On April 20, San Jacinto College Vice Chancellor Laurel Williamson, QEP Director Ann Pearson and the QEP Committee announced that it selected Jill B Gilbert’s design to represent the program for the next five years (see the announcement here). The college’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Thinking and Beyond, promotes student success through critical thinking.
Gilbert’s design addresses the “right brain” creative and “left brain” logical aspects of critical thinking, as well as the San Jacinto Monument, topped by a star, and a USB connector to symbolize how students are always plugged in—the connection between critical thinking and technology.
Viewed another way, the symbol depicts a launched rocket, shooting for the stars into the great beyond, with puffs of exhaust parting as the rocket travels upward. This second interpretation is an homage to Houston, aka the Space City; Jill’s Dad, a rocket scientist, and her little brother who followed in his footsteps.