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Registration Open for Alamo Colleges 2014 Summer Robotics Camp

This summer the Alamo Colleges are offering a one-week robotics camps. Read More >

2014 SAC Robotics CAmp

Registration Open for Alamo Colleges 2014 Summer Robotics Camp

This summer the Alamo Colleges are offering a one-week robotics camps. Read More >

2014 Book Fiesta

SAC Student Council Holds Book Drive

The children at Maverick Elementary were excited as staff council members visited the school to deliver and read books to the classes. Read More >

2014 OSL Advisor of Year

Stanley Receives Advisor of the Year Award

The Loftin Student Center Cafeteria was decked out like the Oscars this Wednesday as the Office of Student Life recognized the top student in each organization and the advisor of the year. Read More >

2014 Fall Registration

Web Registration Begins for Fall 2014

With registration for Maymester and summer classes in full swing, it is just about time to start thinking about next year and fall 2014 registration. Read More >

Child Care

Child Care for SAC Students Available

The Early Childhood Center at San Antonio College is gearing up for the fall semester and will start accepting applications for child care. Read More >

Speech Team Nationals

SAC Speech Team Wins National Awards

SAC’s Speech Team members recently competed at the Phi Rho National Tournament in Denver and brought home some awards. Read More >

Pres Search

Presidential Search

The search for the next San Antonio College President is underway! Learn more. Read More >

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Spring 2014 Finals Approaching

With graduation and end of the semester quickly approaching, the the Spring 2014 Final Exam Schedule is online. Read More >

College For Kids

College For Kids Coming Soon...

SAC offers ‘College’ for elementary and middle school-aged kids during the summer. Read More >

2014-SURP-Program

Summer Research Opportunities

The SAC MESA Center has two undergraduate research programs students can participate in this summer. Read More >

Accepting EDGE Applications

SAC accepting applications for 2014 Summer EDGE Program

San Antonio College is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Summer EDGE Program. Applications will be accepted through April 28, 2014. Read More >

Carrying on the legacy of the Challenger crew

Attitude, Belief, Commitment  

Carrying on the legacy of the Challenger crew 

Friends, family, partners and those invested in the Scobee Education Center were gathered this week to remember and celebrate the lives of the Challenger crew that were tragically lost 28 years ago, on Jan. 28, 1986.

The crew, Dick Scobee, Michael Smith, Ellison Onizuka, Ron McNair, Judith Resnik, Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe, lost their lives that day, but their legacy, inspiration, joy and courage continue on through the Challenger Education Centers.

Dr. Robert Zeigler, president of San Antonio College, said this is a time for remembering and celebrating those lives, the legacy they left and their commitment to education that has endured on for all of these years.

Zeigler shared some words from a speech then President Ronald Reagan spoke on the day of the tragedy –

"Perhaps we have forgotten the courage it took for the crew of the Challenger, that they were aware of the dangers. They overcame them, and did their jobs brilliantly. We mourn those heroes.

The crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger, honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives,” continued Zeigler quoting Reagan. “We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.”

The astronauts have not only touched the face of God, but they continue to touch all of us, said Zeigler.

Tears filled eyes as Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, wife of Dick Scobee, shared her words, her memories and her promise to remember how these individuals lived, what they stood for and what they wanted to teach others. She has made a continuing effort to ensure children are educated about the space program and all the wonder that goes along with space.

This will be a tremendous union and we will call it home, said Rodgers of the planetarium and Scobee Education Center. This will be our shining star.

“Today, and everyday, we remember our loved ones,” she said.

I am filled with pride as we remember and continue to inspire others. It’s looking forward that excites me.

Thank you for making this happen.

Twenty-eight years ago we were overjoyed and excited with the shuttle launch, she said as she remembered a bookmark she gave McAuliffe that said, “To teach is to touch the future” – a motto that has continued on with the creation of the Challenger Education Centers.

We never expected what happened or the numbing disbelief, but that’s history now. “Now we look to the future.”

“That dark cloud had a bright light shining behind it.”

Through the educational efforts of the Challenger Education Centers, over 48 million students and thousands of teachers have been touched and inspired through math, science, engineering and literacy education, said Rodgers.

Rodgers said she lives by an ABC rule – Attitude, Belief in a power greater than yourself and in yourself, and Commitment, or the courage to make a commitment. Through those rules she has been able to overcome her trials as a child, a teenager and face the challenges she has had as an adult. She said she has also found healing in educating others, by coming up with the idea of the Challenger Centers and the courage to write a love story about a public and private tragedy, but mostly of triumph and hope.

This Scobee Education Center will touch future Star Challengers and be a beacon and tribute to the crew and yourselves, Rodgers said to those in attendance. It will educate the next generation of challengers. This will be the best; they will come here to become those shining stars.

It is our promise to continue inspiring future scientists and engineers, she continued.

“We remember, we honor your legacy, we will never forget you.”

 

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education is a global initiative to continue to pursue the mission of those astronauts. The Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College is scheduled to open sometime in late September or early October. The Center will offer simulated space missions, science education and team building programs for all ages. 

Photo by Leonard Ziegler 

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