President's Photo Gallery 2017
Dr. Loston, SPC students and oldest patriotic women’s organization in Texas celebrate SPC legacy
March 2, 2017
During a program at The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, the St. Philip’s College legacy was celebrated by SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, SPC students and members of the oldest patriotic women’s organization in Texas that is also one of the nation’s oldest. SPC was honored by the Alamo Mission Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas during their Texas Honor Day-Texas Independence Day event that commemorated the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence document on March 2, 1836. The event organizers recognize local historic schools each year as part of their educational mission. For 2017 the ceremonially highlighted institutions at the program were Texas Military Institute—The Episcopal School of Texas (est. 1893) and St. Philip’s College (est. 1898). While Dr. Loston and a TMI administrator were presented state flags that had flown over the Alamo as gifts commemorating the Texas Independence Day observance, SPC student Angie Mendez sang The National Anthem and SPC student Katrina King led the audience in the national Pledge Of Allegiance.
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Celebrating the success of the nation’s only HBCU All Star from a community college
October 24, 2016
HBCU All Star Damon Lake (right) joined SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston during a ceremonial moment in his training experience. Lake, an SPC student appointed to serve the White House Initiative on HBCUs, supports the national goal of helping 60 percent of young Americans complete an associate degree or higher by 2020 .
Celebrating student success and career readiness with AT&T Foundation
September 9, 2016
Alamo Colleges and AT&T are joining forces to provide needed educational materials, tutors, student incentives/stipends, supplies and other program-related expenses to students at St. Philip’s College Early College High School in San Antonio. Renée Flores, AT&T Regional Vice President, External & Legislative Affairs, joined Dr. Adena Williams Loston and St. Philips students to announce a $50,000 contribution from the AT&T Foundation to support this innovative effort. AT&T’s contribution is a part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature education initiative focused on school success and career readiness, and is the first corporate funding Alamo Colleges has received to support any of its early college high school operations.
Accepting an Unsung SHEro Award at New Creation Christian Fellowship Church
September 9, 2016
On Sept. 9 at New Creation Christian Fellowship Church, SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was ceremonially honored among recipients of Unsung SHEro awards from the church members by (at right) church Pastor Rev. Dr. Claudette Ann Copeland during the church’s Sweet Tomorrow's Women's Week event. Dr. Loston was nominated by SPC student and HBCU scholar, Damon Lake. The church honors its SHEroes for their dedication to the body of Christ and their community through contributions which have built the foundation on which the church stands today. New Creation church members recognize SHEroes 60 years of age and older who have spent their lives exemplifying the principles of Christ through their significant contributions to empower others and positively impact the community.
2016 San Antonio Stars Etiquette Dinner in Artemisia’s with St. Philip’s College Early College High School students and Girls Incorporated members
August 24, 2016
Dr. Loston hosted the 2016 San Antonio Stars Etiquette Dinner for a group of elementary, middle and high school girls from both St. Philip's College Early College High School with SAISD and Girls Inc. SPC leaders mentored the girls regarding the importance of education and the decisions that they make early in life. Stars players Haley Peters and Alex Montgomery shared their journey to success with the girls as well.
SPC High Tea and Hats celebrating The Links, Inc.
August 20, 2016
Dr. Loston dedicated the college's 2016 High Tea and Hats program to honor the San Antonio Chapter of The Links, Incorporated members for both their continued support of our students and a Feb. 20, 2016 gift of $50,000 that doubled The Links Endowment Fund at SPC. Led by San Antonio Chapter of The Links president Deborah Stanton Burke (at right), The Links organization has endowed scholarships at SPC and the members regularly support the campus and its students. Dr. Loston presented The Links with a copy of the most in-depth text on the college's journey, the Texas A&M University Press' Peoples and Cultures of Texas book St. Philip’s College: A Point of Pride on San Antonio’s Eastside.
Topping out event for the $10 million renovation of the Turbon Student Center
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August 12, 2016
The campus community gathered for a topping out ceremony signifying the completion of the building frame in the Turbon Student Center $10 million renovation. The third update to the 63-year old building named for Professor/Director Of Counseling Emeritus Everett L. Turbon (1919-2002) triples the building’s size from 9,600 to 28,000 square feet with the hope to enhance best practices in student success as a hub for student government, leadership and informal learning. Dr. Loston, Sally Turbon (wife of E.L. Turbon) and the campus community signed an I-beam decorated with a college branded evergreen tree before lifting the beam and securing it in place at the conclusion of the topping out ceremony.
San Antonio philanthropist Harvey E. Najim meets two of the first Najim Scholars at St. Philip's College
June 9, 2016
Dr. Loston hosted a campus tour for two incoming students, Najim Scholars Jonathan Acosta and Briana Enochs and San Antonio philanthropist, Harvey E. Najim, retired founder and executive chairman of IT firm Sirius. In 2016, Najim personally donated $1 million to the Alamo Colleges Foundation to establish the Harvey Najim Pathways Scholarship for students from local school districts where the majority of students face challenges in pursuing a college education. Those scholarships enable 200 students (50 per year over four years) to begin at the Alamo Colleges and then transfer to one of three local public universities to earn bachelor's degrees that prepare them for well-paid jobs in information technology, cybersecurity, nursing and health professions. As the college’s first Najim Scholars, Acosta, a Harlandale graduate, will study in the Information Assurance and Cybersecurity associate degree program and Enochs, a Sam Houston graduate, will study in the Radiography associate degree program.
Dr. Loston visits with two college administrators from Cameroon
June 6, 2016
Bishop George Nkuo, (at left) pro-chancellor of Catholic University of Bamenda and (at right) Dr. Christiana Abonge, head of the Sociology department at the University of Buea visited St. Philip’s in response to an international goodwill project led by SPC natural sciences faculty member Dr. Solomon Nfor. Over four years, the project team of faculty and students collected 1,800 pounds of books and 11 microscopes and shipped them to thousands of students in the science and nursing fields at the University of Buea school system in Cameroon.
Delivering Outcomes for Communities - Unprecedented Partnerships
May 9, 2016
Dr. Loston participated as a panelist during a Partnership for Public Service class moderated by U. S. Secretary of HUD Julian Castro in Washington, D.C. for federal employees looking to make neighborhood change in partnership with local leaders. The panel shared best practices for building and implementing a collaborative approach to place-based initiatives in a community. San Antonio’s Eastside, that includes SPC, is the only neighborhood in America that has received funding to implement projects under three key Obama Administration revitalization initiatives: Choice Neighborhoods, Promise Neighborhoods and the Byrne Criminal Justice Program. Dr. Loston joined panelists Jackie Gorman (San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside Executive Director) and Alan Warrick II (District 2) to share lessons learned in bringing community based initiatives to scale in San Antonio.
121st anniversary celebration at St. Philip's Episcopal Church
May 1, 2016
SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and several members of the campus leadership presented the church with a commemorative plaque and copies of the Celebrating a Saint Memory Book during the church’s 121st anniversary celebration.
21st Annual CultureFest and Rib Cook-Off raises $8,500 to fund scholarships for students
April 21, 2016
SPC hosted 4,500 guests, including 600 high school students during a two-part Fiesta celebration. The 21st Annual Culturefest and Rib Cook-Off featured rib cook-off winner and SPC alumnus Johnny Stewart of Texas Style cuisine (at center with trophy). He was joined by (from left) Alamo Colleges Trustee Denver McClendon, Dr. Loston, faculty member Chef Patrick Costello, Ms. St. Philip's Katrina King and Mr. St. Philip's Keibian Crumedy. Culturefest raised approximately $8,500 for scholarships, while 600 high school students from South San, Roosevelt, John Jay, Lee, Somerset, Brennan and Sam Houston high schools participated in SPC’s Open House that included information sessions and hands-on demonstrations.
Honoring veterans who voluntarily help other veterans during a USO/ RP6 monthly Transition Alumni Luncheon at St. Philip's College
April 7, 2016
St. Philip’s College Good Samaritan Veteran’s Outreach and Transition Center (GSVOTC) hosted a USO/ RP6 monthly Transition Alumni Luncheon. The GSVOTC and the local USO are partners in delivering necessary services and referrals to the armed forces community. GSVOTC center director Tim Stanford (left), Dr. Loston and local USO Executive Director Chuck Bunch were on hand for the introduction of the USO-RP/6 Alumni Honorary Mentors to over 80 guests. The alumni are veterans who now volunteer their time to provide guidance and a helpful ear to the issues facing local military members as they transition into civilian life. Along with other community partners in attendance, the center and USO co-build relationships helpful in veteran’s reintegration within our community.
8th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament raises $163,000 to fund tuition and textbook costs for students
March 11, 2016
SPC hosted approximately 144 golfers during the 8th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. Dr. Loston recognized our sustaining sponsor CPS Energy and the first place recipients sponsored by Frost Bank. The event raised $163,000 to fund tuition and textbook costs for students seeking degrees and certificates from more than 100 career options at the college.
Celebrating $50,000 contribution to San Antonio Chapter of The Links endowed scholarship fund
February 20, 2016
Dr. Loston and several members of the college leadership team attended the 15th Annual Western Gala of the San Antonio Chapter of The Links, Incorporated at Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch. During the festivities, The Links president Deborah Stanton Burke presented Dr. Loston with a ceremonial $50,000 check for St. Philip’s College student scholarships. The chapter’s $50,000 donation augments the organization’s endowed scholarship that regularly funds student scholarships at the college. The Links organization has donated approximately $111,000 in scholarships benefiting the students of St. Philip’s College.
