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  • Melissa.Trevizo 2:54 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Mariano “Sonny” Garza, who passed away on July 8, 2019, at the age of 74. Sonny worked in the SJC Police Department from 1990 until he retired in 2010.

    Sonny was born on June 12,1945, in Rosenberg TX. Sgt. Garza proudly served with the Jacinto City Police Department prior to working at San Jacinto College. He was one of the founders of “Los Amigo Trail Riders”. He lived a blessed, fulfilled life. His family wishes to give special thanks to Angelina Gonzalez (sister) Lisa Miranda (sister) Adalberto Peña, Ronald and Laura Ramirez and family, Tony and Anna Lee Garza, all who stayed by his side until the end of his journey.

    He is preceded in death by his father, Marcelino Garza and brother, Johnny. He is survived by his loving family, including his wife of 30 years, Yolanda R. Garza; sons, Terry Garza (Melissa) and David Garza; stepsons, Thomas Ramirez and Ronald Ramirez (Laura); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    • Becky Martinez Holden 12:01 pm on August 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I was consoled that Chief Bruce Caldwell said many nice things about the vocation of police officers and that they are like family. He thanked the Garza family for their support of Sonny in his sacrifice away from his family while he served. I had the honor of chatting with his widow Yolanda and shared my video of the white dove release with her. May he rest in eternal peace. 🙁

  • Melissa.Trevizo 2:51 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Zamora facilitates discussion at NACUBO conference 

    Teri Zamora, San Jacinto College vice chancellor of fiscal affairs, recently facilitated a luncheon discussion during the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) annual conference July 14-16 in Austin.

    Zamora moderated the Community College Networking Luncheon, a continuing conversation for main-stage speakers who opened the conference.

    The discussion featured author Sarah Sladek, CEO of XYZ University, and Josh Miller, director of Gen Z studies for XYZ University, and focused on Sladek’s recent book “Talent Generation: How Visionary Organizations Are Redefining Work and Achieving Greater Success.”

    In addition, Zamora lent her expertise during the pre-conference, two-day New Business Officer program July 12-13 for rookie CFOs.

    Along with other seasoned business officers, she shared what had been missing from her toolkit in the beginning and how she had handled unexpected challenges.

    Pictured from left: Miller, Sladek, and Zamora discussed how to engage and retain workers across generations in the workplace by appreciating the diverse talent each group brings to the table.

    Pictured from left: Seasoned business professionals Sherry Mondou (University of Puget Sound), Zamora, Darrell Bazzell (University of Texas at Austin), Rick Anderson (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), J. Michael Gower (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey), Kim Kvall (St. Edward’s University), and Bronte Burleigh-Jones (Dickinson College) offered insights to newer CFOs.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 2:47 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jac PD equipped to serve College community in medical emergencies 

    by Courtney Morris

    The San Jacinto College Police Department thanks the United States Deputy Sheriff’s Association for recently donating 28 belt trauma kits, better equipping officers to serve the College community.

    The Z-Medica kits, valued around $1,900, contain rubber gloves, a CPR mask, a tourniquet, and gauze for emergency first aid so officers may assist students, faculty, and others until paramedics arrive.

    “These kits will be carried by all the patrol officers and will be used in emergency medical trauma incidents to stop bleeding,” Sgt. Scott Klamert, San Jacinto College PD, said.

    The compact, lightweight kits add another layer of safety to police shifts while making room for officers’ other gear.

    Pictured with the kits are Police Chief Bruce Caldwell (left) and Officer Jesse Mendoza.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 2:44 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Yvonne Frear! 

    San Jacinto College has continued to support and embrace The Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI), a division of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education – AABHE, because it not only meets the College values, but it also provides employees with a professional development opportunity of a lifetime.

    Out of the seven College values, the ones that were reiterated the most to the LMI Class of 2019, were inclusivity, collaboration, accountability, and excellence.

    LMI prepares African-Americans educational leaders who are seeking senior leadership positions in higher education a forum to acquire skills, knowledge, and networking opportunities to facilitate their aspirations.

