Town Hall at SPC

September 13, 2018

Public Information Officer

ST. PHILIP’S COLLEGE HOSTS CONVERSATION LED BY STATESMEN AND CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT CIVICS DURING NONPARTISAN PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY TOWN HALL

While an art element includes 20-year-old artist Yocelyn Riojas’ mural commemorating unity and diversity, all are encouraged to go virtual and view a stream or have a physical presence on the campus---or do both---for the college’s growing lineup of 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month events

One free nonpartisan town hall meeting for a projected large audience who will hear from two statesmen in the nation’s election season news has been added to the lineup of St. Philip’s College's 2018 120th Anniversary Hispanic Heritage Month lineup of free programs at two of the college’s campuses in September and October.

The Honorable Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke makes his St. Philip's College public event debut in his capacity as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 16th congressional district since he began serving his country as a representative in 2012. The Honorable Ted Cruz makes his second St. Philip's College public event appearance for 2018 in his capacity as a U.S. Senator since he began serving his country as a senator in 2012.

O'Rourke and Cruz lead a conversation of mainstream interest that offers an anticipated diverse audience both physical and virtual participation options. The 90-minute Prairie View A&M University Town Hall Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the college’s Campus Center Building at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive will be live-streamed on social media, with details announced from the college web page for the event. While event parking is plentiful and complimentary, all are encouraged to go virtual and view a stream or have a physical presence on the campus---or do both.

In the nation’s largest Hispanic-majority city, at the nation’s only college designated as both a Historically Black College and a Hispanic Serving Institution, the month as observed at the college is traditionally a mix of activities independently underway and activities identified or created by a college committee. An event where a few of the issues concerning the senatorial seat where Cruz is the incumbent and O’Rourke is the challenger in November will be discussed before constituents is one of the latest lineup additions for the observance. Details on the activities of both statesmen are featured in the Sept. 7 Texas Public Radio report Impact Of Pop Culture Moments On Ted Cruz-Beto O'Rourke Texas Senate Race by TPR capitol news reporter Ryan Poppe.

With the Sept. 19 town hall event, Prairie View A&M University launches its second 2018 project with St. Philip's College as a partner following the university's anchor role in San Antonio’s Eastside Tricentennial Celebration hosted at the college in May with Dr. Ruth Simmons---president of Prairie View A&M University and past president of both Smith College and Brown University. Simmons was joined by members of the Sam Houston High School Drumline whose alumni are both perennial outstanding students and alumni of both St. Philip’s college and Prairie View A&M University.

The town hall complements Weekly Voter Awareness and registration activities run during the observance by members of the college’s Future United Latino Leaders for Change to encourage students and staff 18 years or older to become a registered voter. According to the student Faceboook page, group members are “…trying to push the importance of voting and voicing your opinions to the younger generations on campus. We hope that by hosting voter registration drives at school and bringing the registration process directly to the students, they realize how loud their voices can be and how important they are in the community!” A mural created during the 2018 NAACP National Convention in San Antonio for display during the voting awareness events at St. Philip's College’s Turbon Student Center will help prospective voters brush up on unity and diversity this fall. The mural artist is Yocelyn Riojas and her debut project at the 120-year-old college as an artist-in-residence at the Austin-based organization Jolt Texas is themed Diversity is Resistance. Organizers are suggesting that the pre-and-post viewing experience of Diversity is Resistance can be enhanced by viewing the artist's work online, and thinking about diversity and voting in new, personal ways. For town hall attendees, the center where the art is displayed is within 500 feet of the town hall.

Here’s a brief look at the updated series calendar of free community events for 2018:

Now-Dec. 19 | Mondays-Thursdays 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Art Exhibition: Hispanic Contributions to the Visual Arts

The bevy of artists profiled by college archivist Rebecca Barnard ranges from Francisco Goya to Scherezade García

Exhibit Area of the SPC Center for Learning Resources | 1801 Martin Luther King Drive | Free | Contact Archivist Rebecca Barnard 210-486-2583 - Library Staff 210-486-7023

Now-Dec. 19 | Mondays-Thursdays 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Art Exhibition: Hispanic Contributions to the Visual Arts

The bevy of artists profiled by college archivist Rebecca Barnard ranges from Francisco Goya to Scherezade García

Library of the SPC Southwest Campus | Room C-132 of Building 1 | 800 Quintana Road | Free | Contact Archivist Rebecca Barnard (210) 486-2583 - Library Staff 210-486-7023 

Sept. 17 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kickoff Event with Tacos, Mariachis and More

