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  • Amanda.Fenwick 4:31 pm on July 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    July Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights 

    At the July 9, 2018, Board of Trustees meeting, the Board recognized the following students and employees. Congratulations!

  • Amanda.Fenwick 3:34 pm on July 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Condolences to Popular Embroidery Owner Victor Villarreal 

    Popular Embroidery owner Victor Villareal’s wife, Amy, passed away last week. We send our condolences to Victor and his family. Popular Embroidery is one of the College’s vendors for promotional items. Amy Villarreal was the Popular Embroidery representative for the South Campus.


    Services for Amy Villarreal will be held as follows:

    Wed. July 11, 2018

    Viewing:  11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Rosary: 7 p.m.

    Del Angel Funeral Home

    901 Main St.

    Pasadena, Tx 77506


    Thurs. July 12, 2018

    Service: 10 a.m.

    Del Angel Funeral Home

    Procession following to GrandView Cemetery on Spencer Hwy.


    In  keeping with Amy’s strong desire to give to her community and family, her husband Victor Villarreal, is asking that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to a memorial fund. Proceeds from this fund will be donated by Victor to the Lupus Foundation and to their granddaughter’s MS fund. A link to the Go Fund Me page can be found online at: https://www.gofundme.com/amy-villarreal-memorial

  • Amanda.Fenwick 8:50 am on June 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    The 2018 Hurricane Season is Here 

    June 1 marked the official start of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season and early predictions call for another active year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Prediction Center released its seasonal outlook which indicates that 10 to 16 tropical storms could potentially develop in the Atlantic basin this year. Of these storms, five to nine could become hurricanes, and one to four could strengthen into major hurricanes with winds over 111 mph.


    If that forecast holds, it would make for a near-normal or above-normal season. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. Regardless of the forecast, it only takes one storm to make it a bad year.

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  • Amanda.Fenwick 1:30 pm on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Now is a great time to check your information in SOS 

    The official start of the 2018 hurricane season is Friday, June 1. However, as you are aware, the first sub-tropical storm of the season, Alberto, formed last week with minimal impact to the Gulf Coast. The National Weather Service Houston / Galveston has issued its 2018 Hurricane Guide, which is a great resource to have on hand.

    Now is also a good time to log in to SOS and sign up or review your contact information for SJC AlertMe. This system will automatically send an email to your San Jacinto College email in the event of a College emergency such as severe weather. You must opt-in via SOS to receive voice and text messages. You will automatically receive an email to your San Jacinto College email account.

    You are encouraged to prepare yourself and your family now for the upcoming hurricane season. In addition to the hurricane guide referenced above, the National Hurricane Center website offers preparation tips and additional information.


  • Amanda.Fenwick 3:19 pm on April 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    April Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights 

    At the April Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of the women’s basketball team and the the financial aid department. The women’s basketball team advanced to its second-consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament, had the most wins in a single season in school history, had four student-athletes earn post-season honors, Head Coach Kayla Weaver was named the District L coach of the year, and the team received the NJCAA Alberta Lee Cox Sportsmanship Award.

    San Jacinto College women's basketball team


    In addition, the Board of Trustees recognized the financial aid team for earning the Monument Award. The team was presented with the challenge of helping to reduce the cohort default rate, which is used by the US Department of Education to measure the effectiveness of managing the federal student loan program. The San Jacinto College financial aid employees led to a decrease in the student loan cohort default rate from 17.3% to 9.1% (almost half!) by providing direct and personal communication to students when they leave the College; through extra loan advising in addition to the federally required counseling; and financial literacy presentations in classrooms and financial literacy workshops each semester.


    Congratulations to both the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team and the financial aid team on your well deserved recognitions!

  • Amanda.Fenwick 6:11 pm on March 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank you for your work with Mind Trekkers/Adventures in STEM 2018 

    From Dr. Allatia Harris, Vice Chancellor, Strategic Initiatives


    Dear San Jac Family,

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank the many members of the San Jac family who made Adventures in STEM/Mind Trekkers 2018 such a success. We received so many compliments from our schools, with most saying this was the best Mind Trekkers yet. They thanked us for being “kid friendly,” keeping the kids safe, providing so many activities. I stopped in a Deer Park CVS on the way home and saw one of the 6th graders from the day. (He was still wearing his school shirt.) I asked if he had fun, and his mom proceeded to tell me how much fun he had, which experiments he liked best and that he could explain the science behind it. This year, our industry partners not only supported the event financially but also with volunteers who spent time with students during the event. (More …)

  • Amanda.Fenwick 4:32 pm on March 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Baseball Military Appreciation Game 

    Join the baseball team in recognizing and supporting our nation’s military. The team will host Coastal Bend College on March 20 at 6 p.m.



