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  • melissa.trevizo 9:48 am on July 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome, Ron Sanchez! 

    Ron Sanchez, vice president of organizational and talent development started at San Jacinto College in June. Get to know him a little better and help us welcome him to the College.

    Why did you decide to make the big move to San Jacinto College?
    Texas is home. I enjoyed my time as a senior executive with the US Treasury Department and the IRS in Washington DC. The Washington DC area is beautiful and a great place to experience life but it’s not Texas. I’ve had the desire for many years to be part of the San Jac Team. I wanted to work in higher education ever since I was a graduate student at UHCL but my career took me in another direction until now. It’s my dream job in my dream organization.

    Tell us a bit about your background:
    When I graduated from UHCL I started my career with Exxon/Mobil Corporation as an internal auditor at the Baytown refinery and chemical plant for five years. I then made a career change to the Federal Government where I started as a Revenue Agent with the IRS. My career progressed to analyst/senior analysts positions, then management positions. In 2003, I moved from tax compliance work to employee development as a training director in the Large Business and International Organization with the IRS where I was responsible for training Revenue Agents, International Examiners, Engineers, Financial Products Specialists, Administrative Professionals and Leadership. In 2013, I graduated from the executive development program with the IRS and was appointed as their Chief Learning Officer where I was responsible for employee development for over 80,000 employees. I led a variety of employee development programs across the country in this capacity. In 2017, the US Treasury Department requested I become their Chief Learning Officer where I was responsible for employee development for over 110,000 employees in 9 Treasury bureaus (including the IRS). In 2018, I was elected as the co-chair of the Federal CLO Council, which is made up of CLOs from cabinet level federal agencies. I led many special projects along the way related to organization development as well. It was an honor to serve in all these positions. I now bring this experience to SJC and looking forward to the adventures ahead.

    On the personal side I have been married for 33 years. I have three grown children and three Pomeranians. Along the way I studied martial arts for 18 years and earned a 4th degree black belt. I have since “retired” from martial arts. I am now a cyclist and runner. I run in the Houston Marathon annually and other running events around the Houston area. I also ride in cycling events around the Houston area. I have ridden in the MS 150 three times (Houston to Austin). I am considering riding in the MS 150 next year. Many of the cycling and running events raise money for charities so that is a motivator to participate.

    I am also part of a third generation of SJC employees. My father, Roy Sanchez, was a professor of accounting at the South campus for many years until he retired in 2014. My daughter, Ronni Sanchez, is currently a part time employee in the Physical Science Department as a chemistry lab technician at the South Campus.

    What do you want people to know about you and what you bring to the College?
    I bring skills, a passion for my job, energy and a desire to do my part in OTD for continued organization and employee success.

    What do you enjoy about working in higher ed?
    I love helping people develop and succeed. I believe in continuous learning because to grow and be successful one must always learn. We never know it all. That is why I have a passion for talent development, helping others learn and grow. The best organizations have well trained employees.
    In higher education we educate students for success in life and to accomplish their career goals. In OTD we educate SJC employees for their success and to accomplish their career goals.

    Is there anything that has surprised you about moving back to the Houston area?
    They built a Buc-ee’s on I-10 in the Katy area. That was a nice surprise to see.

    I moved back during the hottest time of the year so the temperature adjustment is a challenge although as a native Texan I don’t think you can ever get comfortable with the heat and humidity.

    I missed Texas bar-b-que and Mexican food. They have it in Washington but it’s not the same. I also missed Whataburger while in DC. I googled for the closest Whataburger while in Washington and it was in Florida.

    What do you look forward to the most at the College?
    Waking up every morning and doing what I love to do, which is organization and talent development. I look forward to working with the OTD staff to continue growth in our programs. I look forward to working with leadership and employees across the college to meet the organization and employee development needs across the college and doing my part for the continued success of San Jacinto College.

  • melissa.trevizo 3:24 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Special Olympics Texas – Annual Tip-a-Cop Event 

    Special Olympics Texas is hosting their annual Tip-A-Cop at Texas Roadhouse-Pasadena on Thursday, July 25th from 5 to 9 p.m. located at 3033 E. Sam Houston Parkway.

    San Jacinto College Police Department officers will be working in uniform as wait staff earning tips to benefit Special Olympics! The theme is, give a cop a tip and support Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes in your community. During the nationwide fundraiser, highway patrol troopers, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) members will walk around the restaurant with a Special Olympic Athlete and collect tips from patrons who get to hear the athletes tell their courageous stories.

    Last year SJCPD officers teamed up with some of the Special Olympic athletes and helped raise over $3,000. We did it while having fun and meeting some great people! The money raised through these charity events goes towards helping the athletes in our region make it to the Special Olympics that is hosted in Arlington, Texas every year. Please stop by and show your support!

    About Special Olympics Texas
    Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 44,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

    To learn more, visit http://www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.

