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  • amanda.fenwick 4:18 pm on January 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    How sweet it is 

    Cynthia Espinoza with her culinary creations.

    Kudos to North campus culinary arts adjunct instructor Cynthia Espinoza, who won two bronze medals in a recent Ben E. Keith cake decorating contest.

    The names of her culinary creations are “Gator in a Pot” and “Enhancement Under the Sea.” (More …)

     
    • culinaryarts 2:38 am on March 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great Work Cynthia! 🙂 I like to see when someone has added creativity.

  • 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 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 3:41 pm on January 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Some like it hot (some, not) 

    Clare Iannelli, Dr. Allatia Harris, and James Hall provided service with a smile at the chili lunch.

    Chief administrators served as the chief disher-uppers at a recent chili luncheon at the North campus. Campus leaders serving food included Dr. Allatia Harris, Dr. Gary Friery, Dr. Richard Bailey, Serita Dickey, Clare Iannelli, and James Hall. The annual event is held at the end of the spring registration rush, as a way to show appreciation to the faculty and staff members who work so selflessly to help students during registration. North campus employees enjoyed delicious chili (regular and high octane), served with cheese, onions, and other goodies. The food was prepared by students and instructors of the North campus’ highly-acclaimed culinary arts program, under the direction of Steve Rudd, Sean Perrodin, Donna Jones, and Timothy Banks. Click on any photo below for a larger view (then press backspace to return to the blog).

     
  • amanda.fenwick 12:39 pm on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    San Jac employees share Holiday Cheer 

    Donna Jones, Serita Dickey, Dr. Allatia Harris, Charlotte Jackson, Steve Rudd, and Tim Banks at the North campus get-together.

    Donna Jones, Serita Dickey, Dr. Allatia Harris, Charlotte Jackson, Steve Rudd, and Tim Banks at the North campus get-together.

    South campus

    While snow outside brought Houston its white winter holiday blanket, South campus faculty and staff stayed indoors to kick off winter holiday festivities at a Charles Dickens-themed Christmas celebration. South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy greeted those in attendance, and an array of traditional holiday food, complete with a candy table, made for the perfect meal during a cold icy day. Faculty/staff carolers provided the entertainment, and everyone walked away with a goodie bag full of holiday treats.

    District office

    The District office staff also ate their fair share of turkey, dressing and gravy. Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer welcomed everyone, as poinsettias were handed out to a few lucky folks who found stickers under their chairs.

    Central campus

    Central campus President Dr. Neil Matkin also spent time handing out the festive red plants during the Central campus’ Christmas celebration. Hundreds of attendees were treated to music from the choir department as they were served Christmas favorites like green bean casserole, dressing, turkey and ham.

    North campus

    Meanwhile, faculty, staff, and employees at the North campus enjoyed live Christmas jazz music and a scrumptious feast prepared by the campus’ culinary arts department, under the direction of Steve Rudd, Sean Perrodin, Donna Jones, and Tim Banks. North campus President Dr. Allatia Harris greeted employees, wishing happy holidays to everyone, and thanking all for their dedication and hard work.

    Related photos below. Also, please view the slideshow at the bottom of this post.

    Dr. Brenda Hellyer greets employees at the District office holiday luncheon.

    Dr. Brenda Hellyer greets employees at the District office holiday luncheon.

    Dr. Neil Matkin greets employees at the Central campus luncheon.

    Dr. Neil Matkin greets employees at the Central campus luncheon.

    Dr. Maureen Murphey greets employees at the South campus luncheon.

    Dr. Maureen Murphey greets employees at the South campus luncheon.

     
  • amanda.fenwick 10:06 am on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Guys (barely) win male vs. female chef contest 

    North campus culinary arts employees Sean Perrodin and Donna Jones helped put together the recent male vs. female chef contest.

    North campus culinary arts employees Sean Perrodin and Donna Jones helped put together the recent male vs. female chef contest.

    The North campus culinary arts department recently staged an “Iron Chef” appetizer contest pitting male culinary arts students against female culinary arts students. Judges for the contest included North campus students and employees, who were allowed to taste each hors d’oeuvre and cast votes based on taste and presentation.

    The final score was very close, with the male chef team winning by a slim margin — 35-33 over the female chef team.

    “Everyone in the contest were winners, they all did an outstanding job,” commented Sean Perrodin, the North campus culinary arts instructor who coordinated the contest. “The ladies had better presentations, and the guys won because of better taste, (but poor presentation). At the end of the day, it still proves that something that looks good does not necessarily taste good. Just imagine great presentation with great food is a recipe for success. This is an everyday lesson to learn to be successful, because both are equally important.”

    Kudos to employees Perrodin and Donna Jones, who did an excellent job of organizing the epicurean extravaganza, which was also a great learning experience for San Jacinto College students.

     
  • amanda.fenwick 2:01 pm on October 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    North campus culinary arts program hosts an epicurean extravaganza 

    Students and faculty members sample appetizers prepared by culinary arts students.

    Students and faculty members sample appetizers prepared by culinary arts students.

    The North campus culinary arts program recently staged an internal competition featuring hors d’oeuvres (appetizers) prepared by students.

    “The students had no prior knowledge of the challenge,” commented event coordinator Sean Perrodin, North campus culinary arts instructor. “They had to produce at least two different hors d’oeuvres in two and half hours from scratch. The purpose was to get students to focus on taste and quality of the prepared items. You can make food look good, but the challenge is to make it taste as good as it looks.”

    Students received a certificate of completion by the Texas Chef Association and the American Culinary Federation, signed by Perrodin and Steve Rudd, North campus culinary arts department chair. The top students also earned academic points that count towards the semester grade.  The contest was judged by North campus employees and students, who were provided score sheets with specific criteria for judging the appetizers.

     
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