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April 19, 2017
Vol. 4, Issue 8
Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
Dr. Yvonne Katz
District 7

Vice Chair
Marcelo Casillas
District 4

Secretary
Dr. Gene Sprague
District 6

Asst. Secretary
Denver McClendon
District 2

Joe Alderete, Jr.
District 1

Anna U. Bustamante
District 3

Roberto Zarate
District 5

Clint Kingsbery
District 8

James Rindfuss
District 9

Emmanuel Nyong
Student Trustee

Chancellor

Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
Alamo Colleges District Joins the Celebration with Fiesta Events
The community is invited to celebrate Fiesta at the Alamo 
Colleges District with three official Fiesta events.

The Alamo Colleges District will celebrate Fiesta 2017 with three official Fiesta events. From April 24-27, Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College will host its annual Multicultural Conference, which brings scholars, writers, artists and professionals together to illuminate multicultural issue in education and society. For a full schedule, click here.

On April 27, Alamo Colleges District - Palo Alto College will host PACfest from noon to 10 p.m. Admission to this family-friendly event is $5, with free parking and free admission for children 12 and under and those with an Alamo Colleges ID. Enjoy music, food booths, a kids' gaming zone and a Fiesta Grilldown contest. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the fun! For more information on PACfest, click here.

Also on April 27, Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College will host its CultureFest and Rib Cook-off from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Treat yourself to food, live music, games, rides and other entertainment for all ages. For more infomration on CultureFest, click here. At CultureFest, you can register to win a charcoal BBQ grill smoker built by SPC welding students as well as other prizes. Proceeds will benefit the SPC General Scholarship Fund. 


Alamo Colleges District - St. Philip's College Ranked Second in Top Military Friendly Online Programs
St. Philip's College has been recognized as one of the nation's top five military-friendly two-year online colleges in 2017.


Alamo Colleges District - St. Philip's College (SPC) recently was recognized as one of the nation's top five military-friendly two-year online colleges in 2017 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org. SPC was second inthe rankings. The top ranked two-year colleges also include Central Texas College, Mount Wachusett Community College, Wake Technical Community College and Del Mar College.

San Antonio is known as Military City, and SPC has been one of the top three colleges in military enrollment in San Antonio for decades. At any time of the day, SPC faculty are building the marketable knowledge of 6,000 online students worldwide, including military members. 

San Antonio College's new mariachi group will perform for the first time April 19 in McAllister Fine Arts Auditorium.

Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College Mariachi Group Slates First Performance

The Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College (SAC) mariachi group will give their first official performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the McAllister Fine Arts Auditorium at the college. The concert is free and open to the public. 

The concert is an event that was several years in the making.  When Professor Jeff Hunt became chair of the SAC music program six years ago, one of his first ideas was to add a mariachi program to the established ensembles on campus. When Dr. Robert Vela became president of SAC, Hunt approached him with the idea. Dr. Vela gave his support but asked Hunt to make sure to gauge interest from the students themselves. Hunt began putting out the word on starting a mariachi ensemble at SAC, and he soon found a groundswell of support from students in the music program. 

The SAC student government supported the program, and a request was made to the Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees, who approved it. Last fall, the music program began recruiting students and, in October, students were fitted for their trajes, their mariachi outfits, as well as their sombreros. 
Alicia Covarrubias was hired to be the director of the mariachi program. A SAC alumnus, she was the first graduate from Texas State University's Latin music studies program.

In May, the mariachi ensemble will tour schools in the San Antonio Independent School District to recruit high school students to SAC's music program.


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The Alamo Colleges District's mission is: empowering our diverse communities for success. Our vision is: the Alamo Colleges District will be the best in the nation in student success and performance excellence. The Alamo Colleges District is one district with five community colleges serving more than 80,000 students annually from Bexar County and seven other counties in our service area. We provide an affordable, quality college education that leads to associate degrees, certificates and transfers to four-year universities. Hundreds of thousands of Bexar County residents have come through the Alamo Colleges District education programs are major contributors to the economy and culture of Sa
n Antonio.