Weller elected to Great Plains Honors Council executive board
01.27.2016 | By Andrea Vasquez
The Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) has elected San Jacinto College Honors Program Director, Dr. Eddie Weller, to its executive committee.
The GPHC is the regional affiliate of the National Collegiate Honors Council that serves the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Each year the GPHC hosts a spring conference that allows students to present their research.
As an officer on the GPHC executive committee, Dr. Weller will serve a three-year stint, beginning as vice president/president-elect, president, and immediate past-president. During his time as vice president/president-elect, he will oversee all of the student competitions at the Spring conference.
“I’m looking forward to getting to work with outstanding people at GPHC,” said Dr. Weller. “Most GPHC decisions are made by this committee. This group is very collegial; they actually like and help each other. Our most important job is the Spring conference. Approximately 400 students attend each year. There’s a lot of work involved, but you know it’s important for the students, which makes it worthwhile.”
Last year, 14 San Jacinto College students presented their research at the GPHC annual conference held in South Padre Island, Texas. The College had historic attendance with a total of 18 students and nine faculty members attending the conference, the largest number of attendees the College has had participate. This April, the conference will be in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, hosted by John Brown University.
Dr. Weller added that collaborating with other colleagues in the region also benefits San Jacinto College students by opening up more transfer and scholarship opportunities. “Interaction with colleagues at other institutions will help our students as they transfer and hopefully will help them attain scholarships, too. Being a GPHC officer and ensuring a good conference will help all of the students in the area establish new peers, learn about other institutions, and generate new educational and research interests.”
Dr. Weller earned a Ph.D. in American History from Texas Christian University and has served as the president of the Southwestern Social Sciences Association, Southwestern Historical Association, and a member of the board of directors for the Texas State Historical Foundation. He founded the San Jacinto College Honors program in 1996 and has been an Honors program faculty member since its inception. The Spring 2015 semester saw 610 students enrolled in Honors courses College-wide, with 62 student receiving scholarships.
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. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.