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San Jacinto College
News Release
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vibrant 50th anniversary banners, new signage to adorn college’s 3 campuses

PASADENA, Texas – As San Jacinto College’s (SJC) golden anniversary approaches, the College is announcing the historic milestone with vibrant banners that will be displayed on light poles around campus as part of new signage that will begin to appear on each San Jacinto College campus.

One hundred blue and gold banners will be installed at the three campuses, bearing the College’s theme for the 50th anniversary celebration: “Reaching for Tomorrow.” The College held a contest to determine a theme, and 1986 SJC graduate Debbie Lewandowski won the contest.

“I have very fond memories of San Jac and decided to enter because the College has always had a special place in my heart,” she commented. “I just wanted to think of something that expressed an ongoing positive message. I came up with a few, but thought ‘Reaching for Tomorrow’ sounded the best.”

SJC senior graphic designer Joshua Wilson created the design and artwork for the banners. “I included the San Jacinto Monument because it’s an easily identifiable symbol for the area,” he said. “The concept evolved into something that would extend beyond its borders. That’s why I chose to have the monument go beyond the circles and have the star bursting through the top. The rays of light are meant to represent new beginnings.”

Some light poles will bear the 50th anniversary seal that displays the “Reaching for Tomorrow” theme, and some light poles will bear an image of the San Jacinto Monument, displayed above the College’s interlocking SJC logo, and the College’s tagline “Your Goals. Your College.”

Wilson said “Reaching for Tomorrow” is a fitting theme for the College’s 50th anniversary celebration, and the phrase also goes well with the image of the lofty San Jacinto Monument. “The phrase calls upon the College to reflect upon its history, learn from it, and aspire to be better than we were. It’s a challenge, really,” he noted.

Teri Fowlé, associate vice chancellor of marketing, said the phrase “reaching for tomorrow” aptly describes the College’s rich history. “As we think about the last 50 years, with all the struggles, the amazing growth and changes, it is clear that SJC has always been reaching for tomorrow,” she commented. “The College is built on the innovation and hard work of so many faculty, staff, and administrators who have managed the changes for the past 50 years. As the college continues to grow, and the demographics of our community and student body continue to shift, it seems natural to build on the past and continue reaching for tomorrow as we move into our next 50 years and beyond.”

Fowlé said the colorful banners will be on display for an indefinite period of time. “We conducted surveys and students said they want a collegiate environment, from the visuals to the college experience,” she commented. “These banners will help create a collegiate image on our campuses and celebrate our history. We will continue using the banners with other themes long after the 50th anniversary to continue providing a collegiate image.”

Installation of the banners coincides with other projects to upgrade signage at the College. “As the College has grown and buildings have been added, way-finding on the campuses has become difficult,” Fowlé said. “Along with the 50th anniversary banners, the College is also improving the signage on the campuses, both internal and external. An important part of the culture at SJC is to listen and continually improve to increase the opportunity for students to succeed, even if that is as simple as helping them easily find their way to class so they can get there on time.”

San Jacinto College first opened its doors on Sept. 18, 1961 at temporary facilities in old downtown Pasadena. The College is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2011-2012 school year with celebrations and events at the three campuses, culminating with a gala, hosted by the San Jacinto College Foundation, in spring 2012. For more information on the College’s 50th anniversary, visit

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, for 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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