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  • wpadmin 3:35 pm on August 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    STEM News: Tell us about your events! 

    Planning a STEM-related event this semester? Big or small, we want to know and place it on the STEM calendar! Simply visit sanjac.edu/stem-council and click on Let us know about your STEM event.

    Some STEM news for the month of September:

    We have STEM coordinators, and they are Patricia Steinke with the Central Campus, Nate Wiggins with the North Campus and Pam Betts with the South Campus. STEM Council co-chairs are Dr. Alexander Okwonna and Dr. Ann Cartwright. (More …)

  • amanda.fenwick 4:46 pm on August 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    September is National Preparedness Month 

    2016 National Preparedness Month LogoHarris County Commissioners Court has declared September as National Preparedness Month (NPM).  Now in its 13th year, NPM is a month-long effort hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready Campaign to encourage the public to prepare for all types of emergencies. Due to its success, the “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” theme will continue for a second year. (More …)

  • wpadmin 4:00 pm on August 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A full week ahead with volleyball and soccer! 

    Fall 2016 is here, and that means it’s time to come out to the games at San Jac! Labor Day weekend provides a full schedule for San Jac volleyball and soccer.

    The volleyball team will host its annual Military Appreciation Volleyball Tournament at the Central Campus. Games start on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 3-7 p.m., and continue on Friday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. There will be 12 teams from across the country competing. (More …)

  • amanda.fenwick 9:35 am on August 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

    Campus Carry information 

    Welcome to the fall 2016 semester! As you may know the Texas Legislature approved and passed two gun laws: House Bill 910, more commonly known as the Open Carry law; and Senate Bill 11, also known as the Campus Carry law.

    The Campus Carry law does not go into effect for community colleges, including San Jacinto College, until next year – August 1, 2017. The Campus Carry law permits valid licensed handgun owners to lawfully carry their concealed handgun in certain areas on a university campus, excluding those areas designated as areas where handguns may not be carried. This law for four-year universities in Texas began on August 1, 2016. (More …)

  • amanda.fenwick 9:30 am on August 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Hurricane Preparedness Information 

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    SJC AlertMe

    We are approaching peak hurricane season. The National Weather Service (NWS) is monitoring several systems in the Atlantic. While none pose an immediate threat to the United States, it is a good reminder to be prepared.

    This is a good time for you to review your contact information in SOS to ensure it is correct and up-to-date. If an emergency arises on one of our campuses, or if we need to contact students and employees due to weather, we would activate the SJC AlertMe emergency notification system. We will always contact you by email, but you can also opt in to receive voice and text alerts. To sign up or to check your contact information, log in to SOS and click on the red SJC AlertMe tab, or visit the SJC AlertMe website. The attached document will help you navigate SOS to review and update your information. Please note that any changes you make apply only to SJC AlertMe, and not your student or employee record.

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  • amanda.fenwick 9:27 am on August 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    August Board of Trustees meeting highlights 

    At the August Board of Trustees meeting, the Board recognized Dr. Chris Duke and the marketing team. Congrats to both!


  • wpadmin 9:20 am on August 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College welcomes Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Stauffer! 

    John StaufferOver the course of 22 years in the U.S. Army, Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Stauffer has sailed on every type of U.S. Army ship and assisted in the reopening of Port-au-Prince following Haiti’s disastrous 2010 earthquake. His next mission will be to move more military veterans into a maritime career as the new associate vice chancellor and superintendent of maritime at San Jacinto College.

    Chief Stauffer will begin his position on Sept. 12, 2016. He will oversee both the credit and non credit maritime programs and head the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus.

    “I’m an advocate for the mariner,” said Chief Stauffer, who currently serves as director of the Maritime Operations Branch with the U.S. Army Transportation School at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. “The maritime industry is already at the point of a shortage; the perfect storm is brewing. The United States Maritime Administration estimates that 70,000 seafarers will be needed by 2022, and universities will not be able to produce this amount by that time. This is why the San Jacinto College maritime program is so important.”

    Chief Stauffer plans to help more military veterans transition into maritime careers by earning maritime transportation associate degrees. He also plans to grow the maritime pipeline from high school to college.

    “There’s a necessity for more education when it comes to the maritime workforce,” said Stauffer. “You have to be able to communicate when entering foreign ports. You’ve got to have an understanding of math, know the basics of geometry, and as you progress, know basic trigonometry.”

    Chief Stauffer enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1994 and soon experienced his first maritime voyage as a deckhand. Over the next five years, he became a captain and was deployed three times to the Persian Gulf from 2001-2012, serving as Commander of the U.S. Army’s largest ship from 2011-2012. Following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Chief Stauffer assisted in humanitarian efforts and the reopening of Port-au-Prince as Commander of the U.S. Army’s Harbor Master Team. He served as director of the U.S. Army’s Europe Sea Section in Germany from 2012-2015 before transitioning into his current position with the Maritime Operations Branch in Virginia, where he oversees 32 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)-approved courses.

    Chief Stauffer’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, a Navy Commendation Medal and four Army Achievement Medals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Leo University and a master’s degree in business administration from Liberty University. His licenses and certifications include a Master 200 GRT Upon Oceans, Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels Upon Oceans, USCG Qualified Assessor and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

    “Chief Stauffer brings a host of sterling leadership qualities to the San Jacinto College maritime program,” said Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College vice chancellor for strategic initiatives. “He gets to the heart of matters and can form those types of partnerships that are vital to the growth and success of our program, our graduates and our region’s maritime industry. He understands that while maritime companies look for more mariners, they want those who meet the increasing educational demands of the U.S. Coast Guard. While he’s passionate about meeting this industry need, he also aims to recruit and train so that more people can gain the benefit of having lucrative and rewarding maritime careers and bring home great wages for themselves and their families.”

    Chief Stauffer and his wife, Melissa, will move to the Houston region in early September. They have two daughters, 2nd Lt. Alli Stauffer, 22, a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a bachelor’s degree in safety management; and Ashley Stauffer, 19, a student at Coastal Carolina University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in biology.

    For more information about the San Jacinto College maritime program, visit sanjac.edu/maritime.

  • wpadmin 5:09 pm on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Fiscal Year End Purchases and Deadlines 

    Don’t run out of time,  get your requisitions and purchase orders completed before the end of the fiscal year.

    All items and services MUST BE ON A PO AND RECEIVED by close of business on August 31st in order to be paid with FY 2015-2016 budget dollars.

    All requisitions related to FY 2015-2016  must be approved by all required approvers before the close of business on
    Friday, August 26, 2016.

    All requisitions related to FY 2015-2016 must be for goods DELIVERED(not just on order)or services RENDERED on or before August 31, 2016.  Grant-funded accounts are governed by their respective grant calendar.

    If you use Banner form FOAUAPP for approvals you may approve out of order by un-checking Next Approver and then next block.
    If you use SOS for approvals you may approve out of order by selecting “All documents which you may approve”.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact anyone in Contracts & Purchasing Services for assistance or email us at contracts.purchasing@sjcd.edu.

  • wpadmin 3:58 pm on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Raven, aka Provost Wigginton, greets incoming students! 

    Provost Van A. Wigginton promoted San Jacinto College pride and spirit on the Central Campus on Aug. 8 during fall 2016 registration week. Many students visited the campus for Student Services and Business Office assistance to prepare for their upcoming semester.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:39 am on August 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Texas Tribune Festival Educator Discount 






    The Texas Tribune Festival is September 23-25 in Austin, Texas. San Jacinto College faculty, staff and students can receive a $50 discount by registering at texastribune.org/festival.



    Texas Tribune Festival educator discount

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