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Random acts of kindness teach students about health care compassion

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sjc logoeditedSan Jacinto College nursing students performed random acts of kindness this semester as part of service learning for their gerontology and advance nursing skills lab classes.

The students partnered with a local elementary school to work alongside their younger peers to create Get Well Soon cards and cards of encouragement for senior citizens. They also brought gift bags to retirement homes and spent time reading to the residents.

“It was a great experience working with the various age groups and watching how the acts of kindness helped them to feel better,” said Venus Penny, San Jacinto College nursing student. “These activities made me even more passionate about becoming a nurse.”

SJC's financial literacy resources can help students manage, minimize debt

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SJC FLAMSan Jacinto College provides students with free resources to help manage and minimize educational debt. Pictured: Jeremy Jones and Belen Gonzalez. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

Paying for education remains one of the biggest causes of debt facing students and young professionals. According to MarketWatch, 70 percent of bachelor degree recipients graduate with debt with the national student loan debt average reaching $1.2 trillion and growing. As Financial Literacy Awareness Month comes to a close, San Jacinto College wants to remind its students that they have access to free resources to help manage and minimize educational debt.

The College facilitates financial literacy workshops through its Program for Financial Education (PFE). The program was developed to help students utilize the necessary information, tools, resources, contacts, and services to become more successful in their educational and career pursuits. Workshops are free and available at all three San Jacinto College campuses and open to all students.

San Jacinto College has also partnered with USA Funds to provide students with the online Life Skills Program. This online workshop program offers students advice for managing their time and money wisely while on campus and after graduation.

Some students may also qualify to take advantage of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). Created by Congress in 2007 to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work in full-time public service jobs, the PLSF program provides qualified borrowers forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full-time by certain public service employers.

“Unfortunately, not many of our students take advantage of this program even though it’s going on it’s ninth year,” said Elena Olivier, San Jacinto College default prevention loan coordinator. “This is a great resource for our students. Students currently working in or that are pursuing degrees in law enforcement, fire protection technology, healthcare, education, criminal justice, and library services would may qualify for this program as long as they are employed by a public service organization.”

For more information on financial literacy resources offered to San Jacinto College students, visit or contact Elena Olivier at 281-991-2645.

UH-Clear Lake announces commencement speakers

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UHCLLogo smallCelebrate the newest class of University of Houston-Clear Lake graduates at the spring 2016 Commencement with ceremonies at noon and 5 p.m., May 15 at NRG Arena, 1 NRG Park, Houston.

Graduates of the School of Business and the School of Human Sciences and Humanities will be recognized at the noon ceremony and addressed by HCA Gulf Coast Division President and Distinguished Alumna Maura Walsh, while the 5 p.m. ceremony will honor students from the School of Education and the School of Science and Computer Engineering and be addressed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Graduating students may invite as many guests as they wish. Attendance is free, but parking rates vary around the venue.

Maura Walsh was appointed president of HCA Gulf Coast Division, headquartered in Houston, Texas, in 2004, and she has served in this role for 12 years. She has operational responsibility for HCA’s 15 hospitals, eight ambulatory surgery centers, seven freestanding emergency centers and a regional transfer center. As president of the HCA Gulf Coast Division, she is committed to continuing HCA’s legacy of quality, compassionate care.

SJC student selected for Community College Aerospace Scholars program

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SJC TimaniSan Jacinto College engineering student Amir Timani recently completed participation in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) workshop at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

San Jacinto College engineering student Amir Timani recently completed participation in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars workshop at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NCAS is a five-week online scholars program that culminates with a four-day on-site workshop at the JPL. As part of the workshop, students form teams as fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach. Students also have opportunities to interact with NASA engineers as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. Timani was selected as one of 216 community college students nationwide to participate in this year’s NCAS program.

TCC announces national search for new president

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TexasChiropracticCollegeThe Texas Chiropractic College Board of Regents has announced a nation-wide search to identify and select the 15th President in TCC's 108 year history, and invites applications and recommendations for the Presidency.

Since 1908, Texas Chiropractic College has championed a scientific and evidence-informed approach to educating Practice-Ready doctors of chiropractic. Rigorous classroom and hands-on training empower TCC graduates as skilled, thoughtful and ethical doctors of chiropractic dedicated to providing patient-centered care. TCC advances the chiropractic profession by pioneering scholarship and research that aids in the production of transformative knowledge and ideas.

DPISD approves salary raises

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litwinnersAt Monday's Deer Park ISD Board of Trustees meeting, several DPISD junior high students were honored for winning gold and silver key literary awards. Photo by Holly Galvan.

The Deer Park ISD Board of Trustees held its regular meeting April 25. The original meeting date was April 18 but was postponed because of flooding in nearby areas.

At the meeting, the 2016 Scholastic Writing Regional and National Award winners were recognized.

Deer Park Junior High Silver Key winners are Xavier Cantu, Maximus Gonzalez, Jordyn Waters, Katlyn Cothran, William Marker, Alexa Montalvo, Aaron Briggs, Shaunna Allett, Skylar Breakiron, Lance Hinton and Cara Williams. DPJH Gold Key winners were Alyssa Eldridge, Samantha Rosas, Sophia Schaper, Italy Pena. Harris County Gold Key and national winners were Alyssa Hartis, Taylor Gleason and Peyton Vasquez.

DPJH teacher Paula Shamburger was recognized for being the 2016 recipient of the Susan O’Connor Writing Educator Award for the Harris County Department of Education Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Shamburger had four Gold Key, four Silver Key, and four Honorable Mention-winning students.