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  • amanda.fenwick 3:44 pm on January 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    2013 Year in Review 

    2013 was a year of outstanding achievements for San Jacinto College. Please view the 2013 Year in Review presentation.


  • wpadmin 4:42 pm on December 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Social Media Webinars 

    Uversity, the company that created Schools App, is offering two free webinars.  Please feel free to sign up for one or both.
    The first one is Dec. 6 on how to use Schools App.
    The second one is Dec. 11 on how to use social media to maximize enrollment.



  • amanda.fenwick 1:37 pm on October 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    OWI survey will test the ‘health’ of the College 

    San Jacinto College is conducting an Organizational Wellness Inventory throughout the College.  This is the same survey that all full-time employees and faculty completed in October 2011.

    The Organizational Wellness Instrument is an online survey that assesses 10 dimensions which are critical to the success of the college.

    The website for completing the Organizational Wellness Instrument will be open to all full-time faculty and employees in the first part of November.  Part-time employees and adjunct faculty should NOT participate in the assessment. 

    Completing the Assessment:

    The Organizational Wellness Instrument should take about 15-20 minutes of your time to complete.  You will receive an email with “how-to” complete instructions from your leader soon.

    Commonly Asked Questions:

    1.     Who should complete the OWI?

    All full-time faculty and employees should complete the OWI.  Part-time employees, temporary employees, and adjunct faculty should NOT complete the OWI.

    2.     Will my responses remain confidential?

    Your responses to the assessment are confidential; however, you will be given the option to provide your name and demographic data about yourself if you choose.  Under no circumstances is it necessary for you to provide information about yourself.  We want this process to be fair and we want every employee and faculty member to be able to answer the assessment questions with complete honesty.

    3.     How am I supposed to answer these questions?  Do I answer it from the perspective of the entire college, my campus, or my immediate work group?   

    This is a very important point!  Employees need to answer the questions from the perspective of their immediate work group.  When the data is consolidated, we will have a better picture of the actual college climate and overall health if you answer specifically about your work group.

    4.     What will the OWI assess?

    The OWI assesses 10 dimensions of organizational health.  These dimensions are trust, learning, gratification, language, ownership, energy, change, interaction, creativity, and communication.

    5.     How will this information be used?

    The results from the 2013 OWI will be compared with baseline results so that we can identify positive and negative trends regarding the “health” of our College.  We will use this data to capitalize on our strengths and to identify our areas for improvement.

    If you have questions, please contact:  Christi Gilchrist in the office of Organizational and Talent Development.

  • amanda.fenwick 4:02 pm on October 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Dr. Dabney to serve on state professional development committee 

    Dr. Valschkia Dabney

    Dr. Valschkia Dabney

    Dr. Valschkia Dabney, San Jacinto College’s director of training and professional development, has been selected to serve on the Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) professional development committee.

    In her role, she will help to plan and facilitate professional development conferences for community college administrators, faculty and staff who are TCCTA members. The professional development committee will also work closely with the TCCTA executive committee to conduct research to support opportunities that elevate the status of two-year and technical college educators.

    “I am excited about working with the TCCTA to leverage its existing strengths toward an even brighter future for community colleges,” commented Dabney, who works in San Jacinto College’s educational technology department. “I look forward to working with fellow committee members to bring quality, timely and useful professional development opportunities to administrators, faculty, and staff.”

    Dabney earned an associate degree in social science from San Jacinto College. She holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix-Houston Northwest Campus, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas.

    Before coming to San Jacinto College, Dabney taught English, business technology, and developmental writing at Lone Star College. She also taught English, math, and science at Klein ISD. In the field of college educational technology, she has served on numerous committees and boards to improve academic and workforce education programs for two-year college students. She has also served key roles in securing grants to help fund important college preparatory programs.

  • amanda.fenwick 2:08 pm on September 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Dr. Williamson earns prestigious leadership award 

    Dr. Brenda Hellyer congratulated Dr. Laurel Williamson at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.

    Dr. Brenda Hellyer congratulated Dr. Laurel Williamson at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.

    Dr. Laurel Williamson recently won the Carl M. Nelson Administrative Leadership Award, which is presented by the Texas Association of Community Colleges to recognize outstanding leadership qualities.

    News of the prestigious award came as a complete surprise to Williamson, the College’s deputy chancellor and president. “I was speechless,” she commented. “I felt honored, humbled, and extremely grateful for this show of confidence.”

    Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, who collaborates regularly with Dr. Williamson on many key initiatives and projects, was not at all surprised that Williamson won the state award. “Dr. Williamson works every day with integrity and excellence, while being a catalyst for collaboration,” Hellyer remarked. “She embodies not only the San Jacinto College values but the type of leadership that is needed at all higher education institutions.”

    Congratulations to Dr. Williamson on the well-deserved recognition.

    Dr. Williamson has earned numerous national awards through the years for innovation, collaboration, and leadership. Significant recognitions include the National Association for Developmental Education’s Outstanding Administrative Support for Developmental Education Award, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award (2004 and 2009), the Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award, and the Instructional Leadership Award.

    The Nelson leadership award was established in memory of Carl M. Nelson, former president of Texarkana College who helped many as they assumed leadership positions in community colleges. The Nelson award selection committee includes Gretchen Schmidt, Jobs for the Future post secondary state policy team program director; Mark Kavanaugh, Texas Senate Higher Education Committee; and Justin Yancy, Texas Business Leadership Council executive director.

    • Becky Martinez 4:11 pm on September 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Excellent! It took her by surprise because we’ve been keeping her so busy. Hope she has a chance to take time to relish this award with a mani/pedi at one of our Cosmetology departments. 🙂

    • Karen Vaughn 11:27 am on September 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Dr. Williamson IS a great leader and so deserving of this honor. I am richly blessed by her leadership, and friendship.

  • amanda.fenwick 11:05 am on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Part-time faculty welcomed 

    The College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning recently hosted a Part-time Faculty Welcome Back Reception at the Central Campus ILC.

    Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer warmly welcomed faculty members, emphasizing the importance of their roles in helping San Jacinto College students to succeed and excel.

    Other chief administrators on hand to greet faculty members included Jeffrey Parks, Dr. Laurel Williamson, and Dr. Bill Raffetto.

    Those attending enjoyed beverages, delicious desserts, and a time of friendly socializing.

    Kudos to event coordinators, including Kate Carter, Ann Pearson, and Ann Tate.

  • amanda.fenwick 1:03 pm on July 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Timely & important info from the Purchasing Office 

    Important dates for the end of Fiscal Year 2012-2013

    All requisitions related to FY 2012-2013 must be approved before the close of business on Monday, August 26, 2013.

    All requisitions related to FY 2012-2013 must be for Goods DELIVERED or Services RENDERED on or before August 30, 2013.

    If you use Banner form FOAUAPP for approvals you may approve out of order by un-checking Next Approver and then next block. (More …)

  • amanda.fenwick 10:14 am on April 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hyacinth Memorial honors North Campus employees who have passed away 


    The North Campus recently hosted the tenth annual Hyacinth Memorial, which pays tribute to North Campus employees who have recently passed away.

    Those remembered at the ceremony include Phillip Cohen, retired International Business professor; John Johnson, retired registrar; Levi Smallwood, trustee emeritus; and Wanda Wiese, retired custodian.

    Prelude piano music was provided by music professor Guillermo Hernandez. Amy Ammerman offered the invocation, and North Campus Interim Provost Dr. Richard Bailey welcomed guests. Solo selections were sung by Shalonica Dever, and Jennifer Mowdy, with piano accompaniment provided by Ron Ollis.

    Ryan Navejar provided introductions, and eulogies were provided by Dr. Gary Friery, Joelena Eggebrecht, Dr. Bailey, and Charles Bailey.

    Guests gathered in the foyer of the fine arts building for a processional, where Dr. Randy Snyder played “Taps” on trumpet, and Sharon Himes offered a benediction in dismissal.

    The Hyacinth Memorial planning committee includes Dr. Bailey, Serita Dickey, Charlotte Jackson, Jerrel Wade, Dedra White, and LaVena Wilder.

    • Ginger Lambert 10:22 am on April 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful tribute to our San Jac family.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:06 am on January 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Best wishes 

    Friends and co-workers gathered recently to say best wishes to Carol Schwing, Senior Executive Assistant in the Chancellor’s office, on the occasion of her retirement. Shown with Carol at the retirement get-together are Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, and co-worker Nicole Darland Haas.

  • amanda.fenwick 1:45 pm on December 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Gift of history can make a great Christmas present 

    50th Anniversary book is on sale at campus book stores

    Running out of Christmas gift ideas? Why not give the gift of history?

    San Jacinto College’s attractive 50th anniversary coffee table book chronicles some of the historical highlights of East Harris County with a focus on the history of San Jacinto College, the local college that began small and rapidly developed right along with the thriving communities it serves. (More …)

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