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  • wpadmin 3:58 pm on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College at TACHE state conference 

    San Jacinto College was represented by Rachel Garcia, Saul Zarco, and Dina Castillo at the recent Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) conference in Ft Worth. The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education is a professional association committed to the improvement of educational and employment opportunities for Hispanics in higher education. Saul serves as a TACHE Gulf Coast co-representative.

    The conference theme this year was “Avanzamos Juntos: Shared Success and Prosperity through Higher Education!” which highlighted the many accomplishments of TACHE and goals for the future.


    TACHE for WC Feb 2014

  • wpadmin 4:42 pm on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    Sign up now for Social Media 101! 

    To:  All faculty, staff and administrators:

    Are you interested in using social media?  Not sure where to start?  Join social media coordinator Scylla Lopez to discuss your social media options.  Learn how to create a social media site and best practices.
    Online registration is available through the Spark portal.

    Central Campus Schedule and Locations:

    ID 164602
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/25/14 10:00 AM
    2/25/14 11:00 AM

    ID 164603
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/25/14 3:00 PM
    2/25/14 4:00 PM


    North Campus Schedule and Locations:

    ID 165602
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/26/14 10:00 AM
    2/26/14 11:00 AM

    ID 166603
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/26/14 3:00 PM
    2/26/14 4:00 PM


    South Campus Schedule and Locations:

    ID 167602
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/27/14 10:00 AM
    2/27/14 11:00 AM

    ID 166602
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/27/14 3:00 PM
    2/27/14 4:00 PM


    Click the links below to find out how to navigate the spark learning portal and log in instructions.  For assistance with login usernames, passwords and course registration, please contact the Spark Technical Support Office at extension 6399 or (281) 998-6399.
    Please contact Scylla Lopez for questions regarding the sessions at (281) 991-2602 or scylla.lopez@sjcd.edu.

    Thank you!





  • amanda.fenwick 1:54 pm on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    As seen on TV 

    Alfredo Gomez, a San Jacinto College educational planner and student recruiter, appeared as a guest on the Univision Noticias 45 Morning Show recently, where he was interviewed by TV show host Lizzet Lopez.

    Alfredo talked about how San Jacinto College has been proactive in adapting to continuing shifts in demographics – hiring bilingual educational planners and financial aid advisors, providing ESOL courses at affordable costs, sponsoring Latino student organizations, providing GED testing in Spanish, offering numerous Latino-themed campus life activities (Grito fest, Hispanic Heritage Month events, etc).

    Kudos to Alfredo for a job well done. He is an outstanding ambassador for San Jacinto College.

    Alfredo1 Alfredo2

  • andrea.vasquez 10:53 am on February 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Compatibility View and New Website 

    Outage Announcement

    Subject:                    Compatibility View and New Website
    Starting:                   February 11, 2013
    Who it affects:       All SJC Employees

    Please be advised, the College recently upgraded the http://www.sjcd.edu webpage.  If you experience problems with the web page format, please click on the compatibility view button.
    1.       Open you browser.
    2.       On the right of the browser bar, click the icon shown below by the red arrow.

    Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 10.52.45 AM

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact Tech Support.
    Our contact information is:

    On-Campus: 6137
    Off-Campus: 281-998-6137

    Date Announced:  Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • andrea.vasquez 10:50 am on February 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Call for Nominations- San Jacinto College 2014 Innovation of the Year Award 

    Deadline for submitting nominations:  Thursday, March 20, 2014

    The League for Innovation in the Community College seeks each year to recognize significant innovations at Alliance member colleges. These innovations reflect capstone achievements and the continuing renewal of the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded. The award is designed to recognize faculty, staff, and administrators at member colleges who have created and implemented innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies, and activities that improve the institution’s ability to serve students and the community. Granting this award provides a venue for showcasing these innovations and the dedicated community college educators who strive for excellence on a daily basis.

    Each Alliance member college may select one innovation to submit each year that meets the quality defined by the League. One winning program will be selected for San Jacinto College from all submissions. You may nominate more than one program.  The League of Innovation recognizes awardees at their conference the following year.  Representatives from the program will be selected to attend the conference in March 2015.

    Please complete the nomination form at this link by March 20, 2014. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9PJZ2H3

    An internal review committee, led by Dr. Catherine O’Brien and Ms. Niki Whiteside, will evaluate submissions for the San Jacinto College Innovation of the Year. (Past winners of this award can be found on the League website at: http://www.league.org/league/competitions/innovations/)

    San Jacinto College Innovation of the Year Award – Guidelines and Procedures

    Award Recipient:  One program will be selected for San Jacinto College from all submissions.

    Award Categories:
    ·         Workforce preparation and development
    ·         Learning and teaching
    ·         Student services and activities
    ·         Research, assessment, and accountability
    ·         Resource development
    ·         Basic skills and developmental education
    ·         Leadership and organization

    Award Criteria:  An official application must be submitted through the online link.
    ·          Quality. Students and/or staff agree that the innovation increases quality in the course, program, office, or institution.
    ·          Efficiency. The innovation contributes to more efficient processes.
    ·          Cost Effectiveness. The innovation adds value to the institution while containing or reducing costs.
    ·          Replication. The innovation is easy to replicate at other institutions.
    ·          Creativity. The innovation is original and creative.
    ·          Timeliness. The innovation is not more than five years old at the institution, allowing plenty of time for it to be tested.

