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  • amanda.fenwick 9:19 am on February 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Lura Taylor

    Lura Taylor

    Condolences to friends and relatives of former San Jacinto College employee Lura Taylor, 83, who recently passed away. Mrs. Taylor taught GED courses for the College from 1985 to 2006. She was also a longtime third-grade teacher at San Jacinto Elementary School in Deer Park until her retirement in 1994.

    Lura received numerous honors and awards for her teaching skills. She loved teaching and often commented on how much joy teaching gave her. She lived her life with the philosophy that “to teach is to touch a life forever.”

    Family will receive friends on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grand View Funeral Home in Pasadena. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Deer Park United Methodist Church with Interment to follow in Grand View Memorial Park at 4 p.m.

    Lura is survived by her son, Tommy Taylor and his wife Jane of Houston; 6 nephews and 7 nieces. Lura’s husband of over 32 years, Bob Taylor, preceded her in death.

  • wpadmin 12:11 pm on February 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Toastmasters Club meeting Feb. 16 

    Toastmasters Club meeting – Public Speaking and More

    Do you want to improve your communications skills and gain more confidence speaking to groups?  Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people become more confident speakers and leaders.

    The San Jacinto College Toastmasters Club is seeking people to join and bring the group size to over 20. The group meets weekly on Thursdays in the late afternoon for about 60 to 90 minutes.  There is no instructor. Instead, these interactive meetings have participants deliver impromptu discussions on assigned topics in relation to timekeeping, grammar, and parliamentary procedure.

    Toastmasters will help student, faculty, and staff members prepare for job interviews and become leaders in the business world.  The organization will also assist ESL students and provide faculty members with ideas on how to make classes more exciting and dynamic.

    Date:     Thursday, Feb. 16
    Time:     4 p.m. To 5 p.m.
    Place:    Building C1 in Room C1.109

    For additional information, contact Craig Zimmerman, dean of corporate training with Continuing and Professional Development, at 281.478.3684.

  • amanda.fenwick 10:08 am on September 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    CPD in action 

    Networking at the maritime outlook conference.

    San Jacinto College was a Silver Sponsor at the recent Petrochemical Maritime Outlook Conference, coordinated by the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region. Continuing & Professional Development staff members represented the College well, networking with key industry and business leaders, and manning a SJC display booth. Shown in the photo at the conference are, from left, Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; David Lewis, CPD Director of Business & Professions; Captain Mitch Schacter, Director of the SJC Maritime Training Center; Dr. Sarah Janes, CPD Vice President; and Dr. JD Taliaferro Jr., CPD Director of Applied Technologies. Other SJC employees who attend the conference include Dr. Maureen Murphy, South Campus President; Dr. Allatia Harris, North Campus President; Dr. Gary Friery, North Campus Dean of Business & Technical Education; Teri Fowlé, Associate Vice Chancellor of Marketing; Richard Prets, Small Business Development Center Director; and Sandy Vanya, SBDC Program Administrator.

  • amanda.fenwick 12:36 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    A good time was had by all 

    Central campus employees gathered recently in the student center ballroom for the annual Christmas banquet, and a good time was had by all. There was plenty of delicious food, fun, and fellowship. President Dr. Neil Matkin drew names of door-prize winners, who took home fresh, vibrant Poinsettia plants. Kudos to Angela Klaus, administrative assistant in the president’s office, for the excellent job of coordinating the festive event. Other members of the coordinating committee include Amanda Rose, Deborah Anderson, Bonita Chavez, Ruth Christian, Angela Davis, AJ Elsner, Nadia Ewing, Geneva Fort, Debbie Friermood, Sandra Garcia, Sandy Gossett, Adam Guevara, Leslie Horton, Lorenzo Johnson, Celeste Jones, Angie Langdon, Courtney Mann, Jordan Matlock, Marisa Naranjo, Linda Navejar, Raquel Osuna, Ida Petrie, Mary Shelley, Tilly Slaten, Laura Sloterdijk, Berenice Spencer, Susan Swain, Sue Titus, Ayde Trejo, Mary Tunstall, Debbie Wade, Sherry Wise, and Diana Zaner.

