President's Photo Gallery 2013
Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted an Arbor Day tree planting community service project
April 20, 2013
On April 20 near the Learning and Leadership Development Center building, St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted an Arbor Day tree planting community service project by members of the Alpha Tau Omega and Phi Xi Omega chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in partnership with Home Depot USA stores.
The staff of Home Depot Store 503 at Fair Ave. and Store 8454 in Kyle, Texas each donated a tree, dirt and mulch in support of the company's national partnership with chapters across the country. District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor and Loston provided remarks for the opening of the event on April 20, 2013, in recognition of Arbor Day.
Young Women’s Leadership Academy board and mentees from the San Antonio Silver Stars Etiquette Dinner partnership
April 10, 2013
On April 10, St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston addressed the 2014 graduating class of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in a speech entitled What Do You See and What Do You Have the Capacity to See? Dr. Loston and two of her student mentees from the college’s San Antonio Silver Stars Etiquette Dinner partnership enjoyed a photo session during the event with the academy's advisory board members.
Women In Nontraditional Occupations Conference (WINTO) with keynote speaker Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau
March 27, 2013
One highlight of the 2013 St. Philip’s College Women In Nontraditional Occupations Conference for more than 400 female college and high school students March 27 at the college’s Southwest Campus was recognition for guests of host St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, including keynote speaker Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau (left).
STEM Fields discussions for students during Women's History Month
March 22, 2013
Five panelists who inspired students through the sharing of the paths they took to professional accomplishment in their STEM careers March 22 in the Morgan Gallery of the Watson Fine Arts Center building included (seated from left) St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, engineer Denyce Chavero (Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.), microbiologist Annette Fothergill (University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio), statistician Janet Buckingham (Southwest Research Institute) and chemical engineer Adrienne Pennick Blocker (Shell Oil Company).
St. Philip's College observes 115th Anniversary with 5th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament sponsored by CPSEnergy
March 1, 2013
During the March 1 St. Philip's College 115th Anniversary observance, the college hosted its 5th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament sponsored by CPSEnergy at The Republic Golf Club. Proceeds from the event benefit student scholarships at St. Philip’s College where more than 70 percent of the student population relies upon financial aid. The winning team members representing Frost Bank were (next to tournament host St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston), Joe Linson, Ben Alexander, Darrell Holloway and Fletcher Parks.
Meet the Artist reception with alumnus Howard Rhoder
February 5, 2013
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted a reception for students Feb. 5 in conjunction with the St. Philip's College Black History Month art exhibition by alumnus Howard Rhoder. His realistic representation moves from inviting landscapes to scenes of people with a story to tell. Rhoder earned his degree in two-dimensional art from St. Philip’s College, and he was commissioned in 2012 to paint the portrait of St. Philip's College Professor Emeritus Dr. William C. Davis which is on display in the college's science building that bears Davis' name.
Historic Texas A&M University Press publishing event with author Dr. Marie Pannell Thurston and TAMU-SA president Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier
February 5, 2013
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted the Feb. 5 formal unveiling of the recently published book titled St. Philip’s College: A Point of Pride on San Antonio’s Eastside written by Dr. Marie Pannell Thurston, the coordinator oral history for St. Philip’s College since 2002. At the age of 71, Thurston received her Ph.D. in education, with a concentration in organizational leadership, from the University of the Incarnate Word. Her book is the first in a series Texas A&M-San Antonio (TAMU-SA) is sponsoring through Texas A&M University Press regarding the Peoples and Cultures of Texas. Dr. Loston was joined by Dr. Thurston and Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier, the president of TAMU-SA during the formal announcement. The inaugural publication tells the story of the nation’s only college to be federally designated as both a Historically Black College and a Hispanic Serving Institution, and marks the 115th anniversary of the founding of St. Philip’s College.
Black History Month opening ceremony with guest speaker Bishop David M. Copeland
February 5, 2013
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted a Black History Month opening ceremony with guest speaker Bishop David M. Copeland. Copeland currently serves as Senior Pastor of New Creation Christian Fellowship of San Antonio, Texas and the Chair of the San Antonio MLK Commission.
President's Photo Gallery 2012
Celebrating student success with Dr. Davis, HEB and the San Antonio Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
October 19, 2012
Two of the numerous student success highlights of Dr. Loston’s Oct. 19 observances commemorating both the renaming and renovation of the college’s primary science building in honor of Professor Emeritus Dr. William Conan Davis included scholarship donations from both HEB in the amount of $250,000, and the San Antonio Chapter of The Links, Incorporated in the amount of $25,000.
