Davis-Rouse named one of Houston’s most influential women

San Jacinto College Board of Trustees member Erica Davis-Rouse was named a Top 30 Influential Women of Houston honoree.

Now in their eighth year, these awards recognize the tenacity, discipline, and diligence of women who have broken barriers in their fields and left their mark on Houston, changing the city’s business and community service landscape. 

In 2016, Davis-Rouse, along with husband Bobby Rouse, founded Reach One 713, which focuses on helping families overcome poverty. She has also volunteered with several non-profits, including Making it Better Texas and Yellowstone Academy. She is a Smahrt Girl Foundation advisory board member and proud Houston Texans ambassador as a member of the NFL alumni association.

60th Anniversary gala supports Promise scholarships

San Jacinto College’s 60th anniversary will culminate in the “Step Brightly into the Future” gala at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022, at the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology at the Central Campus.

Presented by LyondellBasell and the Sinor Family, the gala will benefit the student success fund endowment supporting Promise @ San Jac scholarships.

Community members can help change students’ lives by …

  • Sponsoring the event
  • Purchasing gala tickets
  • Donating to the Promise endowment

ABC13 news and sports anchor Adam Winkler will emcee the gala, while keynote speaker Sen. Larry Taylor will receive the 2022 Legacy Award for his continued support of the College.

Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, a punch wall, silent auction, and the chance to engage with San Jac students and scholarship recipients. The College’s music program will provide entertainment, and students will entertain guests with demonstrations. Guests will also receive truffle boxes as favors from the culinary arts program.

Silent auction items include autographed Dusty Baker and Yuli Gurriel baseballs, Kendra Scott jewelry, a Waterford crystal bowl, a private wine class for 20, a one-night stay at South Shore Harbor Resort, and more.

To learn more and see a complete list of sponsors, visit sanjac.edu/gala. Or contact the San Jacinto College Foundation at 281-998-6104.

About Promise Scholarship:

Promise @ San Jac started in 2020 with three Pasadena ISD high schools. Thanks to a $30 million donation from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett, San Jac is creating an endowment to offer Promise @ San Jac scholarships beginning fall 2022 to all high school seniors within its taxing district.

This last-dollar scholarship covers up to three years of tuition and books so students can complete their certificate or associate degree debt-free.

Griffin earns prestigious ICON Award

San Jacinto College’s Jim Griffin received the prestigious ICON Award from the Economic Alliance of Houston Port Region at the 2021 Gulf Coast Industry Forum.

Griffin, who has worked more than 30 years in the petrochemical manufacturing industry, is the College’s associate vice chancellor/senior vice president for the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology. He has experienced many changes in petrochemical workforce demands and the increased need for workers with degrees and certificates.

In his San Jac role, Griffin oversees petrochemical curriculum and instruction to ensure all training meets the expectations of hiring managers throughout the region’s chemical plants.