September 23, 2015
Vol. 2, Issue 4
Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
Anna U. Bustamante
District 3

Vice Chair
Dr. Yvonne Katz
District 7

Joe Alderete, Jr.
District 1

Asst. Secretary
Clint Kingsbery
District 8

Denver McClendon
District 2

Marcelo S. Casillas
District 4

Roberto Zarate
District 5

Dr. Gene Sprague
District 6

James Rindfuss
District 9

Sami C. Adames
Student Trustee


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College Named Finalist for National Excellence Award 
Alamo Colleges  - San Antonio College's Empowerment Center has been named a finalist for Excelencia in Education's 2015 Examples of Excelencia Award.

The Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College (SAC) Empowerment Center has been named a finalist for Excelencia in Education's 2015 Examples of Excelencia Award. SAC was selected as one of only five finalists from all community college programs in the nation.

Examples of Excelencia is the only national initiative to identify and promote programs and departments at the forefront of advancing educational achievement for Latino students in higher education. As a distinguished finalist, SAC was recognized at Excelencia in Education's annual Celebracion de Excelencia on September 22 in Washington, D.C. The work of the Empowerment Center will also be featured as part of the Excelencia in Education's Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) workshop on Wednesday, September 23.

The San Antonio College Empowerment Center houses the Department of Services for Women and Non-Traditional Students (SWANS). The department provides a wide range of services for women and non-traditional student populations at the Alamo Colleges.

Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success in higher education by providing data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latinos, and by promoting education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement. 

Alamo Colleges - Northeast Lakeview College Speech Professor Honored with Starfish Award
Dr. Archie Wortham (r) is congratulated by Marlon Anderson, Director of Student Leadership and Activities, for his recent selection as the 2015 Starfish Recipient.

Dr. Archie Wortham, professor of speech at Alamo Colleges - Northeast Lakeview College (NLC), received the college's Starfish Award for 2015. The award is given to a faculty or staff member at NLC who has made a significant impact on a student or students. Nominations for the Starfish Award are written and submitted by students.

Wortham was nominated by Erik Veliz, a recent NLC graduate, who indicated that Wortham provided guidance and a sense of direction to many students at NLC. Mr. Veliz said, "I cannot thank Dr. Wortham enough for the positive impact he had on my life. He inspired me to maximize my full potential, broaden my horizons, and celebrate my successes. He truly is an encouraging professor and mentor."

Dr. Archie Wortham previously was recognized with the Spirit of NLC Award in December 2014. This award annually recognizes an employee who most exemplifies the values of NLC. Nominated by his peers, he was noted for his college leadership and continued support for the Men of Color in Education initiative. He continues to encourage young men of color to continue their education and find ways "to empower rather than enable" them.

The Alamo Colleges family congratulates Dr. Wortham for his continued efforts to positively impact student success.

A Student Dialogue and Listening Forum with Chancellor Leslie was held at Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College in spring 2015.

Alamo Colleges Hosts Student Forums with Chancellor Leslie

The Student Government Association and Student District Council invite all Alamo Colleges' students to attend any of the upcoming District-wide Student Dialogue & Listening Forums with the chancellor of the Alamo Colleges, Dr. Bruce Leslie. All forums are open to all Alamo Colleges' students district-wide! 

This series of forums is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor. These events will provide students the opportunity to engage with Dr. Leslie and other Alamo Colleges leaders in meaningful dialogue around strategies to improve student success district-wide. The Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College forum was held last spring. and the Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College forum was held September 16, 2015. Upcoming forums are scheduled for:

Wednesday, October 21, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Philip's College
Wednesday, November 11, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Northwest Vista College
Thursday, November 12, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Northeast Lakeview College
Thursday, December 3, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St. Philip's College Southwest Campus

The Alamo Colleges mission is: empowering our diverse communities for success. Our vision is: the Alamo Colleges will be the best in the nation in student success and performance excellence. The Alamo Colleges is one district with five community colleges serving more than 90,000 students annually from Bexar County and seven other counties in our service area. We provide an affordable, quality college education that leads to associate degrees, certificates and transfers to four-year universities. Hundreds of thousands of Bexar County residents who have come through the Alamo Colleges education programs are major contributors to the economy and culture of San Antonio.