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  • amanda.fenwick 4:04 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    SJC honored as Industry of the Year 

    AwardThe Deer Park Chamber of Commerce recently honored the San Jacinto College District as the 2009 Industry of the Year. From left in related photo: Sharon McLean, Deer Park Chamber of Commerce president; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College chancellor; Bill Reasoner, Vopak’s manager of operations planning (Vopak was the 2008 recipient).

    In addition to Dr. Hellyer, other San Jacinto College employees who gave of their time and efforts to help make the award ceremony a huge success include: Teri Fowle, Amanda Booren, Shannon Burke, Dana Eifert, Josh Wilson, Jeanie Peng-Armao, Rob Vanya, Carol Schwing, Cheryl Kaplan, David Vanover, Dr. Jerry Ivins, Jeremy Boni, Linda Drobnich, Cindy Stevens, Niki Whiteside, Sherry Nixon, Keith Hudson, and Dr. Ron Rucker.

    Below are some more photos from the event.

    Theater students from the Central campus were an entertaining highlight.
    Theater students from the Central campus were an entertaining highlight.

    North campus baseball players.
    North campus baseball players
    Shannon Burke, Marketing Projects Manager
    Shannon Burke, Marketing Projects Manager
    SJC was well showcased
    SJC was well showcased
  • wpadmin 5:42 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Volleyball finishes 10th at NJCAA national tournament 

    Congratulations to the San Jacinto College volleyball team on its 10th place finish at the NJCAA national tournament!

  • amanda.fenwick 4:08 pm on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Foundation Golf Tournament auction a great success 

    AuctS4This year’s Foundation Golf Tournament auction was a great success, thanks to the help of many dedicated San Jacinto College employees. Leonard Pringle, Central campus culinary arts department chair, and Central campus culinary arts students treated visitors to a cornucopia of delicious appetizers and finger food.

    Leonard is shown with Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, who welcomed visitors to the auction and introduced speakers during the presentation.

    Others who provided valuable assistance for the auction include Susan Arscott, Nancy Thacker, Hollie Fulsom, Hannah McCue, Nicole Darland Haas, Martha Van Buskirk, and Ginger Lambert.

    Andy Pettitte with SJC students

    Andy Pettitte with SJC students

    Dr. Hellyer with an auction item

    Dr. Hellyer with an auction item

    Helping hands

    Helping hands

  • wpadmin 10:25 am on November 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    80 Thanksgiving Trivia Questions 

    Continuing Professional Development recently held a Thanksgiving luncheon, complete with a festive round of 80 Thanksgiving Trivia Questions.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:55 pm on November 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Debate team is arguably one of the best 

    The San Jacinto College North speech and debate team, displaying some of their many trophies, includes (from left) Floyd McConnell (faculty advisor), Amanda Alexander, Tyler Cashiola, Ian Jacoby, Jesus Villegas, Austin Cain, Jason Savoie, and Leigh-Anne Williams (faculty advisor).

    The San Jacinto College North speech and debate team, displaying some of their many trophies, includes (from left) Floyd McConnell (faculty advisor), Amanda Alexander, Tyler Cashiola, Ian Jacoby, Jesus Villegas, Austin Cain, Jason Savoie, and Leigh-Anne Williams (faculty advisor).

    Under the guidance of instructors Floyd McConnell and Leigh-Anne Williams, the North campus speech and debate team has become arguably one of the best in the nation (no pun intended).

    A pair of student teams from the College recently earned spots on the top 50 rankings by the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE). In the latest listing, the two-member team of Ian Jacoby and Tyler Cashiola ranked 13, while the two-member team of Amanda Alexander and Jason Savoie achieved a NPTE ranking of 46. San Jacinto College North was the only two-year college in the nation with students ranked in the top 50. All the other teams in the top 50 represent four-year colleges and universities.

    Achieving a national ranking in the top 50 is extremely rare and very difficult for any two-year college, according to Floyd McConnell, faculty advisor for the San Jacinto College North speech and debate team (which is also called the forensics team). “In fact, it’s so difficult that it’s almost impossible,” McConnell commented.

