ACC student honored at conference for JFK research

Posted on Monday, 23 September 2013

Alvin Community College Honors student John Brundrett was recently honored for his historical essay on the people who witnessed events surrounding the John F. Kennedy Assassination.

Brundrett, of Manvel, attended the 2013 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference on July 19-21 and was recognized as one of 10 winners throughout the country. The conference was sponsored by the Frank J. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas.
While at the conference, Brundrett met several journalists and authors including Ron Powers, who helped pen Flags of our Fathers and a biography of Mark Twain. Powers is one of Brundrett’s favorite authors.

“I was ecstatic,” he said. “I couldn’t wait to go to Dallas and meet Ron Powers.”

To be eligible, the students had to submit an essay regarding witness accounts of historical events and how those events have affected the communities where they occurred.

Participants also were required to work with a mentor. Brundrett was mentored by Alvin Sun editor Kathleen Holton.

Brundrett’s essay centered on the timeline and witness reports of Kennedy’s assassination from the time the president arrived at Dallas to Lee Harvey Oswald’s shooting. He pulled information from several sources including statements that were compiled from Dallas Morning News archives in the days after the Kennedy’s death.

“These are the words of the people who were there as it happened,” he said.

ACC Honors Program Chair Dr. Ann Guess was thrilled with Brundrett’s achievement.

"When Ms. Holton contacted us about the conference, I knew right away that it was something John would want to do,” Guess said. “John worked very hard on his project and was excited about the opportunity to work with professional writers at the conference. I know he represented ACC and the Honors Program very well."

After finishing at ACC, Brundrett plans to transfer to a university to earn a Bachelor’s degree in History and then pursue a Master’s degree.

For more information about the conference, visit

Source: The Pearland Journal

HCA Gulf Coast Division to break ground on Pearland Medical Center

Posted on Monday, 16 September 2013

HCA Gulf Coast Division President Maura Walsh announced the groundbreaking for its $71 million, 144,000-square-foot Pearland Medical Center. The groundbreaking celebration is Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at 10970 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland, 77584.

Pearland Medical Center will be located at the southwest intersection of Highway 288 and Shadow Creek Parkway on a 48-acre site currently home to a full-service, freestanding emergency department, imaging center and 3-story, 80,000 square foot medical office building. The new, 30-bed acute care hospital will expand patient services to better meet healthcare needs in Pearland and surrounding communities, especially in the areas of obstetrical, surgical and cardiac services and additional outpatient diagnostic services.

The hospital will open in the Fall of 2014, and feature surgical suites, medical/surgical beds, intensive care beds and a 24-hour emergency department. Imaging services will include magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, a catheterization lab, echocardiogram testing, and nuclear medicine modalities. The Center’s new women’s services will provide digital mammography, labor and delivery suites, cesarean-section operating rooms and a newborn nursery.

“The Pearland Medical Center groundbreaking emphasizes HCA Gulf Coast Division’s long-standing commitment to the residents of Pearland and Brazoria County by providing convenient, high-quality healthcare close to home,” Walsh said. “As an HCA affiliated hospital, Pearland Medical Center joins our continuum of nine other Houston-area medical centers, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic imaging facilities, and off-campus emergency centers.”

In addition, HCA Gulf Coast Division has a regional transfer center that provides ground and air transportation to and from any other HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospital. That service includes transfers to specialized facilities such as Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas and Texas Orthopedic Hospital.

“The groundbreaking of the new Pearland Medical Center marks the next phase of a long and healthy relationship between Pearland Medical Center and the Pearland community,” said Tom Reid, Pearland Mayor. “HCA Gulf Coast Division is delivering the right care at the right time to our residents in their own neighborhood.”

Pearland is the fastest growing community in the Houston area. The city’s population was projected to increase from 91,252 in 2010 to 123,119 in 2020 and to 141,993 in 2035, according to the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s 2013 Population and Employment Forecast.

Construction is scheduled to start in October. The Nashville-based Gould Turner Group has been selected as the project’s architects, and Skanska will build the hospital.

Girl Scouts kick off recruitment season

Posted on Monday, 09 September 2013

When a girl says, “I can’t wait to,” you know that what’s coming next is something she’s excited about. Whether she’s talking about tomorrow’s trip to the art museum or football game next Saturday, that wide-eyed anticipation is one of the best parts of childhood. Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., is giving girls the opportunity to make memories that last a lifetime by being a part of the premier leadership organization for girls. It’s kicking off recruitment season with rallies across southeast Texas.

Recruitment rallies are happening soon for Alvin ISD and Pearland ISD residents whose children are zoned to EC Mason, Don Jeter, Savannah Lakes, Mary Merek, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Glenn York, Manvel Junior High, Nolan Ryan Junior High, Manvel High, Challenger, Silvercrest, Silverlake, Massey Ranch, Barry Miller Junior High, Rogers Middle and Glenda Dawson High. Homeschoolers and children attending private schools who reside in these areas are invited to participate. All girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited, along with their parents.

Alvin ISD Pearland ISD
Saturday, September 7, 2013 Saturday, September 14, 2013
Silverlake Elementary Nolan Ryan Junior High
2550 CR 90, Pearland, TX 77584 11500 Shadow Creek Pkwy, Pearland, TX 77584
4th – 12th Grade: 9 a.m. 2nd – 3rd Grade: 10:30 a.m. Kinder – 1st Grade: 1 p.m.

Please come during your allotted time. Registration is $15 per member. Cash and checks are accepted and payment is due at registration. Financial assistance is available.

“Girls are succeeding in many areas today – in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “Yet, 61 percent of girls are deeply ambivalent about leadership. Girl Scouts helps girls develop their leadership skills and have the confidence to take on the leadership roles of the future in all aspects of society in a fun and safe environment.” Troops are formed based on the availability of adult volunteer leadership. Men and women may volunteer.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 66,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. Girl Scouts celebrated its centennial in 2012.

For more information about the event, contact Danna Kutach at 281-692-0255 or For more information about Girl Scouts go to For more information about the Sunshine Stars Community go to

Source: The Pearland Journal

Pearland ISD dedicates Robert Turner College and Career High School

Posted on Tuesday, 03 September 2013

Pearland ISD officials and employees and guests were on hand Sunday (Aug. 25) for the dedication of the Robert Turner College and Career High School on Bailey Road.
About the School

TCCHS is an exciting, innovative opportunity for students who are interested in earning professional certifications and up to 60 college credit hours or an associate of arts degree by graduation.

Career pathways will include medical science, business/finance, agriculture science, art and technology and science, technology, engineering and math.

In addition, high school elective coursework will be specialized to lead to professional certifications.

If they choose to pursue an associate of arts degree, TCCHS students will graduate as college juniors, saving approximately $43,000 on the first two years of college.

About Robert Turner

After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Robert Turner earned his bachelor’s degree in education and began a lifelong career in education as a teacher/coach in Freer, Texas. He worked in Navasota and Bellville school districts before serving as superintendent in Pearland ISD from 1968-78.

After a car accident left him a quadriplegic, Turner continued to be active in community affairs. He lived life to the fullest, serving others and considering himself — first and foremost — a teacher.

For more information about TCCHS, visit

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