Sankofa Award for Lifelong Dedication to Education in the Black Community
February 2, 2016
Dr. Loston was one of two recipients of the Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership's Sankofa Award for Lifelong Dedication to Education in the Black Community, joining co-honoree Rev. Dr. Brenda Guess (third from left), chancellor of the Leadership Institute at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif. Dr. Loston was presented her award by both Sister Walker and Oblate School of Theology president Father Ron Rolheiser (left) in the school's Immaculate Conception Memorial Chapel. The Sankofa Institute was launched in 2013 to prepare people of all races, cultures and denominational affiliations for ministry among African Americans. Dr. Loston's leadership "epitomizes the mission and dreams of Artemisia Bowden, holy woman and founding president of St. Philip's College," said institute director Sister Addie Lorraine Walker (fourth from left). "It is said that Dr. Loston embodies the faith, values and vision of the founder of St. Philip's College as she works tirelessly to reconnect with the legacy of President Bowden and bring it forward for all to recognize, celebrate and emulate. Dr. Loston's passion and commitment to look back, recognize, honor and celebrate Artemisia Bowden and to move into the future being faithful to the values, mission and heritage Artemisia embodied in founding the college, reflects the vision of leadership we hold dear at the Sankofa Institute."
Celebrating a renovation at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
January 17, 2016
In recognition of the legacy at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, a dedication service commemorated the new entranceway, front doors and stained glass window. SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and Interim Vice President of Student Success George H. Johnson, III participated in honoring the legacy of our founding church. The dedication included: (from left) Johnson; Rev. Patricia Riggins, Church Rector; Antoinette Strait, St. Philip's College Early College High School with SAISD student and chaplain for the bishop; Dr. Loston; and Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge, Bishop of the West Texas Episcopal Diocese.
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Artemisia Bowden: Celebrating a Saint
November 20, 2015
Ceremonial participants in the Bowden plaque unveiling during the Artemisia Bowden: Celebrating a Saint event in St. Philip's College's Bowden Events Center included (from left) Rev. Antonio (Tony) Regist, President, Artemisia Bowden Diocesan Union of Black Episcopalians, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie, Alamo Community College District Foundation Board of Directors Vice Chairman Dr. Yvonne Katz, St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, Rt. Rev. David Reed, Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, Rev. Dr. Milbrew Davis, Rector Emeritus, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, and Rev. Patricia Riggins, Parish Priest, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
A philanthropic highlight of the Artemisia Bowden: Celebrating a Saint event was the presentation of a $50,000 check to fund study in solar education from OCI Solar Power with (from left) SH Yoon, President and CEO of OCI Solar Power, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie, Jenna Saucedo, Vice President Public Affairs and Brand Management, CPS Energy, St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and Alamo Community College District Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Jackie Van De Walle.
Dr. Loston Hosts Masters Leadership Program of Greater San Antonio Education Day
November 18, 2015
Dr. Loston and IBC Bank served as co-hosts of the Masters Leadership Program’s Education Day session in the college's Bowden Alumni Center for nearly 50 members of the program's 12th class. San Antonio’s Masters Leadership Program is one of the largest training programs in the country aimed at preparing retired and near-retired professionals for director positions on nonprofit boards. Since 2004, the program has trained more than 525 individuals who currently serve on more than 300 nonprofit boards in the Greater San Antonio area. Dr. Loston led participants through a policymaking exercise and she also moderated a panel discussion with higher education leaders throughout the city. Panelists included St. Mary’s University president Tomas Mengler, Texas A & M San Antonio president Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Trinity University vice president of faculty and student affairs Dr. Michael Fisher and Baptist University of America president Dr. Rene Maciel.
Sharing the St. Philip's College legacy with Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity spouses
October 23, 2015
Dr. Loston provided greetings and spoke about the legacy of St. Philip’s College during the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity spouses' Biennial Western Regional Gamma Phi Boule Luncheon in the Bowden Alumni Center at St. Philip's College. Carol Yates Pierre, 1958 Homecoming Queen and music education alumnae (seated at left with Dr. Loston) was among the attendees that included (standing from left) Dr. Marie Pannell Thurston, Gloria Bryant, Kellie Bryant Fowler and Aaronetta Hamilton Pierce.
Caricature unveiling at The Palm San Antonio
August 21, 2015
SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston became one of an approximately 200 local civic leaders to be immortalized on the walls of The Palm restaurant in San Antonio when her caricature was unveiled at the restaurant. From London to Mexico City, the iconic restaurant chain has a reputation as a living museum of caricatures and cartoons featuring such iconic faces as Batman, U.S. presidents and civic leaders in their respective service areas. By strategically seating guests next to their caricatures, other guests are expected to take note of the locally caricatured guest, who embodies both the spirit of the brand and the communities it serves.
Celebrating the millennium’s fastest rising segment of innovative American entrepreneurs with Sistas in Business founders and Lynn Whitfield
August 8, 2015
Dr. Loston participated in the Sistas in Business 10th Anniversary Celebration by introducing actress and founder’s day luncheon keynote speaker Lynn Whitfield in the Fiesta Room at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel. Established as an innovative entrepreneur support group in 2005 in San Antonio, Sistas in Business is a business training resource operated to educate, inspire and connect the emerging or seasoned leaders of African-American women-owned businesses. According to the organization's web page, generating 19.5 billion in sales... African American women businesses are pacing as the fastest growing small business segment in the country.
Hosting the 2015 Stars Etiquette Dinner
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July 30, 2015
San Antonio Stars players Danielle Robinson and Kayla McBride joined SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and local guests from the Eastside Boys and Girls Club and the Martinez Street Women’s Center at Artemisia's to learn the finer points of dining etiquette. The Stars Etiquette Dinner project provides opportunities for the young women to engage with WNBA professionals and female professionals in the community.
Celebrating $1 million state appropriation with Sen. Menéndez for college's innovative Veterans Outreach and Transition Center partnership with The City of San Antonio
July 30, 2015
Dr. Loston participated in a press conference where State Sen. José Menéndez announced the college’s $1 million share in the award of nearly $9 million from state appropriations to complete or build veterans support and training centers on Alamo Colleges properties. The $1 million is allocated to complete construction of the innovative St. Philip's College Good Samaritan Veteran’s Outreach and Transition Center physical plant in partnership with The City of San Antonio. The construction is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2017.
Bimbo Bakery award Good Neighbor Project to SPC Child Development
June 25, 2015
Dr. Loston accepts a ceremonial check for $8,344 from Bimbo Bakery plant cost accountant Lorn Barta (left) and San Antonio BBU Bakery chief engineer Randy Bourland (left) as the college became a 2015 Bimbo Good Neighbor Project award recipient. The funds implement installation of an innovative fitness and gardening area for children enrolled at the college’s Child Development Center. The outdoor playground equipment at the center was recently enhanced with a $13,744 poured-in-place fall protection surface through the firm’s Bimbo Good Neighbor Project, enhancing safety for children enrolled at the only center accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children within the Eastside San Antonio 78203 zip code. The U.S. Division of Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo, one of the world’s larger baking companies, funded both upgrade projects.
Hosting America’s Title III Administrators
June 21-26, 2015
Dr. Loston provided greetings and conveyed the HBCU community college leadership experience in a keynote speech at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Hotel (image at left above) when the college hosted the National Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Title III Administrators, Inc.'s 2015 Technical Assistance Workshop themed The Changing Landscape of HBCUs: Implications for Title III. A ceremonial highlight following Dr. Loston’s greeting for the June 24 occasion was the presentation of a plaque of appreciation to association president Dr. Brenda Shaw (displaying plaque in image) during the association’s Western-themed Go Texas Day event with guest and in the Bowden Alumni Center. St. Philip’s College is an active member of the 15-year-old association that maintains a unified voice on behalf of the 96 institutions of higher education receiving federal Title III Part B funding.
Providing neighboring residents with workforce education for marketable skills during Promise Zone to Work press conference
June 6, 2015
Dr. Loston participated in a press conference at the Barbara Jordan Center to announce the Promise Zone to Work education and training initiative focused on assisting the residents of the EastPoint Promise Zone footprint that includes the college. St. Philip's College is an education partner within the EastPoint Promise Zone to engage and support residents as they transform the Promise footprint. Dr. Loston also serves on the Promise Zone Coordinating Council. Attendees included prospective Promise Zone to Work participants and City of San Antonio Mayor The Honorable Ivy Taylor (seated at left).
Celebrating student success during commencement at the nation's oldest accredited historically Hispanic college
May 16, 2015
Dr. Loston celebrated student success as commencement keynote speaker for the Baptist University of the Américas, nation's oldest accredited historically Hispanic college. The graduation ceremony located Trinity Baptist Church boasted nearly 200 students who were excited to hear from the leader of the nation's only college that is both a Historically Black College and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Dr. Loston framed her keynote speech around her journey in education from student to president, she invited all the graduates to Return with Usury their talents, skills, knowledge and abilities.
2015 The Palm Restaurant Fiesta Medal Unveiling and Presidential Scholarship Fundraiser
April 8, 2015
The Palm Restaurant’s Third Annual Fiesta Medal Unveiling fundraiser included more than 75 college and community-industry partners raising more than $5,700 for presidential scholarships. Joining Dr. Loston were John Edwards (general manager, The Palm), student competitors Alicia Cantu (third place), Melody Halsrud (second place) and Danielle Alonzo (first place) and Melanie Moran (sales manager, The Palm). Danielle Alonzo's medal design was selected as the restaurant's official design for the 2015 Fiesta season. As student finalists in the medal design competition, Cantu, Halsrud and Alonzo were each awarded either a scholarship or a book voucher.
Enhancing Women’s History Month with the troops at San Antonio Military Medical Center
March 25, 2015
When the staffs of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and the Brooke Army Medical Center collaborated to commemorate Women’s History Month at the San Antonio Military Medical Center Medical Mall, the program theme was Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives and Dr. Loston provided remarks as the guest speaker. Dr. Loston framed her speech around the journey and contributions of locally and nationally prominent professional women.
Introducing the 2015 Links Scholars at St. Philip's College
March 19, 2015
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston held a reception in the Heritage Room to introduce the members of the San Antonio Links Chapter to the 2015 Links Scholars scholarship recipients at the college. Joining college Links scholarship recipients Ashley Hardaway, Catina Tennessee and MiCara Mosby and Dr. Loston were Maria Green (far left), local Links president Jennifer Kelley (far fight) and Doris Horne Ellison who is one of the founding members of the San Antonio Chapter of the Links.
