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  • Andrea.Vasquez 5:05 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Service-Learning Award Application Deadline Extended 

    If you still need to submit a Service-Learning Award Application for the upcoming Service-Learning Breakfast, the deadline has been extended until Wednesday, April 1. Please see information below or contact Pandora Freestone at pandora.freestone@sjcd.edu or service.learning@sjcd.edu.

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  • 5:00 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Part-Time Faculty Job Fair on April 1, 2015 

    The Human Resources Department, in collaboration with several campus departments, is hosting a Part-Time Faculty Job Fair on April 1, 2015, at the North Campus from 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Please share this information with anyone you know that may be interested.

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  • Amanda.Fenwick 11:21 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Women’s basketball team culminates amazing season with awards banquet 

    The College’s women’s basketball team recently culminated one of the best seasons in the program’s history with an appreciation and awards banquet.

    In an amazing turnaround season, the team went from 3-27 last year to 23-9 this season. Head Coach Brenita Jackson was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV Coach of the Year. The team was ranked nationally for much of the season appearing as high as ninth in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball poll in early January. It was the first time in the program’s history to be ranked in the top 10 nationally.

    The team qualified for the regional tournament for the first time since 2011, advancing to the semifinal round before being eliminated by the defending national champions Trinity Valley Junior College.

    Three players earned honors for their accomplishments during the 2014-2015 season. The team’s leading scorer, sophomore guard Kendra Howard (Dallas / Cedar Hill High School), who averaged 15.5 points per game, was named to the All-Region Team. Freshman guard Miranda LeJune (Pearland / Pearland High School), who led the nation in assists with 8.1 per game, was named to the All-Conference Team and earned the Region XIV Co-Freshman of the Year honor. Freshman forward Kaelynn Wilson (San Antonio / Wagner High School) earned All-Conference Honorable Mention recognition.

    At the banquet, players, coaches, and support staff members were recognized for their dedication and achievements.

     
  • 2:56 pm on March 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    From WWII and D.C. to Southern Pacific and SJC, it’s all ‘fun’ for Clara 

    Clara Hollaway

    Meet Clara Hollaway.

    Please, call her Clara, because if you happen to call her Ms. Clara, you just might make her feel a bit old, as she says.

    “I’ll be 89 in July,” said Hollaway, which in fact, makes her 88 and one of San Jacinto College’s most “advanced in years yet forever young” employees.

    She came aboard San Jacinto College in 1991 and began working in the business office at the North Campus before switching gears and working as an administrative assistant for the police department, where she continues to work.

    “I love my officers. They’re my officers because they’re like my family. They’re going to be my pallbearers,” she said.

    So, how does a young woman from Velasco, now Freeport, Texas, go from watching President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Constitution Avenue during World War II to becoming one of San Jacinto College’s most dynamic personalities to ever answer a phone? The answer is in her story …

    Tell us where you’re from, and how you got here.

    “I graduated from Freeport High School in 1944 and went to work in Washington D.C. as a clerk for the VA during World War II. I remember that time being very exciting. We were all working with the goal of supporting our country. I lived in the dormitories in Arlington, Virginia, and I made a lot of friends. I saw Roosevelt go into his third term, when presidents had three terms, on Constitution Avenue. I had already seen him in 1936 on a yacht in Freeport for the Texas Centennial.

    After a year in D.C., I returned to Texas and worked here in Houston for the U.S. Navy and typing letters for the officers. I married a WWII veteran in 1946 and went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad. There, I worked in a variety of jobs. I worked in U.S. Customs, the cashier department, and as a chief rate bill clerk. I retired from the railroad after 38 years.”

    After retirement from the railroad, what did you do?

    “My second husband died in 1987 after my retirement from the railroad. That is when I decided to take road trips by myself to see places like Niagara Falls, to see the fall in New England, and Yellowstone. I took a cruise to Alaska.

    I had no problem going alone. I like myself!

    I wasn’t scared at all and had all my stops mapped out.

    I’ve done a lot of things just by deciding to hit the road. I have a friend now who I go with, and we’ve been to Nova Scotia, Mexico, and Colorado. We may leave for Louisiana tomorrow.”

    Why did you decide to return to work?

    “In 1991, my friend attended an election at the San Jacinto College North Campus and was asked by a business office employee if he knew a person who could work part time in the evening.

    Well, I wasn’t looking for a job, but he thought I’d be a good candidate because he said I went to bed too early that I needed to get out of the house. I came in on a Friday afternoon, and the business office offered me a job.”

    What was San Jacinto College like in 1991?

    “Back then, we didn’t process student payments using a computer. It was all hand written. The campus was much smaller. When Banner came in, it drastically changed everything! Now, I love it! You can look up on there and find people. You can find everything now. It’s so easy!

    After some years there, the police captain at the time asked me if I wanted to work for him. I debated because the hours were late at night, but I took it and started part time in 2003. Since then, it’s been fantastic. I love the officers. I love the College. The new officers call me Ms. Clara, and that makes me feel old!”

    You have worked quite a lot throughout the years. You’ve seen a lot of places and people. Would you like to offer any words of inspiration to others?

    “Yes! It’s not about the money. It’s about the environment. It’s about the people. Get to know who you’re around, you’ll start to see personalities, and you’ll start to see the people. Working is fun. I don’t know; it just is. Is that weird?

    I just like to get up and go. I’ve worked all my life, so why stay at home? To me, it’s wasting time, just like sleeping in too late!

    Life is worth getting up for and experiencing different things during the thing. I just thank God that I’ve never been off sick and that I’m in good health.”

