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  • Amanda.Fenwick 3:29 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    2015 Year in Review 

    The year 2015 was truly amazing at San Jacinto College. Some key highlights included a record number of graduates, completion of construction on the new Maritime Training Center, and approval of a $425 million bond measure to fund new facilities and renovations.

    Congratulations to all of the students, faculty, and staff for your many achievements and accomplishments.

     

     

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 10:54 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Instructor coordinates gingerbread house village project 

    Students were graded for the gingerbread houses they built.

    Students were graded for the gingerbread houses they built.

    Building gingerbread houses, a popular holiday activity, became a means for San Jacinto College pastry arts students to improve culinary skills in a recent class project.

    “During this time of year, pastry chefs all over town create gingerbread houses and villages,” commented San Jacinto College pastry chef instructor Andrea Huerta, who conceived the concept, and coordinated the gingerbread house village class project. “Gingerbread house displays are commonly found in country clubs and hotels and it’s always the pastry chef that creates them. Putting together an entire village is quite an undertaking, and I wanted my students to build a village as a way of getting hands-on work experience.”

    The pastry arts students created their individual houses, which collectively were grouped as a village, entirely from scratch. “They were not permitted to use store-bought kits because kits are more expensive than making everything from scratch,” said Huerta. “That’s what would be expected in the industry, as restaurants are always watching their bottom line.”

    Each student was individually responsible for the entire house-making process, which included making the dough, portioning, rolling, baking, creating a design template, assembly and decoration. The class as a whole collaborated to create the village, which was on public display for a week.

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 1:39 pm on October 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s a boy! 

    Congratulations to Myrna Valdez, College Preparatory instructor at the North Campus, on the birth of her son.

    Isaias Fernando Valdez made his grand arrival on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 8:05 a.m.

    Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz.
    Length: 19.5 in.

    Proud parents are Felix and Myrna Valdez.

     

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  • Amanda.Fenwick 4:39 pm on September 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    ITS to host Quick Help Sessions 

    San Jacinto College employees:

    ITS will host Quick Help Sessions on all three campuses.

    Purpose of the Q&A sessions
    The purpose of the ITS Quick Help sessions is to assist faculty and staff with general IT-related questions they may have. IT Staff will be available to answer questions such as:
    ·        How to enter a service ticket?
    ·        How to obtain media training?
    ·        How to set up Office 365 email on a personal mobile device?
    ·        How to access your San Jac computer remotely?
    ·        How to access and use Tech Support Online?

    Who will be hosting them
    These sessions will be hosted by ITS.

    Who to contact for more info.
    ITS.CustomerCare@sjcd.edu

    ITS

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 4:32 pm on September 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Surplus items available through online auction system 

    San Jacinto College employees:

    Effective this fiscal year, 2016, San Jacinto College will begin using an online auction system managed by Lone Star Auctioneers to dispose of its surplus non-computer property.  Previously, the College used a site auction service to dispose of surplus which limited buyer accessibility as well as profits.  This process has been abandoned in an attempt to gain greater revenue for the College by reaching a larger audience of potential buyers through an online system.

    At this time, the auction will continue utilizing the same disposal process.  Once an item is cleared for auction, it will be stored at our central location, currently in the old natatorium on Central Campus.  After items are placed in our central location for storage, the College staff will have one last opportunity to repurpose these assets.  Auxiliary Services will provide periodic notices that lists the items available via the P: drive.   Auxiliary Services will place these surplus items up for auction after a period of time.  By using this new system, the college hopes to increase revenues generated from its surplus sales.

    Auxiliary Services, specifically, Richard Serna, will be responsible for the online auction process.  He can be emailed at DL- Surplus Property and the three scheduled auctions are listed below. He can also be reached by phone at (281) 922-3465. Since this is specialized equipment, the items were not placed on the P: drive to be repurposed. Please make sure to take a look at our first auction, which goes live tomorrow at http://www.lonestaronline.com/listings/categories/index.cfm?category=1403184924.
    Auction

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 2:16 pm on August 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Partners in education 

    MargaretKidd

    Margaret Kidd, who teaches International Business and Logistics classes at San Jacinto College, recently attended a conference in Florida sponsored by the TAACCCT LINCS Grant Consortium. TAACCCT stands for Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training. LINCS stands for Leveraging Integrating Networking Coordinating. The U.S. Department of Labor grant provides funds to expand IBUS training. Shown at the conference (from left) are Houston Area Urban League Director Eric Goodie, Margaret Kidd, Leslie Backus (National Principle TAACCCT LINCS Grant Investigator, Broward College), and Justin Robinson III, President and CEO of the HAUL. The National Urban League is now an official partner of the TAACCCT LINCS grant and will provide assistance with participant recruiting and career services. In addition to teaching IBUS classes, Ms. Kidd also serves as the TAACCCT LINCS grant project director for San Jacinto College.

