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  • amanda.fenwick 2:23 pm on September 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Heads up! Shell Deer Park turnaround information 


    A message from our friends at Shell Deer Park:


    Our fall turnaround event begins next week. During peak turnaround activities, we will have an additional 6,000 people working the event. They will be split in two shifts, with a net result of +3,000 workers at the site, 24/7. With pre-turnaround work, we are currently up to 2,000 additional workers, will ramp up to peak around mid-October, and we expect to ramp down through November. We recognize any maintenance activity comes with impact and the size of this turnaround event brings additional challenges. We apologize for any negative impact we may have to the community and appreciate your patience as we work through this event that will help us run safely and reliably for years to come. (More …)

  • amanda.fenwick 10:11 am on September 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘Into Your Success’ advertising campaign launches 

    After more than a year of research, surveys, and feedback from students and employees, the new San Jacinto College ad campaign, “Into Your Success,” has launched. The new campaign focuses on the student; works across the College District, whether for an academic or technical program, or a student support area; and centers around the message that whatever our students are into, we’re into that too.


    View some campaign samples online at: http://www.sanjac.edu/into-your-success-ad-campaign.

  • melissa.trevizo 1:46 pm on September 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of William D. Cleveland, who passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at the age of 70.

    William was born on June 23, 1949. He was a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. He taught Career Technology at Pasadena High School for 40 years, and was currently a part-time instructor at San Jacinto College. William was a member of the Cedar Bayou Masonic Lodge 321, and a former Baytown volunteer fireman and EMS member. He received Firefighter of the Year twice. He also enjoyed robotics, being a Ham radio operator, reading Robert Heinlein novels, spending time with his grandchildren, and Star Trek. William was also a volunteer Ham radio operator at events, such as the Chevron Houston Marathon and Baytown Gator Ride.

    William is survived by his wife of 26 years, Diana Florrow Cleveland; daughters, Jackie Valencia and husband Joe, and Jordan Jamilosa and husband Nestor Martinez, Sr.; grandchildren, Melanie Valencia, Makayla Martinez, and Nestor Martinez Jr.; and numerous other relatives and friends.

    William was a part-time instructor of Electrical Technology at North Campus.

    Please click here for the complete obituary.

    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Kathy Sanchez, who passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at the age of 53. She was born in Fort Worth, Texas on November 17, 1965 to Carolyn and Charles Sartor. She married Genesis Sanchez on September 26th, 1984. They made their home in La Porte, Texas.

    Kathy received her master’s degree from Ashford University in Early Childhood Development. She devoted her whole career to educating children and was a professor at San Jacinto College for future educators. During her time as an early childhood educator and director, she served many different positions and was among one of the most accredited directors in the area. One of Kathy’s most recent accomplishments was earning a national accreditation at San Jacinto College’s Lab School for early childhood development.

    Kathy is survived by her husband of 35 years, Genesis Sanchez; daughter CieCie Sanchez and Joel Torres, and their children, Ava and Mateo Sanchez-Torres of La Porte; daughter and son-in-law Chelsea and Andrew DeWalle of League City; daughter and son-in-law Ahamaree and Randy Hagan, and their child, Jackson; brother and sister-in-law Mark and Lisa Sartor of Deer Park; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Carolyn Sartor; brother Mike Sartor; and sister, Cheryl Sartor.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can made in Kathy’s honor to CASA of Galveston County or La Porte Animal Shelter.

    Click here to view the obituary.

    Kathy was the director of the Children’s Center at Central Campus.


    Our deepest sympathies go to Inez Sims on the recent passing of her husband, LaMerril Sims.

    LaMerril Sims was born January 11, 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas to proud parents, Hermon and Geraldine Lusk Sims. LaMerril accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Dennis C. Jones. His life journey ended on September 22, 2019, in the comfort of his home where he was surrounded by his loved ones.

