April 8, 2014
Alamo Colleges Presented Budget Presentation Award
Alamo Colleges has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY14 budget book from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This is the fourth year in a row that Alamo Colleges has been recognized by the GFOA, which is a nonprofit association serving over 17,800 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA award is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting. In order to receive the award, Alamo Colleges had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.
Student Leadership Institute Students Participate in Activities
The Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Alamo Colleges Student Leaders attended the “Starting from Scratch” dinner with Ian Jukes, Friday, March 21st at St. Philip’s College. The event, a continuation from our Chancellor, Dr. Leslie’s interest in exploring the question, “What would we do differently if we started from scratch?” centered on the “Education in the Age of Disruption”. Five SLI scholars that attended the event included Caroline Cherizola, Adan Guadarrama, Kaiida Royer, Jackie Smith, and Naphtali Bryant.
In addition, the 2013-2014 Student Leadership Institute (SLI) Scholars participated in Leadership Lab #7: Leadership’s Role in Landing Your Dream Job at San Antonio College. Scholars engaged in activities and dialogue with the SLI Team and the Leader of Leaders, Diana Corona. Faculty, David Alfaro, facilitated The 8th Habit and Scholars reviewed the 7 Habits with an exciting game of Jeopardy!
Alamo Colleges Awarded $1.5 Million Science Grant
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.5 million to the Alamo Colleges to increase minority science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) student success across the Alamo Colleges over the next three years. The grant, known as the CIMA (“Summit” in Spanish) Alliance, is the first of only two funded nationwide through NSF’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliances program.
CIMA will provide financial support for efforts to increase the success rates of minority STEM majors at each of the five Alamo Colleges, with St. Philip's College acting as the lead college for the grant. Funding will support student undergraduate research, peer and faculty mentorship, tutoring, the creation of STEM study centers on three campuses, STEM student clubs, faculty professional development and training for college recruiters.
"This generous award will complement our existing efforts to increase the numbers of Alamo Colleges' students who successfully major in a STEM field," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "The awarding of this grant recognizes not only our efforts to encourage students to major in STEM fields, but also our many programs and initiatives that encourage and support the success of minority students at our colleges," he added.
“On behalf of all five Alamo Colleges, we are excited to have this opportunity to collaborate on this important grant and bring together all our ideas and previous accomplishments to our nation’s STEM initiative so that we can provide opportunities and support to minority STEM students,” said Maureen Cartledge, St. Philip’s College Interim Vice-President of Academic Success and grant principal investigator.
The LSAMP program was established by Congressional mandate in 1991 to significantly increase the quality and quantity of minorities who successfully complete baccalaureate degrees in STEM and who continue on to graduate studies in these fields. In 2012, the program increased its support to community colleges through the B2B program. The CIMA Alliance and Valencia College’s are the first LSAMP B2B programs in the nation.
For more information about the CIMA Alliance, contact Maureen Cartledge at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about NSF’s LSAMP program, visit www.nsf.gov.
The Alamo Colleges on Cable TV
We have an increasing number of events and activities district-wide and are taking the opportunity to showcase such events on Time Warner Cable channel 98, Grande Cable channel 21 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99. This section of the Chancellor’s Weekly Report provides a schedule of the programming for our regularly scheduled times of 12 – 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2-4 p.m.on Sunday. Programming varies due to the timing of Board and committee meetings, groundbreaking ceremonies, etc. The programming for the coming weekends is as follows:
Part one of the regular board meeting of March 25
Part two of the regular board meeting of March 25
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