Convocation: 'Passing the Torch'
SAN ANTONIO, TX (Aug. 20, 2012) – San Antonio College
and the Alamo Colleges marked the 2012 convocation today with guest speakers,
awards, the Palo Alto Mariachi band, a new advertising campaign, and a
presentation by the SAC Speech Team at McAllister Auditorium.
“Passing the Torch” was the theme of the Alamo Colleges
Faculty Convocation. The award-winning SAC Team performed a skit about students
at the five Alamo Colleges and offered an Olympic theme (“Our Torch is Lit”).
Dr. Robert Zeigler welcomed his fellow college presidents
Dr. Adena Williams Loston (St. Philips), Dr. Eric Reno (Northeast Lakeview),
Dr. Ana Guzman (Palo Alto) and Dr. Jackie Claunch (Northwest Vista). Board of
Trustee members in attendance included Joe Alderete Jr., Denver McClendon,
Yvonne Katz, Anna Bustamante and James Rindfuss.
Dr. Bruce Leslie,
Alamo Colleges Chancellor, introduced a new ad campaign that emphasizes
faculty. “We have a faculty for reshaping futures” is the theme for print, radio and television advertisements;
in addition there is a web site (www.alamofaculty.org). Videos will be on the digital signs around
campus along with the “Stay the course” campaign, designed to encourage
students to complete college – whether it is transferring to a four-year university
or graduating from Alamo Colleges.
Guest speaker Dr. Vincent Tinto, Syracuse University, took
the stage to discuss student retention and learning communities. “Your students
are our future,” he said. Dr. Tinto’s
presentation included community college students talking about what worked to
help them succeed.
Among the awards cited during the convocation:
Employee of the Year: Bridget Torres, (SAC/NVC)
Cyber Patriot IV National Winners (SAC)
Grammy Winner: Juan Ortiz (PAC)
ALAS 2012 Faculty Leadership Awards: Tammy Perez (SAC) and Denis Menchaca (NLC)
Chair of Chair Awards: Tara Daugherty (NLC),
Dana Reed (PAC), Mary Segovia (SAC) and James Cliburn (SPC)
Chancellor’s Administrative Leadership Award:
Linda Boyer-Owens, associate vice
“New Horizons at San Antonio College: Celebrating Service,
Growth and Equity” was the theme for SAC Convocation. Guest speaker Dr.
Victor Saenz, University of Texas, discussed his project, “The Latino Male
Education Challenge: A new state-wide imperative. ” The project addresses improving the success
rate for Latino males in higher education.