College to salute veterans during week that starts Nov. 11

11.05.2013 | By

San Jacinto College music professor Dr. Randy Snyder will perform “Taps” at a ceremony to honor military personnel at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

College to salute veterans during week that starts Nov. 11

Rob Vanya -- November 6, 2013



PASADENA, Texas – In honor of Veterans Day, San Jacinto College will host several events at all three campuses to salute American veterans and military personnel during the week of Nov. 11 through 15.


North Campus

On Monday, Nov. 11 a ceremony to honor veterans will feature a flag raising ceremony at 8:30 a.m., at the entrance of the Welcome Center. At 9 a.m., the Spencer Administration Building lobby will be the location for “Donuts, Coffee, and Chat with a Vet.” At 11 a.m., the Slovacek Student Center courtyard will be the site for a solemn performance of “Taps” to honor all military personnel.

A highlight of North Campus events to honor veterans and military personnel will be “Gators Adopt Vets,” a week long drive starting on Nov. 11 to obtain donations for veterans in need. Donations collected by the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team during the drive will be delivered to the non-profit organization Compassionate Houston. “We are collecting specific items requested by Compassionate Houston so that we can put together complete welcome home packages for veterans,” commented Brenita Williams-Jackson, head coach of the College’s women’s basketball team.

Honoring veterans is near and dear to the coach’s heart. “My mother (Brenda Williams) served 22 years in the military – 10 in the Navy, and 12 in the Army – and she retired this year,” Williams-Jackson said. “My older brother (Stephen Hayes) is in the Army and returned from Iraq two years ago. My mother and brother raised me and made the sacrifice not only to serve our country, but also to me personally so I could pursue my love for basketball.” Their selflessness allowed the coach to focus on school and earn a college scholarship.

Some players on the team also have personal reasons to honor veterans and military members. Six of the 14 players have relatives who are either currently enlisted or are veterans. “They know personally about the sacrifices being made by people in the military,” said the coach. The team will also salute veterans at the home basketball game against Victoria College that will start at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15.


Central Campus

On Monday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. there will be a ceremony to honor military personnel at the flagpole located at the entrance of the Interactive Learning Center. The Deer Park High School color guard will present the American flag, and a brief keynote speech will be presented by Dr. James Braswell, Central Campus dean of administration. Braswell is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served on aircraft carriers with the 6th Fleet during the Vietnam War era. Following the formal presentation, attendees may visit the Central Campus Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success where refreshments will be served.


South Campus

On Monday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. a ceremony to honor veterans will begin with the presentation of colors and a flag raising ceremony by students from Clear Brook High School. During the ceremony, two San Jacinto College veteran students will be awarded scholarships made possible by the San Jacinto College Foundation’s Wall of Honor campaign. Following the ceremony, the South Campus Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success will host a social meeting with light refreshments.


Veterans film festival

All three San Jacinto College campuses will host screenings of the “Veterans in Our Community Film Festival” throughout the week that begins with Veterans Day. On Nov. 11, the North Campus will host four film screenings. At 12 p.m. in the Monument Room of the student center, “As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos” by filmmaker Laura Varela will examine the toll of the Vietnam War on visual artist Juan Farias, author Michael Rodriguez, and actor/poet Eduardo Garza. Varela will be on campus to discuss the making of the film and for a short Q & A session at the 12 p.m. screening, and at a later screening at 6 p.m., which will be held in the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center. At 7 p.m. in the fine arts center there will be a screening of “Marines ’65,” a gritty documentary about combat during the Vietnam War. At 8 a.m. in the fine arts center there will be a screening of “We Were Soldiers,” which documents the Battle of la Drang, the first major battle of the Vietnam War.

On Friday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m., the South Campus will host “The Best Years of Our Lives,” a film about three WWII veterans returning home, facing uncertainty and change. The screening will take place in the Marie Flickinger Fine Arts Center auditorium.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Central Campus will host five films at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building auditorium. “Why We Fight, Prelude to War” (1 p.m.), is billed as “possibly the only Army training film to win an Oscar.” Shot six months after Pearl Harbor, the film encouraged Americans to get involved in the war effort. “Go For Broke” (2 p.m.) is based on exploits of America’s most decorated infantry regiment, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. “This is Korea” (4 p.m.) is the only full-color documentary shot during the Korean War. “When Women Come Marching Home” (5 p.m.) deals with women veterans who were challenged by post-traumatic stress, disabilities, and the Veterans Administration bureaucracy. “We Were Soldiers” (7 p.m.) documents the Battle of la Drang from the Vietnam War.

For more information about veteran services at San Jacinto College, visit

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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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