    LaMerril leaves behind to cherish his loving memory a loving wife, Inez Matthew-Sims; daughter, Kelli Sims; son, Cory Sims, Sr.; grandson, Cory Sims, Jr.; brother, Marlon Shawn; sisters, Linda Dotson, LaTonia Brady, and Constance Withers; along with many other close relatives and friends.

    A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Viewing will be held at 10:00 am, with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 am. Both services will be held at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will take place at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery

    The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Society in honor of LaMerril.

    Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church
    8775 Flagship St.
    Houston, Texas 77029

    Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery
    2426 Cullen Blvd.
    Pearland, TX 77581

    Click here to view the obituary.

     Inez is a Testing Specialist at North Campus.

  • melissa.trevizo 1:16 pm on September 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    School Supply Drive Success 

    The San Jacinto College account payable office held a school supply drive from July 22 to August 9 to help ensure future students were equipped to learn.

    Staff, faculty and community donations came in enabling the drive to fully supply 13 students with everything they needed to have a successful 2019-20 school year. The students sponsored were from Rizzuto Elementary in La Porte ISD and Pomeroy Elementary, Richey Elementary, and Jessup Elementary in Pasadena ISD.

    In the gallery below you will see the supplies as well as thank you letters from some of the students. Kudos to Amberly Dalton, Becky Turner, Susan Sprouse, and Jenny Phillips for their her hard work!

  • melissa.trevizo 12:56 pm on September 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jac kitty needs adoption 

    My name is Lucky Onyx. My foster parents call me Lucky. I am about six months old. I was found at the San Jacinto College District office on September 9 when I came for a Board Meeting that was revising the topic of animals on Campus. Unfortunately, stray cats was not part of the topic of the meeting and I had to wait outside.

    While I waited, several college administrators and board members gave me belly rubs. I am very happy and love human warmth. At the end of the meeting, I was still outside a bit hungry and thirsty but still ready to give my message.

    A dean picked me up and took me to her house. She did not know much about cats and believed that the right thing to do was to take me to the shelter to be protected. At the shelter, she and her husband were told that probably I would be killed in three days. I am perfectly healthy but chances are nobody would have claimed me in three days. I have been living in the streets for some time and people have been feeding me and played with me but I did not have a home.

    My foster parents were also told that another issue was the color of my fur. I have a very elegant black coat with a small white spot on my chest. Many people are superstitious and do not want me. Therefore, many black cats are killed at shelters on a regular basis. Even more disturbing, the shelter coordinator told my foster parents that right before Halloween black cats are sought after to be used in strange rituals and activities where the animals are hurt. That was too painful to hear.

    My foster parents took me back and called no-kill shelters. The local no-kill shelters told my foster parents that they have more animals than volunteers. Therefore, they could not receive me. My foster parents mentioned that they would be happy to foster me until I find a loving home.

    The S.A.V.E Rescue Coalition offered to cover the costs of me getting neutered and required shots. This organization focuses not only on rescue but also on prevention of more kitties being born by spaying and neutering. They helped me and now I am fixed, fully vaccinated and ready to find my forever home. I knew that going to San Jacinto College was the right decision for me and I am receiving the help I needed. If you are interested in adopting me, please contact Janice Sullivan at Janice.sullivan@sjcd.edu.

    • Becky Martinez Holden 4:57 pm on October 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I am very allergic to cats, but I do hope that you find a loving safe home very soon Lucky! Thank you to Janice Sullivan for taking in this rescue to foster until the forever home can be found.

    • Michelle 8:46 am on October 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Lucky: how do you feel about dogs? I have a corgi/mutt. Would you two get along?

  • melissa.trevizo 4:19 pm on September 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    PACE institutional climate survey 

    Human Resources organizational and talent development is excited to announce the launch of an institutional climate survey coming in October. Introduced in the Chancellor’s email on 9/9, this survey is called PACE (Personal Assessment of the College Environment) and was designed by the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness located at North Carolina State University.

    All San Jacinto College full-time employees are expected to contribute their thoughts and opinions on subjects ranging from student success to institutional effectiveness. The survey will launch on October 15, via an email sent you directly, requiring between 25-30 minutes to complete.

