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 December 18, 2015 


Palo Alto College News


PAC Leads Discussion on Early College High Schools

Monica Ayala-Jimenez, Director of High School Programs, led a "hot topic" discussion session at the recent SACSCOC Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 7. The discussion helped participants engage in a meaningful conversation regarding the alignment of an Early College High School (ECHS) Initiative with Palo Alto College's strategic plan. As Palo Alto College recently started four new ECHS programs in the Fall of 2014 and one in the Fall of 2015, the group discussed benefits, challenges and insights of establishing an ECHS program at their institution. 

Utilizing a Continuous Improvement Model, Palo Alto College has aligned the Texas ECHS blueprint with its own strategic plan. In addition, Palo Alto College has implemented an ECHS College Action Plan to set specific goals and strategies in relation to student academic success; faculty professional development to ensure academic integrity of coursework; and for performance reporting. The discussion was designed for IHE administrators, student services administrators and staff, dual enrollment staff, and academic services administrators and staff who were interested in discussing the alignment of dual enrollment programs with the IHE strategic plan. 


PAC Publishes Literary and Arts Journal

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Eleven Rivers Review (ERR), Palo Alto College’s twice-yearly student literary and arts journal, published its second online edition and celebrated the excellence of the student artists, writers, and editors involved. The semi-formal event was attended by many of the 21 contributors and their loved ones, ERR’s five student editors, faculty, staff, and administration. Dr. Mike Flores was in attendance to congratulate the students on their accomplishment. ERR staff coordinator, Hunter Bates, Academic Programs Specialist at the Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW) Learning Center, emceed the event along with the student editors. They presented prizes—including prints from local artist Cruz Ortiz—to the creators of the top writing and arts selections, which were voted on by on-campus writing specialists and staff members from local contemporary arts organization Artpace. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the ERR staff will provide print copies of the journal to contributors, faculty and staff, and interested students. The ERR is sponsored by the Tutoring Services department led by Thomas Murguia, Coordinator of Tutoring Services. 


PAC Recognizes Piper Professor Nominee

Carolyn De Lecour,  chair of the Fine and Performing Arts/Speech Communication department, has been selected as Palo Alto College’s Piper Professor Award nominee. The Piper Professor Selection Committee reviewed several nominations and identified Carolyn as the nominee for this year. Carolyn has served as a department chair and co-advisor for Phi Theta Kappa for several years. While these responsibilities occupy a significant amount of time, Carolyn is motivated by her desire to serve her faculty and students. Phi Theta Kappa has an average membership of 200 students. Carolyn meets regularly with her Phi Theta Kappa students including advising them on their academic journey while helping them navigate through the many challenges of a community college student. Carolyn is also active in her community volunteering for the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance, Texas Exes Scholarship Committee, the San Antonio Conservation Society, and many others.


PAC Hosts CORE4 STEM Family Day

Palo Alto College and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce partnered to host the 6th Annual CORE4 STEM Family Day on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the College’s Performing Arts Center. Nearly 100 visitors attended hands-on STEM workshops and demonstrations to learn about career opportunities and pathways in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics including programs like Aviation Technology, Horticultural Science, Oil and Gas Technology, and Veterinary Technology. Biology instructors provided demonstrations of Spirometry, an Inflatable Pig Respiratory System, a Catalase Enzyme Comparison Activity, Artificial Blood Typing, Pond Water Investigation, and examples of the Diversity of Life. Chemistry instructors demonstrated hands-on Chemistry experiments (involving spectroscopy, pressure, gasses etc.) designed for younger audience with no Chemistry experience. 





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