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  • melissa.trevizo 9:42 am on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Keeping Yourself and Others Healthy 

    For more information on what YOU can do to stay healthy during cold season, visit the CDC website or the San Jacinto College Health Services website.

  • melissa.trevizo 8:36 am on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Change in Custodial Service 

    The College’s custodial service provider will change from SSC to ABM (formerly GCA Education Services of Texas) on Monday, Feb. 19. Many of the SSC employees were given the opportunity to apply for positions with ABM, so you should still see many familiar faces.

    The ABM company will manage the contract. They are very experienced in working with higher education clients, so the transition should be smooth. If an area is missed or an issue arises, please contact facilities services through Maintenance.Request@sjcd.edu and they can work to remedy the issue. Thank you for your cooperation with our new partnership.

  • melissa.trevizo 10:39 am on January 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest condelences to Leslie Horton and Angie Jackson on the passing of their mother and mother in law Mary Elizabeth Cantwell.

    The beloved matriarch, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother – passed away peacefully on January 11, 2018. She was 80 years old, a native of Checotah, Oklahoma. After leaving her home state to raise her children in Texas, she took pride in the accomplishments of her three children to whom she passed on the importance of belonging to a church family and living a Christian life. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Golden Acres Baptist Church in Texas and Vivian Baptist Church in Oklahoma.

    Mary had a deep devotion to education and after completing high school in Checotah, she attended Texas Tech, and graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s in Administration. Mary was well-known for her compassion for teaching literacy, as she spent most of her life as a teacher, then as reading specialist, Vice Principal, and Principal. She will be remembered for her quick wit, humor, and her fierce love for her family, church, and OU football.

    She returned to her roots to live in Eufaula, Oklahoma, with her beloved husband, Harold, in 1997. She spent her last years with the love of her life in their log cabin they built from scratch, drinking coffee on the front porch watching God’s beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Mary loved to travel, tell stories, have Sunday family dinners, play competitive games, and celebrate Christmas; her favorite time of the year with a cookie jar family tradition.

    Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Earl Tryant Allen and Mary Elizabeth Ball Allen; sister Patricia “Lynn” West.

    She is survived by her husband, Harold Cantwell; her children, Leslie Horton and her husband Steven, Deanna Sebesta her husband John Sebesta, Jr., Tommy Jackson and his wife Angie, Penny Sue Guthrie and her husband Mike, Troy Wayne Cantwell and his wife Linda; her grandchildren, Courtney Melton and her husband Ben, Stev’anne Horton, Mandy Sebesta and Josh Pruneau, Thomas Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Ashley Guthrie, Kaci Guthrie, Chad Guthrie and his wife Taylor.

    Mary is also survived by her great-great grandchildren, Preston Melton, Parker Melton, Camryn Pruneau; her brothers, Doug Allen and Mike Allen as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family and a lifetime of friends.

    Services celebrating the life of Mary Cantwell were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Vivian Baptist Church in Eufaula, Oklahoma, with Pastor Dr. John Johnson and Brother Earnest Brown officiating. Committal prayers and interment following at Greenlawn Cemetery under the personal direction of John Garrett.

    You may share online condolences with Mary’s family at http://www.garrettfamilyfuneralhome.com.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Billy Smith, Jr. on the recent passing of his father, Billy Wayne Smith, Sr.

    Billy was born in 1951 in Pasadena , TX; he passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on December 1, 2017, at the age of 66.

    He served in the Marine Corps, after which time he devoted his life to his friends and family, as well as his life-long passions of tinkering with motorcycles, building models, and an undying interest in all things World War II.

    Billy is preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Wanda, and his daughter Michelle. He leaves behind a loving memory that shall live on in life through his children: Billy Wayne Smith Jr., Gigi Smith, Jennifer Korenek and husband Robert, Steven Hokanson and wife Ashley; siblings: Marc Smith and wife Kim, Russell Smith and wife Lucy; along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

    Billy Smith Jr. is a part-time History professor at South Campus.

