Flickinger received a Humanitarian Award from the Latino Learning Center

PASADENA, Texas – The Latino Learning Center in Houston, Texas, recently held its Annual Humanitarian Awards, where Marie Flickinger was honored in the Special Recognition for a Philanthropic Life category for her longtime support and advocacy of the South Belt community.

Flickinger is the co-founder and publisher of the South Belt-Ellington Leader newspaper and Chair of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees. She immediately took action following Hurricane Harvey in 2017 by reaching out to Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena School District Superintendent, and her other contacts and community supporters to feed and house 1,500 community members at Dobie High School. At its peak, the makeshift shelter had more than 150 volunteers and ran with limited resources from the American Red Cross. It was a success because of Flickinger’s leadership.

“I feel blessed that I get to do what I love every day, and that is helping people,” said Flickinger. “I feel there are a lot of things I may never do; I may never be a Scout mom or a PTA mom, but I do love what I do. I don’t expect any recognition for it. It’s a true honor to work for the community and for San Jac.” 

Flickinger is also well known for her instrumental role in uncovering the negative impacts of the Brio Superfund site. She is the Environmental Protection Agency community representative for the site and has served on two Mayoral Transition Committees for the City of Houston. 

Throughout the years, such leadership and humanitarian efforts locally and statewide have been recognized. Flickinger was inducted into the Hall of Honor at Dobie High School and received the Pasadena ISD Distinguished Citizen award. The Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts building on the San Jacinto College South Campus is named in her honor, and she earned the prestigious M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award from the American Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in 2013 for her significant contribution as a trustee toward promoting the community college concept.

As the first woman elected to the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees in 1995, Flickinger is also past-chair of the Board of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees, and past-chair of the Two-Year College Stakeholder Committee with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

“When it comes to someone who dedicates her life so tirelessly to the those around her, to the community and to San Jacinto College, there is nobody like Marie Flickinger,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor of San Jacinto College. “We are fortunate to have community members like Marie who voluntarily serve on our Board of Trustees and who genuinely care about the welfare of students, employees and residents.”

Flickinger’s involvement in the South Belt community also includes coordinating the annual July 4th parade and numerous Christmas drives for needy families. Her efforts have helped the South Belt area flourish.

The Latino Learning Center, Inc., was founded in October 1979. Its mission is to inspire and empower at-risk Latinos to pursue their potential and achieve success. For more than four decades, the center has been one of the most effective organizations in the country to help Latinos become productive contributors, according to the center's website.

About San Jacinto College 

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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. 

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