    Drs. Laurel Williamson, Allatia Harris, Brenda Jones, Bill Raffetto, and Van Wigginton are supportive on selecting qualified applicants from the College to attend this weekly conference.  This year’s participant and graduate was Yvonne Frear, Department Chair – Social and Behavioral Sciences.  This annual conference was hosted by Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, from July 7 – 13.

    The leaders of the College continues to support LMI because the graduates of LMI continue to demonstrate leadership qualities needed to help move our institution forward. Previous San Jacinto College LMI graduates are:

    • Dr. Lamar McWaine – 2012
    • Dr. Alexander Okwonna – 2014
    • Dr. DeRhonda McWaine – 2015
    • Professor Tonja Conerly – 2017
    • Dr. Charlotte Garrett and Dr. Tyler Oliver – 2018

    Each of these LMI graduate maintain multiple leadership roles in our College ranging from Dean, Department Chair and Faculty Leaders.

    Dr. Alexander Okwonna and Professor Tonja Conerly had a lead role at this year’s Institute as a workshop presenter and other responsibilities.  Dr. DeRhonda McWaine and Dr. Lamar McWaine also attended and participated in events as well to provide College support to our newest LMI graduate, Yvonne Frear. Congratulations, we are all proud of yet another accomplishment!
    If you are interested in attending LMI in the future, contact Dr. Lamar McWaine or visit their website at

  • Melissa.Trevizo 2:36 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    NISOD profile on Christopher Wild 

    The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development featured a #NISODProfile on the South Campus’ physical sciences department chair Christopher Wild. Click here to read the entire profile.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 9:48 am on July 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome, Ron Sanchez! 

    Ron Sanchez, vice president of organizational and talent development started at San Jacinto College in June. Get to know him a little better and help us welcome him to the College.

    Why did you decide to make the big move to San Jacinto College?
    Texas is home. I enjoyed my time as a senior executive with the US Treasury Department and the IRS in Washington DC. The Washington DC area is beautiful and a great place to experience life but it’s not Texas. I’ve had the desire for many years to be part of the San Jac Team. I wanted to work in higher education ever since I was a graduate student at UHCL but my career took me in another direction until now. It’s my dream job in my dream organization.

    Tell us a bit about your background:
    When I graduated from UHCL I started my career with Exxon/Mobil Corporation as an internal auditor at the Baytown refinery and chemical plant for five years. I then made a career change to the Federal Government where I started as a Revenue Agent with the IRS. My career progressed to analyst/senior analysts positions, then management positions. In 2003, I moved from tax compliance work to employee development as a training director in the Large Business and International Organization with the IRS where I was responsible for training Revenue Agents, International Examiners, Engineers, Financial Products Specialists, Administrative Professionals and Leadership. In 2013, I graduated from the executive development program with the IRS and was appointed as their Chief Learning Officer where I was responsible for employee development for over 80,000 employees. I led a variety of employee development programs across the country in this capacity. In 2017, the US Treasury Department requested I become their Chief Learning Officer where I was responsible for employee development for over 110,000 employees in 9 Treasury bureaus (including the IRS). In 2018, I was elected as the co-chair of the Federal CLO Council, which is made up of CLOs from cabinet level federal agencies. I led many special projects along the way related to organization development as well. It was an honor to serve in all these positions. I now bring this experience to SJC and looking forward to the adventures ahead.

    On the personal side I have been married for 33 years. I have three grown children and three Pomeranians. Along the way I studied martial arts for 18 years and earned a 4th degree black belt. I have since “retired” from martial arts. I am now a cyclist and runner. I run in the Houston Marathon annually and other running events around the Houston area. I also ride in cycling events around the Houston area. I have ridden in the MS 150 three times (Houston to Austin). I am considering riding in the MS 150 next year. Many of the cycling and running events raise money for charities so that is a motivator to participate.

    I am also part of a third generation of SJC employees. My father, Roy Sanchez, was a professor of accounting at the South campus for many years until he retired in 2014. My daughter, Ronni Sanchez, is currently a part time employee in the Physical Science Department as a chemistry lab technician at the South Campus.

    What do you want people to know about you and what you bring to the College?
    I bring skills, a passion for my job, energy and a desire to do my part in OTD for continued organization and employee success.

