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  • melissa.trevizo 9:58 am on November 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    STEM Research Symposium 

    Undergraduate students from community colleges and universities conducted cutting edge research over the summer at Rice University through their program called Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

    These students were able to showcase their work by presenting a poster summarizing their research project. One of the presenters was a San Jacinto College alumni named Christopher Reyes, who now works as a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University.

  • melissa.trevizo 9:57 am on November 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Dia de los Muertos at the South Campus 

    For the third year, the South Campus communications department celebrated El Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. The event is celebrated on November 2 and has been part of the Meso-American culture for thousands of years.

    It is celebrated by people in Mexico, parts of Central and South America and increasingly throughout the United States. It also coincides with All Souls Day in the Roman Catholic faith. Loved ones construct altars called ofrendas in Spanish that display portraits, favorite foods, and special possessions of their loved ones. There is great symbolism within the decorations on the altars. There are candles that light the way and marigolds are said to attract the souls of the deceased and guide them to this realm so that they can once again partake in some of the pleasures they once enjoyed in this life. Papel picada depicts death in various comical everyday life situations, baking, dancing and cooking. Decorative sugar skulls are placed on the altar to remind us of our mortality and to make the most of our life today.

    Participants also were encouraged to participate by posting the names of their loved ones on the Memorial Poster. Throughout the days many people posted touching notes of their loved ones that had died.

    The event was led by Mr. Juan Martinez, Spanish, French and humanities professor and assisted by Cristina Doda Cárdenas, distinguished speech professor, as well as English professors Rosalinda Izguerra, Paul Bounds, Patricia Sayles, and Dr. Jayme Long.

    More than 180 students came through the event to learn the symbolism and significance of El Día de los Muertos. Coloring pages of decorative skulls were provided as well as traditional Mexican refreshments of Topo Chicos, Manzana, and Piña sodas, with pan de muerto (in the shape of an orange blossom, skull bones, and a cross) and Mexican pastries and cookies for all that participated.

  • melissa.trevizo 3:54 pm on November 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Veterans Day Celebrated Across Campuses 

    San Jacinto College held its annual Veterans Day ceremonies at each of its campuses on Monday, Nov. 11. Students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members attended the events to honor and thank the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.

    This year, each campus veteran center was presented with a plaque from Kelly Frels, son of World War I veteran Leon Frels, featuring a battlefield poem he wrote while serving with the U.S. Army’s 90th Division, 360th Infantry American Exploration Platoon. Frels, who attended the Maritime Campus ceremony, told attendees that his father kept detailed diaries during his time in the Army during WWI and had actually written an entry on Nov. 11, 1918, while in France that simply stated, “Hostilities have ceased.”

    Originally known as Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918, is the day that major conflicts of WWI were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. In 1954, at the request of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day to honor all U.S. military veterans.

    In addition to the plaque presentations, two veteran students from each campus were also presented with scholarships by the San Jacinto College Foundation. The 2019 veteran student scholarship recipients are: Central Campus: Certificate and plaque: Ray Martinez, U.S. Navy, and Brook Nwanna, U.S. Army; North Campus: Cristal Salvador, U.S. Army, and Luis Enriquez, U.S. Navy; South Campus: Yazbel Vazquez, U.S. Army, and Danny Strzyzewski, U.S. Army; and Maritime Campus: Charles Lanham, U.S. Army, and Kevin Stephens, U.S. Navy.

    To see the full photo album visit


  • melissa.trevizo 3:12 pm on November 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Reminder of November and December Payroll Date Change 

    In October 2018, as part of the College’s update to all Policies and Procedures, a change was made to Procedure III.3001.C.a, Payroll. The change had an effective date of January 1, 2019, and provided that all full-time exempt employees and part-time faculty who are paid by the course will be paid on the last banking day of each month. The prior practice of paying on the last working day of the month was rooted in the practice of handing out physical checks, which is no longer needed due to today’s electronic environment.

    This change was communicated to the College last year. An excerpt from the procedure states:

    Full-time exempt employees are compensated monthly and the paycheck reflects payment for the entire month, from the first day through the last day of the month. Part-time faculty who are paid by the course are also paid monthly based on courses taught in the parts of term that fall within the month’s pay period. Effective January 1, 2019, full-time exempt employees and part-time faculty paid by the course will be paid monthly on the last banking day of each month.

    The first impacts of this procedure change will occur in November and December. For November 2019, the pay date will be on Friday, November 29. For December 2019, the pay date will be on Tuesday, December 31. This change allows the College to adhere to normally scheduled pay dates and allows for employees to receive their pay and administer personal budgets in an orderly manner.

