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Cotton Watkins tourney to raise scholarship funds

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

Deer Park ISD logoThe 14th annual Cotton Watkins Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on April 23. The tournament will start at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at the Battle Ground Golf Course located at 1600 Georgia Ave.

Players can register individually or in teams. The registration fee for an individual is $125 and includes golf, range balls, lunch, two mulligans and the monster drive hole. The registration fee for a team starts at $500. There will be a hamburger buffet served at the golf course for players in the tournament. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available for the event.

The tournament is an 18-hole Florida scramble which is a variation on the typical scramble where one player on each team sits out each shot.

The tournament is named in memory of Cotton Watkins, a Deer Park ISD former teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent.

International enrollment sees rapid growth at UH-Clear Lake

Written by staff. Posted in Schools

UHCL GlobalStudents from all over the world share their cultures at the 2015 Global Expo at University of Houston-Clear Lake. The university enrolled 1,309 international students in the 2014-2015 school year, garnering two recognitions from the Institute of International Education. Photo by George Mattingly II

International enrollment at University of Houston-Clear Lake grew by 30 percent between the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years, earning two distinctions from the Institute of International Education.

The university’s ranking among the “Top 40 Master’s Colleges & Universities Enrolling International Students” jumped to 22 from 35 the previous year, and, for the second year in a row, UH-Clear Lake was included among U.S. universities that enroll more than 1,000 international students. The rankings were announced in the 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released by the Institution of International Education last fall.

At UHCL, 1,309 international students enrolled during the 2014-2015 academic year, up from 1,007 students the year before.

“Our international students are an asset to the university,” said UHCL President William A. Staples. “Not only do the international students gain access to a world-class education, but local students benefit by exposure to international cultures and ideas.”

SJC honors outstanding faculty, staff

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SJC FacultyBarbara Schumacher, Betty Woodfill, and Imelda Umansor are this year’s San Jacinto College Minnie Stevens Piper (Schumacher) and Faculty and Staff Excellence Award recipients. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

Barbara Schumacher, Betty Woodfill, and Imelda Umansor have been recognized by San Jacinto College for their outstanding service to the institution and higher education.

Schumacher, a professor in the biology department on the Central Campus, is this year’s Minnie Stevens Piper nominee from San Jacinto College, and also earned one of the College’s faculty excellence awards. Since 1958, The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation has recognized outstanding professors from two- and four-year colleges and universities, both public and private. The Piper Professor Program is one of its biggest recognitions. Nominations are based on submissions by each college or university in the state of Texas.

“We are extremely proud of each of our faculty and staff award recipients,” said Dr. Laurel Williamson, San Jacinto College deputy chancellor and president. “These individuals embody our College mission and values in their interactions with students and colleagues, and they truly represent exemplary teaching and service. These awards are selected by San Jacinto College employees, their peers, which makes this honor even more special. We congratulate each of them, and appreciate their hard work and dedication. They make San Jacinto College the great institution it is, and a place where students succeed every day.”