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  • amanda.fenwick 9:59 am on September 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    KHOU spotlights Open Books program 

    KHOU Channel 11 multimedia journalist Brandi Smith came to San Jac to learn more about how we are saving students millions of dollars on textbook costs. Here is her #Htown60 story. Find out more about our Open Books program online at sanjac.edu/open-books.


  • andrea.vasquez 9:25 am on September 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ADN, health sciences,   

    Welcome Dr. Michelle DeBose and Christie Stanfield! 

    On behalf of Dr. Alexander Okwonna, San Jacinto College South Campus Dean of Natural and Health Sciences

    Good Morning San Jac Family,

    It brings me great pleasure to announce Dr. Michelle DeBose as the new Department Chair of Nursing on the South Campus. Dr. DeBose comes to us from Prairie View A& M University College of Nursing. Dr. DeBose earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and her Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. DeBose has more than 20 years of nursing experience and has worked in a variety of positions/roles including parish nurse, prevention specialist, grant reviewer/writer, minority health officer, community health educator, associate researcher, professor, clinical coordinator, program director and campus dean of nursing. Dr. DeBose has received several awards including the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Award, the Women’s Health & Aging: Clinical Scientist Development Award and the UMOJA Excellence in the Village Award. Dr. DeBose is an active member of several professional organizations and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    I also have the pleasure of announcing Ms. Christie Stanfield as the new Sr. Administrative Assistant for the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)-Transition Program on the South Campus. Christie has been with the college for about six years, having started out in enrollment services. She previously served as a part-time staff member for the Natural Science and Health Science Division office. Christie has a wide range of experience and is a systemic thinker who pays attention to detail. She also has a big smile and a great laugh.

    We are truly excited to have Dr. DeBose and Christie as a part of our team. Please take the time to introduce yourself and welcome them as they transition into their new roles.

    Dr. Michelle DeBose

    Christie Stanfield



  • andrea.vasquez 9:08 am on September 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , flu vaccinations   

    Seasonal Flu Vaccination Program 

    During the 2009 flu pandemic, San Jacinto College responded by providing the flu vaccine as a benefit to its employees, largely due to the difficulty in obtaining and/or the expense of the vaccine.  In recent years, the College has continued to purchase the flu vaccine in order for it to be offered to employees, students, and family members conveniently.

    Over the past few years, there has been limited and declining participation in the program, and the cost and potential risk to the College has increased.  Additionally, since the origination of the program, the medical community has responded with flu shots being made readily available at little or no cost to our insured employees and their dependents.

    Due to the increased availability of the vaccine through third-party providers, the College has decided to cease duplicating this service.  The remainder of this email provides you with details on where to get your flu shot based on the type of health insurance coverage you have.

    NOTE:  Health insurance plans differ regarding where to receive a flu shot.  Here is a summary by plan: (More …)

  • melissa.trevizo 3:20 pm on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College Police Department Names Officer of the Year 

    The San Jacinto College Police Department honored officer Jesse Mendoza as its 2018 Officer of the Year at a reception on the College’s South Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

    Mendoza was chosen for the award by his fellow officers.

    “I’m so thankful for all the support from everyone,” Mendoza said. “I’m very humbled and so honored.”

    Since starting at San Jacinto College four years ago, Mendoza has become a training officer, teaching new recruits about the College and its policies and procedures; as well as a certified instructor for CPR and first aid for instruction to both officers and the community.

    “Officer Mendoza is never without a smile and he has the ability to make everyone around him feel better and more comfortable,” said Bruce Caldwell, San Jacinto College Police Chief. “He proves year after year to be a top performer and finds time to figure out ways for the department to be involved with charity work.”

    Mendoza also leads the efforts of the San Jacinto College Police Department on fundraising and volunteering with the Law Enforcement Torch run and Tip-a-Cop benefitting the Special Olympics. Under his leadership and through the efforts of the department, San Jacinto College police officers have raised more than $9,000 for Special Olympics.


  • andrea.vasquez 3:38 pm on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Veterans Job Fair Sept. 18 at Central Campus 

    San Jacinto College veteran services and career services are partnering with Total Safety and FlexTek Resources to host a free veterans job fair.

    This event is open to all veterans and community members. Opportunities will be available for veterans with experience in the following fields: forklift operators, warehouse workers, millwrights, journeymen, riggers, crane operators, senior electricians and maintenance technicians. Attendees should bring their resumes and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

    The job fair will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Interactive Learning Center, Building C1, room C1.102, on the San Jacinto College Central Campus, located at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena.

    Click here to register for the free job fair, or for more information, contact San Jacinto College veteran services at 281-998-6150.

  • melissa.trevizo 10:29 am on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Carrot Cake: The Life and Career of Chuck Jones 

    The San Jacinto College South Campus Gallery is hosting an Opening Reception for their latest guest installment, Carrot Cake: The Life and Career of Chuck Jones. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and other iconic characters will be featured in original drawings, animation cels, and videos on loan from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. The event takes places Friday, Sept. 21 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the South Campus Gallery, S-15.143.

  • andrea.vasquez 12:40 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , SSI, SSI grants, , Student Success Initiative Grants   

    Congratulations Fall 2018 SSI Grant Recipients! 

    The San Jacinto College Foundation Board is proud to announce the following awardees for the Fall 2018 Student Success Initiative grant program.

