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  • andrea.vasquez 1:36 pm on September 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    STEM Speaker Event Series- Shiela Ford 

    The event STEM Speaker Series began with a big success at the South Campus on Thursday, Sept. 21 with Ms. Shiela Ford, San Jacinto College South Campus nursing department chair. There were 303 attendees for the talk, some of which included students from other colleges and the general community thanks to great outreach efforts with the help of the College’s marketing department. Natural science faculty, the South Campus biology department chair, allied health science faculty, staff, LVN students and a numbner of students from other programs and the other College campuses came to hear Ms. Ford discuss the LVN to BSN career pathway.

    Ms. Ford talked about all the programs that San Jac offers for nursing majors.  She also announced and acknowledged the collaboration efforts between her department and the South Campus natural science department.  The first step in this exciting collaboration is the implementation of a service-learning project in our anatomy courses.  Ms. Ford and professor Sheema Nasir will be piloting the project this fall, along with support from Dr. Mary Wisgirda, South Campus natural sciences department chair.  We are excited to see how this collaboration evolves!

  • wpadmin 3:42 pm on September 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Thank you for helping during Hurricane Harvey recovery 

    So many people throughout the community volunteered to help others during Hurricane Harvey. From gathering supplies for a local school to helping to clean out flooded homes, every contribution helped recovery efforts.

    Do you know of San Jacinto College faculty or staff members who donated time to help out during or after Hurricane Harvey? If so, we’d love to recognize them here on the San Jacinto College Watercooler. Please send stories to watercooler@sjcd.edu.

    • Jo Anne Bailey 9:48 am on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I kept meaning to check with ya’ll about doing this, so thank you! I know of 2 because I saw them on the ABC news, Marie Flickinger for opening the shelter on Saturday, August 26 at Dobie High School, and Kristen Redding for helping evacuate a nursing home in the Friendswood, League City, Dickinson or Pearland area, it was on the ABC World News, and I just can’t recall which city now. Todd Allison told me that he helped clean out numerous houses in League City and Houston areas.

    • Melinda Benham 9:57 am on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Sagemont church took requests from people in the community that needed assistance with cleaning out and cutting out sheetrock. They were called Mudout teams. My husband and I joined in on one of the teams on Labor Day.

    • Amy Weaver 8:49 am on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am part of a team from Clear Creek Community Church that has been working on Harvey relief efforts since the recovery began. As of Sept. 14, our church has received more than 1500 requests for assistance from the community. 2,500 volunteers have helped to clean out (“mudout”) 826 homes. We are organizing them, feeding them and providing the tools needed. A warehouse of supplies from around the country is being distributed to individuals, food banks and distribution centers.

      There are still so many homes that have not had mudout completed. People in our communities are living in homes that are rapidly building mold because they took in water and have had no one to help them remove furniture, flooring, walls, etc. Just this weekend, I helped one of my San Jac coworkers remove furniture and walls from his home, which took 1.5 feet of water during the hurricane. Fortunately he isn’t forced to live in the environment. The fact that we are more than a month out from the hurricane and there are still people living in toxic environments is disheartening but also keeps me motivated to continue my volunteer efforts during all of my free time. I am reminded daily that this is a marathon, not a sprint and the need is ongoing.

  • andrea.vasquez 9:21 am on September 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Free Kutz 4 Kidz Sept. 16- Harvey Relief Effort at SJC South 

  • wpadmin 2:58 pm on September 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Check out the new place! Student Engagement and Activities @ South 

    Have you seen the new Student Engagement and Activities location at the South Campus? If you have an opportunity to stop by, check it out!


  • wpadmin 10:54 am on September 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The San Jacinto College mace: Turning a vision into reality 

    Have you heard? Jeff McGee, art professor, is working on the new San Jacinto College mace. It will be revealed sometime in the near future, but here’s a glimpse of how it’s coming along!

