Academic Advising

ACADEMIC ADVISING DEPARTMENT STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

The mission of the Advising Department is to help students with all of their academic pursuits. For distance education learners, you can find contact information for the advisor specific to your degree plan (or assigned advisor found on your ACES my page account). Advisors are available to assist students with completing academic pathways for career mobility and or transfer to a university of choice.

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How do I identify who my advisor is? 

Want to get on the right educational pathway? Want to prevent delays at registration? Identify who your certified advisor is by logging into your ACES account and following these simple steps:

  1. Log into ACES
  2. Click on the My Page tab (5th tab from the left)
  3. Under Academic Profile (on the left) select the current term & press Go
  4. Your advisor's name will appear under the "Advisors" title
  5. Schedule your appointment by:
    • checking your ACES email for an email from your advisor
    • contact the advising office by visiting the Welcome Center at Martin Luther King or Building 1 Room B172 at Southwest campus
    • contact the advising office by phone at 210-486-2008 at Martin Luther King or 210-486-7281 at Southwest campus

Be sure to always check your student email as you will be receiving periodic emails from your assigned certified advisor with important information. Students are assigned an advisor within the first week of the start of the term. If you are a new student, please send an email for assistance to spc-advising@alamo.edu.

What is advising and why is it important?

Advising offers students an opportunity to identify an academic pathway, utilizing an advising syllabus, to promote the completion of their educational goals.  Students that utilize advising graduate faster, spend less time and money on courses that are not needed, and are more engaged in the college experience.  
 
Check out the advising syllabus at SPC to equip yourself with various policies, procedures, and resources.

What is an "Institute" at St. Philip's College

We’ve organized all our programs and courses into six Alamo Institutes that match students’ areas of interest with career goals giving you a clear path to the career goal you have in mind. It’s designed to help you take control of planning for your future. This new approach will save you time by guiding you to take only the courses you need, either to be job-ready when you graduate from one of the Alamo Colleges or to transfer to a university. It also saves you money, because you don’t pay for courses you don’t need or take more credit hours than you need to graduate or transfer.

Take a peek at what the Institutes are all about. 

Post-assessment advising and refresher courses

First time in college and transfer students without proof of completed post-secondary coursework must take a common entrance exam to determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.  As of August 26, 2013, an institution of higher education shall use the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment as the only approved assessment instrument for all students attending a public college.

Post-assessment advising, on campus, occurs with a certified advisor.  For distance education learners, Alamo ONLINE is available for post-assessment advising needs.  Go to https://www.alamo.edu/online/ to secure information regarding distance education learner testing opportunities and post-assessment advising.  This assessment provides the student the opportunity to identify their options for retesting, refresher and/or registration based on their declared educational pathway. 

Refresher courses are required for students that place into developmental levels, based on their TSI assessment results.  Refresher courses are free and provide a second opportunity to move into a higher developmental course or college-level classes.  Students completing post-assessment advising will be required to register for New Student Orientation.

How can I create my Mission Statement

A personal Mission Statement is critical to your success as a student at St. Philip's College. The development of your mission statement will assist you in identifying your skills, abilities, and interests and how they relate to your values and principles toward the career you wish to pursue. 

Once completed schedule your appointment with your advisor via your ACES portal.

Take a peek at the attachment to better assist you in the creation of your mission statement. 

FIND YOUR CERTIFIED ADVISOR

Students are assigned a Certified Advisor by Census day of the currently registered semester. You can identify who your certified advisor is by logging into your ACES account and following these simple steps:

  1. Log into ACES
  2. Click on the My Page tab
  3. Under Academic Profile (on the left) select the current term & press Go
  4. Your advisor's name will appear under the "Advisors" title

New or returning students can seek assistance in person on campus or via email at spc-advising@alamo.edu. Per College policy, e-mails must be sent from your Student ACES email. Student Banner ID numbers are required in all communication.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Certified Advisors are committed to helping students be successful by providing quality service, support, and encouragement to you on campus and in a Remote Learning environment.

Hours Effective August 30th for the Fall 2021 Semester:

Monday:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday:  8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
First Saturday of each Month: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR ADVISOR

All currently enrolled students are assigned a Certified Advisor. Advisors are available to meet face-to-face, by telephone or via Zoom. Appointments for advising are required. See below for instructions on how to schedule an appointment with your advisor.