    What do you enjoy about working in higher ed?
    I love helping people develop and succeed. I believe in continuous learning because to grow and be successful one must always learn. We never know it all. That is why I have a passion for talent development, helping others learn and grow. The best organizations have well trained employees.
    In higher education we educate students for success in life and to accomplish their career goals. In OTD we educate SJC employees for their success and to accomplish their career goals.

    Is there anything that has surprised you about moving back to the Houston area?
    They built a Buc-ee’s on I-10 in the Katy area. That was a nice surprise to see.

    I moved back during the hottest time of the year so the temperature adjustment is a challenge although as a native Texan I don’t think you can ever get comfortable with the heat and humidity.

    I missed Texas bar-b-que and Mexican food. They have it in Washington but it’s not the same. I also missed Whataburger while in DC. I googled for the closest Whataburger while in Washington and it was in Florida.

    What do you look forward to the most at the College?
    Waking up every morning and doing what I love to do, which is organization and talent development. I look forward to working with the OTD staff to continue growth in our programs. I look forward to working with leadership and employees across the college to meet the organization and employee development needs across the college and doing my part for the continued success of San Jacinto College.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:24 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Special Olympics Texas – Annual Tip-a-Cop Event 

    Special Olympics Texas is hosting their annual Tip-A-Cop at Texas Roadhouse-Pasadena on Thursday, July 25th from 5 to 9 p.m. located at 3033 E. Sam Houston Parkway.

    San Jacinto College Police Department officers will be working in uniform as wait staff earning tips to benefit Special Olympics! The theme is, give a cop a tip and support Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes in your community. During the nationwide fundraiser, highway patrol troopers, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) members will walk around the restaurant with a Special Olympic Athlete and collect tips from patrons who get to hear the athletes tell their courageous stories.

    Last year SJCPD officers teamed up with some of the Special Olympic athletes and helped raise over $3,000. We did it while having fun and meeting some great people! The money raised through these charity events goes towards helping the athletes in our region make it to the Special Olympics that is hosted in Arlington, Texas every year. Please stop by and show your support!

    About Special Olympics Texas
    Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 44,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

    To learn more, visit or call 800.876.5646.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:22 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    For your information: Office 365 Pro Plus Upgrade in Computer Lab 

    Over the next few weeks, the computer labs at San Jacinto College will be upgraded from Office 2016 to Office 365 Pro Plus. By performing this upgrade, students will have the same Office 365 apps at the College just like they do on their personal devices. Students and employees will notice that Office 365 Pro Plus delivers a familiar look and feel as that of Office 2016.

    What are the benefits?
    With Office 365 Pro Plus, computer labs will automatically get the best and latest feature upgrades, capabilities, and security patches thanks to its cloud-connected delivery model.
    It’s easier to collaborate with Pro Plus whether it’s in the classroom or off-campus. Co-authoring lets you open any OneNote, Excel, Power Point, and Word document shared with you to see if anyone else is working on the document at the same time. You can collaborate in real-time by making your own edits.
    Pro Plus provides access to exclusive cloud content including Animated 3D Graphics, Ideas in Excel, Power Point Designer and Power Point QuickStart.

    This upgrade will occur throughout the summer and during times where classroom instruction will not be interrupted.

    If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please send your inquires to the Customer Care Department at

  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:20 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to the friends and family of Owen Mapingire. Owen was born on June 5, 1982; the College was notified on Monday, July 15, 2019 that he had passed away.

    Owen began working as a part-time Biology faculty member at South campus in January 2019.


  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:19 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Did you Know? Publications requests before end of fiscal year 

    The end of fiscal year 2018-19 is fast approaching!

    If you need to order publications from Marketing in time to deliver and invoice by August 31, please place your orders by end of business on Friday, July 26.

    To order graphic design services or printed marketing publications, please complete in the Publications Request Form.

    If you are looking to order business cards or name tags and invoice before the end of the fiscal year, please contact the following to check that your order will be delivered in time before placing your order.

    · Business Cards (Marfield) –
    · Name Tags (Gulf Coast Trophies) –

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Hind at

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