    Our sincerest condolences go to the friends and family of Johnnie McDearmont (Johnnie Guillory).  Johnnie passed away on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.  She worked for San Jacinto College as an administrative assistant for the Library at South Campus for over 25 years.

    Johnnie was born January 7, 1935 in Long Leaf, LA to John Aleck Duke and Mary Ruth (Lawson) Duke. She raised three beautiful children with her then husband, L.J. Guillory Jr.  Later in life, she fell in love again and marriedThomas McDearmont.  Johnnie was most proud of her work at San Jacinto College-South.  She never stopped talking about the library work, students, and how proud she was when they graduated or moved on to a university continuing their education.  She always told the students, “Your education is one thing no one can ever take away from you.”

    Her parents, and brothers Jerry and Buddy Duke preceded her in death, but her memory, and spirit still carry on in her sister, Margarie Eernisse, brother, Randy Willis, Sister-in-law Ramona Duke; husband, Thomas McDearmont; daughters, Charlotte Serwinski, husband Ed, Dolores Weichert; son, L.J. Guillory III, wife Carol, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Visitation will be Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Emerald Hills Funeral Home in Kennedale.

    Funeral services for Ms. McDearmont were held Friday, January 19, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Emerald Hills Funeral Home, with Dr. Dan Curry officiating.

  • melissa.trevizo 10:21 am on January 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Purchasing Tidbits – Office Max to Office Depot Transition 

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

    FRIENDLY REMINDER: Beginning on January 15, 2018, the College transitioned from Office Max to Office Depot for office supply purchases due to the recent merger.

    Following are a few items to remember:

    • The new website for purchases is: http://www.business.officedepot.com.
    • User names will remain the same.
    • Temporary passwords will automatically be re-issued by the system and will need to be changed as each user logs in the first time. Temporary password for all users upon initial log in is Welcome1.
    • New requisitions should be processed using the new Office Depot vendor ID: G01008170.
    • Please list PSA Contract #16-208 and Board Approval date 8/2017 in the document text along with the standard standing PO document text.
    • New POs issued to Office Depot will pay for all orders placed on or after January 15.
    • For FAQs, please see the Office Depot Quick Reference Guide located on The Exchange (http://internal.sanjac.edu/node/5902)
    • If you need additional training, please contact Patsy Laredo for the training schedule.

    SJC Contact for Office Depot:
    Patsy Laredo
    281-998-6106 or ext. 6106

    Backup Office Depot Contact:
    Lauri Moser
    Sr. Administrative Assistant
    281-998-6117 or ext. 6117

  • melissa.trevizo 10:16 am on January 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    City of La Porte Mardi Gras on Main Event 

    The City of La Porte will hold their Mardi Gras on Main event in downtown La Porte, Saturday, Feb. 17.

    They have added a new element this year – Mardi Gras Games. It is several silly challenges designed for teams of 5 – 10. They are targeting corporations, industry, chamber of commerce, etc. in an effort to make it a fun team building and networking event. They would love to have a team (or two) from the college.For more information about the overall event, check out http://www.visitlaportetx.com/mardigras.

  • melissa.trevizo 10:56 am on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome Julie Broker! 

    Please welcome Julie Broker to San Jacinto College. Julie has taken the newly created position of Manager, San Jacinto College Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University and has recently completed her International CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) Certification. She is well versed in nonprofit operations and management practices having served as the interim executive director/program director for ESCH (Executive Service Corps of Houston). There, she was responsible for managing 70 volunteer consultants, who served the greater Houston nonprofit community.

  • melissa.trevizo 9:30 am on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    New Streamlined Incident Reporting System: INTELEX 

    The Office of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management (SHERM) is excited to announce our new streamlined incident reporting system! Intelex is the name of our platform and while it has been active for a few months, we’ve been testing it out and ironing out the wrinkles.

    The online form is very user-friendly – choose the type of incident (Injury/Illness, Property Damage, Vehicle Incident, or Environmental Incident), provide as much information about the incident as you can (fields marked with an asterisk [*] are required), then click on the Save button.