MED Week Award
October 18, 2012
On Oct.18, SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston accepted the Minority Enterprise Development Week Minority Workforce Development Champion award on behalf of St. Philip’s College at the Marriot Northwest.
The Humanitarian Award from Top Ladies of Distinction
October 13, 2012
On Oct. 13, SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston received a Humanitarian Award from the National Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction during a ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio.
Women's Award Luncheon
October 5, 2012
SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston received an award for outstanding leadership in public service and education from the San Antonio Business Journal, during the newspaper's Women’s Leadership Award Luncheon held on Oct. 5 at the Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio. The awards are the newspaper's annual recognition for San Antonio’s top women business and civic leaders. Joining Dr. Loston as honorees in 2012 were such leaders as Pat Burr, Jane Macon, Staci Almagar, Pamela Bain, Janie Gonzalez, Christina Heaney, Denise Bendele, Stephanie McClain Hall, Katie G. Harvey, Helena Hauk, Lisa Wong, Blakely Latham Fernandez, Yorka Velasco-Caballero, Madeline Anz Slay, Martha Mangum and Maria Wallach.
Exceptional Scholars – Talented Tenth Ceremony
September 22, 2012
On Sept. 22, SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was honored at the Exceptional Scholars – Talented Tenth Ceremony recognizing a select group of African-American females in the community who have earned either a doctor of philosophy degree or a doctor of education degree. This ceremony was hosted by the Friends of the Carver Library and Delta Sigma Theta Inc.
Silver Stars Etiquette Dinner
September 19, 2012
Silver Stars players Shenise Johnson and Danielle Robinson joined SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and local Boys and Girls Club members at St. Philip's College to learn the finer points of dining etiquette.
Bridgestone Trust Fund Reception
September 14, 2012
One highlight of the Sept. 14, 2012 Bridgestone Trust Fund reception at St. Philip’s College was a photo session with (from left) John Eichelberger, Derek Jenkins, St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, Melisandra Hernandez and Roy Martinez. Eichelberger is an automotive technology instructor at the college. Hernandez is a 2011 Bridgestone Trust Fund scholarship recipient. Jenkins is a recruiting/retention manager at Bridgestone Retail Operations. Martinez is a district trainer/recruiter for Firestone Complete Auto Care.
St. Philip's Prayer Breakfast
August 25, 2012
• On Aug. 25, Dr. Loston and members of the SPC leadership team participated in the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church’s Annual Prayer Breakfast by singing an old spiritual to close the event.
Bowden Chapter Professional Women Breakfast
August 18, 2012
St. Philip's College students were awarded scholarships as college president Dr. Adena Williams Loston joined members of the Bowden Chapter Business and Professional Women as guest speaker for the 2012 edition of the organization’s annual dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Presenting scholarships with Councilman Medina
August 11, 2012
The first six recipients of Toyota-funded $500 Councilman David Medina District 5 Scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year are Connie Jean Castano, Alberto J. Montez, Erick Medina and David E. Medina Sr. (no relation to the council member), Jaimee Michelle Szesnat and Megan Karina Moncayo. The six were recognized by St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and District 5 Councilman David Medina during the councilman’s Annual Back to School event in Roosevelt Park along the Riverwalk in San Antonio.
Cowboy Breakfast reception
June 12, 2012
The Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Cowboy Breakfast reception included the presentation of a $10,000 check from the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation to fund scholarships for study in the hospitality professions at the college. The foundation has given $83,000 to fund scholarships for the college's hospitality professions students over the past nine years.
Celebrating five years of partnership with the Silver Stars
June 1, 2012
St. Philip's College students were recognized as five-year education partners of the San Antonio Silver Stars, and joining St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston on-court in the AT&T Center were Presidential Scholar Kim Lischke, Phi Theta Kappa honor society students Del Powell, Carolina Perales, Raymond Alavarado and Konnie Harper and National Science Foundation Presidential Scholars Stephan Engel, Nathaneal Benitez, Ryan Ellis and Maged Ayad.
Chancellor Bruce Leslie, Dr. Gregory Hudspeth, Sharon Owens & Dr Loston. The Spring 2012 Graduation Ceremony was held May 11th, at Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston Street, San Antonio, TX.