College's first $1 million scholarship fundraising milestone achieved to support students
March 6, 2015
Dr. Loston, students and donors gave back in order to achieve and observe their $1 million scholarship fundraising milestone during the college’s 2015 Scholarship Golf Tournament that coincided with the anniversary month of the 117-year-old college. Proceeds from the tournament provide innovative opportunities for students to gain knowledge and give back while learning marketable skills that service the economic health of San Antonio. Donor contributions fund tuition and textbook costs for students seeking degrees and certificates from more than 100 career options through the SPC Scholarship fund.
Celebrating Scholarships During The Links Annual Western Gala Program
February 21, 2015
Dr. Loston joined The Links, Inc. San Antonio Chapter President Jennifer R. Kelley in a ceremonial scholarship check presentation during the organization’s signature Annual Western Gala program at Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch. The chapter’s $5,000 donation augments the organization’s endowed scholarship that regularly funds student scholarships at St. Philip's College.
Celebrating the Lila Cockrell African American Art Collection Grand Opening
February 4, 2015
A meet-the-collector reception for 100 guests in the Bowden Art Gallery of the G. J. Sutton Learning Center during an open house of the college’s Lila Cockrell African American Art Collection included ceremonial presentation of gifts to Cockrell, and recognition for such featured artists as John Coleman (Playground | Returning Home), Glen “Frank” Franklin (The Face of the Buffalo Soldier | I Have a Dream | Frank’s Pool Hall), Anthony Edwards (Piano Man), Gracie Poe (African Funeral Vase) and Howard Rhoder (Midnight Oil).
Five Texas Southern University Bus Tour Scholarship presentations
January 30, 2015
One student success highlight of the 2015 Texas Southern University Bus Tour Scholarship presentation in the Bowden Alumni Center at St. Philip’s College was the presentation of scholarships for study at the university to current students Sergio Chavez, Ondrejia Scott, LaTansha Mayberry and Isaiah Cosey as well as two Early College High School students by university president Dr. John Rudley (left) and St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston (right). During the Bus Tour, Rudley spoke to future and current St. Philip’s College students about transferring to Texas Southern University and the TSU experience.
Living in God's Love Ministry General Scholarship endowment presentation
January 15, 2015
A highlight of the spring 2015 president's reception was the presentation of a $2,500 check for student scholarships from Living in God’s Love Ministry with (from left) Gloria Keller, Bertha Wallace, Lillie B. Williams, Larry Keller and St. Philip's President Dr. Adena Williams Loston. The scholarships are available to degree candidates in all concentrations at St. Philip's College; enrolled full time or part time.
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Educating San Antonio's future corporate community service executives during Masters Leadership Program of San Antonio and Bexar County Education Day
November 19, 2014
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston planned and co-hosted the Masters Leadership Program of San Antonio and Bexar County Education Day in the Bowden Alumni Center. Dr. Loston moderated a higher education panel which included Texas A & M San Antonio president Dr. Maria Ferrier, Baptist University of America president Dr. Rene Maciel, Trinity University president Dr. Dennis Ahlburg and University of Incarnate Word chancellor Dr. Denise Doyle. The MLP program curriculum features prominent regional and local experts who share their perspectives and insights on important current issues. The objective of the Education Day sessions was to communicate the state of education in the program's service area by having education leaders from San Antonio's elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions of learning provide MLP class members with an overview of the immense breadth of challenges, trends, opportunities and solutions involved. At the end of the day, the 56 members of the program’s 10th class left with a better understanding of the complexities of leading the education of San Antonio’s students.
Celebrating college scholarship history with the first $10,000 Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation scholarship recipient endowed by Whataburger
November 5, 2014
During the 2014 Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation's annual scholarship luncheon, gala and induction program at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas second year culinary arts degree candidate, Alyssa Gutierrez was ceremonial awarded a $10,000 foundation scholarship endowed by Whataburger. Gutierrez (center) was joined by Dr. Loston and Whataburger owner Tom Dobson (right) at the ceremony. The Whataburger Scholarship endowed for 2014-2018 through the foundation by Dobson is focused on providing assistance to students interested in entrepreneurship. Gutierrez is both the first student from St. Philip's College to receive a scholarship from the foundation and the first student selected by the foundation to receive their newly-endowed Whataburger Scholarship. “Being recognized in the presence of so many distinguished business leaders who were being inducted for lifetime achievements was a wonderful experience,” said Gutierrez. “During the evening my family and I realized I had earned a special opportunity and additional reasons to strive for better in my lifetime," Gutierrez said.
Encouraging 800 Alamo Area Boy Scouts to earn 3,200 Merit Badges in one day during 2014 Boy Scouts Merit Badge University
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November 1, 2014
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and Boy Scouts of America Alamo Area Council Scout Executive Michael de los Santos celebrated education when the college ceremonially launched its first Boy Scouts Merit Badge University Fall project where a projected 3,200 merit badges were earned by over 800 Boy Scouts who were supervised by 200 escorts in a single day of knowledge building at the college. The council's 2014 event helped 800 Boy Scouts grades 6-12 or ages 11-17 earn up to four merit badges in one day to progress on their journeys to earning Eagle Scout ranks and serving their communities. Merit Badge University is a bi-annual event hosted by the council. In 2013, Dr. Loston hosted the launch of an Aircraft Merit Badge Academy initiative organized by the council under the umbrella of the Boy Scouts of America's national NOVA STEM Awards and in partnership with the college and Kelly Aviation Lockheed Martin.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church promoting Artemisia Bowden as a Holy Woman of God
October 19, 2014
Dr. Loston’ s address Unimagined Possibilities and Imagined Impossibilities at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church supported the campaign to include Artemisia Bowden as a Holy Woman of God in the Episcopal Church. Joining Dr. Loston are church rector Rev. Bradley Landry and David White.
Optimist Clubs support college's students with donations
October 14 2014
A highlight of St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston's presentation to Optimist Club of San Antonio members at Luby’s on Main on the college's growth, current and future plans was the ceremonial presentation of a $1,000 contribution to support the college. Later at The Barndoor, Alamo Heights Optimist Club members ceremonially presented the college a $4,000 donation. The Alamo Heights Optimist Club members have donated funds to support homebuilding trades students at the college in 2013 and 2014.
Diversity FIRST Leadership Award for leadership in both diversity and inclusion
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October 9, 2014
During the 2014 Greater San Antonio Best Practices and DiversityFIRST Awards program at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel Dr. Adena Williams Loston was awarded a 2014 DiversityFIRST Leadership Award from the Texas Diversity Council membership for her service as an advocacy leader for both diversity and inclusion. Dr. Loston was recognized for her demonstrated dedication and continuing commitment to advocating, raising issues of diversity and protecting civil and human rights. She leads the development of innovative or contemporary measures to fight discrimination and prejudice and the effects of past discrimination. A post-award presentation highlight of the event for the college was a photo opportunity with guest speaker Donna Brazile, vice president of the Democratic National Committee, Democratic political strategist and founder of Brazile & Associates LLC.
High Tea and Hats Appreciation celebration honoring the San Antonio Chapter of The Links, Inc.
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August 9, 2014
The ceremonial presentation of a $25,000 check to provide scholarships to deserving minority students at St. Philip's College was the goodwill highlight of the 2014 High Tea and Hats Appreciation celebration held in the college’s Bowden Alumni Center in honor of the San Antonio Chapter of The Links, Inc. The donation of $25,000 bolsters the women’s volunteer service organization chapter’s endowed scholarship fund at the college which was established in 2010 and is valued at more than $50,000.
Citibank supports college's innovative Veterans Outreach and Transition Center with $15,000 donation
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July 31, 2014
San Antonio Mayor The Honorable Ivy Taylor and her daughter (center) observed the ceremonial presentation of $15,000 to St. Philip's College. The first major donation in support of the Good Samaritan Veterans Outreach and Transition Center, the college's innovative partnership with the City of San Antonio, was presented to President Dr. Adena Williams Loston (left) on behalf of Citibank from Mark Nerio, vice president of community development at Citibank (right).
Appointment celebration for The Honorable Ivy Taylor, Mayor of San Antonio
July 31, 2014
Attendees at a historic tri-chamber reception in the Bowden Alumni Center for newly appointed Mayor of San Antonio The Honorable Ivy Taylor, a three-term city council member who is now the city’s second female and first African-American mayor, included (from left) Alamo City Black Chamber president Chris Herring, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber board chairman Patricia Pliego Stout, Dr. Loston, Mayor Taylor, Alamo Asian American Chamber president Elva Adams and San Antonio Hispanic Chamber president Ramiro Cavazos.
Reducing Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Through Awareness and Education
July 16, 2014
As part of the college's larger commitment to transforming socio-economic conditions for residents surrounding its main campus by improving education opportunities, St. Philip’s College hosted the Jessica’s Project teen and unplanned pregnancy awareness event. College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston welcomed 100 visiting students from Girls Inc. of San Antonio in the college’s Heritage Room for the event staffed by community agencies and science degree candidates. Partners in the event included Girls Inc., Project W.O.R.T.H., and Spina Bifida Texas.
2014 National Association of HBCU Title III Administrator’s Workshop
June 26, 2014
St. Philip's College president Dr. Adena Williams Loston addressed the Presidents Roundtable at the National Association of HBCU Title III Administrator’s Annual Workshop in Charlotte, N.C. Loston spoke to attendees regarding the Title III journey of SPC in a presentation entitled: Title III – Implementation, Regulation and Compliance. Also participating in the roundtable discussions were: Wiley College president Dr. Haywood Strickland, Savannah State College president Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier, and Jarvis Christian College president Dr. Lester Newman.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women San Antonio Chapter Living Legend award presentation
June 7, 2014
Dr. Loston was recognized for her achievement and commitment to the field of Education by the San Antonio Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women at the Hilton Airport Hotel. Chapter president Rosaland Anderson (right) and chapter first vice president LaVergie Washington (left) presented Dr. Loston (center) the Living Legend award. The coalition is a 32-year old advocacy organization that advocates on behalf of women of color through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote its agenda on leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
Men’s and Women’s Day program at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
May 18, 2014
Dr. Loston served as the guest speaker for the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church’s annual Men and Women’s Day program themed Can I Do All Things, where St. Philip's College adjunct faculty member C. Victor Herbin, Jr., is the presiding pastor.
