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  • andrea.vasquez 4:01 pm on July 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply


    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Dr. Timothy Elliott, who passed away on June 10, 2018.

    Dr. Elliott was born on May 21, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Harry & Ruby Elliott; he passed away at the age of 72.  He graduated from Wayne State University with his undergraduate and master’s degree in music. Later in life he returned to school and received his doctorate in education at the University of Houston.

    Dr. Elliott served in many roles at the College, most recently as the Dean of the Evening Division at Central campus from 2007 until 2011.  He retired after 17 years with San Jacinto College.

    Dr. Elliott is survived by his mother, Ruby Elliott of Buffalo, New York; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Natalie Elliott of Friendswood, Texas; son Peter Elliott of Friendswood, Texas; and five grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his Father, Harry Elliott and sister, Elizabeth Elliott.

    A Celebration of Life is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018, at Forest Park East Funeral Home in Webster, Texas.

    Forest Park East Funeral Home
    21620 Gulf Freeway
    Webster, Texas 77598

  • amanda.fenwick 3:34 pm on July 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Condolences to Popular Embroidery Owner Victor Villarreal 

    Popular Embroidery owner Victor Villareal’s wife, Amy, passed away last week. We send our condolences to Victor and his family. Popular Embroidery is one of the College’s vendors for promotional items. Amy Villarreal was the Popular Embroidery representative for the South Campus.


    Services for Amy Villarreal will be held as follows:

    Wed. July 11, 2018

    Viewing:  11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Rosary: 7 p.m.

    Del Angel Funeral Home

    901 Main St.

    Pasadena, Tx 77506


    Thurs. July 12, 2018

    Service: 10 a.m.

    Del Angel Funeral Home

    Procession following to GrandView Cemetery on Spencer Hwy.


    In  keeping with Amy’s strong desire to give to her community and family, her husband Victor Villarreal, is asking that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to a memorial fund. Proceeds from this fund will be donated by Victor to the Lupus Foundation and to their granddaughter’s MS fund. A link to the Go Fund Me page can be found online at: https://www.gofundme.com/amy-villarreal-memorial

  • wpadmin 8:44 am on July 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    July in the library: Outdoor Life! 

    By Richard McKay ~

    I asked south campus librarians Larry Gainor and Lynda de los Santos to come inside for a minute and hunt up some books on the great outdoors.

    You may stop searching the night skies for signs of alien life; Larry’s first pick is all the proof you need that they walk among us.  Lars Eighner’s Travels With Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets (HV 4505 E44 [Texana Collection]) is the author’s record of hitchhiking through all sorts of places he probably shouldn’t.  He brought his dog with him, too.  I’m still not convinced that this was a good idea.  Their Iliad of inconveniences and embarrassments would probably be funny if they were made up.  Mr. Eighner seems a literate and engaging person, but I can’t help thinking that a frank talking to at an early age might have done him good.  The dog (Lizbeth, of the title) has no speaking parts besides “woof,” and bears the manifold hardships of road life with commendable stoicism.

    Larry also found Roger A. Bruns’s Knights of the Road: A Hobo History (HV 4504 B78).  By the hoboes’ own admission, newbies eager to chuck it all for a life of wandering and destitution are getting hard to find, and Knights was written in the late ‘70s.  The hobo is, or was, a traveling day laborer, distinct from the tramp, a wanderer who cannot, or will not, work, and the bum, ditto, but non-wandering.  They tend towards colorful nicknames: Pennsylvania Kid; Frisco Jack; Sparky Smith.   After reading a few paragraphs at random I pronounced the hobo lifestyle incompatible with clean bathrooms and kitchens, and turned to Larry’s next selection.

    While we’re on the topic, what bathroom can be complete without a copy of Larry’s next suggestion, The Worst-Case Scenario Almanac: Great Outdoors (GF 86 B68 [Student Life Collection])? Let’s check out “Most Dangerous Himalayan Peaks,” where we find a gallery of awful places with evocative names: Annapurna, Nanga Parbat, and K2 head the long list of places to admire from far away.  The list is arranged by climbers’ fatality rate, and although the statistics in the almanac differ from the ones I got in a Google search, all sources agree that number three on the list, K2, is one bad bear.  In fact, many skilled climbers say that it’s the nastiest mountain on Carl Sagan’s pale blue dot.  The Almanac has it that fully one climber in seven who manages to make it to the top dies on the way down, and if you need a better reason to restrict your encounters with dangerous mountains to the ski lodge bar, I’d like to hear it.  Just FYI, the redoubtable Everest is number 10 on the list.

