SAC Alumna Patsy Torres
The gifted and versatile Patsy Torres is one of Tejano Music's most influential entertainers. She has been awarded numerous honors for her talent including being named as one of the "Top Female Tejano Stars" by
magazine and being inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame.
And she has also been lauded for her work in the community - inspiring school children to get an education.
Torres began performing while still in high school, using music as a way help pay for her future college education. After high school, Torres attended San Antonio College.
"I remember being so excited - and a little scared - on my first day at SAC," said Torres. "My plan was to take my basics, including sciences and math, to prepare for medical school."
While at SAC, Torres scored a number one hit from her first Tejano album which led to her being named "Female Entertainer of the Year" by the Texas Talent Music Association.
She received an associate's in science from SAC and later transferred to the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) where she earned a bachelor's in psychology.
Her career blossomed and she appeared on several national television programs. She also toured around the world bringing Tejano music to Germany, Spain, Japan, and China. Later, Six Flags Fiesta Texas contacted her to be a featured performer at the theme park and she entertained visitors for ten years.
Despite her busy career, Torres made time to give back to her home town. She became a popular motivational speaker at local schools, spreading the message on the importance of education. Her work with students inspired her Positive Force Tour, a musical drama that uses singing, dancing, and testimonials to focus on issues facing teens.
In the middle of her hectic schedule, Torres returned to UIW to earn a doctorate in Education and Organizational Leadership.
Torres has received many honors for her commitment to the community, including the Texas War on Drugs Outstanding Leadership Award and The LULAC National Presidential Citation of Community Service. In addition, she was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame.
"SAC helped lay the foundation for my future by not only providing the education for my science degree, but also preparing me for my university studies and exposing me to additional interests and skills I would continue to use throughout my life," said Torres.