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  • admin 3:17 pm on October 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    STEM event? Put it on the STEM calendar! 

    Planning a STEM-related event this semester? Big or small, we want to know and place it on the STEM calendar! Simply visit sanjac.edu/stem-council and click on Let us know about your STEM event.

     

     
  • admin 3:17 pm on October 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Houston Geologic Society Earth Science Week field trip with Prof. Dzuryak! 

    On behalf of John-Franklin Dzuryak, professor of geology 

    I visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science with 15 of my students (about 23 total including family and friends) for the Houston Geologic Society Earth Science Week field trip.  The trip was to the fourth floor of the museum in the newly renovated Energy Hall.  There were docents from the museum and the HGS around to help us learn and gets some hands on experiences.  We learned about where oil and hydrocarbons come from, how plate tectonics plays an important role in hydrocarbon development, we were able to touch real oil rocks, determine how oil is trapped underground, and everyone received a free mineral sample on their way out.  It’s was really emPOWERing!

     
  • admin 6:54 am on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations to the 2018 Outstanding Women in Texas Government! 

    The 2018 Outstanding Women in Texas Government Award luncheon took place in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 5, 2018. Dr. Rachel Garcia received the award in the Outstanding Professional Development category; Dr. Brenda Jones was named a nominee for the Outstanding Leadership category; and Rosalyn Parker was named a nominee for the Outstanding Management category. Read more.

     
  • admin 4:57 pm on August 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Distinguished Faculty Lifetime Awards 

    Connie Duren, Pandora Freestone, Phyllis Hooi and Theresa Rudisell each received their Distinguished Faculty Lifetime Award on Aug. 24. The faculty members were recognized at the annual Distinguished Faculty Lunch with Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer.

     

     

     
  • admin 10:32 am on July 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Check out Neil Jody’s gallery exhibition! 

    Neil Jody is a math professor on the San Jacinto College North Campus, but did you know Neil also exhibits art on the side? Check out information on Portal: Visual Iterate Function Systems Direct & External in the latest Free Press Houston!

     
  • admin 8:44 am on July 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    July in the library: Outdoor Life! 

    By Richard McKay ~
     

    I asked south campus librarians Larry Gainor and Lynda de los Santos to come inside for a minute and hunt up some books on the great outdoors.

    You may stop searching the night skies for signs of alien life; Larry’s first pick is all the proof you need that they walk among us.  Lars Eighner’s Travels With Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets (HV 4505 E44 [Texana Collection]) is the author’s record of hitchhiking through all sorts of places he probably shouldn’t.  He brought his dog with him, too.  I’m still not convinced that this was a good idea.  Their Iliad of inconveniences and embarrassments would probably be funny if they were made up.  Mr. Eighner seems a literate and engaging person, but I can’t help thinking that a frank talking to at an early age might have done him good.  The dog (Lizbeth, of the title) has no speaking parts besides “woof,” and bears the manifold hardships of road life with commendable stoicism.

    Larry also found Roger A. Bruns’s Knights of the Road: A Hobo History (HV 4504 B78).  By the hoboes’ own admission, newbies eager to chuck it all for a life of wandering and destitution are getting hard to find, and Knights was written in the late ‘70s.  The hobo is, or was, a traveling day laborer, distinct from the tramp, a wanderer who cannot, or will not, work, and the bum, ditto, but non-wandering.  They tend towards colorful nicknames: Pennsylvania Kid; Frisco Jack; Sparky Smith.   After reading a few paragraphs at random I pronounced the hobo lifestyle incompatible with clean bathrooms and kitchens, and turned to Larry’s next selection.

