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  • 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
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    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

  • Jeannie Peng-Armao 5:05 pm on July 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Shanna! 

    Shanna Dement, compensation, benefits, and HRIS director with human resources, recently earned her master’s degree in human resource management with a organizational leadership specialization from National University. Dement already holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a human resource management concentration from Colorado Technical University.

    Her colleagues in the human resources department held a festive reception for Dement in celebration

    her most recent accomplishment.

    Way to go Shanna!

  • Jeannie Peng-Armao 11:15 am on July 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathy to Karl Silva and family on the recent passing of her father in-law, Mateo Silva. He passed away on July 12, see funeral arrangements listed below.

    Santana Funeral Home 401 Ssgt. Macario Garcia Drive Houston, TX  77011 phone: 713/921-3000
    Viewing will be held:
    Today, July 15, until 9pm

    Family Mass @ 10am, Saturday, July 16, at Immaculate Heart of Mary (7539 Avenue K, Houston TX 77012)

    Karla is an Accounts Receivable Assistant at the District Business office.

  • Jeannie Peng-Armao 5:15 pm on June 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, aSPIRE Office! 

    George González, Patti Walling and Linda Perez from the San Jacinto College aSPIRE office

    Congratulations to the aSPIRE Office for their achievements and recognitions by professional associations.

    George Gonzalez, director of the aSPIRE Office,  will serve as president-elect of the Gulf Coast Association of Institutional Research (GCAIR) for 2011-2012. Gonzalez will assume the role of  GCAIR president for the following 2012-2013 year.
    Patti A. Walling
    , aSPIRE office manager, will serve as the second vice-president of Texas Educational Support Staff Association (TESA) for 2011-2012. In her new role, Walling will be in charge of membership. Her recent appointment follows years of service with the association; she has held such titles as assistant editor of “TESA Connection” magazine and secretary/treasurer.
    Earlier in the year, Linda Perez, information management liaison business analyst with the aSPIRE Office, was elected treasurer of  Texas Association of Institutional Research (TAIR) for 2011-2013. Her responsibilities include serving as ex-officio member of the program committee for the 2012 and 2013 conferences.  Previous TAIR positions Perez has held include newsletter editor and member of the nominating committee.

  • Jeannie Peng-Armao 11:21 am on June 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety 

    Summer is here and so is the Texas Heat. If you are going to be outside this summer, it is important to know how to keep safe and avoid heat related injury and illnesses. Below is a guide to get you prepared for the Extreme Heat provided by the CDC. For more tips or questions, please contact the Safety Office. (More …)

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  • Jeannie Peng-Armao 1:48 pm on May 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Nurse’s Day 2011 

    The San Jacinto College health science division recently held a reception in celebration of Nurse’s Day 2011. Faculty, staff and students turned out to enjoy cake and photo slides of the department throughout the years. Those in attendance included April Cleveland, Maria Miranda, Priya Koshy, Mary Hamblin, Edward Nichols, Diane DeYoung, Veronica Jammer, Susanne Tolley, Van Wigginton, Kevin McKisson, Alex Sanchez, Edna Robinson, B. Rodriguez, Karen Malloy, Mary Gillispie, and Yolanda Mendoza.

    National Nurses Day, also known as National RN Recognition Day, is always celebrated on May 6 and opens National Nurses Week.  National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birth date of Florence Nightingale.

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