Culturefest and Rib Cook-Off
2012 CultureFest Rib Cook-Off champ with SPC Homecoming court, Chef Costello & Dr. Loston. The 2012 St. Philip's College CultureFest and Rib Cook-Off was held on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Parking Lot 20 on the main campus. It included a full slate of student programs, Fiesta® royalty, food, cultural information booths, massages from the students of the college’s 500-hour Massage Therapy program, nonstop music in one-hour sets from Soulfruit, Stage One, Pain Casanova, Greg G, Latin Army Band, and Nic Dante.
Congressman Doggett Visits SPC Campuses
The highlight of Texas Dist. 25 Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s April 12 Alamo Academies orientation was a session with dozens of students of our Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Academy dual-credit program, the congressman and welcoming party leader St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston.
114th Anniversary Observance
Our March 1 two-part ceremony was a Bexar County Historical Commission tribute to our college’s role in the course of education in the oldest county in Texas and the successful 52–year leadership of our college by the late Artemisia Bowden (1879–1969). Guests at our March 1 event included commission members, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie and the Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge, bishop of the Diocese of East Texas.
King as King at Carver Library
Dr. Loston gave a speech entitled King as King for the Friends of Carver Library members during the Carver Branch Library's fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture in the library.
President's Photo Gallery 2011
Dr. Loston supports students at Kennedy Center
Dr. Loston joined a post-concert reception on the terrace of the Kennedy Center with students and concert host TONY® and GRAMMY® awards recipient Jennifer Holliday.
Bridgestone Firestone donation
Dr. Loston joined the Bridgestone Firestone team when the team visited to donate to the college's automotive program.
San Antonio Cares mentoring program
Dr. Loston and her young teammates win first place in a putt-putt tournament sponsored by San Antonio Cares Mentoring Program.
Cowboy Breakfast Foundation check presentation
Dr. Loston joins Cowboy Breakfast Foundation leadership as the foundation presents a $15,000 check for scholarships to students in the culinary arts program.
SPC Leadership Choir Performance
August 27, 2011
Members of the SPC Leadership Choir performed at the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer Breakfast on August 27.
Recognition for College Support
August 27, 2011
Dr. Loston was recognized for the College’s support of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church activities at the annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast.
Annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
August 27, 2011
Dr. Loston poses with organizers, participants and honorees at the annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
Silver Stars Etiquette Dinner
July 18, 2011
Silver Stars players Roneeka Hodges and Porsha Phillips joined SPC President Adena Williams Loston and local Girls, Inc. members at St. Philip's College to learn the finer points of dining etiquette.
Preview the video on wnba.com, video provided by the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE)
July 18, 2011
St. Philip’s College continues its quest for quality improvement in all its processes and programs. During 2010 the school prepared an application for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). It was recognized for its efforts at the Texas Quest for Excellence Conference June 27-28 in Irving with the Achievement Level, which acknowledges St. Philip’s College for encouraging and recognizing excellence.
Governor Perry Signs Veterans’ Bill at St. Philip’s College
July 14, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry signs SB 1736, which enables veterans to get college credit for their military experience. Adjacent to the Governor are Senator Leticia Van de Putte, SPC President Adena Loston and Texas Workforce Commissioner Ron Congleton, plus a group of military personnel present at the signing.
Dedication, Centers of Excellence
April 26, 2011
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted the consolidated grand opening ceremony for the Center of Excellence in Science, the Center of Excellence in Mathematics, and the Alternative Energy Laboratory on the college's Southwest Campus.
April 14, 2011
The 2011 St. Philip's College CultureFest included more pageantry, Fiesta® royalty, and 35 student–run information booths that focused on the world’s cultures. Pictured are SPC President Loston and Fiesta Commission President Sam Steves.
Phi Theta Kappa 93rd Annual Convention
Picture: Dr. Loston with Dr. Risley, Executive Director of PTK
(More photos: Photo 2, Photo 3)
April 8, 2011
Dr. Adena Williams Loston received the 2011 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction presented to college presidents and CEOs at the 2011 Annual Convention of Phi Theta Kappa in Seattle on April 8. She was one of only nine presidents recognized nationally.
The Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction are named in honor of the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, founder and President Emeritus of Highline Community College and Chair of the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors from 1988-2008.
Dr. Loston was nominated by the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for the Hallmark Award based on her support of the chapter and its activities as well as the college’s financial support of the chapter. She had previously received the Shirley B. Gordon award in 1999.
Phi Theta Kappa Honors Dr. Loston
Dr. Adena Williams Loston received a regional Award from Phi Theta Kappa.