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 11:01 am on August 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Photography Challenge: Back to School 

    Back-to-school photo sample.

    Back-to-school photo sample.

    The San Jacinto College Employee Photography Club is kicking off the year with a photography challenge: Back to School.  Take a photo of a back-to-school scene. The photo should be representative of school in some manner.  Your back-to-school scene may be a person, or a group, or even just school-related items.  It doesn’t have to be at San Jac although we love our SJC pics!  For an additional challenge, use the depth of field in your photo to focus on one area while gently blurring elements in front of and/or behind the focal point.

    To participate, simply bring your photo on a USB drive with you to the first photography club meeting on September 18 @ 11:30am in the Central Campus ILC, room 110.  You may also contact Chris Duke (chris.duke@sjcd.edu) to request access to the club website and upload your photo to the club site or share it via Flickr.

    The San Jacinto College Employee Photography club works to create a collaborative learning community of photographers among college employees and their families. All San Jac employees, retirees, spouses, and dependents are invited to participate in Club meetings and activities.  Individual club employee members are responsible, in collaboration with their leader, for maintaining their personal work schedules in relation to club activities and any wellness release time. Minor dependents must be accompanied by the college employee at all club activities.

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 9:58 am on July 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Employee photography club to meet Friday, July 17 

    The San Jacinto College Employee Photography Club will meet on Friday, July 17 from 12:30-2:00pm at Central Campus in the ILC – Room 110.  Bring your lunch!  The club is open to all current college employees, retirees, and employee’s spouses and children (minors must be accompanied by their guardian at all times) with an interest in photography.  Photographers at all levels of experience and proficiency – novice to professional – are welcome.  The photography club meeting is eligible for wellness time as part of the BalanceU program.

    Couple of possible topics for discussion….
    “What makes a good photograph?”
    Organizing for this next year… What type of events/activities?  Anyone interested in coordinating certain types of events, e.g. “Education Coordinator” or “Outings Coordinator” or “Monthly Challenge Coordinator” or “Exposition Coordinator?”

    If you have questions about the Employee Photography Club, contact a club facilitator:
    Chris Duke (chris.duke@sjcd.edu, 281-998-6128) or
    David LeMaster (david.lemaster@sjcd.edu, ext 1561)
    Rob Vanya (rob.vanya@sjcd.edu, ext 2616)

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 10:55 am on June 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Dr. Hattaway selected to author prestigious ‘Cross Papers’ 

    Dr. Karen Hattaway, right, is shown with Dr. Laurel Williamson, deputy chancellor and president of San Jacinto College, who describes Hattaway as a faculty leader who takes on difficult challenges.

    Dr. Karen Hattaway, right, is shown with Dr. Laurel Williamson, deputy chancellor and president of San Jacinto College, who describes Hattaway as a faculty leader who takes on difficult challenges.

    North Campus English professor Dr. Karen Hattaway was recently selected by the League for Innovation in the Community College to author the prestigious “Cross Papers #18,” a scholarly, in-depth monograph that will help to shape teaching strategies in many of the nation’s community colleges.

    The format for the Cross Papers was established by K. Patricia Cross, a retired educator and scholar of educational research who wrote the first seven issues. Since the release of the inaugural issue in 1997, the Cross Papers have been designed to provide faculty with a body of useful, proven, practical strategies they can use in their classrooms to help improve their own teaching and their students’ learning.

    Dr. Hattaway’s personal teaching philosophy centers on creating a better future. “I am a teacher because teaching creates a healthy future by encouraging students to build skills for work, learning, and thinking that will shape tomorrow,” she said. “Teaching is the only profession where what is created never goes out of style or wears out. Education is forever.”

    Read all about it —

    http://www.sanjac.edu/node/2719446

     

     
  • Amanda.Fenwick 3:56 pm on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Photography Club meets June 19 

    The San Jacinto College employee photography club will meet on Friday, June 19 from 12:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Campus, in Room 110 of the ILC building.

    The employee photography club is open to all SJC employees, retirees, and spouses and children of employees (minors must be accompanied by adult guardians).

    Any who are interested in photography are welcome to attend — beginner, intermediate, advanced, any level.

    Photography club meetings are eligible for Wellness time as part of the SJC Balance U program.

     
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