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EDUC progress skipped district curriculum committee

Committee was told the decision had already been made at a higher level.

Chancellor Bruce Leslie and Christa Emig, district director of curriculum coordination, chose to stray from the Alamo Colleges curriculum coordinating process to ensure EDUC 1300, Learning Framework, would be implemented in the fall 2014 core curriculum. Full story


Tires slashed on vehicles belonging to Alamo Colleges, students in two garages

A St. Philip’s student has been charged with criminal mischief.

Ten cars were vandalized around 11 p.m. Monday in the two parking garages on this campus two hours before increased security was arranged for the lunar eclipse viewing on the top floor of the original garage. A witness called police at about 11 p.m., Deputy Chief Joe Pabon said Tuesday. Full story

Twenty candidates apply for president position

The committee wants to have forums before semester ends.

The search for the next president of this college continues with the committee led by David Mrizek, vice president of college services. Linda Boyer-Owens, associate vice chancellor of human resources and organizational development, said Dawn Elmore, Faculty Senate president and English professor, accepted Chancellor Bruce Leslie’s request that she co-chair the president search committee. Full story

NLC seeking accreditation for six years

Northeast Lakeview College, which has been seeking accreditation since 2008, has yet to receive a site visit from the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges, the region’s accrediting agency. The college’s new president, Dr. Full story

More than 300 students fill out e-book survey

Student District Council discusses alternatives and survey with trustees.

Two students from Student District Council recommended alternatives to the Academic Accountability and Success Committee Tuesday. The recommendations came from an email survey from Alamo Colleges District Student Council that was intended for the district’s 60,000 students and sought feedback on the instructional materials strategy. Full story

Employees added to retirement incentive

Two new programs will charge students additional tuition.

Nine employees who had announced their intent to retire before April 1 now will be included in the retirement incentive approved March 25. The board of trustees unanimously approved the measure during a regular board meeting Tuesday in Killen Center. Full story


Chancellor backs down

Faculty proceed “skeptically” but remain optimistic.

Correction: In the first reference to Jo-Carol Fabianke, vice chancellor for academic success, her name was spelled incorrectly. Thursday Jo-Carol Fabkianke, vice chancellor for academic success said district received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to revert to the 2013-14 core curriculum. Full story

Parking garage fee removed

Fee would just produce profit, vice chancellor says.

Drivers will not be charged an extra fee to park in this college’s original or Tobin garage and the Northwest Vista garage in the fall, if the board of trustees approves a proposal at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday. The proposal was forwarded from the Audit, Budget and Finance Committee, which approved a minute order rescinding a $1 garage entry fee approved May 23, 2013. Full story

PTK denies eligibility on rule not in bylaws

Only community college grades or work in five years is the dilemma.

Up to 10 students this semester were invited to join the Beta Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, this college’s honor society, then rejected for not meeting the society’s grade-point average requirements. Invitations sent by email to about 1,000 prospective members in February did not state eligibility requirements. Full story

Online course catalogs delayed for five colleges

Registration for fall still expected to start April 21.

Monday, course schedules for fall and catalogs of the five Alamo Colleges were supposed to be available online. As it turned out, ACES was unavailable until after 2 p.m., but the materials never appeared. This morning, the district associate vice chancellor for communications, Leo Zuniga, said the postings have been delayed. Full story

SGA candidate packets available

Online voting for SGA officers April 21-May 2.

Monday’s meeting of the Student Government Association focuses on information for students interested in running for office in the organization. The organization has 10 positions students can seek for the 2014-15 academic year, but each student is allowed to run for only one position. Full story

Before registration opens, think about transfer plans

Students should be meeting with counselors.

Students should be preparing themselves for the upcoming summer and fall semesters. “Right now, what the students should be doing in preparation for that is getting advisement,” said David Rodriguez, director of the counseling and advising department. Full story

Board election begins April 28

One candidate withdraws from District 4.