    These winning projects were selected for their innovative efforts to increase opportunities in learning, research and academic success for our students.

    Applicant Name                          Grant Proposal

    Phuong Nam Doan                      The Synthetic Arm

    Leslie Crnkovic                             Non-Destructive Testing Program Weld Inspection Bend Test Curriculum

    Susan M. Starr                              North and Central Campus Stem Expo with Communities In Schools

    Sheema Nasir                                STEM-Honors NASA Johnson Space Center Connection

    Yessenia Jimenez                          Adventures in STEM 2019

    Katherine Truax                             Gamification of Historical Concepts and Vocabulary

    Chache Franklin                             Intentional Connections Enrichment Program

    Kelly Anderson                               Influence of Proctored Testing in Distance Learning Mathematics

    Patrick Callaghan                          Commissioned Composer Project: Dr. Julian Bryson

    Patricia L. House                           Assessing Water Quality and Ecology of Armand Bayou

    Christina Dawn Crawford              National Day on Writing 2018

    Tim Bell                                  Connections Build Success: Interdisciplinary Events Strengthen Career Pathways

    Amanda Rose                               San Jacinto College Food Pantry

    Erin C. Callahan                            Culture Vulture

    Roger T. Watkins                           Business Venture Pitch Competition

    Twila Evette Rose                          North Children’s Center and Laboratory School Outdoor Classroom Project

    Allyson Marceau                            ESOL Scholarships and Awards Assembly

    Yesenia Chavez                    How do Bilingual Students Empower Students of Spanish as a Second Language?

    Congratulations to all of the fall 2018 recipients!

    Apply now for a Spring 2019 SSI Grant! The submission period IS NOW OPEN for the spring 2019 round of Student Success Initiative grants. The deadline to apply is October 30, with recipient announcements expected by November 30.

    Please visit the SJC Foundation Webpage for more details on the SSI application process.

  • andrea.vasquez 12:14 pm on September 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply


    Our deepest sympathies go to Robert Williams on the recent passing of his mother, Elaine.

    Iris Elaine Dowd Williams was born in Madera, CA, on December 31, 1940, to Arthur and Zella Mae Dowd.  She passed into Heaven on September 5, 2018, at the age of 77.

    She is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Billy Lynn Williams; sister, Edith Fisher; parents, and granddaughter, Sarah Elise Williams.

    She is survived by five children; Billy Lynn Williams II and wife Mary; Lisa Gayle Barnes and husband Joe; Robert Loren Williams and wife Bobbie; James Lee Williams and wife Donna; Patrick ”Mickey” Lawrence Williams and wife Maria; 17 grandchildren, a great grandson and other numerous family members and friends.

    Visitation is being held today, September 11, 2018, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Carnes Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Carnes Funeral Home, followed by interment at Forest Park East Cemetery.

    Carnes Funeral Home
    3100 Gulf Freeway
    Texas City, TX 77591

    Forest Park – East Cemetery
    21620 Gulf Freeway
    Webster, TX  77598

    Please click here for the complete obituary. Robert Williams is a Carpenter  for Facilities Services.


  • wpadmin 6:54 am on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations to the 2018 Outstanding Women in Texas Government! 

    The 2018 Outstanding Women in Texas Government Award luncheon took place in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 5, 2018. Dr. Rachel Garcia received the award in the Outstanding Professional Development category; Dr. Brenda Jones was named a nominee for the Outstanding Leadership category; and Rosalyn Parker was named a nominee for the Outstanding Management category. Read more.

  • andrea.vasquez 1:54 pm on September 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply


    Our deepest sympathies go to Nicholas Malavis on the recent passing of his mother, Jennie.

    Jennie Malavis was born on February 15, 1920 in Muskogee, OK.  On Saturday, September 1, 2018, she passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. She was 98 years of age.

    Jennie was an accomplished pianist;  she taught piano lessons and played the organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Holdenville, OK.  After hearing her play, the dean of music at Oklahoma City University awarded her a piano scholarship, where she was named “Nicest Girl” in the university yearbook, along with many other honors.  Her freshman year she performed with the Kansas City Conservatory of Music Orchestra – one of her defining moments.  She will be remembered for her compassion, positive attitude, devotion to God and family, passion for life and her love and support of animals.  She upheld and exuded the highest moral character and ethical conduct. She saw the good in everyone and she inspired and appreciated everyone she knew. Her bright smile and twinkling eyes abided in a humble and unassuming countenance – she had a presence without saying a word.

    Jennie was predeceased by her husband, George Malavis, her parents, Ellie and George Fotenopulos, and her brother, Frank Fotenopulos. She is survived by her son, Nicholas George Malavis, of Houston, TX, her daughter, Ellie Joyce Malavis (fiancé, Randol Rodgers), Houston; her beloved sister, Lillie Drossos of Dallas, TX; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and many other friends and family.

    Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons.

    The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, September 10, 2018, at St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church. Interment will follow at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

    Geo. H. Lewis & Sons
    1010 Bering Drive
    Houston, TX  77057

    St. Basil the Great Green Orthodox Church
    1100 Eldridge Parkway
    Houston, TX  77077

    Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery
    12800 Westheimer Rd
    Houston, TX 77077

    In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Jennie Malavis’ name may be directed to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Blvd., Houston, TX, 77006.

    Nick Malavis is a professor of history at South Campus.


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