October 12, 2016
Vol. 3, Issue 34
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
LULAC Parent/Child Scholarship Program Celebrates 20 Years
Ariel Caña (l) and her mother Jessenia (r) were both recipients
of LULAC Rey Feo Parent/Child scholarships.

Recently the LULAC Parent/Child Scholarship Program celebrated its 20th anniversary of awarding scholarships to the Alamo Colleges to young children of single parents. The program is a partnership between the Alamo Colleges Foundation, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #2, and the Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College (SAC) Women's Center. It provides young parents a $1000 scholarship distributed over four consecutive semesters to help pay for educational expenses.

What makes this a one-of-a-kind opportunity is the program also provides a scholarship to a child under the age of six of the parent. Once the parents finish their academic goals, their children can receive a two-year scholarship to attend one of the Alamo Colleges when the child graduates from high school.

Tom Sandoval, president emeritus of LULAC Council #2, originally came up with the idea as a way of ensuring the academic success of two generations of students. So far, 223 parent scholars and 23 child scholars have successfully completed the program.

Jessenia Caña and her daughter, Ariel, who spoke at the 20th anniversary event, are two of those who greatly benefitted from the scholarship program. In 1997, as a young single mother attending Palo Alto College, Caña and her three-year-old daughter, Ariel, were awarded scholarships from the program. Ariel even met Rey Feo and received a book about Fiesta that he autographed. With help from the scholarship Caña earned her associate degree in math and was able to attend UTSA.

Then, 16 years later, Ariel was finishing her first year in college when she became pregnant and had to drop out due to financial concerns. Coincidentally, her mother came across the  Fiesta book, and it reminded her of the LULAC scholarship.

Caña was concerned the scholarship might not still be in effect. However, after speaking to Bertha Castellanos with SAC's Services for Women and Non-Traditional Students (SWANS) program, she learned that the program staff had been trying to locate her and her daughter. She was assured that the scholarship was still in effect, and Ariel was able to continue her college education.

Ariel has since completed her associate degree in education and is one year away from receiving her bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University - San Antonio.

Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College Students
Teach Culinary Studies Program in Paris, France
Culinary students from St. Philip's College participated in
an exchange program with a culinary school in Paris.

Eight Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College (SPC) students recently participated in the college's second transatlantic culinary exchange program with the Lycee Guillaume Tirel school in Paris. The students and faculty member Chef Frank Salinas represented the U.S. by sharing foods from Texas with the people of Paris in celebration of the Lycee's tenth anniversary and France's 2016 Gastronomy Week observances.  Six second-year students, two "near-second-year students" and one alumni culinary arts student from SPC represented San Antonio in Paris in 2016. 
By global culinary education standards, the exchange is a premier partnership, Salinas explained. The two-year-old exchange has included students from Paris attending St. Philip's College during the college's CultureFest. 
"They treated our students like rock stars, and we shared our culinary experiences in workshops focused on American regional food and Texas specialties," said Salinas. "They wanted Tex-Mex, and we were more than happy to comply, with our own Texas mesquite chips, pecans and serrano peppers to ensure authenticity," Salinas said. 
"We bumped up our numbers for 2016 with additional baby back ribs and a small gordita to help Parisians get the flavor profiles of our region's food this time around," said Salinas. "After all, Parisians are foodies too, and the Gastronomy Week--Fiesta exchange program comes down to sharing the love for food and commerce. We shared our Texas hospitality with the French people to get them to see what we're doing as a hub of education with influences that include Texas' unique Afro-, Latin- and Anglo-American food culture, and our students learned a lot," Salinas said.
The newly formed Northwest Vista College soccer team
is currently undefeated and has a shot at their first
conference championship.

Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College Club Sports Programs Ace Competition

Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College's (NVC) club sports programs are off to a strong start, stomping much of the competition coming their way.  The NVC cross country, men's and women's basketball and men's soccer teams have either played their first games or are about to wrap up their season. The women's volleyball team's first game is October 20.

The newly-formed NVC soccer team is currently undefeated and untied in the Texas Collegiate Soccer League D-Conference. They have an opportunity, if they continue to win, to come away with the team's first conference championship. To read how these teams are doing, go here.

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