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The Egalitarian is returning to HCC in 2014-2015

Students sought for the Egalitarian - HCC's student newspaper

The Egalitarian, HCC's student newspaper that began in 1974, is coming back.


Fredrick Batiste, the new HCC Central communications instructor, director of the Egalitarian and a college student-publications veteran, is seeking interested students from all six of HCC's colleges to help resume publishing the district-sponsored publication, which has been on hiatus for more than a year.


Here's his message to HCC students, which soon will be seen on posters and on social media sites throughout the district:


Are you someone with a passion for being in the know? Do you have an eye for detail? Are you a social-media master? If so, then joining The Egalitarian staff is for you.


The Egalitarian, Houston Community College's student newspaper, is looking for talented writers, photographers, columnists, cartoonists, graphic designers, web geniuses and just about any other talented student interested in covering the news and events that shape the lives of HCC students.


The Egalitarian is open to all currently enrolled HCC students at all HCC campuses. For more information, contact Fredrick Batiste at 713.718.6016 or e-mail at
Until his hiring at HCC Central last year, Batiste served as the Office of Student Media Publications Assistant at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Batiste helped supervise the award-winning work of student editors of The Southern Digest, the university's twice-weekly student newspaper (click here for details). 
Since his arrival, Batiste has been busy teaching communications courses at HCC Central and lining up vendors and other details necessary for a successful Egalitarian relaunch. 
Batiste has plans to make the Egalitarian both a traditional newsprint and online publication, a first for the district. For more details, please contact him at 713.718.6016 or e-mail at


Department news


HCC Central Culinary Arts student receives $5,000 scholarship
Toya Terry Conwright.
Toya Terry Conwright, an HCC Central culinary arts student, received a $5,000 College Hospitality and Culinary Arts Scholarship from the Greater Houston Restaurant Association. 
According to the GHRA's website, "selection of a GHRA Hospitality and Culinary Arts Scholarship is based on many factors, with special emphasis on the question and essay segment, which deals with the student's philosophy, goals and academic achievements, as well as motivation to serve and succeed in this industry." 
Conwright says she received a call on May 13th from Steve Swafford, a GHRA board member, informing her of her scholarship win. She then shared the good news with HCC Central Culinary Arts chef instructor Christy Sykes.
"I am very humbled and excited that they picked my entry as the winner, and I wanted to thank you personally for your recommendation and most importantly your continued support," Conwright wrote to Sykes. "Thanks for believing in me and my efforts as a student at HCC!"
Conwright will be honored with other scholarship recipients, 2013-2014 GHRA board members and the GHRA Founders Club at the GHRA President's dinner, June 19th, at the Houston City Club. She will use the funds to continue her culinary arts education.



of upcoming events in

and around HCC Central


  • 28 MAY - Audition finals for HCC'S new district-wide dance team - 10 a.m., San Jacinto Memorial Bldg. auditorium, 1300 Holman St. 
    For more information, please contact Monique Morgan at 713.718.6097 /
  • 2 JUNE - Blood Drive, sponsored by HCC Central's VAST Academy, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Room 100, Learning Hub Science Building, 1300 Holman St. For more info., please contact Brigid Wilson at 713.718.5165 /

  • 2 JUNE - 10- and five-week Summer I classes begin. Click here for more information.
  • 28 JUNE - Houston LGBT Pride Parade, 8:15 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, June 28. More details soon.


Only at Central
Largest mural in Houston's history comes to Midtown

Eyeful Art and UP Art Studio are painting the city's largest mural... ever. Preservons La Creation (Let's preserve the creation), is going up in Midtown, the Houston's cultural arts and entertainment district and home of HCC Central and HCC administration. Artist Sebastien "Mr. D" Boileau is partnering with the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts' Open the Door Project and the Midtown Management District (title sponsor) for the project: Painting a five-story, 8,000-square-foot-mural in the 2800 block of San Jacinto Street. There will be a celebration of the project, including a VIP reception, the first weekend of June. Saturday, June 7, is the official unveiling. For more information, please click here

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Getting to know...
Karl Mayes
Advisor and Sociology professor, 
HCC Central


Hometown: Fort Worth, TX (Specifically, Stop Six, a well-established, largely African-American neighborhood in southeast Fort Worth).


