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  • wpadmin 5:43 pm on April 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations! Baby Ava is here! 

    Dr. Rachel Garcia and her husband, Greg Aranda, welcomed the birth of their daughter this week. Ava Chevelle Aranda was born on April 26, 2016, weighing 7 lbs, 8 oz, and 18 3/4 inches long. She is the family’s youngest daughter. Her big sister is Vivian, age 5.

    Congratulations to the family!



    • Julie 9:48 am on May 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats Rachel – Hugs all around. Vivian will be a great BIG Sister! Beautiful Baby!

  • wpadmin 5:36 pm on April 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations! Baby Katelyn has arrived! 

    Bret Boudreaux, internal audit manager, his wife Melissa and big sister Meredith recently welcomed a new addition to their family! Katelyn Josephine Boudreaux born on April 4, 2016 @ 2:36am.  7 lbs 3 oz, 19.7 inches. Congratulations to the family!


    • Julie 9:49 am on May 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats to you all….Another beautiful baby girl! Meredith is going to love being a BIG Sister!

  • wpadmin 2:02 pm on April 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations to all the 2016 Service Awards recipients! 

    The 25th annual Service Awards Banquet was held on Friday, April 15, 2016, at the Sylvan Beach Pavilion in La Porte, Texas. Entertainment for the evening was provided by Dr. Randy Snyder, Hodari Mitchell, and Jermaine Smith. See all of the recipients’ names and photos below.2016 Service Award Recipients


  • amanda.fenwick 9:57 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Engineering program recognized at April Board meeting for retention efforts 

    At the April Board of Trustees meeting, the engineering department was recognized for its efforts in retention and transition. Andrew Vines, South Campus department chair for chemistry, engineering, geology, and physics; and Dr. Karen Duston, South Campus engineering program coordinator, received the award last month from Texas A&M University. Congratulations to Andrew, Dr. Duston, and the entire engineering program team! Read more here.

    PICTURE: HSI Retention and Transition Award

    PHOTO CUTLINE: The San Jacinto College engineering sciences associate degree program has been named a recipient of the Excellence in Retention and Transition for Hispanic Serving Institutions award by Texas A&M University. Pictured left to right: Dr. Brenda Jones, San Jacinto College South Campus provost; Andrew Vines, San Jacinto College South Campus department chair for chemistry, engineering, geology, and physics; Dr. Karen Duston, San Jacinto College South Campus engineering program coordinator and professor; Dr. Laurel Williamson, San Jacinto College deputy chancellor and president; and Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College chancellor. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:48 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Employee Password Changes 

    On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, all San Jacinto College employees will be asked to set up a new password to access College computer accounts and the College’s network. This new password process will improve security and protect the College’s computer systems from unauthorized access through email phishing. Passwords for Banner, Success Factors, and SOAR will not be affected by this change.

    As part of this process, you need to register in the Password Self-Service tool available at http://www.sanjac.edu/password. By registering your account, you will be able to reset your network password online in the event that you forget it. This change will align us with our students, who have successfully been utilizing this service for a few years. Please review the following document, How to Set Up Your Security Questions, to register your account.

    A follow-up announcement will be sent out within the next few days to all employees with additional information, “how-to” documentation, and support that will be available for the upcoming password change.

    If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please send your inquiries to the Customer Care Department at ITS.CustomerCare@sjcd.edu.

  • wpadmin 11:15 am on April 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathy goes to Cheryl Mott on the passing of her husband, Larry “Hobo” Gene Mott.

    Hobo passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at home surrounded by love and his family.

    Services were held at the Light House Baptist Church in La Porte, Texas on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10:30 am.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Light House Baptist Church in memory of Hobo Mott.

    Cheryl Mott is an instructor in the College Prep Mathematics Department at Central Campus.