One early voting site for the Alamo Colleges board election May 10 will be at this college at William R. Sinkin Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave. Early voting is from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 28-May 2 and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. May 3 and 5-6. Thursday is the last day to register to vote in the May 10 election, board liaison Sandra Mora said. Full story

54 graduates honored with May 8 reception

The Distinguished Graduates Program highlights an outstanding student nominated from each college program. Diane Cruz, acting coordinator of student success, said this year, there are 54 distinguished graduates. This year’s reception honoring the Distinguished Graduates is 3 p. Full story

Quality enhancement plan progresses

The Quality Enhancement Plan is well underway and Dr. David Wood, dean of performance excellence, is excited to begin building a committee that will include student representatives. This college is approaching reaccreditation in 2016 and to ensure that the campus meets all guidelines the Quality Enhancement Plan was enacted to improve upon student services. Full story

Amended retirement incentive approved

After discussion of an amended incentive, the board of trustees approved a retirement proposal at the regular board meeting Tuesday in Killen Center. The proposal, forwarded from the Audit, Budget and Finance Committee March 18, is a one-time payment equal to 50 percent of base salary not exceeding $47,500 for full-time employees meeting the rule of 80, which is the number of years of service and age equaling 80. Full story

After nine years, photo-lab goes from wet to dry

The photo lab will be completely digital and use all space efficiently, photography program coordina

Construction on the first floor of the academic wing of Loftin Student Center is renovating the “wet” film labs of the photo program into a “dry” or digital computer lab, a second studio and photo adjunct office. Professor James P. “Buzz” McBride, photography program coordinator, said nine years ago, the photography program switched to digital because of the change in technology in the job market. Full story

Increase in DSS graduates from 2013 to 2014

This year, more than 50 students assisted by the DSS program are graduating.

Disability support services has been at this campus since 1973, Counselor Maria Gomez said the department was known as handicap student services; and in 1989, it was changed to disabled student services, she said. In 1999, Gomez said she researched other schools to learn what their disability services were called and liked what she found: they capitalized the word ability. Full story

Ambulances used as educational tools

Ambulances seen around campus are used by EMS and paramedic students.

If you see an ambulance around campus, it may not be responding to an emergency. It might be one of two used in training by emergency medical service and paramedic program students. EMS and paramedic students work with a real ambulance as part of their hands-on training. Full story


Service coordinator urges volunteering

Mary Elise Ferrer explains her new position for the office of student life.

Mary Elise Ferrer, who will fill the role of service coordinator for student life and civic engagement, has been working with that office since Dec. 2. Ferrer is a native San Antonian with a bachelor’s degree in history from University of the Incarnate Word and a master’s in the same field from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Full story

Increase in DSS graduates from 2013 to 2014

This year, more than 50 students assisted by the DSS program are graduating.

Disability support services has been at this campus since 1973, Counselor Maria Gomez said the department was known as handicap student services; and in 1989, it was changed to disabled student services, she said. In 1999, Gomez said she researched other schools to learn what their disability services were called and liked what she found: they capitalized the word ability. Full story


Not just the same old farm and dance

It’s easier than you think to produce fresh vegetables at home. When he was in college, Mitch Hagney, 22, looked for a way to help the most people. In agriculture, using non-traditional farming, he found he could help people more than in politics, his original interest. Full story

Luau brings hearing and deaf together

More than 70 people gathered April 11 for the fifth annual luau hosted by the Connection Club and the American Sign Language and interpreter training department in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center. The luau involved food, games, a costume contest and a raffle, all in a deaf-friendly environment. Full story

Aspiring opera singer discovers new calling

Felix Gonzales, mortuary science department chair, has been working as an undertaker for 41 years, but music was his first love and he aspired to be a world-famous opera singer. Gonzales pursued opera singing in college, participated in opera productions and sang in the San Antonio Mastersingers. Full story

Center brings editor of compilation

“Esperanza” is the Spanish word for hope. The mission of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave., just south of this college, is to “dream of a world where everyone has civil rights and economic justice, where the environment is cared for, where cultures are honored and communities are safe,” according to the center’s website. Full story

Fair helps women make informed health choices

Sex education, condom use and safe sex.

A woman’s resource fair presented a variety of information on sexual health, diabetes management, HIV testing and healthy food choices at booths operated by community organizations in celebration of Women’s History Month March 21 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. Full story


Institute inspires creativity during Fiesta

Tribute to annual celebration

“Hats Off to Fiesta” is an over-the-top part of San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration at the Institute of Texan Cultures, showcasing 47 types of Fiesta hats including their own. The exhibit, continuing through July 6, is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p. Full story


Librarians want to pump up likes on Facebook

National Library Week means a big social media push for this college.

Reference and distance learning librarian Celita DeArmond is shocked that this college's library Facebook page has only 351 likes. “That’s insane compared to the number of students we have coming in and out our doors or who goes online,” she said during an interview April 1. Full story

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Sci-fi takes over Northwest Vista

Do you enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero, comic book villain or extraterrestrial being or reading fantasy and science fiction? The Geek Week committee at Northwest Vista College will host a series of science fiction activities Monday-Thursday. Full story

Women’s empowerment supports scholarships

This year’s Women’s Empowerment Conference will award $10,000 in scholarships for this college in th

The 13th annual Women’s Empowerment Conference is planned May 22 to motivate and inspire individuals to pursue personal and educational goals, a continuing education specialist said April 3. The one-day motivational conference for women will be 8 a.m. Full story

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Get your head in the stars

Planetariums are used for shows projected onto a dome shaped theater.

