November 20, 2015
St. Philip's College News
SPC Holds Hunger Banquet
On November 12 at the SPC Center for Learning Resources Breezeway, SPC Natural Sciences department organized the college's Fall 2015 Hunger Banquet. The Hunger Banquet is an experiential and interactive event to challenge student understanding of hunger – locally, nationally, and internationally- giving perspective on why chronic hunger is a problem facing millions of people each day. The annual program, which just completed its 15th year, allowed 100 students at the college to focus on the state of hunger worldwide.
SPC Hosts Student Government Retreat
On November 12 and 13 in the SPC Bowden Alumni Center, current SPC Student Government leaders co-hosted the Fall 2015 Region VI retreat of Texas Junior College Student Government Association. With more than 72 member colleges in six regional districts, the association is the premiere student-maintained organization in Texas promoting the collective cause of community college students at local, regional, state and national levels. Seventy-five leaders from the Houston, Corpus Christi and San Antonio region came to SPC for professional development and state convention planning sessions. The retreat provided community college student leaders in the region with an opportunity to confirm that student leadership is historically an essential element of the SPC experience. Guest presentations and networking sessions with participation by SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and members of the college administration at SPC reinforced those facts. The association also hosts a bi-annual Community College Day for community college students in Austin when the Texas Legislature is in session. That event is attended by SPC students. SPC student leaders including Student Government Association Executive Board members led by president LaTonya Jones and such guests as Alamo Colleges Alternate Student Trustee Hannah Mahaffey attended workshops on current issues and trends related to student governance on college campuses.
SPC Faculty, Students Assist Homeowners
On September 26, James Chilson, construction program director, Gilbert Noriega, construction adjunct faculty, Ross Lambert and Ricardo Rivera, HVAC faculty, Rafael Brisita, ACM department chair and 15 National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and SEG students worked on a 109-year-old house owned by an elderly couple just north of downtown (406 W. Elmira). A request from the city and District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino was sent to Mr. Chilson for assistance in cleaning, painting and repairing the house. The councilman informed the group that he wanted to save the house which was scheduled for demolition because of code compliance issues.
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