    1.   A call for nominations will be sent out to the college community on 2/19/2014.
    2.  Applications will be accepted electronically until 3/20/2014.
    3.  The review committee will assess submissions for 2014 Innovation of the Year.
    4.  The recommended innovation will be sent to the Deputy Chancellor and President by 3/31/2014 for submission to the League for Innovation.
    5.  Official notification of award winners will be announced by the Chancellor, after notification from the League for Innovation.

  • wpadmin 1:44 pm on February 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Warm up with AAWCC 

    AAWCC February meeting

  • wpadmin 4:29 pm on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Students and faculty recognized for service learning 

    San Jacinto College students and faculty members from across all three campuses were recently recognized at the annual Service Learning Recognition Breakfast. Community partners were also in attendance to present on projects the students helped with throughout the year. These included volunteering with hospice care, Greens Bayou clean-up and Thomas Bell Park Development, preventing drunk driving, providing for families of hospitalized veterans, science outreach, Armand Bayou Nature Center prairie planting, Komen Race for the Cure, adoption of marines in Afghanistan, adopt a waterway, See to Succeed, hospice volunteering, food bank volunteering, administering flu shots, and more.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:56 am on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    African-American Read-in brings history to life 

    The Core Ensemble brought history to life at the African-American Read-in, an event recently held at the North Campus to commemorate Black History Month.

    In a music theatrical presentation entitled “Of Ebony Embers,” acclaimed actor Jamyl Dobson skillfully portrayed defining episodes in the lives of key African-American figures Aaron Douglas, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, and Langston Hughes. Musical accompaniment during the skits was provided by the talented trio “Core Ensemble,” which includes Ju Young Lee (cello), Jeremy Jorday (piano), and Michael Parola (percussion).

    A large group of students, faculty, and staff attending the informative and entertaining event, which included a concluding question and answer session.

    Event coordinators included Erin Lewis, Sandra Curry, Serita Dickey, Zina Gross, Theresa Powell, Dr. Karen Hattaway, Karyn Jones, Charlotte Jackson, Dr. DeRhonda McWaine, Joshua Henderson, and Dedra White.


  • wpadmin 8:57 am on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Sign up for a Balance U activity! 


    The Wellness information you have been waiting for is here!

    Wellness is now called Balance U and we are implementing Phase I of our new program this semester.  We are very excited to present to you a comprehensive list of all Balance U activities offered for 2014 Spring semester for all three campuses. You will find that our registration procedures have changed.  We hope that once you get through the initial registration changes you will see all the great wellness benefits coming your way. Our tendency many times is to hold on to how “we use to do it.” Please know that we will not be using the old Wellness Release Time forms from the past.  Registration is quick and easy and provides a great way to validate participation.

    Self-registration for Balance U wellness activities is now open in SPARK. (From the SPARK catalog, search for “WLNS” ). Prior to registering for a Balance U activity all employees shall ensure that their daily work schedule is covered to allow time away from their office. Your supervisor will receive a copy of your registration confirmation.

    Please understand that although employees have registered for a wellness activity there may be times that their schedule will not allow participation.  Attendance is taken for validation of your participation.

    Wellness Recording –  When entering wellness on web time entry, it should not include time outside your standard work hours.
    Wellness class 4:30 – 5:30 pm
    Normal time to leave is 5:00 pm
    You would clock out at 4:30 and add wellness time of 30 minutes from 4:30 – 5:00.  You would not include the class time from 5:00 to 5:30.
    The same would apply if you are including part of your lunch time.

    wellness time







    Below are links to information about the Spark Learning Management System and a How to Navigate.
      Please note:  If you experience problems registering for an Open Activity, please email ginger.lambert@sjcd.edu to be manually registered in the requested course.

    Please contact a Balance U campus coordinator if you have any questions.  We all look forward to a happy and healthy 2014!

    Kristen Redding                         Kory Koehler                            Judy Harrison
    Central Campus  x1860             North Campus  x7157                South Campus   x3261
    kristen.redding@sjcd.edu           kory.koehler@sjcd.edu              judy.harrison@sjcd.edu


    Introducing Spark

    How to Navigate Spark

  • wpadmin 8:39 am on February 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College AEOP hosts annual TESA workshop 

    The San Jacinto College Association of Educational Office Personnel (AEOP) chapter recently hosted this year’s Texas Educational Support Staff Association (TESA) Area Workshop, featuring a day of professional development sessions. Morning sessions included Microsoft Excel, Men of Honor, Identifying Your True Colors and Avoiding Conflict, ABCs of Domestic Violence: Recognizing, Intervening, and Preventing. Afternoon sessions included safety in schools, HELP, I’m on Fire! Oh, It’s Burnout!, Even a Superwoman Can’t Do Everything!, Workplace Wellness, and STEM, Assertiveness Training.

    The one-day conference also served as a wonderful networking opportunity for educational staff from across the entire state of Texas.

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