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  • Melissa.Trevizo 4:19 pm on September 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    PACE institutional climate survey 

    Human Resources organizational and talent development is excited to announce the launch of an institutional climate survey coming in October. Introduced in the Chancellor’s email on 9/9, this survey is called PACE (Personal Assessment of the College Environment) and was designed by the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness located at North Carolina State University.

    All San Jacinto College full-time employees are expected to contribute their thoughts and opinions on subjects ranging from student success to institutional effectiveness. The survey will launch on October 15, via an email sent you directly, requiring between 25-30 minutes to complete.

    San Jacinto College takes pride in being a culture of learning and innovation that is continuously seeking ways to improve. PACE has been recognized, by many other institutions of higher education, and we are hoping it will provide us with ideas for effectiveness improvement moving forward. Thank you in advance for your time taking the survey; collectively we are advancing our strategic vision.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 4:14 pm on September 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Become a Brand Ambassador! 

    Employees are a vital link to the San Jacinto College brand. They are influencers and are passionate about the College’s mission and values. Come alongside the marketing department for a closer look at our brand – our core promise – and the role you play.

    Here’s the Program

    The marketing department has created a dynamic and engaging Brand Ambassador Program. Each month you’ll learn hands-on tools of the College brand and how to apply them to your area.

    • San Jacinto College brand:
      All about our brand promise
    • Graphics and visuals:
      Colors, typography, templates, tools and resources
    • Social media:
      Tips and best practices
    • Communications:
      How to create messages that people read
    • Website:
      Be on the ground floor as we recreate the website; hear updates; learn how to optimize your department pages to come up high in search engines, best practices, web content
    • Marketing:
      What marketing can do for you, resources, prices, tips, and how to make the most of having an “in-house marketing agency”.

    Fall 2019 Class Schedule

    This is a three-month program and all three sessions are required to graduate as a Brand Ambassador.

    Classes meet at District from 1 – 4:30 pm.

    • October 10
    • November 13
    • December 10 (includes graduation)

    How to Register

    Cornerstone: MRKT 1006 Brand Ambassador

    NOTE: You only need to register for Session 7725, on Oct. 10, which will sign you up for all three sessions.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:44 pm on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Deborah Anderson on the recent passing of her mother, Winnie Irene (McDowell) Sills. Winnie was born on April 4, 1927; she went to be with her Heavenly Father on August 29, 2019.

    Winnie was preceded in death by her son, Steve Sills. Steve was an HVAC technician at Central Campus.

    Deborah is a Sr. Administrative Assistant for the Automotive Technology program at Central Campus.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:39 pm on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Golf Coast: The Great Putt Down 

    2019 Golf Coast Mini-Golf Tournament
    Thursday, September 26 (All Day)

    Teams of three will compete to reign supreme at
    Golf Coast Mini-Golf.

    Students, faculty, staff, and administrators are all encouraged to represent a class, club, department, or group of friends.
    Claim the prize of Bayou Mini-Golf Champions!

    Register Your Team Today!
    In Person: South Campus Gallery (S15.142) or Online 

    And don’t forget, we are now open on Saturdays from 10am-2pm!

    Gallery hours:
    Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Friday: Closed
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Sunday: Closed

  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:29 pm on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Did you know? National Preparedness Month 


    It is National Preparedness Month and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) reminds residents that natural disasters are unpredictable. People at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful circumstances, having access to personal, financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for starting the process of recovery quickly and efficiently.

    It is important to prepare in advance by gathering and safeguarding critical documents including:

    • Photo IDs
    • Birth certificates
    • Social security cards
    • Insurance policies
    • Medical and immunization records
    • Pet ID tags and shot records

    Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that can be used during a crisis. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place and have small bills on hand because ATM’s and credit cards may not work during a disaster when you need to purchase necessary supplies, fuel or food.

    Additionally, a disaster can disrupt mail service for days or weeks, so if you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits, switch to electronic payments to secure your financial stability and eliminate the risk of stolen checks.

    Having insurance for your home or business property is the best way to ensure you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild or replace whatever is damaged. Review existing policies for the amount and extent of coverage to ensure that you are covered for all possible hazards.

    Homeowners insurance does not typically cover flooding, so you may need to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program. Flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period after the purchase date before coverage takes effect. Get additional information at Floodsmart.gov.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:25 pm on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    State of the College Facebook Live 

    At 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, we will Facebook Live the annual State of the College which is being combined with the Grand Opening of the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology.

