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  • melissa.trevizo 2:09 pm on January 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Central Campus Nursing Faculty 

    The San Jacinto College Central Campus nursing program faculty recently held a meeting to prepare for the upcoming spring semester. Each member of faculty also received a jacket embroidered with their name and the name of the program. 

  • andrea.vasquez 5:12 pm on January 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

    Small act of kindness from a big heart 

    Alex Coco didn’t think twice about turning in a $100 bill he found outside a shopping center parking lot. Most 12-year-olds would have considered it their lucky day and headed to their favorite store. Alex, however, walked right back inside to ask the management if anyone reported missing the bill.

    After doing some checking, Alex was told that he could keep the bill since no one called or left word to claim it. Now that he officially had $100, his conscious would be at ease knowing that it was rightfully his. But Alex is no ordinary 12-year-old. Rather than buy the latest video games, or even gifts for his family, he told his mom, Nevin Coco, South Campus liberal arts division operations coordinator, that he wanted to use the money to help those who needed it more than he did. Alex then decided to use the $100 to buy food for the South Campus’ food pantry. It’s a great feeling to know that there are young people out there whose compassion and kindness for others will always speak volumes through their actions. Thank you, Alex!

    • Ruth Keenan 10:56 am on January 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Alex Coco we love you! Nevin, this is a great tribute to your parenting. Thank you SJC for sharing this story. It made my day, and I am certain many others!

    • Kristy McAuliffe 10:59 am on January 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome job, Alex. I know your mom is so proud of you!

    • Susan Eason 12:07 pm on January 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful story…thank you, Alex, for helping our food pantry!

    • Brenda Jones 11:15 am on January 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Alex, I am so PROUD of you! You are AWESOME! Thank you so much for helping our SJC Food Pantry.
      Dr. Jones

    • Kelly Barnes 8:25 pm on January 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This story put such a smile on my face. Well done!

  • andrea.vasquez 4:23 pm on January 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

    Congratulations Nate Wiggins, IEEE Best Presenter Award 

    Nate Wiggins, professor of mathematics and engineering at San Jacinto College North Campus, was recently recognized with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Best Presenter Award for his presentation in the virtual reality and artificial intelligence category at the IEEE Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Wiggins presented a mixed reality homework system which creates holographic lessons for about 10 percent of the current cost, with no cost to the student, while providing artificial intelligence for automated feedback and remediation. Wiggins has been working on the research for a few years which was spurred from another project he was working on. He also uses his own homework system that he created for his classes, which he says has been working very well. Congratulations on your award, Nate!


  • melissa.trevizo 2:19 pm on January 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Mind Trekkers Call for Volunteers 

    San Jacinto College is hosting the Fifth Annual Mind Trekkers/ Adventures in STEM for area sixth graders on Central Campus March 7 and 8.  Once again, we are asking for your assistance. If you are new to San Jac, read on – and talk to a co-worker. We are looking for employees who are available to participate as we make this a fun, safe two-day event for 6,000 students. Your response has been great in the past, and I look for you to step up again in the same San Jac Proud way you helped out last year.

    We need employees who are willing (with supervisor approval) to help us make these events happen on either Thursday, March 7th and/ or Friday, March 8th from 8:00 – 3:00 at Central Campus. We also need people on Thursday night from 6:00 – 8:00.  Our need is greatest on Thursday morning. And we need help Wednesday afternoon setting up or Friday, at the end of the day, taking down. There are opportunities to volunteer in three ways:

    1. We need people to help set up experiments on Wednesday afternoon and/or return experiments to storage on Friday afternoon.
    1. We need people to help with logistics – keeping children from wandering off, helping them cross the street from their buses to the gym, monitoring the restrooms and running basic festival errands. If you can work both shifts on a given day, it will be most helpful.
    1. We need people to help conduct an experiment. (Don’t worry – we will set it up and help you learn how.) We have San Jac faculty and students from the departments who are planning to manage experiment stations, but we also have “Mind Trekkers” experiments that our team will set up – and we need people to operate these experiments.  Again, if you can work both shifts on a given day, it will be most helpful.

    If you are willing to work at the event (with your supervisor’s approval), please click on the link below and complete the form.


    If you have questions, contact Yessenia Jimenez at Yessenia.Jimenez@sjcd.edu.



  • melissa.trevizo 2:16 pm on January 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    South Campus Gallery: Not-So-Lone Star Studio 

    The South Campus Gallery is hosting a new exhibit, Not-So-Lone Star Studios: A Gathering of Texas Makers. The exhibit focuses on artists and makers currently residing in Texas whose creative practices engage in the conceptual dialogue of Contemporary Jewelry and Metalsmithing.

    The exhibit opens Monday, Jan. 14 and the opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 18 from 4-7 p.m.


  • melissa.trevizo 2:12 pm on January 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest condolences go to Neva Howard on the recent passing of her mother-in-law, Georgia Mae Ruby Howard. She passed away at the age of 94.

