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  • wpadmin 2:32 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Now available on the San Jac website 

    Dear San Jac Faculty and Staff,

    New state and federal laws were passed that require institutions to make certain information available beginning this Fall to students and the general public regarding the course syllabus, faculty credentials, textbooks and costs, the institutional budget, and available Work Study positions. A Task Force was assembled to design the compliance plan for San Jacinto College. The plan is as follows: (More …)

  • linda.harrison 1:14 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Available September 1st! The Discount Purchase Program 

    During Annual Enrollment we visited each campus bringing important benefits information that would be coming for this next year.  One of the new features is a Discount Purchase Program.

    Starting September 1, you and your family can shop using a new online Discount Purchase Program, operated by Beneplace. The program offers discounts
    on products and services such as gym memberships, jewelry, furniture, computers, automobiles, travel, electronics, banking, cell phones, weight management
    programs, and more. There is no enrollment or membership fee for the program. The purchase program will be available through http://www.discountprogramers.com <http://www.discountprogramers.com&gt;

    The program allows you to shop online and purchase certain products or services at discounted prices through the Beneplace website. The discounts are available to all State of Texas and higher education active full-time and part-time employees, retirees, and their families. Please note some discounts will only be available to active employees (e.g. Verizon).

    Visit the Discount Purchase Program website, click on any of the offers, and follow the instructions in the “How to Participate” section of the page. Most discounts are only available online; however, you can get some discounts in person.  For example, Toyota has program information posted online, but to complete the transaction you must go in person to a participating dealership. For example, Sears has program information posted online, but the transaction can only be completed in person or over the phone. The discount amount varies by offer. Each offer will list the discount and instructions for receiving it.

    New vendors are approved quarterly by ERS; however, once approved, vendor’s discounts are subject to change.  New offers approved by ERS will be added periodically.  At this time, there is an offer from Carperks and Toyota. Both work with select dealers. Some of the vendors who offer discounts require a discount code. The discount code is usually a number listed in the “How to Participate” section of the page. All offers may have different instructions and discount codes. Carefully review the “How to Participate” section on the page.

    Beneplace is a private company located in Austin that provides access to employee purchase programs. You may contact Beneplace customer service representatives at (800) 683-2886, Monday – Friday, 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. CT.

    Q.  I don’t have internet access is there something Beneplace can mail to me?

    A.   No, but you can visit the site and download a list of available offers.

    You will need to work directly with the merchant to resolve any problems with your orders. ERS does not endorse or sponsor any service or service provider. Beneplace can assist with general information about the offer and any escalated customer service inquires.

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

    Thank you,

    Darla Lackey
    Benefits Coordinator
    Phone 281-998-6358
    Fax  281-998-6165

  • linda.harrison 1:12 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    John Thomas (JT) Lyday 

    Our deepest sympathy to Jo Lyday in the recent passing of her husband of
    60 years, John Thomas (JT) Lyday on Friday, August 27.  Jo retired after
    teaching English for 21years on both Central and South campuses.  She
    also served as the director of the South Campus Writer’s Center.  A
    memorial service for JT Lyday will be held at Palmer Memorial Episcopal
    Church, 6221 Main Street, Houston, TX, 77030, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday,
    18 September 2010.

    A reception will follow the service.  Anyone who wishes to honor him
    should volunteer to read to children; tutor those in need of help; coach
    a children’s football team; participate in improving local schools; or
    donate to athletic programs at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
    Educating youth was his passion.  He wasn’t fond of flowers.

  • linda.harrison 1:11 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Christell Kyle 

    It is with great sadness to announce the recent death of Angela Rhodes and Gloria Wynn’s mother, Christell Kyle.  She passed away on Friday morning, August 20, 2010 due to heart complications.

    Wake will be held on Wednesday August 18th  evening from 7:00-9:00
    Celebration of Life Services will be held on Thursday morning at 11:00 at: Pleasantville United Methodist Church
    1403, Demaree Lane
    Houston, Texas 77029

    Angela is an administrative Assistant/Office Manager in the Call Center, and Gloria is an Administrative Assistant in CE at the North campus.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:19 pm on August 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Big losers, or small winners? 

    From left, Ashley Bounds, Randi Faust, and Ann Kokx-Templet were winners (and losers) in the weight-loss contest.

