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  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 1:42 pm on October 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Rosie, on the new baby! 

    This is Rosie Robinson’s baby, Sophia.  She was born weighing 10 pounds and 21 inches long. Congratulations, Rosie and family!

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 2:27 pm on October 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Hats off to bosses! 

    The Association of Education Office Personnel (AEOP) at San Jacinto College recently held a luncheon in honor of Bosses’ Day. Dr. Neil Matkin served as keynote speaker, and Dr. Brenda Jones received Boss of the Year for 2011. SJC student Jennifer Dowling was named this year’s AEOP community service recipient.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 4:41 pm on October 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: NISOD nominations   

    NISOD Excellence Award – Call for Nominations 

    Please take the time to nominate a deserving faculty, staff and/or administrator at the college.

    It is that time of year when a call for nominations for the NISOD Excellence Award is being sent out to the San Jacinto College community.  Two individuals will be selected from each campus and the district office.  You may nominate more than one person or self-nominate.  These individuals will be honored at the NISOD Conference, May, 2012 in Austin. (More …)

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 3:50 pm on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Employee Benefits on Facebook & Twitter! 

    San Jacinto College – Employee Benefits is now on Facebook & Twitter! We will use Facebook & Twitter to keep you informed of important benefit updates and upcoming events throughout the year! Stop by our Facebook page “San Jacinto College – Employee Benefits” and “LIKE” us or “FOLLOW” us @SanJacBenefits on Twitter and the first 15 employees on each social media will receive a goodie bag from the Benefits office!

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SJCEmployeeBenefits

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/SanJacBenefits

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 12:03 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations to Betty Woodfill for TADE appointment! 

    Congratulations to Betty Woodfill, San Jacinto College preparatory professor, for her recent appointment as the 2011-2012 Texas Association for Developmental Education (TADE) membership chair.

    Woodfill’s duties will include keeping the TADE executive committee and the association’s newsletter editor informed of changes in membership, issue membership cards, recruit new members, serve as liaison with up to four at-large representatives during annual membership drives, and prepare an annual report on changes in membership for the year at the annual conference. Her term of office is for two years; she will be installed at the annual conference in Austin this semester.

    “Since I attribute many of my successes at SJC to best practices and new research in developmental education obtained from attending and participating in state and national conferences, I am passionate about sharing with other Texas educators the multiplied benefits and rewards of being a TADE member,” said Woodfill.

    A native of Nacogdoches, Woodfill is currently in her fifth year as a professor at SJC having served as a language skills full-time adjunct for 14 years. While at San Jacinto College, she has co-authored the popular “Developmental Educators’ Handbook,” a vast online encyclopedia of resources useful for developmental reading and writing educators, as well as implemented the SJC  STAR Award program.  As a result of this program, college prep students now have an added incentive to be recognized for achievement.  She is also a member of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE).

    “TADE is the largest state chapter for developmental education in the United States,” said Dr. Rebecca Goosen, associate vice chancellor of college preparatory. “They have the potential to reach a large population of students that could benefit from assistance in the learning process. Betty has been dedicated to that cause for many years and would contribute to the growth of TADE through serving as the Membership Chair.”

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 8:06 am on October 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Come out to support Dig Pink volleyball this Saturday 

    The sixth-ranked San Jacinto College (SJC) volleyball team will host its Dig Pink matches on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Central Campus Anders Gymnasium.

    The schedule includes SJC vs. Coastal Bend at 1 p.m., Coastal Bend vs. Hill College at 3 p.m., and SJC vs. Hill College at 5 p.m. This is San Jacinto College’s fourth year to participate in the Dig Pink initiative. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in which Dig Pink is held each year by middle school, high school, and collegiate teams across the nation to increase awareness and raise donations to support research to find a cure.

    Donations for this year’s SJC Dig Pink event can be made online at http://www.side-out.org/application/ous/fundraising_page/2786, as well as at the door and during the matches. A silent auction will be held for a Texans football autographed by Head Coach Gary Kubiak. The first 40 people to attend this event will receive a free Dig Pink T-shirt. The Central Campus’ First Year Experience organization will also join in to coordinate festive activities for the event. The San Jacinto College volleyball team and coaches will wear pink in support of the cause, and spectators are encouraged to wear pink as well. 

    A moment of silence will be held prior to the start in honor of survivors and those who are battling the disease, as well as those who have lost their fight with breast cancer.

    “This event is an avenue to show support for breast cancer survivors and to promote continued research and development of a cure,” said Sharon Nelson, SJC volleyball head coach and Central Campus athletic director. “Using the large crowd of this year’s tri-match event with SJC, Coastal Bend, and Hill College, we hope to reach out to more people to increase awareness through this year’s Dig Pink Foundation Event.”

