Archive for September, 2009

Weekly Update – September 27, 2009

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Last week’s email left you hanging with only a partial explanation of Annual Priority #3.  I know you have been anxiously waiting for me to complete it, so I am going to jump right in. 

Annual Priority #3

Organizational Alignment and Development: Building organizational capacity and capability

There are four sections of this priority and last week I addressed the first, which focused on improving the alignment of our leadership and communication structures.  Sections two through four are: improve financial control, improve the performance of human capital, and improve the processes that support the operations of the College.

 Improve financial control:  First, we will focus on refining the college-wide resource allocation and budget methodology. The goals are improved decision-making, funding tied to the College’s strategic plan, and a clearer understanding by budget leaders of the budget development process and timeline.  We anticipate the process will be disseminated to users by the end of the semester.  It will not be static: it will be a continuous improvement process that redefines processes, measurements, assumptions, and focus, as needed.

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Weekly Update – September 20, 2009

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Hope you are enjoying that September weather and maybe some football since the season is underway!!   If you listened to the Texans’ game on the radio today, you heard many commercials for San Jacinto College.

The week began with the September Board of Trustees Meeting.  The agenda and back-up of each meeting are posted on the college’s website on the Friday prior to the meeting.  If you have a few moments, review this information.  It is another avenue for employees to gain an understanding of college activities and issues.   You will find that many of the actions are finance and construction related, but you will also see the Board’s focus on the college’s Student Success agenda, with a portion of the meeting dedicated to presentations around this area.      

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Weekly Update – September 13, 2009

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For only being a four day work week, it sure was jam packed. The best parts of the week were the groundbreaking celebrations of the child care centers on North and Central campuses. The highlight of these ceremonies was the three and four year olds that joined us with shovels and hard hats. The construction time on these facilities is around nine to ten months so by this time next year we will be moving into our first new buildings since the 1999 bond program construction.

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Weekly Update – September 6, 2009

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Hello San Jac Community,

I hope you are enjoying a very pleasant Labor Day weekend and finding plenty of fun for your extra day off!

As the semester gets underway, I want to remind you that we are moving into the flu season with an entirely new level of awareness. I encourage each of us to pay attention to the symptoms and utilize protection mechanisms. The following provides a briefing and some helpful information:

  • We are continuing to monitor updates from the Center on Disease Control on the regular flu and the H1N1 virus.
  • The College will maintain a specific website on influenza and health information and updates. The link will be  posted from our main SJC website in order to make access easy.
  • You can contact Ginger Lambert in the Safety Office if you need hand sanitizer. Her extension is 6183 or her email is
  • We are tracking employees and students who have influenza-like symptoms. I am asking that you contact Ginger Lambert at  the phone or email address above so she can keep track of the health of our students and employees.  Influenza symptoms include fever over 100°, weakness, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing, and sore throat. The website will have more detailed information for you.
  • Be sure to wash your hands often and thoroughly, cough and sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, keep commonly touched surfaces and items clean, and stay home if you’re sick.

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