August 28, 2015
St. Philip's College News
SPC Holds 2015 Fall New Student Convocation
On Aug. 20-21, 451 SPC students and their family members attended the Fall 2015 New Student Convocation programs. The events introduced students to college leadership, highlighting college programs and services, motivating students to make a successful transition to college life, and orienting students to the campus. The convocation in Building 1 of the SPC Southwest Campus was followed by an expo in the Crossroads on Aug. 21. The convocation in the SPC Watson Fine Arts Center was followed by an expo in the Center for Learning Resources Breezeway.
The multicampus programs are the official welcoming ceremony of new students to the SPC community by the president, administration, faculty and staff. It is designed as an opportunity to convey to students the importance of their educational journey and the desire of the college to support them inside and outside the classroom. In addition to formally introducing the students to their collegiate career, the convocation gives students senses of the size, strength and identity of their class and their college. Motivational testimonials, a parent’s panel, campus tours and a collegewide expo with SPC academic departments, student organizations and other external community agencies highlight degree programs and services as part of the convocation experience.
Back-to-School Youth Conference Held at Southwest Campus
On Aug. 14 at the SPC Southwest Campus, SPC hosted the Back to School Independence Day Youth Conference co-hosted by Baptist Child and Family Services Health and Human Services and Alamo Colleges. The 16th version of this project featured keynote speaker Jimmy "The Rookie" Morris, a former major league baseball player. The project helps young men and women aging out of foster care acquire the knowledge, tools and inspiration to transition to independence and adulthood. SPC employees gave back by being of assistance in helping the foster care members make traditionally underutilized connections between their educational benefits and the college experience.
*NOTE: Established in 1944 as a home for orphaned children, San Antonio-based Baptist Child and Family Services is a global system of non-profit health and human service organizations operating programs for at-risk populations throughout the U.S., Eastern Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. During 2014 the firm was the largest recipient of federal money disbursed to contractors to temporarily house unaccompanied children until those children can be reunited with family members or placed in foster care. On contract for the federal government, it has provided temporary shelter and emergency services in the wake of natural disasters ranging from hurricanes in Texas to earthquakes in Haiti.
Bowden Feast Day Celebrated
On Aug. 18 in Episcopal churches worldwide, SPC was mentioned as part of the historic successful recent approval of former SPC leader Dean Emeritus Artemisia Bowden's official listing within the Episcopal Church as both a saint and a Holy Woman. SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston participated in a local Bowden feast day ceremony at Christ Episcopal Church in her capacity as leader of the college where Bowden served. In related news, Bowden was the subject of a cover story in the Faith section of the Aug. 16 San Antonio Express-News. Bowden joins a diverse cohort of iconic humanitarians that ranges from John the Apostle to Florence Nightingale, Harriet Tubman and Joan of Arc on the list of Holy Women and Holy Men.
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