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  • andrea.vasquez 4:58 pm on May 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    May 2019 Board Meeting Recoginitions 

    The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees recognized several student organizations who placed at regional-level competitions. San Jacinto College Foundation scholarship donor, PVF Roundtable was also recognized for its longtime partnership with the College in providing scholarships for students in the pipefitting, welding, and advanced manufacturing programs. See more about the honorees below:

    The San Jacinto College Board of trustees recognized the South Campus SkillsUSA cosmetology and engineering design graphics teams for placing at the regional competition and advancing to the nationals that will be held in Louisville, Kentucky in June. Pictured left to right: Back row: Dr. Roger Watkins, San Jacinto College South Campus department chair of business and computer technology services; William Buel, San Jacinto College South Campus engineering design graphics instructor; Dominique Massicott; Zachary Earles; Kathleen Williamson; Alexis Vest; Tanner Cates; Kylie Ownes; and Kevin Morris, San Jacinto College South Campus dean of business and technology. Front row: Dr. Brenda Jones, San Jacinto College South Campus provost; Dana Belt, San Jacinto College South Campus cosmetology instructor; Sara Perry; Kendall Kelledy; and Pandora Freestone, San Jacinto College South Campus cosmetology instructor.

















    The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees recognized the South Campus chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), for placing at the State Leadership Conference in Nacogdoches, Texas in April. Pictured from left to right: Back Row: Dr. Roger Watkins, San Jacinto College South Campus department chair of business and computer technology services; Kevin Morris, San Jacinto College South Campus dean of business and technology. Front Row: Dr. Brenda Jones, San Jacinto College South Campus provost ;Dipti Giri; Hannah Simmons; and Kristy McAuliffe, San Jacinto College South Campus business professor and PBL advisor. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

    The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees and the San Jacinto College Foundation recognized PVF (Pipe, Valve and Fitting) Roundtable for donating more than $137,500 since 2015 to provide scholarships and textbooks to students in the pipefitting, welding, and advanced manufacturing programs. Pictured from left to right: Kim Shelton-Brown, PVF Roundtable board member; Harold Armstrong, PVF Roundtable Vice President; Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director of advancement.










    The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees recognized the Central Campus chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for for placing at the State Leadership Conference in Nacogdoches, Texas in April. Pictured left to right: Helen LaCour, San Jacinto College Central Campus program director for business office technology and PBL advisor; Lorenzo Rodriquez; Bill Wolfe, San Jacinto College Central Campus department chair of business, computer technology services, and maritime; Sherilyn Reynolds, San Jacinto College Central Campus program director of accounting, general business, and business management and PBL advisor; Dawson Dreiling, Tyler Smith, and Van A. Wigginton, J.D., San Jacinto College Central Campus provost.









    The San Jacinto College Board of trustees recognized the Central Campus SkillsUSA automotive team for placing at the regional competition and advancing to the nationals that will be held in Louisville, Kentucky in June. Pictured from left to right: JP Goins, San Jacinto College automotive technology GM ASEP instructor; Chad Gardner; Sean Ham; Porfirio Salas; David Castillo, San Jacinto College automotive technology FAST instructor; Luis Hernandez; Daniel Stevenson, San Jacinto College automotive technology Toyota TTEN instructor; and Juan Garza.






  • melissa.trevizo 2:54 pm on May 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Michelle Selk! 

    Michelle Selk, manager of assessment, was recently voted into the position of treasurer for the Texas Association for Higher Education Assessment (TxAHEA) Executive Committee.

    The elections for the Founding Executive Committee concluded on Friday, May 3, 2019, with 23 votes from the 33 voting members of the existing planning committees.

    Michelle has been with San Jacinto College since August 2013, first as full-time speech faculty, then in September 2017, she assumed her current role as manger of assessment.

    Congratulations Michelle!

    • YVONNE DAVIS FREAR 10:46 am on May 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations, Dr. Selk.

    • Rhonda Tompkins 5:13 pm on May 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations, Michelle! This is awesome for you.

  • melissa.trevizo 2:33 pm on May 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Innovation Spotlight: Pharmacy tech instructor makes learning more accessible, budget-friendly 

    by Courtney Morris

    San Jacinto College professors are taking the College’s goal of continuous improvement to a new level.

    Sara Byars represents one of many faculty members who have gone the extra mile to make learning more accessible to students.

    Byars, North Campus clinical liaison and lead faculty for the pharmacy technician program, recently created two workbooks as supplemental discussion and practice material for her pharmaceutical math classes.

    Not only are the workbooks tailored to her classes, but they are also easy on the wallet.

    Students will pay about $12 for both workbooks rather than $130-150 for the textbooks Byars originally considered for the classes.

    Kudos to Byars and other San Jac faculty who constantly seek to improve the classroom experience!

    Here is what Byars had to say about her experience writing and implementing her own workbooks:

    What prompted you to create these workbooks?

    I had not written anything this long before. The two workbooks are both around 150-160 pages and developed slowly over time.