     Here comes Lynda, lugging the ponderous Wilderness Medicine (RC 88.9 O95 M36).  The thing has got to weigh a good ten pounds, so don’t even think of making room for it in your backpack, but you’ll search hard for a more fascinating (or for a scarier) look at the multitude of dreadful things that can happen to us out-of-doors.  The book consists of articles by a small army of subject experts in such arcana as polar medicine; wilderness cardiology; bites by venomous reptiles in the Americas; bear behavior and attacks; and other disciplines you’re better off not knowing about.  It’s a great way to waste ten minutes, if you were looking for one.  Outdoor life is, however, not without its risk: Wilderness has way too many pictures taken on the worst day of someone’s life.  Let’s put this one back on the shelving cart while we’re all still in a good mood, and resolve to keep a respectful distance from angry critters.

    It’s a telling commentary on our patrons’ lives that Lynda’s next choice, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Extreme Edition (GF 86 P58 [Student Life Collection]) has been checked out quite a few times.  But I’d put this one on the optional reading list unless you’re planning to vacation around mudslides or calving icebergs, in which case you might thank yourself later for a little reading on the front end.  Much of the advice is intuitive.  I especially enjoyed rule number one, under “How to Survive Nuclear Fallout:” “Put distance between yourself and the blast site.”  In fact, “be somewhere else” is cracker-jack advice for mishaps and catastrophes alike.  If the people shown in Wilderness Medicine had followed it, for instance, the book wouldn’t be as thick as it is.

    Lynda also offers us William Powers’s Twelve By Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream (GF 78 P68), the author’s memoir of self-realization through rustic simplicity.  What do you know, but all the fulfillment he was looking for was right beside him all the time.  If that nugget keeps you from moving to a shack with no utilities, fine.

    Lynda recalls learning about edible wild plants while at camp, so she was attracted at once to our Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants (QK 98.5 A1 A53).  I checked the title page for a subtitle like “a handbook for optimists;” nope.  The text is conversational, and was obviously written by someone who’s found and eaten these plants himself.  My problem with this is that I can’t imagine eating any of them in amounts that would even qualify them as a side dish.  Yet consider: “When Pere Marquette and his band journeyed from Green Bay, Wisconsin, to near our present Chicago…it may have been these wild leeks that were his main food.”  The wild leek in question is also known as the wild onion.  It grows in our area; you may have some in your back yard.  Its bulb would fit easily in a slingshot.  You may be sure that a doughty group trekking overland and depending on them for their “main food” had a problem on their hands.  Be somewhere else.

    Idyll:  That’s our maintenance building, in embryo, and we’re looking due north over what is now Parking Lot 6.  (See the attachment).  The stern geometries that now dominate the background of the area in the photo were, at the time, little more than agenda items at the monthly hospital administrators’ meeting.

    The Personal Column: Win a date with a strenuous outdoorsperson!  For your convenience, I narrowed the field to two historically renowned outdoor types.  Bring your own Ouija board.

    ·         Theodore Roosevelt.  Win: Used to swim buck nekkid in the Potomac.  Lose: Used to swim buck nekkid in the Potomac.

    ·         Henry VIII.  Win: Before the violent mood swings that troubled his later years he was celebrated for his athleticism and his general good humor.  Lose: He was clobbered so hard during a tournament that he was unconscious for a couple of hours.  Even the most sympathetic observers agreed that he was never quite the same after he woke up.

    Until next month, please have the foresight to be somewhere else should the situation call for it.



  • andrea.vasquez 9:57 am on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply


    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Gary Smith.  Gary was born on December 24, 1950, and passed away on June 25, 2018.

    A memorial service will be held at a later time in July.

    Gary was an Electrical Journeyman at South Campus;  he had been with the College since October 2009.

  • andrea.vasquez 8:17 am on July 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fiscal year, , orders   

    Marketing Projects and Name Tag Orders- End of Fiscal Year 

    The end of fiscal year 2017-18 is fast approaching! If you need to order publications from Marketing or employee name tags in time to deliver and invoice by August 31, please place your orders by this Friday, July 6.

    To order printed publications, please fill in the Publications Request Form. For name tag orders, please complete the Name Tag Request Form.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Hind at mary.hind@sjcd.edu.

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