April 1, 2011
St. Philip’s College celebrated 113 years of helping people attain their educational dreams with ceremonial cake for students, a tribute to AT&T’s for its gift of 25 works of original art from the company’s corporate art collection, and a scholarship golf tournament.
Renovated Library Opens at SW Campus
Dr. Loston and staff celebrate the opening of the newly renovated library at the Southwest Campus.
Honoring Artemisia Bowden
The Bowden Chapter of Professional Women presented a flag to SPC which had been flown at the U.S. Capital in honor of Artemisia Bowden's accomplishment.
2011 National Black History Month
February 1, 2011
One highlight of the college's 2011 National Black History Month lineup of 12 events was the 2011 San Antonio Symphony-in-Residence at St. Philip’s College with Damon Gupton, guest conductor, center, pictured with Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees Chair Gary Beitzel and Dr. Loston.
St. Philip's College programs receive EPA endorsement
February 10, 2011
During an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency field visit, press conference and roundtable hosted by St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson endorsed St. Philip’s College’s green academic programs, resource conservation efforts and technology innovations.
2011 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service program
January 17, 2011
St. Philip’s College concluded its 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service program of expanded opportunities for students and employees to support local scholarship initiatives, national financial literacy initiatives, civic events, and city operations. St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena is pictured with students.
President's Photo Gallery 2010
The San Antonio Chapter of the Links, Inc.
December 12, 2010
The San Antonio chapter of The Links, Inc. presented St. Philip’s President Dr. Adena Loston a $20,000 check to establish an endowed scholarship program. Pictured with Dr. Loston (center) are Carolyn James (left) and Mary Davis, President of the chapter.
Two Receive Honorary Degrees at St. Philip’s College Commencement
December 10, 2010
Dr. William C. Davis, professor emeritus, and Dr. Martha J. Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education and commencement speaker, received honorary associate’s degrees at the St. Philip's College commencement . Pictured with them is George Johnson (center), faculty senate president at St. Philip’s.
The SPC Leadership team members serenade employees during the Employee Holiday Celebration
December 2, 2010
The International Choir (SPC Leadership Team) graced both campus with their harmonic tribute to classic Christmas songs durring the annual Holiday Celebration.
Administrative team members sing a praise song during St. Philip's Episcopal Church's Women's Prayer Breakfast
August 28, 2010
The group was pressed into emergency action during the church’s anniversary celebration and was asked to return and sing at the Prayer Breakfast.
Dr. Loston wins second place in San Antonio Area Foundation's "Renaissance Dancing with the Stars" competition
Picture: Dr. Loston with Renaissance
Dancing with the Stars Contestants
(More photos: Photo 2, Photo 3)
August 21, 2010
St. Philip‘s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was a dance contestant in the San Area Foundation Renaissance Dancing with the Stars which benefits the San Antonio Area African American Community Fund. The fund is an organized effort to raise grant-making dollars that are governed and administered by community residents from the San Antonio area for the purpose of improving the opportunities and lives of African Americans. The fund increases community participation and voluntarism, supports grassroots nonprofit organizations that effectively serve African Americans, and helps increase institutional responses to community needs.
Dr. Loston receives a "Green" Basketball at S.A. Silver Stars Game
August 20, 2010
St. Philip‘s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston received a “Green” basketball at the August 20 Silver Stars game from Russell Warren, Director of Business Operations for the Silver Stars. The team presented a “Go Green” environmental theme for the game. St. Philip’s faculty staffed information tables on the Concourse promoting our new programs, such as Power Generation and Alternative Energy.
The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. has a New Chapter
August 14, 2010
The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. chartered a new San Antonio chapter on August 14. The new chapter, called the San Antonio-Ruth Jones McClendon Section, is one of the largest chapters of this organization. Pictured at the event are Dr. Sherrie Lang, SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, Dr. Sharon Crocket-Bell, Rep.Ruth Jones McClendon and Tracy Shelton.
SPC Receives Recognition From Quality Texas Foundation
June 8, 2010
The Quality Texas Foundation recognized St. Philip's College at the Texas Quest For Excellence Conference in Rockwall, Texas. St. Philip's College is one of 20 recipients from the foundation that helps Texas businesses, schools, hospitals, non–profits, and government agencies improve performance.
