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  • melissa.trevizo 12:49 pm on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jac softball’s Coach Saenz notches 600th career win 

    San Jacinto College Softball Head Coach Kelly Saenz notched her 600th career win on home field Feb. 19 in an 8-7 nail-biter against Temple College.

    Kelsey Walters before the second game against Temple College Feb. 19.

    After the first game ended 10-1 against Temple, the second game saw Temple rally in the final frame with a tying run at third base and go-ahead run at first, but freshman pitcher Victoria Lindsey fielded the ball hit back to her to seal Saenz’s 600th victory.

    Saenz has recorded many achievements for the San Jac softball program, including its first berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament in 2008. Since then, the softball squad has advanced three more times to nationals (2014, 2016, and 2017).

    With 17 of her 18 years of collegiate coaching at San Jac, the head coach is honored to celebrate her 600th win here.

    “Six hundred doesn’t come along for a whole lot of coaches,” she said, “so I’m thankful that I was able to get it here at San Jac, and I hope there’s many more.”

    A former shortstop, Saenz hails from Manitoba, where she helped her team to two of three consecutive Canadian championships and later made the Manitoba Softball and Softball Canada Halls of Fame. In 2004, after one year of coaching at Frank Phillips College, Saenz took over the San Jac team as head coach.

    “Coach Saenz stands out for her dedication to the game of softball, the San Jac program, and her players,” said Dr. Allatia Harris, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, workforce development, community relations, and diversity. “She has built a respectable program that puts the College on the map. We are proud of her 600th win and the many student-athletes she has led to success beyond the field.”

    Assistant Coach Kelsey Walters credits Saenz with seeing her potential as a San Jac player in 2008 and 2009. As a coach, Saenz brings intensity and emotion to the game, giving it her all.

    “I’ve learned so much from her,” Walters said. “It’s not always about softball. There are life lessons to learn within the game. She has shown me how to love a game that knocks you down more often than not and to give the underdog a chance.”

    For the 2020 San Jac softball season schedule, visit

    The team plays all home games at the San Jac Softball Field (Facility S25) at the South Campus, 13735 Beamer Rd., Houston, Texas 77089.


  • melissa.trevizo 12:36 pm on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Recycling Programs at San Jac 

    Ever wonder what actions San Jacinto College takes to address our recycling needs?

    Participating in single stream recycling, the College utilizes blue recycle containers to collect materials throughout the College district. These containers are lined with green bags for easier recognition. Containers for paper, bottles, and cans are available for your use. Please use them for recyclables only. Contents contaminated by non-recyclable material negatively impact our efforts. You will notice in the upcoming weeks than new containers are being distributed to common areas. Please utilize them and ensure you do your part to minimize the impact to our environment.

    These recycled materials are gathered by select members of our custodial contractor group, who in turn place them in recycled compactors located at each of the main campus locations. Once these compactors are full, they are collected by our recycling company for processing. We partner with Republic Services recycling aluminum cans, metals, paper, cardboard, glass, and plastic bottles. Doing so reduces the impact on our area landfills and provides a resource for new products that we use every day.

    The College also participates in other avenues of recycling. College shredding drives have a positive impact on our efforts at improving environmental responsibility. We have noticed a decrease in recent years which we attribute to an increased use of electronic records. Other groups aid in our recycle effort as well. The welding departments recycle scrap metals. The College’s inventory and procurement management and technical support groups recycle computer and electrical equipment. Additionally, our auxiliary services group has put un-needed College assets to work again through their auction efforts.

    Students, faculty, staff, and our contracted partners are making a real difference in improving environmental responsibility. San Jacinto College’s focus is not only on the future of our students, but the future of our environment as well.

  • melissa.trevizo 2:20 pm on February 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Yvonne Frear! 

    Yvonne Frear, behavioral and social sciences chair at the Central Campus, was honored as an outstanding Texas Southern University (TSU), College of Liberal Arts & Behavioral Sciences (COLABS) Advisory Board member.

