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  • andrea.vasquez 10:18 am on December 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply


    It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Tim Morris, son of LeeAnn and Dick Morris.  Tim passed away on November 23 at his home in Bellingham, Washington, after a very brief bout with an aggressive cancer.   He was surrounded by his partner, Maryann Schmitt, his parents, and his sister Ceilidh and nephew Eli of Ashland, Wisconsin.  He is also survived by his grandmothers, Edna Arnold of League City, and Natalie Morris of Denver, as well as beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins.

    Tim was born on May 30, 1974 in Clear Lake.  He graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1992 and from Baylor University in 1996.  At the time of his death, Tim was the financial coordinator for Opportunity Council in Bellingham, a community action agency serving low-income people.  It was work in which he took great joy and pride.  Tim loved outdoor adventure — biking, hiking, kayaking, skiing — and was also an avid reader and gardener.

    A memorial service is planned for December 12 at 4:00 p.m. at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado Blvd. 77062 in Clear Lake.  Anyone wishing to remember Tim with a donation is invited to do so through the following Bellingham social service agencies that had special meaning to Tim:  Opportunity Council http://www.oppco.org, Lydia Place, another Bellingham non- profit agency where Maryann works: http://www.lydiaplace.org, or Whatcom Hospice at http://www.hospicehelp.org.

    LeeAnn is very grateful for the words of comfort and support she has received from SJC colleagues. Dr. LeeAnn Morris is Central Campus Department Chair of College Preparatory English, ESOL, Math, Reading, and Student Succes.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:29 am on December 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Meningitis FAQs 

    All new, incoming San Jacinto College students under the age of 30 must receive a vaccination or booster against bacterial meningitis, which includes dual credit students, and transfer students. The following Frequently Asked Questions list provides important information about the new requirement, which is mandated by state law.


    1. What is the requirement?
      1. The Texas Legislature now requires that all incoming Texas college students under 30 years of age must submit evidence that they have received a vaccination or booster against bacterial meningitis.
    1. What if I am 30 or older?
      1. You are not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis if you are 30 years of age or older by the first day of the semester in which you enroll.
    1. I am currently enrolled at San Jacinto College for Fall 2011, must I receive the vaccination?
      1. Although it might be a wise health decision to receive the vaccination, you are not required by the college to receive the vaccination or provide documentation. (More …)
  • wpadmin 5:48 pm on December 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Information for faculty and students regarding end of course evaluations 

    Beginning earlier this week, on December 5th, students received an email to their San Jacinto College student email account with an invitation to complete an online end-of-course survey. These surveys and our students’ input provide feedback regarding instruction and courses at San Jacinto College, which will help us as we plan for future semesters. Please encourage your students to take a couple minutes and complete the survey. (More …)

  • andrea.vasquez 5:43 pm on December 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    New default homepage for Internet Explorer web browsers 

    We’d like to make you aware of a change that will happen December 19, 2011. IT will perform a global change to all employees’ Internet Explorer web browsers. The default homepage for your web browser will be set to the new employee website http://internal.sanjac.edu

    The reason for this is so the College can improve its analytics of who is visiting the College website. Many of you have set your homepage to the San Jac homepage and that skews our analytics.  Our goal in this is to obtain accurate data about the usage of our College website.  Unfortunately, when employees open their web browsers several times a day to search for something else, it is very difficult to obtain accurate information about who is visiting our site.  Currently, approximately 55-60% of users who access our College homepage at http://www.sanjac.edu immediately leave (this is called our bounce rate). This tells search engine sites such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing that the information on our website is not pertinent. Our goal in this is to improve our bounce rate so that we can really understand if students are coming to our homepage and going elsewhere, or if they are staying on our website looking for information and for what information they are searching.

    Employees will still have the option to change their homepage to the main San Jac website at http://www.sanjac.edu or another site if they would like to. Instructions to do this will be sent out closer to December 19.

    We really appreciate your help with this. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


    Linda Harrison
    Web Services Manager

  • andrea.vasquez 5:40 pm on December 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply


    Ashley Pearl Dickerson was born on December 2, 2011 at 10:24 p.m., weighing 6 lbs 15 oz and measuring 20 inches long. She is the daughter of Brian and Jennifer Dickerson who reside in Rapid City, South Dakota. Brian is the son of Bill Dickerson, director of accounting and financial services. This is Bill’s 5th grandchild and the 50th great grandchild of his parents Jim and June Dickerson (both deceased). Congratulations to the Dickerson family!

  • wpadmin 9:52 am on December 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    AAWCC Angel Trees 

    Happy holidays from the San Jacinto College chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges(AAWCC). We hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving with family and friends (and lots of turkey, too)!

    Our main focus this year is to support the two national AAWCC initiatives – childcare on campus and women in STEM fields. This holiday season, we will have Angel Trees on each campus that will allow employees to purchase an item for the childcare centers, or to make a monetary donation. In March, we will be featuring some of our own faculty and staff who have pursued a STEM career with news articles and website spotlights. We hope you will help us support these initiatives! (More …)

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