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  • Rob.Vanya 8:59 am on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Important purchasing update 

    Ann Kokx-Templet, Director of Contracts and Purchasing Servicies, states there is a new requirement which requires all purchases utilizing TXMAS contracts to be manually entered into a separate online ordering system called TX SmartBuy.  This ordering system does not interface with Banner and the use of standing POs is not allowed.

    In light of this new development, the purchasing staff is diligently seeking alternate sourcing options to utilize in lieu of the TXMAS cooperative contracts.   We hope to find competitively bid contracts  awarded through other cooperative agencies with whom we have agreements, but that may not always be an available option.  We will utilize all of our purchasing resources to find the best overall value for the goods and services you need and communicate our findings with the respective parties.

    If we are unable to locate an alternate cooperative contract, we will initiate our own informal or formal quote process in order to comply with procurement law and College procedures.

    Effective immediately we will begin migrating away from the use of all TXMAS contracts.    The College may still utilize some TXMAS contracts, but approval to do so will only be authorized on a case by case basis due to the duplicated manpower required to manually enter orders line by line into the SmartBuy system.

    We will continually update the Board Approval summary located on the Exchange with new cooperative contract information as it becomes available.

    Due to the breadth of vendor contracts this effects, I am requesting your assistance.  When you speak with TXMAS contract vendor representatives, inquire if their firm has a contract(s) awarded by other cooperative purchasing agencies and share that information with the Purchasing department.  You may send it directly to the buyer who handles the commodity or email

    I have appealed to the Director of the TXMAS contracts program for an exemption to this new requirement, but my request was denied.  (He stated UT’s exemption request was also denied.)  I apologize for any  inconvenience this may cause your department and I appreciate your understanding while we migrate away from the use of TXMAS contracts.

  • Rob.Vanya 8:42 am on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Photography Club meeting set for Sept. 19 

    A meeting of the San Jacinto College Employees Photography Club will be held on Friday, Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    The meeting location is at the Central Campus — C.2-117, which is the West Classroom of the main administration building, room 117.

    Bring a light lunch, and (if you like) your camera gear, and be prepared to glean valuable info about photography.

    The facilitator will be Rob Vanya, communications coordinator and longtime photographer.

    The SJC Employees Photography Club is open to all employees, and relatives. Registration is not required, and there are no membership fees.

  • Rob.Vanya 3:00 pm on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome to the new arrival Garrett Robert Mays… 

    Baby MaysWelcome to the new arrival.

    Garrett Robert Mays was born September 4 to Mason and Melissa Mays. He was 7 pounds, 2 oz. and was 19 ¾ inches long.

    Proud grandparents are Sherry and Moe Mays.

    Sherry is a Division Operations Coordinator at the Central Campus for the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

    Congratulations on the new bundle of joy!

  • Scylla.Lopez 10:13 am on September 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Social Media Day Event 

    Dr. Jones with Cosmetology Students

    The Marketing, PR, and Government Affairs Office held Social Media Day on each campus last week.  It was a fun event that gave us an opportunity to promote social media, interact with students on campus, and encourage student engagement.  Photos from the event can be viewed on our Facebook Page.

    We would like to extend a huge thanks to a few programs and departments who helped to make the event a success:

    •  North Campus Culinary set up a cookie decorating station.
    • North Campus First Year Experience let us borrow their popcorn machine and one of their student workers was nice enough to stick around and help out with the popcorn.
    • Central Campus Rec Sports set up a game of volleyball and provided us with some giveaways.
    • Central Campus Career and Employment helped us at our social media table and provided us with some giveaways.
    • South Campus Cosmetology students set up face painting and manicure stations.
    • South Campus Student Life let us borrow their popcorn machine


  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 5:19 pm on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College at the Maritime Youth Expo! 

    San Jacinto College served as a sponsor of the 2014 Maritime and Logistics Youth Expo, held on Sept. 6, at the Port of Houston Authority’s Bayport Cruise Terminal.

    Hundreds of middle and high school students attended this event to learn about education and careers in maritime. The expo featured demonstrations and information from the U.S. Coast Guard, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Authority, Texas Southern University, Texas A&M University at Galveston, San Jacinto College, and Houston Community College Southeast. Event sponsors included the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Harris County Precinct 2, San Jacinto College, Houston Pilots, and the Port of Houston Authority.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 5:01 pm on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jac Patriot Day Classic a success! 

    San Jacinto College recently hosted the San Jac Patriot Day Classic, honoring our nation’s military veterans in observance of the Patriot Day holiday. In addition to another sweep of San Jac opponents, a Bell UH-1V Iroquois “Huey” helicopter landed on campus and was on display during the second day of the tournament. Tournament teams also recognized military veterans during a reception on Saturday afternoon. On the court, San Jac defeated Western Texas College 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-21), Victoria College 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-14), Temple College 3-0 (25-11, 28-26, 25-20), and Hill College 3-2 (25-16, 24-26, 17-25, 25-20, 15-11) to move to 8-4 on the season.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 4:50 pm on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations to all awarded Distinguished Faculty level! 

    Faculty members at San Jacinto College Central Campus were recently recognized for their outstanding work and contributions to student success. Congratulations to all who received Distinguished Faculty level!



  • Rob.Vanya 9:31 am on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Our deepest sympathies go to Judy Mason and Michele Thomas on the recent passing of their father and grandfather, Lovelace Joseph Trahan.

    Lovelace Joseph Trahan completed his life journey on September 5, 2014, at the age of 93 years. He joined his beloved wife of 65 years, Irene Ruth, in heaven. He left behind four daughters, including Judy Marie Mason, and 11 grandchildren, including Michele Mason Thomas; 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

    Lovelace was a native of Port Arthur. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, where he was a member of the 1940 “State Relay Championship Team”. He served his country in World War II aboard the USS Proteus, a naval sub tender. He later retired from the Gulf Refinery.

    Lovelace was a loving and caring husband and father. He cherished his family above all else. He was laid to rest on September 9, 2014 at Melancons Funeral Home in Nederland, Texas.

    Judy Mason is the Sr. Executive Assistant to the Provost at South Campus and Michele Thomas is a Business Analyst, Enterprise Applications.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 2:56 pm on September 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    We want to know about your STEM event!
    The STEM Council at San Jacinto College wants to create a list of this year’s STEM-related events that are happening across the College.

    Do you have a robotics event coming up?
    Is a speaker from the STEM fields visiting your campus anytime soon?
    Are your students participating in a STEM-related service learning project?
    Are your students participating in activities with the Houston Museum of Natural Science or at a local nature center this year?
    Are you coordinating a STEM panel?
    Are you planning any other STEM-related events?

    Genoa visit-STEM-C-2013-Genoa release Tell us the time, day, and where to show up! It’s OK if you don’t yet have all of the details. We just want to know what is being planned around the College for STEM!

    Please send any details about your event(s) to the following STEM Council members:
    Central Campus and Districtwide:
    North Campus and Districtwide: 
    South Campus and Districtwide: 

    The STEM Council at San Jacinto College strives to increase awareness of education and career opportunities related to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Council sponsors STEM activities throughout the College and the region, as Houston ranks among the top ten cities for STEM careers. The Council works with community members to promote the STEM fields, while forging strong partnerships with universities and industries for further education and workforce training. 


  • Andrea.Vasquez 4:55 pm on September 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Seasonal Flu Vaccines Scheduled 

    Flu shots are coming to your campus!  Please read the vaccine information sheets (English and Spanish) to know the risks and benefits of the influenza vaccination.



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