    Dr. Frear received the award at the TSU COLABS annual scholarship dinner for student fundraising.

    Congratulations, Dr. Frear!



  • melissa.trevizo 2:07 pm on February 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Ann Pearson, on the passing of her mother, Jeanne M. Lutz.

    Jeanne M. Lutz died peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, February 20, 2020 in Houston, Texas, at the age of 96.

    Jeanne was born on November 3, 1923, in Fullerton, Nebraska, to John and Julia Kennedy. After high school graduation, she moved to Clinton, Iowa, where she met the love of her life, Charles Lutz. Married on February 16, 1943, in Bakersfield, California, Jeanne and Charlie raised six children moving from California to Iowa to Ohio and finally to Houston, Texas, as Charlie was an early NASA pioneer.

    Jeanne is preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Charles, five brothers, and two sisters. She is survived by one sister, four daughters, two sons, 16 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.

    Ann Pearson is the QEP Director and Catalog Editor for the College.

  • melissa.trevizo 10:33 am on February 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College Chancellor honored with prestigious Quasar Award 

    The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) honored San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer with the prestigious Quasar Award for Economic Development Excellence Friday night during an awards dinner at South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center.

    Hellyer says…

    “As San Jacinto College heads into the next decade, we will continue to provide students and the community with evolving, innovative, and necessary programs and services that meet the region’s needs.”
    The Quasar Award is presented annually to an outstanding elected official or business leader who has demonstrated a strong, continual effort to support the business foundations of the greater Bay Area Houston communities.

    “While the Quasar plaque has my name on it, this is really for the San Jacinto College community,” said Hellyer. “The work at San Jacinto College is accomplished by an amazing team of employees. The success of San Jacinto College is due to a strong and visionary Board of Trustees who establish the strategic goals for the College and are focused on the success of our students.”

    Hellyer was named the fifth chancellor of San Jacinto College in May 2009. Throughout the last decade she has worked with the Board of Trustees and College employees to create transformational change at the College, resulting in a more than 106 percent increase in the number of certificates and degrees awarded, a nearly 20 percent increase in enrollment, and a national top 10 community college recognition from the Aspen Institute.

    As part of that change, San Jacinto College has enhanced the student experience and improved educational accessibility. When the new Generation Park Campus opens this fall – the fifth campus for the College – it will complete the construction of 16 new facilities over the last decade. Additional facilities have also been renovated during that time, all to meet the needs of today’s students. Among those buildings are the Maritime Technology and Training Center, which opened in March 2016; the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology, which opened in September 2019; the EDGE Center at the Houston Spaceport, which opened in January 2020; and the new Generation Park Campus, which will open fall 2020.

    “Dr. Hellyer is a shining example of excellence that the Quasar Award exemplifies,” said Bob Mitchell, BAHEP president, during his remarks at the award dinner. “She has taken San Jacinto College into the 21st century with the addition of programs that are essential to building and maintaining the skilled workforce that is fundamental to the economic well being of the region.”

    To read more, visit

    • Julie 10:47 am on February 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply


  • melissa.trevizo 10:27 am on February 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank you, San Jac! 

    A big thank you to everyone who participated in College Community Day.

    We appreciated everyone’s engaged participation, productive discussions to help us better serve our students, and ability to try something new this year.

    Thanks, San Jac!

    • Tammy Miller 10:49 am on February 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      We had a truly amazing break-out session. Wonderful discussions about critical issues (and with a great facilitator Professor Liberty!)

    • Becky Martinez Holden 11:32 am on February 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It is amazing to be in a room with so many employees with different work experiences within the college. Thisi was a chance to get our voices heard as we might relate encounters with students who are struggling and perhaps make a change for the better district wide. Many Thanks to our facilitator, Diana Houston and the scribe, Chris Mendoza, who didn’t have to read my suggestions from my terrible handwriting. ☺

    • Connie Duren 10:19 am on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Christina Crawford did an excellent job facilitating our discussions. It was good to hear input from all employees.