SPC Night at the H.E.B. Stars season opening
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May 17, 2014
St. Philip’s College employees and students marketed the college’s programs as a team during SPC Night at the opening season game of the WNBA H.E.B. Stars. This year marks the seventh year the college has participated as an educational partner with the Stars organization. The evening also included the Alamo Colleges Mobile Go Center, SPC Cheer Squad and Tiger Mascot, SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and Mr. and Ms. St. Philip’s in on-court recognition, and a fourth quarter on-court promotion.
Commencement with Comal Independent School District Early College High School
May 9, 2014
A highlight of the 131st St. Philip's College commencement ceremony May 9 in Freeman Coliseum was the first graduating class of the Comal Independent School District Early College High School. The 26 degree candidates debuting a silver –toned graduation cord completed an associate of arts degree program at St. Philip’s College.
SPC Cabinet and David Robinson attend the H.E.B. Stars preseason game
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May 6, 2014
The St. Philip’s College season as the H.E.B. Stars education sponsor for 2014 included a preseason game attended by the college leadership, David Robinson and school-age children from around the city. St. Philip’s President Dr. Adena Williams Loston addressed the school-age children in attendance and encouraged them to begin thinking about going to college.
City of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro visits the Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence conference
May 3, 2014
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston introduced City of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro before the mayor spoke to young men regarding the importance of higher education during the May 3 Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence conference. The event for middle school, high school and college students was co-sponsored by St. Philip’s College to elevate the visibility of young men of color through dialogue and recommendations for change and action under the theme of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics).
Dr. Loston recognized by WOAI News as one of San Antonio’s 25 most powerful individuals
April 28, 2014
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was recognized as one of the 25 most powerful individuals in the Alamo City in the April 28 WOAI News story "The 25 of 2014." "The 25" is the news organization's insightful look at not only who holds the reins of power in San Antonio, but what it is that defines power in this decade. The story is available to read online here http://www.woai.com/articles/the-25-of-2014-485356/.
Culturefest and Rib Cook-Off
April 24, 2014
2014 CultureFest Rib Cook-Off student choice winners represented (holding medals from center left in reverse order of place) teams Feeling Pan Ala Elams, Bar Cross Too and Bar Cross 1. The announcement included (from left) St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, 2014 Ms. St. Philip's Toni Barnes, 2014 St. Philip’s College Student Government Association President Rudy Padilla, four contestants, 2014 Mr. St. Philip's David Cadena, and college faculty member Chef Patrick Costello.
Ace Mart scholarship contribution and appreciation dinner
April 17, 2014
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted an appreciation dinner celebrating the Gustafson family and the Ace Mart leadership in recognition of their continued support of SPC hospitality professions programs and their recent $75,000 contribution to the endowed St. Philip’s College scholarship they established in recognition of their parents, Norm and Fran Gustafson. Event attendees included (from left) culinary arts degree candidate and culinary scholarship recipient Norma Linda Trevino, college faculty member Chef William Thornton, Dr. Loston, Paul Gustafson, Norma Gustafson, Carl Gustafson, culinary arts degree candidate and culinary scholarship recipient Delia Portillo and college faculty member Chef Frank Salinas.
2014 Palm Restaurant Fiesta Medal Unveiling and Scholarship Fundraiser
April 9, 2014
The 2014 Palm Restaurant Fiesta San Antonio scholarship fundraiser and medal unveiling event included (from left) restaurant manager Robert Sanchez, medal design contestant finalists Gloria Delgado (third place), Angelica Sanchez (second place) and Vanessa Cabrera (first place), and St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston. Delgado, Sanchez and Cabrera were among 13 St. Philip’s College degree candidates who competed to design the restaurant’s official Fiesta medal for 2014. Ninety San Antonio community and college members attended the event raising over $5,700 for the Presidential Scholarship program at the college.
Texas Women of Influence panel in San Antonio Public Library’s Central Library
March 21, 2014
On March 21 in San Antonio Public Library’s Central Library, St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston spoke at the Texas Women of Influence panel discussion for the library’s Women’s History Month headline event. Dr. Loston fielded questions about her career and what challenges she faced as a professional woman, before explaining what inspired her to strive for professional success.
2014 International Women’s Day Luncheon
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March 5, 2014
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston served as a panelist on the International Women’s Day panel program sponsored by the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women at the International Center. Joining Loston on the panel were former city councilwoman Maria Antonietta Berriozabal, president/CEO of Conceptual MindWorks Elaine Mendoza, and San Antonio city manager Sheryl Sculley with San Antonio poet laureate Carmen Tafolla serving as moderator. The panelists shared their personal experiences leading the way and transforming themselves and the world through a distinctive style of female leadership.
G. J. Sutton Learning Center building ribbon cutting ceremony
February 7, 2014
St. Philip’s College observed the re-dedication of the G. J. Sutton Learning Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. Guests included Mr. Sutton’s daughter Jeffery Sutton Greene, nephew Charles Andrews, II, and granddaughter Dr. Jeffrey Greene Scott.
Whataburger scholarship donation
February 7, 2014
A $50,000 check to fund scholarships for St. Philip’s College students was presented to St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston by Whataburger Chairman Tom Dobson during the re-dedication of the G. J. Sutton Learning Center.
Euretta K. Fairchild award from the Alamo City Chamber of Commerce
February 1, 2014
One highlight of the 2014 Alamo City Chamber of Commerce gala occurred as the chamber presented St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston with a 2014 Euretta K. Fairchild Lifetime Community Leadership Award. Award co-presenters included past chamber board chairman Andy Tiwari, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. president Ron Busby and chamber president Christopher C. Herring. (COURTESY IMAGE | ALAMO CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE)
President's Photo Gallery 2013
President and NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez promote STEM education during 2013 STEM Week
November 16, 2013
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez promoted STEM education during the 2013 STEM Week sponsored by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Nov. 13-16 in Freeman Auditorium, UTSA and this college. The final St. Philip’s College event in the chamber’s program was the Nov. 16 Core4STEM Family Day with Hernandez hosted by the Centers for Excellence in Mathematics and Science in the college’s Center for Learning Resources building, a day of hands on STEM activities with Alamo College's STEM faculty. St. Philip's College is a key participant in the chamber’s four-year-old STEM Week that features leaders from the energy, science, computer and aerospace industries who present students with opportunities to meet with high-profile representatives from Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, speakers from STEM fields, and college recruiters to discuss STEM degree plans and financial aid options.
President joins student line dancers in This is How We Do It wellness event
November 13, 2013
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston joined the line dancing event that promoted student wellness. St. Philip's College students are also participating in a contest to design an official line dance for this college, to include a song words and lyrics.
2013 Constellation of Stars Award from the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce
November 8, 2013
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston received a Comet Award from the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce during the chamber's Constellation of Stars Gala in the Institute of Texan Cultures complex in San Antonio. Dr. Loston received the award in recognition of her focus in advocating, connecting and empowering others to lead in the community, especially the students at this college. The honorees are advocates who connecting and empower others. Ceremonial participants included (from left) Alamo Colleges Board Member Dr. Yvonne Katz, KSAT TV anchor and event master of ceremonies Ursula Pari, Dr. Loston and chamber board member Gabrielle Gelo.
President hosts international education delegation from Brazil
October 22, 2013
Dr. Loston led dialogues with visiting international education delegates from Instituto Federal Sul-rio-grandense in Brazil regarding potential college-to-college collaborations between the college and the institute. College employees led the delegation on tours of the college’s aircraft and manufacturing programs.
2013 Women of Influence Award from the YWCA of San Antonio
October 22, 2013
Following Dr. Loston’s Oct. 22 keynote speech to members of the YWCA of San Antonio and college leadership at the Bright Shawl, Dr. Loston accepted the organization’s 2013 Women of Influence Award from YWCA of San Antonio president Alma Smith (left) for her positive impact on the community as a role model, advocate, and volunteer.
Bowden Chapter Professional Women Breakfast
October 20, 2013
Two St. Philip's College students, Alexis Wilkerson and Joshua Satterfield, accepted scholarship awards as Dr. Loston joined members of the Bowden Chapter Business and Professional Women for the 71st edition of the organization’s annual breakfast. The group was founded by Artemisia Bowden, Savior of St. Philip’s, as a method to raise scholarship funds for SPC students.
NOVA STEM Aircraft Merit Badge Academy launch
October 12, 2013
Dr. Loston provided greetings for the ceremonial launch of the first Boy Scouts of America NOVA STEM Aircraft Merit Badge Academy for local Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers in partnership with the college, Boy Scouts of America Alamo Area Council and Kelly Aviation Lockheed Martin. While sharing her past experience as the mother of an Eagle Scout, Loston encouraged the youth to enjoy success in both school and their future goals as they utilize their STEM and scouting skills.
Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted the Silver Stars Etiquette Dinner
September 11, 2013
Silver Stars players Kayla Alexander and Danielle Robinson joined SPC President Adena Williams Loston and local Boys and Girls Club members at St. Philip's College to learn the finer points of dining etiquette.
Recognizing Brazilian exchange student and external donors
August 6, 2013
Attendees at the Aug. 6 food tasting reception in Artemisia's recognizing external donors and St. Philip's College's first Brazilian exchange student Tiago Silvestre Queiroz included (from left) Queiroz, St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Department Chair Mary Kunz, and Instructor, Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management Advisor Patrick Costello. The event was planned and executed by 55 students of the college’s Garde Manger course, including Silvestre and Chef Costello.
President hosts Cote d’Voire Trade Development Mission Conference
July 25, 2013
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston provided greetings and participated in a work session with visiting delegates from the Ivory Coast. The delegation came to San Antonio to discuss the challenges they are facing in regards to labor, social affairs and professional training. St. Philip’s College employees provided tours of the college’s Center for Health Professions building and the renewable energy programs at the college’s Southwest Campus. Participants included (from left) The Honorable Moussa Dosso, senior minister, mayor of Mankono, chair of the delegation from the Cote d’Ivoire, and Dr. Loston.