SPC Helps State Announce New Program to Maximize Credit for Service Member’s Military Experience
June 3, 2010
The Governor of Texas and Texas Workforce Commissioner Ronny Congleton visited St. Philip’s College June 3 to co–announce a $3 million workforce development initiative that maximizes credit for a service member’s military experience when they seek to obtain degrees, licenses, and employment within the state’s allied health care industry.
Middle Schooler Lunches with College President
May 21, 2010
Chynna Talamantez, pictured center, poses with Floresville Middle School Principal Jacquelyn Baker and SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston. Chynna won a lunch appointment with Dr. Loston when she attended St. Philip's College’s Women Breaking Through Conference on April 10. She said the conference allowed her to get familiar with different science fields and sparked her interest in forensics.
The program, a first at St. Philip’s, was a girls-only day of practical activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics designed to spark interest in the educational and professional opportunities available in those fields.
Secretary of Education Appoints SPC President To HBCU Capital Financing Advisory Board
March 18, 2010
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has appointed Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip's College, to serve on the Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Capital Financing Advisory Board.
The advisory board members advise and counsel the U.S. Secretary of Education on the most effective, efficient means of implementing construction financing on Historically Black College and University campuses.
St. Philip’s College Awarded $2 Million Grant for a Solar Energy System
March 11, 2010
St. Philip’s College, one of the Alamo Colleges, was awarded a $2 million grant from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to install a 400 kilowatt grid-tied solar energy system on Building 1 of St. Philip’s College’s Southwest Campus, 800 Quintana Rd. The grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy and is intended to demonstrate the feasibility of producing electricity via renewable technologies in decentralized locations. CPS Energy, the major partner with St. Philip’s College on the grant proposal, will provide ongoing support until the system is connected to the power grid.
"This grant represents a tremendous opportunity for St. Philip’s College,” said President Adena Williams Loston. "The rooftop installation of solar panels will serve our college as a green laboratory. It will also serve as an essential component of our soon-to-be Center for Excellence in Science, it will produce energy for the college, and it will enhance our standing as an area leader in workforce education. Most importantly, we will engage our community in a component of our education.”
College President Speaks at Mayor's Commission on Status of Women International Women's Day
March 9, 2010
The Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women hosted its fourth annual celebration of International Women's Day on March 9, 2010. The conference involved more than 300 women from nonprofit, business and civic groups, who participated in a series of discussions aimed at leadership and education. The luncheon featured a welcome speech by Dr. Adena Williams Loston, shown here with keynote speaker Maria Hinojosa, National Public Radio's Latino USA Managing Editor and award winning journalist.
AT&T Donates $100,000 To Support Scholarship Programs at SPC
March 3, 2010
St. Philip’s College and AT&T* announced today a scholarship program aimed at workforce preparation, underwritten by a gift of $100,000 from AT&T through the Alamo Community College District Foundation. The contribution was presented to the college today as part of St. Philip’s College’s 112th anniversary celebration.
Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts has changed the name of its student-operated restaurant to Artemisia’s
March 1, 2010
In honor of Artemisia Bowden, the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts has changed the name of its student-operated restaurant to Artemisia’s. Under the direction of Miss Bowden for over 52 years, St. Philip’s underwent monumental transformation, evolving from parochial day school to industrial school to a fully accredited two-year college offering a diverse curriculum. Changes included a move in 1917 from the school’s original site to a new location just east of downtown, and an affiliation with San Antonio College and the San Antonio Independent School District in 1942 that marked the end of the College’s era as a private institution.
SPC President Receives 2010 Amazing Energy Award
February 25, 2010
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston is a 2010 recipient of an Amazing Energy Award from CPS Energy.
Dr. Loston accepted her award during the Feb. 25 Black History Month Banquet at the Bright Shawl in San Antonio.
Dr. Loston was recognized by CPS Energy as an educator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, remarkable talents, and Amazing Energy. Joining Dr. Loston as Amazing Energy Award recipients for 2010 were Mary Walker, Dr. Robert L. Jemerson, Rufus Miller, Milton B. Lee and Willie Davis.
President's Photo Gallery 2009
SPC Holds 2009 Presidential Scholarship Awards Banquet
September 29, 2009
The 2009 St. Philip’s College Presidential Scholarship Awards Reception and Banquet was held Sept. 23 at the new Center for Learning Resources building.
Five students were awarded scholarships based on a 4.0 GPA and an eight-month commitment to participate in a community service project. Recipients and guests were invited to the program that was hosted by St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston (third from left in photo) and her cabinet.
