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  • amanda.fenwick 3:38 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘Nunca’ club getting national attention 

    Shown with a promotional poster are (from left) Kaye Moon Winters, founder of the “Nunca es Muy Tarde” club, and Yolanda Capelo, who provides valuable assistance.

    Shown with a promotional poster are (from left) Kaye Moon Winters, founder of the “Nunca es Muy Tarde” club, and Yolanda Capelo, who provides valuable assistance.

    “Nunca es Muy Tarde,” the College’s innovative student organization that helps Spanish-speaking adults 25 and older in the areas of admissions, registration, financial aid, and counseling, was recently nominated for the prestigious “Examples of Excelencia” distinction, a recognition administered by Excelencia in Education, a national organization that focuses policymakers and higher education leaders on the needs of Latino students.

    There were over 70 nominations and three were selected as the 2009 Examples of Excelencia by a selection committee of national experts. “While your program was not selected as an Example of Excelencia for this year, we recognize your program is among the growing promising practices that are improving Latino student success,” stated the correspondence from the organization.
    “Nunca es Muy Tarde” is the Latino version of the College’s “Never Too Late” organization that provides a wide range of helpful services for English-speaking non-traditional students (25 and older).

    Congratulations to club founder Kaye Moon Winters, Yolanda Capelo, Consuelo Lemus, Dora Trevino, Joel Soto-Ponce, Monica Escalante, and others who provide assistance in the vitally important “Nunca” organization.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:36 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Student Success Center hosts open house 

    Group PicEmployees and student tutors from the North campus Student Success Center recently welcomed students and employees to an open house, featuring cake, cookies, and goodie bags. Congratulations to the Student Success Center crew who worked so well together to make the event a great success — from left, back row: Nancy Aguirre (orientation leader), Krizia Garcia (orientation leader), Orlin Corado (orientation leader), Omar Hinojosa (orientation leader), Anthony Hanewinkle (tutor), and Emmanuel Matteer ( tutor); front row: Erika Ramirez (tutor), Adriana Jones (interim SSC counselor), Adanta Ugo (retention specialist), Davelyn Pacheco (student assistant), and Pedro Gutierrez (tutor).

  • amanda.fenwick 3:33 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Central campus welcomes Dr. Hanson as VPI 

    Dr. Barbara Hanson

    Dr. Barbara Hanson

    Veteran educator Dr. Barbara Hanson was recently named to the key position of vice president of instruction for the Central campus. She will coordinate and oversee the Central campus’ academic and technical credit programs.

    Hanson comes to the College from North Carolina, but has Texas roots. “You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl,” she commented. Hanson is a fifth generation Texan. Her great-great grandfather was born near Abilene in 1859, with the next four generations following suit at various locations throughout the Lone Star State. “It is a wonderful feeling to be coming home,” she remarked.

    Hanson has 24 years of experience in higher education, 21 in community college administration. As faculty, she has taught English as a Second Language, German, music, martial arts, and developmental English. Administrative positions she has held include chief academic officer, executive director for strategic program development, dean of instruction, and division chair for modern languages.  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.

    Hanson has an extensive background in the liberal arts, music performance, the martial arts, and has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East. Hanson and her husband, Rick, have two teenagers and three dogs.

    Hanson was attracted to San Jacinto College because of its solid reputation in the education community and the local community.

    “San Jacinto College is actively engaged in building alliances with community partners in order to leverage resources for the benefit of the students served,” she commented. “In so doing, San Jacinto represents what is best about community colleges — it invests in the future of its community. It is indeed a privilege to become part of such a robust and visionary institution.”

  • amanda.fenwick 3:30 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Gumbo Gala a huge success 

    GG GroupSan Jacinto College Foundation Board Chairman Wayne Webb, Janis Bailey, Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, and Constable Bill Bailey welcomed a huge crowd of people to the very successful Gumbo Gala, held recently at the Pasadena Convention Center.

    The event, which featured music by the River Road Boys and delicious shrimp gumbo prepared by Constable Bailey’s Pct. 8 employees, was a fundraiser to provide student scholarships for San Jacinto College.

