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  • amanda.fenwick 8:59 am on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Important purchasing update 

    Ann Kokx-Templet, Director of Contracts and Purchasing Servicies, states there is a new requirement which requires all purchases utilizing TXMAS contracts to be manually entered into a separate online ordering system called TX SmartBuy.  This ordering system does not interface with Banner and the use of standing POs is not allowed.

    In light of this new development, the purchasing staff is diligently seeking alternate sourcing options to utilize in lieu of the TXMAS cooperative contracts.   We hope to find competitively bid contracts  awarded through other cooperative agencies with whom we have agreements, but that may not always be an available option.  We will utilize all of our purchasing resources to find the best overall value for the goods and services you need and communicate our findings with the respective parties.

    If we are unable to locate an alternate cooperative contract, we will initiate our own informal or formal quote process in order to comply with procurement law and College procedures.

    Effective immediately we will begin migrating away from the use of all TXMAS contracts.    The College may still utilize some TXMAS contracts, but approval to do so will only be authorized on a case by case basis due to the duplicated manpower required to manually enter orders line by line into the SmartBuy system.

    We will continually update the Board Approval summary located on the Exchange with new cooperative contract information as it becomes available.

    Due to the breadth of vendor contracts this effects, I am requesting your assistance.  When you speak with TXMAS contract vendor representatives, inquire if their firm has a contract(s) awarded by other cooperative purchasing agencies and share that information with the Purchasing department.  You may send it directly to the buyer who handles the commodity or email contracts.purchasing@sjcd.edu.

    I have appealed to the Director of the TXMAS contracts program for an exemption to this new requirement, but my request was denied.  (He stated UT’s exemption request was also denied.)  I apologize for any  inconvenience this may cause your department and I appreciate your understanding while we migrate away from the use of TXMAS contracts.

  • wpadmin 10:13 am on September 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Social Media Day Event 

    Dr. Jones with Cosmetology Students

    The Marketing, PR, and Government Affairs Office held Social Media Day on each campus last week.  It was a fun event that gave us an opportunity to promote social media, interact with students on campus, and encourage student engagement.  Photos from the event can be viewed on our Facebook Page.

    We would like to extend a huge thanks to a few programs and departments who helped to make the event a success:

    •  North Campus Culinary set up a cookie decorating station.
    • North Campus First Year Experience let us borrow their popcorn machine and one of their student workers was nice enough to stick around and help out with the popcorn.
    • Central Campus Rec Sports set up a game of volleyball and provided us with some giveaways.
    • Central Campus Career and Employment helped us at our social media table and provided us with some giveaways.
    • South Campus Cosmetology students set up face painting and manicure stations.
    • South Campus Student Life let us borrow their popcorn machine


  • wpadmin 4:56 pm on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Social Media Events and Speakers 

    We are having Social Media Day on each campus in September.  Everyone is invited!  Please feel free to share the attached flyer with your students and encourage them to participate when they are not in class.

    And coming soon…

    Scylla Lopez will be conducting Social Media 101 sessions on each campus.  The sessions will focus on one social media platform at a time.  In addition, we will be bringing in speakers to talk to students and employees about a variety of social media topics, including using social media in the classroom for faculty.  We have  scheduled KHOU anchor Lily Jang to come to North Campus in November as well.  This event is open to the entire San Jacinto College community.  She will be speaking on Social Media and Your Career.  Be on the lookout for more details on these social media events.

    Social Media Day

  • wpadmin 11:20 am on August 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    New online document library now available! 

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    The marketing, public relations, and government affairs department is pleased to introduce a new online document library. This online library is your source for downloadable PowerPoint templates, desktop wallpapers, program one-sheeters, San Jacinto College logos, photos, and flyer and brochure templates. All of these are ready for you to use… just plug in your own photos and text! (More …)

  • wpadmin 2:47 pm on August 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Dr. Gary Friery Retiring After 44 Years with San Jacinto College 

    We sat down with Dr. Gary Friery and talked to him about all his years at San Jacinto College.

    Here’s the video:


    • Neil Matkin 9:49 am on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply


      It was great working with you on the various committees. Your input was always insightful and student focused. I cannot imagine the number of lives you have touched while serving at San Jac. It was a distinct honor and pleasure to work with you and I wish you well in your next chapters.

      Warm regards,


    • J.D. 12:17 pm on August 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey “Gair”–

      I enjoyed working with you, and am gratefull that you took a chance on hiring me and bringing me from the W. Texas desert, to Houston. I think we did great work together, and a lot of students’ lives are different because of the programs you helped establish here at North. Enjoy your retirement and listen for those rattlers (that’s one thing I don’t miss about W. Texas).

      Be well,

  • wpadmin 11:35 am on August 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    EDG Students Win Silver for Cell Phone Drying Device at Skills USA Competition 

    The San Jacinto College Engineering Design Graphics team of Robert (Rob) Ross, Van Troung, and Richard Hermoso took second place nationally with their cell phone drying device at the 2014 SkillsUSA Championships.  Their device dries out cell phones using a hairdryer and de-humidifier after the phone has been dropped in water.

    Watch this video of how it all came together.



  • amanda.fenwick 11:54 am on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    7 administrators promoted 

    Seven administrators were recently promoted to key positions. (More …)

    • Debbie Westmoreland 8:20 am on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply


  • amanda.fenwick 2:58 pm on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    North Shore Rotary supports San Jacinto College 

    NS Rotary Donation July 2014The North Shore Rotary Club Foundation recently presented $25,000 to the San Jacinto College Foundation to set up an endowed scholarship, with plans to add to the endowment in the future. Those attending the check presentation include, from left, North Campus Provost and North Shore Rotarian Dr. Bill Raffetto; San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer; Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and North Shore Rotary Club President; Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation Executive Director; San Jacinto College Board Chair and North Shore Rotarian Dan Mims; and Kevin Morris, South Campus Dean of Business and Technology and North Shore Rotarian.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:45 am on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Police chief named president elect of international campus police organization 

    Taylor, Bill formal

    San Jacinto College Police Chief Bill Taylor has been selected as president elect of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), widely regarded as the leading voice for college campus safety. (More …)

  • wpadmin 11:30 am on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Schools App News and Updates 

    Use Schools App to connect with and help students.  Join Schools App now!

    Here’s a staff testimonial:  “In my opinion, I think that the Schools App is a great tool for C&E!  Any time we can directly contact a student on a more personal level, I think it benefits our office.  I think for students, being able to ask questions and receive an answer not from a generalized source (like on our Career and Employment FB page) but from one of us personally, makes the student(s) feel like they have a closer and more comfortable relationship to our office. I think the more we can interact with students daily, the more we can reach them and encourage them to come to our office or approach us if they have questions/concerns/etc.”  – Brittany Bonds, San Jacinto College Career and Employment Center (More …)

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