A planetarium is a theater primarily built for presenting educational and entertaining shows about astronomy and the night sky. One of its most prominent features is a large dome-shaped projection screen, where scenes of stars, planets, or other objects can move and appear realistically. Full story

Learn what can be recycled

In the U.S., 100 million trees a year are cut down to make paper, about 15 million sheets of paper are used every five minutes, and about 2 million plastic bottles are emptied every five minutes, reports. Recycling is important because it will help ensure environmental sustainability for the future, Tiffany Edmonds, public relations manager for the city’s Solid Waste Management, said. Full story

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Liberal arts sophomore Eric Price falls to the mat after a right hook from nursing sophomore Gavin Young during the second bout at the eighth annual Olympic-style boxing event April 11 in the mall. Young won the match after three rounds.(Photo by David Guel)

Solutions for sleepy students

More blood flow and oxygen to the brain keeps the body awake.

Staying awake throughout the day can be hard work for some students. Falling asleep and losing focus is the result of a lack of sleep or meals. “In general, a person who is healthy is going to exercise,” kinesiology Chair Bill Richardson said. “A person who is well gets good rest, exercises, a good dietary habit and has enough stress relief. Full story


Lady Pirates defeat Lady Wildcats for league championship 73-67

Victoria College wins league tournament championship two years in a row.

In an aggressive championship game featuring three technical fouls, the Victoria College Lady Pirates beat the Northwest Vista Lady Wildcats 73-67 Sunday to win their second Texas Collegiate Club Sports League tournament. With championship in mind, both teams contributed to a nail-biter contest in McDermott Convocation Center at the University of the Incarnate Word. Full story


Level 1 fencers compete with advanced competitors at pentathlon meet

Fencing is about breathing and focused concentration, the coach said.

Level 1 fencing students, with no competition experience, received a certificate for competing with advanced fencers and pentathletes in the 2014 Paul Pesthy Memorial Pentathlon Meet Youth A and Junior Regional Qualifier March 29 at University of Incarnate Word and St. Full story


Release tension in dodge ball tournament

For the first time at this college, the Kinesiology Club will have a coed dodge ball tournament at 2:30 p.m. April 16 in Gym 2 of Candler Physical Education Center. The club is asking for two canned goods from each player as a donation on the day of the event. Full story

Walking improves lives

Students already have the tools to increase energy, boost brainpower and feel better going through college. Full story

Test the same way you study

If students manage to get hyped up on caffeine studying the night before a test, they better slurp up some coffee before they step into the classroom. Students should try to recapture the mental or physical state of all their senses while they study for a test because “learned information cannot be recalled or used unless the subject is restored to the state that existed when learning first occurred,” according to the medical dictionary at freedictionary. Full story

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Pirates snatch championship from Wildcats 83-78

Fouls bench three key Northwest Vista players.

The Victoria College Pirates won their second Texas Collegiate Club Sports League tournament 83-78 against the Northwest Vista College Wildcats Sunday in the McDermott Convocation Center at the University of the Incarnate Word. The game featured 30 fouls and three foul-outs by Northwest Vista, and two fascinating dunks including a 3-point play by Pirate sophomore Shannon Winston and another by Wildcats’ liberal arts freshman Desmond Hines. Full story

Women's soccer clinches third place

The Rangers dominated rivals but lacked accuracy.

The San Antonio College women's soccer team participated in the 2014 State Cup third division on Saturday and Sunday at the South Texas Area Regional soccer complex. Teams must finish top of their region to participate in this tournament. The women's team has participated in this competition since 2012 and always places in the first three spots. Full story

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Learn before casting vote

The Alamo Colleges have nine districts represented by a trustee. Three district trustee positions with two incumbents are on the May 10 ballot. Early voting begins April 28 for the six-year terms. District 4, covering the Southwest Side of Bexar County, has two candidates: • Lorena Pulido, a public relations officer for the city of San Antonio, • Albert Herrera, CFO of Lighthouse Charter School • Enedina Kikuyu, community organizer for C. Full story

Survey needs better try

A District Student Council e-book survey presented to the Academic Accountability and Student Success Committee Tuesday represented only 0.5 percent of the entire student population of this district. A range of 304-311 (or more) students completed some part of the survey. Full story