    While we’re on the topic, what bathroom can be complete without a copy of Larry’s next suggestion, The Worst-Case Scenario Almanac: Great Outdoors (GF 86 B68 [Student Life Collection])? Let’s check out “Most Dangerous Himalayan Peaks,” where we find a gallery of awful places with evocative names: Annapurna, Nanga Parbat, and K2 head the long list of places to admire from far away.  The list is arranged by climbers’ fatality rate, and although the statistics in the almanac differ from the ones I got in a Google search, all sources agree that number three on the list, K2, is one bad bear.  In fact, many skilled climbers say that it’s the nastiest mountain on Carl Sagan’s pale blue dot.  The Almanac has it that fully one climber in seven who manages to make it to the top dies on the way down, and if you need a better reason to restrict your encounters with dangerous mountains to the ski lodge bar, I’d like to hear it.  Just FYI, the redoubtable Everest is number 10 on the list.

     Here comes Lynda, lugging the ponderous Wilderness Medicine (RC 88.9 O95 M36).  The thing has got to weigh a good ten pounds, so don’t even think of making room for it in your backpack, but you’ll search hard for a more fascinating (or for a scarier) look at the multitude of dreadful things that can happen to us out-of-doors.  The book consists of articles by a small army of subject experts in such arcana as polar medicine; wilderness cardiology; bites by venomous reptiles in the Americas; bear behavior and attacks; and other disciplines you’re better off not knowing about.  It’s a great way to waste ten minutes, if you were looking for one.  Outdoor life is, however, not without its risk: Wilderness has way too many pictures taken on the worst day of someone’s life.  Let’s put this one back on the shelving cart while we’re all still in a good mood, and resolve to keep a respectful distance from angry critters.

    It’s a telling commentary on our patrons’ lives that Lynda’s next choice, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Extreme Edition (GF 86 P58 [Student Life Collection]) has been checked out quite a few times.  But I’d put this one on the optional reading list unless you’re planning to vacation around mudslides or calving icebergs, in which case you might thank yourself later for a little reading on the front end.  Much of the advice is intuitive.  I especially enjoyed rule number one, under “How to Survive Nuclear Fallout:” “Put distance between yourself and the blast site.”  In fact, “be somewhere else” is cracker-jack advice for mishaps and catastrophes alike.  If the people shown in Wilderness Medicine had followed it, for instance, the book wouldn’t be as thick as it is.

    Lynda also offers us William Powers’s Twelve By Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream (GF 78 P68), the author’s memoir of self-realization through rustic simplicity.  What do you know, but all the fulfillment he was looking for was right beside him all the time.  If that nugget keeps you from moving to a shack with no utilities, fine.

    Lynda recalls learning about edible wild plants while at camp, so she was attracted at once to our Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants (QK 98.5 A1 A53).  I checked the title page for a subtitle like “a handbook for optimists;” nope.  The text is conversational, and was obviously written by someone who’s found and eaten these plants himself.  My problem with this is that I can’t imagine eating any of them in amounts that would even qualify them as a side dish.  Yet consider: “When Pere Marquette and his band journeyed from Green Bay, Wisconsin, to near our present Chicago…it may have been these wild leeks that were his main food.”  The wild leek in question is also known as the wild onion.  It grows in our area; you may have some in your back yard.  Its bulb would fit easily in a slingshot.  You may be sure that a doughty group trekking overland and depending on them for their “main food” had a problem on their hands.  Be somewhere else.

    Idyll:  That’s our maintenance building, in embryo, and we’re looking due north over what is now Parking Lot 6.  (See the attachment).  The stern geometries that now dominate the background of the area in the photo were, at the time, little more than agenda items at the monthly hospital administrators’ meeting.

    The Personal Column: Win a date with a strenuous outdoorsperson!  For your convenience, I narrowed the field to two historically renowned outdoor types.  Bring your own Ouija board.

    ·         Theodore Roosevelt.  Win: Used to swim buck nekkid in the Potomac.  Lose: Used to swim buck nekkid in the Potomac.

    ·         Henry VIII.  Win: Before the violent mood swings that troubled his later years he was celebrated for his athleticism and his general good humor.  Lose: He was clobbered so hard during a tournament that he was unconscious for a couple of hours.  Even the most sympathetic observers agreed that he was never quite the same after he woke up.

