June 28, 2002
1300 San Pedro Avenue • San Antonio, TX 78212 • 210-733-2147 • www.accd.edu/sac/pubrel/news.htm • Volume 8 Number 28
San Antonio College receives NSF grant
an Antonio College has received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for $332,194 aimed at increasing the number of associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering granted to minorities in South Central Texas. This effort is a response to a national decline in engineering preparation in high schools and engineering degrees earned in colleges. Dr. Dan G. Dimitriu, MSME, engineering coordinator, is the principal investigator. According to the American Association of Engineering Societies, the number of engineering degrees conferred has decreased by 20 percent in recent years, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reports a similar decrease in engineering degrees awarded in Texas. Local educators say only 15 percent of high school graduates are prepared to take college-level engineering courses, as noted by San Antonio Express-News reporter Matt Flores in an article last October. The goals of the grant are to enroll a minimum of 40 high school students in dual credit engineering or pre-engineering courses and 30 college students each
semester in one or more engineering courses offered on the Internet. Additional goals are to increase by 200 percent both the number of students who earn an associate’s degree in engineering at San Antonio College and the number of engineering majors at San Antonio College who transfer to four-year institutions. With the NSF funding, San Antonio College will establish dual credit engineering courses in at least five area high schools, train engineering faculty in distance education, and infuse engineering curricula with stateof-the-art technology. Retention strategies being implemented at San Antonio College with a Title V grant will be extended to include Hispanic and other minority students majoring in engineering. Also, articulation plans will be developed with UTSA, Texas A&M University, Southwest Texas University, and other institutions to encourage a seamless progression of engineering studies from high schools to San Antonio College to four-year institutions. For more information about the grant, contact Dan Dimitriu at 733-2836.
Tuesday, July 2 Staff Council Meeting 2:30 pm, VATC 120. Wednesday, July 3 Last Day to Complete Flex I Session Incomplete (I) Grades. Thursday, July 4 Independence Day Holiday COLLEGE CLOSED. Friday, July 5 Summer I Last Day of Classes Last Day to Withdraw from Summer Evening Classes. Monday-Tuesday, July 8 - 9 Summer I Final Exams. Friday, July 12 Summer II Classes Begin.
ACCD opens leadership center
SAC’s Urban Journalism Workshop trains and inspires next generation of journalists
an Antonio College’s 18th Annual Urban Journalism Workshop, held June 10-21, sparked an enthusiastic response from participants, including two recent high school graduates, Brad Candia, from Holmes, and Vangie Sandoval, from Harlandale. A class of 15 high school students attended the intense, two-week workshop for aspiring print journalists that included seminars with visiting experts and a day of “shadowing” staff members of the San Antonio Express-News. The workshop is one of 30 offered nationwide with a seed grant from the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Inc. Honors Sandoval was one of four students to receive an ACCD $1,500 scholarship. Other recipients were Emily Foley (O’Connor), Abbey Cedeño (Roosevelt),
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grand opening was held for the new Alamo Community College District Center for Leadership in Science, Mathematics & Technology, 201 W. Sheridan, Bldg. E, on June 12. The center provides a state-of-the-art facility for the ACCD’s science and math alternative teacher certification programs, science scholars and math scholars, and professional development in technology for K-12 teachers in Bexar County and surrounding school districts. The director for the center is Joan Drennan-Taylor. She can be reached at 208-8013.
Summer is a great time to learn!
Faculty and Staff
Build Your Skills at the Instructional Technologies Center For a schedule and registration, visit MLC 716 or www.accd.edu/sac/iic/Training/ default.asp or call 733-2188.
Vangie Sandoval and Brad Candia take a moment during the 18th Annual Urban Journalism Workshop.
Loland named Honoree of the Year Aspiring journalism students
resident Vern Loland was recently selected as the Honoree of the Year by the Sembradores de Amistad, which is dedicated to assisting students pursue a higher education. Loland was honored for his strong support of the organization and his leadership as president of San Antonio College, said outgoing Sembradores President Alex Bernal, English Department Chairperson. A few of the previous Honorees of the Year have included Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, W.W. McAllister, Sr., H.B. Zachry, Archbishop Patrick Flores, Henry Guerra, and Judge Raul Rivera. SAC was one of six colleges to receive a gift of $5,000 toward a scholarship endowment from the Sembradores’ contributions, with SAC's total endowment now at about $58,000. The endowment among all six colleges is about $500,000.
