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San Jacinto College
News Release
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Brown, Perrodin, Bolen earn College’s outstanding faculty awards 

PASADENA, Texas – Barbara Brown, an English professor and language arts department chair at San Jacinto College Central; Sean Perrodin, a culinary arts professor at the North Campus; and Dr. John Bolen, government professor at the South Campus, have been named the 2011 San Jacinto College (SJC) Minnie Stevens Piper Outstanding Faculty candidates.

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation sponsors the annual awards program to honor professors from two and four-year colleges and universities for outstanding scholarly achievements and exceptional dedication. The local honor is the equivalent to a campus “Teacher of the Year” award, and the campus winners are eligible for a state award, which is announced in May.

Brown teaches English and serves as language arts department chair at SJC Central. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Teacher Education, and a Master of Arts in humanities from the University of Houston.

Brown is on the steering committee of the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, an initiative that promotes academic results through improved reading skills. She also participates in the College’s Houston Pathways Initiative, which focuses on improving high school graduation rates and preparing students for college.

Brown has attained Level III, the highest level in SJC’s Distinguished Faculty program. In 2007, she served on a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board team to create the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards for Language Arts. She currently serves on the state’s Developmental Education Demonstration Project grant committee to create an integrated reading-writing college preparatory course.

Brown previously taught at the SJC South Campus, Alvin Community College, and UH-Clear Lake. In her spare time she writes short stories, and an occasional poem. “And like most English professors, I also have a novel in progress,” she commented.

Perrodin serves as lead culinary arts professor at SJC North, and as the faculty advisor for the student-operated Culinary Arts Club. In February, the Foodservice Educators Network International named Perrodin as its 2011 Educator of the Year, recognizing his accomplishments and leadership in the foodservice-educator community, as well as his impact on the field of culinary education.

Perrodin attended Lafayette Technical College, Xavier University, and the University of Louisiana Lafayette. He will soon earn a bachelor’s degree in communication from Walden University. He will also soon complete Certified Executive Chef, and Certified Culinary Educator training through the American Culinary Federation. He has been a member of the Texas Chef Association, the Professional in Culinary Arts organization, and the American Culinary Federation.

Perrodin has 16 years experience working in all types of restaurants. “I’ve done it all, from working in a truck stop, to fine dining upscale restaurants, to owning my own catering business for 10 years,” he commented. “I have held every position from line cook to entrepreneur.” Perrodin also developed, marketed, distributed and sold a personal line of specialty seasonings and sauces in gourmet markets locally and nationally.

Dr. Bolen graduated from San Jacinto College in 1966, and began his teaching career as a journalism professor at the Central Campus in 1971. He was one of the original faculty members at the South Campus when it began classes in 1979, and now teaches government at SJC South. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from UH, a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Texas, and a doctorate of education in administration and supervision from UH.

Bolen serves on the South Campus’ Library Advisory Committee, and is the social science representative for the campus’ First Year Experience program. Bolen authored SJC’s first historical book “The First Ten Years,” and he now serves on the SJC 50th anniversary committee, helping to put together the College’s 50th anniversary book. He also narrated a video that chronicles the development of the College during its formative years.

Dr. Maureen Murphy, SJC South president, says Bolen personifies the College’s dedication to learning and student success. “He is a humble man who has quietly served his students and the College with grace and integrity for 40 years,” she commented. “He has modeled intellectual curiosity, and demonstrates daily a cheerful work ethic that inspires both student and colleague.”

To determine the Minnie Stevens Piper Professors, each division or department on each campus submits one faculty nominee. Full-time faculty members, administrators, and staff members then vote on the nominees. The faculty member who receives the greatest number of votes is selected as the campus Piper Professor. Ten Minnie Stevens Piper state awards will be presented in May.

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 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 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. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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