    Georgia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Jessie Howard; daughter, Annette Fay Koufadis; sons, James Ralph Howard, Thomas Clyde Howard, and Eugene Anthony Howard.

    She is survived by sons, William Jessie (Buddy) Howard, Jr. and wife Linda Sue, Earnest Alton Howard and wife, Neva; daughter Mona Lisa Lawson; and many other relatives and friends.

    Memorial services were held December 27, 2018, at Pasadena Funeral Home in Pasadena, Texas, with sons, Earnest Howard and William Jessie (Buddy) Howard, Jr., officiating.

    Neva Howard is a Cataloging Library Assistant at the Central campus Lee Davis Library.

  • melissa.trevizo 2:25 pm on January 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Public Auditions for Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ 

    The San Jacinto College Central Campus Department of Theatre and Film is holding public auditions for Thornton Wilder’s Classic, “Our Town”.

    Enrollment in classes is not required

    THE PLAY: 1901 to 1913. Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire near Massachusetts. Our Town is a 1938 metatheatrical three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. Considered one of the best written plays in American history!

    When: Open to the general public, no registration required! No prepared
    materials necessary. Dress to move. Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. – Slocomb Auditorium; Rehearsals begin Sunday, Jan. 17.

    Where: Powell Arena Theatre, 8060 Spencer Highway, in Pasadena, San Jacinto
    College Central Campus.

    Needed: Looking to cast 17 men and 7 women. All roles are up for auditions.

    Rehearsals: Will begin on Friday, Jan. 17 from 6-10 p.m. The first
    performance will be on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and will run through Sunday, Feb. 17.

  • melissa.trevizo 2:34 pm on January 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Transition to leadership 

    Are you a new leader or do you aspire to be one at San Jac?
    Log in to Cornerstone to learn more and register for our newest course, ODHR 5548.

    Leader approval required as part of registration.

  • melissa.trevizo 9:44 am on January 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Process technology training pays off with careers at Occidental Petroleum 

    Six San Jacinto College process technology graduates were recently hired by Occidental Petroleum (OXY), proving they have the training it takes to fill the skills gap in today’s petrochemical industry.

    A signing ceremony was held to celebrate the graduates’ achievements of earning their associate degrees and being offered full-time positions with OXY. Occidental Petroleum plays a key role on the San Jacinto College Petrochemical Advisory Council, which ensures students receive training in the skillsets requested by industry employers.

    “Here at San Jac, you have a great group of students who are receiving top-notch technical training, and who are eager to find a career in our industry,” said Jason Sevin, director of strategic planning with Occidental Petroleum. “This hiring initiative is a real opportunity to expand where we find valuable people for our workforce in the Permian Basin.”

    The process of recruiting these San Jacinto College students started earlier this year in September, when representatives from OXY contacted Jeff Pearce, career coordinator for the future Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology set to open in the summer of 2019.

    “I was thrilled when OXY contacted me to set up interviews with our students,” said Pearce. “Being able to provide our students direct contact with the companies they are looking to work for is priceless.”

    During the interview process, OXY met with a group of 100 students to introduce them to the idea of the hiring initiative. This meeting led to interviews with 22 of San Jacinto College’s process technology students before narrowing it down the six students who were offered positions in November of this year.

    The students, Adrian Boutte, Tracy Guerra, Jesse Killen, Ruben Perez, Miguel Ramos, and Joseph Ramirez all see this as an opportunity of a lifetime.

    “I’m so lucky to be part of this hiring initiative,” said Ramirez. “When OXY first came to speak with us we were all excited. Shortly after the first meeting, I was in an interview and I was offered the position. It has been such a smooth transition.”

    All six students were hired for positions in the Permian Basin region of West Texas. This region is known as the United States’ top oil producing region, generating 1 million barrels of oil each day.


  • melissa.trevizo 9:41 am on January 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome new public relations director and events planner! 

    The marketing, public relations and government affairs team is pleased to welcome to San Jacinto College Torrie Hardcastle as public relations director, and Kristine (Kris) Thompson as events planner.

    Torrie comes to San Jac from the Houston Ballet where she served as the associate director of marketing and public relations. Prior to that she was with the Houston Texans and the Houston Chronicle. Torrie has an extensive background in leadership and media relations, and holds degrees in journalism and radio-television-film, with a minor in advertising and public relations, from the University of Texas. Torrie will lead our media and public relations efforts as we continue to promote the success stories of our students, faculty, staff and college.

    Kris has spent the past 10+ years at UHCL as senior coordinator of special events, planning and hosting events to promote the university, the alumni association and University Advancement. She also has experience in community development with the Atlanta Thrashers, and has worked at the Columbus (GA) Regional Healthcare System, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and the Houston Area Hockey Club. She holds a degree from the University of Oklahoma, and will lead our College-wide event planning efforts.

    Please help me in welcoming Torrie and Kris to San Jacinto College. Feel free to reach out to either of them directly with any public relations needs or events questions. And be sure to say hello when you see them on campus!

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