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  • andrea.vasquez 11:30 am on June 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    June Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights 

    Congratulations to the following groups and individuals recognized at the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees’ June 2018 meeting for their recent achievements:

    The Hold’Em and Hit’Em Organization was recognized by the Board and the San Jacinto College Foundation for being one of its major donors. Since 2000, the organization has given close to $225,000 in scholarships and recognized San Jacinto College students at their annual gala. The Foundation is proud to be partners with this unique, fun, hardworking and generous group, who give tirelessly to our community.

    San Jacinto College Maritime Instructor Mark Lloyd (right) was recognized by John Stauffer, San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor and superintendent of maritime (left), for recently receiving the 40 Under 40 Award in recognition of his work in training the next generation of merchant mariners. The award, designated by the Inland Marine Expo (IMX), recognizes the top 40 individuals under the age of 40 working in the inland marine industry.

    Dr. Alexander Okwonna (far right) presented the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education’s (TABPHE) recognition of San Jacinto College for Outstanding Support of its 45th annual state conference in Houston. In addition to being a TABPHE board member, Okwonna also served as the 2018 conference chair.

    Dr. Allatia Harris recognized the San Jacinto College baseball team for finishing third in the 2018 NJCAA Division 1 JUCO Wolrd Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. Baseball Head Coach Tom Arrington (left) and Assistant Coach Eric Weaver (right) were present to accept the recognition.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:19 pm on April 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    April Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights 

    At the April Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of the women’s basketball team and the the financial aid department. The women’s basketball team advanced to its second-consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament, had the most wins in a single season in school history, had four student-athletes earn post-season honors, Head Coach Kayla Weaver was named the District L coach of the year, and the team received the NJCAA Alberta Lee Cox Sportsmanship Award.

    San Jacinto College women's basketball team


    In addition, the Board of Trustees recognized the financial aid team for earning the Monument Award. The team was presented with the challenge of helping to reduce the cohort default rate, which is used by the US Department of Education to measure the effectiveness of managing the federal student loan program. The San Jacinto College financial aid employees led to a decrease in the student loan cohort default rate from 17.3% to 9.1% (almost half!) by providing direct and personal communication to students when they leave the College; through extra loan advising in addition to the federally required counseling; and financial literacy presentations in classrooms and financial literacy workshops each semester.


    Congratulations to both the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team and the financial aid team on your well deserved recognitions!

  • andrea.vasquez 2:03 pm on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Congratulations Matt Lewis, ACCT National Faculty Award Recipient! 

    The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has named Matt Lewis as its 2017 William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award recipient.

    Prior to receiving the national faculty award, Lewis was named the ACCT Western Region Faculty award recipient in July. ACCT’s regional and national awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by community colleges and their leaders to meet the needs of their communities. Award categories include: Trustee Leadership Award, Equity Award, Faculty Member Award, Chief Executive Officer Award, and Professional Board Staff Member Award.

    Formerly a math professor at the South Campus, Lewis recently transitioned into his new role as a qualitative research analyst, supporting the College’s ongoing advancement in leveraging data for institutional improvement work. He will also continue his leadership role in implementing the College’s SmartStart program.

    Read more about about Matt’s national ACCT award here.

    Congratulations, Matt!


  • amanda.fenwick 2:53 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Trailblazer Dr. Gilmore earns ’40 Under 40′ award 

    Congratulations to Dr. LaToya Gilmore for earning a “40 Under 40” award from Prairie View A&M University based on her accomplishments as an emerging leader who has blazed a trail in her field.

    “I had an amazing experience as an undergraduate at Prairie View and I use it to enhance, nurture, and inspire those I encounter,” Dr. Gilmore commented.

    Toya Headshots

    Prairie View’s 40 under 40 award recognizes 40 alumni under the age of 40 who use their experience at Prairie View to impact communities. “Our motto is ‘Prairie View Produces Productive People’ and being in this inaugural class is a tremendous honor,” Dr. Gilmore said.

    Dr. Gilmore has indeed blazed a trail in her field. She earned a bachelor’s degree in less than four years from Prairie View, transferred to Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California where she earned a master’s of science in marriage and family therapy. While studying at Fuller, she participated in mission work in Africa along with six other female graduate students. The students assisted communities and visited schools throughout Uganda.

    After graduating from Fuller, she worked as a family therapist in Compton, California for a non-profit organization prior to moving to Houston. Through other non-profit organizations, she provided in-home therapeutic services and education in communities around the city of Houston, including Sunnyside, Alief, Fifth Ward, Baytown, and Pasadena before beginning her teaching tenure at San Jacinto College.

    She has also presented and facilitated programs at professional conferences across the state of Texas. During her doctoral studies at Texas Southern University, she was a member of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society, later graduating magna cum laude.

    In addition to teaching Learning Framework at the North Campus, she serves as a mentor and faculty advisor.

    Dr. Gilmore holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Prairie View, a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Fuller, and a doctor of education in counselor education from TSU.

    • Betty Bruno 11:06 am on October 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Dr. Gilmorel

  • amanda.fenwick 10:20 pm on June 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Bond marketing and public relations campaign wins gold 

    Joshua Banks, Janet Cowey, Amanda Fenwick, Jeannie Peng Mansyur and Jahmal Clemons with the 2016 Gold Excalibur Award.

