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  • wpadmin 11:15 am on August 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College unveils Texas Historical Marker 

    Have you seen the beautiful new Texas Historical Marker at San Jacinto College?

    More than 200 elected officials, community members, and former and current San Jacinto College employees joined Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer and members of the Harris County Historical Commission to unveil an official Texas Historical Marker in honor of the College’s 50th anniversary, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

    The marker dedication and unveiling ceremony culminated a yearlong celebration throughout the College in honor of its Golden Anniversary. The celebrations kicked off on Sept. 18, 2011 with San Jacinto Day, and included campus activities throughout the year, a gala that raised more than $200,000 for student scholarships, a family picnic for employees, and this week’s marker dedication and unveiling.

    The marker is located in front of the Interactive Learning Center on the San Jacinto College Central Campus.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:55 pm on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Y’all ready for this? 

    North Campus welcomes new employees

    North Campus faculty and staff prepared for the Fall 2012 semester with a full day of seminars and workshops recently at the annual Campus Community Day.

    New employees (as well as employees who are assuming new positions) are shown in the photo above. The group includes (front row), from left: Jeanine Wycough, Xenia Conquy, Cody Pogue, Jessica Davenport, Loreanna Alvarez, Tami Kelly, Ali Shah, and LaToya Gilmore; (back row) Dr. Lamar McWaine, Tino Guajardo, Shannon Solis, Mary Henderson, Police Chief Bill Taylor, MaryKate Flanagan, Louis Dorsey, David Neely, Keith Richards, and Anton Solovyov.

    Kudos to all who coordinated the motivational and very informative event, and good luck to all employees during the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • wpadmin 3:52 pm on August 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    West Nile Virus Prevention Resources 

    Harris County Public Health and Environment Services (HCPHES) reports that Texas is experiencing an increase in West Nile Virus activity this year.   While the number of human cases of West Nile Virus in Harris County is not at the level of other parts of Texas, we are seeing a rise of West Nile Virus circulating throughout the county in mosquitoes and birds.

    In an effort to ensure that the public has appropriate prevention information and to encourage them to protect themselves, HCPHES Office of Public Information has generated the following West Nile Virus documents in English and Spanish:

    HCPHES is requesting that jurisdictions and partner agencies please disseminate, post, and/or adopt these documents for their online or print publications as they deem appropriate.  For more information on the West Nile Virus or to download these public education resources, go to 2012 West Nile Virus Response.
    Thank you!

  • amanda.fenwick 3:14 pm on August 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The faculty, staff, and friends of San Jacinto College wish to extend our sincere condolences to Dr. Ron Rucker in the passing of his mother, Catherine C. (Kay) Rucker on August 17, 2012. Dr. Rucker worked for San Jacinto College for 44 years and is currently working with us on our construction projects.

    Funeral arrangements are as follows:

    Visitation will be Tuesday, August 21, at 1 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2:00pm with Dr. Charles Redmond officiating.

    Niday Funeral Home
    6777 Fairmont Parkway
    Pasadena, TX  77505

  • wpadmin 4:02 pm on August 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College Night at the Houston Astros 

    Join the Houston Astros on Friday, Sept. 14 for San Jacinto College Night at Minute Maid Park. Special ticket pricing for San Jac students and employees is available, and the first 10,000 fans to the ballpark will receive a free Astros fleece blanket. The Astros first pitch against the Phillies is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

    For purchases of less than 20 tickets, log on to http://www.astros.com/sjc (password is sjc). For group tickets of 20 or more, contact: Richard Tapia at 713-259-8303 or rtapia@astros.com.

    Enjoy the game and Go ‘Stros!

  • wpadmin 4:18 pm on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Sharon! 

    Sharon Sledge, San Jacinto College mathematics professor, has been elected president of the Texas Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (TexMATYC).

    Sledge will serve in her new position for two years and represent Texas two-year community college mathematics’ faculty at state and national meetings. She has been a member of TexMATYC for 25 years and a faculty member at San Jacinto College for 31 years.

    “I’m excited about the opportunities to represent the association in Austin to discuss mathematics education in the state of Texas,” said Sledge, who also serves as event coordinator for all San Jacinto College robotics competitions that are affiliated with the national organization, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge. “By offering a statewide forum for the interchange of ideas among faculty and colleges, TexMATYC ultimately develops and improves the mathematics education and experiences of students in two-year colleges. With all the changes and challenges confronting mathematics at the legislative level, it is good to have our voice speaking on behalf of the math community.”

    The Texas association represents more than 1,500 mathematics faculty members from all community colleges across the state of Texas and is a partner to the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC).

    “Sharon Sledge’s appointment as president to this prestigious state committee evidences her commitment to mathematical education and demonstrates the confidence that her state wide colleagues have in her as they work together to provide a voice for the direction and development of mathematics education in the great state of Texas,” said Dr. Barbara Hanson, vice president for learning at the San Jacinto College Central Campus.

    • Neil Matkin 1:25 pm on August 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Way to go Sharon!

  • amanda.fenwick 10:52 am on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    Eric Muirhead, former English professor at San Jacinto College’s Central campus passed away on August 13, 2012. He is survived by his wife Susan, sons Elliot (Kari) and Philip, and grandson William. Eric was born in Dallas in 1947 to Ernest Eric and Mary Louise Muirhead, the oldest of five siblings. He graduated from Cranbrook School, Yale University and Rice University. He married Susan in 1970, and they moved to the island of Labuan, East Malaysia, in 1975 working for Brown & Root. They later lived in Los Angeles and Houston. Eric led a life most people only dream about. He was a cab driver, a schoolteacher, a roughneck, a shipbuilder, a sailor, an English professor, a published novelist and poet.

