2015 In Review
1. English professor Dr. Karen Hattaway, music professor Michael Mizma, and biology professor Lambrini Nicopoulos were the nominees for the prestigious Minnie Stevens Piper Award.
2. The East Harris County Manufacturers Association donated nearly $74,000 to the San Jacinto College Foundation in support of student scholarships.
3. Former baseball student-athletes who went on to have successful collegiate and professional careers returned to campus for the Legends ceremony.
4. Approximately 50 San Jacinto College students traveled to Austin, Texas, on February 3, 2015, for Community College Day at the Capitol to participate in conversations about higher education.
5. Five Honors students presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Eastern Washington University.
6. More than 7,000 sixth-graders from across the College District visited the Central Campus to participate in more than 100 science experiments over a two-day span at the Mind Trekkers Dow Chemical Adventures in STEM.
7. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) named San Jacinto College math professor, Kristen Foxley, as a finalist for
its 2015 Awards of Excellence Faculty Innovation Award.
8. The Lee Davis Library at the San Jacinto College Central Campus captured the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Houston Development of Distinction Award for 2015.
9. Paul N. Jaenichen, Sr., United States Maritime Administrator, visited with San Jacinto College personnel and toured the new maritime campus.
10. Board members and officers of the Dunn Foundation visited the San Jacinto College nursing program and met with faculty members, toured the health sciences facility, and met nursing students who each received $1,000 scholarships from the Dunn Foundation.
11. San Jacinto College celebrated commencement at NRG Stadium, awarding more than 5,000 degrees and certificates for the third consecutive year. Additionally, the first group of students as part of the Great Jobs=Great Careers=Your Future grant from JP Morgan Chase, graduated.
12. Clear Horizons Early College High School graduated its largest class to date, with 89 students receiving their college degree before earning a high school diploma; while the Pasadena Early College High School had its first graduating class of 22 seniors do the same.
13. San Jacinto College closed on 57 acres at Generation Park, for future development of a Sheldon Campus.
14. San Jacinto College Deputy Chancellor and President, Dr. Laurel Williamson, was one of 23 community college presidents and campus CEOs to receive the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction at the annual PTK convention in San Antonio.
15. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society students from across the College District were recognized for another busy and productive year, with all three chapters earning the prestigious 5 Star ranking.
16. Mr. John Moon, Jr.; Mr. Dan Mims; and Mr. Keith Sinor were sworn in as members of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees, each returning for another six-year term.
17. Veteran educator Dr. Karen Hattaway was selected by the League for Innovation in the Community College to author the prestigious “Cross Papers #18,” a scholarly, in-depth monograph that will help to shape teaching strategies in many of the nation’s community colleges.
18. The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) named San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, its Western Region CEO awardee.
19. Thirty San Jacinto College student-athletes across six sports were recognized for their success off the field and court by earning Dean’s List and academic recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
20. San Jacinto College signed an articulation agreement with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering offering students who are currently taking courses for completion of the Associate of Science in Engineering Science an option to seamlessly transfer into the University of Houston’s engineering program.
21. The Bayshore Medical Center volunteer auxiliary donated $50,000 to the San Jacinto College Foundation in support of nursing student scholarships.
22. Michael Rodriguez, United State Maritime Administration (MARAD) deputy director, and other MARAD staff members, along with staff from U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Ted Cruz’s office, visited the construction site of the new San Jacinto College maritime campus.
23. La Porte Independent School District introduced the Accelerated College Education (ACE) program in partnership with San Jacinto College, providing students an option to work toward both a high school diploma and associate degree.
24. The Pipe, Valve and Fitting (PVF) Roundtable donated $25,000 in support of scholarships for pipefitting students preparing for work in the industry.
25. Intergraph awards San Jacinto College a $1.98 million grant to allow engineering design graphic students to receive hands-on training using CADWorx software.
26. The United States Department of Health and Human Services awarded an $8.7 million grant to San Jacinto College and partners for training that will move more people into the health care job areas that are experiencing a shortage of qualified employees.
27. The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees voted to rename the baseball facility John Ray Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park.
28. The website Best Beauty Schools ranked the cosmetology program eighth in the country, and first in Texas, based on facilities, curriculum, faculty, and job placement.
29. Voters in the District approved a $425 million bond referendum to fund new construction and renovation projects throughout the District.
30. San Jacinto College is one of 30 colleges nationwide selected for the American Association of Community Colleges’ Pathways Project.
31. San Jacinto College was selected as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, Inc., for the sixth time.
32. The San Jacinto College eye care technology program participated in the Kid’s Vision for Life See to Succeed program and fitted more than 1,900 children with much needed eyeglasses.
33. San Jacinto College Board of Trustee Marie Flickinger was named the 2015 Pasadena Independent School District Distinguished Citizen.