    Joshua Banks, Janet Cowey, Amanda Fenwick, Jeannie Peng Mansyur and Jahmal Clemons with the 2016 Gold Excalibur Award.
















    Congratulations to the San Jacinto College marketing and public relations team for winning gold at the 2016 Public Relations Society of America – Houston Chapter Excalibur Awards. The team won a gold Excalibur Award in the government / public affairs category for the development and execution of the 2015 San Jac Tomorrow bond referendum public relations and marketing campaign. The robust informational campaign included numerous brochures and direct mail pieces, weekly news releases, a presentation template, social media posts, several events for students and employees, an e-newsletter, a magazine, newspaper advertising, a video and a thorough website, ultimately helping in the bond passing with nearly 68 percent of the vote.

    The marketing and public relations team members are: Teri Crawford, vice chancellor; Amanda Fenwick, vice president; Dana Cragin, executive assistant; Janet Cowey, marketing director; Joshua Banks, digital marketing director; Jeannie Peng Mansyur, senior communications coordinator; Andrea Vasquez, communications coordinator; Rob Vanya, communications coordinator; Hollie Fulsom, event planner; Joshua Wilson, graphic designer; Mary Hind, project coordinator; Nancy VanHandel, graphic / web designer; Jahmal Clemons, social media coordinator; and Linda Harrison, web content manager.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:29 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    2015 Year in Review 

    The year 2015 was truly amazing at San Jacinto College. Some key highlights included a record number of graduates, completion of construction on the new Maritime Training Center, and approval of a $425 million bond measure to fund new facilities and renovations.

    Congratulations to all of the students, faculty, and staff for your many achievements and accomplishments.



  • amanda.fenwick 3:44 pm on October 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    AEOP Recognized at Board of Trustees meeting 

    The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees recognized the College’s Association of Educational Support Staff Personnel (AEOP) at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 5. Donna Cubstead, AEOP President, recapped the year’s events, and recognized individual members for their successes this year. (More …)

  • amanda.fenwick 4:36 pm on May 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Kudos to math professor Kevin Pinegar 

    Kevin Pinegar, San Jacinto College math professor, has been nominated to receive the Hall of Excellence for Quality Matters Reviewers Acknowledgement based on his work as a Quality Matters Publisher Reviewer.



    Nominees will be recognized at the QM National Conference and their names and institutions will be added to the Hall of Excellence for QM Reviewers.

    Kevin will accept the honor on behalf of San Jacinto College in November when he delivers a Quality Matters presentation at the 2015 national convention in San Antonio. The award is presented to a team of reviewers who were found to provide a superior review experience.

    Mr. Pinegar is a Quality Matters Master Reviewer as well as a Quality Matters Publisher Reviewer. As such, he strives for quality Distance Learning courses personally, locally and nationally. He leads reviews nationwide that determine if online courses meet Quality Matters nationally recognized standards, and also works with the San Jacinto College Distance Learning staff.

    Congratulations to Mr. Pinegar for his outstanding achievement.

  • andrea.vasquez 5:04 pm on April 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

    2015 San Jacinto College Service Awards 

    On April 10, the Human Resources department hosted the annual San Jacinto College Service Awards banquet at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake Hotel. This year’s award recipients included:

    45 Years: Louis Westmoreland

    40 Years: Delwin Long and Karen Hattaway

    35 Years: Steven Davidson, Sherry Wise, Tim Roye, Judy Harrison, Kearby Lyde, Pricilla Wake, Donald Netherton, Jan Crenshaw, Seretta Harris, and Gail Mason

    30 Years: Jeffrey Jackson, Richard McKay, Lori Barbay, Juan (Pedro) Cantu, Jeff Tschappatt, and Ken Luce

    And many others. Thank you to everyone who helped organize another wonderful event, and as always, thank you to everyone for your continued service to San Jacinto College.

    • Becky Martinez 11:55 am on April 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Aww. I thought I would see the big 4 0 in front of Karen Hattaway. Could you please let me know if these pics are in the P drive? Thank you! 🙂

  • amanda.fenwick 11:21 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Women’s basketball team culminates amazing season with awards banquet 

    The College’s women’s basketball team recently culminated one of the best seasons in the program’s history with an appreciation and awards banquet.

    In an amazing turnaround season, the team went from 3-27 last year to 23-9 this season. Head Coach Brenita Jackson was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV Coach of the Year. The team was ranked nationally for much of the season appearing as high as ninth in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball poll in early January. It was the first time in the program’s history to be ranked in the top 10 nationally.

    The team qualified for the regional tournament for the first time since 2011, advancing to the semifinal round before being eliminated by the defending national champions Trinity Valley Junior College.

    Three players earned honors for their accomplishments during the 2014-2015 season. The team’s leading scorer, sophomore guard Kendra Howard (Dallas / Cedar Hill High School), who averaged 15.5 points per game, was named to the All-Region Team. Freshman guard Miranda LeJune (Pearland / Pearland High School), who led the nation in assists with 8.1 per game, was named to the All-Conference Team and earned the Region XIV Co-Freshman of the Year honor. Freshman forward Kaelynn Wilson (San Antonio / Wagner High School) earned All-Conference Honorable Mention recognition.

    At the banquet, players, coaches, and support staff members were recognized for their dedication and achievements.

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