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  • melissa.trevizo 9:53 am on January 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    ISO: San Jacinto College Sweethearts 

    The San Jacinto College Marketing Department is looking for married San Jac faculty, staff, or administrators celebrating 30 or more years of marriage.

    Please submit your name, San Jacinto College title, a photo of the happy couple, and your top tip for relationship success.

    Submit all entries to Jahmal Clemons, digital marketing manager at jahmal.clemons@sjcd.edu.

  • melissa.trevizo 9:28 am on January 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    A Message Regarding the New Coronavirus 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally including the United States.

    At present, there are no cases at San Jacinto College, but we want to update the community on this emerging global health concern.

    There is much more to learn about how the 2019-nCoV virus spreads, severity of associated illness, and other features of the virus. Investigations are ongoing. While the CDC considers this is a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time.

    There are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Guard against all communicable diseases with the following:

    • frequent handwashing;
    • covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue; and
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

    These precautions will help reduce your risk of many respiratory infections, including influenza, which is widespread across the nation.

    Seasonal influenza activity in the United States and in Texas continues to be an ongoing concern. The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. Flu shots are available through primary care physicians and local pharmacies.

    If you have a fever, with or without respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), you are advised to stay home. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease is advised to remain out of class, away from work, and avoid others for the duration of the illness and for 24 hours after symptoms abate.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to safety@sjcd.edu or oem@sjcd.edu.





  • melissa.trevizo 9:25 am on January 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    North Campus Children’s Center Celebrates National Maintenance Day 

    The children and staff from the Children’s Center on North Campus, celebrated National Maintenance Day by showing a few of the facilities team members how much their hard work is valued. They were given cards, high fives, treats, and well wishes.

    “We thanked them for the numerous times, they have fixed our toilets, replaced light bulbs, built various materials to make our area safer as well as delivered our mail and many supplies,” said Bethany Stansell, director of the Center. “We honor their commitment to using their hands to help others.”

  • melissa.trevizo 2:18 pm on January 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    FYI: Child Care Assistance Available for Students and Staff 

    Child care assistance is available for students and staff. See the financial aid office to learn more and apply.

  • melissa.trevizo 2:16 pm on January 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Congrats, Dr. Yesenia Chavez! 

    Congratulations to Dr. Yesenia Chavez, professor of Spanish in the modern languages department at the Central Campus was recently published in the Journal of Education and Social Policy.

    Her article is titled, What is the Effect of Using Language Arts Workstations in Success and Retention Rates in Spanish College Classes?

    You can find her article here.

  • melissa.trevizo 2:12 pm on January 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Congrats, Dr. Madhu Gyawali! 

    Kudos to San Jacinto College physics professor Dr. Madhu Gyawali and his students for their published undergraduate research! Dr. Gyawali, San Jac alumnus Arjang Geramifard, current San Jac student Christian Pappas, and Franklin Pierce University physics professor Dr. Rudra Aryal collaborated in writing “Assessing NOx Variations over Texas Cities,” an article published in the December 2019 Fugitive Emissions Journal.

    Dr. Gyawali has participated in the planning, fieldwork, and data analysis of several major air quality studies and has published his articles in many peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is expanding his air quality research to include the South Campus and the Armand Bayou Nature Center.

    To see the research, visit the link.  Assessing NOx Variations over Texas Cities.

  • melissa.trevizo 2:09 pm on January 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Cathy Andrusick on the recent passing of her mother, Ruby Dylla. Ruby, a long-time resident of the Sheldon-area, went to be with her lord and savior on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

    Ruby was a wonderful, loving wife, mother, grandma and GG. She was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she loved her pastor and fellow church members. She loved to sew and do hand-embroidery, and she loved games, especially jigsaw puzzles, Scrabble, and dominoes.

    Ruby is preceded in death by her husband, George Dylla; and daughter-in-law, Freddie Dylla, and six siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Joan Bedwell and husband Mike, Rose Wise and husband Bryan, Cathy Andrusick and husband Richard; son, George Dylla Jr; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She will be called blessed, and will be truly missed by her loving family.


    Cathy is the Senior Administrative Assistant of Natural and Allied Health Sciences at North campus.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Mike Harris on the recent passing of his mother, Loretta Ann “Brown” Harris.

    Loretta passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the age of 85. She was born on December 8, 1934, in Providence Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Louis Brown and Flora Dixon Smith Brown; her brothers, Hubert R. Brown and Thomas R. Brown; and her loving husband of 58 years, Jackson Davis (J.D.) Harris. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Mike Harris and wife, Jodi; brother, Wayne Brown and wife Betty; grandchildren, Kendall, Riley, Mitchell, Megan, Madelynn and her dear friend, “J.R.”, as well as a host of many other family and friends.

