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  • wpadmin 11:29 am on December 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Update: Microsoft Office for Home Use 

    Subject:                     Update:  Microsoft Office for Home Use
    Who it affects:          All SJC Employees

    Many SJC employees took advantage of the Home Use Program for Microsoft Office 2013, which allows current employees to install the software on a home computer, at a greatly reduced price.

    If you wish to purchase additional copies, please see the instructions below, valid till November 30, 2015. (More …)

  • wpadmin 2:35 pm on December 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    ITS Quick Help Sessions 

    Starting January 13th, 2015, ITS Quick Help Sessions will be held once a week on each campus:

    Campus: Bldg. and Room #: Days: Times:
    South ILC S-12.214 Every Tuesday 12 pm – 4 pm
    Central ILC C-1.219 Every Wednesday 12 pm – 4 pm
    North ILC N-2.207 Every Thursday 12 pm – 4 pm

    Purpose of the Q&A sessions

    The purpose of the ITS Quick Help sessions is to assist faculty and staff with general IT-related questions they may have. IT Staff will be available to answer questions such as:

    ·        How to enter a service ticket?

    ·        How to obtain media training?

    ·        How to set up email on a personal mobile device?

    ·        How to access and use Tech Support Online?


    For more information, email


  • wpadmin 9:14 pm on December 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Alan Ramirez on the recent passing of his brother, Alex Ramirez.

    Alex passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014. He is survived by his three sons, Ethan Alexander, Eric Andrew and Eliah Andres, his father, Zaragoza Ramirez, his sister, Miriam Ramirez and brother, Alan Ramirez.

    Services will be held at Grandview Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The funeral will be on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

    Grandview Funeral Home

    8501 Spencer Highway

    Pasadena, TX 77505

    Alan Ramirez is an Endpoint Analyst II in the Information Technology Services department.

  • wpadmin 1:16 pm on December 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    ABC 13 visits maritime center 


    ABC 13 reporter Angela Chen visited the San Jacinto College maritime training center on Highway 225 on Thursday, Dec. 11 for a story about our maritime program, new training center coming online next year, and jobs in the area. A huge thank you to Dr. Sallie Kay Janes, Vice President of CPD; Mitch Schacter, maritime program director; and Amy Arrowood, maritime instructor, and her students, for letting ABC 13 invade the facility for the day. Chen went live from the simulator on both the 4:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m., newscasts. View the 4:30 p.m. story here.


  • wpadmin 11:24 pm on December 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    N2L hosts celebration for San Jacinto College graduates 

    The N2L Outreach and Support Center for the Adult Learner recently held a holiday potluck party in celebration of the many accomplishments of San Jacinto College graduates this year. N2L members and their families were invited to attend the festivities, which included refreshments and a holiday gift exchange.

    • Kaye 9:34 am on December 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to all who came to our celebration and made it the deliciously warm, wonderfully FUN occasion it was. Our list of gratitude for our graduates (we count passing college algebra and BCIS;) is longer than Santa’s for good girls and boys.

  • wpadmin 9:02 am on December 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    American Chemical Society honors Dr. Dolores C. Aquino 

    Aquino award Houston Chemical Society Dec 2014_6613

    Dr. Dolores C. Aquino’s love for chemistry began early, from playing with a chemistry set as a child to becoming the star chemistry student in high school. Her life experiences in science education have helped her to develop a curriculum for her own students that blend both instruction and application. For this, the American Chemical Society – Greater Houston Section (ACS-GHS) has named Dr. Aquino Outstanding Chemistry Teacher at a Two Year College.

    “I firmly believe that students must be actively engaged in order to learn,” said Dr. Aquino, chemistry professor with San Jacinto College. “I am honored by students allowing me to be a positive force toward a changed and better life for them in their chosen career.”