    As a pharmacy technician instructor for the past four years, I have had to create supplemental worksheets for my students because the information I found already in print was not sufficient to cover the topics we needed to discuss.

    After reviewing seven to eight pharmaceutical math-specific textbooks, I found that the cons definitely outweighed the pros for each. Rather than continue to develop side content and integrate it into whichever textbook was required for the course, I realized I had enough for a workbook through the worksheets I had been creating and honing.

    So this spring semester (2019), I took a leap of faith with my leader’s support and put the workbooks together in a very rough first version. I told my students I would not be referencing any other textbook so they could return whatever they had bought if they felt comfortable.

    Which classes use the workbooks?

    Pharmaceutical Mathematics I (PHRA 1309) and Pharmaceutical Mathematics II (PHRA 1347).

    I have ideas on expanding and shaping the workbooks to fit our nursing, EMT, and medical assisting programs, but those are going to require more input from my colleagues and will come later. I am very interested in making sure all of our allied health students at San Jac get the very best resources they need to be successful in their career at the lowest possible cost.

    What topics do the workbooks cover?

    I cover everything from basic math (numbering systems, measuring systems, fractions, decimals, etc.) to complex pharmaceutical math (alligations, IV flow rates, and dosage calculations for pediatric use).

    The workbooks teach students everything they need to know to be in the pharmaceutical industry. No prior math knowledge is required, and by the end, they will be able to use critical thinking and concept mapping to solve any math problem thrown at them in the industry.

    I also focus heavily on what I call math literacy, helping students understand how to read math problems and set up the work. The rest is a natural progression to the correct answer. Often, I find that to be the main challenge for most students: they can read and solve independent math problems, but they find synthesizing the two concepts confusing. I guide them through the process — help them identify what they need from a word problem, how to set it up, and how to get the answer it’s asking for.

    How long did it take you to write the workbooks?

    About four years. I plan on creating my second version this summer, so you could say it’s going to be more intense these next two months.

    What were some challenges you faced?

    The biggest hurdle was that I am obsessive, with high standards for myself and a very analytical, often critical nature. I tend to nitpick everything from content to spacing and so much more. I have a laundry list of things I check off, so it probably could have been done sooner but not to my standards.

    How have your students responded?

    I am looking forward to reading their comments in the course surveys, but within the classroom, they seemed happy to get the workbooks and found them useful for studying both for classroom exams and for their national licensing exam.

    • Becky Martinez Holden 4:40 pm on May 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      So happy that the workbooks that the North Campus Print & Mail Center could assist by printing this effort toward student success! You keep us relevant as a component of support services for the SJC District. Thanks! And Congratulations, Sara! ☺

    • Michelle 11:08 am on May 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for your continued efforts to better assist our students!

  • melissa.trevizo 8:32 am on May 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Daniel “Danny” Romero, Jr. Danny was born on February 11, 1995; he passed away on May 10, 2019, at the age of 24.

    Visitation and funeral services were held at Santana Funeral Directors. Interment followed at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery.

    Santana Funeral Directors – Macario Garcia
    401 Ssgt. Macario Garcia Drive
    Houston, TX, 77011

    Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery
    8501 Spencer Hwy
    Pasadena, TX 77505

    Danny was a part-time employee for Tech Support at the South Campus.

  • melissa.trevizo 1:21 pm on May 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Employee Service Awards 

    On May 3, San Jacinto College celebrated employees with the 28th Annual Service Awards Banquet. This event recognized employees with 10 to 45 years (in five year increments) for their service to San Jacinto College. Employees with 40 years are Ann Cartwright, Cindra Daniels, Jacalyn Junkman, and Marylou Robins. English professor Karen Hattaway from the North Campus celebrated 45 years with San Jac.

    If you would like to view and download photos from the event, visit the College’s Flickr page, here. You can also view the recognition power point here.

    Congratulations to the employees who were recognized that evening!

  • melissa.trevizo 1:28 pm on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Brittany Heim on the recent passing of her grandfather, George Daniel Shepherd at the age of 88.

    George Daniel (Dan) Shepherd went to be with the Lord on May 2, 2019 after a courageous fight with cancer. Dan was born on October 22, 1930 to Jake and Eloise Shepherd in the community of Wattsville, Raines County, Texas.

    He was raised on a cotton farm in the middle of the great depression. At 17, after his father passed away, Dan began working as a groundskeeper at the San Jacinto Battleground, where he watched the Battleship Texas being brought into dock in 1948. In 1950, Dan moved to Fort Worth, Texas and within 4 months, met and married the love of his life of 69 years, Faye Cannon. He then enlisted with the US Air Force and became one of only two people in his group to work on the Air Force’s first Jet Bomber. After his tour of service, Dan and his bride moved to Deer Park, Texas to raise their three children.

    Dan had a great love for his family and was a true friend that was respected and loved by many.

    Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sisters. He is survived by his wife Faye Shepherd; sons, Bo Shepherd, Stormy Shepherd and wife Kimberly; daughter, Ginger Lambert and husband John; grand-children, Jake Shepherd and wife Kate, Brittany Heim, Sara Shepherd, Paul Lambert and wife Katy, Eric Lambert and wife Kimmy; great-grandchildren, Linda, Lane and Landry Shepherd, Luisa and Jack Lambert; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and very special friends.

    Visitation was held on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm at Rosewood Funeral Home Chapel in Pasadena, Texas. The funeral was held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 1 p.m. at South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena, Texas.


    Brittany is a Benefits Coordinator in Human Resources.

  • melissa.trevizo 3:51 pm on May 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jac Baseball Special Needs Day 

    The San Jacinto College baseball team recently partnered with the North Shore Little League Challenger Division (NSLLCD) to celebrate their first Special Needs Day event before their game April 27.

    The day was celebrated by fans of the NSLLCD and Gators alike with special guests, Roger Clemens, San Jac alum and former MLB player, and Dr. Chris Parker, president of the NJCAA,

    “I have received many appreciative compliments of the Special Needs Day event, and what it means for our campus to connect with our community through kids and baseball,” said Tom Arrington, San Jacinto College baseball coach. “We are very fortunate to be able to positively impact the lives of the kids and families around us, and to instill a foundation of community support in the young players of San Jacinto College.”

    The NSLLCD was established as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. More than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide.

    Both the Gators and the opposing team, the Galveston College Whitecaps, acted as buddies during the game. The buddies assist the Challenger players on the field, but whenever possible, encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves.

    The day was inspired by Gators assistant coach Kory Koehler’s son Keaton. Keaton was born with brain deformities and the Koehler’s were told their son would not live more than 5-10 hours off of oxygen as a newborn. Keaton survived and has been diagnosed with Desmosterolosis, a condition on the Cerebral Palsy spectrum. The 8 year old was able to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Challenger game.

    The event left such an impact on some of the San Jac Baseball team, that they showed up at the Challenger’s final game the next day to cheer on the kids again.

    “So many of us were very moved by the whole experience that our kids had at San Jac,” said Tammy Takeda, board member NSLLCD. “Having them come out again to support us for our final game was really amazing. Here’s to the start of a great partnership.”

    Kudos San Jac Baseball for making an impact on our community!

  • melissa.trevizo 3:17 pm on May 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Student Ambassador Update 

    via Orientation and Campus Tours

    The San Jacinto College Student Ambassadors from Central, North, and South campuses gathered at the Maritime Campus on Friday, April 12, 2019 for a tour and information session. This is just one of many trainings the student ambassadors participate in to prepare for incoming college students each year.

    Student Ambassadors are hired each semester to represent the College to all incoming and prospective students and their families during prospective campus tours, New Student Orientation, Student Development programs, and other projects as requested. Candidates go through a two-part hiring process which includes a panel interview and mock tours. Once hired, the ambassador participates in an ongoing training and shadowing program before they are eligible to work independently on a tour or New Student Orientation.

    We are proud to work with these students daily. They are a true representation of the students we work with and are the epitome of student success.

    For more information about the Student Ambassador positions or program, please contact one of the Orientation & Campus Tours Coordinators.

  • melissa.trevizo 3:13 pm on May 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Call for parade volunteers 

    Hello, all,

    I hope this finds you well and enjoying our sunny spring weather!

    San Jacinto College will once again participate in the Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. We are looking for employees and students interested in participating in the parade by riding in the float or walking alongside to hand out candy.

    If you are interested in participating, please note:

    Volunteers will not receive compensation for their time spent at the event.
    You must provide your own transportation to and from the parade meeting and unloading zones.
    If you sign up to walk, you must be able to walk the full parade route (Starting at the corner of Spencer & Shaver, proceeding one mile down Spencer to Burke, ending at the Memorial Stadium parking lot).
    You will need to arrive no later than 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.

    Spots are limited, so please let me know if you – or a group of students – are interested in participating!

    Have a great day and I look forward to hearing from you soon,

    Kristine Thompson

    Events Planner | Marketing and Public Relations


  • amanda.fenwick 10:48 am on May 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Additional Features for SJC AlertMe 

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    SJC AlertMe

    In an effort to better communicate with our College community during times of need such as a College emergency, we have added two features to the SJC AlertMe notification system. The first is a mobile app, Send Word Now Direct, to receive critical information through push notifications to your mobile device. The second is weather notifications from the National Weather Service (NWS) via text message and Direct mobile app notifications.


    On Wednesday, May 1, at 10 a.m., you should have received an email to your San Jacinto College email account inviting you to download the Send Word Now Direct app. You can access the Apple and Android app stores via our website to download the app to your mobile device. Please note that you must use your San Jacinto College email to login to the Direct app from your smartphone device that you wish to receive push notifications on.


    SJC AlertMe has been configured to send employees and students critical weather notifications from the National Weather Service. Notifications are set to be sent between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have signed up to receive SJC AlertMe messages via text and the Direct mobile app, this is how you will receive these weather notifications.


    For additional information about SJC AlertMe, visit the San Jacinto College website.


    Thank you!

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