February 9, 2016
St. Philip's College News
Faculty Member Serves as Riverwalk Royalty
SPC’s Hotel Management faculty member David Uminski, in his capacity as 2015 Riverwalk Prince, worked with corporate hospitality partners to communicate the impact of the San Antonio Riverwalk---the number one tourist attraction in Texas. During the Jan. 29 Riverwalk Coronation, it was announced that Uminski would continue in his competitively held position within the 2016 Riverwalk Royalty team consisting of one king, one queen and royal court members to include Uminski. Riverwalk royalty status is determined by who among the candidates raises the most money used to preserve, protect and promote San Antonio’s Riverwalk during select Paseo del Rio Association and Fiesta Commission events. The 2016 candidates for Riverwalk royalty represented SPC, Valero Alamo Bowl, KABB TV and Plaza Club.
Culinary Arts Students Serve at Cowboy Breakfast
Forty St. Philip’s College culinary arts students gave back to the community by serving 30,000-plus guests January 29 at the Cowboys Dance Hall for the 2016 Cowboy Breakfast, an event that enjoys regional and national status as the signature San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo kickoff. The breakfast is a one-of-a-kind experience where culinary students receive high-volume industrial food preparation experience cooking with classic old cowboy hot coal fire burners and large barbecue pits for thousands of guests. Proceeds from past breakfasts have funded scholarships for study in the hospitality professions at SPC since 1999. SPC faculty member chef Frank Salinas led the students during the 38th annual event. The students participation in the event assist the foundation's aspiration to enter the Guinness World Records for most tacos served (in excess of 10,000); results of the record attempt by SPC students will be shared after several months of review.
SPC Students Work on Community Garden
SPC students partnered with Green Spaces Alliance of San Antonio to build the walls for a shade structure and a tool shed for a future community garden in Terrell Hills. Students worked with faculty sponsors construction program director Jim Chilson and Southwest Campus Vice President Rafael Brisita on the project. Chilson, Brisita and a SPC construction adjunct led a group of five students in pouring concrete for the facility. Participation in the project allows students to apply knowledge and tasks learned in courses taught at SPC the previous semester.
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