December 7, 2016
Vol. 3, Issue 41
Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
Dr. Yvonne Katz
District 7

Vice Chair
Marcelo Casillas
District 4

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


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College Hosts Grand Opening of S.H.A.R.E. Resource Center for Students
The PAC S.H.A.R.E. Center will offer resources
and services for students and the public.
Alamo Colleges-Palo Alto College (PAC) officially opened its new student resource center, funded through a $2.62 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, December 7. The S.H.A.R.E. (Student Health, Advocacy, Resource, and Engagement) Center is a multi-service facility offering access to healthcare and social services, a clothes closet, a public food pantry, and other resources aimed at ensuring that students are safe and secure.

The S.H.A.R.E. Center will provide services for enrolled students and the public:
* Mental health services - PAC's counseling services team provides free personal counseling (including short-term and crisis) to currently enrolled students.
* Other health services - The University Health System healthyUexpress family health vehicle will be on the PAC campus once a week to serve students and the public. The mobile clinic provides quality medical care for families across Bexar County.
* Social Services - Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio will be on campus once a week offering services for students and the public, such as utility assistance, referrals for dental and eye exams and assistance in registering for the healthcare marketplace.
* Goodwill Clothes Closet - in partnership with Goodwill Industries of San Antonio, the Clothes Closet will help provide professional clothing for currently enrolled students
* Food pantry - PAC is an official San Antonio Food Bank partner and pantry, offering food assistance to students and the public once a week.

Alamo Colleges - Northeast Lakeview College Graduate Named 2016 UTSA Mellon Fellow
NLC graduate Monica Pepping has been seleced as a Mellon Fellow at UTSA.

Monica Pepping, 2016 Alamo Colleges - Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) graduate, has been selected as a 2016 Mellon Humanities Pathways Fellow. The program will provide 36 undergraduate students at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with exposure to humanities research methods, opportunities to participate in humanities research studies, professional development and mentoring that leads to doctoral studies in the humanities.

Pepping is in the first cohort of fellows selected and will receive a stipend of $4,000 that will be distributed as projects are completed. 

Pepping earned her  associate degree from NLC in 2016 and is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in global affairs at UTSA. Her ultimate goal is to earn a master's degree in professional writing that she will use to write about issues of importance. A non-traditional student, Pepping graduated from NLC with honors.

The SPC Eastside Community Garden will benefit from a $3,000 grant from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.

Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College Community Garden Nets National Grant

Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College's (SPC) Eastside Community Garden that is student-run under faculty leadership has received a $3,000 award from the signature program of a national organization that funds, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, initiatives described as "modest in scale but often bold in effect" to advance education and civic engagement.

The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) awarded SPC one of its ten Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Summer Institute 2016 Post-Institute Implementation awards for innovative projects addressing and advancing both the use and access of community gardens for the two-year term of 2017-2018.

Since 2014, SPC students and faculty members have led by example to help San Antonians go healthier and greener while they share knowledge as guests in a working community garden at 1715 N. Center St. The 13,000 square-foot East Side Community Garden, envisioned with multiple garden plots where gardeners will take produce home for meals, was initiated by a group of seniors who are assisted by volunteers and neighbors. In addition to increasing food resources for local seniors on fixed incomes, the college has found opportunities to give back by helping to improve the infrastructure and nutritional value of the garden. In the process of giving back, student success and college courses have been enhanced as the STEM program is being brought to scale, and capacity building support has been earned from such organizations as NCSCE.

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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.