July 10, 2014
St. Philip's College News
SPC Culinary School Nationally Recognized
In June, SPC earned national recognition as one of America’s Top 20 Culinary Schools by Full-Service Restaurants magazine for major chefs, owners, c-level executives, and decision-makers in the full-service restaurant industry, from fine dining to casual cafés, national chains to locally owned landmark restaurants and their contributions to restaurant revenues. SPC was selected as a well-rounded, reliable resource within its regional culinary community due to its combination of degree and transfer options, exemplary American Culinary Federation ratings, class size, instructor accessibility, comprehensive classroom theory and hands-on work in on-campus kitchen classrooms and labs that include a locally regarded full-service restaurant staffed by culinary program students and open to the public.
Characteristics shared by the magazine's top-ranked institutions included intensive off-campus student experiences through internships and such externships as the Cowboy Breakfast and NIOSA part of career preparation. The top rated schools were also noted for constantly reaching out to culinary professionals beyond their own campuses to keep up with skills that are relevant in kitchens across America. The institutions were also noted by the magazine for establishing realistic post-graduation expectations for their students.
SPC Students Win Medals in Singing Competition
On Feb. 15 at the Hobby Center in Houston, SPC Academy of Fine Arts Students Carolina Robledo and Minoza Minoza won gold and bronze medals at the 2014 Turkish Olympiad Southwestern United States elimination rounds in singing. Minoza is currently in Turkey representing the USA in the 14-day singing competition at the Olympiad. According to SPC Academy of Fine Arts Director Nina McGrath, Minoza and Robledo are the first San Antonio competitors to win in the singing program at the Southwestern States level with opponents from Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arkansas, or to compete at the international level with opponents from 140 countries.
The Turkish Olympiad program promotes international understanding as it offers participants worldwide opportunities to have their acquired language knowledge professionally judged through the performance of song, poetry, speech, writing, dance, film and theater. The program is aligned with the language standards of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in the areas of communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities. Guests at the Feb. 15 event in Houston included Congress members Al Green, Henry Cuellar and Shelia Jackson Lee, Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.
SPC Hosts Musical
From June 6-8 in the SPC Watson Fine Arts Center, SPC hosted performances and a live recording of the national musical stage play When All Hell Breaks Loose. The production has toured nationally for nearly four years and has had its industry visibility elevated during an urban theater festival in Miami. The play is a behind the scenes look at what happens in the life of a pastor, and featured such actors as Carl Anthony Payne of The Cosby Show and the Martin Lawrence Show.
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