    Okay, we just got to know, any secrets to your good health?

    “Well, it isn’t from my eating!

    I think it’s just family longevity. My dad lived to be 91. My mom lived to be 83. They were both workaholics. My dad was a business man, ran a feed store, and believed in education. He would always say two things – obey my mother and daddy, and read the Bible.”

    Your father believed in education. How do you pass this belief along to our students?

    “I see our students a lot and when I do, I encourage them to go farther. Take more courses. You got this far, don’t ever stop.”

     

    Clara Hollaway has one son and one daughter, three grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. When on the North Campus, stop by the police department and say “hi.”

    “When people call the San Jacinto College police department, I want them to know I’m there to help them.” – Clara Hollaway

     

     
    • Charlotte Jackson 9:06 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for sharing Clara with others…..those who are fortunate enough to work on the North Campus know what a gem we have on campus. She not only loves life, loves people, loves God and loves work, but her enthusuasm is contagious. We are truly blessed to be in her life.

    • Ginger Lambert 9:29 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome story. Amazing lady! Thanks for sharing!

    • Becky Martinez 9:42 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am so inspired by Clara Ruth Hollaway! I want to be like her in a couple of more years when I get to be her age. 😉

    • Denise Segelquist 9:53 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It is amazing how little we know about some of our co-workers. Thanks for sharing your story. What a great life you have had.. and continue to have.

    • Fontanne Bickley 10:31 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is a great story of a truly inspirational woman! She is really “88 years young”!

    • Ruth Keenan 10:43 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Cara, we are proud to know you! What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it! I’m a fan!

    • Rachel Loftin 11:13 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Very cool story. Makes me proud to work with you! You’re a wonderful lady. Thanks for sharing!

    • Charles Bailey 7:48 am on March 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      She is truly a very wonderful person. I am so glad they shared her story. If you get a chance when at North Campus stop in and chat you will be blessed indeed.

    • Scott Klamert 3:53 am on April 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Quite a woman that Ms. Clara. I enjoyed working with her when I was at North campus. She is witty, humorous, and has a lot of spunk. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Look forward to seeing you again Ms. Clara.

    • Linda Haseman 11:48 pm on April 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Clara Ruth you always amaze me! You can probably still run rings around me! Love the story, .Keep doing what you are doing for the next 24 years! Love ya!

  • 2:13 pm on March 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Thousands visit Mind Trekkers for two days of STEM action 

    There were plenty of microscopes, balloons, and tanks of liquid nitrogen at the largest science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) festival that San Jacinto College has held to date.

    Families from the community and approximately 7,000 sixth-graders from Holy Trinity Episcopal School; Rhodes School; First Baptist Christian Academy; and Galena Park, Clear Creek, Sheldon, La Porte, Deer Park, and Channelview Independent School Districts visited the College’s Central Campus to participate in more than 100 science experiments over a two-day span at the Mind Trekkers Dow Chemical Adventures in STEM.

    Mind Trekkers was coordinated through Michigan Technological University. Experiments included how to walk on water, play music with fruit, make ice cream in 60 seconds, skewer balloons, and hair-raising physics. The event allowed San Jacinto College students to serve as volunteers and engage in outreach education to inspire students.

    Sponsors included Dow Chemical, Lubrizol, Memorial Hermann, East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA), Air Liquide, Schlumberger, and Ocean Star. The San Jacinto College STEM Council assisted with the coordination of experiments.

    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 region, as Houston ranks among the top 10 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. To learn more, visit sanjac.edu/stem-council.

    For a video of the Mind Trekkers event, visit the San Jacinto College YouTube channel.

     

     
  • 12:00 am on March 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Add your April and May STEM events to the list! 

    Do you have a STEM event coming up in April and May and would like to include it on the STEM Council page? Just visit the STEM Council page and click EVENT FORM to submit your event.

    In the meantime, check out the Mind Trekkers event we hosted just before Spring Break!

     

     
  • 10:29 am on March 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Children’s Book Drive 

    The Intentional Connections students at the South Campus, as well as other classes, are participating in a service learning project where they are collecting new or gently used children’s books. The books will be donated to the San Jacinto South Campus Children’s Center, two area elementary schools, as well as the San Jacinto College South Campus Library‘s children’s collection. (More …)

     
    • June Vicenik 3:15 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      When is the deadline for this project/

      • June Vicenik 3:16 pm on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        When is the deadline for collecting the books?

  • 10:11 am on March 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Support our Veterans at the DeBakey VA Medical Center 

    The district Service-learning committee, in partnership with the South Camps Student Veterans Association, is hosting a personal items drive for items that will be packed into the Veterans office backpacks.  We have 333 backpacks per campus to stuff with the items listed on the attached flyer, including books, stationary, toiletries, etc. (More …)

     
  • 4:53 pm on March 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    College featured on Hola Houston and Viva Houston 

    San Jacinto College was recently featured on the Fox 26 show Hola Houston, as well as the ABC 13 program Viva Houston. A big shout-out and thank you go to Recruiter Alfredo Gomez, who served as the spokesperson for the College. He spoke about what we are doing to help Latino students get into and complete college.

     

     
  • Andrea.Vasquez 11:25 am on March 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Martin Wnuk’s “Karmic Residue” Art Exhibition- March 26 – April 16 

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    South Campus art professor, Martin Wnuk, will feature his exhibition, “Karmic Residue,” in the South Campus art gallery room, S15.112 from March 26 – April 16. “Karmic Residue” will present a select group of Wnuk’s recent paintings and mixed media drawings. (More …)

     
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