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  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:54 pm on November 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Veterans Day Celebrated Across Campuses 

    San Jacinto College held its annual Veterans Day ceremonies at each of its campuses on Monday, Nov. 11. Students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members attended the events to honor and thank the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.

    This year, each campus veteran center was presented with a plaque from Kelly Frels, son of World War I veteran Leon Frels, featuring a battlefield poem he wrote while serving with the U.S. Army’s 90th Division, 360th Infantry American Exploration Platoon. Frels, who attended the Maritime Campus ceremony, told attendees that his father kept detailed diaries during his time in the Army during WWI and had actually written an entry on Nov. 11, 1918, while in France that simply stated, “Hostilities have ceased.”

    Originally known as Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918, is the day that major conflicts of WWI were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. In 1954, at the request of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day to honor all U.S. military veterans.

    In addition to the plaque presentations, two veteran students from each campus were also presented with scholarships by the San Jacinto College Foundation. The 2019 veteran student scholarship recipients are: Central Campus: Certificate and plaque: Ray Martinez, U.S. Navy, and Brook Nwanna, U.S. Army; North Campus: Cristal Salvador, U.S. Army, and Luis Enriquez, U.S. Navy; South Campus: Yazbel Vazquez, U.S. Army, and Danny Strzyzewski, U.S. Army; and Maritime Campus: Charles Lanham, U.S. Army, and Kevin Stephens, U.S. Navy.

    To see the full photo album visit http://www.flickr.com/sanjacintocollege.


  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:12 pm on November 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Reminder of November and December Payroll Date Change 

    In October 2018, as part of the College’s update to all Policies and Procedures, a change was made to Procedure III.3001.C.a, Payroll. The change had an effective date of January 1, 2019, and provided that all full-time exempt employees and part-time faculty who are paid by the course will be paid on the last banking day of each month. The prior practice of paying on the last working day of the month was rooted in the practice of handing out physical checks, which is no longer needed due to today’s electronic environment.

    This change was communicated to the College last year. An excerpt from the procedure states:

    Full-time exempt employees are compensated monthly and the paycheck reflects payment for the entire month, from the first day through the last day of the month. Part-time faculty who are paid by the course are also paid monthly based on courses taught in the parts of term that fall within the month’s pay period. Effective January 1, 2019, full-time exempt employees and part-time faculty paid by the course will be paid monthly on the last banking day of each month.

    The first impacts of this procedure change will occur in November and December. For November 2019, the pay date will be on Friday, November 29. For December 2019, the pay date will be on Tuesday, December 31. This change allows the College to adhere to normally scheduled pay dates and allows for employees to receive their pay and administer personal budgets in an orderly manner.

    Those employees who have not elected direct deposit are encouraged to do so. Otherwise, physical checks will be available for pick-up when the College opens after the holiday.

    If you have questions about your specific situation, contact payroll@sjcd.edu.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:09 pm on November 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Sgt. Eric Reyes on the recent passing of his father, Joe Reyes.

    Joe Robert Reyes was born on March 11, 1949 in San Antonio, Texas; he passed away on October 21, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Reyes; daughter, Jessica Reyes; sons, Joe Richard Reyes, Eric Robert Reyes, Yvon Janas Reyes; brothers, Dewey Shuffield, Mark Shuffield; sister, Melody Burke; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Joe Reyes; mother, Beatrice Traviesos; sisters, Cindy Hall and Stella Reyes. He will be deeply missed by those who loved and knew him.

    Eric is a Sergeant in the San Jacinto College Police Department.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:07 pm on November 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Crime Prevention Survey 

    On behalf of San Jacinto College Police Department: a Crime Prevention Survey Request to better serve our college community.

    In October 2019, Sergeant Scott Klamert attended a Basic Crime Prevention Certification Seminar in Louisville, Kentucky. Sgt. Klamert became knowledgeable in the history and prevention of crime and is a certified Crime Prevention Practitioner.

    Sgt. Klamert believes spreading awareness throughout San Jacinto College may improve our facilities from risk. The San Jacinto Police Department encourages participation in completing a security survey; in fact, hindering crime is successful with collaboration and cooperation from the public. To emphasize the importance of partaking in the security survey Sgt. Klamert quotes: “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.”; therefore, an on-sight evaluation of weaknesses of protective measures can assist in a low-risk campus atmosphere where community members can feel invulnerable to injustice.

    Educating oneself of the 4D’s of crime prevention; for instance, is to “Deny, Detect, Delay and Deter” provides a chance to examine physical, environmental, procedural and electronic fundamental security components for one’s well-being.

    To schedule a crime prevention survey, send an email to CrimePrevention@sjcd.edu.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 9:27 am on November 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Dr. Alexander Okwonna! 