Cowboy Breakfast Foundation members donate $15,000 for scholarships
July 9, 2013
The 2013 Cowboy Breakfast Foundation membership reception at St. Philip’s College hosted by college president Dr. Adena Williams Loston July 9 in the culinary student-run Artemisia’s restaurant culminated with the ceremonial presentation of a $15,000 check to fund culinary arts scholarships at the college in 2014 with (from left) Frank Salinas, Chuck Christian, Maureen Cartledge, Mary Kunz, Loston and Art Dietel. Salinas is an assistant professor and an original Cowboy Breakfast Scholarship recipient. Christian is chairman of the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation. Cartledge is the college's dean of Applied Science and Technology. Kunz is chair of the college's Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts department. Dietel is the vice chairman of the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation. Including the July 9 gift, the foundation has contributed $88,000 in full and part-time scholarships for the college’s award-winning hospitality professions program over the past fourteen years.
Accepting Texas Award for Performance Excellence achievement level recognition
June 24, 2013
St. Philip's College leadership who accepted the college's Texas Award for Performance Excellence achievement level recognition by the Quality Texas Foundation June 24, 2013 included (from left) Dean of Student Success Dr. Paul Machen, Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs Dr. Karen Sides, Vice President of College Services Lacy Hampton, St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, Vice President of Student Success Dr. Sherrie Lang, Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness Mecca Salahuddin and Vice President of Academic Success Ruth Dalrymple.
SPC Hosts the 2013 Tri-History Conference of the Episcopal Church
June 12, 2013
Highlights of the Tri-History Conference of the Episcopal Church hosted June 12 at St. Philip's College included a prayer breakfast greeting provided by St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, campus tours, a dramatic interpretation of former college president Artemisia Bowden’s life and a banquet in support of the campaign to include Ms. Bowden as a Holy Woman of God in the Episcopal Church. The program enhanced the knowledge of attendees who gathered to explore such subjects as ethnic expressions of the Episcopal faith and the founding of such educational institutions as St. Philip's College in 1898.
Bowden Eye Care Center Opening Celebration
June 5, 2013
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was among key participants in the ceremonial opening of the University of the 30,000 square-foot Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry and Bowden Eye Care Center that will provide eye care services for residents in the college's immediate vicinity. Loston and UIW president Dr. Louis Agnese (right) celebrated with guests that included members of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, dean of the university's Rosenberg School of Optometry. The property is named after noted educator Artemisia Bowden, a 52-year leader of the college.
Mayor Emeritus Lila Cockrell celebrates student success and debuts academic regalia for women in nontraditional occupations students during Spring 2013 Commencement
May 10, 2013
A highlight of the 129th St. Philip's College commencement ceremony occurred in the Frontier Room of Freeman Coliseum as keynote speaker The Honorable Lila Cockrell, Mayor Emeritus, City of San Antonio promoted the debut of St. Philip’s College graduation regalia in the form of a platinum-toned cord adornment to honor the legacy and future of the college’s special population of female students who have chosen to complete degree and certificate programs of study that lead to employment and certification in higher-wage nontraditional occupations where women are a minority. As the first woman mayor of a major U.S. city, Cockrell wore a complimentary cord to display solidarity with innovative commitments by the college to elevate respect for the success of females who attain college degrees and certifications in career and technical programs that are gateways to well–paying jobs in biotechnology, alternative energy, aerospace, automotive, computers, manufacturing and welding.
President's reception for Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce's inclusion event
May 9, 2013
On May 9 in the Atrium of the St. Philip's College Center for Health Professions building, college president Dr. Adena Williams Loston welcomed attendees at an inclusion event organized by the Alamo City Chamber of Commerce leadership to introduce chamber members to the staffs of City of San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley and Edwards Aquifer Authority. Guests included (from left) Jelynne LeBlanc Burley, Oliver Hill, Gwen Robinson, Ivy Taylor, Loston, and Sculley. Burley is the CPSEnergy executive vice president and chief administrative officer. Hill is president of the NAACP's San Antonio branch. Robinson is the former executive director of the chamber. Taylor is the District 2 City of San Antonio City Council member.
2013 St. Philip's College CultureFest and Rib Cook-Off festivity on Rib Row
April 25, 2013
Guests on Rib Row during the 2013 St. Philip's College CultureFest and Rib Cook-Off hosted by St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston included (from right) Kacy Kaiser and Christina Petersen. Kaiser is Miss Arts and Culture, representing both the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Arts and Cultural Foundation. Petersen is a current St. Philip's College honor student who also served as the 2011-2012 season Ms. St. Philip’s.
Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted an Arbor Day tree planting community service project
April 20, 2013
On April 20 near the Learning and Leadership Development Center building, St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted an Arbor Day tree planting community service project by members of the Alpha Tau Omega and Phi Xi Omega chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in partnership with Home Depot USA stores.
The staff of Home Depot Store 503 at Fair Ave. and Store 8454 in Kyle, Texas each donated a tree, dirt and mulch in support of the company's national partnership with chapters across the country. District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor and Loston provided remarks for the opening of the event on April 20, 2013, in recognition of Arbor Day.
2013 Palm Restaurant official Fiesta® pin design scholarship fundraiser
April 17, 2013
St. Philip’s College President, Dr. Adena Williams Loston, recognized students Gary Sanders, Shalika Walker, Nicole Macias and Adriana Soldevila as they competed to produce The Palm Restaurant’s official Fiesta® pin for 2013. The April 17 fundraising event at The Palm raised $4,300 for the Presidential Scholarships program at the college.
Young Women’s Leadership Academy board and mentees from the San Antonio Silver Stars Etiquette Dinner partnership
April 10, 2013
On April 10, St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston addressed the 2014 graduating class of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in a speech entitled What Do You See and What Do You Have the Capacity to See? Dr. Loston and two of her student mentees from the college’s San Antonio Silver Stars Etiquette Dinner partnership enjoyed a photo session during the event with the academy's advisory board members.
Women In Nontraditional Occupations Conference (WINTO) with keynote speaker Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau
March 27, 2013
One highlight of the 2013 St. Philip’s College Women In Nontraditional Occupations Conference for more than 400 female college and high school students March 27 at the college’s Southwest Campus was recognition for guests of host St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, including keynote speaker Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau (left).
STEM Fields discussions for students during Women's History Month
March 22, 2013
Five panelists who inspired students through the sharing of the paths they took to professional accomplishment in their STEM careers March 22 in the Morgan Gallery of the Watson Fine Arts Center building included (seated from left) St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, engineer Denyce Chavero (Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.), microbiologist Annette Fothergill (University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio), statistician Janet Buckingham (Southwest Research Institute) and chemical engineer Adrienne Pennick Blocker (Shell Oil Company).
Presidents gather with Chancellor at reception and book signing for Texas A&M University-San Antonio's first book
March 8, 2013
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and former St. Philip's College presidents Dr. Gloria Jackson (1985-1992) and Dr. Stephan Mitchell (1982-1984) attended the Texas A&M University Press launch event for the first St. Philip’s College oral history book, St. Philip’s College: A Point of Pride on San Antonio’s Eastside March 8 in the Morgan Gallery of the Watson Fine Arts Center at St. Philip’s College. The book by Dr. Marie Pannell Thurston is the first from the Texas A&M University-San Antonio system and is part of the Texas A&M University Press Peoples and Cultures of Texas series. Event attendees from left included TAMU-SA representative Jillian Reddish, Thurston, Loston, Mitchell, Jackson, Alamo Colleges Board Trustee Denver McClendon and Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie.
St. Philip's College observes 115th Anniversary with 5th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament sponsored by CPSEnergy
March 1, 2013
During the March 1 St. Philip's College 115th Anniversary observance, the college hosted its 5th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament sponsored by CPSEnergy at The Republic Golf Club. Proceeds from the event benefit student scholarships at St. Philip’s College where more than 70 percent of the student population relies upon financial aid. The winning team members representing Frost Bank were (next to tournament host St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston), Joe Linson, Ben Alexander, Darrell Holloway and Fletcher Parks.
Meet the Artist reception with alumnus Howard Rhoder
February 5, 2013
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted a reception for students Feb. 5 in conjunction with the St. Philip's College Black History Month art exhibition by alumnus Howard Rhoder. His realistic representation moves from inviting landscapes to scenes of people with a story to tell. Rhoder earned his degree in two-dimensional art from St. Philip’s College, and he was commissioned in 2012 to paint the portrait of St. Philip's College Professor Emeritus Dr. William C. Davis which is on display in the college's science building that bears Davis' name.
Historic Texas A&M University Press publishing event with author Dr. Marie Pannell Thurston and TAMU-SA president Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier
February 5, 2013
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted the Feb. 5 formal unveiling of the recently published book titled St. Philip’s College: A Point of Pride on San Antonio’s Eastside written by Dr. Marie Pannell Thurston, the coordinator oral history for St. Philip’s College since 2002. At the age of 71, Thurston received her Ph.D. in education, with a concentration in organizational leadership, from the University of the Incarnate Word. Her book is the first in a series Texas A&M-San Antonio (TAMU-SA) is sponsoring through Texas A&M University Press regarding the Peoples and Cultures of Texas. Dr. Loston was joined by Dr. Thurston and Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier, the president of TAMU-SA during the formal announcement. The inaugural publication tells the story of the nation’s only college to be federally designated as both a Historically Black College and a Hispanic Serving Institution, and marks the 115th anniversary of the founding of St. Philip’s College.
Black History Month opening ceremony with guest speaker Bishop David M. Copeland
February 5, 2013
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted a Black History Month opening ceremony with guest speaker Bishop David M. Copeland. Copeland currently serves as Senior Pastor of New Creation Christian Fellowship of San Antonio, Texas and the Chair of the San Antonio MLK Commission.
President's Photo Gallery 2012
Celebrating student success with Dr. Davis, HEB and the San Antonio Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
October 19, 2012
Two of the numerous student success highlights of Dr. Loston’s Oct. 19 observances commemorating both the renaming and renovation of the college’s primary science building in honor of Professor Emeritus Dr. William Conan Davis included scholarship donations from both HEB in the amount of $250,000, and the San Antonio Chapter of The Links, Incorporated in the amount of $25,000.