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and Adriana Torres (Harlandale). Torres also won a writing award and will join Rita Alvarado (Brackenridge), who won the photography award, to go on to national competition for the Dow Jones Scholarship. Attraction to Journalism Candia and Sandoval were initially drawn to the field of journalism for different reasons: photography and writing. “I’ve always had fun taking pictures,” said Candia, who took his first photography class when he was in the sixth grade. His newspaper experience includes work on the staffs of three school papers - in El Paso, Minnesota, and Holmes. For Sandoval, writing was the main attraction, as well as doing interviews. “I enjoy getting to know people. Everyone has a story,” she said. Sandoval became the editor of the Harlandale newspaper one year after taking her first journalism course. Learning Experiences “The workshop was very intense,” said Sandoval, who noted that in high school you always have other things to do, but in the workshop you are focused on journalism as a career. She found the environment made it easier to work on deadlines, and she also appreciated the hands-on experience. Candia also found the workshop to be worthwhile. “I started out set on just photography,” he said, “but this was mostly a writing workshop.” He discovered his sole focus on photography was more limiting than he had realized. Both students plan to enroll at San Antonio College this fall and pursue careers in journalism.
David J. Sams, photography alumnus who attended SAC in 1984-85, published his second photography book, Engulfed: A Photographic Celebration of People, Places and Fish Around the Gulf Coast. Sams is a contributing photographer for Field & Stream and T exas Parks & Wildlife magazines. In his inscription, Sams writes, “I hope this book will give inspiration to new photographers. Work hard!” He ends with “Thanks for the opportunity, SAC.” Sams also received praises for his book from Southern Living magazine. To see Sams’ photography, visit www.davidjsams.com. Congratulations to Spring 2002 Medical Assisting graduates Nannette Casteneda, Joe Garcia, Audry Lawton, Stephanie Leal, and Tia Gervin. A pinning ceremony which included special guest and former San Antonio Spur George Gervin was held in May. Congratualtions to graphic arts students Jeri Downey, Cathy Monroyk, Lesley Rodriguez, Kenneth Jimenez, Jeremy Arriola, and Albert Thomas who were each awarded $1,500 scholarships by the American Advertising Federation for their completion of a workplace internship. Carol Ann Britt was recently honored at the opening reception of the Fiber Arts Convention for her work of two embellished vests which were selected to be displayed in the Plano ArtCentre. The exhibit was part of the Fiber Arts Federation of Texas Show. Elaine Chalmers, former English tutor, received a $25,000 fellowship to work on her Master’s at UTSA beginning in the fall. Chalmers will study Texas Water Law and Justice Policy. The SAC Women’s Center was awarded the 2002 Endowment Builders Appreciation Award by the ACCD Foundation for its leadership in establishing the Ann Richards Scholarship for Women, which will be awarded for the first time this fall . Dr. Johnnie Rosenauer, Real Estate Program Coordinator, was recently awarded the Don Roose Award of Excellence during the 26th Annual Texas Real Estate Teachers Association Conference. The award has been given only seven other times in TRETA’s history. Rosenauer has taught at SAC since 1974. He is the author of several books and professional articles.
Teaching Excellence Awards
welve San Antonio College faculty members were recognized for their excellence in teaching by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), which is presented by the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas. Winners received medallions and recognition in the awards booklet during the NISOD Conference in Austin in May. The categories and faculty members chosen are: Counseling-Joseph D. Canteau, Professor; Learning Resource Center-Joan L. Alcott, Associate Professor; Arts & Sciences-Dr. Barbara J. Strain, Professor of Theatre & Communication, and Guillermo Campos, Professor of Foreign Languages; Occupational/Technical-Sylvia DeLeon, Associate Professor of Public Administration, and Richard W. Mosley, Professor of Protective Services; Adjunct Faculty-Linda Schule, Psychology, and Mario Torres, Government; Continuing EducationInstructors Debbie Breiten and Scott Guller; and 2002 Piper Professors-Bob Brown, Professor of Psychology, and Cathy Castillo, Professor of Child Development.
KSYM named best in S.A.
San Antonio College Update
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an Antonio College radio station KSYM recently won the S.A. Current Readers’and Editors’ choice award for the Best Music Radio Station in San Antonio. The Current said of the station: “When it comes to watts and budgets, KSYM is just a pup in the San Antonio radio scene, but in terms of quality and variety, it is one of the biggest dogs on the block. KSYM deejays play more kinds of music in a day than most radio stations play in their entire existence...” and, “It is a simple formula; if you let people who love music play the music they love, then others will listen.” In addition, the “Hillbilly Hit Parade,” a bluegrass music show by Hank Harrison, a community volunteer, won Best Local Radio Show. The show runs Sundays from 122 p.m. The Current says about the show, “Harrison’s down-home delivery and encyclopedic knowledge of American music make for a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”
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