    San Jacinto College takes pride in being a culture of learning and innovation that is continuously seeking ways to improve. PACE has been recognized, by many other institutions of higher education, and we are hoping it will provide us with ideas for effectiveness improvement moving forward. Thank you in advance for your time taking the survey; collectively we are advancing our strategic vision.

  • melissa.trevizo 4:14 pm on September 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Become a Brand Ambassador! 

    Employees are a vital link to the San Jacinto College brand. They are influencers and are passionate about the College’s mission and values. Come alongside the marketing department for a closer look at our brand – our core promise – and the role you play.

    Here’s the Program

    The marketing department has created a dynamic and engaging Brand Ambassador Program. Each month you’ll learn hands-on tools of the College brand and how to apply them to your area.

    • San Jacinto College brand:
      All about our brand promise
    • Graphics and visuals:
      Colors, typography, templates, tools and resources
    • Social media:
      Tips and best practices
    • Communications:
      How to create messages that people read
    • Website:
      Be on the ground floor as we recreate the website; hear updates; learn how to optimize your department pages to come up high in search engines, best practices, web content
    • Marketing:
      What marketing can do for you, resources, prices, tips, and how to make the most of having an “in-house marketing agency”.

    Fall 2019 Class Schedule

    This is a three-month program and all three sessions are required to graduate as a Brand Ambassador.

    Classes meet at District from 1 – 4:30 pm.

    • October 10
    • November 13
    • December 10 (includes graduation)

    How to Register

    Cornerstone: MRKT 1006 Brand Ambassador

    NOTE: You only need to register for Session 7725, on Oct. 10, which will sign you up for all three sessions.

  • melissa.trevizo 3:44 pm on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Deborah Anderson on the recent passing of her mother, Winnie Irene (McDowell) Sills. Winnie was born on April 4, 1927; she went to be with her Heavenly Father on August 29, 2019.

    Winnie was preceded in death by her son, Steve Sills. Steve was an HVAC technician at Central Campus.

    Deborah is a Sr. Administrative Assistant for the Automotive Technology program at Central Campus.

  • melissa.trevizo 3:39 pm on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Golf Coast: The Great Putt Down 

    2019 Golf Coast Mini-Golf Tournament
    Thursday, September 26 (All Day)

    Teams of three will compete to reign supreme at
    Golf Coast Mini-Golf.

    Students, faculty, staff, and administrators are all encouraged to represent a class, club, department, or group of friends.
    Claim the prize of Bayou Mini-Golf Champions!

    Register Your Team Today!
    In Person: South Campus Gallery (S15.142) or Online 

    And don’t forget, we are now open on Saturdays from 10am-2pm!

    Gallery hours:
    Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Friday: Closed
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Sunday: Closed

  • melissa.trevizo 3:29 pm on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Did you know? National Preparedness Month 


    It is National Preparedness Month and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) reminds residents that natural disasters are unpredictable. People at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful circumstances, having access to personal, financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for starting the process of recovery quickly and efficiently.

    It is important to prepare in advance by gathering and safeguarding critical documents including:

    • Photo IDs
    • Birth certificates
    • Social security cards
    • Insurance policies
    • Medical and immunization records
    • Pet ID tags and shot records

    Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that can be used during a crisis. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place and have small bills on hand because ATM’s and credit cards may not work during a disaster when you need to purchase necessary supplies, fuel or food.

    Additionally, a disaster can disrupt mail service for days or weeks, so if you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits, switch to electronic payments to secure your financial stability and eliminate the risk of stolen checks.

    Having insurance for your home or business property is the best way to ensure you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild or replace whatever is damaged. Review existing policies for the amount and extent of coverage to ensure that you are covered for all possible hazards.

    Homeowners insurance does not typically cover flooding, so you may need to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program. Flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period after the purchase date before coverage takes effect. Get additional information at Floodsmart.gov.

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