    You will be seeing considerably less of some District Office employees, thanks to a weight-loss contest that featured prizes for the biggest losers (or smallest winners).

    During the summer, 17 District employees signed up for the Smallest Winner Challenge. “You’ve heard of the Biggest Loser Challenge, I thought why not start our own Smallest Winner Challenge,” commented Derrick McClendon, a contract administrator in the Purchasing Office, “With some help from two other co-workers (Terrie Beasley and Denise Segelquist), we put the word out here at the District Office. We figured you don’t have to be on the show to lose weight and start your own transformation.” (More …)

    • Debbie Westmoreland 10:08 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      GREAT JOB ladies!!!! Keep up the good work…you all look wonderful!

    • Kristen Redding 2:33 pm on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing Results!!! I am so proud of all of you in your Wellness efforts. I know the real prize here is how you feel. You all look amazing and your an inspiration to those around you. I look forward to seeing who the next winners are!

  • wpadmin 1:00 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Loyalty pays off through OfficeMax 

    Representatives with OfficeMax recently stopped by the San Jacinto College (SJC) administration office to present a $12,366.32 rebate check. The rebate was awarded to the College for being a loyal customer of the office supply company.

    Pictured from left: Scott Key, district sales manager with OfficeMax; Chrissy Young, SJC purchasing administrative assistant; Michael Lucas, Purchasing Solutions Alliance representative; Shari Woodward, account manager with OfficeMax; Terrie Beasley, SJC buyer; Ann Kokx-Templet, SJC director of purchasing; Roger Dempsey, Purchasing Solutions Alliance representative; Bill Dickerson, SJC director of accounting and financial services

  • wpadmin 5:01 pm on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    SJC establishes a local chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges 

    San Jacinto College (SJC) has established a local chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) to offer support and maximize the potential of women working in higher education.

    Dr. Sarah Janes, vice president of Continuing and Professional Development Operations, will serve as president of the SJC chapter; Dr. Toni Pendergrass, vice president of instruction at SJC South, will serve as president-elect; Dr. Catherine O’Brien, dean of teaching and learning, will serve as secretary; and Niki Whiteside, vice president for educational technology, will serve as treasurer. South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy serves as president-elect of the national AAWCC.

    “This is a very valuable organization for women,” said Janes. “Members will learn about professional development, particularly to women working in higher education. Our primary goal will include activities for women that benefit the internal or external SJC community. However, anyone can join.”

    Membership is open to all faculty, staff, students and administrators. Annual dues, from date of membership establishment, will be based on an individual’s income level. Janes said the chapter will announce the first meeting in the near future, which will cover finalizing the chapter charter and defining major functions and focus.

    “I am looking forward to working with the chapter members to support educational and leadership initiatives that strengthen the college and the community,” said Pendergrass.

    The American Association for Women in Community Colleges is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

  • amanda.fenwick 4:36 pm on August 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Here's the scoop !!! 

    Charlotte Jackson & Sean Perrodin shown at the ice cream social.

    To energize employees as they start the upcoming Fall semester, the North campus recently hosted an ice cream social, featuring hand-scooped vanilla ice cream, fresh cookies, and a variety of syrups and sprinkly goodies for adding a little pizzazz.

    A steady stream of administrators, faculty and staff members cruised through the Chablis in the student center to enjoy the treats and spend a little time mixing and socializing.

    The ice cream social was coordinated by Charlotte Jackson, North campus events coordinator.

    Sweet !!!

  • wpadmin 1:57 pm on August 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Farewell SJC retirees 

    San Jacinto College South recently held a Silver and Gold Reception in honor of those who are retiring after years with the College. Retirees honored at the reception included:

    Marsha Hattan, 18 years with SJC South children's center

    Amado Olivares, 27 years with SJC South

    Joyce Prewitt, 20 years with SJC South

  • wpadmin 12:04 pm on August 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome back San Jac! 

    A Welcome Back Social was recently held at San Jacinto College Central to ring in the new academic year.

    Faculty, staff and administrators, including Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Dr. Neil Matkin and Dr. Allatia Harris, were in attendance and enjoyed dancing to live entertainment from Beatle’s cover band, Abbey Rode, and Eagle’s cover band, Already Gone.

    Children enjoyed the moonwalk, face painting, balloon artist, ice cream, popcorn, and hot dogs.

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