    “I am making great progress on the mace.  It’s always a fun challenge to design something on paper, then have to translate that vision into a tangible object.  I am focused on allowing the unique marks of a hand-made object to drive the aesthetic experience.” Jeff McGee


  • andrea.vasquez 10:48 am on September 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Remembering 9/11 

    All of the campus’ Remembering 9/11 events were a great success thanks to the College’s Veteran Services and Student Engagement & Activities departments. The Pasadena American Legion Post 521 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 521 provided six $100 scholarships to two student veterans at the Central, North and South Campuses.

    On Monday, September 11, 2017, AL Post 521 Commander Hubert Winters, ALA Unit 521 President Diana King, and ALA District 22 President Carol Chance Fleury made presentations on each campus at their respective Remembering 9/11 events.

    The two Central Campus winners of the AL and ALA $100 scholarships are Arturo Guerra and Victor DeLeon.  Arturo Guerra is a Communications major and a US Navy veteran. Victor DeLeon, an Army veteran, is a culinary arts major.

    Houston Green, one of the recipients of the $100 scholarship, is a mechanical engineer major and an Air Force veteran. The other recipient at South Campus is Katrina Parker-Hall; she is a nursing major and a Navy veteran.

    The two winners on North Campus of $100 scholarships are Adam Solis and Dominique Walker. Adam Solis is an Army veteran and is planning a career as a paramedic.  Dominique Walker is a Navy veteran and is preparing to be a social worker.

    Please enjoy this video of students sharing their 9/11 stories created by Eugene Bernard, San Jacinto College Veteran Services District Manager.

  • andrea.vasquez 10:09 am on September 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    2017 Seasonal Flu Vaccinations 

    Vaccination Information Sheet

    Part-time Employee Confirmation

    VIS Addendum En Español

  • andrea.vasquez 9:48 am on September 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Free METRO rides for area students through Sept. 30 

    METRO is offering free rides to all area students through Sept. 30, 2017. Many families are left with limited transportation options and disrupted schedules since the storm. Parents accompanying students to school may also ride for free.

    Harvey Recovery Free Ride Facts

    • Free rides for all students K- College
    • Free rides for parents escorting students
    • High school and college students must present student ID before boarding
    • Offer through Sept. 30, 2017

    Click here for more information via METRO.

  • andrea.vasquez 9:34 am on September 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Purchasing Tidbits 

    Here is your latest edition of Purchasing Tidbits.  Please contact Contracts & Purchasing Services with any questions at contracts.purchasing@sjcd.edu or x6117.

    Fiscal Year 2017-2018 is here and it is important to have all FY16-17 transactions finalized in a timely manner!

    Just a few helpful hints:
    ALL FY16-17 requisitions must have been entered and approved by close of business on Friday, August 25th.
    SPECIAL EXCEPTION: Due to Hurricane Harvey, the College will accept deliveries through Friday, September 8th as part of FY16-17, with a related PO that was issued before August 31st.

    All vendor invoices must be received in AP no later than Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
    All direct pay invoices must be approved & all original travel documents must be received in AP no later than Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
    Goods & services must have a receiver created in Banner for any Regular POs; Standing POs do not require a receiver.

    INVOICE DATE: 08/31/17
    TRANSACTION DATE: 08/31/17
    PAYMENT DATE: 08/31/17

    You can check the approval queue by clicking on the queue button in FOAUAPP.
    You can email or call the appropriate approving authority to complete the approval process.

  • wpadmin 3:44 pm on September 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Important Update for San Jacinto College Employees 

    Dear San Jacinto College employees,

    I know you are receiving many extensive emails. They will continue over the next few days.   It is critical that you read through these emails even though they are long.  We are working through all our processes to get the College open and the fall semester started.  Both employees and students are asking a lot of questions, and we are working through them to develop answers. We are communicating the answers through these emails.  There are many details to work through so I appreciate your patience in reading through all of them. Also know that we are in a time where things may change as additional information or situations evolve.

    I also want to be sure you know that we understand that many employees have sustained significant damage to their homes, vehicles, and other property. We know that this type of catastrophe takes an emotional toll on all affected. With that, there are questions about returning to work and the need for flexibility to take care of your homes and your families. I want to provide you with some guidance around these concerns.

