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  • andrea.vasquez 3:10 pm on February 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Cody Coyote Jumps at Moore Elementary 

    Cody Coyote makes his annual Jump Rope for Heart appearance at Moore Elementary!

  • amanda.fenwick 2:58 pm on February 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    North Campus hosts African-American Read-in 


    Kudos to the group that coordinated the very successful, informative, inspirational, and entertaining African-American Read-in, held recently in the Monument Room of the North Campus.

    The special guest speaker was Malcolm Barrett, a descendant of Harrison Barrett, the founder of Barrett Settlement (now called Barrett Station), a black community near Crosby that began as a cotton plantation in 1875. Mr. Barrett provided a snapshot of how the small settlement grew from a cluster of seven houses into a stable, thriving community.

    Singing was performed by special guest DuWayne Davis, who sang two inspirational Gospel songs. Live music was also performed by the Texas Southern University Jazz Ensemble, and the San Jacinto College employee choir.

    Those attending the event enjoyed a soul food lunch featuring fried chicken and catfish, black-eyed peas, mustard greens, mac & cheese, and cornbread. The meal was prepared by the culinary arts department, under the direction of Donna Jones.

    Readings of a wide range of African-American literature were performed by San Jacinto College employees, including Serita Dickey, Dr. Richard Bailey, Sandra Curry, Dr. Karen Hattaway, Erin Lewis, Dr. DeRhonda McWaine, Karyn Jones, Theresa Powell, and Dedra White. Dr. Lamar McWaine served as master of ceremony.

    Event coordinators include Erin Lewis (committee chair), Sandra Curry, Serita Dickey, Karyn Jones, Karen Hattaway, Theresa Powell, Charlotte Jackson, Dedra White, DeRhonda McWaine, and Donna Jones.


  • andrea.vasquez 1:22 pm on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    La Porte Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day- Saturday, Apr. 6 

    LaPorte LEPC HHWC Day 2013[1]

  • andrea.vasquez 8:39 am on February 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply


    Our deepest sympathies to Laly George and Oommen George on the recent passing of her mother and his mother-in-law, Mariamma Abraham.

    Ms. Abraham passed away on Monday, February 11th in India. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 13 in India.

    Laly is an Adjunct math professor at Central Campus. Oommen is a Physic professor at Central Campus.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:19 am on February 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Lura Taylor

    Lura Taylor

    Condolences to friends and relatives of former San Jacinto College employee Lura Taylor, 83, who recently passed away. Mrs. Taylor taught GED courses for the College from 1985 to 2006. She was also a longtime third-grade teacher at San Jacinto Elementary School in Deer Park until her retirement in 1994.

    Lura received numerous honors and awards for her teaching skills. She loved teaching and often commented on how much joy teaching gave her. She lived her life with the philosophy that “to teach is to touch a life forever.”

    Family will receive friends on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grand View Funeral Home in Pasadena. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Deer Park United Methodist Church with Interment to follow in Grand View Memorial Park at 4 p.m.

    Lura is survived by her son, Tommy Taylor and his wife Jane of Houston; 6 nephews and 7 nieces. Lura’s husband of over 32 years, Bob Taylor, preceded her in death.

  • andrea.vasquez 3:47 pm on February 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    AAWCC Service Project: Donate Books to the Children’s Center! 

    The American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) is leading a service project this year to donate books to the Children’s Center on each campus.

    We need your help! To participate, please consider purchasing new books or donating books from your own collections. Books should be new or gently used (no tears, no markings, little wear), and should be appropriate for children ages 0 – 6. Please note that the Children’s Center directors have especially requested the following:

    Books for infants / toddlers
    Board books
    Cloth books
    Animal books
    Real life picture books
    Multicultural or diversity books

    If you have books to donate, please bring them to the AAWCC meetings on February 12 or April  16. If you are unable to attend those meetings, you may also drop them off to the designated AAWCC member on your campus:

    Central: Tracy Timmons (Library)
    District: Ann Kokx-Templet (Purchasing Office)or Vanessa Salazar (Grants Management)
    North: Lyn Garner (Library)
    South: Jane Stimpson (Library) or Shaterica Washington  (S-13.117)

    If you have any questions about the project or about getting involved, please contact Jane Stimpson at jane.stimpson@sjcd.edu, or at extension 3307.

  • andrea.vasquez 3:46 pm on February 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply


    Our deepest sympathies are with Darrell Sutherland on the loss of his wife of 53 years, Betty Ann Sutherland. Mrs. Sutherland passed away on January 31, 2013. The memorial service will be held on February 16, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, located at 4647 Preston Road, Pasadena, TX 77505.

    Darrell is a part time golf attendant at the Central Campus golf course.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:21 am on February 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    A show of unity 

    To commemorate the  150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Washington, a large group of San Jacinto College faculty, staff, and students recently staged a march at the Central Campus.

    The event included formation of a large “1” to symbolize unity. After the march, the group gathered in the student center for a reception that included light refreshments.

    Kudos to those who planned and coordinated the event, which is part of several events the College is hosting during February to commemorate African-American History Month —

    Dr. Deborah Myles, Yvonne Frear, Shannon Hinton, Hollie Fulsom, Karen Blankenship, Veronica Jammer, Saul Zarco, Leander Nash, Amanda Rose, Central Campus police officers, marketing department, Central Campus student development office, and the Central Campus student life office.

  • andrea.vasquez 1:36 pm on February 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Dance students perform at alumni reunion 

    Nine students from the San Jacinto College South dance program recently performed at the Sam Houston State University Alumni Reunion and Concert (ARC). Dr. Patty Haselbarth, SHSU alum, former SHSU dance program coordinator, and current San Jacinto College South dance professor and director of the San Jac Dance PAC, and Jamie Zahradnik, SHSU alum and San Jacinto College adjunct instructor, accompanied the dancers to Huntsville for a weekend of classes that culminated in a  dance concert featuring works by SHSU alumni. One of the most interesting classes the students took was an aerial silk class.  The participating current San Jacinto College dance students were Emily Cain, Hannah Christmas, Cindy Gil, Ty’Esha Lewis, Koreena Lopez, Stefania Morales, Erica Rosell, Miriam Valencia and Rochelle Williams.

    The San Jac Dance PAC presented two works at the reunion.  Fighting Hope, choreographed by Jamie Zahradnik, is an intriguing group piece and Exaggravated, choreographed by Ashley Cook, is a powerful, athletic duet.  Both dances were very well received by the audience.

    “The students had a wonderful time; Jamie and I were very proud of them,” said Dr. Haselbarth. “My colleagues, friends, and former students at  ‘Sam’ remarked on the strength and maturity of the San Jac South dancers. Jennifer Pontius, chair of dance at SHSU, and Andy Noble, assistant professor and co-artistic director of NobleMotion Dance, commented that the San Jacinto College South dance students are the best prepared dancers of all of the transfer students who enroll at SHSU. Jennifer told me this four years ago, and Andy reiterated this sentiment two weeks ago. Our dance program has been producing highly skilled and successful students for many years.”

    Pictured: Hannah Christmas

  • andrea.vasquez 9:58 am on February 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jac pride! 

    Linda Navejar’s granddaughter, Isabella, is showing San Jac spirit!

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