    We have a huge announcement that will be made at the event so either tune in live or watch it later on the College Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SanJacintoCollege.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 10:02 am on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Submitting Website Feedback 

    Have you encountered a problem while browsing sanjac.edu? Let us know.

    If you find an error, have a suggestion for improvement, or need something updated, please submit a digital marketing request form detailing the required edits and the specific pages.

    You can find the form at http://www.sanjac.edu/website-feedback or just look for Website Feedback at the bottom of each page.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 9:42 am on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations Phi Beta Lamba National Finalists! 

    Congratulations to the national winners at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference (NLC) in San Antonio.

    Four students attended nationals and two placed in the Top 10 in the country in their event.

    • Chris Abumohor – 1st place – Business Ethics
    • Madeeha Haryani – 7th place – Financial Services

    Chris placed fourth at the state competition, but he was able to advance to nationals because the students who placed first and second were not able to travel to NLC.

    “Chris worked really hard on his speech, meeting with me every week since the spring semester ended until we left for competition to practice and then practicing more at the conference,” said Kristy McAuliffe, Phi Beta Lambda advisor. “I’m so proud of Chris and his achievement.”

    At NLC he advanced from the preliminary round of 30 students to the final round beating 14 other students to win 1st place in the nation!

    Madeeha Haryani obtained an unprecedented achievement at San Jacinto College South Campus.

    She has placed in the Top 10 at nationals three years in a row in three different events.

    Thank you to everyone for your support of PBL throughout the year. They couldn’t have done this without you!

    Kristy McAuliffe

    Professor, Accounting & Business Computer Applications
    Distinguished Faculty Level 3
    Phi Beta Lambda Advisor

  • Melissa.Trevizo 9:34 am on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Neva Howard on the recent passing of her mother, Pauline Harrison.

    Pauline was born on July 14, 1929 in Upshur County to Barnie and Myrtle Caldwell Roberts, both now deceased. She was married for sixty-three years to Charles Elwyn Harrison, who passed away in 2010. Pauline will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She served her Lord, family and friends well. Pauline was a member of several Baptist churches as she and her husband lived in several towns in Texas. She became a member of the Deer Park First Baptist Church in 2013, when she moved to the area to be closer to her daughters.

    Those she left behind to cherish wonderful memories include: her three children, David (& Arlene) Harrison, Donna (& Ken) Hanson, and Neva (& Ernie) Howard; six grandsons; and 15 great grandchildren. Survivors also include brothers and sisters-in-laws, Gerald & Mavinee Roberts, Charles & Bonnie Roberts, Ray & Janie Roberts and Wanda Stracener.
    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice, or to the Texas Baptist Home for Children, 629 Farley St., Waxahachie, TX 75165.

    Neva is a Library Assistant at the Central Campus Library.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Dianne Duron on the passing of her father, Demetrio Z. Torres, Jr.  A longtime resident of Galveston County, Demetrio passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the age of 86.

    After serving in the Air Force for four years, Demetrio married Bertha; they were blessed with eight children, 6 boys and 2 girls.  Spending time with family was very important to him, whether it was watching the Houston Astros win the World Series, the Texans and Cowboys football games, afternoon barbecues and monthly family breakfasts.  Demetrio had a passion for serving God, his Church and those in need.  He earned his fourth degree knighthood and was very proud to wear the uniform while protecting the Church.

    In his efforts to obtain a better life for his family, Demetrio became a certified welder at Del-Mar College in Corpus Christi, and soon after moved his young family north to Galveston, Texas, where he became a welder for Todd Shipyard.  He still knew he wanted to do more for his family, so he left the shipyard and became employed with Amoco, which is now Marathon GBR. He retired after twenty-seven years and earning the title Oil Movements Supervisor.  He later became employed at College of the Mainland as a Testing Coordinator in the Adult Education Department; he proudly worked to help and encourage each student that he encountered and did this for nine years until he “retired” again at the age of 76.

    He is preceded in death by his parents, Demetrio and Susana (Zertuche) Torres; his sisters, Nellie Flores, Carmen Mendez, and Irma Torres; his brothers, Roque and David Torres; and his son, Damian Torres.  He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Bertha (Berlanga) Torres; his sons, Demetrio III, Daniel (Maggie), Michael (Rose), Edward (Ann), Sam (Debby); his daughters, Dianne (Michael) Duron, Doris (Thaddeus) Butler; seventeen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; numerous relatives and many close friends.


