Employees recognized for excellence

03.31.2014 | By Rob Vanya

Recipients of the 2013-2014 San Jacinto College Excellence Awards include from left, Stephan Lorenz, biology professor; Amanda Rose, student life coordinator, Central Campus; Dr. DeRhonda McWaine, college preparatory professor; Sandra Ramirez, vice president, human resources; Malcom Sadler, geology professor; Sonia Townsend, coordinator, financial aid; and Ann Pearson, assistant director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Shown with the award winners (at right) is San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. Not pictured, Jane Stimpson, South Campus librarian. Photo credit: Amanda Booren, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department. Employees recognized for excellence Rob Vanya, March 31, 2014 Eight San Jacinto College employees recently earned the 2013-2014 Excellence Awards based on their dedication in service and involvement with the College community, role model characteristics, collaboration, and other exemplary attributes. The following are the San Jacinto College employees who earned the Excellence Awards, along with noted achievements. • Stephan Lorenz, North Campus biology professor, who has served as leader of the campus science club, and leads presentations about birding and ecology. • Amanda Rose, Central Campus student life coordinator, who serves as the campus Student Government Association advisor, and represents the College as president of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association Advisor's Association. • Dr. DeRhonda McWaine, North Campus college preparatory professor, who coordinates financial literacy workshops for Student Success courses, and serves on the board of directors of The Rhodes School, the only fine arts magnet charter school in the nation. • Sandra Ramirez, vice president of human resources, who has served on the College's Institutional Effectiveness Council, the Banner Enterprise Leadership Council, and the Strategic Leadership Council. • Malcom Sadler, Central Campus geology professor, who authored a new Environmental Geology course curriculum and creates audio podcasts for a Physical Geology course. • Sonia Townsend, South Campus financial aid coordinator, who helped to launch a Financial Aid Frenzy Friday series to help students complete financial aid applications, and helped to create a financial literacy workshop. • Ann Pearson, assistant director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, who facilitated an Introduction to Critical Thinking workshop, and developed a faculty and staff mentoring workshop. • Jane Stimpson, South Campus librarian, who earned the South Campus Outstanding Student Services award in 2012, and who serves as chair of the District 8 Texas Library Association. Each San Jacinto College Excellence Award winner has the option of attending either the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) conference in May, or the John and Susanne Roueche Excellence Awards conference hosted by the League of Innovation in March. NISOD coordinates professional development opportunities for faculty, administrators, and staff members of community colleges and technical colleges. Worldwide, more than 700 colleges are NISOD members. The League of Innovation is the only major international organization committed to improving community colleges through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation. About San Jacinto College Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College's job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College. For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanJacintoCollege.