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  • wpadmin 4:58 pm on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Distinguished Faculty! 

    The following faculty members were recently recognized as Distinguished Faculty at the Central

    Ernest Becerra
    Susanne Benisch-Tolley
    Barbara Brown
    Ann Cartwright
    Cindra Daniels
    Janice DiFalco
    Woody Dunseith
    Danette Ehlinger
    Virginia Hanning
    Merrily Hoffman
    Mike Kent
    Priya Koshy
    David LeMaster
    Karen Malloy
    Cynthia Montemayor-Allen
    Patti Pierce
    Carolyn Poole
    Robyn Ring
    James Sells
    Debbie Simpson-Smith
    Sharon Sledge
    Greg Steele
    Stasi Stewart
    John Thornburg
    Betty Woodfill
    James Smith
    Jana Tarlton
    Rachel Bernal
    Elisabeth Harthcock
    Judith Maima
    Cheryl Mott
    Diana Rosaly
    Rhea Shaunty-Docis
    Liza Velasquez
    Diana Wolfe


    • Neil Matkin 5:31 am on September 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I see a lot of familiar faces! Congratulations friends!!!

    • Amy Ammerman 11:34 am on September 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a great group! Congratulations to all.

  • andrea.vasquez 8:37 am on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply


    Our deepest condolences go to Julie Blacksmith on the recent passing of her husband, David Joe Blacksmith.

    Mr. Blacksmith passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Deer Park.

    First Baptist Church of Deer Park
    438 E. 8th Street
    Deer Park, TX 77536

    Julie is a Sr. Administrative Assistant in the Education, Child Development and Children’s Lab School at Central Campus.
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  • andrea.vasquez 2:58 pm on August 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Save the date for Social Media Week- Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 

    Social_Media_SMWeek_2013_final_smallMark your calendars for Social Media Week, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3!  This is a great opportunity for students and employees to learn how to use social media for things such as find a job, staying connected, recruiting and networking, and more.  We have sessions for both students and employees.

    The full schedule can be viewed online at http://www.sanjac.edu/social-media-week.  Employees are welcome to attend any student sessions. If you would like to set up a table to promote your program or department, please contact Scylla Lopez at Scylla.lopez@sjcd.edu or 281.991.2602.
    Please encourage your students to attend if they are not in class!

    And don’t forget to join or follow San Jacinto College on social media.

    Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/SanJacintoCollege

    Twitter – @SanJacCollege

    Instagram – @SanJacCollege

    Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/SanJacCollege

    Schools App – https://apps.facebook.com/sanjac_app/

    Tumblr – sanjacintocollege.tumblr.com

    You Tube – http://www.youtube.com/sanjaccollege

    LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/san-jacinto-college

    Don’t forget to mention us when posting on your social media sites by using @SanJacCollege and use some of our common hashtags.







  • andrea.vasquez 1:59 pm on August 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratualtions to the Fall 2013 Student Success Initiative Grant Recipients! 

    The Foundation is pleased to announce the fall 2013 Student Success Initiative Grant recipients:
    RECIPIENTS:                                             PROJECTS:
    Michael Kane                                              Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference for students
    Stephen Lopez & Dr. Deborah Myles          Hispanic Heritage Month
    Ann Cartwright & Kelly Mizell                      “Partners in STEM” Houston Science Museum
    Betty Woodfill                                               College Prep Awards Program
    Jerry Ivins                                                      Continued Matching Scholarship Fund
    Todd Allison & Scott Hairston                        Art of Space and Science – NASA
    Joy Thompson-Grim                                       Education Symposium-Become Teacher
    Maria Donaire-Cirsovius                                 Borderlands – Hispanic Heritage Month
    Les Williams                                                      Victor Wooten Concert (Bass Extremes)
    Michael Mizma                                                  Balance – Steel Band
    Michael Mizma                                                  Carnaval of the Animals – ensembles
    MaryKate Flanagan                                           Maritime Logistics Scholarships for Adult Learner
    Dolores Aquino, Ann Cartwright, Rachel Garcia,   Sci. Serv. Learn.: From Classroom to Community
    Elisabeth Harthcock & Ruben Ramirez
    Angela C. Beyer                                                 Weekend Recording Workshop with David Eaton
    Noorjehan Abdullah & Karen Malloy                 Maternal Newborn Nursing-Assessment of Progression of Labor
    Karen Marston                                                         Resonance Brass Choir Concert & Residency
    Jaynie Mitchell                                                          Campus Connections for Pasadena Early HS Stu.
    Martha Braswell                                                        Ars Lyrica “Texas Early Music Festival”
    Diana Wolfe & Erin Callahan                                   Culture Vulture
    Amanda Rose, Ellie Meyer, Erin Lewis                  San Jacinto College Food Pantry
    Daryl Morse & Deborah Smith                                Energy Education & Career Corps Internships
    Kaye Moon Winters                                                   Never2Late2Achieve: Digital Literacy
    Keisha Smoke                                                            SJCC Fall Festival at Channelview HS
    Lynne Brandt & Timothy Kochen                          GCIC Jazz Festival/Guest Clinician
    Katy Rudisill                                                               Nights in the City: Expanding Learning Horizons
    Shannon Solis                                                             Promote College Prep Retention during Finals
    Linda Harrison                                                           Community Outreach: Bring Girl Scouts to SJC
    Sara Malloy                                                                  Water-Bot MATE Competition Teams
    Bret Nelson & Karen Hattaway                                Broadening Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Student  Experiences …

    We are excited about funding these great opportunities to support student success.  We appreciate the effort it took to develop
    these ideas and submit the proposals.  We encourage everyone to consider applying for a grant from the SJC Foundation.  Your ideas bring
    success to so many.  Congratulations to each of you!  You will be contacted individually for the specific details of your funding.

    As a reminder, the next deadline for submission will be November 22, 2013.  Please mark your calendar and plan to submit your proposals.

    The application can be found at http://www.sanjacfoundation.org.  Feel free to contact Marjo Stach X2503 for application  information.

  • wpadmin 5:09 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Roy Parisher performs his first skydiving jump! 

    Roy Parisher recently made his first skydiving jump, and here are the photos to prove it!

    Guided by Phil Meyers, Parisher jumped at Westside Skydivers in Sealy. It was Meyer’s 4,999 jump, since 1991. “Phil guided me through about 30 minutes of instruction on the ground,” said Parisher. “He explained how to exit the plane, bend my arms and legs, the signal he’d give me when I should open the chute and how to land softly.”

    Parisher said that once the group entered the plane, it took about 15 minutes to reach altitude.

    “I was really surprised at how cold it was when they opened the exit door and how loud it was falling through the sky,” he said. “I expected there to be an extreme sensation of falling, but we were so high there was nothing to give you any perspective. So, you don’t really feel like you’re falling. It’s just really cold, loud and of course, windy.”

    Parisher said that once he pulled the cord and opened the chute it was just a gentle ride down. According to the notes Meyers wrote in the Student Logbook after the jump, Parisher hit a top speed (terminal velocity) of 138mph. They were in free-fall from 14,000 feet to 6,000 feet, which took only 30 seconds.

    “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do,” said Parisher. “I’m glad I finally did it. It was quite a rush. I guess I’m an adrenalin junkie. I enjoyed it so much I’ve already signed up for my next jump. You’ve got to take some risks in life. You’ll never dance with the prettiest girl at the party if you just sit there.”

    “My favorite movie is ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’ In the movie Tim Robbins’ character, Andy Dufresne, tells Morgan Freeman’s character, Red Redding, that he has to either ‘Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’.’ I guess if you think about in that regard, skydiving is literally one or the other.”

    Parisher added that Nate “Nastee” Wernig served as videographer


  • wpadmin 3:30 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Sign up NOW for SJC AlertMe 

    Alert Me iconWelcome back! With the start of the new school year upon us, and peak hurricane season right around the corner, please sign up for SJC AlertMe. If you’ve already signed up, please login and check your information. And encourage your students to do the same!

    SJC AlertMe will be activated whenever there is an emergency on one of the San Jacinto College campuses. When you sign up, you have the option to enter up to three phone numbers. Please note: all phone numbers that you enter will be called, regardless of whether or not they are answered.

    To sign up, or to check your information, simply log in to SOS, and click on the red SJC AlertMe tab. You also have the option of selecting which campus or campuses you want to receive alerts for. We understand that many of you travel to and from different campuses, so receiving information for a campus other than your home campus is important.

    For more information, visit http://www.sanjac.edu/alert-me.

  • amanda.fenwick 11:05 am on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Part-time faculty welcomed 

    The College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning recently hosted a Part-time Faculty Welcome Back Reception at the Central Campus ILC.

    Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer warmly welcomed faculty members, emphasizing the importance of their roles in helping San Jacinto College students to succeed and excel.

    Other chief administrators on hand to greet faculty members included Jeffrey Parks, Dr. Laurel Williamson, and Dr. Bill Raffetto.

    Those attending enjoyed beverages, delicious desserts, and a time of friendly socializing.

    Kudos to event coordinators, including Kate Carter, Ann Pearson, and Ann Tate.

  • wpadmin 9:14 am on August 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Facebook in the Classroom 

    This is a blog written by a professor at Owensboro Community and Technical College. She talks about her success with Facebook in the classroom. This could be a great way to engage and interact with your students outside the classroom.
    Click on the link below if you are unable to view the image of the blog.

    Facebook in the classroom

  • amanda.fenwick 4:12 pm on August 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Student wins Money Week scholarship 

    Money Week

    Congratulations to San Jacinto College student Maura Sorrentino, who was recently selected at random as winner of the 2013 Houston Money Week College Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

    Maura entered the contest as a student in a recent Houston Money Week workshop coordinated by North Campus professor Dr. DeRhonda McWaine. Maura is shown in the related photo (center) with Kelly Keith, Women’s Resource of Greater Houston program manager (at left), and with Dr. McWaine.

    The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston partners with  Houston Money Week by offering free financial literacy classes.

    The scholarship will greatly help Maura. “It motivates me to continue my education,” she said. “It will help financially with books and I’m using the funds to pay for my classes.”

    Kudos to Kelly Keith (who also is a former San Jacinto College employee), and to Dr. McWaine for helping students to reach their goals.

  • andrea.vasquez 3:13 pm on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Houston Roller Derby Discount Tickets! 

    The Houston Roller Derby (HRD) will offer discount tickets for their August 17th game for everyone with a school ID – tickets will be $10 at the door (regularly $15).

    Come cheer on Cassandra Reid (“Sox Star #8”), North Campus administrative assistant to dean of liberal arts, as she and her team the Bayou City Bosses take on the Brawlers. This is a community outreach game, and HRD will be conducting a food drive with all donations benefitting the Houston Food Bank.

    Doors open at 6 pm; games start at 7 pm at the Bayou Music Center (right next door to the Hard Rock Cafe) at 520 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston.

    ·         Bring a canned food item.
    ·         Bring your school ID (and your kids school IDs too – old ones are fine)
    ·         ONE discount ticket per ID.
    ·         Bring a folding chair or a stadium seat to sit in the crash zone, right in the action; There is also stadium seating in the balconies where you can see everything.
    ·         AND MOST OF ALL bring a fan sign and your noise makers! (There’s a contest for best sign!)

    For more information, visit http://www.houstonrollerderby.com

    • Confused 8:48 am on August 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      It might have been entertaining to attend had we known before the event instead of after. Also, canned foot items do not bring anything to mind.

      • Amanda.Booren 1:46 pm on August 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Confused, you’re right… foot does not bring anything to mind. Thanks for letting us know. We have corrected that.

        As for the timing, we posted this as soon as we received it. Sorry!

        Thanks for reading!

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