December 10, 2015
Vol. 2, Issue 14
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 - Palo Alto College Cosmetology Students Volunteer To Help Community  
Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College cosmetology students volunteered their services for the Catwalk for Hope fashion show
to raise funds for cancer research.

In November, Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College cosmetology students volunteered backstage at the Catwalk for Hope fashion show, which partners with the American Cancer Society to raise funds for cancer research. The models in the fashion show consist of cancer survivors or women battling cancer. PAC students provided makeup applications, up do's, and made sure the models were runway ready.

In October, the students opened their chairs to the Selena Center for Youth Potential, a treatment center for girls ages 13-17. PAC students gave the teenage girls free haircuts and shared beauty tips for them to try at home.

"I'm so impressed with their dedication. To see them so eager and excited to help makes me proud," said Lisa Wilson Navarro, cosmetology program lead.

Cosmetology also honors the military. Any veterans or current member of the military can schedule an appointment in the Cosmetology Learning Studio for a free haircut.

Student veteran Robert Sandoval took advantage of the free service and was very appreciative. "The experience was lovely, lots of attention and lots of love," said Sandoval. "I think it's really nice when our community gives back to us [veterans]."

Volunteering allows students to perfect skills such as meeting and greeting clients while working on technical skills and utilizing techniques they have learned in the classroom.

Learning hands-on is a major part of the course curriculum and is required to earn an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) in cosmetology or a cosmetology operator Level 2 certificate. Volunteering also allows students to build their portfolios, network with salon professionals, and create a foundation for entrepreneurial development. 

Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College's Faculty Member Dimitriu Nominated for Piper Professor
SAC Engineering Coordiantor Dr. Dan Dimitriu has been nominated for the
Piper Professor program.

Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College's  (SAC) Engineering Coordinator Dr. Dan Dimitriu has been named SAC's nominee for the Piper Professor program. A San Antonio College faculty member since 1995 and engineering program coordinator since 2001, Dimitriu is responsible for supervising curriculum development and coordinating the structure of the program with universities from the surrounding area to ensure credit transfer. He has been recognized for these efforts by the National Academy of Sciences. 

Started in 1958, the Piper Professor program recognizes 10 professors annually for superior teaching at the college level. Selection is made on the basis of nominations submitted by each college or university in Texas.

NVC Student Zara Flores was recognized with
an award for her presentation at a national
conference in Washington, D.C.

Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College Student Nets Award for Research Presentation

Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College student Zara Flores received an award for her presentation on her undergraduate scientific research at the 2015 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference in Washington, D.C. At the conference, the judges recognized Zara's work, titled "Development of Gfap Expression in the Optic Nerve of Zebrafish," as a standout among the student presentations.  

SACNAS is dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. The conference showcased over 800 posters and oral presentations from both undergraduate and graduate students. The presentations were judged by panels of scientists for clarity, communication and scientific essentials.

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.