  • melissa.trevizo 3:22 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    For your information: Office 365 Pro Plus Upgrade in Computer Lab 

    Over the next few weeks, the computer labs at San Jacinto College will be upgraded from Office 2016 to Office 365 Pro Plus. By performing this upgrade, students will have the same Office 365 apps at the College just like they do on their personal devices. Students and employees will notice that Office 365 Pro Plus delivers a familiar look and feel as that of Office 2016.

    What are the benefits?
    With Office 365 Pro Plus, computer labs will automatically get the best and latest feature upgrades, capabilities, and security patches thanks to its cloud-connected delivery model.
    It’s easier to collaborate with Pro Plus whether it’s in the classroom or off-campus. Co-authoring lets you open any OneNote, Excel, Power Point, and Word document shared with you to see if anyone else is working on the document at the same time. You can collaborate in real-time by making your own edits.
    Pro Plus provides access to exclusive cloud content including Animated 3D Graphics, Ideas in Excel, Power Point Designer and Power Point QuickStart.

    This upgrade will occur throughout the summer and during times where classroom instruction will not be interrupted.

    If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please send your inquires to the Customer Care Department at ITS.CustomerCare@sjcd.edu.

  • melissa.trevizo 3:20 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to the friends and family of Owen Mapingire. Owen was born on June 5, 1982; the College was notified on Monday, July 15, 2019 that he had passed away.

    Owen began working as a part-time Biology faculty member at South campus in January 2019.


  • melissa.trevizo 3:19 pm on July 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Did you Know? Publications requests before end of fiscal year 

    The end of fiscal year 2018-19 is fast approaching!

    If you need to order publications from Marketing in time to deliver and invoice by August 31, please place your orders by end of business on Friday, July 26.

    To order graphic design services or printed marketing publications, please complete in the Publications Request Form.

    If you are looking to order business cards or name tags and invoice before the end of the fiscal year, please contact the following to check that your order will be delivered in time before placing your order.

    · Business Cards (Marfield) – service@marfield.com
    · Name Tags (Gulf Coast Trophies) – sales@gctawards.com

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

  • melissa.trevizo 1:27 pm on July 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Vehicle Crash Reports 

    Effective April 8, 2019, accident reports will no longer be provided to the public by San Jacinto College Police Department.

    The general public will be directed to the TXDOT website to purchase accident reports online here.

    A menu item titled “Crash Reports” has been added to the Police Department webpage for public view.

    You will be provided the options to purchase a certified report or uncertified report. You may select only one option.

    Texas Peace Officer’s Report (CR-3) Types
    There are two types of reports available for purchase:

    • Certified Report ($8.00) – Report includes documentation that the crash report provided is a true and correct copy of the peace officer’s report filed with the Department. This document reflects the signature of the custodian of motor vehicle crash records as well as the official Texas Department of Transportation seal. Certified reports are usually required for legal proceedings, employment verification, etc.
    • Uncertified Report ($6.00) – Report that is not certified

  • melissa.trevizo 1:24 pm on July 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Did you know? Summer Enrollment Benefits Refresher 

    The Summer Enrollment Benefits Refresher Webinar is now available on the HR Benefits webpage!! Click here to go directly to the Summer Enrollement Benefits page.

    Summer enrollment dates are Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 20.

    Click below to find the following documents:

    Insurance Premiums

    Benefits Newsletter – Summer Enrollment Edition

    Dental Comparison Chart

    Please stop by one of the lab sessions listed below if you have benefit questions, or need assistance with enrollment. If you wish to enroll while at the lab session, please bring your ERS online user ID and password, as well as the social security number and DOB for any new dependents you will be adding to your coverage.

  • melissa.trevizo 1:17 pm on July 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Spotlight on Success: Grants and Swarmathon Winners 

    CPD awarded $12 Million apprenticeship grant from the Department of Labor
    (Grant Principal investigator – Dr. Sallie K Janes)
    San Jacinto Community College District, in partnership with three other Texas college districts – Alamo Community College, Dallas County Community College and Austin Community College–and industry partners; IBM, Lockheed Martin, Cerner Corporation, Cisco Systems and Rackspace will receive funding through DOL’s Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant program. The Texas is IT! Project, led by San Jacinto College/CPD Department, will train 5,000 apprentices and pre-apprentices over 48 months to satisfy job training and employment needs in Information Technology (IT) occupations throughout Texas. Texas is IT! will seek out non-traditional populations of IT workers, including those unemployed or underemployed, and work in collaboration with job center offices under the Texas Workforce Commission, to provide diverse populations access to the benefits of IT apprenticeships.

    These grants are funded through H-1B visa fees, which are paid to bring foreign workers to America when Americans cannot be found to fill open jobs. Nationwide, the awards totaled $183.8 million to 23 educational institutions to support more than 85,000 apprentices in new or expanded apprenticeship programs and increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans. These groups include veterans, military spouses, and service members transitioning into the civilian workforce; and groups that are underrepresented in apprenticeships such as women, people of color, and Americans transitioning from the justice system to the workforce. Industry partners will provide partial matching funds to the institutions to develop in-demand skills as part of these programs.

