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  • amanda.fenwick 3:43 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Students, faculty, staff give senior group royal treatment 

    Jobe Group

    Senior citizens from Pasadena’s Madison Jobe Senior Center recently dropped by for “pampering” at Central Campus. Culinary arts students prepared lunch for them and cosmetology students provided free hair styling.

    Kudos to all the Central Campus people who helped to make the event a huge success, including Kay Richardson, Consumer Services Department Chair; David Vanover, Interior Design Program Director; Ernest Becerra, Culinary Arts Program Director; Marsha Smith, Cosmetology Adjunct Instructor; and Kathy Burris, Consumer Services Senior Administrative Assistant.

  • andrea.vasquez 3:15 pm on October 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

    Congratulations Keith Family! 

    With great excitement, Christy Keith and Mitchell Keith welcomed their first baby, Emma May Keith, into the world. Born on September 25, 2015 at 9:20 pm, 8 lbs. 5 oz., 20.5 in. long.

    Christy is the Student Success Center Director on Central Campus.





  • amanda.fenwick 4:34 pm on October 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Jerrel Wade honored as outstanding alumnus 

    Congratulations to Dr. Jerrel Wade, Dean of Administration at the North Campus, who was recently recognized in the University of Houston College of Education newsletter as an outstanding alumnus. Each edition of their newsletter features a graduate who is making a contribution to the field of education.

    Dr. Wade

    Dr. Wade

    Dean Wade holds an Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision from UH. He also holds a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Oklahoma.

    Dr. Wade began work for San Jacinto College in 2006 as the South Campus Coordinator of Student Life. In 2008, he became the Director of Recruitment Initiatives for the District. In 2013, he assumed his current role as Dean of Administration.

    Dr. Wade was surprised, but honored when he learned of his outstanding alumnus recognition. “It’s always a good feeling to be recognized for your efforts,” he commented. “I was nominated by Dr. Lyle McKinney, who was one of my professors at UH. He also served as my program advisor and dissertation chair.”

    Dr. Wade and his wife Alicia have been married 10 years, and they have a 7-year-old son named Jonathan.

    Jerrel says education has played a role in every success in his life, directly or indirectly. “I’ve had the opportunity to present at, and travel to, various conferences around the country, and by doing so I have met and worked with amazing people in the field,” he said. “My commitment to education shaped my career path, which has now allowed me to give back and help guide students to make the most of their opportunities. In short, I love what I do and look forward to many more years helping students achieve their goals, however I can.”

    • Debbie Westmoreland 8:36 am on October 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Jerrel!!!

    • Juanita Hall 9:24 am on October 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Jerrel!! You are such an awesome person this recognition does not surprise me at all. you truly deserve it.

  • amanda.fenwick 1:39 pm on October 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s a boy! 

    Congratulations to Myrna Valdez, College Preparatory instructor at the North Campus, on the birth of her son.

    Isaias Fernando Valdez made his grand arrival on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 8:05 a.m.

    Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz.
    Length: 19.5 in.

    Proud parents are Felix and Myrna Valdez.



  • amanda.fenwick 2:16 pm on August 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Partners in education 


    Margaret Kidd, who teaches International Business and Logistics classes at San Jacinto College, recently attended a conference in Florida sponsored by the TAACCCT LINCS Grant Consortium. TAACCCT stands for Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training. LINCS stands for Leveraging Integrating Networking Coordinating. The U.S. Department of Labor grant provides funds to expand IBUS training. Shown at the conference (from left) are Houston Area Urban League Director Eric Goodie, Margaret Kidd, Leslie Backus (National Principle TAACCCT LINCS Grant Investigator, Broward College), and Justin Robinson III, President and CEO of the HAUL. The National Urban League is now an official partner of the TAACCCT LINCS grant and will provide assistance with participant recruiting and career services. In addition to teaching IBUS classes, Ms. Kidd also serves as the TAACCCT LINCS grant project director for San Jacinto College.

  • andrea.vasquez 2:33 pm on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

    Congratulations Roberts Family! 

    Captain Harry Roberts (United States Marine Corps) & Rosa Roberts welcomed Fightin’ Texas Aggie, Andres Miguel Roberts born on July 27, 2015 at 10:49 a.m. He weighed 6lbs and 5.4oz. Both Harry & Rosa are 2005 graduates of Texas A&M. They have been sweethearts since they were 14 years old. They met in high school and married in 2005 at Lakewood Church.  Captain Roberts is Linda Navejar’s son. He is currently a Flight Instructor for the Marine Corps and served two tours of active duty overseas as a Marine Pilot.

