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  • amanda.fenwick 4:37 pm on August 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Chancellor Hellyer named one of ‘8 Female Community College Leaders to Watch in 2018’ 

    EAB (the Education Advisory Board) had named San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer one of eight female community college leaders to watch in 2018. As part of its series on women in college leadership, EAB staff writer Emily Arnim decided to profile the women leading the top 25 community colleges in United States (as ranked by Niche‘s 2018 Best Community Colleges list) as well as the women leading Aspen Institute‘s ten 2019 finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Among these 35 high-performing community colleges, eight are led by women (or about 23%). Congratulations to Dr. Hellyer and the other women named on this list.


    The list includes:

    • Karla Leach, Western Wyoming Community College
    • Laura Urban, Alexandria Technical & Community College
    • Susan May, Fox Valley Technical College
    • Lori Weyers, North Central Technical College
    • Louise Pagotto, Kapi’olani Community College
    • Denise Yochum, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
    • Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College
    • Youlanda Jones, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Newbern

    Read the full article on the EAB website.

    • Julie Blacksmith 9:20 am on September 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Something we already knew! Congrats Dr. Hellyer!

  • amanda.fenwick 3:51 pm on August 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    September is National Preparedness Month 


    Every September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with 3,000 global, national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public health institutions, supports emergency preparedness efforts and encourages Americans to take action before, during, and after an emergency. Every community in the United States should be ready to respond to an infectious disease outbreak, chemical or radiological release, or natural disaster.

    This September, CDC will team up with Ready.gov, federal and public sector partners, and state and local public health departments nationwide to raise awareness about The Power of Preparedness during National Preparedness Month (NPM).

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed 50–100 million people. Planning and preparedness for all types of public health emergencies is vital for keeping communities safe. States and communities are developing preparedness plans and strengthening their ability to respond to a broad range of public health emergencies.

    This year’s call-to-action, Prepare Your Health, highlights four areas that complement the roles that individuals, state and local public health departments, and CDC play in creating community health resilience. It takes everyone pulling in the same direction to build communities and a nation that can withstand, adapt to, and recover from personal and public health emergencies.


  • melissa.trevizo 4:14 pm on August 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    South Campus Gallery Installation 

  • andrea.vasquez 2:37 pm on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: faculty senate, jeff mcgee, mace, mace retirement ceremony   

    Mace Retirement Ceremony and Unveiling of New College Mace 

    During fall 2018 College Community Week, the original three College commencement maces were retired in a formal ceremony.  Led by South Campus speech professor and Faculty Senate President, Cristina Cardenas, the Central, North and South Campus provosts and their respective faculty senate campus vice presidents served as the mace presenters for the ceremony: Central Campus English professor Dr. David LeMaster and Provost Van A. Wigginton, J.D.; North Campus history professor Dr. Stephen Lopez and Provost Dr. Bill Raffetto; and South Campus biology professor Dr. Karen Duston and Provost Dr. Brenda Jones.

    South Campus Fine Arts Department Chair Jeff McGee gave a brief presentation about his work crafting the new College commencement mace, a process that has taken nearly two years. McGee discussed the research, design choices, symbolic elements, and the intricate processes used to create the new mace. The new commencement mace will make its first official appearance at the fall 2018 commencement ceremony at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, Dec. 16.

  • wpadmin 4:57 pm on August 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Distinguished Faculty Lifetime Awards 

    Connie Duren, Pandora Freestone, Phyllis Hooi and Theresa Rudisell each received their Distinguished Faculty Lifetime Award on Aug. 24. The faculty members were recognized at the annual Distinguished Faculty Lunch with Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer.



  • melissa.trevizo 10:18 am on August 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Ruth Keenan and family on the recent passing of her mother-in-law, Joan Heffernan Keenan.

    Joan Heffernan Keenan, age 85, a resident of Fairhope, AL, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

    Joan started her married life as a Navy wife on New Year’s Eve 1953. She was a devoted spouse and mother of four with deep Irish roots. She loved the ocean and the many treasures that she found on the beach. As an avid sailor, she enjoyed the yacht club life. Her passions included her pets, collecting antiques and sea glass, and volunteering at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church gift shop. She was a tireless champion for her children and grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Joseph Keenan; two sisters, and a brother.

    Her survivors include her daughters, Patricia Keenan of Fairhope and Kathleen (John) Klein of Camas, WA; sons, Gordon A. (Ruth) Keenan of Houston, TX and Daniel J. (Maria) Keenan of Oakland, CA; grandchildren: Rebecca (Jeff), Jenn (Dan), Thomas (Jessica), Elizabeth (Kyle), Danielle, Briana, Nicola, Jack (Annelise), Jason, Greg, Ellie, and Colin; five great grandchildren; and many other loving relatives and friends.

    A visitation was held on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home, Fairhope from 6 – 7 pm.
    Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Monday, July 30, 2018 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church at 11 am.

    Ruth Keenan is the Executive Director of the San Jacinto College Foundation.

  • melissa.trevizo 10:13 am on August 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    NFPA 2018 lock project 

    The NFPA 2018 lock project has been moving right along. Many of you might have noticed a change in mechanical hardware or the addition of electronic locking solutions for numerous classrooms.

    Although some of our classrooms are designed to always remain locked when the doors are closed, the majority require user interaction to ensure a properly secured door in the event of an emergency.

    Please watch this video to see how to secure the door locks, and keep the video link for future reference.


  • amanda.fenwick 4:58 pm on August 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    August Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights 

    At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Board recognized the following individuals and groups.

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