    Those employees who have not elected direct deposit are encouraged to do so. Otherwise, physical checks will be available for pick-up when the College opens after the holiday.

    If you have questions about your specific situation, contact

  • melissa.trevizo 3:09 pm on November 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Sgt. Eric Reyes on the recent passing of his father, Joe Reyes.

    Joe Robert Reyes was born on March 11, 1949 in San Antonio, Texas; he passed away on October 21, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Reyes; daughter, Jessica Reyes; sons, Joe Richard Reyes, Eric Robert Reyes, Yvon Janas Reyes; brothers, Dewey Shuffield, Mark Shuffield; sister, Melody Burke; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Joe Reyes; mother, Beatrice Traviesos; sisters, Cindy Hall and Stella Reyes. He will be deeply missed by those who loved and knew him.

    Eric is a Sergeant in the San Jacinto College Police Department.

  • melissa.trevizo 3:07 pm on November 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Crime Prevention Survey 

    On behalf of San Jacinto College Police Department: a Crime Prevention Survey Request to better serve our college community.

    In October 2019, Sergeant Scott Klamert attended a Basic Crime Prevention Certification Seminar in Louisville, Kentucky. Sgt. Klamert became knowledgeable in the history and prevention of crime and is a certified Crime Prevention Practitioner.

    Sgt. Klamert believes spreading awareness throughout San Jacinto College may improve our facilities from risk. The San Jacinto Police Department encourages participation in completing a security survey; in fact, hindering crime is successful with collaboration and cooperation from the public. To emphasize the importance of partaking in the security survey Sgt. Klamert quotes: “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.”; therefore, an on-sight evaluation of weaknesses of protective measures can assist in a low-risk campus atmosphere where community members can feel invulnerable to injustice.

    Educating oneself of the 4D’s of crime prevention; for instance, is to “Deny, Detect, Delay and Deter” provides a chance to examine physical, environmental, procedural and electronic fundamental security components for one’s well-being.

    To schedule a crime prevention survey, send an email to

  • andrea.vasquez 10:13 am on November 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    STEM From Dance- Nov. 19- South Campus Fine Arts Center (S15) 

    Please join the San Jacinto College South Campus Lyceum Committee on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the South Campus fine arts center (S15) for a special event featuring STEM From Dance founder and CEO, Yamilée Toussaint Beach.

    STEM From Dance is a national educational outreach organization that works with under-served communities to show students how diversity, technology, and dance merge together to empower, educate, and encourage the next generation of technical innovators.

    Beach will give a presentation, workshop, and performance that illustrates how STEM and dance can live and thrive in the same space, while providing innovative educational opportunities. See flyer for the schedule of events. Hope to see you there!

  • melissa.trevizo 9:27 am on November 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations, Dr. Alexander Okwonna! 

    Dr. Alexander Okwonna, dean of health and natural science at the South Campus was elected to served as the director of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce for a three-year term.

    “Dr. Okwonna’s commitment to community growth and business development is an attribute for which he is well known,”said Carol Artz-Bucek, president/CEO of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. “We are honored that he has agreed to serve with us in our efforts to make the Pearland area a better place to live, work, and play.”

    Congratulations, Dr. Okwonna!

  • melissa.trevizo 9:18 am on November 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Honoraria Award Program at San Jacinto College 

    The purpose of an honoraria award is to recognize and encourage San Jacinto College full-time faculty, staff, and administrators for a specific body of work and the creation of scholarly and/or original work, either as a team or an individual. The work should promote the values of San Jacinto College both within the College and the outside community.

    If you are interested in applying for honoraria, the application documents, guidelines, and procedures are attached. The honoraria remuneration levels are: Gold Level ($750), Silver Level ($500), and Bronze Level ($250). The basis for awarding honorarium has remained the same and is determined by the number of achievement categories each candidate meets with the submission.

    This year’s Honoraria Review Committee members are listed in the Honoraria Guidelines document. If you have questions regarding the application or honoraria procedures, please contact any committee member.

    Applications for honoraria at San Jacinto College are due Monday, Dec. 2 and must be emailed to All regular, full-time employees are eligible for honoraria.

    Honoraria Application 

    Honoraria Guidelines

    Honoraria Procedures

  • melissa.trevizo 9:55 am on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Call for Proposals 

    The 2020 San Jacinto College: First Generation Success Conference committee seeks proposals that effectively advance the understanding of holistic success and improved outcomes specific to first-generation college students across all institutional types.

    Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Conference’s learning outcomes.

    Proposals are due by Friday, Nov. 15. You can submit your proposal here.

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