Welcome SJC honors coordinators!

Left to right: Honors Program Dean Scott Furtwengler; Doug Simmons, North campus honors coordinator; Walter Thompson, South campus honors coordinator; and Ben Fraser, Central campus honors coordinator.

Please welcome San Jacinto College’s newest honors coordinators Doug Simmons from the North campus, Ben Fraser from Central, and Walter Thompson from South. The three coordinators will work alongside Honors Program Dean Scott Furtwengler.

Simmons, a long-time Texas resident, attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and Sam Houston State in Huntsville. When not reading about American history, or other histories, his interests are more eclectic, encompassing everything from theology and philosophy, to good music and food. He can also be found in the weight room from time to time.

Fraser attended Sul Ross State University in Alpine where he earned a Master of Arts in Political Science. He attended the University of Houston for his undergraduate work, where he met his wife of seven years. Together, they live in Spring and have one daughter and are expecting another addition to the family very soon.

Thompson is a professor of physics and astronomy at the South campus. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in physics and astronomy from Johns Hopkins University.  While earning his graduate degree, Thompson performed research on galaxy evolution and the large-scale structure of the universe at the Space Telescope Science Institute (home of the Hubble Space Telescope). He has served as a full-time instructor of physics and astronomy since 2004 at several institutions, including Towson University, Harford Community College, and San Jacinto College, and also teaches at the University of Texas Medical School’s Summer Medical and Dental Educational Program.  Outside of the ropes, Walter loves to cook, ride his bike, and travel the world with his wife of five years, Melissa.