staged at the Lee Davis library. Dr. Hanson was recently named to the key position of vice president of instruction at the Central campus. She will coordinate and oversee the Central campus’ academic and technical credit programs.

    Hanson has 24 years of experience in higher education, 21 in community college administration. She most recently served as the vice president of instruction at Cape Fear Community College, a two-campus college in Wilmington, North Carolina. She had oversight of all of the college’s credit and non-credit instructional programs, as well as a number of support services, such as library and media services, distance learning, high school programs, cooperative education and service learning programs.

    Central campus President Dr. Neil Matkin says the veteran educator will be a great addition to the College’s leadership team. “Dr. Hanson was chosen through a comprehensive national search, and the campus community is excited to have her join our team. She will fill a vital role at the Central campus and help us provide the best possible services to our students.”

  • amanda.fenwick 2:23 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Galeria Del Norte features works by Ken Luce 

    Ken Luce

    Ken Luce

    “A Leg Up,” selected works by veteran artist and North campus art instructor Ken Luce, recently opened at San Jacinto College North’s Galeria Del Norte, located inside the Charles Grant Fine Arts Building. The exhibit of Luce’s artwork will continue at the gallery through Nov. 19.

    The exhibit includes about 20 pieces, mainly wood assemblages of Neo-Dada primitive masks and constructivist reliefs. Luce uses found objects, which he repurposes into a variety of subjects.
    Luce earned bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts degrees from the University of Houston. He has been represented by many art galleries in America and Europe, starting with DuBose gallery in Houston in 1970 and David Findley Gallery New York in 1973. In the early 1980s he was represented by Eugene Binder Gallery in Dallas and Cologne Germany as well as Davis-McClain (later Barbara Davis Gallery) in Houston, Zola- Leiberman in Chicago, and Bette Stoler in New York.

    Luce has held many one-person and group exhibitions in his almost 40-year career, and has artwork in dozens of public and private collections, including the Menil Collection in Houston. He is a highly-regarded regional artist and has been chair of the San Jacinto College North art department for 25 years. He recently received an honorarium for exhibiting a large painting of Pope John Paul II at the El Paso Art Museum in a show of their permanent collection.

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