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  • melissa.trevizo 10:02 am on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

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  • melissa.trevizo 9:42 am on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations Phi Beta Lamba National Finalists! 

    Congratulations to the national winners at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference (NLC) in San Antonio.

    Four students attended nationals and two placed in the Top 10 in the country in their event.

    • Chris Abumohor – 1st place – Business Ethics
    • Madeeha Haryani – 7th place – Financial Services

    Chris placed fourth at the state competition, but he was able to advance to nationals because the students who placed first and second were not able to travel to NLC.

    “Chris worked really hard on his speech, meeting with me every week since the spring semester ended until we left for competition to practice and then practicing more at the conference,” said Kristy McAuliffe, Phi Beta Lambda advisor. “I’m so proud of Chris and his achievement.”

    At NLC he advanced from the preliminary round of 30 students to the final round beating 14 other students to win 1st place in the nation!

    Madeeha Haryani obtained an unprecedented achievement at San Jacinto College South Campus.

    She has placed in the Top 10 at nationals three years in a row in three different events.

    Thank you to everyone for your support of PBL throughout the year. They couldn’t have done this without you!

    Kristy McAuliffe

    Professor, Accounting & Business Computer Applications
    Distinguished Faculty Level 3
    Phi Beta Lambda Advisor

  • melissa.trevizo 9:34 am on August 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Neva Howard on the recent passing of her mother, Pauline Harrison.

    Pauline was born on July 14, 1929 in Upshur County to Barnie and Myrtle Caldwell Roberts, both now deceased. She was married for sixty-three years to Charles Elwyn Harrison, who passed away in 2010. Pauline will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She served her Lord, family and friends well. Pauline was a member of several Baptist churches as she and her husband lived in several towns in Texas. She became a member of the Deer Park First Baptist Church in 2013, when she moved to the area to be closer to her daughters.

    Those she left behind to cherish wonderful memories include: her three children, David (& Arlene) Harrison, Donna (& Ken) Hanson, and Neva (& Ernie) Howard; six grandsons; and 15 great grandchildren. Survivors also include brothers and sisters-in-laws, Gerald & Mavinee Roberts, Charles & Bonnie Roberts, Ray & Janie Roberts and Wanda Stracener.
    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice, or to the Texas Baptist Home for Children, 629 Farley St., Waxahachie, TX 75165.

    Neva is a Library Assistant at the Central Campus Library.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Dianne Duron on the passing of her father, Demetrio Z. Torres, Jr.  A longtime resident of Galveston County, Demetrio passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the age of 86.

    After serving in the Air Force for four years, Demetrio married Bertha; they were blessed with eight children, 6 boys and 2 girls.  Spending time with family was very important to him, whether it was watching the Houston Astros win the World Series, the Texans and Cowboys football games, afternoon barbecues and monthly family breakfasts.  Demetrio had a passion for serving God, his Church and those in need.  He earned his fourth degree knighthood and was very proud to wear the uniform while protecting the Church.

    In his efforts to obtain a better life for his family, Demetrio became a certified welder at Del-Mar College in Corpus Christi, and soon after moved his young family north to Galveston, Texas, where he became a welder for Todd Shipyard.  He still knew he wanted to do more for his family, so he left the shipyard and became employed with Amoco, which is now Marathon GBR. He retired after twenty-seven years and earning the title Oil Movements Supervisor.  He later became employed at College of the Mainland as a Testing Coordinator in the Adult Education Department; he proudly worked to help and encourage each student that he encountered and did this for nine years until he “retired” again at the age of 76.

    He is preceded in death by his parents, Demetrio and Susana (Zertuche) Torres; his sisters, Nellie Flores, Carmen Mendez, and Irma Torres; his brothers, Roque and David Torres; and his son, Damian Torres.  He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Bertha (Berlanga) Torres; his sons, Demetrio III, Daniel (Maggie), Michael (Rose), Edward (Ann), Sam (Debby); his daughters, Dianne (Michael) Duron, Doris (Thaddeus) Butler; seventeen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; numerous relatives and many close friends.


    The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors that cared for him in his final days. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Shrine of the True Cross, Capital Campaign or St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o Shrine of the True Cross (400 FM 517-E, Dickinson, TX 77539).

    Dianne is the Director of Budgets for San Jacinto College.

