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  • wpadmin 11:25 pm on December 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Coaching Management Magazine Article 


    Submitted by Sharon Nelson ~

    I am excited to announce that an article has been printed in the nationally distributed Coaching Management Magazine about the San Jac Volleyball’s Military Appreciation Tournament. What an honor to be recognized. I am incredibly humbled to be part of a national movement to generate ideas for special events, especially for our Veterans and Active Military.

    The article named/mentioned some of the people who helped make this event amazing, but not everyone I mentioned ended up being named in the article.

    SO- Special recognition to (I hope I don’t miss anyone – there’s so many of you)

    • San Jacinto College for allowing us the opportunity to host such a tremendous event in collaboration with the NJCAA Athletic Tournament hosted on our Central Campus.
      • This tournament brings a minimum of 10 out of town teams to our community for competition. They utilize hotels, local restaurants, and businesses for the 3-day event; generating not only recognition but revenue for our college community.
      • All of our administration and a special note to Dean Simons – for coming to the rescue one year! J
      • SJC Marketing who went FaceBook ‘Live’ as the Huey landed in the campus courtyard, took photos, interviewed veterans, and handed out shirts. (And coordinated this interview)
      • Campus Police Dept. and the Safety Dept. for approving and securing the area as well as protecting the helicopter.
    • Jeff Pearce for his vision to expand our event by collaborating with FirstGen, setting up hotel and food pricing packages for our visiting teams, and also bringing in local food vendors. (Not to mention the tedious creation of the actual play schedule, etc, etc, etc. ).
    • Michelle Wilson, Amy Axtell, and First Gen for graciously taking on so many aspects of the event.
      • The Reception and Honor Ceremony
      • Collaborating with Camp Hope
      • Contacting the local ROTC programs
      • Scheduling the FirstGen Students to greet veterans and fans at the door for admission.
      • Gathering all the departments across our wonderful campus to participate! There are so many of you who helped and brought items, including the gift bags for the Veterans Recognition Ceremony.
      • It would not have been possible without all of you!
    • Melanie Neill from North Campus Veterans Center – you were instrumental in getting this ball rolling in 2014! Your experience and suggestions helped us grow our event.
    • Physical Education Department and Rec Sports for assisting before, during, and after the event. We are always there for each other when events occur and it is wonderful to work together with you.
    • Rick Sharpe of the Vietnam War Flight Museum and Rick Harris of the Collings Foundation. There are not enough words to express our gratitude for your service as well as for donating your time and your military “toys” (like the Huey) to display at our event. We are forever grateful to you and all of our veterans and active military.

    As you can see, there are so many who helped us make this event special, and if I missed mentioning you above – THANK YOU!

    Here is a segment of the email I received with the article link. If it doesn’t take you straight to it, it is ALL of page 9.

    Dear Sharon,
    Thanks so much for your help with the article. Here is a link to the issue, with the story about San Jacinto.
    ” – Eleanor Frankel


    Thank you again!



    Sharon D. Nelson

    Director of Central Athletics

    Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

    San Jacinto College – Central

    8060 Spencer Hwy. Pasadena, TX 77505

    Office # 281-478-3656 / Fax 281-478-2729

  • wpadmin 3:38 pm on December 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jac and Pasadena Fire Marshal delivers toys to Shriners Burn Hospital for Children 

    Submitted by Dr. Janice Sullivan, dean of community education~

    Pasadena Deputy Fire Marshal Rafael Chacon conducted several home fire safety workshops recently at the Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) division’s Community Education Center on the Central Campus (C-1.108). Participants were trained on home fire safety, prevention, kitchen fires and holiday fire hazards. 

    We are so thankful to Mr. Chacon and this invaluable service to the San Jac family and the community. CPD was delighted to show our appreciation by supporting the Pasadena Fire Marshal’s Office (PFMO) Annual Toy Drive for the children at the Shriners Burn Hospital in Galveston.  Generous CPD employees donated a large box and numerous shopping bags overflowing with new, unwrapped toys.

    The Pasadena Fire Marshal’s office collected and delivered four truckloads of toys to the hospital on November 21.  Certainly, the toys will help to brighten the season for the children hospitalized with burn injuries, and will bring wide-brimmed smiles to their faces.  Representing the college were Dr. Janice Sullivan, CPD Dean of Community Education, and Abijah Kratochvil, CPD Director of Lifelong Learning. A big thank you to all that contributed to the toy drive and for enriching the quality of life in the community!

    Speaking of toys, the Lakeshore Learning Store will be hosting a Toy Safety workshop on Tuesday, December 19 at 12 p.m. in C-1.108.  Come see actual toy samples, currently on the market, to know what to avoid and what to look for when shopping for children’s toys.  Hope you can join us!


  • andrea.vasquez 3:48 pm on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    South Campus students engage in College food pantry service learning project 

    Did you know that Texas has either the second or third highest rate of food insecurity in the country at 18.5%?  Arkansas and Mississippi are tied for first place with 19.2%.  That’s the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    On a typical day in the 18 southeast Texas counties served by the Houston Food Bank, 66,200 people are hungry and can’t afford to buy food.  Of that number, 5,000 are children.

    One in five households in the same area faces food insecurity.  They live with the threat of being hungry, or having inconsistent access to enough nutritious food.

    It’s even worse for kids: one in four children is food insecure in southeast Texas.

