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  • amanda.fenwick 10:47 am on November 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Summer Camp Information Form now available 

    In an effort to continue to increase participation in community programs such as Summer camps, we are collecting information about Summer camps now so that advertising and promotion of these activities can begin in March 2016. It may seem early for some of you, but in order for us to compile the most complete list of all Summer camps happening throughout the College, we need to get that information this Fall to begin promoting in March.

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  • wpadmin 8:00 am on November 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    We’ll miss you, Professor Robles. 

    A Celebration of Life ceremony was held on November 18, 2015  in honor of Professor Jose Antonio Robles-Rosario, who passed away on November 10, 2015.

    Professor Robles-Rosario worked as an adjunct professor from 2006 until 2010. In 2010, he became a full-time professor for the modern languages department at the San Jacinto College Central Campus. The following is a tribute written by his colleagues.

    Professor Jose Antonio Robles-Rosario was born on February 8, 1964 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He passed away unexpectedly on November 10, 2015 in Pasadena, Texas.

    In 1996, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in modern languages from the University of Puerto Rico. He then earned a master’s degree in bilingual education from the University of Houston in 2004.

    Mr. Robles came to San Jacinto College in 2006 as an adjunct professor and quickly made a name for himself. In May 2010, he joined the language arts team as a full-time professor. During his 30 minute interview, he showed enthusiasm, humbleness, and a willingness to come together. Mr. Robles showed that his biggest passion was to teach. Using poster boards and charismatic personality, he showed the faculty his methodology on teaching. His main message to the faculty was on how to encourage students to learn Spanish in his unique way.

    As a colleague, he showed an admirable side of himself. He was respectful, humble, and sincere. His character proved that he was the best choice as our new Spanish instructor. In the classroom he was loved and respected by his students because of his enthusiasm, energy, and the personable way he taught.

    He used music, dancing, modeling, and public speaking to lecture his students on a subject matter. He also encouraged his students to convey what they were taught in class and use it outside of the classroom.

    He took time out of his day to personally nurture and tutor his students. Not only did his students love and respect him, but other students from Mrs. Cooper’s and Mrs. Urbina-Horning’s classes had a great appreciation for Mr. Robles as well.

    Mr. Robles was truly a charismatic, energetic, caring, and easy-going professor. With a simple smile, he was able to encourage not only his students but the whole language department to participate in all of the festivities. He worked diligently for El Dia de Los Muertos, Coffee Day, and the Latin American Festival.

    As a faculty member, a colleague and a professor, he was liked and supported by all of us. We truly and sincerely will miss Professor Robles here at San Jacinto College. His presence will be missed in his classroom, the language arts lab, and every corner of the campus. He leaves behind a legacy that will linger in the minds and hearts of every life that he touched.

    The impact of his influence on students and faculty members will live on, and he will be remembered as a phenomenal instructor who loved his career and as someone who helped to make a difference in each of his peer’s lives. We at San Jacinto College will always love you Jose Antonio Robles until time is no more. Mil Gracias!

    • Neil Matkin 6:56 am on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Professor Robles was hired full-time under my watch at San Jac. He was a special and gifted educator who exuded enthusiasm for life and I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. I could not walk past his classroom without hearing his spirited delivery and engaged back and forth dialog as his students responded to questions and seized the opportunity to practice language skills. I was invited to his classroom for the El Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration two years in a row. The entire Day of the Dead is important in Spanish culture and is all about honoring those who have gone before. It was amazing. He and his students had turned the entire classroom into a mock cemetery complete with colorful decorations and all manner of traditional food and drink. There was a traditional sweet egg bread that was something I had never tried before. A common symbol of the holiday is the calavera (skull) mask. The first year was an introduction, the second year I was invited to meet the students and learn more about the celebration. Professor Robles presented me with my own silver painted calavera which sits on my mantle to this day. Thank you Mr. Robles. You were a light and a joy as a colleague and it was my pleasure to know you.

  • wpadmin 4:10 pm on November 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies to Faye Murphy, on the recent passing of her brother, Logan “Wayne” Lacy.

    Mr. Lacy was born on May 27, 1936 and passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015 in Tyler, Texas.

    Mr. Lacy served in the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and retired after 21 years of service. He graduated from Texas A&M with degrees in Agriculture Education and Plant Pathology. He also taught agriculture in College Station and at Kilgore College.

    Mr. Lacy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jane, son, John and wife Kellie, daughter, Karen and husband, David, three sisters, two brothers-in-law, grandson Logan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home in Overton, Texas. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Overton, Texas. A military graveside service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Bryan City Cemetery in Bryan, Texas.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cal Farley Boys Ranch in Amarillo, Texas or Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Texas.

    For the complete obituary, please click here.

    Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home First Baptist Church
    905 S. Commerce 206 North Rusk
    Overton, Texas 75684 Overton, Texas 75684
    Bryan City Cemetery
    1109 North Texas Avenue
    Bryan, Texas 77809
    Cal Farley Boys Ranch Hospice of East Texas
    P.O. Box 1890 4111 University Blvd.
    Amarillo, Texas 79105-9849 Tyler, Texas 75701

    Faye Murphy is the Project Director for the WECM Grant.

  • wpadmin 3:32 pm on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Chicken Soup for the Soul – Yummy November 12 

    FYE is hosting the Chicken Soup for the Soul event this Thursday in the Student Center to support the campus food pantry.

    Our food pantry serves enrolled students on our campus and the cupboards are getting low. Bring in at least one non-perishable item and receive a cup of soup in return. Sounds like a win- win situation to me. When selecting items to donate, please make sure they are not expired. If you have any questions about specific needs, please contact the Student Life office at ext. 1877.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Chicken SoupJust a friendly reminder:

  • wpadmin 3:20 pm on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Contact Center 2nd Annual Open House November 13 

    Hello San Jacinto College Community,

    open house

    We would love to have you attend our Contact Center 2nd Annual Open House. You are invited to attend.

    Thank You,
    The Contact Center Department

  • wpadmin 3:07 pm on November 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The November 6, 2015 edition of the San Jacinto Times is live online! 

    The November 6, 2015 edition of the San Jacinto Times is live online!

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  • wpadmin 1:38 pm on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    SJC Policy VI-KK Policy On Tobacco Use and Smoking 

    Please remember that San Jacinto College is a smoke-free and tobacco-free Institution, except in designated areas. Tobacco use and smoking are prohibited on all property owned, leasing, or controlled by the college as well as all vehicles owned, leased or controlled by the college district, except in designated areas. Designated areas, along with the policy and other information can be found at http://www.sanjac.edu/tobacco .

    Effective implementation of this Board policy and guidelines relies on the courtesy, respect and cooperation of all members of the college community. An individual who observes a violation may seek voluntary compliance through an informal request to the alleged offender or the observer can refer the matter to the Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management Office or Dean of Student Development.

    So please, Pass the Word, Respect the Policy, and Share the Air!

    Thank you!

    Ginger Lambert, CSRM
    San Jacinto College
    Director of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management (SHERM)
    4620 Fairmont Parkway, A1-204| Pasadena, Texas 77504
    Direct: (281) 998-6183 | Fax: (281) 998-6133 | Cell: (713) 805-7545 |
    http://www.sanjac.edu/safety |

  • wpadmin 1:22 pm on November 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Mark Deaver, Business Analyst II, with Enterprise Applications was invited to present at the Automic World 2015 Conference last week 

    Mark Deaver, Business Analyst II, with Enterprise Applications was invited to present at the Automic World 2015 Conference last week. Mark’s presentation was about his work with San Jacinto college’s Financial Aid Team to automate the Financial Aid Data Load process through Automic (UC4).

    This is exciting news! Way to go Mark!!

  • wpadmin 11:09 am on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Behind the Scenes of New Student Orientation 

    On behalf of Elizabeth Garcia

    I’d like to invite you to join the First Year Experience staff on Thursday, Nov. 19th for a Behind the Scenes look at New Student Orientation.

    We will be covering multiple aspects of New Student Orientation from how a student signs up, the purpose of the Resource Fair, what is said to the students, what is covered on the tours, how we assess the success of the program and our students and much more.

    It is my hope that you will stop by and learn about New Student Orientation.  If you have any questions, please contact me directly at Elizabeth.Garcia@sjcd.edu.
    Orientation to Orientation

  • wpadmin 9:17 am on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Honors Program students travel to Gulf Coast Honors Consortium Conference 


    Honors Program students recently participated in the Gulf Coast Honors Consortium Conference held Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at Lone Star College-Tomball Campus.  Eleven students were selected to present following a rigorous vetting process.  Eight of the 11 students are enrolled in Dr. Shera Carter Sackey’s Honors Public Speaking class at the Central Campus:


    “Leading the Academic Systems:  Students or Teachers?”, Jasmin Astala

    “Order 0099 and the Night Witches: Why Women?”, Chris Avallone

    “Graphology, Science or Pseudoscience?”, Dominique Avallone

    “Solid Light: How Can Force Fields Become Reality”, Austin Lewis

    “Schizophrenia: From Stigma to Solution”, Grant Long

    “Vladimir Putin: From Poverty to Presidency”, Salvador Rodriguez

    “Sex Trafficking-Modern Slavery”, Kelly Schmalfeldt

    “Technology in the Classroom”, Alejandro Talamentes


    Additional San Jan Jacinto College student presentations included:

    “Ku Klux Klan of Pasadena, Texas: Hidden Society From 1970s-1990s”, Jeffrey Hallinan

    “The Chamizal Settlement and the Dispersion of the People Group”, Dirk Johnston

    “A Mexican –American Life History: In Pursuit of the American Dream”, Antonio Luna


    Please congratulate our students if you see them on campus.



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