The 2009 St. Philip’s College Presidential Scholarship recipients receive $1,500 in the Fall semester and $1,500 in the Spring semester for a total of $3,000.
SPC Awarded Nearly $400,000 Grant from National Science Foundation
September 9, 2009
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $396,648 grant to St. Philip’s College to help recruit, retain and educate minority students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math through a program titled “Project GeNex: Educating the Next Generation of STEM Professionals."
“As the former Chief Education Officer for NASA, I experienced first-hand the incredible need and importance of directing more minority students toward high-tech careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM fields,” said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip’s College. “Today’s announcement provides the much needed resources to achieve our objectives and encourage more minority students to pursue STEM careers.”
SPC Receives $10,000 Donation from Cowboy Breakfast Foundation
July 14, 2009
The highlight of the recent Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Cowboy Breakfast reception at St. Philip’s College’s Upper Deck Restaurant was the presentation of a $10,000 check from the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation to fund scholarships for study in the hospitality professions at the college. The program included welcome, introductory and closing remarks by St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and desserts prepared by Culinary Arts program students. Participating in the reception were (from left) Interim Executive Director of Institutional Advancement for the Alamo Colleges Dr. Richard Drum, Alamo Community College District Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Jackie Van De Walle, President of St. Philip’s College Dr. Adena Williams Loston, Chair of the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation Chuck Christian, Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts department Chairman Mary Kunz, Dean of Applied Sciences Maureen Cartledge and Director of Institutional Advancement Jorge Trevino.
SPC President Receives Honor For Career Accomplishments from WNBA
June 26, 2009
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was one of four San Antonio women honored by the San Antonio WNBA Silver Stars basketball team during the team’s Inspiring Women Night presented by Frost Bank June 26.
SPC Completes Dedication Ceremony for Three New Buildings
April 29, 2009
Three new buildings for 10,000 college students in the San Antonio area were opened to the public for the first time during a dedication ceremony today at the Alamo Colleges-- St. Philip’s College Martin Luther King Campus. “The gateways to a lifetime of learning, opportunities and choices await our students,” St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston told the dedication audience as she gestured toward the new buildings. “These two new Centers-- Health Sciences and Learning Resources are connected in spirit and mission with the new Welcome Center that greets all students in one place, serving their multiple needs from admission and testing to graduation and transfer to other colleges and universities,” Dr. Loston said.
Alamo Colleges--St. Philip's College Receives $50,000 Donation From H-E-B
April 29, 2009
The $50,000 grant from HEB that will fund student scholarships at St. Philip's College reflects the partnership that has existed between the college and the grocery company over the years, both St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and HEB Public Affairs Director Dya Campos explained in remarks during the ceremony.
“What would any program be without the support of the business community?” Dr. Loston told the dedication ceremony audience. “Our college is honored to accept this award on behalf of our students,” said Dr. Loston. “HEB made this commitment to boost the retention and graduation rates of students who pursue their academic dreams at St. Philip’s College,” “Scholarship recipients will be required to engage in community service and to participate in programs on the college’s campuses that are related to their studies,” Dr. Loston said.
Graduation Ceremony Features Honorary Degree Presentation
May 1, 2009
St. Philip’s College spring 2009 graduation ceremony at Municipal Auditorium featured an honorary degree presentation followed by an evening of tribute to more than 375 students who walked the stage to accept their diplomas.
The ceremony was hosted by Alamo Colleges--St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and attended by Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce H. Leslie. The College presented an honorary degree to Ruth Jones McClendon, Texas State Representative, District 120. Ruth Jones McClendon also served as the guest speaker during the college’s 121st commencement program.
SPC President Inducted into San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame
March 29, 2009
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston (center) was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame when the Hall of Fame members observed their 2009 Induction ceremony and 25th Anniversary celebration March 28, 2009 at Pearl Stable. Co-presenters of the honor for Dr. Loston were Dr. Jacqueline O. Dansby (left) and Reba Malone (right). Dr. Dansby is president of the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame board of directors. Malone is director at large and chair of the 25th anniversary celebration.
SPC's Inaugural Scholarship Golf Tournament '09
March 3, 2009
St. Philip’s College hosted its Inaugural Scholarship Golf Tournament on March 3 at Pecan Valley Golf Club. Proceeds from the goodwill event will benefit student scholarships at St. Philip’s College.
