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  • amanda.fenwick 5:21 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Decoration contest too close to call 

    District office employees competed in a friendly door decorating contest through the Christmas holiday season. The Three Wise Men (actually, it was one wise man, and two wise ladies) served as the judging panel to determine a winner. After careful deliberation, the 3 Campus Presidents — Dr. Neil Matkin, Dr. Maureen Murphy, and Dr. Allatia Harris — determined that the contest was too close to call, so the judges awarded a first place tie to two departments — the Business Office, and Human Resources.

    Honorable mention for creativity was awarded to two offices — Vice Chancellor for Instruction and Services, and Research and Institutional Effectiveness.

    The Grinch Award went to the Vice Chancellor of Fiscal Affairs office, which had a door decorated with nothing, nada, zilch, zero.

    Be sure to see the slideshow at the bottom of this post to see random festive holiday scenes at the District office. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Water Cooler people!

    Business Office door

    Human Resources door

    Business Office door

    Business Office door

    Vice Chancellor for Instruction & Services door

    Vice Chancellor for Instruction & Services door

    Research & Institutional Effectiveness office door

    Research & Institutional Effectiveness office door

    District Office holiday scenes

  • wpadmin 12:04 pm on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Employees, students recognized at December Board meeting 

    Several employees and students were recognized at the December San Jacinto College Board of Trustees meeting, held Dec. 14, 2009.

    Floyd McConnel and Leigh-Anne Williams, debate team coaches at the North campus, were recognized for their outstanding leadership of the debate team. Dr. Allatia Harris, North Campus President, recognized them at the meeting along with two of their students, Ian Jacoby and Tyler Cashiola, who are currently ranked 6th in the nation as a team. Congratulations!!!

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    Dr. Neil Matkin, Central Campus President, recognized Bill Frazier, an art professor at the Central campus, for receiving an honorarium for his four art show exhibits. Congratulations!

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  • amanda.fenwick 5:31 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    North campus starts faculty choir 

    The North campus Faculty Choir is under the direction of Edgar Moore.

    The North campus Faculty Choir is under the direction of Edgar Moore.

    There’s a creative outlet for North campus faculty and staff members who have singing talent – the new Faculty Choir.

    The North campus Faculty Choir, under the direction of Edgar Moore, provided outstanding entertainment at commencement ceremonies, held recently for North campus graduating students at the North Shore High School Ninth Grade Campus.

    Mr. Moore, a versatile and talented music professor, teaches choir and ensemble classes, as well as other music classes at the North campus.

    Kudos to Edgar Moore and the North campus employees for sharing their musical talents with the San Jacinto College community.

  • amanda.fenwick 12:42 pm on December 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    North campus welcomes new librarian 

    Karyn Jones

    Karyn Jones

    The North campus recently welcomed Karyn Jones as a new librarian.

    Karyn grew up in Clovis, New Mexico, graduating from Clovis High School in 2001.

    She earned a BA in history from New Mexico State University in 2005, and a master’s degree in information studies from the University of Texas in May.

    “I am currently living with family members until I can get situated and familiarize myself with the area,” Karyn commented. “I chose San Jacinto College because it is a small school and I am excited to have the opportunity to know and recognize patrons and faculty and staff members.”

    So far, Karyn really likes what she sees at the College.

    “It doesn’t get much better than having a luncheon my first week on the job!” she remarked. “I have received several e-mails and met some faculty members who just wanted to say welcome. I am anxious to learn more about the students and school and be as helpful as I can.”

    Welcome to the San Jacinto College family, Karyn!

  • wpadmin 4:21 pm on December 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    South campus invites families to festive Fun Night 

    The Children’s Center at the South campus recently held Family Fun Night, inviting all those who attend the center and their parents. Partygoers enjoyed decorating their own Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, personalizing gingerbread men and playing in artificial snow.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:17 pm on December 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Have yourself a Snuggie Little Christmas 

    Snug MugsCan you guess what the most popular gift idea was during the Marketing office’s White Elephant gift exchange? Nancy VanHandel, Linda Harrison, and Dana Eifert are now happy Snuggie owners and ought to stay warm and toasty over the winter holiday break.

  • amanda.fenwick 12:47 pm on December 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Administrators coordinating innovative partnerships 

    Pam Campbell, left, and Dr. Catherine O'Brien

    Pam Campbell, left, and Dr. Catherine O'Brien

    San Jacinto College administrators Pam Campbell and Dr. Catherine O’Brien coordinated the recent kickoff meetings at the Central campus of two important educational partnerships — Houston Pathways Initiative, and The Bridge.

    Through the inter-related partnerships, SJC will partner with area colleges and secondary schools to better prepare students for college.

    HPI is a partnership in which San Jacinto College will work with the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Houston Community College (HCC), as well as the Pasadena, Deer Park and Galena Park Independent School Districts. The Bridge, coordinated by Campbell, is a collaboration between SJC and all of the secondary schools in the San Jacinto College district — Channelview, Deer Park, Galena Park, La Porte, Pasadena and Sheldon Independent School Districts.

