August 29, 2014
Ayala and Morgan Named to Baldrige Board of Examiners
The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named Alamo Colleges' Dr. Carlos Ayala, senior strategist, and Dr. Debra Morgan, director of strategic initiatives and performance excellence, to the Board of Examiners for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.
Appointed by the NIST director, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige Award, as well as other assessment-related tasks. The examiner board is composed of more than 400 leading experts competitively selected from industry, professional, trade, education, health care and nonprofit (including government) organizations from across the United States.
Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition, demonstrating competencies related to customer focus, communication, ethics, action orientation, team building and analytical skills. All members of the board must take part in a nationally ranked leadership development course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring/evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award.
NIST manages the Baldrige Award in close conjunction with the private sector.
New Board Officers Named
At their regular meeting July 29, the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees elected new officers. Approved by acclamation were: Anna U. Bustamante, chair; Dr. Yvonne Katz, vice chair; Joe Alderete, secretary; and Clint Kingsbery, assistant secretary. They will serve two-year terms.
The outgoing board officers were lauded for their many contributions, dedication and service for the past two years. They are: James Rindfuss, chair; Marcelo Casillas; vice chair; Anna U. Bustamante, secretary; and Dr. Yvonne Katz, assistant secretary. At the meeting, Trustee Rindfuss expressed his appreciation for having a unified board and for the dedication of all board members during his term as chairman. Also serving on the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees are Denver McClendon, Albert R. Herrera, Roberto Zárate, Dr. Gene Sprague and Student Trustee Jacob Wong.
Partnership with UTSA Provides Research Opportunities
The University of Texas at San Antonio and Alamo Colleges have launched a new partnership this summer that is giving community college students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in top-tier research laboratories.
The 10-week Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) CIMA Undergraduate Research Program is one of only two in the country funded by a three-year, $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant. The program increases the success rates of minorities studying in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at the Alamo Colleges.
The NSF funding supports student undergraduate research, peer and faculty mentoring, tutoring, the creation of STEM study centers, STEM student clubs, faculty professional development and training for college recruiters.
Alamo College students have been paired with UTSA faculty mentors from the UTSA College of Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Liberal and Fine Arts. The students and mentors are working side-by-side on a variety of research projects in biology, chemistry, computer science, geological science, physics and psychology.
The Alamo Colleges on Cable TV
We have an increasing number of events and activities district-wide and are taking the opportunity to showcase such events on Time Warner Cable channel 98, Grande Cable channel 21 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99. This section of the Chancellor’s Weekly Report provides a schedule of the programming for our regularly scheduled times of 12 – 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2-4 p.m.on Sunday. Programming varies due to the timing of Board and committee meetings, groundbreaking ceremonies, etc. The programming for the coming weekends is as follows:
Part one of the regular board meeting of August 19
Part two of the regular board meeting of August 19
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