    National Science Foundation Awards LSAMP grant ($1.5 Million) to SJC
    (Grant Principal Investigators – Dr. Laurel Williamson and Professor Sharon Sledge)

    San Jacinto College has been awarded a $1,477,907 National Science Foundation grant to encourage more students to study and complete degrees in STEM fields. The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) grant will focus on the unique needs of our minority students and help them to acquire the knowledge and behaviors to successfully obtain STEM degrees at the Associate and Baccalaureate levels.

    The grant will create a new alliance led by San Jacinto Community College, joined by Houston Community College, and will be led by SJC math professor Dr. Sharon Sledge. Dr. Sledge will work to identify and create a “Community of Scholars,” designed to be a nurturing environment for the typical commuter-student population at both SJC and HCC. This community will then provide academic supports such as research and internship opportunities, faculty mentors, comprehensive advising, and peer tutoring programs and workshops. The proposed activities will increase student engagement and involvement, provide clear advising, and utilize our strong articulation agreements with four-year institutions to achieve the ultimate goal of the grant, the successful transfer of community college STEM students into baccalaureate degree programs.

    Swarmathon Winners (supported by National Science Foundation Bridge to STEM Grant)
    (Grant Principal Investigators – Nate Wiggins, Jim Meeks and Norman Liebling)

    Each year NASA challenges robotics teams from colleges nationwide in a Swarmathon, an event designed to use “Swarmies,” small robotic vehicles equipped with sensors, webcam, GPS and Wi-Fi antennas that can be programmed to communicate and interact as a collective swarm. The competition engages students in developing algorithms that could one day be used in space exploration and NASA’s Mission to Mars. This year a combined team of students from San Jacinto College and University of Houston-Clear Lake competed in the fourth NASA Swarmathon at Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida. The San Jacinto-UHCL team took first place in the Mission to Mars competition, and third in the physical competition, bringing home $1000 in prize money. The group also had the opportunity to present their work to multiple college and NASA groups. Funding for the students and advisors to attend and participate in this event was made partially through the Bridge to STEM Career Grant from National Science Foundation.

    The NSF grant program is the cooperative efforts between SJC and UHCL to build a bridge for students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields to transfer into STEM programs offered at UHCL. Designed to engage, recruit, retain and graduate students in STEM fields, the program will address obstacles that students face in degree attainment such as the lack of student engagement (with peers, faculty, campus services and career opportunities) and financial needs. The program will provide 30 students with scholarships, 5 students with opportunities to attend professional conferences and make professional presentations, and 15 students to participate in UHCL STEM research projects. Nate Wiggins, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Engineering is Primary Principal Investigator of this NSF grant, Bridges to STEM Careers and AI-Tech labs, at San Jacinto College.

  • melissa.trevizo 1:09 pm on July 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Cecil Dorsey.

    Cecil was born on October 14, 1936, the third of six children, to Charlie and Rhea Dorsey in Hearne, Texas. He graduated high school in 1955. After attending TCU for one year, he joined the Navy where he was an electronic spy on submarine duty. Four years later he came home and resumed his education at Lamar University, graduating in 1964 with a degree in Political Science. He then went on to receive his Master’s Degree from the University of Houston.

    In 1967 Cecil went to work for the Manned Spacecraft Center, later to be renamed the Johnson Space Center, as the Admin Officer of Mission Operations and then later moved to Property Management in the Logistics Division of Center Operations. It was there that he met Linda Shinault and they were married in 1969; they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 14, 2019.

    Cecil is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Rhea Dorsey; brothers, Leon and Kenneth; and sisters, Evelyn and Judy. He is survived by his wife, Linda; three sons, Chris, Mark and Ryan; and six grandchildren: Gabriel, Hannah, Abby, Madeline, Noah and Annie; and his sister, Nita Soileau.

    Visitation was held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at South Park Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 followed by interment at South Park Cemetery.

    Cecil dedicated many years of service to San Jacinto College. He served full-time from 2002 until he retired in 2014, both as a Professor of Government and as Department Chair of Social Sciences. He was currently a part-time Professor of Government at South Campus.

    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Lorenzo Najera. Lorenzo was born on October 29, 1973 and passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at the age of 45.

    Visitation will be held at Blackwell & Vazquez Funeral Home on Friday, July 12, 2019, from 3 to 8 p.m., with a service at 7 p.m.

    On Saturday, July 13, 2019, there will be visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Interment will follow immediately after at San Jacinto Memorial Park.

    Lorenzo was an Audio Visual Analyst II in the IT department. Lorenzo has been with San Jacinto College since February 2010.

    Please keep Lorenzo’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

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