    “The two programs are tightly connected,” commented Dr. O’Brien, who serves as the College’s dean of teaching and learning, and who is heading up coordination of the HPI program for the College. “Houston Pathways is going to create a ‘college-ready culture’ by working with faculty to better prepare students for college. The Bridge is going to create a ‘college-going culture’ to help students to understand that everyone needs to go to college.”

    Thank you Pam and Catherine for coordinating these two valuable partnership programs that will mean so much for the continued success of San Jacinto College students.

  • amanda.fenwick 12:39 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    San Jac employees share Holiday Cheer 

    Donna Jones, Serita Dickey, Dr. Allatia Harris, Charlotte Jackson, Steve Rudd, and Tim Banks at the North campus get-together.

    Donna Jones, Serita Dickey, Dr. Allatia Harris, Charlotte Jackson, Steve Rudd, and Tim Banks at the North campus get-together.

    South campus

    While snow outside brought Houston its white winter holiday blanket, South campus faculty and staff stayed indoors to kick off winter holiday festivities at a Charles Dickens-themed Christmas celebration. South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy greeted those in attendance, and an array of traditional holiday food, complete with a candy table, made for the perfect meal during a cold icy day. Faculty/staff carolers provided the entertainment, and everyone walked away with a goodie bag full of holiday treats.

    District office

    The District office staff also ate their fair share of turkey, dressing and gravy. Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer welcomed everyone, as poinsettias were handed out to a few lucky folks who found stickers under their chairs.

    Central campus

    Central campus President Dr. Neil Matkin also spent time handing out the festive red plants during the Central campus’ Christmas celebration. Hundreds of attendees were treated to music from the choir department as they were served Christmas favorites like green bean casserole, dressing, turkey and ham.

    North campus

    Meanwhile, faculty, staff, and employees at the North campus enjoyed live Christmas jazz music and a scrumptious feast prepared by the campus’ culinary arts department, under the direction of Steve Rudd, Sean Perrodin, Donna Jones, and Tim Banks. North campus President Dr. Allatia Harris greeted employees, wishing happy holidays to everyone, and thanking all for their dedication and hard work.

    Related photos below. Also, please view the slideshow at the bottom of this post.

    Dr. Brenda Hellyer greets employees at the District office holiday luncheon.

    Dr. Brenda Hellyer greets employees at the District office holiday luncheon.

    Dr. Neil Matkin greets employees at the Central campus luncheon.

    Dr. Neil Matkin greets employees at the Central campus luncheon.

    Dr. Maureen Murphey greets employees at the South campus luncheon.

    Dr. Maureen Murphey greets employees at the South campus luncheon.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:43 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Marketing office welcomes Joshua Wilson as graphics designer 

    Joshua Wilson

    Joshua Wilson

    The Marketing office recently welcomed Joshua Wilson as the department’s new senior graphics designer. Joshua grew up in Galveston and graduated from Ball High School.

    “About half of my family still lives in Galveston, even after Ike,” he commented. “Even though we always lived close to the Seawall, I seldom went to the beach.”

    That could be because Joshua’s world pretty much revolved around art. “I took just about every art class that they offered in high school,” he said.

    He earned a BFA in graphic design from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. “I didn’t change my major, not one time,” he remarked. “I knew exactly what I wanted once I got there, and I rode the wave until the end.”

    While attending SHSU, Joshua worked as a graphic designer in the college’s recreational sports department. Before coming to San Jac, he was a graphic designer for a media company in Houston. “We worked on several publications (one local and two global), and developed marketing materials for a pair of trade shows,” he said.

    Joshua currently lives in Texas City, but plans to soon move to Pasadena. “I like that Pasadena is close enough to Houston to partake in all the restaurants and entertainment, but without all the headaches of living in a huge city,” he commented.

    For recreation and diversion, Joshua likes to take in a flick. “I don’t like to brag, but I consider myself a movie buff. New, old, whatever,” he said. “I research each one I see and fill myself with useless information. I try to go to the theater frequently (at least twice a month). I’m open to them all (except romantic comedies). I’m more of a sci-fi and drama fan.”

    He also loves the Internet. “I’m don’t watch much television, but I read a lot of things on the Internet.” He also enjoys cooking, and (when he has time) reading, designing, drawing and painting (“I prefer oil”).

    Joshua has quickly become a valuable part of the Marketing team and is really enjoying his job.

    “No two days are ever alike. Each day presents a new challenge and I enjoy making all the pieces fall into place,” he said. “I get to interact with a variety of clients and I enjoy adapting my design style to fit their needs. I feel like the work I do is valuable. I’m helping spread the word to students, faculty, staff and local communities about all the positive things San Jac has to offer. It’s great being surrounded by a group of talented, passionate individuals. It’s cool.”

  • wpadmin 11:06 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank you, Jaime, for showing students the rewards of giving back 

    ESOL instructor Jaime Yruegaz recently assigned a field trip to the Houston Food Bank, providing his students with an opportunity to help others in need during the holidays, while also interacting with members of the local community.

    Participants included Audrey Marcheori of Brazil, Ilia Perez Ramirez of Mexico, Hamid R. Rashidi Araghi of Iran, Yazan Albustami of Jordan, Soo Hyun Youm of South Korea and Diego Garcia of Columbia.

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