  • Amanda.Fenwick 10:27 am on March 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    March Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights 

    At the March 5, 2018, Board of Trustees meeting, the Board recognized and celebrated this year’s Honoraria recipients. The 2017-2018 recipients are as follows:


    • Timothy Banks, Program Director, Culinary Arts, North Campus. Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon on South Campus featured Food as edible art which is the substance of creative arts with food science.
    • Ina Richarte, Senior Administrative Assistant, Director of Campus Services. Created the Campus Services Part Time Adjunct Onboarding Process to help streamline the hiring process.


    • Brian Piana, Professor, Art & Design, South Campus. Blocks Exhibition at The Wright Gallery at Texas A&M University, College Station. 
    • Susan Eason, Professor, Accounting, South Campus. Research Findings were presented as a Best Practice teaching methodology at six venues.  Five through San Jacinto College as well as at the National Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference in Savannah, Georgia.
    • Carla Garrett, Professor, College Preparatory, North Campus. Published Journal for Liberal Arts and Sciences that examined the increase in use of web-based resources within traditional classrooms.
    • Barbara Schumacher, Professor, Biology, Central Campus. Created a Lab Manual that will be available as a PDF File on Blackboard for all BIOL 1109 Lab Sections at Central Campus to help reduce the cost to students and to help personalize the documents for San Jacinto College use.
    • Patricia Steinke, Professor, Biology, Central Campus. Created a Lab Manual that will be available as a PDF File on Blackboard for all BIOL 1108 Lab Sections at Central Campus to help reduce the cost to students and to help personalize the documents for San Jacinto College use. 
    • John Thornburg, Professor, English, Central Campus. Published the Article “The Tropes of Beowulf as Revealed by Aristotle’s Theory of Metaphor, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Deep Case Roles.”


    • Jamie Williams, Professor, Dance, South Campus. Developed the Artists for Hope charity event. The event hosted master classes and concerts that helped raise funds for local charities.

    Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

    • Becky Martinez 10:44 am on March 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful that so many diverse events were highlighted and rewarded! Congratulations to all the honorees!

  • Amanda.Fenwick 2:06 pm on February 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Pasadena Chamber of Commerce selects San Jacinto College as 2018 Business of the Year 

    The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce has selected San Jacinto College as its 2018 Business of the Year. The College was honored at the annual State of the City luncheon on Feb. 15, 2018.

    “I am honored to accept the recognition as the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year on behalf of San Jacinto College, our Board of Trustees, our employees and our students,” said Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “San Jacinto College has been a part of this community for more than 50 years, and student success has always been the focus of what we do every day. Whatever goals our students have, we have the support to help them along their path so that they can earn their certificate or associate degree. I want to thank the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and its Board of Directors for recognizing San Jacinto College as its business of the year.”

    More than 700 business and community leaders attended the Chamber’s annual State of the City luncheon, where the College was recognized for its support of and commitment to the City of Pasadena. Last year’s Business of the Year recipient, Mariselle Quijano, McDonald’s franchise owner, presented Dr. Hellyer and San Jacinto College Board of Trustees members with the award. In addition, U.S. Congressman Brian Babin, the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, and the City of Pasadena presented the College with proclamations and recognitions for the honor.


  • Amanda.Fenwick 5:00 pm on February 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    February Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights 

    At the February 5 meeting of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees, the Board recognized the following individuals:


    CenterPoint Energy Award

    Facilities services received an award through CLEAResult Centerpoint and their SCORE program. This program is designed to encourage public entities in implementing energy efficient devices, which results in incentives and rebates. San Jacinto College was recognized as a “Top Performer” by the SCORE Energy Efficiency program for saving the most energy per students enrolled and received an incentive check for $113,277.

    The 2017-2018 Excellence Award and Minnie Piper Recipients.

    The 2017-2018 Excellence Award and Minnie Piper Recipients. Carla Garrett, Debbie Simpson-SMith, Casey Prince, Loli Priddy, Kate Carter, Hollie Fulsom and Kevin Morris.

    Tom Arrington - 2018 NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee

    Tom Arrington – 2018 NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee

    • Becky Martinez 3:34 pm on February 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! These are excellent reasons to be recognized by the Board! Congratulations to all of recipients of such high honors. You represent SJC so well.

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