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 October 9, 2015 


Palo Alto College News


Celebración Raises $100,000 for Scholarships

Palo Alto College hosted its sixth annual Celebración on Friday, October 2 in the College’s Central Courtyard. The event raised nearly $100,000 and serves as the main fundraiser for the Palo Alto College Scholarship Fund. Erica Gonzaba, former Miss Fiesta and former PAC student, served as mistress of ceremonies. 

Special guests included Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees Chair Anna Bustamante, Vice Chair Dr. Yvonne Katz, Secretary Joe Alderete, Jr, and Student Trustee Sami Adames; Texas State Representative Roland Gutierrez; Texas State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer; Texas State Representative Ina Minjarez; Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti; Bexar County Justices of the Peace Judge Ciro Rodriguez; Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti; District 1 City Councilman Robert Trevino; District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran; District 7 City Councilman Cris Medina, a 2004 graduate of Palo Alto College; District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg; President of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and University Antonio Flores; President and CEO for the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Al Arreola; and Rosie Castro, retired Director of the Center for Academic Transition and interim Dean of Student Success at Palo Alto College.


PAC Children's Library Hosts First Community Event

The Children’s Library at the Ozuna Library hosted its first Family Lego Night on Friday, September 23. Seven families, totaling 22 individuals, enjoyed developing and building Lego creations. The Children’s Library will host three more community events in Fall 2015. Located on the first floor of the Ozuna Library and Learning Center, the 1,300-square-foot Children's Library opened in August 2015. It contains a variety of printed children’s literature, as well as Nooks loaded with children’s ebooks, an area for computers, print station, white-board, height-adjustable seating and fun children’s seating, and a digital monitor for viewing children’s videos.


PAC Welcomes Consortium Site Visit

Palo Alto College hosted the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color site visit on Thursday, September 10, and Friday, September 11. The consortium is a statewide collaboration leverages the collective expertise of diverse educational institutions, highlights best institutional practices and policies, and guides organizations on becoming national leaders focused on improving male students of color. The site visit was focused on examining Palo Alto College’s institutional policies and programs targeted to help African American and Hispanic male students succeed in college. Throughout the two day site visit, 12 faculty and staff were interviewed along with nine African American and Hispanic male students to discuss their experiences at Palo Alto College.


PAC Agriculture Hosts State Consortium

The Palo Alto Agriculture Department and Livestock Judging Team hosted the Ag Consortium of Texas Conference, the largest annual gathering of Texas Agriculture professors, on September 17 and 18. Conference attendees included faculty and administrators from Texas A&M University, Tarleton State University, Texas Tech University, Texas State University, West Texas A&M University, Abilene Christian University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas A&M Kingsville, the Texas FFA Association, Kilgore College, Blinn College, Angelo State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University. 

This meeting was the first of its kind at any college in San Antonio. PAC students on the Livestock Judging Team served as tour guides at the Riverwalk and the Palo Alto College campus. Students also led tours of the state’s largest high school Agriculture program at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Northside Independent School District. Hosting the Ag Consortium enhanced PAC’s visibility as a leader in community college agriculture.  Palo Alto is the only 2-year college in South Texas that has transfer agreements with the top agricultural universities in the state, with three students currently committed to Tarleton State, four committed to Texas State, and two committed to Texas A&M University to continue their agricultural studies and to participate on university livestock judging teams.  





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