    This semester San Jacinto College enrolled over 30,000 students; The South campus had over 12,000 students. The San Jacinto College food pantry program started in 2013.  For the Fall 2017 semester the San Jacinto College South Campus Student Engagement and Activities office accepted 64 student requests for food assistance. Since there are multiple people in a household the total amount of individuals served was 251 individuals.  (More …)

  • andrea.vasquez 3:37 pm on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply


    Our deepest sympathies go to Shari Goldstein on the loss of her mother, Gloria Harriet Gavenman Goldstein.

    Gloria left this world on December 10, 2017, exactly 91 years from the day she entered it.  She lived an active, creative, productive, and very full life.  Gloria was a happy soul and always an inspiration to others. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Howard Goldstein.  Gloria is survived by her four children: Jay and his wife, Shari, Susan and her husband Kelly, Amy and her husband Michael; two grandchildren, Seth and his wife Gabrielle, and Michelle and her husband Michael; and two great-grandchildren, Alex and Madeleine.

    A funeral service will be held at 10 A.M. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at The Crossings, 255 Egret Bay, League City, Texas 77573, with Rabbi Stuart Federow officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the charities that were meaningful to Gloria: Houston KUHT PBS @ http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org or The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) http://www.thenccs.org

    Condolences may be sent to the Goldstein family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at http://www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

    Shari is a professor of Accounting/General Business at Central Campus.

  • andrea.vasquez 3:33 pm on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Prof. Alvenetta Wilson contributes to Wallethub.com 

    Prof. Alvenetta Wilson, South Campus business and office technology professor, recently contributed to a Wallethub.com article on credit reporting. You can read the “Ask the Experts” blog post here. Thank you Prof. Wilson for offering your expertise to Wallethub.com!

  • andrea.vasquez 3:34 pm on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    SAFETY NOTE: Portable Heating Device at Work and Home 

    Portable Heating Device at Work

    We know it is cold outside and takes a little time to get warm on the inside, but please remember portable heating devices should NOT be used at WORK.  If the temperature in your work area is too cold, please contact Facilities Services (281-476-1854) and inform them of the temperature problem.    All avenues will be explored by the Facilities Services Energy Management Team to supply the desired room temperature.

    Portable space heaters are small, electrical heating units.  Heat is generated by running an electric current through high resistance wires called heating elements.  Regardless of the shape, size or type of electric heating element, virtually all power is converted into heat.  The inherent hazard associated with heater use is the elements, which can reach extremely high temperatures. The heaters are operated by adjusting the unit’s setting at high or low, or they may come equipped with a thermostat.

    Heating appliances like these temporarily raise the temperature in the area.  The building controls sense this and then attempt to further cool the area, causing the opposite effect of what the intention is. These devices also have a history of overloading the circuitry in the building and causing circuit breakers to trip. This outcome also causes additional problems for the building, as well as the building occupants.


    Portable Safety Heaters at HOME                                                                                          

    As recommended by the National Fire Protection Agency, when using portable safety heaters at HOME make sure to follow these tips and recommendations:

    • Purchase a heater with the seal of an independent testing laboratory.
    • Keep the heater at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from anything that can burn, including people.
    • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
    • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
    • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
    • Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit.
    • Keep children away from the space heater.
    • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
    • Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • andrea.vasquez 1:29 pm on December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Collaborative annual landscaping project with Facilities Services and Central botany class 

    The Facilities Services department and the Central Campus botany class recently completed their semester landscaping project at the front entrance and parking lot of the Central Campus music building #5.  In collaboration with Mr. Jeff Tschappatt, the District Grounds Supervisor, his grounds crew and Professor Barbara Schumacher, a campus planting has been incorporated into the semester syllabus for more than 10 years.  Learning about specific plant selections, their characteristics and placement in horticulture design under the guidance of Mr. Tschappatt always enhances the student’s botanical experience.

    This semester, two entrance beds were planted with a colorful, cold-hardy variety of “Sunshine Ligustrum” (Ligustrum sinense) and the popular “Chinese fringe flower” (Loropetalum sp.) shrubbery.  Smaller cover plants of society garlic and African Iris filled in six more parking lot beds to beautify the area.

    As part of this project students were able to:  calculate bed dimensions, draw beds to scale, analyze soil samples for type and nutrient content, place and plant over 100 plants and finish all beds with a mulch covering.

    This partnership with Facilities Services allows for an improved student learning outcome,  providing Facilities Services a direct avenue to interact with San Jacinto College students, impacting their education in a positive manner and improving campus appearance.  We are grateful for this annual collaborative opportunity.

  • andrea.vasquez 1:52 pm on December 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    San Jac Baseball visits Shriner’s Burn Care Unit 

    The San Jacinto College baseball team recently visited patients at the Shriner’s burn unit. They definitely brought a lot of smiles all round!

  • andrea.vasquez 1:43 pm on December 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Contact Center hosts 4th annual open house 

  • andrea.vasquez 1:39 pm on December 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Blackboard Maintenance – January 7-9, 2018 

    The San Jacinto College Blackboard system will be unavailable during the period of January 7, 2017 at 12:01am through January 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm for system maintenance, as scheduled in the Academic Calendar. During this maintenance window the following actions will be taken:

    1. Upgrade Blackboard operating system. This upgrade will affect back end processes used for system administration and will not change Blackboard functionality for users.
    2. Enable the New Box View (replacement for Croc-o-Doc).  For more information about New Box click here.

    Additional details will be announced as they become available.


    • Faculty should take time to archive copies for each of your courses. This process will create a permanent record of the course, including all content and user interactions. Archived copies of courses should be kept in a secure location like your SJC H:\ drive folder. You may find this End of Semester Checklist handy for details on archiving your course(s).


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