    Until next month, please have the foresight to be somewhere else should the situation call for it.

    Energetically,

    Rich

     
  • admin 12:29 pm on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jac’s first Pride Parade! 

    More than 700,000 people from all over the world celebrated 40 years of Pride in Houston, and San Jacinto College was a part of the occasion on June 23 in Downtown Houston. This was the College’s first time to participate in the Pride parade. Check out the photos of the Oz-themed San Jacinto College float!

     
    • BK Silva 6:44 pm on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      CONGRATULATIONS, SAN JAC PRIDE PARTICIPANTS!

  • admin 12:17 pm on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    SQL Saturday 

    More than 300 visitors attended SQL Saturday on June 23 at the South Campus. This event was held for IT professionals specializing in data technologies to network and gain knowledge -skills very much aligned with supporting systems in data management, analytics and data security. It was hosted by the Continuing and Professional Development division.

     
  • admin 8:33 am on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    June in the library: The Correct Thing! 

    Submitted by Richard McKay ~ 

    People have been telling off slobs for ages, but they had to wait until the 1500s for the first book to help them do it, Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier (BJ 1604 C37).  A library of any pretentions at all can be counted on to have at least one of Courtier’s descendants on its shelves; let’s try our luck.  South campus librarians Larry Gainor and Lynda de los Santos combed our groaning shelves for books that tell nice people like us how to be even nicer.

     As Larry opens his book bag I notice Meghan Doherty’s How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide (BJ 1843 D6).  Dick walks the perplexed millennial through a variety of situations that could easily turn into trouble.  I opened straight to “In the Bathroom,” and good for me, too.  Spoiler alert: Guys are supposed to lift the seat, and I know that her advice about washing my hands before leaving will stand me in good stead someday.  Ms. Doherty covers a broad range of chancy social interactions, including how to make friends at school, how to be a good roommate, how to…  Oh brother.  I think I’m going to be a dick and skip straight to Larry’s next selection.

     Popular: A Memoir: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (BF 575 S39 W34) is the record of teenager Maya Van Wagenen’s valiant experiment in personal growth: For an entire school year, she would follow precisely the beauty/health/popularity advice of a 1951 self-help manual for girls.  Ms. Van Wagenen’s writing is simple and forthright.  She has a good ear for dialog, a gently self-deprecating sense of humor, and a circus vet’s dose of nerve.  I’m not ruining the story for you by blurting out that she finally wins acceptance from the Cool Kids.  Her etiquette mojo seems to have worked for her, but then she was probably a good kid to begin with.

    Larry also found this fascinating study, Bowing to Necessities: A History of Manners in America, 1620-1860 (BJ 1853 H46).  Not to imply that the country’s manners went to blazes in 1861, but judging from a quick flip through the book, they were probably a dicey affair before then, too.  If, as we read in chapter 3, manners maketh man, they may just as easily unmaketh him, and in a rigidly vertical social hierarchy, falling from grace for an error of deportment must have been a constant worry in some quarters.  The scholarly text shouldn’t scare a reasonably literate reader with a taste for period folderol.  No pix, darn it; a few halftones of guys in tricorner hats deferring politely to each other would have livened things a bit.

    Anyway, my problemo with etiquette books is that the people in the direst need of them are probably unconscious of this, and so I think are unlikely to ever see them.  Also, wouldn’t people terminally flummoxed by what might be expected of them in an unusual social occasion be best served by sending their regrets?

    Let’s try to have fun with this.  Here to help is P.J. O’Rourke, who offers Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People (PN 6231 E8 O76), another of Lynda’s selections.  Having already read this far down the page, you may be tired of hearing our betters tell us how to behave ourselves, and so is Mr. O’Rourke, who offers not one bit of actionable advice.  Here he is, on thank-you notes: “If you are in any condition to write a thank-you note the next day, it wasn’t a real party.”  He adds inspirational quotes at the head of each chapter.  For the chapter titled “Going Out,” we have a quote from the movie The Wild One: “We don’t go anywhere.  Going somewhere is for squares.”  Full marks to Mr. O’Rourke for citing “square” in its correct derogatory sense.  Had Ms. Doherty used it instead of “dick” I might have read past the restroom advisories.

