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  • amanda.fenwick 4:21 pm on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Lucky winner 

    Jennifer Ramsey, an information system trainer at the Central campus, was the lucky winner of the “Ball Drop” contest that was part of the recent Foundation Golf Tournament.  As the winner, Jennifer received a check for $3,005. The golf tournament and events related to the tournament raised funds to support student scholarships and other educational initiatives. Ruth Keenan, interim vice president of resource development, presented the check to Jennifer (shown at left in related photo).

  • amanda.fenwick 4:53 pm on November 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Thanksgiving brunch has an international flair 

    The North campus English for Speakers of Other Languages department served up food and entertainment from a variety of nations at the recent International Thanksgiving Brunch.

    Student Anu Pillai, representing the nation of India, performed a mystical and graceful Indian folk dance, and student Azucena Banda performed a traditional Mexican folk dance. Marcos Heredia played guitar and sang several popular Latino songs.

    Visitors enjoyed entrees and deserts from Peru, Honduras, India, Venezuela, Colombia, Czech Republic, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Korea, Palestine, El Salvador, and México. A highlight of the event was a lively round of loteria — Mexican bingo. The International Thanksgiving Brunch provides ESOL students an opportunity to highlight their accomplishments, and to network with faculty they will encounter in future courses.

    Kudos to ESOL instructors Lisa Smith, Myrna Gonzalez, Maria Williams and Joanne McAfee for putting together a wonderful program that reflects the amazing cultural diversity of the College.

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

    15th Annual San Jacinto College Foundation Golf Tournament 

    San Jacinto College recently held its 15th annual Foundation Golf Tournament featuring host, Yankee pitcher and San Jacinto alumnus, Andy Pettitte.

    Over the past 14 years, the tournament raised more than $900,000 to support San Jacinto College and  students. This year’s goal was $105,000.

    SJC Board of Trustee Wayne Slovacek was honored for chairing the event for the past 15 years. Several scholarship recipients were also recognized. During the live auction, Foundation Board Member Roy Mease invested $25,000 in an endowment in memory of his son, the late Kipper Mease. The College also received investors at the $5,000 and $2,500 levels and multiple investors at $1,000, $500, and $250.

    The finale of the reception was a tribute to veterans and the announcement of the College’s new Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success.

  • wpadmin 9:31 am on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathy to Jana Rader and family on the recent passing of her brother, John L. Elam III.  Below is the Visitation and Funeral services.

    Jana is a Music Professor on the South Campus.

    Published in Houston Chronicle on November 22, 2010


    JOHN LIVINGSTON ELAM, III, passed away on November 19, 2010. John was born on November 9, 1947, in Bryan, Texas, to Dorothy and John Elam.He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Karen. John also leaves sister Jana and brother Gregory. John’s special joy was being with nephew Cullen and niece Caroline, children of Myra and Conrad Moren. Other survivors are Glenda and Don Floehr and their son Philip Floehr.John was an ardent supporter of Baylor University where he received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education. After years in the technology industry, he established John Elam Landscapes which he successfully operated for more than two decades. John was a Bible scholar and taught Sunday School for many years at Tallowood Baptist Church. John had a great interest in and knowledge of history, particularly WW II.Friends are invited to visit with the family on Tuesday, November 23, from 4-6 p.m. and to attend the Memorial Service on Wednesday, November 24, at 10 a.m. Visitation and the Memorial Service will be held at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home.

  • wpadmin 9:29 am on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    Our condolences to Karla Hardacker-Williams and family on the recent passing of her mother, Henrietta Marie (Powell) (Hardacker) Callaway.  She passed away November 7th in Fort Worth, TX.

    Funeral services was Tuesday 2 PM, November 9, 2010, at Bigger’s Funeral Home, 6100 Azle Avenue Lake Worth, TX  76135 Ph.# 817-237-3341.  Burial will be in Colorado

    Karla is a Nursing Professor at Central Campus

  • wpadmin 5:41 pm on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    SJC Central welcomes the cold weather with a chili cook-off 

    San Jacinto College Central recently held a chili cook-off, where four teams went head-to-head to produce the tastiest chili on a rainy day.

    The department of engineering and design graphics placed first and received the people’s choice award. Amanda Rose placed second and SJC students and Paepin Mayol came in third.

    Other participants included last year’s winner, the Wow Team, which included Angela Klaus, Ruth Christian, Leslie Horton and Nadia Ewing.

  • wpadmin 12:36 pm on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Casa Ole discount for San Jac students and staff 

  • wpadmin 12:02 pm on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Houston Dynamo fantasy camp 

    This December the Houston Dynamo will be hosting the inaugural Dynamo Fantasy Camp to be held at the University of Houston’s Robertson Stadium. At the Houston Dynamo Fantasy Camp, your child will get to fulfill their dreams of playing on the same field as their favorite Dynamo stars. With their own locker, personalized training jerseys, and nutritious team meals, the Dynamo fantasy camp is the perfect holiday gift for any aspiring athlete. Campers will be treated to special guest appearances by Dynamo players and staff and will have the opportunity to take part in a media day, as well as see their name in a daily newsletter.

    The Dynamo are offering San Jacinto College employees a special discount for $50 off this special event. To sign your child up for the Dynamo Fantasy Camp, or if you have any questions at all, please contact Dynamo Player Development Coordinator, Michael Fasching at (713) 276-7524 or at mfasching@houstondynamo.com <mailto:mfasching@houstondynamo.com>

    Who: Boys and girls ages 5-18
    Dates: December 20-23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Location: University of Houston – Robertson Stadium
    Cost: $350 (regularly $400)

  • amanda.fenwick 2:58 pm on November 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Culinary club visits Disney World 

    San Jacinto College students at Disney World include (from left): Madeline Davis, Aurielle Brager, Kerry Smith, Kara Santana, Desmond Bostick, and (front row) Emmanuel Chavez.

    North campus culinary arts students combined education and entertainment during a recent field trip to Disney World.

    “The trip offers students the opportunity to travel outside of Texas, not just to have fun at Disney World, but to also see outstanding hospitality and culinary companies operating with high and consistent product and service standards,” commented Steve Rudd, program director of the North campus culinary arts department. “It is a fun trip, and also enables students to be creative in thinking of potential job opportunities in the culinary industry.”

    Culinary arts instructor Tim Banks served as faculty advisor and chaperone during the trip.

    The event is a highlight for students who are members of the North campus Culinary Club. The club meets twice a month and participates in Gator Fest, an annual campus-wide activity that showcases student clubs and organizations.

    Tim Banks with a Japaneese hostess.

  • amanda.fenwick 12:04 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    North campus hosts adjunct job fair 

    The North campus recently hosted an adjunct faculty job fair to provide prospective part-time faculty members an opportunity to learn about available teaching positions at each of the three San Jacinto College campuses, and to initiate and complete related documentation of teaching qualifications. Faculty and staff members provided assistance with the online application process, and answered questions questions about the College for visitors to the job fair. Shown in photo above are key event coordinators James Hall, dean of the North campus evening and weekend college (center), who is flanked by Aldia Garza, North campus administrative assistant for college preparatory (left), and Roxana Sumrall, Central campus division operations manager for math, science, PE, and language arts.

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