    Dr. Aquino’s teaching career began approximately 25 years ago, after she received her doctorate from The Ohio State University. She previously obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology and worked as a research chemist within the oil and gas industry. She has been a member of the American Chemical Society for more than 30 years and served on many committees including the task force that wrote the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year Colleges. She is also an active member and committee chair with the Texas Community College Teachers Association.

    Dr. Aquino designs her curriculum to incorporate experiences outside of the classroom environment with regular visits to the chemistry exhibit at Houston Museum of Natural Science. She also aligns her courses to the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan that aims to improve the reading abilities of college students, and designs Honors student projects to validate new general chemistry laboratory procedures.

    This past summer, she was instrumental in online/hybrid course development. Many of her students have been accepted as student scholars in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in STEM program and the Texas STEM Challenge Scholarship (TSTEM) program. She also serves as a faculty mentor to both students and adjunct chemistry faculty, and has coordinated student activities for the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars.

    She guided former student Fernando Zuniga through his first college-level chemistry course. Zuniga came to San Jacinto College to find his career path and spent his first year in college prep courses.

    “My first chemistry professor, Dr. Dolores Aquino, really guided me because I had forgotten everything I learned in high school chemistry,” said Zuniga. After advancing into science and math courses, Zuniga received the LSAMP and TSTEM scholarships and graduated in May with a Rice University internship and admission into the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

    “I hope that by teaching chemistry it opens student’s eyes to what is going on around us,” said Dr. Aquino. “I feel that having some scientific training helps a person to look at things a bit differently. I know that many I teach won’t ever pursue careers in chemistry, but at least they’ll have some form of appreciation.”

    The ACS Outstanding Chemistry Teacher at a Two Year College Award is to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of chemistry at a community college in the American Chemical Society – Greater Houston Section. Selection is based on the nominee’s teaching, including unusually effective methods of presentation, a professor’s ability to challenge and inspire students, extra curricular work in chemistry, keeping up-to-date in the field, and evidence of leadership and/or active involvement within the profession.

    The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals, and scientific conferences.

    “Dr. Aquino is an outstanding professor who serves as a wonderful mentor to our students,” said Dr. Rachel Garcia, department chair of physical science at San Jacinto College. “She has impacted many lives with her approach to chemistry instruction. I consider her not only a mentor to others, but to myself as well. She exemplifies the highest standards of chemistry education among community colleges.”

  • andrea.vasquez 8:56 am on December 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    South Campus hosts annual holiday luncheon 

    The South Campus recently hosted their annual holiday luncheon on Dec. 5, with catering by Melange Events. This year the luncheon was held in the science and allied health building lobby, offering a new, larger, vibrant space for the event. Happy Holidays from the South Campus!

  • amanda.fenwick 9:32 am on December 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Photography club to meet on Dec. 19 

    The San Jacinto College employee photography club will meet on Friday, Dec. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Central Campus Health Science building (Building 11).

    Members will “photowalk” various facilities of the Central Campus (rain or shine), for portraits, architecture, landscape, macro, candid photography, etc.

    The employee photography club is open to all SJC employees, retirees, and spouses and children of employees (minors must be accompanied by adult guardians).

    Any who are interested in photography are welcome to attend — beginner, intermediate, advanced, any level.

    Photography club meetings are eligible for Wellness time as part of the SJC Balance U program.

    Click on the link for more info — Balance U



  • wpadmin 8:15 am on December 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Larry Gainor on the recent passing of his brother, Tom Gainor.

    Mr. Tom Gainor lived in Orlando, Florida. He passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

    Larry Gainor is a Librarian at South campus.

  • wpadmin 8:15 am on December 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Troy Freeman on the recent passing of his granddaughter, Alexis Johnson.

    Alexis Marissa Johnson was born on Monday, November 24, 2014 and passed away the same day.  She is survived by her parents, Brandon and Taylor Johnson and her sisters, Laila Johnson and Alea Janes.

    Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena, TX.

    For additional information click here.

    Troy is an auto maintenance technician at North campus.

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