April 15, 2016
Vol. 3, Issue 13
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 Joins the Celebration with Fiesta Events
The community is invited to celebrate Fiesta at the Alamo
Colleges with two official Fiesta events on Thursday, April 21.
On Thursday, April 21, the Alamo Colleges will celebrate Fiesta with two official Fiesta events. Alamo Colleges - 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 gaming zone and a carne asada contest. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the fun! For more information on PACfest, click here.

Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College will host its CultureFest and Rib Cook-off from 10 6 p.m. on April 21. 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 professional style gas BBQ grill on a trailer. Tickets for the raffle are $10 for one and $25 for three and proceeds will benefit the St. Philip's College General Scholarship Fund. 

Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College Scobee Education Center Hosts First Girls' STEM Summit
Former astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger addresses attendees at the Scobee Girls' STEM Summit held at Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College.

Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College's  (SAC) Scobee Education Center hosted the Scobee Girls' STEM Summit on Saturday, April 9.  The inaugural event, sponsored in part by the City of San Antonio, welcomed some 30 girls from a cross section of San Antonio high schools to the center on SAC's campus.  The one-day conference included workshops and motivational speakers. It focused on provided STEM-minded girls with resources to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Dr. Jothany Blackwood, SAC's vice president for academic success, and Alamo Colleges' Board of Trustees Chair Anna U. Bustamante offered welcoming remarks. Blackwood also introduced the keynote speakers, former astronauts Eileen Collins and Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger.

"The Scobee Girls' STEM Summit provides high school girls with the opportunity to meet with scientists, engineers and other women professionals," said Rick Varner, executive director of the Scobee Education Center. "We hope to be able to grow this program in the coming years so that even more students will be able to participate."

San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero speaks at the opening of the San Antonio Poetry Archive at Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College.

Poetry Archive at Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College Opens
to the Community

Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College (PAC), the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative  Development, and 2014-2016 San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero opened  the official San Antonio Poetry Archive in the Ozuna Library at PAC recently  and revealed a mural celebrating the archive.

Guerrero, a former PAC student and 2014 recipient of the College's Outstanding Former  Student award, has served as San Antonio's Poet Laureate since 2014. As part of her tenure, Guerrero  designed a scope of work and partnered with Palo Alto College to create a repository of written and audio- visual materials and artifacts that tells the stories of local poets and the history of San Antonio's diverse literary  voice.

The San Antonio Poetry Archive project consisted of two elements. The first involved a  team of PAC students, led by Dr. Rafael Castillo, professor of English, who conducted interviews  with noted local poets and solicited donations of personal works for the a rchive. The interviews and works will be on display in the Ozuna Library and rotated on a  monthly basis.

For the second element, ceramics and sculpture students, led by Associate Professor  Cakky Brawley, created a permanent mural that illustrates the power of poetry. The  construction of the massive ceramic mural, which is nearly twelve feet long and six feet high, was supported by  a grant from the city's Department for Culture & Creative Development.

The archive will be open to the public by appointment.  For information on how to donate personal works to the archive, contact the Ozuna Library at 210-486-3575.

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