    Kudos to Floyd and Leigh-Anne for their dedication, and congratulations to the North campus forensics students. Their diligence and hard work are really paying off!

    • K. Davis 3:42 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Jacoby and Cashiola are now ranked 6th in the nation, moving up 7 spots since this article came out.

  • wpadmin 11:13 am on November 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Chamber Singers perform at San Jacinto Monument 

    The Central campus Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Paul Busselberg, were recently invited to perform at the “Elegant Evening with History” event at the San Jacinto Monument.

    High-profile dignitaries in attendance included Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia; La Porte Mayor Barry Beasley; Larry Spasic, president of the San Jacinto Museum of History; Risher Randall, chairman of the museum’s board of trustrees; and Jan Lawler, past president/CEO for the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region and museum trustee.

    The evening also included dinner accompanied by oral history interviews and a solo by Chelsee Jernigan.

  • wpadmin 12:44 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    South campus loses one of its brightest educators 

    The South campus will hold a memorial today at 4 p.m. in honor of Dr. Bahar Sheikh, who passed away last month.

    Dr. Sheikh was a chemistry professor at SJCS and first joined the College in 2002 after moving from Kansas. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Karachi and his doctorate from the University of South Hampton.

    “Dr. Sheikh put his classes first, above everything else,” said Dr. Ray Crawford. “The students loved him. He was very sincere, a genuinely good person. We are going to miss him very much.”

    A tree will be planted in the near future in honor of the professor’s achievements in higher education.

    Dr. Sheikh

  • wpadmin 12:49 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations to SJC volleyball! 


    Congratulations to San Jacinto College volleyball for advancing to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament over the weekend. After sending Laredo home Friday night at the Region XIV Tournament, the team came back strong on offense with double-digit kills and digs during a tight game against Lee College on Saturday (25-23, 25-23, 26-24).

    The team will make their way to nationals in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Nov. 19-23.

  • wpadmin 12:20 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    A festive evening to remember 

    More than 100 members from the South campus community attended the recent 2009 Fall Fest, including San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer and SJCS President Dr. Maureen Murphy.

    Families enjoyed dozens of activities that included face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, festival arts and crafts, a costume contest and a visit from the Houston Texans Mascot, TORO.

  • wpadmin 12:13 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations to the SJCS theater department! 

    The San Jacinto College South (SJCS) theater department recently hosted the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and took home awards for their rendition of “The Arabian Nights” by Mary Zimmerman.

    The four-day festival included the performance and critique of six on-stage productions by SJCS, Lone Star College-Montgomery, Tarrant County College Southeast, Angelo State University, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and Lone Star College-Kingwood. Students also participated in workshops on such topics as improvisation and voiceovers.

    Dr. Katie Robinson, director of the School of Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, served as this year’s respondent and selected “The Arabian Nights” by SJCS and “Eurydice” by SHSU to represent Texas at the regional level, which includes the six-state area of Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

    SJC students Daniel Bourque, Luke Lee and Micklo Soria were also recognized for their talents and will travel to Amarillo for the Regional VI Festival for to audition for acting scholarships.

    The following is a list of SJCS faculty, staff, students and alumni who were recognized for their work at the festival:

    • Sheleigh Carmichael: Excellence in Scenic and Costume Design

    • Adam Thornton: Excellence Scenic Design and Excellence in Rigging

    • Mark B. Robbins: Excellence in Festival Hosting

    • Ian Berkman: Excellence in Festival Hosting for lighting

    • Charles Ursprung, Mariano Lampazzi, Chris Huynh, Adi Teodoru and Behr Tabor: Excellence in Honor Crew

    • Jacob Sanchez: Excellence in Sound Board

    • Adi Teodoru: Excellence in Costume Design

    • Adi Teodoru and Said Chavez: Excellence in Acting, recognition award

    • Daniel Bourque, Luke Lee and Micklo Soria: Advance to the Regional VI level to audition for an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship

    • “The Arabian Nights” directed by Cheryl Kaplanz: Respondent’s Choice

    • San Jacinto College South: Excellence in Festival Hosting

    Job well done!

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