July 10, 2014
Alamo Colleges Recognized for Annual Financial Report
Alamo Colleges has just received notification that we were awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence for the FY13 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This is the 5th year in a row we have received this certificate for excellence, showing a continuing commitment to excellence in financial reporting by Alamo Colleges. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of financial reporting.
Each year, the Alamo Colleges submits its CAFR to be judged by an impartial panel of experts to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story. The CAFR is produced annually by the Finance and Fiscal Services team and is distributed nationally to bondholders, rating agencies, state agencies and multiple other entities.
Facilities HIres ITSA Interns for Summer
In support of the Alamo Academies Information Technology Security Academy (ITSA), the Facilities Department has hired six ITSA Interns to assist with ongoing projects in the Facilities Department. The ITSA Interns will work with Facilities staff June 9 through August 1, 2014. They will work on projects to include tagging Facilities assets and uploading them in the Maximo system to be included in preventive maintenance items, working with project management staff as needed on projects, and assisting with monitoring items on campus for potential ADA issues.
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 email@example.com. 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 May 13
Part two of the regular board meeting of May 13
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