    Light House Baptist Church
    701 San Jacinto Street
    La Porte, Texas

  • andrea.vasquez 11:03 am on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

    South Campus Women’s History Month Wrap-up 

    The Women’s History Month Committee at the San Jacinto College South Campus celebrated Women’s History month on March 3, 2016 with a luncheon highlighting this year’s theme: Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government. Professors B.K. Silva and Marcia Beyer collaborated on a presentation to educate students on the various contributions women have made to our Government through their public service.

    Three women were honored for their Public Service in our community. Ms. Sylvia Brooks former President of the Houston Area Urban League encouraged students to get involved in their communities and to educate themselves on the various services provided by the Houston Area Urban League. Ms. Cheryl Johnson, Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector motivated students to accomplish their educational goals no matter how much adversity they encounter. She shared her experience with them as a student herself and as a mother of high school and college students. Sr. Pamela van Giessen who is a Volunteer and the Outreach Coordinator at Santa Maria Hostel shared her story about the her path to service within a community.  She also shared with students how her skill with language translation opened several doors for her to help others.  There were 70 students who enjoyed a wonderful lunch consisting of chicken salad, savory puff pastry, and watermelon, grapes, and pineapple along with banana pudding prepared from scratch by students enrolled at the North Campus Culinary Arts program guided by Chef Timothy Banks. The Women’s History Committee at South Campus is comprised of Tonja Conerly, Angie Sprowl, Dr. Kelly Biddle, B.K. Silva, Dr. Abbie Grubb, Elizabeth McKinley, Daniel Byars, Marcia Beyer, Farah Zamani, and Cristina Doda Cárdenas.

    Group picture: Left to right: Cristina Doda Cárdenas, Dr. Kelly Biddle, Ms. Sylvia Brooks, Sr. Pamela van Giessen, Cheryl Johnson, Marcia Beyer and Angie Sprowl.

  • andrea.vasquez 12:52 pm on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    San Jac faculty and staff attend 2016 TABPHE conference 

    San Jacinto College faculty and staff attended the Texas Association of Black Personnel Higher Education’s (TABPHE) 43rd Annual State Conference in Ft. Worth, March 3-5, 2016. This year, 18 San Jacinto staff members attended the conference. During this time, San Jac was well-represented. Dean Joseph Hebert ended his tenure as TABPHE State President. After serving as the Vice President of Membership (2012-2014) and on the TABPHE State Board of Directors (2014-2016), Professor Ralph Penn continues to serve in the role of a Fellows mentor. Mr. Ron Hopkins and Mr. Brad Treywick conducted a mentoring presentation which highlighted the Men of Honor program. Mrs. Lauren Parish-Williams serves as a TABPHE Fellow. Dr. DeRhonda McWaine will continue to serve as the Chair of the TABPHE Scholarship Committee. Dr. Lamar McWaine will continue to serve as the TABPHE Historian and Co-Chair of the TABPHE Fellows Committee. Dr. DeRhonda McWaine, Dr. Lamar McWaine, Dr. Alexander Okwonna, Dr. Brenda Jones, and Professor Ralph Penn remain actively involved as TABPHE Life Members. Dr. Alexander Okwonna was elected to the TABPHE State Board of Directors.

    TABPHE will host its 2018 conference in Houston, which Dr. Lamar McWaine and Dr. Alexander Okwonna have been asked to chair.

  • wpadmin 4:34 pm on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Calpine highlights San Jacinto College graduates! 

    The Calpine Corporation recently released a spotlight on Dakota Torres and Matthew Escobedo, two of their employees and two of our graduates! Click on the images below to read more about their stories!16-03-29 Apprentice FINAL_Page_116-03-29 Apprentice FINAL_Page_2

  • amanda.fenwick 1:51 pm on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    As seen on TV 

    The Pasadena Municipal Channel produced a video of a group of senior citizens from Pasadena’s Madison Jobe Senior Center, who recently dropped by for “pampering” at Central Campus. Culinary arts students prepared lunch for them and cosmetology students provided free hair styling.

    Thanks to the Central Campus people who helped to make the visit successful, 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.


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