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  • andrea.vasquez 3:35 pm on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    North Campus celebrates Spring Fling 

    The North Campus had their annual Spring Fling celebration on Wednesday, March 31.  Many of the campus’ student organizations participated in the festivities.

  • wpadmin 9:17 am on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Edward Almand Leonard, who passed away Friday, March 11, 2016, at the age of 81.

    Dr. Leonard earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at Emory University, and taught the subject with a fierce passion for decades. Former students often use words such as “captivating” and “entertaining” when speaking of his classes.

    Dr. Leonard was part of our San Jacinto College family for 20 years, from August 1983 through May 2003. While working at San Jacinto College Dr. Leonard was a dedicated Government Professor and also served as the Director of Continuing Education for several years at the South campus.

    Please click here for Dr. Leonard’s complete obituary.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:43 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Students, faculty, staff give senior group royal treatment 

    Jobe Group

    Senior citizens from Pasadena’s Madison Jobe Senior Center recently dropped by for “pampering” at Central Campus. Culinary arts students prepared lunch for them and cosmetology students provided free hair styling.

    Kudos to all the Central Campus people who helped to make the event a huge success, including Kay Richardson, Consumer Services Department Chair; David Vanover, Interior Design Program Director; Ernest Becerra, Culinary Arts Program Director; Marsha Smith, Cosmetology Adjunct Instructor; and Kathy Burris, Consumer Services Senior Administrative Assistant.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:26 pm on March 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Nico Hovsepian: What San Jacinto College means to me 

    Nico Hovsepian, systems administrator with IT, recently shared with Chancellor Brenda Hellyer what San Jacinto College means to him. It is pretty special, so we are sharing with you – the San Jac family. Thank you, Nico, for sharing!

    “I sometimes think about what San Jacinto College means to me and how it has affected my life.  I also always hear you mention the difference San Jac makes in people’s lives and thought I would share a quick note with you. As a preface – my daughter graduated from San Jacinto College when she was 17 and is now part of the San Jacinto College family as she is  working here. Of course as you know Cassi and I have been here for 16 years, but what you may not know is that my mom also worked here before she passed away.  That is three generations of San Jac graduates that are working here and paying it forward. Three generations shaped by San Jac and its people. It may seem a little corny to some, but San Jac really does change the lives of its Students… we are three generations of proof.”

  • wpadmin 10:39 am on March 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The impact of Mind Trekkers 2016: 6,000 and counting 

    Mind Trekkers returned to San Jacinto College this year, bringing the Adventures in STEM Science Festival to more than 6,000 6th-graders from seven school districts from across the Houston region. Students packed two gyms to participate in more than 100 STEM experiments.

    Experiments included foam Gnomes, fun fly sticks, nail puzzle, musical fruit, marker chromatography, fireproof balloons, fire tornado, giant mirrors, LN2 ice cream, grape crusher, skewer a balloon, and ping pong cannon.

    Check them out in this video!

    View the Mind Trekkers 2016 photo album below!

    MindTrekkers 2016

  • wpadmin 1:29 pm on March 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Elizabeth McKinley on the recent passing of her husband of 26 years, Jay McKinley.


    Russell Jay McKinley passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016.


    Funeral services will be held today, March 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm at League City Church of Christ in League City, Texas.


    In lieu of flowers, a fund in his honor is being setup for the Friendswood Little League.


    Elizabeth McKinley is a Professor in the Business department at South campus.


    League City Church of Christ

    1801 E. Main Street
    League City, Texas 77573

  • wpadmin 1:01 pm on March 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    SJC Vendor Fair: April 7, 2016 11am – 2pm 

    Contracts & Purchasing Services is hosting a Vendor Fair on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in the Central Campus Ballroom!

    The focus is to promote economic opportunities and development within our community. Vendors attending will include the following categories: catering, office and school supplies, promotional items, furniture, maintenance and IT, as well as several cooperative purchasing networks.

    We hope to see you there!
    SJC Vendor Fair Flyer 4-7-16

  • wpadmin 1:06 pm on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to George and Susana Gonzalez on the recent passing of George’s father, George F. Gonzalez, Sr.

    George F. Gonzalez Sr., went to Heaven to be with Our Lord Jesus Christ on March 2, 2016.

    George was born on August 10, 1948, to Gilbert and Mary Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, Texas. George is a 1966 graduate of Roy Miller High School. In 1972 he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&I in Kingsville.

    He retired in 2002 after 25 years as an educator for the Texas Public School System. George’s favorite pastime was collecting baseball memorabilia, classic movies and watching wrestling.

    George is preceded in death by his wife, Herlinda V. Gonzalez, father, Gilbert Gonzalez, mother, Mary S. Gonzalez and brother, Gilbert Gonzalez Jr.

    He is survived by his three sons: George Gonzalez Jr. and wife, Susana, Andrew Gonzalez and wife, Jessica, and Randal Gonzalez and wife, Francesca. He is also survived by six grandchildren; Andrea, Andres, Armando, Savannah, Sarah and Izabella; brother-in-law, Jesse Velazquez and wife, Janie, sister-in-law, Pauline Gonzalez, nephews and nieces, Greg, Hank, Misty, Michelle and Diana.

    Services were held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Saxet Funeral Home in Corpus Christi, Texas.

    For the complete obituary and photo, click here.

    George is the Director of Research and Institutional Effectiveness and Susana is the Manager of the Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management department.

  • wpadmin 1:04 pm on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Dr. Debbie Simpson-Smith on the recent passing of her husband, Larry P. Smith.

    Larry Smith passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Sugarland, Texas.

    A private family ‘Celebration of Life’ was held, on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

    Dr. Debbie Simpson-Smith is the Department Chair for Education, Child Development, and Psychology at Central campus.

  • amanda.fenwick 3:03 pm on March 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Read Across Campus a huge success 

    North Campus Provost Dr. Bill Raffetto spearheaded the recent Read Across Campus in conjunction with the National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative.

    Approximately 1,200 “leisure” reading books were donated by San Jacinto College faculty and staff for the Read Across Campus project, which enabled San Jacinto College students to drop by and pick up books for free. (More …)

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