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DPHS students on a mission to end cancer

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

ACYSDPHS students are on a mission to help end cancer. Members of the American Cancer Youth Society are seeking donations for an upcoming Relay for Life event. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Williams.In the ongoing fight against cancer, students at Deer Park High School are doing what they can to help. The American Cancer Society Youth Club gives DPHS students an opportunity to raise funds and support students effected by cancer.

Elizabeth Williams is a Spanish teacher at DPHS and facilitates the ACSYC.

“The purpose [of the club] is to raise awareness of cancer on our campus and within the community, especially regarding risk reduction, prevention, and early detection, as well as making a difference in the lives of those who suffer from the disease,” she said.

Several of Williams’s students have family members fighting cancer. Two years ago Angelica Juarez, one of Williams’s students, was struggling with her mom’s recent cancer diagnosis. Williams decided to start a Relay for Life team with her students as a way to help Juarez and show support. That first year the club raised $2,500 in two weeks by selling “May the Cure be with You” shirts and continued as a club the following year. She said she realized the hunger among her students to do something to end cancer.

Library, Education Foundation present bookmark contest

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in Schools

StridesforSchoolsThe Deer Park Public Library and the Deer Park Education Foundation are hosting a joint bookmark contest for area students age 4-20

During the contest – which will officially begins March 10 – students are invited to design a bookmark with the theme of “Fitness and Well-Being” for a chance to win not only a Barnes & Noble gift card, but also a chance to have their work reproduced and distributed as bookmarks. All entries will be displayed at the April 30 Strides for Schools event.

According to Jennifer Torres, Deer Park Education Foundation cordinator, entry forms will be available for pickup at the Deer Park Public Library and all Deer Park Independent School District libraries.

Participants will have until Thursday, March 24 to design their bookmark entry and return it for judging.

SJC celebrates Maritime Center opening

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

MTCGrandOpeningSJC maritime student John Erlich, shows Maritime Center visitor David Knowles the controls in a ship simulator. The campus held its grand opening ceremony this week. Photo by Holly Galvan.

San Jacinto College ceremoniously opened its new Maritime Technology and Training Center. The center is the college’s fourth campus, located at 3700 Old Highway 146 in La Porte. The new facility was built to meet the demands of the region’s growing maritime industry.

Some 300 guests including the college’s board of trustees and numerous elected officials were present at the grand opening ceremony, led by San Jacinto College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer.

The Maritime Technology and Training Center was officially opened with the ringing of the bell and a flag raising and ribbon cutting ceremony. The flag now flying on the flag pole at the maritime campus is the flag that flew over the US Capitol building in Washington D.C. on the first day of classes earlier this year.

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 InsideDP.com 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.”