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  • 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 4:17 pm on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    North employees perk up at Espresso meeting 

    Chef Tim Banks and Sandra Curry at the Staff Espresso meeting.

    North campus employee Sandra Curry recently coordinated the monthly Staff Espresso meeting, held in the Chablis dining room. The regular professional development meetings provide employees networking opportunities.

    The guest speaker for the meeting was Tim Banks, a culinary arts instructor at the North campus. Employees enjoyed tasty treats prepared by culinary arts students, while Mr. Banks discussed the history and different types of chocolate. Chef Banks also provided a taste-testing session with three types of coffee (light, medium, and dark) and discussed the history and caffeine content in each type.

    Each of the three campuses has a designated Staff Espresso coordinator, who selects speakers and topics for each month’s meeting.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:35 pm on October 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘Old dogs’ can make a big impact 

    Dr. Eddie Weller, social sciences department chair at South campus (shown in photo above), recently made a presentation before the board of trustees about “Running with the Old Dogs,” a program that has brought many new people into professional development at the College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). (More …)

  • amanda.fenwick 1:59 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Think tank 

    The District Grants Management office is a regular think tank.

    Eight out of 11 staff members in the office are pursuing college degrees.

    The photo above shows the scholars (left to right), along with their job titles, and the college each one is attending: Stacey Himmel, grants account specialist, University of Houston-Clear Lake; Gloria Ramirez, scholarship accounts specialist, UH-CL; Tomoko Olson, assistant grant director, St. Leo University; Cathy Rau, head grant accountant, San Jacinto College; Matthew Rodgers, accounting intern, UH-CL; Ashley Bounds, administrative assistant, SJC; Gina Aguero, grants account specialist, SJC; and Tiffany Brinks, UH-CL.

    Kelly Simons, Assistant Vice President of Resource Development, commended the employees for their hard work and diligence.

    “I am so proud of all of you for pursuing your academic interests in associate, bachelor, and masters degree programs,” she said. “Your commitment to our San Jacinto College student success initiatives is enhanced by your commitment to your own success. Keep up the good work and remember, the effort will be worth it in the end.”

  • amanda.fenwick 9:02 am on August 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Staff members learn about 'Home Sweet Away from Home' 

    Dr. Allatia Harris and Ron Klinger square off for a round of Thumb War.

    North campus and District administrators and staff members recently gathered at the North campus for a professional development / appreciation meeting that featured keynote speaker Ron Klinger. Klinger is the president of Motivational Transitions, and is highly acclaimed for his innovative motivational presentations. (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 1:47 pm on April 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Art instructor’s ‘VVG2’ wins contest at state conference 


    Ken Luce, longtime art instructor at the North campus, recently placed first in an art competition at the Texas Association of Schools of Art Conference, held at St. Edward’s University in Austin.

    Ken Luce

    Colleges and universities that had entries in the contest included Texas A&M Corpus Christi, University of Texas-San Antonio, Midwestern State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas State University, Hardin-Simmons University, Lamar University, St. Edward’s University, Paris Junior College, Trinity Valley Community College, Brazosport College, El Centro College, Amarillo College, McMurray University, and Sul Ross State University.

    The name of the show was “One Cube Foot Exhibition” because all artwork had to be 12” x 12” or smaller. The title of Mr. Luce’s winning artwork is “VVG2” (Vincent Van Gogh, second in the series).

    Although Mr. Luce received no prize, trophy, or ribbon in the contest, he did earn considerable peer recognition, and yet another impressive addition to his already extensive and impressive portfolio.

    The competition was judged by the guest lecturer at the conference, Robert Hite, a well-known working artist, who attended Virginia Commonwealth University and The Corcoran School of Art.

    So, how did Mr. Luce get the inspiration for the winning artwork? “I had found a tiny wooden shoe and part of an old wooden pipe. I thought wooden shoe…pipe…Van Gogh!”

    Congratulations Ken on your outstanding accomplishment.

    • Shirley Wallace 10:14 am on July 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We have some pieces of your work displayed in our conference room. Can you please contact me so I can send you a photo and ask if there is a specific meaning to these three pieces?

    • Shirley Wallace 1:40 pm on July 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. Luce,

      Please send me an email at the address shown below. I tried to send you photos of pieces of your work we have in one of our buildings but I keep getting “undeliverable”.


  • 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.

  • 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 —

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