Foyer of Building 1 | 800 Quintana Road | Free 

Sept. 17 | Noon

Kickoff Event with Tacos, Mariachis and More – Art installation by Latinx designer, illustrator, and resistance artist Yocelyn Riojas here | here | here | here

Turbon Student Center | First Floor | 1801 Martin Luther King Drive | Free 

Sept. 18 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Voter Registration hosted by Future United Latino Leaders for Change at St. Philip’s College with inspiring art by Yocelyn Riojas

Voting registration and conversation with students who are passionate about civics – Art installation by Latinx designer, illustrator, and resistance artist Yocelyn Riojas here | here | here | here

Turbon Student Center | First Floor | 1801 Martin Luther King Drive | Free

Sept. 18 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Voter Registration hosted by Future United Latino Leaders for Change at St. Philip’s College

Voting registration and conversation with students who are passionate about civics

Foyer of Building 1 | 800 Quintana Road | Free

Sept. 19 | 6-7:30 p.m.

Prairie View A&M University Town Hall conversation with The Honorable Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke and The Honorable Ted Cruz with inspiring art by Yocelyn Riojas

Conversation with statesmen and constituents who are passionate about civics – Art installation by Latinx designer, illustrator, and resistance artist Yocelyn Riojas here | here | here | here

Heritage Room of the Campus Center Building | 1801 Martin Luther King Drive | Free | Contact Adrian Jackson - 210-486-2712

Sept. 20 | 11 a.m.

St. Philip's College President’s Lecture Series with Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly

Guests will hear from and ask important questions of the entrepreneurial author currently working on numerous projects as she expands her Hidden Figures empire to new heights

Watson Fine Arts Center | 1801 Martin Luther King Drive | Free | Contact Series Chair Beautrice Butler - 210-486-2670

Sept. 25 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Voter Registration hosted by Future United Latino Leaders for Change at St. Philip’s College with inspiring art by Yocelyn Riojas

Voting registration and conversation with students who are passionate about civics – Art installation by Latinx designer, illustrator, and resistance artist Yocelyn Riojas here | here | here

Turbon Student Center | First Floor | 1801 Martin Luther King Drive | Free

Sept. 25 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Voter Registration hosted by Future United Latino Leaders for Change at St. Philip’s College

Voting registration and conversation with students who are passionate about civics

Foyer of Building 1 | 800 Quintana Road | Free

Oct. 2 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Voter Registration hosted by Future United Latino Leaders for Change at St. Philip’s College with inspiring art by Yocelyn Riojas

Voting registration and conversation with students who are passionate about civics – Art installation by Latinx designer, illustrator, and resistance artist Yocelyn Riojas here | here | here

Turbon Student Center | First Floor | 1801 Martin Luther King Drive | Free

Oct. 2 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Voter Registration hosted by Future United Latino Leaders for Change at St. Philip’s College

Voting registration and conversation with students who are passionate about civics

Foyer of Building 1 | 800 Quintana Road | Free

Oct. 4 | 10 a.m.

Best Tasting Salsa College Scholarship Competition: 11th Anniversary Edition – Art installation by Latinx designer, illustrator, and resistance artist Yocelyn Riojas here | here | here | here

Specialty food tasting during competition for scholarships to SPC with local high school chefs

Turbon Student Center | Second Floor | 1801 Martin Luther King Drive | Free

Oct. 9 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Voter Registration hosted by Future United Latino Leaders for Change at St. Philip’s College with inspiring art by Yocelyn Riojas

Voting registration and conversation with students who are passionate about civics – Art installation by Latinx designer, illustrator, and resistance artist Yocelyn Riojas here | here | here

Turbon Student Center | First Floor | 1801 Martin Luther King Drive | Free 

Oct. 9 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Voter Registration hosted by Future United Latino Leaders for Change at St. Philip’s College

Voting registration and conversation with students who are passionate about civics

Foyer of Building 1 | 800 Quintana Road | Free

Oct. 11 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

International Flag Traditional Dress Day – Art installation by Latinx designer, illustrator, and resistance artist Yocelyn Riojas here | here | here | here

All are invited to celebrate the people of the Americas by conversing while wearing clothing that honors all populations who reside in the Americas. Guests will enjoy fellowship while dining on the various rice dishes of the Americas as well.

Turbon Student Center | First Floor | 1801 Martin Luther King Drive | Free

For details, contact observance committee chair Nina McGrath, director, Academy of Fine Arts and Community Liaison, at 210-486-2704, nmcgrath@alamo.edu and see the observance season online in September at alamo.edu/spc.