    About the Side-Out Foundation

    The Side-Out Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches and to have them work toward the common goal of making a significant and identifiable difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families. The organization’s goal is to advance clinical trials, increase compassionate support services and educate communities. Side-Out supports teams nationwide in their volleyball tournaments, clinics and other fundraising efforts. The foundation offers practical support for fundraising in addition to educational material for participants in order to help them become effective advocates for breast cancer. It contributes the funds to organizations that serve breast cancer patients, whether it be in the form of research, medical services or compassionate support.

    The term side-out refers to a situation in volleyball when one team wins a point while its opponent is serving, thereby regaining serve or control of play. It is hoped that Side-Out will do the same for breast cancer patients, providing them with the support, education and best available treatments to regain control of their lives.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 3:45 pm on September 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: pasadena rodeo, san jac night   

    San Jac Night at the Pasadena Rodeo draws crowd 

    Students, faculty and staff were invited to the Pasadena Rodeo this week to enjoy San Jac Night. In attendance were SJC Board of Trustees chair Marie Flickinger and members Brad Hance, John Moon Jr., and Larry Wilson, SJC Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Central Campus President Dr. Neil Matkin, South Campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy, and North Campus President Dr. Allatia Harris.  Scholarships were also awarded to SJC students Kyle Laque, Tierney Leopard. Korie Mire, and future student, Caise Roese.

    The SJC South Campus choir performed the national anthem under the direction of Cynthia Stevens, visual and performing arts department chair.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 9:30 am on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Farewell Dr. Steven Horton 

    Dr. Steven F. Horton, dean of industrial and applied technology, retired this Fall after 38 years of service to the College. Over the decades, Dr. Horton has been instrumental in the growth of the technical education programs at the Central campus, playing a key role in the development of the campus’ newest addition, the transportation center. A reception was recently held in his honor. He will be missed.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 1:27 pm on August 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Cycling Club presents Dr. Hellyer with new SJC jersey 

    The SJC Cycling Club recently presented Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer with a new jersey that features the San Jac logo. The Club’s staff, faculty and student members decided to design the shirt to promote the College and increase student pride and camaraderie. Each jersey features a gold collar and sides, blue sleeves with the 50th Anniversary logo, and a white body with San Jacinto College and the SJC logo in black ink.
    Established in 2010, the SJC Cycling Club recruits new members each semester with the overall purpose to promote a healthy lifestyle, a chance for competitive riders to meet, school pride, and safe riding within a large group. The group participates in the build-a-bike charity each year, as well as Space Race and Tour de Cure for diabetes.
    Members do not need a bike to start and will be required to participate in at least two meetings and volunteer for one charity event. For more information, contact Ruben Ramirez at ruben.ramirez@sjcd.edu.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 5:09 pm on July 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  


    Scott Horstman’s daughter, Amanda Horstman, recently passed away this weekend. Below is message from Central campus President Dr. Neil Matkin and information about services.


    It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Scott Horstman’s fourteen year old daughter, Amanda Horstman. Amanda experienced a severe and life threatening asthma attack on July 17 and passed away on July 24.  Scott Horstman is currently the Athletic Director and Department Chair on Central Campus and has served over twenty years as coach and faculty member.  Our deepest sympathies go out to Scott and his family on this difficult and unexpected loss.

    In lieu of usual remembrances, a Memorial Fund has been established in Amanda’s name at Gulf Coast Educators Credit Union.

    Gulf Coast Federal Credit Union

    5953 Fairmont Parkway

    Pasadena, TX  77505


    Visitation will be Wednesday Evening July 27, 2011
    5 – 8 PM at Rosewood Funeral Home 3939 Pasadena Blvd.

    Graveside services will be private.

    A Memorial Service and Celebration of Amanda’s Life will be held on Thursday July 28, 2011
    1:30 PM at South Main Baptist Church, Dr. Ron Lyles will officiate
    5953 Fairmont Parkway Pasadena, TX 77505. (281) 487-9333.

    Words of comfort may be shared with the family at http://www.Rosewood.cc under “current services”.

    Link to website:  http://www.rosewood.cc?id=1231

    A CaringBridge website was set up for Amanda.  Under journal entries you will read where Amanda was able to save the lives of four people.  Her heart is going to save a 20 year old, her liver will save a patient at St. Luke’s, one of her kidneys will save a young child at Texas’ Children’s, and her other kidney will save an adult’s life. What an awesome legacy she is leaving.

    CaringBridge Website for Amanda Horstman:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/teamamanda/mystory



    H. Neil Matkin, Ed.D.
    San Jacinto College District – Central Campus

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