The Help League Celebrates Millions of Dollars

The Bay Area Aid Association has recorded two significant accomplishments this year – it has cumulatively returned $1 million to the community while simultaneously raising $1 million in grants.

“We are thrilled that the Helping Association has reached this standard,” said President Mary Keener. “After 1994, we gave $1 million back to our community because of our generous organ donors and dedicated volunteers.”

The money provided school clothing for thousands of needy children, prom clothing for hundreds of high school seniors, wholesale food for 30 local school stores, professional, interview-appropriate clothing for dozens of individuals who have returned to the job market, and groups of assault survivors. To local women’s shelters, hospitals and police departments, Keener said.

Ann Halligan, chair of the grants committee, said that in 2022, the total resources returned to the community to match the total funding obtained through grant awards.

“We have been following closely the grants written since 2007, but we have been giving back since 1994,” Halligan said. “The odds of making $1 million in the same year are statistically very low. It is a happy anomaly, and we sincerely appreciate the charities that have invested in our vision to help transform lives and make these milestones possible.”

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“Wouldn’t it be great if…?” ; Innovation meets entrepreneurship at Science Camp

Undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students from across the state turn some of their ideas into creative solutions during the Life Sciences Innovation Camp, July 24-29 in Galveston.

Masoud Motamedi, Associate Chief Research Officer and Chair of Bioengineering and Biotechnology Innovations at UTMB, said the University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas A&M Galveston conducted the camp in an effort to immerse participants in the institution’s culture.

“As a leading academic healthcare center, we need to enhance our educational and training programs to encourage our students to pursue entrepreneurship, innovation and business creation by providing them with the necessary knowledge and tools to enable them to develop their ideas and discoveries through a combination of their educational and entrepreneurial mindset, and unleash their creativity,” said Motamedi. . “The summer camp provides the opportunity for students to learn how to equip themselves with the tools to succeed in their entrepreneurial journey.”

The camp also aims to support collaboration between UTMB, Texas A&M Galveston, University of Houston Clear Lake, and Texas Southern University, according to a press release.

Branson to chair the Regional Council

Friendswood City Council member Sally Branson has been appointed Chairman of the Houston-Galveston District Council for the remainder of 2022.

She replaces William King III, who has completed his term as mayor of Dickinson and is running as a Galveston County judge in the November general election, according to an H-GAC press release. Branson has served on the Board of Directors since 2017 and was elected Vice President at the beginning of this year.

The H-GAC Election Commission also selected Waller County Judge Trey Duhon to serve as president-elect and Huntsville Independent School Board member of Trustees Ricci Owens as vice president.

The H-GAC Board of Directors is made up of 37 elected local officials representing 13 districts, 107 cities, and 11 school districts.

County issues meal plan guidelines

Friendswood Independent School District families will receive letters this month describing eligibility requirements for free meals at a discount.

Eligibility depends on income, participation in the special assistance program, and the status of students, such as fugitives, homeless, or immigrants. To learn more, call 281-996-2596. Applications, available at Food Services, 402 Laurel Drive, can be submitted at any time during the school year.

Saint-Jacques athletes score academic honors

Ten players from San Jacinto College of Softball and Baseball have been selected for the 2021-2022 National Junior Athletics Academy teams.

With a 4.00 GPA, baseball player Daniel Burke was named to the All-Academic First Team.

Members of the second team—who had a GPA between 3.80 and 3.99—include softball players Maggie Childs, Kendra Catlip, Kenzi Gates and Julia York, and baseball player Andrew Petrosky.

Softball players Rayne Althaus, Tabby Burnett, Ronnie Grofman, and baseball player Jonathan Hicks have a 3.60-3.79 GPA and are named to the third team.

“We are so proud of these student-athletes, and all of our players, for their hard work in the classroom and on the field,” said Alatea Harris, the university’s vice president for strategic initiatives. “We know the dedication it takes to perform at an athletic and academic level at a high level, and we commend them for their commitment to their sport and to San Jacinto College.”

Saint Jacques building earns ‘Best Project’ fame

Before scheduled classes even begin, the new Anderson-Ball Classroom building at San Jacinto College wins awards.

The 122,000-square-foot structure – the largest collegiate timber teaching building in the country – was selected as the Best Higher Education/Research Project by a panel of experts for Engineering News-Record Texas & Louisiana.

“This project was innovative in a range of ways and would not have been accomplished without the active communication and technical excellence of everyone involved,” said Charles Smith, the university’s vice president for financial initiatives and capital projects.

Building partner Tellepsen Builders has nominated the project.

“We hope to see more and more massive timber being used in and around Houston,” said Zach Moffett, Tellepsen’s Senior Project Manager. “Reducing carbon emissions and cleaner construction have a huge impact on industry and our society.”

Collective wood, created by laminating layers of wood together in parallel or crisscross patterns, replaces traditional structural steel throughout the building, which also features electric windows, tubular daylight, solar PV generation, gray water recycling and IoT connectivity.

Anderson-Ball was built as part of the 2015 Bond Program to support math, pre-engineering, college preparation, English, and humanities programs. Saint-Jacques received a grant from the University of the US Forest Services of $100,000 to cover the cost of learning how to handle projects of this nature. Kirksey Architecture also worked on the project. Learn more through And the Engineering News – Texas and Louisiana Record.

Applications are open for the Civic Leadership Program

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and the Pasadena Economic Development Corporation are seeking community members interested in learning about the financial, social, and governmental forces that shape society.

Impact Pasadena – the 18-month professional leadership program for organizations – begins in January with a retreat followed by monthly teaching and learning activities. Upon graduation in December 2023, participants will spend 6 months implementing a community project.

The cost of the program is $3,000, and the application deadline is September 21. Learn more at