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Alamo Colleges Honors Community Partners of the Year

At a special back-to-school kick-off dinner, A Celebration of Partnerships, the Alamo Colleges presented... Read More >

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Alamo Colleges Honors Community Partners of the Year

At a special back-to-school kick-off dinner, A Celebration of Partnerships, the Alamo Colleges presented... Read More >

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Students can now park on campus without a decal

New for fall! Students, you no longer need a decal on your vehicle in order to park in student designated parking at any Alamo Colleges locations. Read More >

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Alamo Colleges Names New Board Officers

At their regular meeting July 29, the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees elected new officers. Approved by acclamation were... Read More >

UTSA, Alamo Colleges partnership provides research opportunities for students

UTSA, Alamo Colleges partnership provides research opportunities for students

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... Read More >

Secretary of Labor Tours Alamo Colleges Academy

Secretary of Labor Tours Alamo Colleges Academy

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez met with Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie and others recently and toured the Alamo Colleges Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Academy. Read More >

Alamo Colleges/Mission Solar Energy LLC Awarded $382,796 Job Training Grant

Alamo Colleges/Mission Solar Energy LLC Awarded $382,796 Job Training Grant

At a press conference July 15, the Alamo Colleges announced a partnership with Mission Solar LLC to provide job training for 270 new workers using a $382,796 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read More >

Alamo Colleges Names Two New College Presidents

Alamo Colleges Names Two New College Presidents

The Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees approved Dr. Robert Vela as president of San Antonio College and Dr. Ric Neal Baser as president of Northwest Vista College. They were named to their positions as Dr. Robert Zeigler of San Antonio College and Dr. Jaqueline Claunch... Read More >

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College Hosts First Community Listening Session

Northeast Lakeview College requests business and community input at the first in a series of Community Listening Sessions Read More >

Alamo Colleges Names Mills Internal Auditor

Alamo Colleges Names Mills Internal Auditor

Matt Mills, a veteran audit professional with more than 18 years experience in both external and internal audit, has been named as the internal auditor for the Alamo Colleges. Read More >

Alamo Colleges Awards Record Number of Degrees and Certificates

Alamo Colleges Awards Record Number of Degrees and Certificates

The Alamo Colleges continues to make significant progress on achieving greater student success, with a record 6,371 degrees and certificates awarded to students in FY 2013... Read More >

Becton, Dickinson and Co. Partners with Alamo Colleges for $450,027 Job-Training Grant

Becton, Dickinson and Co. Partners with Alamo Colleges for $450,027 Job-Training Grant

Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BD) has partnered with Alamo Colleges to provide job training using a $450,027 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission... Read More >

Alamo Colleges Names Student Trustee to Board

Alamo Colleges Names Student Trustee to Board

When he takes his seat at the next Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees' meeting, Jacob Wong will be the first and only student to serve as a trustee on the board of any community college in Texas. Wong will serve a one-year term... Read More >

Daughter Honors Her Mother with Scholarship

This week, Alamo Colleges Foundation received a $20,000 gift from the Odelia B. McCarley Charitable Trust to establish the Odelia B. McCarley Nursing Endowed Scholarship.

The gift came as a result of the 2013 Chancellor’s Luncheon, held last week at St. Philip’s College.  Martha Hixon, daughter and only child of Odelia B. and Jodie McCarley, and trustee, explained that her mother’s trust specifies funds be donated for nursing education at UTMB (UT Medical Branch, Galveston), but as she was sitting at the luncheon learning about what the Alamo Colleges does for our community, and being in the building that trains nursing and allied health professionals, she came up with the idea to still honor her mother’s wishes but by giving money locally.  In fact, she plans to grow the endowment to $100,000 within the next three years.

 “With this scholarship, I want to keep my mother’s name alive, continue her spirit of giving back, and make a significant impact on students’ lives,” said Hixon. “My mother had no money, but she was ambitious and she was smart, and passionate about nursing.  It’s because of scholarships that she was able to get an education.”

 As is the practice with endowments, the funds that established The Odelia B. McCarley Nursing Endowed Scholarship have been invested by Alamo Colleges Foundation, Inc. Students may apply for the scholarship starting in January 2015.  To qualify, students must attend one of the Alamo Colleges as a full-time student (minimum 12 hours or 9 hours for Nursing when enrolled in a clinical class); be working toward a degree in Nursing; have or maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 GPA scale); and complete the Alamo Colleges Common Scholarship application.

 “Scholarships are truly special gifts because they touch and change for the better the lives of students,” said Alamo Colleges Executive Director Jim Eskin.  “Endowed scholarships are even more precious since they touch the lives of deserving students year-after-year in perpetuity.”

 In 1924, Odelia Brown graduated from Port Arthur High School at age 16.  Almost immediately, the University of Texas School of Nursing at John Sealy in Galveston, Texas, accepted her on scholarship.  In early 1942, at the start of WWII, she moved to Austin to work at Brackenridge Hospital, and transferred her studies to the University of Texas.

She later moved to San Antonio, attended Incarnate Word College and graduated in 1944 with her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing education.  That summer, she began work on a Master’s degree at Colombia University, but to help with the war effort, she returned to San Antonio in the fall to teach cadet courses at the Robert B. Green Hospital.  The next year, she accepted the Director of Nursing position in Lubbock, Texas, where she remained until her marriage in 1946 to Jodie McCarley, owner of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company in San Antonio.  Next, Mrs. McCarley worked with the Texas State Nurses Association.  She remained there for several years, but then left to join her husband in his growing business, named Texas Beverage Packers, where she stayed until it sold in 1997.

 “Those whose lives were touched by Odelia will attest that she was an accomplished nurse, teacher and business woman of great inner strength and determination, couched within a spirit of great kindness and generosity,” Hixon said, fondly remembering her mother.

The donor and scholarship fund will be recognized at the December 17, 2013, Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees meeting, to be held in the Killen Service Center, 201 W. Sheridan.

 With the vision to award a scholarship to every Alamo Colleges student who applies and is eligible, the tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) non-profit Alamo Colleges Foundation is reshaping futures. By working to increase donation dollars, our mission is to strengthen the Alamo Colleges’ capacity to empower for success the diverse communities served by each of the five Colleges.
 
 

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