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  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 4:32 pm on March 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Condolences: Bruce Greek 

    Our deepest sympathy to Sherron Lux and family on the recent passing of her father- in-law, Bruce Greek.  He passed away Monday, March 5, 2012.  Visitation will be today, Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 6-8 pm.  The funeral service will be on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2 p.m. Forest Park Westheimer.

    Sherron is a librarian, instructor and tutor here on North Campus.

    Forest Park Westheimer
    12800 Westheimer
    Houston TX 77077

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 4:29 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Condolences: Barbara Jane Brehmer 

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 3:21 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome, Colby Russell! 

    The Purchasing Department would like to congratulate Randi Faust and her husband Jared upon the birth of their new bundle of joy, Colby Russell.

    The family was blessed with Colby’s arrival on Feb. 24 at 10 p.m.. He weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. and measured 18 inches long.

    While they adjust to a schedule which includes much less sleep, Randi states they are, “enjoying being parents to a perfect little boy!”

    We wish Randi and her family all the best!

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 3:16 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Remember to Save The Date for the 50th Anniversary Picnic! 

    San Jacinto College employees and their immediate family members are invited to the 50th anniversary picnic on Saturday, April 14, at the Central Campus.
    The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a presentation of the Annual Service Awards. Food and refreshments will also be provided, as well as games and entertainment for all ages.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 9:39 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Visitation and funeral service for Clifford Wayne Slovacek 

    Clifford Wayne Slovacek, 89, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, veteran, and friend to many, went to be with his Lord and joined his beloved wife of 59 years, Marja Faye, on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Wayne was born on October 28, 1922 in Ponca City, Oklahoma, to Jennie and Joseph Slovacek.

    Wayne served his country with pride in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942 until his discharge in 1946 with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma.

    During Wayne’s tenure of 44 years with Union Equity Cooperative Exchange, he oversaw the purchase of 63 acres fronting the Houston Ship Channel and construction of the grain elevator.

    Wayne was fondly known as “Mr. Deer Park” for his outstanding leadership in organizations, including the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce, Deer Park Masonic Lodge, and the Deer Park Rotary Club, where he was a charter member and Paul Harris Fellow. He served on the Board of Trustees for San Jacinto College for 39 years, retiring as Trustee Emeritus.

    Wayne faithfully served the Lord as an Elder at Pasadena First Christian Church and later as a Deacon at Deer Park First Baptist Church.

    Many honors have been awarded to Wayne for service to his community: Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Wayne Slovacek Humanitarian Award named in his honor, and Outstanding Christian Layman of the Year. He also received the Key to the City of Deer Park. While Wayne valued the recognition he received from his community, his true calling was in serving the Lord and his family. He was a man who knew the meaning of commitment, integrity, loyalty, and honor. He devoted his life to loving others. We will miss this sweet, kind and dear man. Preceding Wayne in death was daughter Diana Slovacek and sisters Virgina Brane and Jolene Woodard, and brother Carrol Slovacek. He is survived by his sister Villa Marie Walthall, son Joe Slovacek and wife Pam, and grandchildren Marlee Calvert and husband Jess, Samuel Slovacek and wife Natalie, Madison Slovacek, Lindsay McKay and husband Chris, and Tyler Bowman and wife Becca. Wayne also had four great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Caroline Calvert, Michael Slovacek, and Avery Bowman. The family would also like to mention his dear and unwavering friends Norma Moses, and Frank Semmelman.

    The family will receive friends for visitation on Tuesday, March 6th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Deer Park First Baptist Church, 438 E. 8th St., Deer Park, Texas. Graveside service with military honors will take place on Wednesday, March 7th, at 10:00 a.m., Grand View Memorial Park, Pasadena, Texas. A celebration of life will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m. at Deer Park First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Deer Park First Baptist Church or a charity of choice .

    “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21)

    • Samantha 10:29 am on March 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Very sorry for your loss, Wayne was one of the nicest men I was lucky enough to have known. He served our community well and was always pleasant. Deer Park lost an icon. Rest in peace Wayne.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 5:33 pm on March 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Wayne Slovacek Scholarship Fund 

    Dear San Jacinto College Community and Friends:

    On March 3, 2012, one of our dearly beloved San Jacinto College family members passed away.