On March 1 St. Philip’s College celebrated 111 years of helping people attain their educational dreams. St. Philip’s enrollment is more than 10,000 credit students and 5,000 non-credit or continuing education students. More than 70-percent of those students rely on scholarships or financial aid to achieve their educational dreams. Access to college financial resources is now more challenging, and all funds raised from this scholarship golf tournament will help.
President's Photo Gallery 2008
First Honorary Degree Awarded During 120th St. Philip's College Graduation
December 12, 2008
St. Philip’s College conferred 1,033 degrees and certificates during its 120th Commencement Ceremony Dec. 12 at Municipal Auditorium.
While graduating students totaled almost 300 with 145 faculty members and more than 3,000 guests and family members in attendance, the historic ceremonial first for the 110-year-old College was the posthumous award of an Honorary Associate of Arts Degree to Rev. G. Richard Thayer, III.
St. Philip's College President Delivers Keynote Speech for 2008 City South Leadership Academy Graduation Ceremony
December 8, 2008
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston delivered the keynote address during the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 City South Leadership graduation ceremony.
The graduation ceremony was the pinnacle of a nine-month leadership program. During the leadership training classes called an Academy Class the participants studied the class theme of Converting Potential Into Progress as they studied the dynamics of South San Antonio. The class also committed to aiding the Chamber in building stronger ties with schools, neighborhoods and churches in its service area---which includes St. Philip’s College. Working together the Class also raised enough money to fund seven $1,000 civics-based scholarships for college-bound seniors from Southside San Antonio high schools.
National Alliance of Black School Educators Honors St. Philip's College President
November 22, 2008
The nation’s premier association of Black educators honored St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston with the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ W.E.B. Du Bois Higher Education Award Nov. 22 during the Dr. Deborah Partridge Wolfe Annual President’s Reception and Awards Banquet in Atlanta.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (PRON: DEW-BWHAH) was an American civil rights activist and a founder of the NAACP. The W.E.B. Du Bois Higher Education Award is bestowed to individuals or organizations that promote or advocate higher education for African-Americans. The guest speaker during the Du Bois Award ceremony for Dr. Loston was Ambassador Andrew Young.
St. Philip's College President Honored By Local Fraternity
November 21, 2008
The San Antonio Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc. Fraternity honored St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston by presenting her with the Fraternity’s elite Purple and Gold Citizen of the Year Award.
Psi Alpha Chapter Basileus-President James Blair (at left in photo) and Houston businessman, former NASA space shuttle pilot astronaut and retired Marine Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr. (right) were among the notable Fraternity members who congratulated Dr. Loston (center) following the presentation that was part of the 2008 Psi Alpha Chapter Awards program Nov. 21 in San Antonio.
Dr. Loston inducted into one of world's largest Rotary Clubs
October 29, 2008
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was inducted into the Rotary Club of San Antonio Oct. 29 at the Bright Shawl.
“She was a fabulous selection,” said Rotary Club of San Antonio President, Patrick Tobin. “We are proud to have her join our club,” he said. “She is an example of selfless leadership, service and helping others make their dreams real,” Tobin said. “We need more members like her.”
Dr. Loston joins a diverse cross-section of business and community leaders in San Antonio who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives.
First Presidential Scholarship under College’s new leadership empowers students to serve others
October 23, 2008
Three students with 4.0 grade point averages, individual histories of community service and commitments to involve themselves in leadership and community engagement activities were awarded the St. Philip’s College Presidential Scholarship. The three inaugural recipients of the St. Philip’s College President’s Scholarship are (from left of St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston) Thomas Espinosa; Ava Delgado; and Jana Penniston.
“You embodied at the highest level the essence of what it means to earn and achieve a Presidential Scholarship,” St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston outlined for her audience and the first three recipients of her College’s scholarship program. “This is one of our College’s highest honors, one in which I give personal attention,” said Dr. Loston. “You agree to serve our community as described in your application packet and to share your experiences with me personally,” Dr. Loston said. “I look forward to our meeting, to answer your questions, and to provide you with mentoring support. There is no doubt that I will learn much from you as well,” said Dr. Loston.
SPC President Accepts Doctoral Achievement Award
October 15, 2008
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston (center) accepted a Doctoral Achievement Award during a ceremony sponsored by the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Dr. Loston was joined by program master of ceremonies Dr. Robert L. Jimenez, Chairman of Nix Specialty Healthcare (left) and Linda Burton, Chairman of the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (right).