Years at HCC: 4 years



  • Bachelor's degree, Radio and Television, Prairie View A&M University.
  • Master's degree, Radio and Television, Prairie View A&M University
  • Master's degree, Sociology and Counseling, Prairie View A&M University.

Favorite hobbies: "Sports and helping people. Sports is a pastime for me. I played baseball, threw shot put and discus and competed in track in college. I know people see my figure and don't understand this, but I'm pretty agile."


Last book read: "I just reread Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. I'm in a different place in my life now. I read it earlier in life, and I got different things out of it. So when I came back to it from a different place I'm getting something different out of it from when I first read it.  Now, I like how the book gets you thinking about the importance of opportunity and the importance of leveraging your money, and making your money work for you instead of you working for you money. It pierces you a little bit more when you read it a second time."


Favorite musical style:
"I like music in general. I like rap because I was in it. From 1982 and 1998 I put out out four albums. I was in a group called Magical Sol Brothas, and we were based in
One of Magical Sol Brothas' album covers. Karl is third from the left.
Houston. It was a pretty a good time. We had a record deal and did tours. (click here to hear the group). We got older and disbanded in 2000 and 2001. Some of us are still in the industry. I do a lot of emceeing of a lot of events. Basically, I'm Clark Kent in the daytime and Superman in the evening."


Favorite food: "Black rice and quinoa. Quinoa tastes like rice. My fiancĂ©, who is a dietician, got me going on it. The reason the motivational brand Karl Mayes - the King Motivator - is taking off now is because of my personal testimony. I always tell people change something about yourself to get a different result. If you are not willing to change something about yourself, you'll ways get the same result.


"I needed to change something about  me. I call it "minset maintenance." My weight was my thing. In May of 2013, I weighed 330 pounds. Now, I'm down to about 240. You're showing action before talk. 


"Bottom line: there are two types of people in the world: "doers" and "sayers." People that do never say, and people that say never do." 


Favorite movie: "I would say it's a long-time favorite: Brown Sugar, starring Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan. I'm a product of hip hop. I was like that because we had nothing else. With hip hop, you were allowed to ride off your alias. I was "the King" or "Baby K." I didn't have to stay so structured. I always say "I'm the little black boy from the hood that's making it all good." (The movie is about two friends who discover hip hop on the same New York City street corner as children).

Five guests you'd invited to your dinner party:
  1. Misty and Karl.
    "My fiancé - Misty Perry
    - because that's my best friend. That's the one who will be supportive of me. She speaks about me as if she always has my best interests at heart. 
  2. President Barack Obama - I respect his character and diligence as an African-American man.
  3. My mom - Nyoka Mayes - I wouldn't be here if not for her.
  4. My pastor - Remus Wright of The Fountain of Praise. He's a great mentor. We talk every now and then. I always say in order to be a great man, you have to be mentored by a great man.
  5. God - by invitation. That is who I'm led by. Everyday I get up, I say "another day another chance."

Finish this sentence: Most people don't know that I... "am extremely poetic. Because I am what you'd call a true creative being. I think creativity is infinity. I embrace the idea of always being different. I've never been like anyone else."


Best part about working at HCC: "I get to use the platform to help people and work on my craft, the craft of speaking. I get to go to practice very day."


Personal motto: "The only time SUCCESS comes before WORK is in the dictionary."




About Getting to Know...


We love learning about our colleagues at HCC Central. Everyone has interesting facts and a great story to tell!


If you'd like to be featured in an upcoming Getting to Know,  please fill in your information on the attached form found  HERE. 


Feel free to express yourself. Please email the completed form to


You'll be contacted at a future date for a photo and for any other information! 

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