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  • 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

    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 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.

  • melissa.trevizo 9:11 am on November 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Holiday Safety Awareness and Self Defense Workshop 

    Learn self defense and holiday safety tips while having fun!

    Friday, Dec. 6
    12-1 p.m.

    Hot cocoa and refreshments served after. For more information, contact

  • melissa.trevizo 10:48 am on November 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Did you know? Shredding Requests 

    Procedure for Collection and Destruction of Sensitive Paper Documents
    Revised November 21, 2019

    • Overview
      • The process for collecting paper to destroyed (“shredding”) has been revised.  This revision will allow you to request pickup of your materials by email at any time thoughout the year. Previously, this process was carried out only semi-annually.
      • Sensitive materials will be held in a locked space until destroyed.
      • Assure that only sensitive documents are presented for destruction as this is a costly process for the College. Non-sensitive documents should be disposed of though solid waste recycling streams or other waste handling processes. Using this shredding process for disposal of non-sensitive documents constitutes improper use of College resources.
      • The contractor who destroys the materials will be scheduled as the amount of collected material dictates, minimizing the overall cost for the services.


    • Requests for Service
      • Send requests for collection of materials by email to
      • Requests must include:
        • Email Subject line include: SHREDDING REQUEST
        • Requestor’s phone and email contact information
        • Detailed location of pickup, including campus, building and room number
        • Estimated amount of material, including number of boxes and estimated total weight
        • Special handling information


    • Security
      • All stored material collected for shredding will be kept in a locked, secure space with restricted access available only to Facilities Services leaders.
      • Containers
      • Please make sure the material to be shredded is in a suitable, sealed cardboard box or sealed plastic bin.
      • Size preferred – Typical Boise/Office Max paper carton or Banker Box.
      • Containers must be conspicuously labelled (1 inch letters) with name and contact information of requestor, date packaged, and the words “To be Destroyed.”
      • Containers must be sealed. Loose items will not be collected as this poses a risk of loss of sensitive documents.
      • Boxes will not be returned or shredded but will be disposed of properly.
      • Weight must not to exceed 30 pounds per container.
      • Facilities Services does not furnish containers for shredding.


    • Materials Not Allowed
      • Three Ring Binders
      • Hazardous materials or liquids
      • Plastic bags or envelopes
      • Staples and paper clips are acceptable
  • melissa.trevizo 10:19 am on November 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Pathways Team Takes Home Texas Success Award 

    Dr. Kelly Mizell and the San Jacinto College team attending the Texas Pathways Institute received a “Getting Students on a Pathway” award from the Texas Success Center Pathways Institute Awards recognizing the work of San Jacinto College Faculty on mapping pathways and their review of technical certificates.

    Pictured are: Robert Flynn, English professor at Central Campus; Joanna Zimmerman, associate vice chancellor of student services; DeRhonda McWaine, dean of liberal arts at Central Campus; Kelly Mizell, director of pathways and special initiatives; Kimberly DeLauro, dean of liberal arts at the south campus; Shannon Solis, math professor at the North Campus; and Nathan Narragon, business professor at the North Campus.


    • Becky Martinez Holden 10:08 am on December 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations to the Pathways team!

  • melissa.trevizo 10:00 am on November 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    District Christmas Tree Decorating 

    David Vanover, interior design instructor and his students Jessenia Pena, Emycelin Calderon, Catherine Vazquez, and Anaissa Humphrey designed and decorated the District Christmas Tree. The annual tradition is a fundraiser for their design club and the funds will go toward a trip to the Dallas Market Center in January 2020.

  • melissa.trevizo 9:59 am on November 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Diesel Technology Fire Training with the Cloverleaf Fire Department 

    The Cloverleaf Fire Department held a fire extinguisher training and demonstration for diesel technology students at the North Campus Tuesday, Nov. 5, both for Credit/Aggreko students as well as duel credit and early college students.

    During the event the “PASS” (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep) process to fight fires was demonstrated. Diesel Fuel makes an impressive fire since it burns at 4,000°F; the fire department was able to replicate a realistic fire in the diesel shop setting. The Cloverleaf FD made apparatus that limits the spread of a fire, allows the fire to be put out and can allow the fire to be safely restarted to put out again.

    Fire Chief Edward Russell of the Cloverleaf Fire Department led the instruction phase and worked with the students while they used the PASS process to put out the flames from the Diesel Fuel. This makes the fifth year for diesel technology at the North Campus working with Cloverleaf Fire Department. Students really enjoy the event, and learn life saving techniques in terms of fire-fighting like the pros.

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