    • Log in to your ACES Account
    • Click on the "Start Here" tab
    • Select the "Alamo NAVIGATE" icon
    • Click "Login"
    • Select the "Appointments" tab
    • Select "Schedule an Appointment"
    • Select the Reason for your appointment and hit Next
    • Select the Location and hit Next
    • Select the Type of Appointment, Day, and Time that works for you and hit Next
    • Enter your request in the Notes box

DROP-IN ADVISING

Drop-in advising offer students the ability to meet with an advisor for brief advising guidance. Advisors are available for the following drop-in services:

  • Assistance with general questions
  • Assistance with identifying resources to support your success
  • Assistance in completing Change of Primary Institution or Change or Program/Field of Study requests

Effective September 7th, Drop-in Advising services will be available on-campus only. New or returning students not assigned an advisor are encouraged to participate.

Drop-in Hours of Operation August 30th-December:

Monday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.*
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
First Saturday of each month: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(*excludes November 24-25)

MEET YOUR CERTIFIED ADVISOR

Creative & Communication Arts Institute

Konnie Harper-Thompson

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2254 | Email: kharper-thompson@alamo.edu

Business & Entrepreneurship Institute

Yolanda Ward

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2142 | Email: yward@alamo.edu


James Satchell

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2088 | Email: jsatchell@alamo.edu


Joseph Hernandez

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2298 | Email: jhernandez31@alamo.edu

Health & Biosciences Institute

Frances Calderon

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2584 | Email: fcalderon4@alamo.edu


Irma Lopez

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2456 | Email: isanchez17@alamo.edu


Tricia Mc Elligott

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2295 | Email: tmcelligott@alamo.edu


Teresa Hopwood

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2484 | Email: thopwood2@alamo.edu


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Shannon Johns

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2662 | Email: ssczech1@alamo.edu


Doug Gable

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2799 | Email: dgable@alamo.edu


Juan Venegas

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2804 | Email: jvenegas21@alamo.edu


Luis Sanchez

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2134 | Email: LSanchez372@alamo.edu

 

Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Institute (Automotive Technology Only)

Kim Brown

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2380 | Email: kbrown286@alamo.edu


Konnie Harper-Thompson

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2254 | Email: kharper-thompson@alamo.edu


Christine Sauceda

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2466 | Email: csauceda1@alamo.edu

Public Service Institute

Christine Sauceda

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2466 | Email: csauceda1@alamo.edu

Science & Technology Institute

Meredith Bess

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2147 | Email: mbess@alamo.edu


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Brandy Burrell Lewis

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2690 | Email: bburrell3@alamo.edu


Gloria Jose

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2684 | Email: gjose@alamo.edu

Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Institute - Southwest Campus

Blair Hannon

Certified Advisor

Location: SWC - Industrial Technology Center (ITC), Building 1, B172L | Direct: 210-486-7043 | Email: bhannon@alamo.edu


Jennifer Salmeron

Certified Advisor

Location: SWC - Industrial Technology Center (ITC), Building 1, B172L | Direct: 210-486-7046 | Email: jleal@alamo.edu


Sarah Ramirez

Certified Advisor

Location: SWC - Industrial Technology Center (ITC), Building 1, B172E | Direct: 210-486-7020 | Email: sramirez260@alamo.edu


Carlos Solis

Certified Advisor

Location: SWC - Industrial Technology Center (ITC), Building 1, B172C | Direct: 210-486-7099 | Email: csolis@alamo.edu

International Office

Meredith Bess

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center | Direct: 210-486-2147 | Email: mbess@alamo.edu

International Student Services

Veterans Affairs Office

Tony (Lawrence) Gable

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center, RM 205 | Direct: 210-486-2521 | Email: lgable@alamo.edu


Vincent Garcia

Certified Advisor/Certifying Official VA

Location: MLK - Welcome Center, RM 205 | Direct: 210-486-2522 | Email: vgarcia365@alamo.edu


Alicia Stolte

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Welcome Center, RM 205 | Direct: 210-486-2088 | Email: astolte2@alamo.edu

Visit the St. Philip's College Veterans Affairs website at alamo.edu/spc/veterans-affairs or call 210-486-2111.

Disability Services

Margaret Houser

Certified Advisor

Location: MLK - Sutton Learning Center, Room 102 | Direct: 210-486-2411 | Email: mhouser@alamo.edu

Visit the St. Philip's College Disability Services website: alamo.edu/spc/disability-services

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is an opportunity for all students to attend a session to understand the college lingo, college resources, and the college policies/procedure here at SPC.

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