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Update – June 29, 2015

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Good Afternoon San Jacinto College Community,

San Jacinto College is committed to creating and fostering working and learning environments where all members of our college community can thrive. We seek to provide you with the knowledge and resources to contribute to a community that is free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence.

Title IX Education Amendments of 1972 is an important federal civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education. This law applies to institutions of higher education that participate in financial aid programs. Read the rest of this entry »

Update – January 24, 2012

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Hello San Jacinto College —

We just completed the first official week of spring semester! I am sure that many of you feel that this can’t be right, since preparation leading up to that first official week began much earlier than when students finally arrived on campus. And this spring semester had much more preparation than those in the past. I am referring to the processes regarding the mandatory bacterial meningitis vaccination. The new law and requirement went into effect this month for students under the age of 30 years old who are entering or returning to college after a break in attendance. While not many, there are a few exceptions to the law. Students may request an exemption, but that process requires a special form from the State. If you are interested in learning more about the bacterial meningitis requirement, we have created a website and an electronic brochure located at http://www.sanjac.edu/meningitis. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Update – April 24, 2011

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Hello San Jacinto College Community –

Happy Easter!! No matter what your religious beliefs, I hope you enjoyed the long week-end with family and friends.  Hopefully, you joined in some of the Earth Day activities this weekend, also. Read the rest of this entry »

Central Commencement Speech Dec. 11, 2009

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Good Evening President Matkin, Trustee Wheeler, distinguished faculty and staff, proud parents, beaming spouses and loved ones, excited children, and most of all, our accomplished graduates. 

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Weekly Update – December 6, 2009

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Sorry for my tardiness in getting out this weekly update.  The weather has played havoc on my schedule.  I actually got “snowed in” in Dallas on Friday (I was there for a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board meeting and all flights to Houston were canceled). Today, I went to Atlanta for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) annual conference, and I spent several extra hours in the airport due to some weather related issue. Oh well, better to be on the ground than in the air with weather issues!!

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I hope you are enjoying this November day – it feels like autumn has really arrived!!  It is nice to know that we have a short work week coming up. Just so you know next week, I won’t be doing a weekly update because of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

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Weekly Update – November 15, 2009

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Three days of this past week were spent working with the San Jacinto College’s Achieving the Dream coaches, Dr. Byron McClenney and Dr. Brad Philips.  McClenney is the project director of the national Achieving the Dream initiative. He’s had a 43 year career as an educator including 33 years as a president/chancellor at several community colleges including the Community College of Denver, Kingsborough Community College, and Alamo Community College District. Phillips is the founder and Executive Director of Cal-PASS, an initiative that collects, analyzes and shares student data in order to track performance and improve success from elementary school through university; more than 6,800 schools and colleges participate in Cal-PASS. I am thrilled that the College has their expertise working with us.

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Weekly Update – November 8, 2009

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The first week of November is gone and can you believe we are moving into the last weeks of the fall semester plus the holiday season is kicking off!!  Don’t let it stress you, take a few deep breaths and stay focused on our priority—students.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and will be a good break for all of us.

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Weekly Update – November 1, 2009

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We are welcoming a wonderful November 1st day and what about that extra hour we gained this morning! I hope you have enjoyed some fun this weekend; between trick and treating and festivals, there are lots of options! On Friday evening, my family and I attended the children’s festival at South Campus. It was a fun event with costumes, games, music, and rides. The Student Life Department hosted  a wonderful event for the community.

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Weekly Update – October 25, 2009

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What a week-end! Hope you are enjoying a little of it!! 

For many administrators, this week began with a day and a half spent on program review. We looked at several instructional programs, including visual and performing arts, college preparatory, English, foreign languages, and speech. While I left with several questions I’d like to address, the information presented helped me gain a much greater understanding of several concerns including faculty staffing levels, equipment and facility needs, and budget. As we continue to develop the process, I envision that the program review presentation will first address college-wide priorities, vision, and implications; and the process would then focus on specific benefits and concerns at each campus. I also envision a greater discussion around student success, student learning outcomes, and the data that support our conclusions and proposed changes. Program review clearly fits into our continuous improvement model of plan, do, check, and act. Thank you to all who presented and to those who listened, discussed, and questioned.

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