  • melissa.trevizo 10:19 am on February 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Michael King. Michael was born on November 20, 1956; he passed away on February 2, 2020, at the age of 63.

    He is preceded in death by his father, William Richard King Sr. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Deloris King; his loving wife of 46 years, Karen King; sons, Michael King Jr. and wife, Kimberly, Jason King, Kurt King, Timothy King and wife, Leah; brothers, Rick and Lynn King; sisters, Donna Meller and Brenda King; grandchildren, Blake, Kaleb, Joseph, Tyler, Mikinly, Kylee and Kylan; and a host of other family and dear friends.

    Mike was a wonderful husband, father, father-in law, grandfather and son that loved his mother more than any son ever could. He was a wonderful provider for his family and retired after many years of service at B F Goodrich, Ethyl and Lubrizol. Mike left behind many great co-workers and dear friends. He loved bowling, softball, baseball and cheering on his hometown favorites, the ASTROS and TEXANS. Mike wanted to continue traveling the world and he did. He went to work a year later at San Jacinto College (in 2017), he finally found what he absolutely LOVED – being an instructor to young students who wanted to learn what he had always done. He leaves behind many students that he so loved. Mike always had e-mails from his students stating that he was the best instructor that they had ever had.

    He leaves behind a wonderful legacy. Everyone that knew him liked or fell in love with him. To many he was a best friend, a great listener, a shoulder to cry on, a 2nd father to many, the best mentor one could for. He took in 10 exchange students from different parts of the world and Mike became a father figure to them. He loved going to Mbor Africa for missionary work; where he served several times. He was a man of honor to all that knew him. He was ready to give the shirt off of his back; NEVER hesitating to give to those in need. Mike will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.


    Michael was a full-time Process Technology instructor at Central campus; he had been with the College since January 2018.

  • andrea.vasquez 9:08 am on February 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: valentine's day   

    San Jac Sweethearts 

    In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we asked our San Jac Sweethearts, couples who have been married for a while or who are both employed at the College, for their tips for long-term relationship success. Click here or on the video below to see what they said!

    San Jac Sweethearts

    Happy Valentine’s Day! We asked our San Jac Sweethearts, couples who have been married for a while or who are both employed at the College, for their tips for long-term relationship success. Watch the video below to see what they said! 💕💘💝 #sanjac #sanjaccollege #sjcspring20 #valentinesday #highered #txcollege #htx

    Posted by San Jacinto College on Friday, February 14, 2020

  • melissa.trevizo 9:53 am on January 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    ISO: San Jacinto College Sweethearts 

    The San Jacinto College Marketing Department is looking for married San Jac faculty, staff, or administrators celebrating 30 or more years of marriage.

    Please submit your name, San Jacinto College title, a photo of the happy couple, and your top tip for relationship success.

    Submit all entries to Jahmal Clemons, digital marketing manager at

  • melissa.trevizo 9:28 am on January 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    A Message Regarding the New Coronavirus 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally including the United States.

    At present, there are no cases at San Jacinto College, but we want to update the community on this emerging global health concern.

    There is much more to learn about how the 2019-nCoV virus spreads, severity of associated illness, and other features of the virus. Investigations are ongoing. While the CDC considers this is a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time.

    There are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Guard against all communicable diseases with the following:

    • frequent handwashing;
    • covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue; and
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

    These precautions will help reduce your risk of many respiratory infections, including influenza, which is widespread across the nation.

    Seasonal influenza activity in the United States and in Texas continues to be an ongoing concern. The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. Flu shots are available through primary care physicians and local pharmacies.

    If you have a fever, with or without respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), you are advised to stay home. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease is advised to remain out of class, away from work, and avoid others for the duration of the illness and for 24 hours after symptoms abate.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to or


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