    Our deepest sympathies go to the friends and family of Elizabeth Anne McFarlin Thomas, who passed away at the age of 83 on July 30, 2019.

    Anne obtained her Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and began teaching at San Jacinto College. Students recall her intimidating glare should a comma be misplaced, or subject and verb failed to agree. However, they also said that her classes, though challenging, taught them how to communicate effectively through the written word…with commas properly placed. She advanced to Dean of the English Department, was nominated for the prestigious Piper Award for teaching excellence, and retired after thirty years of service.

    Anne was president, founder, and active supporter of many groups that fostered an appreciation for education, music and history, including Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra, Pasadena Historic Society, San Jacinto Day Foundation, Harris County Historical Commission, and Anderson Historical Society. She also was a Girl Scout Leader, a 4-H group leader, a Rotary Ann, chairman of the Pasadena Strawberry Festival, and an active member of Pasadena First United Methodist Church.

    Always kind and patient, determined yet forgiving, the hallmarks of Anne’s life were her belief in the value of education and the love of family. Her mantra – “You can do anything you set your mind to” was demonstrated in her life’s accomplishments. She will be dearly missed, but she has made the world a better place.

    Anne was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Stanford and Bill McFarlin; and sisters, Mary Elaine Barnet and Jean Austin.  She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Clyde Thomas of Anderson; children, Julie Thomas Horn and husband Geoff of Navasota, Steven Donald Thomas and wife Vicki of Montgomery, TX, Jennifer Thomas of Shiro and Andrew Thomas and wife Shelle of Fruitland, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Woodson of Derby, Kansas along with many other relatives and friends.

    For those that desire, it has been suggested that memorials in Anne’s name be made to Anderson First United Methodist Church, 256 S. Main St., Anderson, TX 77830, or to a favorite charity.

    You are invited to sign the guestbook and leave condolences for the family by clicking here.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Debbie Westmoreland on the recent passing of her sister, Brenda Jo Cotter.  Brenda passed away on July 22, 2019, at the age of 82.

    Brenda was born on January 20, 1937 in Stockdale, TX, to Walter Milam Dowlearn and Lola Merle Mays Dowlearn.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Joe Harold Cotter; brother, Walter Bernard Dowlearn; great-granddaughter, Ashley Brooke Emery; and sister-in-law, Jackie Dowlearn. Brenda is survived by her son, Randy Cotter (Susan); daughter, Su Zanne Kimble (Emmit); grandchildren, Shelby Peterson (Tony), Joe R. Cotter, Josh Cotter (Jenna), Rochelle Lopez (Bobby), Craig Butler (Natalie), Laura Rowoldt (Seth), and Raylene Zeitler (Justin); brother, Robert Dowlearn; sister, Debbie K. Westmoreland (David); 16 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family and friends.

    Debbie is the Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Lt. Sabrina Naulings on the recent passing of her father-in-law, Willie “Grump” Stanciell.

    Sabrina is a lieutenant in the police department.


  • melissa.trevizo 2:54 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Mariano “Sonny” Garza, who passed away on July 8, 2019, at the age of 74. Sonny worked in the SJC Police Department from 1990 until he retired in 2010.

    Sonny was born on June 12,1945, in Rosenberg TX. Sgt. Garza proudly served with the Jacinto City Police Department prior to working at San Jacinto College. He was one of the founders of “Los Amigo Trail Riders”. He lived a blessed, fulfilled life. His family wishes to give special thanks to Angelina Gonzalez (sister) Lisa Miranda (sister) Adalberto Peña, Ronald and Laura Ramirez and family, Tony and Anna Lee Garza, all who stayed by his side until the end of his journey.

    He is preceded in death by his father, Marcelino Garza and brother, Johnny. He is survived by his loving family, including his wife of 30 years, Yolanda R. Garza; sons, Terry Garza (Melissa) and David Garza; stepsons, Thomas Ramirez and Ronald Ramirez (Laura); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    • Becky Martinez Holden 12:01 pm on August 5, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I was consoled that Chief Bruce Caldwell said many nice things about the vocation of police officers and that they are like family. He thanked the Garza family for their support of Sonny in his sacrifice away from his family while he served. I had the honor of chatting with his widow Yolanda and shared my video of the white dove release with her. May he rest in eternal peace. 🙁

  • melissa.trevizo 2:51 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Zamora facilitates discussion at NACUBO conference 

    Teri Zamora, San Jacinto College vice chancellor of fiscal affairs, recently facilitated a luncheon discussion during the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) annual conference July 14-16 in Austin.