    Loretta married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, J.D. Harris. They grew up in the same small town, building their lifelong bond from an early age. She enjoyed spending time with J.D., whether they were flying in their private plane or traveling the lower 48 states in their motorhome. Loretta always looked forward to visiting her “little cottage in the woods” on Lake Livingston that she and J.D built together. She was happiest at the lake spending time with family and friends. Some of her favorite pastimes were researching her family lineage, gardening and cooking. Loretta was adventurous throughout her life and, in her later years, she found great joy in her travels and cruises with her dear friend and companion “J.R.” She was a proud member of The Daughters of the American Revolution. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

    In lieu of flowers, an online donation can be made honoring Loretta at https://stjude.org/donate.

    Mike is the Director of Construction Services for the college.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Beverly Smith on the recent passing of her twin sister, Barbara Lynn Smith Warfield. Barbara passed away on January 3, 2020, in Pearland, TX, with Beverly by her side.

    Barbara was born on November 4, 1952, in Galveston, TX, to George Thomas and Carolyn Smith. Barbara had been a resident of Pearland since 2005. She was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters. Barbara was a Registered Nurse; she graduated from Galveston Community College. She worked many years in surgical care at Memorial Southeast, taught Health Science at Clear Brook High School and Vocational Nursing at San Jacinto College North Campus.

    Barbara is preceded in death by her father, George Thomas Smith Jr., and her brother, Robert Wayne Smith. Barbara is survived by her mother, Carolyn Smith; daughter, Angela Warfield; son, Rodrick Warfield; her twin sister Beverly Smith; brothers, Paul Warren Smith and his wife Charlotte, and Dennis Lee Smith and his wife Debbie; grandchildren, Stephen and Patrick Warfield, and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Memorials may be made to St. Jude at http://www.stjude.org in lieu of flowers.

    Beverly is a Professor of Vocational Nursing at North Campus.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Sharon Spears on the loss of her mother, Margaret Lorene Spears.

    Lorene was born on April 4, 1931, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky; she passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at the age of 88, in North Richland Hills, TX .

    She met the love of her life at the age of 13. Her husband, Robert, didn’t know it, but his days as a single man were numbered on that very day. They raised four children together, and through it all, Lorene’s lively spirit and helping heart touched many lives. She was a resident of Pearland for over 40 years. Her last workplace was Pearland State Bank, and she was a member of First Church Pearland. Her hobbies included sewing and making crafts, and she loved to volunteer and help where needed. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and attending activities with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Lorene was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, and Robert, her loving husband of 49 years. Her memory will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Rita Girod of Alvin, Texas; Shirley Bennett and husband (David) of Conroe, Texas; Bobby Spears and wife (Bonnie) of Madisonville, Kentucky; Sharon Spears of Friendswood, Texas; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Sharon is a Sr. Administrative Assistant in the English, Modern Languages and Speech department at South Campus.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Mary Ann Blake on the recent passing of her mother, Jane Agnes Basserman Dwyer. She passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on December 6, 2019 at Milford Hospital.

    Jane was the daughter of Agnes and Frederick Basserman, sister of Frederick Basserman, and the wife of Francis Dwyer for 68 years. She was the loving mother of daughters: Susan (Carlos) Figueroa; Judy (George) Benz; Mary Ann (Blake); Sara (Kevin) O’Connor; Catherine & (Robert) Tremblay; and sons: Frank, Gerry and Paul. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

    Jane loved the beach and was an original member of Save our Shores, an organization that fought to keep West Haven Beaches open to the public. Later in life, she attended SCSU, worked at St. Raphael’s Hospital and was awarded the St. Raphael’s Walter J. Dwyer prestigious award.

    She spent time traveling with her husband and family. She loved having a large family and celebrating birthdays and holidays. The door was always open for her children’s friends and she formed many friendships and bonds over the years. Jane had a positive impact not only her family’s life, but also those of numerous friends spanning many generations.

    Mary Ann Blake is a Professor of Engineering Design Graphics at South Campus.

    Our deepest sympathies go to Patrecia Simpson on the recent passing of her brother, Leonard Earl Simpson.

    Leonard was born on January 7, 1961; he passed away on December 1, 2019, at the age of 58. He graduated from Crosby High School and San Jacinto College. He was the Pastor of Disciple Temple True Holiness Church of God in Christ in Baytown, Texas and a Master Electrician for the City of Houston. He also was co-owner of Good Works Energy. Leonard was a loving husband, father, brother, Pastor, and friend. We will cherish his memory.

    Leonard leaves to mourn a wife of 12 years, Juanita Simpson; two sons, Leonard II and Eddie Simpson; three grandchildren, siblings, other family members and dear friends.

    Patrecia is a Contact Center Agent II at North campus.

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