    Example of Injury/Illness Form:

    The links to the forms can be found on The Exchange under College Resources ® Form/Documents ® Safety Forms and Links:

    OR on the main Safety webpage (About San Jac ®COLLEGE OPERATIONS ® Safety):

    As always, please do not hesitate to call (X6183) or email (safety@sjcd.edu) SHERM with any safety-related questions or concerns.

  • wpadmin 9:56 am on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Tax Year 2017 Locations and Schedules 

    Please see the following information about locations and schedules for tax help this season.

    For the nearest Tax-Aide Location anywhere in the United States, visit: https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/

  • melissa.trevizo 9:00 am on January 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Allen Pigeon on the recent passing of his father, Lee Berkley Pigeon, Sr.

    Lee passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the age of 84 following a brief illness.

    He graduated from Alamo Heights High School, San Antonio, Texas, in 1951, and earned a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Tulsa University in 1956. On July 30, 1955, he married L. Kay Clark in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    Lee was employed as a chemical engineer by Eastman Kodak at the chemical plant in Longview from 1956 until his retirement in 1994. He was active in his church, Trinity Episcopal, President of the Humane Society of Northeast Texas for 27 years, an active member and board member of the Longview South Rotary for more than 20 years, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Tryon Road Special Utility District Board of Directors for 38 years and served as Board President at the time of his death.

    Lee is survived by his wife, Kay Pigeon; sons, Lee Berkley Pigeon, Jr., Allen C. Pigeon and wife Vanessa; daughter, Gail Pigeon; grandchildren, Kellee Pigeon and husband Kenneth Tuttle, Amanda Aguirre and husband Austin, Christin Orban and husband Scott, Ashley Pigeon, Brandon Pigeon, and Ryan Pigeon; and great-grandson Jameson Aguirre.

    Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond and Margaret, and brothers Bradley Pigeon and David Pigeon.

    A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church. Rev. Dr. Frank W. Hughes will be officiating. A reception for family and friends will be held in Fellowship Hall following the service.

    Trinity Episcopal Church
    906 Padon Street
    Longview, TX 75601

    Allen Pigeon is a Police Lieutenant for the San Jacinto College Police Department.

    Please click here to view complete obituary.

    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of San Jacinto College retiree, Louis Hinojosa.

    Louis was born on October 11, 1923 and passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the age of 94.

    Louis began working as a custodian at San Jacinto College in 1970 until his retirement in December 1992, after 22 years of service.

    A wake will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 5 to 9 p.m. and a funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Funeraria Del Angel in Pasadena, Texas. Internment will begin at noon on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Grandview Memorial Park in Pasadena, Texas.

    Funeraria Del Angel
    901 Main Street
    Pasadena, TX 77506

    Grandview Memorial Park
    8501 Spencer Highway
    Pasadena, TX 77505

  • melissa.trevizo 8:50 am on January 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto Day Battle Reenactment and Festival 

    San Jacinto College will be helping to celebrate the 182nd anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, Saturday, April 21. As we have done for the past seven years, San Jacinto College will be helping with the many volunteer duties it takes to run a free event for approximately 15,000 people. We have people who volunteer in the children’s crafts area, making history fun for many first-time, yet future, historians!

    Others work in the information booth or with the monument’s membership drive. Still others help with set up and take down or with the bus pick-up and drop-off. Without these many different jobs and the people to work them, the San Jacinto Day Festival could not be a success. In thanks for all of our volunteer efforts, the college is listed in all of the publicity for the event.

    Would you to consider volunteering at the San Jacinto Day Festival. All you need to do is fill out the form and return it to Eddie Weller, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History at eddie.weller@sjcd.edu.

    Over the last several years hundreds of members of the SJC family have participated in this event; will you consider giving a few hours to celebrate our state’s fascinating heritage?

    Call for Volunteers 2018

    Volunteer Form 2018

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