March 9, 2015
St. Philip's College News
SPC Observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
On Feb. 4, SPC observed the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in San Antonio with partners BEAT AIDS, Alamo Area Resource Center, San Antonio AIDS Foundation, San Antonio Fighting Back, The PLAY Campaign, San Antonio Health Department, University of Texas of at San Antonio Health Science Center and City of San Antonio. Services for students and guests included HIV Testing, Condom Distribution and Information sharing.
The BEAT AIDS Coalition organized the week of events in advance of the 15th National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day which was observed in 2015 on Feb. 7. The observance is part of a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States, in response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemics in African American communities. The rate of infection in Bexar County is almost triple the rest of the state, and most of the new cases of HIV infection in Bexar County were among young gay and bisexual men, according to event organizers. Black and Hispanic men represent the largest number of those infected. SPC is the current co-recipient of a $2.7 million grant to address HIV and Hepatitis-C infections and provide prevention services.
SPC Students Craft Furniture for Children's Library
On Feb. 27, the dedication ceremony of the San Antonio Housing Authority-operated Francis Furey Apartment community children's library was enhanced with the presentation of three bookcases and three child-sized picnic tables created by SPC Construction Learned Trades student organization members. The SPC degree and certificate candidates are working with SAHA on a semester-long weekend and evening project to build bookcases and tables for several center properties. The SPC project leads are current student organization president Ernest Patino, SPC construction technology program director James Chilson and SPC lab technician Sam Montanez. SPC students collaborate with SAHA to create an environment for elementary-age students to gather for after-school reading with their parents without having to leave their housing areas.
SPC Student Life Hosts Men of SPC Round-Up Program
On Feb. 26 in the Student Activities Center of the SPC Southwest Campus, the SPC Student Life staff hosted the Men of SPC Round-Up program. The Men of SPC Social event is part of an SPC Educational Support Service initiative to focus male students of color on personal actions for success in college and beyond. The Feb. 26 program provided time for individual and small group interaction with 25 male students and six employees at SPC. Students were invited to approach employees across the organization to discuss actions they can take to successfully navigate college and beyond. Students asked questions and obtained advice from employees who were once in their situations while attending college: married; single-parent; veteran; changing career; disabled; etcetera.
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