    A truly outstanding individual, Wayne Slovacek  was a pillar of our community. He served his country as a U.S. Marine and he served his community just as seriously.  “First in and last out,” was a tenet followed by Wayne.  He was involved in life to the fullest.  For his countless community efforts, he was fondly known as “Mr. Deer Park.” He served his church community as an Elder and Deacon.  He served present and future generations with his San Jacinto College leadership, having served on the Board of Trustees for the past thirty-nine years with perfect attendance.

    To honor Wayne and Marja Slovacek, the San Jacinto College Community would like to endow a scholarship fund in the amount of $50,000 to mark our 50th anniversary.  This Promise  for Their Future endowed scholarship will be awarded to first year students for two years in the areas of Arts and Sciences.

    If you would like to make a contribution in honor of Wayne and Marja Slovacek, please send your gift to:  The San Jacinto College Foundation, 4624 Fairmont Parkway, Suite 212, Pasadena, TX  77504.

    An acknowledgement of your gift will be sent to the family.


    Brenda Hellyer

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 10:59 am on February 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s our day! College Community Day 2012 

    San Jacinto College held its annual College Community Day on Feb. 23. Faculty and staff began their morning congregating at the Pasadena Convention Center for presentations from the Institutional Research Office, aSPIRE, on retention and persistence and the data teams from each campus. Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer talked about the external awareness/perception survey and the internal Organizational Wellness Instrument (OWI) survey. (More …)

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 5:14 pm on February 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Brittany scores a 100 on her San Jac 80s pop quiz! 

    Congratulations to Brittany Waters in payroll for scoring a 100 on her San Jacinto College 1980s history quiz! Waters received a SJC tumbler for answering all of the answers correctly. Look for two more San Jacinto College 50th anniversary quizzes to come your way – via email-  on San Jac in the 1990s and 2000s!

    90s Contest Open 3/1/2012 – 3/31/2012
    Winner selected on or before 4/15/2012
    2000s Contest Open 5/1/2012 – 5/31/2012
    Winner selected on or before 6/5/2012

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 12:11 pm on February 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Toastmasters Club meeting Feb. 16 

    Toastmasters Club meeting – Public Speaking and More

    Do you want to improve your communications skills and gain more confidence speaking to groups?  Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people become more confident speakers and leaders.

    The San Jacinto College Toastmasters Club is seeking people to join and bring the group size to over 20. The group meets weekly on Thursdays in the late afternoon for about 60 to 90 minutes.  There is no instructor. Instead, these interactive meetings have participants deliver impromptu discussions on assigned topics in relation to timekeeping, grammar, and parliamentary procedure.

    Toastmasters will help student, faculty, and staff members prepare for job interviews and become leaders in the business world.  The organization will also assist ESL students and provide faculty members with ideas on how to make classes more exciting and dynamic.

    Date:     Thursday, Feb. 16
    Time:     4 p.m. To 5 p.m.
    Place:    Building C1 in Room C1.109

    For additional information, contact Craig Zimmerman, dean of corporate training with Continuing and Professional Development, at 281.478.3684.

  • Jeannie.Peng-Armao 3:20 pm on February 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College honors legendary men’s basketball coach 

    Legendary San Jacinto College (SJC) men’s basketball coach, Scott Gernander, was honored during the Feb. 1 game against Tyler Junior College at the Central Campus.

    A reception was held prior to the game, where friends, family, and former colleagues stopped by to visit with Gernander and take a look at various awards and photos throughout the coach’s 31 years at SJC.

    Gernander built the men’s basketball program to be a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) powerhouse, with an overall record of 640-158. As head coach, he led his squads to 14 conference titles, eight NJCAA national tournament appearances, and two national runner-up finishes (1997, 2003). He also served 24 years as the San Jacinto College Central Campus athletic director.

    Pictured from left: Dr. H. Neil Matkin, San Jacinto College (SJC) Central Campus president; Sharon Nelson, SJC Central Campus athletic director and volleyball head coach; Scott Gernander, veteran SJC men’s basketball head coach; Scott Robert Gernander, Gernander’s son and SJC men’s basketball assistant coach; Jacob Wonders, SJC men’s basketball head coach; and Dr. Brenda Hellyer, SJC Chancellor.

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