SIM Houston presents Hurricane Harvey Relief to HISD
SIM Houston was proud to be part of a national effort to raise Hurricane Harvey Relief funds for the HISD Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy. During the storm an area of the school called “The Garage” that serves as a central innovative learning hub on the first floor was damaged. These funds will cover replacement of 11 laptops and some VR units.
The attendee's in the photo are as follows, starting with the back row from left to right: Gene Janiszewski, SIM VP Membership; Patrick Porter, HISD Director Information Technology; Lenny Schad, HISD Chief Information Technology Officer; Frank Williams, HISD Director Information Technology; Scott Gilhousen, HISD Director Information Technology; Gary Russell, SIM VP Outreach; Preeti Burns, HISD Director Information Technology; Cindy Rae Fancher, HISD Director Information Technology; Mark Sakowitz, SIM VP Outreach; Pat Collins, HISD Director Information Technology; Kristy Sailors, HISD Director Information Technology; Matilda Orozco, HISD Assistant Superintendent
Thank you SIM NJ for the $5000 award for Hurricane Harvey Relief!
On January 30th, SIM Houston presented CE King High School the award on behalf of SIM NJ. The $5000 award went to the purchase of 50 Texas Instruments Inspire calculators which were damaged from Hurricane Harvey.
Pictured are Mrs. Darla Simpson (CTE Teacher), George Crawford (SIM President), Gene Janiszewski (VP Membership), Dr. Demetrius McCall (CE King Principal), Gary Russell (VP Outreach), Mark Sakowitz (VP Outreach), and CE King High School students.
SIM making a difference...
Lone Star College is one of the primary award recipients from SIM Chapter Houston. Our support has gone to directly support the new Innovation Lab at the LSC-University Park Campus. Please click on the link to learn more.
SIM cares about STEM
SIM Houston is very interested in helping our young people enter S.T.E.M. related careers. S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs are offered in public schools to help meet the demands of business. And the schools need our help in inspiring young talent into technology related fields. Think back when you were in school. Was it enough to just listen to the teacher lecture on a subject? If you have ever heard a guest speaker talk about his profession you heard passion, interest, and you might have even been inspired to take action. That is what the leadership at SIM Houston wants – to support the city’s efforts in developing the future technology workforce.
We are looking to our membership network and asking if you know of STEM program opportunities you would recommend for funding. You can find the details of the STEM grant program and applicable forms on this page. As you search your network keep in mind the following 'scorecard' to help determine if the opportunity you wish to recommend is a fit for our STEM funding program.
Relation to IT: How related to the profession of IT (or the Technology of STEM) is the purpose of the charitable endeavors of the organization or specific program?
Reach: Does the work, program, or charitable endeavors of the organization have potential to reach/effect a large constituency base?
Need: Does the program or charitable endeavors of the organization have severe need due to limited resource?
Strategic: The degree an alliance with this organization raises the brand profile, visibility and member benefits of the Houston SIM chapter?
If you are interested in recommending a program for funding, please contact the SIM Outreach team at