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  • andrea.vasquez 2:37 pm on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:55 pm on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Y’all ready for this? 

    North Campus welcomes new employees

    North Campus faculty and staff prepared for the Fall 2012 semester with a full day of seminars and workshops recently at the annual Campus Community Day.

    New employees (as well as employees who are assuming new positions) are shown in the photo above. The group includes (front row), from left: Jeanine Wycough, Xenia Conquy, Cody Pogue, Jessica Davenport, Loreanna Alvarez, Tami Kelly, Ali Shah, and LaToya Gilmore; (back row) Dr. Lamar McWaine, Tino Guajardo, Shannon Solis, Mary Henderson, Police Chief Bill Taylor, MaryKate Flanagan, Louis Dorsey, David Neely, Keith Richards, and Anton Solovyov.

    Kudos to all who coordinated the motivational and very informative event, and good luck to all employees during the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • amanda.fenwick 5:24 pm on January 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Y’all ready for this? 

    North Campus employees recently spent two days gearing up for the upcoming Spring term. Jan. 11 was Campus Community Day when everyone met for instructional meetings and to welcome all new employees. President Dr. Allatia Harris welcomed administrators and department chairs to a seminar held in the Monument Room, where Psychology professor Darla Rocha, and Philosophy professor Edwin Aiman gave a presentation about ramifications and issues stemming from the recent Penn State scandal.

    On Jan. 13, all employees were treated to a chili lunch as a way to show appreciation for their efforts to prepare the campus for the first day of classes. Dr. Harris, Dr. Gary Friery, Dr. Richard Bailey, Shawn, Silman, Sarita Dickey, and Amy Ammerman were administrators who provided service with a smile as they dished up steaming bowls of delicious chili and trimmings.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:12 am on August 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    North leaders gather for SWOT meeting 

    Dr. Allatia Harris reviews SWOT messages

    Key administrators and faculty members from the North campus recently gathered for a SWOT meeting to discuss Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Under the direction of North campus President Dr. Allatia Harris (photo above), the campus leaders provided input by writing their comments and observations on sticky notes that were displayed on the walls. The sticky note messages were then reviewed and summarized. (More …)

  • amanda.fenwick 10:22 am on February 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    College Community Day 2011 

    Here are candid photos of employees networking at the recent College Community Day 2011, which featured updates by Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, data reports from George Gonzalez and Dr. Rebecca Goosen, as well as many informative and motivational breakout sessions.

  • amanda.fenwick 12:32 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Getting ready 

    Clare Iannelli, Serita Dickey, Dr. Allatia Harris, and Donna Matthews were among the crew who served food at the employee appreciation chili luncheon.

    North campus administrators, faculty, and staff went all out recently to prepare for the Spring term.

    On Campus Community Day, employees attended various presentations and meetings throughout the day to get motivated and prepared for the joys and challenges of teaching and learning.

    During the same week, campus leaders hosted a big chili luncheon to treat employees for their efforts as they helped students through the enrollment and registration process.

    Kudos to the dedicated North campus employees, and thank you for all you do for San Jacinto College!

    North campus President Dr. Allatia Harris motivated employees at a meeting during Campus Community Day.

  • 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 5:21 pm on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Community Day focuses on student success 

    Community Day was an "all-hands-on-deck" gathering

    Every faculty member and support staff employee from all three campuses gathered on Feb. 16 at Slocomb Auditorium on the Central campus for College Community Day to focus on “In Pursuit of the Student Success Agenda.”

    The “all-hands-on-deck” gathering was reportedly the first time in the College’s history that every employee assembled for such a meeting. (More …)

  • amanda.fenwick 5:05 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Celebrating a Season of Change 

    Keynote speaker for the seminar was Terry Stewart Mouchayleh.

    Keynote speaker for the seminar was Terry Stewart Mouchayleh.

    Administrative assistants and other support staff members from all three campuses gathered at the Central campus recently for “Celebrating a Season of Change,” a staff community day featuring break-out sessions, as well as plenty of delicious food and positive fellowship.

    Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer welcomed everyone and expressed her sincere appreciation to employees for their continual dedication and hard work.

    Keynote speaker Terry Stewart Mouchayleh, Austin Community College’s director of professional development and evaluation programs, gave a very informative presentation about making the most of generational differences.

    Following a delicious barbecue lunch, employees chose which break-out sessions to attend – some of which were instructional, and some of which were entertaining. Sessions and their presenters included Social networking (Chris Duke and Sherry Nixon); Ancestry online (Martha Sells); Wellness on the Web (Linda Pennington and Detra Merino); Avatar, Internal Website, Atomic Learning (Tom Cortez); Outlook tips and techniques (Linda Pennington); Nutrition and fitness (Fitz Koehler); Line dancing (Red Draper); Arm and hand massage (Cosmetology department); Holiday safety and self defense (Robyn Ring); Holiday cooking (Leonard Pringle); Generational bias (Mouchayleh); Leadership and teamwork (Christina Cardenas); How have I changed (Gloria Butler); Your attitude and your success (Connie Taylor); Finding a balance (Clare Zaborowski); Matters of the mind (Pam Campbell); and Skills and values (Scott Furtwengler).

    The staff community day was planned and organized by members of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, which includes Ann Tate, Martha Robertson, Jeanie Wright, Donna Cubstead, and Elizabeth Romero. The San Jacinto College Staff Organization officers — which includes Jeff Wylin, Nancy McShane, and Charlene Moore — also helped to plan and organize the seminar.

    Here are some related photos —

  • amanda.fenwick 2:23 pm on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    College Community Week 

    Dr. Brenda Lang Hellyer

    Dr. Brenda Lang Hellyer

    San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Lang Hellyer kicked off the district-wide College Community Week meeting, held recently at the Central campus, with an informative and inspirational message about the past and future of San Jacinto College. Dr. Hellyer stressed the importance of teamwork, good planning, and effective communication. The special guest speaker for the meeting was Dr. Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida. He entertained with thought-provoking songs, and then provided an interesting history of the development of community colleges, and also talked about some important transitions taking place on community college campuses. He said a community college should focus mainly on student success, with an open, encouraging attitude that believes everyone has the ability to learn, given the proper environment.

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