    • Susan P. Muirhead 1:58 pm on August 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Friends,
      On August 8th Eric had a bad accident. Coming down the stairs, he fell and severely injured his spinal cord. He was face down and not breathing with little or no pulse. The paramedics arrived and brought his heart and breathing back, but his brain was without oxygen for several minutes.
      They brought him to the ER and then to the ICU at Northwest Medical Center in Houston. They stabilized his life support, but he was unconscious and unresponsive. Subsequent EEG scans of his brain showed little to no activity. On Saturday morning, Aug. 11th, the neurologist informed us that Eric had a less than 1% chance of waking, and that the best case of recovery was a persistent vegetative state. Our family immediately decided that was unacceptable to us, but more importantly that would be unacceptable to Eric. On Monday, Aug. 13th, we had the doctors remove him from life support, and he died peacefully at 10:27 am.
      Philip came from California to be with me. Elliot and Kari are here; Michael, Eric’s brother, who is an oncologist and his three sisters, Sara, and Jan and Marilyn, both nurses, came to be with him.
      Eric wanted to be cremated and to have his ashes strewn over Brunei Bay. His first novel, Cab Tales, was recently republished by Ink Brush Press. He was in the midst of sending out query letters for Eden’s Abyss, his third novel. He still has Rindu (his second novel) the English translations of Nietzsche’s poetry, and three volumes of his own poetry unpublished. This is his legacy. Eric was hoping to read poems from the first volume of poetry, The Ache, at the TACWT Writer’s Conference in September. His student, Tyson Woolman, was here and will help me organize and publish his work.
      There will be a Memorial Service on September 8th at 4pm at the Brookside Funeral Home, 3410 FM1960 West which is at the corner of T.C. Jester. We will have a reception afterwards at my home 3423 Woodbriar Dr., just down T.C. Jester. The service will consist of people’s thoughts about Eric, so you are welcome to come with some anecdotes.
      In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Dr., Reston, VA 20190. Eric always loved animals.
      What can I say about an intellect as broad as profound and sensitive as Eric’s? His industry knew no boundaries whether it was sailing across the Pacific or line editing his novel for the fourth time. His love of music and knowledge of literature, his intellectual capacity which bridged so many areas from climate to the fauna and flora of Joshua Tree and of course his innate perfectionism drove his life. He had to write, and he did write every day that was his.
      Susan, Elliot and Philip

    • Susan P. Muirhead 2:09 pm on August 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      A light has gone out.

    • Alan Webber 5:37 am on December 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Eric was a colleague when I worked at Brown and Root Labuan in the late 70s. I recall him building Rindu down one corner of the yard by the shoreline almost single handed. Had a few beers with him and shooting pool at the LIC (Labuan Island Club) located next to the yard. A great guy! My condolences to the family..

  • amanda.fenwick 5:04 pm on August 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    Former San Jacinto College student and SJC employee Jeremy Choate passed away on Saturday, Aug. 11.

    Choate attended the College in the mid 1990s as a theatre student.  He worked for at the Central Campus as the Slocomb Auditorium Event Coordinator from 2002 to 2006.

    Many comments on Facebook evince what those close to Choate thought of his character and work.

    “Fresh Arts Coalition” executive director Jenni Rebecca Stephenson writes that her “heart is heavy with the loss of a great Houston artist taken from us all too soon.” Acclaimed photographer Lynn Lane posted that “the world lost one of the most amazing lighting artists and people that has ever graced this planet,” and that “his work has been an integral part of the Houston Arts/Dance/Theater world and has extended far beyond the Texas borders.”

    His passing is also deeply mourned within the Houston arts community.

    A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at 11 a.m.

    The service will be held at Zilkha Hall, located inside the Hobby Center in downtown Houston, 800 Bagby Street, 77002.

    Organizers are asking those attending not to wear black, as Jeremy’s life was about color. No flowers either, please.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:37 am on August 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Kudos to Dr. McWaine 

    Dr. Lamar McWaine participated in the Leadership and Mentoring Institute sponsored by the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education. The conference was held recently at Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. McWaine was the only community college educator selected from a nationwide pool of applicants.

    Shown in the photo with Dr. McWaine are AABHE President Dr. Barbara Lofton (left), and Dr. Barbara Johnson, director of the Leadership and Mentoring Institute.

    Dr. McWaine has served for many years as the North Campus’ Student Life Coordinator, and is in the process of transitioning to his new position as a full-time professor of Learning Frameworks courses at the North Campus.

    Kudos to Dr. McWaine, and keep up the good work.

  • wpadmin 1:52 pm on August 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Houston Dynamo deal 

    Our friends at the Houston Dynamo continue their historic Inaugural Season at the brand new BBVA Compass Stadium in August and September, with matches versus the Columbus Crew on August 19, Toronto FC on August 25 and September 6 vs. Real Salt Lake. Be a part of the best home field advantage in MLS when the Dynamo look to extend their year-long unbeaten streak at home. As a San Jacinto College subscriber, you are eligible for discounted tickets via the link below. Simply enter Promotional Code SANJAC12 when prompted. Let’s go Dynamo!

    Click Here To Purchase!

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