    Linda Navejar is the Sr. AA for Associate Degree Nursing at Central Campus.


  • amanda.fenwick 10:55 am on June 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Dr. Hattaway selected to author prestigious ‘Cross Papers’ 

    Dr. Karen Hattaway, right, is shown with Dr. Laurel Williamson, deputy chancellor and president of San Jacinto College, who describes Hattaway as a faculty leader who takes on difficult challenges.

    Dr. Karen Hattaway, right, is shown with Dr. Laurel Williamson, deputy chancellor and president of San Jacinto College, who describes Hattaway as a faculty leader who takes on difficult challenges.

    North Campus English professor Dr. Karen Hattaway was recently selected by the League for Innovation in the Community College to author the prestigious “Cross Papers #18,” a scholarly, in-depth monograph that will help to shape teaching strategies in many of the nation’s community colleges.

    The format for the Cross Papers was established by K. Patricia Cross, a retired educator and scholar of educational research who wrote the first seven issues. Since the release of the inaugural issue in 1997, the Cross Papers have been designed to provide faculty with a body of useful, proven, practical strategies they can use in their classrooms to help improve their own teaching and their students’ learning.

    Dr. Hattaway’s personal teaching philosophy centers on creating a better future. “I am a teacher because teaching creates a healthy future by encouraging students to build skills for work, learning, and thinking that will shape tomorrow,” she said. “Teaching is the only profession where what is created never goes out of style or wears out. Education is forever.”

    Read all about it —



  • andrea.vasquez 11:04 am on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

    Police department promotes four officers 

    The San Jacinto College Police Department recently promoted Officers Scott Klamert, LeAnderay Collins, Lila Vaughn, and James Jackson to the rank of Sergeant. A promotion ceremony was held at the Central Campus Police Department Building with family and friends invited to share in the celebration. Congratulations Sergeants! We’ll see you all around campus!


    • Becky Martinez 11:42 am on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Shout out to the 4 new Sergeants on the SJC campuses. Congratulations on the promotions! 🙂

    • Shari L. Goldstein 9:20 am on July 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats to all of our new sergeants! I appreciate what the entire force does to keep our campus well-served and as safe as possible. 🙂

  • andrea.vasquez 11:03 am on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

    Congratulations Lori Rhodes! 

    Congratulations to Lori Rhodes on the birth of her new baby girl, Harper Kali Rhodes.  Harper was born on June 6th.  Lori Rhodes is the Dev Ed DOC at South Campus. Lori and baby are doing well.

    Date of birth: 6-6-2015
    Weight: 7.4 pounds
    Length: 20.6 inches
    Mom: Lori Rhodes, Dev Ed DOC at South Campus
    Dad: Chris Rhodes
    Brother : Ivan


  • amanda.fenwick 8:54 am on June 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Men of Honor members shine at commencement 


    The San Jacinto College Men of Honor mentoring program was well represented at the recent Spring 2015 commencement. In photo above, North Campus Mentor Dr. Jerry Wallace (at far left), and Central Campus Mentor Leander Nash (at far right) bracket a group of high-achieving Men of Honor students, including (from left) Myron Crawford, Dana Raysor, Justin Hollins, Andre Simon, Gustavo Garcia, and Wilson Moore.

    Kudos to Men of Honor Director Ron Hopkins and all of the faculty and staff members who help to positively influence others through the outstanding mentoring program. In addition to Wallace and Nash, Men of Honor mentors include Ronald Burnett, Jonathan Greene, Lindsey Dixon, William Jones, J.D. Mota, Benny Jenkins, Stephen Reynolds, Dr. Jerrel Wade, Felipe Romero, Nate Wiggins, Eric Tinsley, Dr. Lamar McWaine, Ramiro Contreras, Michael Fulton, Richard Turner, Gabriel Rodriquez, Louis Dorsey, Joseph Hebert, Eugene Bernard, Kevin Hale, Dr. Alexander Okwonna, Anthony Green, Adam Rogers, Ralph Penn, Dr. Greg Smith, Jimmy Sims, and Dr. Roger Watkins.

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