    Zamora moderated the Community College Networking Luncheon, a continuing conversation for main-stage speakers who opened the conference.

    The discussion featured author Sarah Sladek, CEO of XYZ University, and Josh Miller, director of Gen Z studies for XYZ University, and focused on Sladek’s recent book “Talent Generation: How Visionary Organizations Are Redefining Work and Achieving Greater Success.”

    In addition, Zamora lent her expertise during the pre-conference, two-day New Business Officer program July 12-13 for rookie CFOs.

    Along with other seasoned business officers, she shared what had been missing from her toolkit in the beginning and how she had handled unexpected challenges.

    Pictured from left: Miller, Sladek, and Zamora discussed how to engage and retain workers across generations in the workplace by appreciating the diverse talent each group brings to the table.

    Pictured from left: Seasoned business professionals Sherry Mondou (University of Puget Sound), Zamora, Darrell Bazzell (University of Texas at Austin), Rick Anderson (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), J. Michael Gower (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey), Kim Kvall (St. Edward’s University), and Bronte Burleigh-Jones (Dickinson College) offered insights to newer CFOs.

  • melissa.trevizo 2:47 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jac PD equipped to serve College community in medical emergencies 

    by Courtney Morris

    The San Jacinto College Police Department thanks the United States Deputy Sheriff’s Association for recently donating 28 belt trauma kits, better equipping officers to serve the College community.

    The Z-Medica kits, valued around $1,900, contain rubber gloves, a CPR mask, a tourniquet, and gauze for emergency first aid so officers may assist students, faculty, and others until paramedics arrive.

    “These kits will be carried by all the patrol officers and will be used in emergency medical trauma incidents to stop bleeding,” Sgt. Scott Klamert, San Jacinto College PD, said.

    The compact, lightweight kits add another layer of safety to police shifts while making room for officers’ other gear.

    Pictured with the kits are Police Chief Bruce Caldwell (left) and Officer Jesse Mendoza.

  • melissa.trevizo 2:44 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Yvonne Frear! 

    San Jacinto College has continued to support and embrace The Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI), a division of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education – AABHE, because it not only meets the College values, but it also provides employees with a professional development opportunity of a lifetime.

    Out of the seven College values, the ones that were reiterated the most to the LMI Class of 2019, were inclusivity, collaboration, accountability, and excellence.

    LMI prepares African-Americans educational leaders who are seeking senior leadership positions in higher education a forum to acquire skills, knowledge, and networking opportunities to facilitate their aspirations.

    Drs. Laurel Williamson, Allatia Harris, Brenda Jones, Bill Raffetto, and Van Wigginton are supportive on selecting qualified applicants from the College to attend this weekly conference.  This year’s participant and graduate was Yvonne Frear, Department Chair – Social and Behavioral Sciences.  This annual conference was hosted by Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, from July 7 – 13.

    The leaders of the College continues to support LMI because the graduates of LMI continue to demonstrate leadership qualities needed to help move our institution forward. Previous San Jacinto College LMI graduates are:

    • Dr. Lamar McWaine – 2012
    • Dr. Alexander Okwonna – 2014
    • Dr. DeRhonda McWaine – 2015
    • Professor Tonja Conerly – 2017
    • Dr. Charlotte Garrett and Dr. Tyler Oliver – 2018

    Each of these LMI graduate maintain multiple leadership roles in our College ranging from Dean, Department Chair and Faculty Leaders.

    Dr. Alexander Okwonna and Professor Tonja Conerly had a lead role at this year’s Institute as a workshop presenter and other responsibilities.  Dr. DeRhonda McWaine and Dr. Lamar McWaine also attended and participated in events as well to provide College support to our newest LMI graduate, Yvonne Frear. Congratulations, we are all proud of yet another accomplishment!
    If you are interested in attending LMI in the future, contact Dr. Lamar McWaine or visit their website at lmiexperience.org.

  • melissa.trevizo 2:36 pm on August 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    NISOD profile on Christopher Wild 

    The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development featured a #NISODProfile on the South Campus’ physical sciences department chair Christopher Wild. Click here to read the entire profile.

    • YVONNE DAVIS FREAR 11:34 am on August 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations, Dr. Wild. This is a great profile.

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