April 1, 2016
Vol. 3, Issue 11
Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
Anna U. Bustamante
District 3

Vice Chair
Dr. Yvonne Katz
District 7

Joe Alderete, Jr.
District 1

Asst. Secretary
Clint Kingsbery
District 8

Denver McClendon
District 2

Marcelo S. Casillas
District 4

Roberto Zarate
District 5

Dr. Gene Sprague
District 6

James Rindfuss
District 9

Sami C. Adames
Student Trustee


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
Alamo Colleges Names New Student to Board of Trustees
Emmanuel Nyong has been named
the new student trustee on the
Alamo Colleges' Board.

At a special meeting on March 28, the Alamo Colleges' Board of Trustees selected Emmanuel Nyong as the new student trustee. Nyong is the third student to serve as a trustee on the Alamo Colleges Board. The Alamo Colleges is the only community college system in the state with a student trustee. Nyong will serve a one-year term, beginning May 1, 2016 and running through April 30, 2017. 
Nyong, a student at Alamo Colleges - Palo  Alto College, has a 3.84 GPA and is especially interested in biology and chemistry. He has been a member of the Palo Alto Student Government Association, has served as French Honor Society vice president and French Club president, and has been a member of many other college clubs and organizations.
As the student trustee, Nyong will serve as a non-voting student liasion to the board and the chancellor, representing students' interests at board meetings and other district meetings. He will undergo trustee training and, in recognition of his service on the board, he will receive a $300 scholarship at the beginning of both the fall and spring semesters.
Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College student Matthew Vargas was named as an alternate student trustee. He will attend board meetings if Nyong is unable to do so.

Community-Wide Effort Launched To Forge Pathways Leading Students to College, Good  Jobs
Representatives from the Alamo Colleges, educational institutions and community and governmental organizations presented a progress report on efforts to forge academic and career pathways.

At a press conference March 30, Alamo Colleges' Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie, Vice Chancellor for Student Success Dr. Adelina S. Silva and representatives from 24 regional partners reported on the progress of their effort to forge academic and career pathways among regional school districts, higher education institutions, community-based organizations and civic and business leaders to promote greater student success. Sharing the podium with Leslie were: Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff; University of Texas at San Antonio President Dr. Ricardo Romo; Jared Skok, executive director, foundation, and director, community investments, Tesoro; Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft, superintendent, Southwest Independent School District; and Dr. Adriana Contreras, executive director, San Antonio Education Partnership.

Today's announcement served as a follow-up to the first-ever Alamo Area College Access and Completion Summit which was held last fall. At the Summit, more than 500 advisors, counselors and administrators from school districts and higher education joined community members and business leaders to establish a theoretical and research framework for the practical application of effective academic and career advising. The Summit represents the only effort of this kind in the nation which seeks to align advising models across institutions in order to increase college completion and prepare students for good jobs.

Summit participants agreed on an action plan which includes: building a national model framework for collaborative work and advancement; building a common language of goals, expectations and analyzing and linking data; creating an online portal to support and educate parents, students and the community on higher education culture, language, processes, requirements and programs; developing cross-institution technology to provide seamless access to information and processes; and holding a second Summit on October 14, 2016, at Trinity University.

Kayla Castro and Juan Ortiz with their medallions and certificates after the March 25 ceremony
at the State Capitol in Austin.

Alamo Colleges - Northeast Lakeview Students Earn Honor Society Recognition

Two students from Alamo Colleges - Northeast Lakeview College have been recognized by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society for two-year colleges. Kayla Castro and Juan Ortiz were named to the All Texas Academic 2016 Team and were recognized as two of the top students from two-year colleges in Texas who are chosen for outstanding academic achievement and exemplary community service. They were honored with students from other colleges across the state at a ceremony at the State Capitol.

Castro will graduate from the Alamo Colleges in spring 2016 and has been accepted to the music school and business school at the University of North Texas, where she will be studying entrepreneurship and music education. She hopes to create a non-profit organization that will provide music opportunities to low-income individuals. She is currently a music teacher at Alamo Music Center and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. Her ultimate goal is to touch the lives of individuals through music.

Ortiz also will graduate in spring 2016 and transfer to the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he will major in biology/pre-med. His ultimate goal is to be a sports medicine doctor.

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The Alamo Colleges mission is: empowering our diverse communities for success. Our vision is: the Alamo Colleges will be the best in the nation in student success and performance excellence. The Alamo Colleges is one district with five community colleges serving more than 90,000 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 who have come through the Alamo Colleges education programs are major contributors to the economy and culture of Sa
n Antonio.