MED Week Award
October 18, 2012
On Oct.18, SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston accepted the Minority Enterprise Development Week Minority Workforce Development Champion award on behalf of St. Philip’s College at the Marriot Northwest.
The Humanitarian Award from Top Ladies of Distinction
October 13, 2012
On Oct. 13, SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston received a Humanitarian Award from the National Chapter of the Top Ladies of Distinction during a ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio.
Women's Award Luncheon
October 5, 2012
SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston received an award for outstanding leadership in public service and education from the San Antonio Business Journal, during the newspaper's Women’s Leadership Award Luncheon held on Oct. 5 at the Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio. The awards are the newspaper's annual recognition for San Antonio’s top women business and civic leaders. Joining Dr. Loston as honorees in 2012 were such leaders as Pat Burr, Jane Macon, Staci Almagar, Pamela Bain, Janie Gonzalez, Christina Heaney, Denise Bendele, Stephanie McClain Hall, Katie G. Harvey, Helena Hauk, Lisa Wong, Blakely Latham Fernandez, Yorka Velasco-Caballero, Madeline Anz Slay, Martha Mangum and Maria Wallach.
Exceptional Scholars – Talented Tenth Ceremony
September 22, 2012
On Sept. 22, SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was honored at the Exceptional Scholars – Talented Tenth Ceremony recognizing a select group of African-American females in the community who have earned either a doctor of philosophy degree or a doctor of education degree. This ceremony was hosted by the Friends of the Carver Library and Delta Sigma Theta Inc.
Silver Stars Etiquette Dinner
September 19, 2012
Silver Stars players Shenise Johnson and Danielle Robinson joined SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and local Boys and Girls Club members at St. Philip's College to learn the finer points of dining etiquette.
Bridgestone Trust Fund Reception
September 14, 2012
One highlight of the Sept. 14, 2012 Bridgestone Trust Fund reception at St. Philip’s College was a photo session with (from left) John Eichelberger, Derek Jenkins, St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, Melisandra Hernandez and Roy Martinez. Eichelberger is an automotive technology instructor at the college. Hernandez is a 2011 Bridgestone Trust Fund scholarship recipient. Jenkins is a recruiting/retention manager at Bridgestone Retail Operations. Martinez is a district trainer/recruiter for Firestone Complete Auto Care.
St. Philip's Prayer Breakfast
August 25, 2012
• On Aug. 25, Dr. Loston and members of the SPC leadership team participated in the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church’s Annual Prayer Breakfast by singing an old spiritual to close the event.
Bowden Chapter Professional Women Breakfast
August 18, 2012
St. Philip's College students were awarded scholarships as college president Dr. Adena Williams Loston joined members of the Bowden Chapter Business and Professional Women as guest speaker for the 2012 edition of the organization’s annual dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Presenting scholarships with Councilman Medina
August 11, 2012
The first six recipients of Toyota-funded $500 Councilman David Medina District 5 Scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year are Connie Jean Castano, Alberto J. Montez, Erick Medina and David E. Medina Sr. (no relation to the council member), Jaimee Michelle Szesnat and Megan Karina Moncayo. The six were recognized by St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and District 5 Councilman David Medina during the councilman’s Annual Back to School event in Roosevelt Park along the Riverwalk in San Antonio.
Cowboy Breakfast reception
June 12, 2012
The Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Cowboy Breakfast reception included the presentation of a $10,000 check from the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation to fund scholarships for study in the hospitality professions at the college. The foundation has given $83,000 to fund scholarships for the college's hospitality professions students over the past nine years.
Celebrating five years of partnership with the Silver Stars
June 1, 2012
St. Philip's College students were recognized as five-year education partners of the San Antonio Silver Stars, and joining St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston on-court in the AT&T Center were Presidential Scholar Kim Lischke, Phi Theta Kappa honor society students Del Powell, Carolina Perales, Raymond Alavarado and Konnie Harper and National Science Foundation Presidential Scholars Stephan Engel, Nathaneal Benitez, Ryan Ellis and Maged Ayad.
Chancellor Bruce Leslie, Dr. Gregory Hudspeth, Sharon Owens & Dr Loston. The Spring 2012 Graduation Ceremony was held May 11th, at Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston Street, San Antonio, TX.
Culturefest and Rib Cook-Off
2012 CultureFest Rib Cook-Off champ with SPC Homecoming court, Chef Costello & Dr. Loston. The 2012 St. Philip's College CultureFest and Rib Cook-Off was held on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Parking Lot 20 on the main campus. It included a full slate of student programs, Fiesta® royalty, food, cultural information booths, massages from the students of the college’s 500-hour Massage Therapy program, nonstop music in one-hour sets from Soulfruit, Stage One, Pain Casanova, Greg G, Latin Army Band, and Nic Dante.
Congressman Doggett Visits SPC Campuses
The highlight of Texas Dist. 25 Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s April 12 Alamo Academies orientation was a session with dozens of students of our Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Academy dual-credit program, the congressman and welcoming party leader St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston.
114th Anniversary Observance
Our March 1 two-part ceremony was a Bexar County Historical Commission tribute to our college’s role in the course of education in the oldest county in Texas and the successful 52–year leadership of our college by the late Artemisia Bowden (1879–1969). Guests at our March 1 event included commission members, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie and the Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge, bishop of the Diocese of East Texas.
King as King at Carver Library
Dr. Loston gave a speech entitled King as King for the Friends of Carver Library members during the Carver Branch Library's fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture in the library.
President's Photo Gallery 2011
Dr. Loston supports students at Kennedy Center
Dr. Loston joined a post-concert reception on the terrace of the Kennedy Center with students and concert host TONY® and GRAMMY® awards recipient Jennifer Holliday.
Bridgestone Firestone donation
Dr. Loston joined the Bridgestone Firestone team when the team visited to donate to the college's automotive program.
San Antonio Cares mentoring program
Dr. Loston and her young teammates win first place in a putt-putt tournament sponsored by San Antonio Cares Mentoring Program.
Cowboy Breakfast Foundation check presentation
Dr. Loston joins Cowboy Breakfast Foundation leadership as the foundation presents a $15,000 check for scholarships to students in the culinary arts program.
SPC Leadership Choir Performance
August 27, 2011
Members of the SPC Leadership Choir performed at the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer Breakfast on August 27.
Recognition for College Support
August 27, 2011
Dr. Loston was recognized for the College’s support of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church activities at the annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast.
Annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
August 27, 2011
Dr. Loston poses with organizers, participants and honorees at the annual Women’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
Silver Stars Etiquette Dinner
July 18, 2011
Silver Stars players Roneeka Hodges and Porsha Phillips joined SPC President Adena Williams Loston and local Girls, Inc. members at St. Philip's College to learn the finer points of dining etiquette.
Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE)
July 18, 2011
St. Philip’s College continues its quest for quality improvement in all its processes and programs. During 2010 the school prepared an application for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). It was recognized for its efforts at the Texas Quest for Excellence Conference June 27-28 in Irving with the Achievement Level, which acknowledges St. Philip’s College for encouraging and recognizing excellence.
Governor Perry Signs Veterans’ Bill at St. Philip’s College
July 14, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry signs SB 1736, which enables veterans to get college credit for their military experience. Adjacent to the Governor are Senator Leticia Van de Putte, SPC President Adena Loston and Texas Workforce Commissioner Ron Congleton, plus a group of military personnel present at the signing.
Dedication, Centers of Excellence
April 26, 2011
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston hosted the consolidated grand opening ceremony for the Center of Excellence in Science, the Center of Excellence in Mathematics, and the Alternative Energy Laboratory on the college's Southwest Campus.
April 14, 2011
The 2011 St. Philip's College CultureFest included more pageantry, Fiesta® royalty, and 35 student–run information booths that focused on the world’s cultures. Pictured are SPC President Loston and Fiesta Commission President Sam Steves.
Phi Theta Kappa 93rd Annual Convention
Picture: Dr. Loston with Dr. Risley, Executive Director of PTK
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April 8, 2011
Dr. Adena Williams Loston received the 2011 Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction presented to college presidents and CEOs at the 2011 Annual Convention of Phi Theta Kappa in Seattle on April 8. She was one of only nine presidents recognized nationally.
The Shirley B. Gordon Awards of Distinction are named in honor of the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, founder and President Emeritus of Highline Community College and Chair of the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors from 1988-2008.
Dr. Loston was nominated by the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for the Hallmark Award based on her support of the chapter and its activities as well as the college’s financial support of the chapter. She had previously received the Shirley B. Gordon award in 1999.
Phi Theta Kappa Honors Dr. Loston
Dr. Adena Williams Loston received a regional Award from Phi Theta Kappa.
April 1, 2011
St. Philip’s College celebrated 113 years of helping people attain their educational dreams with ceremonial cake for students, a tribute to AT&T’s for its gift of 25 works of original art from the company’s corporate art collection, and a scholarship golf tournament.
Renovated Library Opens at SW Campus
Dr. Loston and staff celebrate the opening of the newly renovated library at the Southwest Campus.
Honoring Artemisia Bowden
The Bowden Chapter of Professional Women presented a flag to SPC which had been flown at the U.S. Capital in honor of Artemisia Bowden's accomplishment.
2011 National Black History Month
February 1, 2011
One highlight of the college's 2011 National Black History Month lineup of 12 events was the 2011 San Antonio Symphony-in-Residence at St. Philip’s College with Damon Gupton, guest conductor, center, pictured with Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees Chair Gary Beitzel and Dr. Loston.
St. Philip's College programs receive EPA endorsement
February 10, 2011
During an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency field visit, press conference and roundtable hosted by St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson endorsed St. Philip’s College’s green academic programs, resource conservation efforts and technology innovations.
2011 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service program
January 17, 2011
St. Philip’s College concluded its 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service program of expanded opportunities for students and employees to support local scholarship initiatives, national financial literacy initiatives, civic events, and city operations. St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena is pictured with students.
President's Photo Gallery 2010
The San Antonio Chapter of the Links, Inc.
December 12, 2010
The San Antonio chapter of The Links, Inc. presented St. Philip’s President Dr. Adena Loston a $20,000 check to establish an endowed scholarship program. Pictured with Dr. Loston (center) are Carolyn James (left) and Mary Davis, President of the chapter.