  • amanda.fenwick 10:48 am on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    As seen on TV 

    Dr. Sarah Janes and Ann VandeWeerd (in the background) watch as Kimberly Lakes is interviewed by Channel 13 reporter Patricia Lopez.

    The College’s Wilton cake decorating class was recently spotlighted in an ABC Channel 13 newscast as part of the popular “Stretch Your Dollar” segment. (More …)

  • 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 9:06 am on April 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    NISOD award winners announced 

    San Jacinto College recently announced the winners of the 2009-10 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards, presented annually to college faculty, administrators, and staff members in recognition of their achievements and dedication to excellence in education.

    SJC employees who earned the 2009-10 NISOD Excellence Awards include:

    Cristina Cardenas, speech instructor at the South campus;

    Larry Holley, campus support leader at the South campus;

    Kelly Mizell, biology instructor at the North campus;

    Ruben Ramirez, science and math lab supervisor at the Central campus;

    Ann Cartwright, science department chair at the Central campus;

    Susan Lustick, biology instructor at the North campus;

    Linda Nichols, children’s center director at the South campus;

    Ann Tate, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning director;

    Bill Dickerson, director of accounting and financial services;

    Laura Martinez, skills training coordinator (Continuing and Professional Development division);

    Sean Perrodin, culinary arts instructor at the North campus;

    Jeanie Wright, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning staff coordinator.

    Recipients of the award will be recognized in a special ceremony at the annual NISOD conference to be held in Austin in May.

    NISOD emphasizes the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education. The organization assists teachers and educational staff members through conferences, publications, web services, partnerships, and various programs.

  • wpadmin 12:55 pm on March 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Alison Hennessey named dean of community education 

    Congratulations to Alison Hennessey, formerly the director of the Aerospace & Biotechnology Academy, on being named the new dean of community education for the Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) division. In this position, Alison will oversee the campus sites, grants, and personal enrichment, as well as the various education programs including the Aerospace and Biotechnology Academy. The creation of this new position is a result of the approval of the new structure for SJC Continuing and Professional Development.

    Congratulations Alison!

  • wpadmin 6:52 pm on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    A new (sort of) face in Continuing and Professional Development 

    At the regularly scheduled meeting of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees on Monday, March 1, 2010, the Board approved personnel actions related to a reorganization of the Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) Department. As many of you may already know, Dr. Sarah Janes left her position as academic dean at the North campus last August to help CPD with several important initiatives that were under way. Since that time, CPD has seen a number of changes in staffing, and those changes have afforded the College an opportunity to reorganize to improve efficiency and launch several new important projects. Dr. Janes has performed extremely well during her time in CPD, and she has been asked to continue her employment there in a permanent position. The College is happy to report that she has accepted the position of  Vice President of Continuing  and Professional Development.

    Congratulations Dr. Janes!

  • amanda.fenwick 2:41 pm on October 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Dr. Janes named VP of the CPD division 

    Dr. Sarah Janes

    Dr. Sarah Janes

    Dr. Sarah Janes was recently named vice president of the College’s Continuing and Professional Development division. Before the move she served as the academic dean of the North campus.

    Dr. Janes, known affectionately as “Sallie Kay” by friends and cohorts, is a highly regarded educator and has served as a dedicated and respected San Jacinto College employee for many years. She has spent 40 years in education, 18 years teaching math at various grade levels in public schools in Louisiana, Germany, Lubbock, and Houston. For the next 20 years she served at San Jacinto College, teaching math at both the developmental and academic transfer levels. She also coordinated the University Connection program and the HomeGrown Teacher project.  For the past six years she has served in an administrative capacity, first as dean of instruction, then as academic dean at the North campus. Dr. Janes has written and directed grants for Teacher Quality, National Science Foundation, United Negro College Fund Special programs, and NASA.

    Sallie Kay believes in partnerships, collaborations and always learning. She also teaches a graduate course periodically for the University of St. Thomas for San Jacinto College faculty on Addressing Diversity in the Classroom.

    Besides facilitating learning, Sallie Kay’s passion is for NASA and the aerospace community. Her dream to be an astronaut came true when she was able to fly on the Zero-Gravity plane for the NASA Microgravity University in January, 2009.

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