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  • amanda.fenwick 12:13 pm on December 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Ibarra recognized for service 


    Alvaro “Al” Ibarra was recently nominated as the Facilities Employee of the Quarter (fall 2011). He was awarded a certificate and prize by Bryan Jones, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Construction, and congratulated by John Maslonka, Central Campus Facilities Operation Manager.

    “Al is very pleasant and gregarious who provides the college with an unparalleled service in his position,” commented Maslonka. “He is competent, hard working, eager to help in areas even outside of his scope of responsibility.”

    Congratulations Al, and keep up the good work.

  • amanda.fenwick 10:13 am on December 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    District office enjoys a festive holiday party 

    District Office employees gathered on Dec. 16 for a festive Christmas holiday party featuring all kinds of delicious desserts, Christmas music, and friendly fellowship.

    Kudos to event coordinators Hollie Fulsom and Carol Schwing for putting together a wonderful event. A good time was had by all.

    Alyssa Tinsley won the sweater contest, and the following people won door prizes: Mayra Rodriguez, Tomoko Olsen, Susan Sowell, Anita Dewease, Catherine O’Brien, and Bret Boudreaux.

  • andrea.vasquez 12:54 pm on December 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    San Jacinto College students lend helping hand for the season 

    A group of San Jacinto College (SJC) students from South Campus psychology professor Dr. Dawn Eaton’s child growth and development class recently volunteered their time at the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston for a community service project. The eight SJC students collected a total of $200 from fellow South Campus psychology professor Dr. Marylou Robin’s classes, helped shop for toys, wrap gifts, and cook food. The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston is a “home away from home” for the families of children who are seeking medical treatment at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Shriners Hospital for Children, and Transitional Learning Center. The House serves as an alternative to an isolated hotel room where the families and children enjoy cheerful surroundings and the support of other families, volunteers, and staff. Pictured left to right: (bottom row) Barbara Spencer, Ronald McDonald volunteer; Gloria Gonzales, Ronald McDonald volunteer; Andrea Herrera, SJC student; and Amanda Trader, SJC student. Second row: SJC students Nailah Spencer, Sharon Cole, and Cindy Hernadez. Third row: SJC students Nathaniel Barley, Cody Thomas, and Jason Box. Photo submitted.

  • amanda.fenwick 11:24 am on December 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Si, se puede — Yes you can 

    From left, students Elias Dahu, Maria Velazquez, Betzaida Sosa, Yamilet Diaz, Arturo Totomoch, Nadia Ramirez, Azucena Banda, (faculty) Maria Williams, Isabel Torres, Susana Contreras, Ana Karen Cruz, and (faculty) Myrna Gonzalez at the celebration luncheon.

    North Campus language instructors Myrna Gonzalez and Maria Williams recently accompanied English for Speakers of Other Languages students to a celebration luncheon to recognize the academic accomplishments of the students, which include: (More …)

  • wpadmin 10:44 am on December 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    December Board of Trustees meeting highlights 

    The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees met on Monday, Dec. 12. The Board recognized Dr. Ann Cartwright for her receiving the American Chemical Society’s first Excellence in Teaching in a Two-Year College award. Congratulations Dr. Cartwright, and thank you for dedication to our students!

    Dr. Ann Cartwright and Central Campus President Dr. H. Neil Matkin

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  • wpadmin 3:50 pm on December 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Central Campus celebrates the holidays with annual luncheon 

    The SJC Central Campus recently held its annual Christmas feast for all of the staff and faculty members, complete with a variety of holiday treats and a drawing for poinsettias by Central President Dr. H. Neil Matkin.

  • andrea.vasquez 9:30 am on December 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    SJC faculty and staff join 2011 Total Jingle Bell Run and Walk 

    This past Sunday, Dec. 11, retired SJC business professor Carol Wennagel, science professor Lambrini Nicopoulos, science lab supervisor Cheryl McPherson, and economics professor Bich Tran joined more than 5,000 participants for the 2011 Total Jingle Bell Run and Walk through downtown Houston. The event benefits the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA. Pictured above left to right are: Carol Wennagel, Bich Tran, Cheryl McPherson, and Lambrini Nicopoulos. Congratulations on your 3 mile run/walk!

  • andrea.vasquez 11:05 am on December 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply


    The Office of Grants Management is pleased to announce our newest little staff member. Aaron Joseph  (AJ) was born yesterday evening to our Vanessa Salazar, weighing in at a whopping 8lbs and 20 inches. Vanessa, Raul, Baby AJ, and his three brothers (one of which celebrated his birthday yesterday) are all doing fine. Mike Moore will be purchasing a mini Abacus for little AJ so that he can get started on his accounting skills. 😉

    Vanessa will be sorely missed during her maternity leave but will return in late January.  Congratulations to the Salazar family!

  • andrea.vasquez 10:35 am on December 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Support our student veterans 

    Dear Friends of San Jacinto College,

    Our veterans have given themselves in service for our freedom. For the last year, San Jacinto College and its partners have been creating a fund to build Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success on each campus to give back to these warriors.   With a total project cost of $600,000, the SJC community, architects, contractors, and vendors have supplied nearly $300,000 worth of labor, materials, and facility space.  At this point, we are half way to our goal.

    Now, we need your help!

    Please remember our veterans.

    You can view a rendering of the Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success at:

    Visit the San Jacinto College Foundation website at sanjacfoundation.org to find out how you can help support our student veterans.

    *Note:   To honor your veteran on our Wall of Honor include name(s) in the comment section with your gift.
    Payroll deduction is available for SJC employees.

  • wpadmin 5:41 pm on December 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Dr. Deborah Myles! 

    Along with a new position as dean of student development at the Central Campus, Dr. Deborah Myles has also received a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Doctoral Incentive Loan Repayment Program Award for her education and professional accomplishments.

    The program works to attract members of underrepresented groups to full-time service as faculty members or administrators at public or independent institutions of higher education in Texas. Myles was granted the award after completing her Doctorate in Counselor Education from Texas Southern University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. As a Central Campus dean, Myles oversees student discipline and engagement and manage the first year experience program, student life, educational planning and counseling, career and employment, and plans to expand the Never Too Late program for nontraditional students.

    Prior to her arrival at SJC, she taught psychology at Houston Community College, served as director of student services for Westwood College, taught in Houston Independent School District for several years, and continues to work in private practice as a licensed professional counselor.

    Congratulations, Dr. Myles!!

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