Two Receive Honorary Degrees at St. Philip’s College Commencement
December 10, 2010
Dr. William C. Davis, professor emeritus, and Dr. Martha J. Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education and commencement speaker, received honorary associate’s degrees at the St. Philip's College commencement . Pictured with them is George Johnson (center), faculty senate president at St. Philip’s.
The SPC Leadership team members serenade employees during the Employee Holiday Celebration
December 2, 2010
The International Choir (SPC Leadership Team) graced both campus with their harmonic tribute to classic Christmas songs during the annual Holiday Celebration.
Administrative team members sing a praise song during St. Philip's Episcopal Church's Women's Prayer Breakfast
August 28, 2010
The group was pressed into emergency action during the church’s anniversary celebration and was asked to return and sing at the Prayer Breakfast.
Dr. Loston wins second place in San Antonio Area Foundation's "Renaissance Dancing with the Stars" competition
Picture: Dr. Loston with Renaissance
Dancing with the Stars Contestants
(More photos: Photo 2, Photo 3)
August 21, 2010
St. Philip‘s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was a dance contestant in the San Area Foundation Renaissance Dancing with the Stars which benefits the San Antonio Area African American Community Fund. The fund is an organized effort to raise grant-making dollars that are governed and administered by community residents from the San Antonio area for the purpose of improving the opportunities and lives of African Americans. The fund increases community participation and voluntarism, supports grassroots nonprofit organizations that effectively serve African Americans, and helps increase institutional responses to community needs.
Dr. Loston receives a "Green" Basketball at S.A. Silver Stars Game
August 20, 2010
St. Philip‘s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston received a “Green” basketball at the August 20 Silver Stars game from Russell Warren, Director of Business Operations for the Silver Stars. The team presented a “Go Green” environmental theme for the game. St. Philip’s faculty staffed information tables on the Concourse promoting our new programs, such as Power Generation and Alternative Energy.
The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. has a New Chapter
August 14, 2010
The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. chartered a new San Antonio chapter on August 14. The new chapter, called the San Antonio-Ruth Jones McClendon Section, is one of the largest chapters of this organization. Pictured at the event are Dr. Sherrie Lang, SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston, Dr. Sharon Crocket-Bell, Rep.Ruth Jones McClendon and Tracy Shelton.
SPC Receives Recognition From Quality Texas Foundation
June 8, 2010
The Quality Texas Foundation recognized St. Philip's College at the Texas Quest For Excellence Conference in Rockwall, Texas. St. Philip's College is one of 20 recipients from the foundation that helps Texas businesses, schools, hospitals, non–profits, and government agencies improve performance.
SPC Helps State Announce New Program to Maximize Credit for Service Member’s Military Experience
June 3, 2010
The Governor of Texas and Texas Workforce Commissioner Ronny Congleton visited St. Philip’s College June 3 to co–announce a $3 million workforce development initiative that maximizes credit for a service member’s military experience when they seek to obtain degrees, licenses, and employment within the state’s allied health care industry.
Middle Schooler Lunches with College President
May 21, 2010
Chynna Talamantez, pictured center, poses with Floresville Middle School Principal Jacquelyn Baker and SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston. Chynna won a lunch appointment with Dr. Loston when she attended St. Philip's College’s Women Breaking Through Conference on April 10. She said the conference allowed her to get familiar with different science fields and sparked her interest in forensics.
The program, a first at St. Philip’s, was a girls-only day of practical activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics designed to spark interest in the educational and professional opportunities available in those fields.
Secretary of Education Appoints SPC President To HBCU Capital Financing Advisory Board
March 18, 2010
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has appointed Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip's College, to serve on the Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) Capital Financing Advisory Board.
The advisory board members advise and counsel the U.S. Secretary of Education on the most effective, efficient means of implementing construction financing on Historically Black College and University campuses.
St. Philip’s College Awarded $2 Million Grant for a Solar Energy System
March 11, 2010
St. Philip’s College, one of the Alamo Colleges, was awarded a $2 million grant from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to install a 400 kilowatt grid-tied solar energy system on Building 1 of St. Philip’s College’s Southwest Campus, 800 Quintana Rd. The grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy and is intended to demonstrate the feasibility of producing electricity via renewable technologies in decentralized locations. CPS Energy, the major partner with St. Philip’s College on the grant proposal, will provide ongoing support until the system is connected to the power grid.
"This grant represents a tremendous opportunity for St. Philip’s College,” said President Adena Williams Loston. "The rooftop installation of solar panels will serve our college as a green laboratory. It will also serve as an essential component of our soon-to-be Center for Excellence in Science, it will produce energy for the college, and it will enhance our standing as an area leader in workforce education. Most importantly, we will engage our community in a component of our education.”
College President Speaks at Mayor's Commission on Status of Women International Women's Day
March 9, 2010
The Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women hosted its fourth annual celebration of International Women's Day on March 9, 2010. The conference involved more than 300 women from nonprofit, business and civic groups, who participated in a series of discussions aimed at leadership and education. The luncheon featured a welcome speech by Dr. Adena Williams Loston, shown here with keynote speaker Maria Hinojosa, National Public Radio's Latino USA Managing Editor and award winning journalist.
AT&T Donates $100,000 To Support Scholarship Programs at SPC
March 3, 2010
St. Philip’s College and AT&T* announced today a scholarship program aimed at workforce preparation, underwritten by a gift of $100,000 from AT&T through the Alamo Community College District Foundation. The contribution was presented to the college today as part of St. Philip’s College’s 112th anniversary celebration.
Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts has changed the name of its student-operated restaurant to Artemisia’s
March 1, 2010
In honor of Artemisia Bowden, the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts has changed the name of its student-operated restaurant to Artemisia’s. Under the direction of Miss Bowden for over 52 years, St. Philip’s underwent monumental transformation, evolving from parochial day school to industrial school to a fully accredited two-year college offering a diverse curriculum. Changes included a move in 1917 from the school’s original site to a new location just east of downtown, and an affiliation with San Antonio College and the San Antonio Independent School District in 1942 that marked the end of the College’s era as a private institution.
SPC President Receives 2010 Amazing Energy Award
February 25, 2010
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston is a 2010 recipient of an Amazing Energy Award from CPS Energy.
Dr. Loston accepted her award during the Feb. 25 Black History Month Banquet at the Bright Shawl in San Antonio.
Dr. Loston was recognized by CPS Energy as an educator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, remarkable talents, and Amazing Energy. Joining Dr. Loston as Amazing Energy Award recipients for 2010 were Mary Walker, Dr. Robert L. Jemerson, Rufus Miller, Milton B. Lee and Willie Davis.
President's Photo Gallery 2009
SPC Holds 2009 Presidential Scholarship Awards Banquet
September 29, 2009
The 2009 St. Philip’s College Presidential Scholarship Awards Reception and Banquet was held Sept. 23 at the new Center for Learning Resources building.
Five students were awarded scholarships based on a 4.0 GPA and an eight-month commitment to participate in a community service project. Recipients and guests were invited to the program that was hosted by St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston (third from left in photo) and her cabinet.
The 2009 St. Philip’s College Presidential Scholarship recipients receive $1,500 in the Fall semester and $1,500 in the Spring semester for a total of $3,000.
SPC Awarded Nearly $400,000 Grant from National Science Foundation
September 9, 2009
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $396,648 grant to St. Philip’s College to help recruit, retain and educate minority students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math through a program titled “Project GeNex: Educating the Next Generation of STEM Professionals."
“As the former Chief Education Officer for NASA, I experienced first-hand the incredible need and importance of directing more minority students toward high-tech careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM fields,” said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip’s College. “Today’s announcement provides the much needed resources to achieve our objectives and encourage more minority students to pursue STEM careers.”
SPC Receives $10,000 Donation from Cowboy Breakfast Foundation
July 14, 2009
The highlight of the recent Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Cowboy Breakfast reception at St. Philip’s College’s Upper Deck Restaurant was the presentation of a $10,000 check from the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation to fund scholarships for study in the hospitality professions at the college. The program included welcome, introductory and closing remarks by St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and desserts prepared by Culinary Arts program students. Participating in the reception were (from left) Interim Executive Director of Institutional Advancement for the Alamo Colleges Dr. Richard Drum, Alamo Community College District Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Jackie Van De Walle, President of St. Philip’s College Dr. Adena Williams Loston, Chair of the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation Chuck Christian, Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts department Chairman Mary Kunz, Dean of Applied Sciences Maureen Cartledge and Director of Institutional Advancement Jorge Trevino.
SPC President Receives Honor For Career Accomplishments from WNBA
June 26, 2009
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was one of four San Antonio women honored by the San Antonio WNBA Silver Stars basketball team during the team’s Inspiring Women Night presented by Frost Bank June 26.
SPC Completes Dedication Ceremony for Three New Buildings
April 29, 2009
Three new buildings for 10,000 college students in the San Antonio area were opened to the public for the first time during a dedication ceremony today at the Alamo Colleges-- St. Philip’s College Martin Luther King Campus. “The gateways to a lifetime of learning, opportunities and choices await our students,” St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston told the dedication audience as she gestured toward the new buildings. “These two new Centers-- Health Sciences and Learning Resources are connected in spirit and mission with the new Welcome Center that greets all students in one place, serving their multiple needs from admission and testing to graduation and transfer to other colleges and universities,” Dr. Loston said.
Alamo Colleges--St. Philip's College Receives $50,000 Donation From H-E-B
April 29, 2009
The $50,000 grant from HEB that will fund student scholarships at St. Philip's College reflects the partnership that has existed between the college and the grocery company over the years, both St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and HEB Public Affairs Director Dya Campos explained in remarks during the ceremony.
“What would any program be without the support of the business community?” Dr. Loston told the dedication ceremony audience. “Our college is honored to accept this award on behalf of our students,” said Dr. Loston. “HEB made this commitment to boost the retention and graduation rates of students who pursue their academic dreams at St. Philip’s College,” “Scholarship recipients will be required to engage in community service and to participate in programs on the college’s campuses that are related to their studies,” Dr. Loston said.