    Congratulations to employees Susan Arscott, Nancy Thacker, Devera Allen-Scheller, Ginger Lambert, Hollie Fulsom, and others who coordinated the fun event that supports a worthy cause.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:23 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    South hosts Flamenco performance 

    GuitarSouth campus music instructor Jeremy Garcia (shown center in related photo) gave a virtuoso guitar performance during a Flamenco performance, staged recently at the South campus fine arts center. To the left of Jeremy is Irma La Paloma, singer and director of the Solero Flamenco group, which absolutely awed the standing-room-only crowd at the show. Key administrators and faculty members who attended the performance include Dr. Laurel Williamson, Dr. Maureen Murphy, Dr. Toni Pendergrass, and Cynthia Stevens.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:17 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Playing on the national stage 

    Yankees Anthem .3North campus music instructor Carol Morgan (at left in photo above) recently performed the National Anthem as a member of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra for the New York Yankees game at Yankee stadium. In addition to her teaching career, Carol performs professionally and is highly regarded as a skilled and innovative trumpet player. To be included with the DIVA group is considered a great honor and accomplishment. The all-female group has been performing worldwide since 1992, and in 2006, DIVA was voted one of the best big bands in the world in both DownBeat magazine’s annual Critic’s and Reader’s Polls. Congratulations Carol, and keep up the good work!

  • amanda.fenwick 3:13 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Show of appreciation 

    ipodsBest Buy recently donated five iPod Nano devices to the North campus as a show of appreciation. “Best Buy is so grateful for all the students we have sent over for employment and we recently posted 10 more positions for seasonal help for them,” commented Ruth Keenan, interim coordinator for the North campus Career and Employment Center. Shown with Ruth (far right) are Best Buy employees Andre Dousay and Stephanie Deaver.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:05 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Soccer team wins first game played under lights 

    David Santesteban and assistant coach Iñaki Eraña Cassi

    David Santesteban and assistant coach Iñaki Eraña Cassi

    The men’s soccer team hosted the Houston Dynamo Youth Academy on Sept. 4 at the South campus soccer field. It was the first match under the new lights recently installed at field, and a large crowd of enthusiastic fans turned out for the match.

    Teri Fowle, Amanda Booren, Jeannie Peng-Armao, and Rob Vanya from the marketing office were on hand to photograph the event and to give away T-shirts and tickets to a Dynamo game. The South campus office of student life provided snow cones and popcorn.

    South campus choral singers, under the direction of Cynthia Stevens, delivered a stirring rendition of the National Anthem.

    Congratulations to head soccer coach Dr. David Santesteban, and assistant coaches Ian Spooner and Iñaki Eraña Cassi for a successful season kickoff. The icing on the cake – the San Jac soccer team defeated the Houston Dynamo Youth Academy squad 3-1.

  • amanda.fenwick 2:59 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    North campus welcomes Serita Dickey as academic dean 

    Serita Dickey

    Serita Dickey

    Longtime employee Serita Dickey was recently named interim academic dean of the North campus, replacing Dr. Sarah Janes (who was named vice president of the College district’s Continuing and Professional Development division).

    “Having worked with the North campus administrators for a number of years, I understand their commitment to our community,” Dickey commented. “The administrators have valued shared governance and have been inclusive of all constituents in decision-making processes. The availability of senior administrators to the campus community has allowed faculty and staff the opportunity to provide valuable feedback on issues of importance. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to work with this team of experienced administrators.”

    She was born and raised in Houston and graduated with honors from St. Agnes Academy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas-Houston, and a master’s degree in nursing from Texas Women’s University-Houston.

    Dickey has worked for San Jacinto College for 28 years, beginning as an adjunct nursing instructor. She worked for eight years as a full-time nursing instructor, and served as vocational nursing program department chair for two years. From 1998 to 2006 she served as associate dean of the health sciences and business division. In 2006, she was named the College district’s compliance director of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Mrs. Dickey and her husband Horace, a retired deputy sheriff, have two children (Wayne and Nikki), and five grandchildren (Torrey, Cameron, Raeven, Jaela, and Jarred).

  • amanda.fenwick 2:49 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    A good time was had by all 

    MG020Bill Dickerson, director of accounting and financial services, and employees in the district business office recently started the 2009-10 year off with a bang by hosting a lively Meet and Greet, which was open to all employees who work at the District Administration Building. Kudos to Mini Izaguirre and others in the business office that helped put together the gala affair, which featured non-alcoholic champagne and festive fireworks poppers. After raising a toast to a successful year, everyone in attendance fired their poppers in unison. A good time was had by all (and fortunately the smoke from the fireworks did not activate the fire alarm system).

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