January 22, 2016
St. Philip's College News
SPC Holds Fall Commencement
On Dec. 11 in Freeman Coliseum, SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted the 134th SPC Commencement Ceremony. Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie and Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees members joined commencement The Honorable J. Elaine Marshall, Associate Presiding Judge of the City of Houston Municipal Courts Department in congratulating approximately 700 SPC graduates. The student speaker for the Dec. 11 program was international student Mohamed Basiouny, the first international student from Egypt to serve as commencement student speaker in recent memory and a graduating member of the first associate of science degree program in biotechnology to be state-approved in Texas (2012).
SPC Faculty Member Recognized
On Dec. 9 in The McNay art museum, establishing the first two-year cybersecurity education service within the nation’s second-largest cybersecurity sector after Washington, D.C. earned an SPC Business Information Solutions department faculty member a career performance award from San Antonio Business Journal. The faulty member is Haydar Thomas Sahin, professor and SPC Cyber Security Center director, and the award Sahin received is the newspaper's Tech Titans Tech Educator of the Year award for 2015.
Categories of recipients of the second annual Tech Flash Titans Awards included eight individuals and six companies and organizations. Alumni of cybersecurity programs established at SPC by Sahin are now successful employees of such firms as Leidos, Rackspace, San Antonio Water System, OMNITEC Solutions, Inc., City of San Antonio, CETCO Energy Services, AGEISS Inc., Alamo Colleges, USAA, T-Mobile, Vista Technical Services, Valero, Kforce Inc., Dell, University Health Systems, Innovative Cabling Solutions and Vista Technical Services. Established in 2012, the SPC Information Security and Assurance program provides students with the tools to combat threats to network security and prepares the students for security assurance training and National Security Agency certifications.
SPC Piper Professor Nominee Named
The SPC faculty senate membership recently selected SPC Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty member Shirley Bass-Wright as the college's 2015 Piper Professor Award for Faculty Excellence nominee. Established in 1958, 10 awards of $5,000 each are made annually by the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award Foundation to professors in Texas for their superior teaching services at the college level. Approximately 220 students in seven classes of English at SPC are students of the college’s 2015 Piper Professor Award for Faculty Excellence nominee.
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