    The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors that cared for him in his final days. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Shrine of the True Cross, Capital Campaign or St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o Shrine of the True Cross (400 FM 517-E, Dickinson, TX 77539).

    Dianne is the Director of Budgets for San Jacinto College.

    Our deepest sympathies go to the friends and family of Elizabeth Anne McFarlin Thomas, who passed away at the age of 83 on July 30, 2019.

    Anne obtained her Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and began teaching at San Jacinto College. Students recall her intimidating glare should a comma be misplaced, or subject and verb failed to agree. However, they also said that her classes, though challenging, taught them how to communicate effectively through the written word…with commas properly placed. She advanced to Dean of the English Department, was nominated for the prestigious Piper Award for teaching excellence, and retired after thirty years of service.

    Anne was president, founder, and active supporter of many groups that fostered an appreciation for education, music and history, including Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra, Pasadena Historic Society, San Jacinto Day Foundation, Harris County Historical Commission, and Anderson Historical Society. She also was a Girl Scout Leader, a 4-H group leader, a Rotary Ann, chairman of the Pasadena Strawberry Festival, and an active member of Pasadena First United Methodist Church.

    Always kind and patient, determined yet forgiving, the hallmarks of Anne’s life were her belief in the value of education and the love of family. Her mantra – “You can do anything you set your mind to” was demonstrated in her life’s accomplishments. She will be dearly missed, but she has made the world a better place.

    Anne was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Stanford and Bill McFarlin; and sisters, Mary Elaine Barnet and Jean Austin.  She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Clyde Thomas of Anderson; children, Julie Thomas Horn and husband Geoff of Navasota, Steven Donald Thomas and wife Vicki of Montgomery, TX, Jennifer Thomas of Shiro and Andrew Thomas and wife Shelle of Fruitland, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Woodson of Derby, Kansas along with many other relatives and friends.

    For those that desire, it has been suggested that memorials in Anne’s name be made to Anderson First United Methodist Church, 256 S. Main St., Anderson, TX 77830, or to a favorite charity.

    You are invited to sign the guestbook and leave condolences for the family by clicking here.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Debbie Westmoreland on the recent passing of her sister, Brenda Jo Cotter.  Brenda passed away on July 22, 2019, at the age of 82.

    Brenda was born on January 20, 1937 in Stockdale, TX, to Walter Milam Dowlearn and Lola Merle Mays Dowlearn.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Joe Harold Cotter; brother, Walter Bernard Dowlearn; great-granddaughter, Ashley Brooke Emery; and sister-in-law, Jackie Dowlearn. Brenda is survived by her son, Randy Cotter (Susan); daughter, Su Zanne Kimble (Emmit); grandchildren, Shelby Peterson (Tony), Joe R. Cotter, Josh Cotter (Jenna), Rochelle Lopez (Bobby), Craig Butler (Natalie), Laura Rowoldt (Seth), and Raylene Zeitler (Justin); brother, Robert Dowlearn; sister, Debbie K. Westmoreland (David); 16 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends.

    Debbie is the Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Lt. Sabrina Naulings on the recent passing of her father-in-law, Willie “Grump” Stanciell.

    Sabrina is a lieutenant in the police department.


  • Melissa.Trevizo 2:54 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Mariano “Sonny” Garza, who passed away on July 8, 2019, at the age of 74. Sonny worked in the SJC Police Department from 1990 until he retired in 2010.

    Sonny was born on June 12,1945, in Rosenberg TX. Sgt. Garza proudly served with the Jacinto City Police Department prior to working at San Jacinto College. He was one of the founders of “Los Amigo Trail Riders”. He lived a blessed, fulfilled life. His family wishes to give special thanks to Angelina Gonzalez (sister) Lisa Miranda (sister) Adalberto Peña, Ronald and Laura Ramirez and family, Tony and Anna Lee Garza, all who stayed by his side until the end of his journey.

    He is preceded in death by his father, Marcelino Garza and brother, Johnny. He is survived by his loving family, including his wife of 30 years, Yolanda R. Garza; sons, Terry Garza (Melissa) and David Garza; stepsons, Thomas Ramirez and Ronald Ramirez (Laura); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    • Becky Martinez Holden 12:01 pm on August 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I was consoled that Chief Bruce Caldwell said many nice things about the vocation of police officers and that they are like family. He thanked the Garza family for their support of Sonny in his sacrifice away from his family while he served. I had the honor of chatting with his widow Yolanda and shared my video of the white dove release with her. May he rest in eternal peace. 🙁

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