Graduation Ceremony Features Honorary Degree Presentation
May 1, 2009
St. Philip’s College spring 2009 graduation ceremony at Municipal Auditorium featured an honorary degree presentation followed by an evening of tribute to more than 375 students who walked the stage to accept their diplomas.
The ceremony was hosted by Alamo Colleges--St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and attended by Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce H. Leslie. The College presented an honorary degree to Ruth Jones McClendon, Texas State Representative, District 120. Ruth Jones McClendon also served as the guest speaker during the college’s 121st commencement program.
SPC President Inducted into San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame
March 29, 2009
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston (center) was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame when the Hall of Fame members observed their 2009 Induction ceremony and 25th Anniversary celebration March 28, 2009 at Pearl Stable. Co-presenters of the honor for Dr. Loston were Dr. Jacqueline O. Dansby (left) and Reba Malone (right). Dr. Dansby is president of the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame board of directors. Malone is director at large and chair of the 25th anniversary celebration.
SPC's Inaugural Scholarship Golf Tournament '09
March 3, 2009
St. Philip’s College hosted its Inaugural Scholarship Golf Tournament on March 3 at Pecan Valley Golf Club. Proceeds from the goodwill event will benefit student scholarships at St. Philip’s College.
On March 1 St. Philip’s College celebrated 111 years of helping people attain their educational dreams. St. Philip’s enrollment is more than 10,000 credit students and 5,000 non-credit or continuing education students. More than 70-percent of those students rely on scholarships or financial aid to achieve their educational dreams. Access to college financial resources is now more challenging, and all funds raised from this scholarship golf tournament will help.
President's Photo Gallery 2008
First Honorary Degree Awarded During 120th St. Philip's College Graduation
December 12, 2008
St. Philip’s College conferred 1,033 degrees and certificates during its 120th Commencement Ceremony Dec. 12 at Municipal Auditorium.
While graduating students totaled almost 300 with 145 faculty members and more than 3,000 guests and family members in attendance, the historic ceremonial first for the 110-year-old College was the posthumous award of an Honorary Associate of Arts Degree to Rev. G. Richard Thayer, III.
St. Philip's College President Delivers Keynote Speech for 2008 City South Leadership Academy Graduation Ceremony
December 8, 2008
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston delivered the keynote address during the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 City South Leadership graduation ceremony.
The graduation ceremony was the pinnacle of a nine-month leadership program. During the leadership training classes called an Academy Class the participants studied the class theme of Converting Potential Into Progress as they studied the dynamics of South San Antonio. The class also committed to aiding the Chamber in building stronger ties with schools, neighborhoods and churches in its service area---which includes St. Philip’s College. Working together the Class also raised enough money to fund seven $1,000 civics-based scholarships for college-bound seniors from Southside San Antonio high schools.
National Alliance of Black School Educators Honors St. Philip's College President
November 22, 2008
The nation’s premier association of Black educators honored St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston with the National Alliance of Black School Educators’ W.E.B. Du Bois Higher Education Award Nov. 22 during the Dr. Deborah Partridge Wolfe Annual President’s Reception and Awards Banquet in Atlanta.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (PRON: DEW-BWHAH) was an American civil rights activist and a founder of the NAACP. The W.E.B. Du Bois Higher Education Award is bestowed to individuals or organizations that promote or advocate higher education for African-Americans. The guest speaker during the Du Bois Award ceremony for Dr. Loston was Ambassador Andrew Young.
St. Philip's College President Honored By Local Fraternity
November 21, 2008
The San Antonio Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc. Fraternity honored St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston by presenting her with the Fraternity’s elite Purple and Gold Citizen of the Year Award.
Psi Alpha Chapter Basileus-President James Blair (at left in photo) and Houston businessman, former NASA space shuttle pilot astronaut and retired Marine Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr. (right) were among the notable Fraternity members who congratulated Dr. Loston (center) following the presentation that was part of the 2008 Psi Alpha Chapter Awards program Nov. 21 in San Antonio.
Dr. Loston inducted into one of world's largest Rotary Clubs
October 29, 2008
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was inducted into the Rotary Club of San Antonio Oct. 29 at the Bright Shawl.
“She was a fabulous selection,” said Rotary Club of San Antonio President, Patrick Tobin. “We are proud to have her join our club,” he said. “She is an example of selfless leadership, service and helping others make their dreams real,” Tobin said. “We need more members like her.”
Dr. Loston joins a diverse cross-section of business and community leaders in San Antonio who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives.
First Presidential Scholarship under College’s new leadership empowers students to serve others
October 23, 2008
Three students with 4.0 grade point averages, individual histories of community service and commitments to involve themselves in leadership and community engagement activities were awarded the St. Philip’s College Presidential Scholarship. The three inaugural recipients of the St. Philip’s College President’s Scholarship are (from left of St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston) Thomas Espinosa; Ava Delgado; and Jana Penniston.
“You embodied at the highest level the essence of what it means to earn and achieve a Presidential Scholarship,” St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston outlined for her audience and the first three recipients of her College’s scholarship program. “This is one of our College’s highest honors, one in which I give personal attention,” said Dr. Loston. “You agree to serve our community as described in your application packet and to share your experiences with me personally,” Dr. Loston said. “I look forward to our meeting, to answer your questions, and to provide you with mentoring support. There is no doubt that I will learn much from you as well,” said Dr. Loston.
SPC President Accepts Doctoral Achievement Award
October 15, 2008
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston (center) accepted a Doctoral Achievement Award during a ceremony sponsored by the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Dr. Loston was joined by program master of ceremonies Dr. Robert L. Jimenez, Chairman of Nix Specialty Healthcare (left) and Linda Burton, Chairman of the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (right).
St. Philip's College Honors ALAS Graduates
June 26, 2008
St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston (right) honored her college’s graduates from the 10-month Alamo Community Colleges Leadership Academy for Success program or ALAS. The program fosters employee development and student success. District-wide Selection Committee member and SPC Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness Mecca Salahuddin (left) also attended the ceremony.
St. Philip's College Will Award Degrees in New High-Tech, High-Wage Academy
May 30, 2008
St. Philip’s College begins teaching high school juniors and seniors in a new Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology academy at Sam Houston High School, said SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston during a press conference at the high school May 30.
As the new Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology academy graduates students, those graduates will come away with a college diploma and money from experience in high-tech, high-paying fields.
“St. Philip’s College is right here in the community,” said SPC President Dr. Adena Williams Loston. “We have every expectation that when students graduate, we would award the two-year degree from St. Philip’s College,” said Dr. Loston.
Sorority Inducts St. Philip's College President Into its Hall of Fame
May 23, 2008
St. Philip's College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston was one of six persons inducted into the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc., Educator's Hall of Fame during the educational sorority's 16th annual banquet May 23 at the San Antonio Airport Hilton Hotel.
The audience of 200 included two tables of Alamo Community College faculty, staff and administrators. Dr. Loston's award features shooting stars and a lamp of knowledge. Hall of Fame alumni with SPC connections include Olga Samples Davis (1997); Dr. Dollie Hudspeth (2001); Dr. Gregory Hudspeth (2001); Dr. Angie Runnels (2002) Dr. William Davis (2005) and Horace James Franklin (2008).
"We had a very good Hall of Fame evening," the sorority's Gamma Tau Chapter President Anita O'Neal said. "First and foremost our sorority members think of Dr. Loston as a leader," said O'Neal. "She is a college president. Her resume contains contributions and leadership skills that stand out. It was my pleasure to see her and thank her for her contributions," said O'Neal.
President Delivers Keynote Speech During Church Service for Porter Memorial CME Church
Dr. Adena Williams Loston, President of St. Philip’s College delivered keynote speech during church service for Porter Memorial CME Church. The theme for Sunday’s service was titled: “Steward and Stewardesses Day”.
St. Philip's College Celebrates Founding Church's Anniversary
May 4, 2008
The founding church of St. Philip’s College celebrated its 113th anniversary on Sunday, May 4th, 2008. St. Philip's Episcopal Church titled the event, “United In Christ 1895-2008”. The service included a sermon by the Archdeacon Milton Black and a family picnic.
St. Philip’s College President, Dr. Adena Williams Loston, presented a plaque to the church honoring the anniversary. The church established the college in 1898. On March 1st, 2007, St. Philip’s College celebrated its 110th anniversary.
St. Philip's College Recognized During Naming of New Science and Engineering Academy
St. Philip’s College was honored for its strong commitment to educating underserved students in the fields of math, science and engineering during a news conference and naming ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by the School of Excellence in Education. It asked St. Philip’s College to be its partner for its new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academy which will offer a rigorous curriculum for high school students and allow them to earn college credit from St. Philip’s while still in high school. “St. Philip’s College is proud to be a partner in this incredible program,” said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip’s College.
SPC President Salutes Artemisia Bowden on Texas Public Radio
March 17, 2008
Listen as Dr. Loston identifies her role model and shares thoughts on the historical leader of St. Philip's College Artemisia Bowden.
Dr. Adena Williams Loston Addresses Episcopal Diocese of West Texas
March 1, 2008
On behalf of St. Philip’s College and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Dr. Adena Williams Loston delivered a speech at the 104th Council Meeting of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas at Municipal Auditorium. Her presentation included a historical overview explaining how the College was founded by the Church on March 1, 1898 and that St. Philip’s College celebrated its 110th anniversary on March 1, 2008.
St. Philip's College Receives Six-Figure Grant From Port San Antonio
January 25, 2008
San Antonio's aerospace industry got a great liftoff. This week, St. Philip's College received a grant worth $139,000 from Port San Antonio, the aerospace and industrial complex located at the former Kelly Air Force Base.
The grant awarded to St. Philip's will be used to train employees for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of airplanes. This grant targets employees who primarily work for Chromalloy, Lockheed Martin and Standard Aero.
For nearly twenty years, the aircraft technology program at St. Philip's College's Southwest Campus has been a pipeline for skilled labor in San Antonio's aerospace industry. Many of St. Philip's graduates are now employed by various companies in the aerospace community.