    Dr. Alexander Okwonna, dean of health and natural science at the South Campus was elected to served as the director of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce for a three-year term.

    “Dr. Okwonna’s commitment to community growth and business development is an attribute for which he is well known,”said Carol Artz-Bucek, president/CEO of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. “We are honored that he has agreed to serve with us in our efforts to make the Pearland area a better place to live, work, and play.”

    Congratulations, Dr. Okwonna!

  • Melissa.Trevizo 9:18 am on November 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Honoraria Award Program at San Jacinto College 

    The purpose of an honoraria award is to recognize and encourage San Jacinto College full-time faculty, staff, and administrators for a specific body of work and the creation of scholarly and/or original work, either as a team or an individual. The work should promote the values of San Jacinto College both within the College and the outside community.

    If you are interested in applying for honoraria, the application documents, guidelines, and procedures are attached. The honoraria remuneration levels are: Gold Level ($750), Silver Level ($500), and Bronze Level ($250). The basis for awarding honorarium has remained the same and is determined by the number of achievement categories each candidate meets with the submission.

    This year’s Honoraria Review Committee members are listed in the Honoraria Guidelines document. If you have questions regarding the application or honoraria procedures, please contact any committee member.

    Applications for honoraria at San Jacinto College are due Monday, Dec. 2 and must be emailed to honoraria@sjcd.edu. All regular, full-time employees are eligible for honoraria.

    Honoraria Application 

    Honoraria Guidelines

    Honoraria Procedures

  • Melissa.Trevizo 9:55 am on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Call for Proposals 

    The 2020 San Jacinto College: First Generation Success Conference committee seeks proposals that effectively advance the understanding of holistic success and improved outcomes specific to first-generation college students across all institutional types.

    Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Conference’s learning outcomes.

    Proposals are due by Friday, Nov. 15. You can submit your proposal here.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 9:44 am on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    District Halloween Cupcake Winners 

    The very first District Halloween Cupcake Contest was a success. A special shout-out to the first place winner, Cynthia Navarro from Aerospace Education & Workforce Development- Congratulations!

    Second and third places went to Teri Zamora, Vice Chancellor-Fiscal Affairs and Megan Carpenter, marketing and PR.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 9:40 am on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Anita Dewease on the recent passing of her father-in-law, Jerrold Dewease.

    Jerrold Goffron Dewease, age 80, of Houston Texas, passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Born on Dec. 23, 1938, Jerrold was the first-born son to Elmer and Vera Dewease in Noxapater, Mississippi.

    Jerrold graduated valedictorian from Christian Brothers College in Memphis, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. He began his career at Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, and was then promoted to superintendent of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Alabama. A brilliant nuclear engineer, Jerrold moved his family to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to manage all 3 nuclear power plants for the Tennessee Valley Authority. In the early 1980s Jerrold transferred to Houston to oversee the construction of the South Texas Project Nuclear Plant for Houston Lighting and Power. He ended his outstanding career at Entergy in Jackson, Mississippi, as the vice president of the nuclear division. Jerrold and his wife Jessie moved back to the Clear Lake area to retire close to their children and grandchildren.

    Above all, Jerrold will be remembered as a kind, giving gentleman who truly loved the Lord and his family, always putting family before self. A faithful believer and the family spiritual leader, Jerrold always gave a heartwarming speech and prayer at every family gathering. Jerrold boldly shared his faith, love and gratitude for the Lord with his words, his character and his walk with Jesus Christ. He gave back to his church and community serving as a long-time member of First Baptist Church Pasadena and Rotary of Space Center.

    Jerrold is preceded in death by his loving parents. He leaves behind the love of his life, wife of 61 years, Jessie Mae; sister, Etora Dewease; and brother, Steve Dewease. He is also survived by his children, Jerry Dewease and wife Anita, Jeff Dewease and wife Cindy, Jason Dewease, and Jessica Tuttoilmondo, husband Mark. He was Pawpaw to grandchildren Andrew, Matthew, Brandon, Makayla, Sterling and Mark Jr.

    Jerrold will be laid to rest in Louisville, Mississippi at Liberty Baptist Church where he attended church as a child, came to accept the Lord as his Savior and was baptized. There will be no local service. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Jerrold Dewease’s name to the American Cancer Society.

    Anita is the Comptroller for the college.

  • Melissa.Trevizo 3:03 pm on October 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Dr. Christopher Wild! 

    Dr. Christopher Wild, South Campus department chair of physical sciences, received the American Chemical Society Greater Houston Section 2019 Two-Year College Teaching Award.

    Wild accepted the award during the organization’s annual awards dinner Oct. 19. He is the fifth San Jacinto College chemistry teacher to have won the award in the past 10 years.

    • Rhonda Tompkins 3:32 pm on October 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations, Chris!

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