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  • amanda.fenwick 3:08 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    National journal publishes article written by North campus employees 

    A. Jones

    J. Jones

    Kudos to the husband-wife team of Adriana and Jeremy Jones, North campus counselors who authored a very informative and timely article that has been published by the National Forum of Multicultural Issues journal.

    Their article, titled “Breaking Barriers for Multiracial Students,” deals with barriers multiracial students face during their college years and interventions higher education institutions can follow to break the barriers. The article concludes by stating that: “student affairs counselors can assist in spreading the awareness of multiracial issues in their college community. It is necessary for multiracial students to embrace diversity in their social development.”

    Adriana Jones serves as interim student success counselor at the North campus, and Jeremy Jones is the North campus shared counselor who serves Channelview High School.

    “To write the article, we used our background in working with a wide range of students, and research we have conducted,” commented Adriana Jones.

    Click on the link below for a copy of the article —

    Breaking Barriers

  • amanda.fenwick 2:24 pm on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    First impressions are important 

    From left, Steven Little, Arleen Arnsparger, Dr. Neil Matkin, Dr. Barbara Hanson, and Dr. Laurel Williamson.

    Central campus administrators and staff members gathered recently for a “First Impressions” seminar. Blending lively anecdotes, compelling statistics, multimedia presentations, with a large dash of humor, keynote speakers Arleen Arnsparger and Steven Little drove home just how important it is for students to have a favorable first impression of San Jacinto College during their initial counseling, admissions and orientation sessions. Little is a highly-acclaimed business growth consultant, and Arnsparger is a key executive with the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

    Key Central campus administrators attending the entertaining and informative meeting included Dr. Neil Matkin, president; Dr. Barbara Hanson, vice president of instruction, Dr. Timothy Elliot, dean of weekend and evening college; Dr. Steven Horton, dean of technical education; Van Wigginton, academic dean; Dr. James Braswell, administrative dean; and Karen Blankenship, library director.

    Central campus division operations managers, as well as key administrative assistants also attended the meeting.

    Dr. Laurel Williamson, district vice chancellor of instruction program services, and Dr. Sarah Janes, vice president of continuing and professional development, were also on hand for the key seminar. Click on any photo below for a larger view.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:36 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Student Success Center hosts open house 

    Group PicEmployees and student tutors from the North campus Student Success Center recently welcomed students and employees to an open house, featuring cake, cookies, and goodie bags. Congratulations to the Student Success Center crew who worked so well together to make the event a great success — from left, back row: Nancy Aguirre (orientation leader), Krizia Garcia (orientation leader), Orlin Corado (orientation leader), Omar Hinojosa (orientation leader), Anthony Hanewinkle (tutor), and Emmanuel Matteer ( tutor); front row: Erika Ramirez (tutor), Adriana Jones (interim SSC counselor), Adanta Ugo (retention specialist), Davelyn Pacheco (student assistant), and Pedro Gutierrez (tutor).

  • amanda.fenwick 10:16 am on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Kaye has the ‘write’ stuff 

    Kaye Moon Winters

    Kaye Moon Winters

    Kaye Moon Winters, advisor/recruiter for nontraditional students at the Central campus, recently had an essay published in an anthology produced by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

    The essay, entitled “The Blessing,” tells the story of how Kaye offered hope and encouragement to a nontraditional female student (older than 25) who had many reservations about attending college due to her age, and because of issues she had as an abuse victim. The student enrolled at San Jacinto College, which led to her successfully becoming a Certified Nurse’s Assistant. “I needed somebody like you,” she told Kaye. “Somebody to reach out to me and hand me hope. You are a blessing. This college is a blessing.”

    Through the experience, Kaye says she began to see what blessings she enjoyed regularly as a student affairs professional. “The work I do has the power to change lives, and when this miracle occurs, my life is changed for the better, too,” she said.

    Kaye is the founder of the Central campus’ “Never Too Late” (N2L) student organization, a club that provides social networking for people who are 25 and older, while helping them to adjust to the academic rigors of college life. Kaye also recently launched a similar Spanish language student club called “Nunca es Muy Tarde” that provides support to nontraditional Hispanic students who enroll at San Jacinto College.

    Congratulations Kaye, and keep up the good work!

  • amanda.fenwick 4:54 pm on October 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    3 North campus employees promoted to new positions 

    From left, employees Adrianna Jones, Dr. Deborah Myles, and Clare Iannelli are stepping into new roles at the North campus.

    From left, employees Adrianna Jones, Dr. Deborah Myles, and Clare Iannelli are stepping into new roles at the North campus.

    Please congratulate and assist three dedicated and valuable employees as they assume their new roles on the North campus.

    Clare Iannelli will move from her current position as Lead Counselor to Dean of Student Development.

    Dr. Deborah Myles will move from her current role as Student Success Center Counselor to Lead Counselor.

    Adrianna Jones will move from her current role as Coordinator of Career and Employment Services to become the Student Success Center Counselor.

  • amanda.fenwick 2:30 pm on October 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    La Voz newspaper spotlights new bilingual program 

    La Voz reporter Silvia Struthers (center) interviewed San Jacinto College employees Kaye Moon Winters, Yolanda Capelo, and Consuelo Lemur (left to right) for the newspaper article.

    La Voz reporter Silvia Struthers (center) interviewed San Jacinto College employees Kaye Moon Winters, and Yolanda Capelo (left to right) for the newspaper article.

    “Nunca Es Muy Tarde” (Spanish for “Never Too Late”) is already getting attention, even though the College’s new bilingual student recruitment club officially begins operations when the Fall term starts in August.

    The Houston Chronicle’s “La Voz” Spanish language newspaper recently spotlighted the “Nunca” club in a lengthy article. The story relates how San Jacinto College employees Kaye Moon Winters, Yolanda Capelo, Consuelo Lemur and others helped 40-year-old Isabel Tovar overcome her fears about being Latino and being older than traditional college students, and helped her to enroll as a San Jacinto College student.

    “Nunca” is an innovative student organization to help Spanish-speaking adults 25 and older in the areas of college admissions, registration, financial aid, and counseling. Nunca is patterned after the highly successful English-language “Never Too Late” (N2L) student organization that was founded in 2008 by Kaye Moon Winters, an advisor/recruiter at the Central campus. “Our hope is that ‘Nunca’ will become what N2L has become, a source of inspiration, information, motivation and community among peers seeking to further their education,” Moon Winters remarked. “San Jacinto College has bilingual employees in virtually every department, and now with ‘Nunca’ we will have a support group to assist Spanish speakers to navigate the academic system to a successful completion and ultimately we hope ‘Nunca es Muy Tarde’ will play a vital part in a cultural shift in education.”

    Moon Winters speaks limited Spanish and is assisted in the “Nunca” program by Lemus, Capelo, Dora Treviño and other Central campus bilingual employees.
    Congratulations Kaye, Yolanda, Consuelo, Dora and others on the “Nunca” team. Keep up the good work!

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