    For those of us who prefer their advice to be career-focused, Lynda gives us Lynn Peril’s (what a great name) Swimming in the Steno Pool: A Retro Guide to Making It in the Office (HD 8039 S58 P47).  Ms. Peril is short on grooming advice for the cubicle farm, but she’s got a lot to say about the demeaning nature of the work and social position assigned to the almost exclusively female office staff at any time you’d care to pick in the last century, including right now.

    The maxim “give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man” is grounded in religious instruction, but might apply to etiquette as well.  Lynda’s next choice is the helpful kiddie book Monster Knows Table Manners (BJ 2041 M5525 [Juvenile Collection]), differing from each of our other selections in that it may be the most likely of the bunch to be used by someone at once needing its advice and also standing to profit from it, although he or she is certainly not likely to be reading and understanding it without adult help.  Its twenty pages are heavy cardboard stock, and covered with the sort of bullet-proof glossy plastic film that argues for its use during a small child’s snack time.

    I don’t suppose Lynda had to look hard to find the 1984 edition of the classic Emily Post’s Etiquette: A Guide to Modern Manners (BJ 1853 P6), which you might keep within lunging distance of your bedside should you ever find yourself out of Ambien.  Approached in the right frame of mind it can be amusing, instructive, soporific… Your pick.  You should have no problem finding an older copy in good condition in a used book store.  No review of any edition of Etiquette can be complete without respectful acknowledgment of Dorothy Parker’s 1927 New Yorker review “Mrs. Post Enlarges on Etiquette,” right here for your cold-blooded amusement, because I know you like that sort of thing.

    The Department of Antiquities:  The attached picture, taken facing due east at the corner of parking lot 6, dates to the early ‘80s.  The wealth of attractive greenery that now adorns the campus hides the stark geometry of even our smaller buildings; that’s the gym, to the left.  I’ve said this before about the library, and I’ll say it about the gym, that it would not be out of place in the Valley of the Kings.  Cover the facade with incised hieroglyphics and our students wouldn’t even have to leave campus to be exposed to exotic art and architecture.

    Until next month, mind your p’s and q’s, and don’t be a square.

    Kindest summer regards,

    Rich

     
  • admin 8:03 am on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Join in the City of Houston LGBT Pride Parade 

    The College will be participating the City of Houston LGBT Pride Parade on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Downtown Houston. It is an evening (lighted) parade and in town starting at 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

    We are looking for walkers that would want to participate and join in the parade fun.

    If you are interested in participating:

    1. You must get approval from your supervisor to participate if you are non-exempt and must be able to flex time the week prior to the event or your department must ok/cover any overtime earned
    2. All participants must be 18 years or older (family and friends are allowed to join if they meet this requirement)
    3. You must provide your own transportation to/from the parade meeting and unloading zones
    4. You must be able to walk the full parade route ( Begins at Smith and Lamar, continues down Smith St. to Walker where it will make a right turn, continues down Walker until Milam)  (at slow pace)
      1. There will be LIMITED opportunities for participants to dress in costume with the theme and ride on the float.

    More details regarding meet up times, attire, etc will be provided to participants after they are registered.

    For any additional questions or to sign-up please email me by Friday, June 8, 2018.

    Thank you,

    Hollie Fulsom
    San Jacinto College | Event Planner
    4624 Fairmont Pkwy, Ste. 210 | Pasadena, TX  77504
    Direct: 281.998.6315| Fax: 281.998.6185   | Cell: 346.302.0007
    http://www.SanJac.edu | http://www.facebook.com/sanjacintocollege | @SanJacCollege

     

     
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