District Convocation Kicks Off New Academic Year
August 19, 2019
An enthusiastic crowd of Alamo Colleges District trustees, administrators, employees and faculty members celebrated the start of a new academic year at the 2019 District Convocation in San Antonio College’s (SAC) McAllister Auditorium.
SAC President Dr. Robert Vela welcomed all attendees to the college and recognized the keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Rendon, a SAC alumna. Board Vice Chair Joe Alderete, Jr. shared greetings from the board and noted the highlights from the past academic year. Alderete also extended thanks from the board for all that administrators, faculty and staff do to serve students and the community. Following his remarks, two soloists from Palo Alto College performed and then Student Trustee Alejandra Gomez introduced Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores.
Dr. Flores’ offered congratulations to all the colleges and DSO on winning the 2019 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He also congratulated St. Philip’s College, San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College and Palo Alto College for being named among the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. PAC earned extra kudos for being named a Rising Star by the Aspen Prize organization. Dr. Flores then provided the gathering with an update on AlamoPROMISE, the district’s new partnership to provide last dollar scholarships to eligible high school graduates in order to end poverty in the greater San Antonio region through education. He also shared information on the recently approved district budget, which focuses funding on student support and talent support. At the conclusion of his remarks, Dr. Flores introduced Dr. Rendon to deliver the keynote of the event.
Dr. Rendon, a professor at the University of Texas – San Antonio, shared information on her research, which focuses on access, retention and graduation of low-income, first-generation-in-college students. She was followed by a welcome and recognition of faculty by the Faculty Senate presidents. After the convocation concluded, Dr. Rendon conducted a break-out session that offered a more in-depth look at her research findings.