September 18, 2015
St. Philip's College News
SPC Hosts International Becalos Participants
On August 28 in the SPC Bowden Building, SPC Business Information Solutions faculty welcomed a delegation of 38 business and web development interns in the second cohort of 88 international students from 10 universities in 10 cities in Mexico as part of the 2015 SEP-Bécalos-Santander Universidades Exchange Program (Bécalos) partnership with Alamo Colleges. The Bécalos event at SPC facilitated the transition of these visiting students into the U.S. academic and social environment they will experience from August-December.
Under the instruction of such SPC faculty members as Janice Balmos, Revis Bell and Dr. Raymond Chacon, the students assigned to SPC will gain professional development through a 150-200-hour work course experience component that results in a competitive understanding of the business culture in the United States. Companies where SPC Bécalos alumni interned with in 2015 and new Bécalos students are forecast to intern with in 2015 include Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP)-San Antonio, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service, and San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. New for 2015, a number of the current Bécalos students will intern with Texas Solar Power and SPC biomedical engineering technology professor Albert Vasquez. Funded by the Televisa Foundation, the Bécalos program aspires to increase the academic performance and cultural awareness of students in STEM-related fields.
SPC Delivers School Supplies
On August 31 at Bowden Elementary school, SPC concluded a multicampus school supply donation drive to benefit the students at the school by delivering school supplies donated by SPC students and faculty. Organizers at both SPC and the elementary school determined that Bowden Elementary students required new 70-page wide-ruled notebooks, pencils and other stationery items to help them enjoy a successful school year. Resources to help the children included donation collection boxes operated the weeks of August 17 and August 24 in the SPC Center for Learning Resources and the Student Services Office in Building 1 of the SPC Southwest Campus.
The campaign provided more than 133 Spiral Notebooks to the students, along with such items as boxes of pens, pencils and crayons. SPC students and employees regularly mentor children at nearby the school, and the school supply drive for 2015 was an element of the mentorship program. The school is named for Texas’ first African-American college president, former St. Philip’s College corporate leader and Dean Emeritus Artemisia Bowden (1879–1969), noted in San Antonio as the savior of St. Philip’s for her service from 1902–1954 and listed within the Episcopal Church as a saint.
SPC Nets Department of Education Grants
On August 25 in San Antonio, SPC was featured in the Texas Public Radio report St. Philip's Receives Dept. Of Education Grants. SPC is among 95 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) strengthening their academic resources, financial management systems, endowment-building capacity and physical plants as a result of grants awarded to the college by the U.S. Department of Education in July. The five-year grant announced by the U.S. Department of Education in 2012 is used to strengthen and enhance Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The activities at SPC enhanced under the grant in its fourth year will consist of: student services, centers of excellence in mathematics and science; instructional labs; campus renovation; information and communication technology; institutes for teaching excellence and staff development and a veterans outreach and transition center.
SPC's funding for the fourth year of the institutional grant is $4,220,034, and SPC's current enrollment of over 11,000 is the second largest enrollment among HBCUs, however the award is numerically proportionate to the number of students receiving federal financial aid, reduced by 31 percent to approximately 4,198 students in 2015, according to the report. In addition, the $1,235,539 Student Aid and Financial Responsibility Act Funding grant awarded to the college will partially fund a $10 million third renovation underway at SPC's 63-year-old Turbon Student Center, constructed in 1953, renovated in both 1976 and 1996 and named for SPC Professor/Director Of Counseling Emeritus Everett L. Turbon (1919-2002).
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