August 23, 2017
Vol. 4, Issue 15
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

Alicia Moreno
Student Trustee


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
Alamo Colleges District - St. Philip's College Celebrates Two Grand Openings in One Day
Dignitaries cut ribbons twice to open the new Good Samaritan
Veterans Outreach and Transition Center and the newly
renovated Turbon Student Center at St. Philip's College.

Alamo Colleges District - St. Philip's College (SPC) and the entire community had twice as much to celebrate recently with the grand openings of the Good Samaritan Veterans Outreach and Transition Center (GSVOTC) and the renovated Turbon Student Center. SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was joined by Alamo Colleges District Board Chair Dr. Yvonne Katz, Trustee Denver McClendon and other dignitaries as they cut the ribbons to officially open the new facilities.

The GSVOTC opening is the culmination of a partnership begun in 2011 between the City of San Antonio, the Alamo Colleges District and SPC to renovate an historic building  adjacent to the SPC main campus to create a center that will serve all veterans across the city, including those who are Alamo Colleges District students. At the center, veterans and their family members will be offered a supportive environment and personalized services that include free job training, financial counseling, health and wellness, legal services, business start-up assistance and information on their educational options.

The newly renovated Turbon Student Center transformed the 64-year-old facility into a hub of student government, leadership and student activities where the best practices in student leadership, informal education and social activities can realize their optimum potential. Triple the size of the original building, the 28,000-square-foot, two story complex houses a U.S. Post Office for public use, along with the college bookstore, a cafĂ©, a six-lane bowling alley, space for ping pong and billards tables and video games and student lockers. The Center also features two  outdoor patios, a number of large TV's and offices for the Director of Student Success and the Student Government Association.

Alamo Colleges District - Palo Alto College Awarded $650,000 NSF Grant for STEM Scholarships
PAC students will benefit from a $650,000 grant for scholarships in science, technology, engineering and math.

Alamo Colleges District - Palo Alto College (PAC), a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) since 2000, has been awarded a $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The funds will provide academic scholarships for experiential STEM research opportunities and increase the number of students in biology and biosciences programs who transfer and graduate with a bachelor's degree in a STEM field. This is the first NSF award received by PAC and is part of a larger effort towards improving access to STEM-related programs.

Over the grant's five-year award period beginning Sept. 1, 2017, PAC will provide financial scholarships for eligible students who are academically talented, demonstrate financial need and are pursuing degrees in biology or biosciences programs. The grant also will support tutoring services, cohort-building extracurricular activities such as field trips and university visits and the implementation of Projects of Discovery (PODs) - a sustainable, course-based approach for involving community college students in interdisciplinary research experiences.

Alamo Colleges District Trustee James Rindfuss, who passed away recently, served on the Board
of Trustees for 21 years.

Alamo Colleges District Remembers Trustee James Rindfuss

Alamo Colleges District 9 Trustee James Rindfuss, who served honorably, enthusiastically and with distinction for 21 years, passed away on August 15. 

"Jim was instrumental in emphasizing student success and leadership and was always an advocate for affordable tuition and instructional materials, championing open source materials," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "As a result, this year across the colleges, students have saved more than $15 million through the use of open source materials alone," he added.

Rindfuss was beloved by his colleagues and respected for his kindness and his passion. Coming from humble beginnings, Rindfuss earned his law degree from the University of Houston Law School and practiced law since 1967. He also held a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and taught real estate broker classes at Alamo Colleges District - San Antono College and lectured in other college programs.

His career included professional positions in accounting and cost engineering at the State Building Commission, Warrior Constructors, Westinghouse Financial Corporation and Frost National Bank. He gave back to his community by volunteering with the Outreach Mission Program of the First Presbyterian Church, aiding residents in depressed areas of Mexico, Alaska and Costa Rica through the construction and repair of orphanages, libraries, medical clinics, schools and churches.

Rindfuss is survived by his wife, Marie Kane; mother Wynemah Rindfuss; sons, Bryan Rindfuss and Allen Rindfuss; and sisters, Shirley Everhard and Jane Rogers. Plans for a memorial service are pending.

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The Alamo Colleges District's mission is: empowering our diverse communities for success. Our vision is: the Alamo Colleges District will be the best in the nation in student success and performance excellence. The Alamo Colleges District is one district with five community colleges serving more than 80,000 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 have come through the Alamo Colleges District education programs are major contributors to the economy and culture of Sa
n Antonio.