October 23, 2015
Vol. 2, Issue 8
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 Sets New Record for Degrees and Certificates Awarded-Up 36% Over 2014  
The Alamo Colleges awarded a record 9,700 degrees and certificates to students in FY 2015, an increase of 36% over FY 2014.

The Alamo Colleges continues to make remarkable strides in achieving greater student success, with more than 9,700 degrees and certificates awarded to students in FY2015! This represents a 36% increase over the 7,150 awarded in FY2014, a 106% increase over the 4,702 awarded in 2009 and an all-time record for the Alamo Colleges!

"This outstanding accomplishment is a direct result of the exceptional work of our faculty and staff, and more than 370 dedicated 4DX teams at the colleges and across the district," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "We are currently the third largest community college system in the state, but the second largest producer of degrees and certificates, and our increase in degree conferrals will have a positive impact on our budget as state funding now is tied, in part, to performance. The Four Disciplines of Execution has had a major beneficial impact on our academic and administrative teams, and on student success," he added.

The record number of degrees and certificates reflects the Alamo Colleges ongoing efforts to ensure that more students complete their educational goals. These efforts include new programs and initiatives across all the colleges, including 4DX, that encourage students to complete their degree or certificate, as they pursue career employment and a baccalaureate degree. Faculty have played a key role in these efforts, developing strategies to improve student success in courses that have traditionally had low completion rates and/or poor grades earned.

Alamo Colleges' Trustee Roberto Zárate Named Chair of National ACCT Board of Directors
Alamo Colleges District 5 Trustee Roberto Zárate
has been elected chair of the Association of Community College Trustees.

Alamo Colleges' District 5 Trustee Roberto Zárate has achieved the twin distinction of being the first Alamo Colleges' trustee and only the second Hispanic to be elected as the chair of the 25-member board of directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). He also is only the second Texan to serve as chair. Zárate was sworn in at the ACCT Leadership Congress October 16. 

Zárate has served on the Alamo Colleges' board for 12 years. He was appointed in August 2003, subsequently elected to the District 5 seat in May 2004, and was reelected in May 2006 and May 2012. He served as chairman of the Alamo Colleges board from 2006 to 2008. In January 2008, Governor Rick Perry named Zárate to the state's Task Force on Higher Education Incentive Funding. He also served on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Advisory Committee on Higher Education Cost Efficiencies. In his role as a trustee, Zárate also has testified before the state legislature regarding community college issues.

Zárate also was instrumental in founding the Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT). He facilitated all of the meetings prior to the formation of the organization and served as the organization's first chair. Prior to the founding of CCATT, Texas did not have a community college trustee organization.

Zárate retired after a 36-year career in education, which included serving as the principal at Mary Hull Elementary School in the Northside School District (NISD) for 16 years. Under Zárate's guidance, Mary Hull Elementary was honored as a Texas Recognized School, a Commended Title I School, a Texas Blue Ribbon School and a National Blue Ribbon School. It also received the Hispanic Magazine Exemplary School Award in 1999.

Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College students and faculty worked to save an elderly couple's 109-year-old house from demolition.

Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College Students' Design Showcased

The work of Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College architecture students is currently on display in downtown San Antonio. The installation was created as part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) "Architecture that Engages" design competition. The students, sophomores in Professor Dwayne Bohuslav's Design 3 Studio course, designed, fabricated and installed the unique architectural piece, entitled "Biotechnic." 

Located at 240 E. Houston Street, between the Majestic Theater and the Majestic Theater Parking Garage, the installation was unveiled at a special ceremony on Friday, October 16. The ceremony featured remarks from District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño and representatives from San Antonio's Center City Development & Operations Department (CCDO) and the AIA San Antonio Chapter. 

"Biotechnic" features fiber-optic lighting, sound, and both man-made and organic materials. The project will be on display through April 2016 on the Houston Street Garage, which services more than 326,500 cars annually. The "Architecture that Engages" competition required student design teams to design, create, install and dismantle a unique architectural piece that engages the community and represents architecture in light of public art. For more information about the San Antonio College architecture program, click here.

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.