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  • wpadmin 5:00 pm on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Flu shots are coming to a campus near you! 


    We will be out on campus beginning this week administering seasonal flu vaccinations for all employees and students. Flu vaccinations are free for all full-time and part-time staff and faculty. For students and family members 10 years of age and older, the cost is $20. This year the flu vaccinations will be administered by our very own SJC nursing students. This is a great opportunity for these students and we are pleased to have the help and support of our nursing departments. (More …)

  • wpadmin 5:08 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Employee discount for Disney on Ice Princess Wishes 

    View this flyer for information on employee discounts for Disney on Ice’s Princess Wishes.

  • wpadmin 5:06 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Condolences are extended to Jerry Sue Dyess on the death of her husband of 46 years, Franklin Terry Dyess.  The viewing and funeral will be held at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX 77023.  The viewing is today, Monday, 9/20/10 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.  The funeral and graveside services will be Tuesday, 9/21/10 at 1:30 P.M.

    Jerry has been with San Jacinto college for 37 years and she currently teaches in the Business Administration Department on Central campus.

  • wpadmin 5:05 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    It is with great sadness to announce the recent passing of Monica Vazquez’s niece, Cathy Adriana Hughes. She passed away Friday, September 17, 2010. Services pending.

    Monica is a Administrative Assistant in the Central campus Copy center.

  • wpadmin 4:51 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College SJC in collaboration with the… 

    San Jacinto College (SJC), in collaboration with the Consulate General of Spain in Houston, recently hosted the crowd favorite Solero Flamenco.

    Under the direction of SJC guitar professor Jeremías García and Irma La Paloma, Solero Flamenco’s performance of “Unidos en Compás II” featured “Maestro de Bulerías” Timo Lozano, a native of Galveston who has performed and taught the art of flamenco in more than 15 countries. Guest bailaoras included Solangel “Lali” Calix, Edith Nino, Alexandra Simmons, Almoraima Esparis, and Laura Uribe. Chris Howard performed on percussion.

    South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy opened the show  by introducing Solero Flamenco to an audience that included representatives from the City of Houston and the Consulate General of Spain.

    Solero Flamenco has appeared at numerous festivals and events and have produced two theatrical performances featuring original compositions, “Unidos en Compás” and “Amor Flamenco.” They will make an appearance at the South campus’ first flamenco festival in April; additional information will be announced in the near future.

  • wpadmin 1:28 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Dr. Hellyer and Dr. Murphy! 

    San Jacinto College (SJC) Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer and SJC South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy have been selected to serve this year on commissions with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

    Hellyer will serve on the Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development, and Murphy will serve on the Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

    “The fact that both Dr. Hellyer and Dr. Murphy were accepted speaks very well of the institution,” said Norma Kent, senior vice president for communications with the AACC. “Selection is an honor, because it’s a very competitive process.”

    Headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C., the AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy. The association represents almost 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions, and more than 11 million students.

    Kent said the six AACC commissions allow community college administrators to advise the Board of Directors. The Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development addresses such issues as community college accreditation, dual enrollment, student services and success, and distance learning placement. The Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity addresses civil rights, English as a Second Language (ESL), minority services, students with disabilities, student recruitment, retention, and student support. Commission members are appointed by the AACC chair-elect in May, prior to the start of each new Board and Commission year.

    “I am very honored to serve alongside some of the country’s top administrators on the Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development,” said Hellyer. “I welcome the opportunity to share ideas to learn how others are enhancing the nation’s community colleges and make higher education more accessible to students, resulting in an increase in student success.”

    Murphy is currently the president-elect for the American Association for Women in Community College (AAWCC), an affiliate council of the AACC, and will step into the position as president next year.

    “This is going to be an incredible experience,” said Murphy. “I really welcome this opportunity. We at San Jacinto College have a rich environment with students who reflect our community. I look forward to working with other community colleges and telling our story and our student experience.”

  • wpadmin 1:11 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome SJC honors coordinators! 

    Left to right: Honors Program Dean Scott Furtwengler; Doug Simmons, North campus honors coordinator; Walter Thompson, South campus honors coordinator; and Ben Fraser, Central campus honors coordinator.

    Please welcome San Jacinto College’s newest honors coordinators Doug Simmons from the North campus, Ben Fraser from Central, and Walter Thompson from South. The three coordinators will work alongside Honors Program Dean Scott Furtwengler.

    Simmons, a long-time Texas resident, attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and Sam Houston State in Huntsville. When not reading about American history, or other histories, his interests are more eclectic, encompassing everything from theology and philosophy, to good music and food. He can also be found in the weight room from time to time.

    Fraser attended Sul Ross State University in Alpine where he earned a Master of Arts in Political Science. He attended the University of Houston for his undergraduate work, where he met his wife of seven years. Together, they live in Spring and have one daughter and are expecting another addition to the family very soon.

    Thompson is a professor of physics and astronomy at the South campus. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in physics and astronomy from Johns Hopkins University.  While earning his graduate degree, Thompson performed research on galaxy evolution and the large-scale structure of the universe at the Space Telescope Science Institute (home of the Hubble Space Telescope). He has served as a full-time instructor of physics and astronomy since 2004 at several institutions, including Towson University, Harford Community College, and San Jacinto College, and also teaches at the University of Texas Medical School’s Summer Medical and Dental Educational Program.  Outside of the ropes, Walter loves to cook, ride his bike, and travel the world with his wife of five years, Melissa.

  • wpadmin 12:05 pm on September 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College Night at the Pasadena Rodeo 

    The College has been given an opportunity to have San Jacinto College Night at the Pasadena Rodeo on Wednesday, Oct. 6. This night at the Rodeo will raise funds for scholarships for San Jac students! Tickets are now available for students and employees to purchase at the business offices on each campus, and at the district administration building during the following times:

    North, South, Central campus:

    Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    District Administration Office:

    Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Ticket prices are just $10! $2 from each ticket purchased will be donated directly to the San Jacinto College Foundation in support of student scholarships. You can pay by cash, check, or credit card at any campus or district business office location.

    Stoney LaRue is scheduled to headline the entertainment for the evening (read more at the official website at http://www.stoneylarue.com), and the FFA will have a calf scramble.

    Be sure to get your tickets and come out and enjoy an evening of rodeo, food, fun, and entertainment on October 6th!! We’ll see you there!

  • amanda.fenwick 4:12 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    SJC educators to serve key roles at regional conference 

    Congratulations to the administrators and faculty members who will serve major roles in a three-day conference in Houston that will attract dozens of college educators from several states to explore the importance of the humanities in higher education.

    Twenty-six educators from all three campuses will serve as moderators and presenters for the Community College Humanities Association Southwest Region Conference, which will be held Oct. 28-30 at Hotel ZaZa, located in Houston’s museum district. The conference theme will be “Critical Issues in the Humanities: Past, Present, and Future.” (More …)

  • wpadmin 4:29 pm on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    It is with great sadness to announce the recent passing of Pam Campbell’s mother Frances S. George.  She lost her valiant battle with cancer today, Wednesday, September 15, 2010.  Funeral services will be held Friday, September 17th at Second Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas.  Pam extended her appreciation to everyone who has supported her during this difficult time. Those who wish to make donations may do so in Frances’ name to the Salvation Army.

    Pam is the Director of Dual Credit on the South Campus.

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