St. Philip's College Honors ALAS Graduates
June 26, 2008
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston (right) honored her college’s graduates from the 10-month Alamo Community Colleges Leadership Academy for Success program or ALAS. The program fosters employee development and student success. District-wide Selection Committee member and SPC Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness Mecca Salahuddin (left) also attended the ceremony.
St. Philip's College Will Award Degrees in New High-Tech, High-Wage Academy
May 30, 2008
St. Philip’s College begins teaching high school juniors and seniors in a new Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology academy at Sam Houston High School, said SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston during a press conference at the high school May 30.
As the new Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology academy graduates students, those graduates will come away with a college diploma and money from experience in high-tech, high-paying fields.
“St. Philip’s College is right here in the community,” said SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston. “We have every expectation that when students graduate, we would award the two-year degree from St. Philip’s College,” said Dr. Loston.
Sorority Inducts St. Philip's College President Into its Hall of Fame
May 23, 2008
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was one of six persons inducted into the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc., Educator's Hall of Fame during the educational sorority's 16th annual banquet May 23 at the San Antonio Airport Hilton Hotel.
The audience of 200 included two tables of Alamo Community College faculty, staff and administrators. Dr. Loston's award features shooting stars and a lamp of knowledge. Hall of Fame alumni with SPC connections include Olga Samples Davis (1997); Dr. Dollie Hudspeth (2001); Dr. Gregory Hudspeth (2001); Dr. Angie Runnels (2002) Dr. William Davis (2005) and Horace James Franklin (2008).
"We had a very good Hall of Fame evening," the sorority's Gamma Tau Chapter President Anita O'Neal said. "First and foremost our sorority members think of Dr. Loston as a leader," said O'Neal. "She is a college president. Her resume contains contributions and leadership skills that stand out. It was my pleasure to see her and thank her for her contributions," said O'Neal.
President Delivers Keynote Speech During Church Service for Porter Memorial CME Church
Dr. Adena Williams Loston, President of St. Philip’s College delivered keynote speech during church service for Porter Memorial CME Church. The theme for Sunday’s service was titled: “Steward and Stewardesses Day”.
St. Philip's College Celebrates Founding Church's Anniversary
May 4, 2008
The founding church of St. Philip’s College celebrated its 113th anniversary on Sunday, May 4th, 2008. St. Philip's Episcopal Church titled the event, “United In Christ 1895-2008”. The service included a sermon by the Archdeacon Milton Black and a family picnic.
St. Philip’s College President, Dr. Adena Williams Loston, presented a plaque to the church honoring the anniversary. The church established the college in 1898. On March 1st, 2007, St. Philip’s College celebrated its 110th anniversary.
St. Philip's College Recognized During Naming of New Science and Engineering Academy
St. Philip’s College was honored for its strong commitment to educating underserved students in the fields of math, science and engineering during a news conference and naming ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by the School of Excellence in Education. It asked St. Philip’s College to be its partner for its new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academy which will offer a rigorous curriculum for high school students and allow them to earn college credit from St. Philip’s while still in high school. “St. Philip’s College is proud to be a partner in this incredible program,” said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip’s College.
SPC President Salutes Artemisia Bowden on Texas Public Radio
March 17, 2008
Listen as Dr. Loston identifies her role model and shares thoughts on the historical leader of St. Philip's College Artemisia Bowden.
Visit Texas Public Radio's Women's History Month audio. Click to listen to Dr. Loston's presentation, then scroll down to March 17th.
Dr. Adena Williams Loston Addresses Episcopal Diocese of West Texas
March 1, 2008
On behalf of St. Philip’s College and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Dr. Adena Williams Loston delivered a speech at the 104th Council Meeting of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas at Municipal Auditorium. Her presentation included a historical overview explaining how the College was founded by the Church on March 1, 1898 and that St. Philip’s College celebrated its 110th anniversary on March 1, 2008.
St. Philip's College Receives Six-Figure Grant From Port San Antonio
January 25, 2008
San Antonio's aerospace industry got a great liftoff. This week, St. Philip's College received a grant worth $139,000 from Port San Antonio, the aerospace and industrial complex located at the former Kelly Air Force Base.
The grant awarded to St. Philip's will be used to train employees for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of airplanes. This grant targets employees who primarily work for Chromalloy, Lockheed Martin and Standard Aero.
For nearly twenty years, the aircraft technology program at St. Philip's College's Southwest Campus has been a pipeline for skilled labor in San Antonio's aerospace industry. Many of St. Philip's graduates are now employed by various companies in the aerospace community.