    Communicate With Your Leader

    I ask that each employee keep your leader informed of your personal situation and ability to return to work on Tuesday, September 5th. You need to inform your leader if you will not be able to return to work on Tuesday, September 5th. For the days ahead, I am asking you to provide as much notice as possible, but no less than eight hours or a day ahead of your regularly scheduled class, shift, or work schedule. I am asking leaders to work with you to provide work schedule flexibility. At the same time I ask each employee to balance your personal situations while observing the student’s and the College’s need for your presence at work.


    Paid Time Off for Recovery

    Effective September 1st, leave balances were front loaded for full-time benefits eligible employees who are not currently on leave without pay. Should an employee have extenuating personal circumstances and need additional disaster recovery time, including making arrangements for elderly parents, up to 60 hours of your available sick leave may be used through December 31, 2017. Refer to the leave time schedule below.

    We also understand that several school districts will still be closed beyond September 5th. In these situations, up to 24 hours of your sick leave may be used while employees make alternate arrangements for child care. Employees should continue to work with their leaders to discuss their personal situations and the need for sick leave due to child care needs. Sick leave is not intended to be used as long-term support for child care.

    Sick leave is also not intended for volunteering in the community for continued recovery efforts.


    Leave Schedule

    Leave time is front-loaded September 1st for employees who are not currently on leave without pay. For other full-time employees the leave is loaded as follows:

    ·         9-month faculty – 48 hours sick and 24 hours personal business

    ·         10.5 month faculty – 60 hours sick and 24 hours personal business

    ·         12-35 month faculty – 72 hours sick and 24 hours personal business

    ·         12-40 faculty – 72 hours sick, 24 hours personal business, and minimum 80 hours vacation

    ·         Full-time staff/admin – 72 hours sick, 24 hours personal business, and minimum 80 hours vacation

    Part-time faculty assigned to teach a full course will be paid as regularly scheduled. Part-time faculty paid via timesheets should submit hours throughout the semester when time is worked. Department chairs will coordinate with faculty on the schedule to make up student hours throughout the semester.

    There may be opportunities for part-time staff to work additional hours as college operations resume. Hours for student workers are contingent on funding from federal or state work study programs.


    Living the Values

    Please remember that as employees of San Jacinto College, we live by our values including integrity, collaboration, excellence, innovation, and sense of community. We need all hands on deck to ensure the successful and continued operations of the College to meet the needs of our students. We need everyone to make every effort to be supportive of our students and our fellow employees. We need all available employees to report to work as scheduled on Tuesday, September 5th.  Communication with your leader is critical during this recovery period.  Remember it will continue for many of you and members of our community for a long period of time.

    Other Items and Information

    The San Jacinto College Foundation has rolled out the SJC Student and Employee Emergency Relief Fund to provide an opportunity to help those affected by this devastating storm. As the Foundation receives donations, a process for application for and disbursement of funds will be developed with the understanding that the entire process is contingent on how much is collected through the donation process. More communication will follow as we return to full college  operations.

    ·         To donate, please visit sanjac.edu/harvey-relief.

    ·         Employees may access resources for coping with disaster. Please visit http://www.sanjac.edu/harvey-disaster-recovery

    ·         For questions regarding utilizing your leave benefits, please contact hrbenefits@sjcd.edu or payroll@sjc.edu.

    ·         Students are asking many questions.  We have developed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to ensure we are all proving the same information.  They will be changing as we get more questions. You can review the most current FAQs at http://www.sanjac.edu/harvey-faqs. I encourage you to review this information and point students to the information as well.



    I know everyone is feeling the stress from the magnitude of this storm. We are all in this together, and together, we will overcome the obstacles in front of us.  I look forward to having you back at the College on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.  On that day and for the rest of the week, please feel free to dress casually and wear your San Jacinto College apparel including your Aspen t-shirt!


    Dr. Brenda Hellyer

    Chancellor, San Jacinto College

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