Texas A&M-SA provost steps down following reports on budget deficit, enrollment concerns
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mike O’Brien has stepped down from his post “effective immediately,” according to an email University President Cynthia Teniente-Matson sent to faculty and staff Thursday. The provost’s comments about a $4 million budget shortfall at a Nov. 22 faculty town hall were central to KSAT and other media outlets’ recent reporting.
College Great Graduates 2021: Gustavo de la Fuente, Texas A&M University San Antonio
Gustavo de la Fuente comes from a small town in the Rio Grande Valley. He was raised by a single mother who immigrated from Mexico when she was a little girl. “It was really difficult for her, quite honestly, for her raising us. But she really persevered and she gave us all the options she could that she didn’t have.” Gustavo said.
New bill would mandate more polling locations on public college campuses in Texas
SAN ANTONIO – A new state bill proposes a mandated number of polling sites each election cycle on public college campuses. How to get involved in the Texas redistricting processAmber Mills just graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in December. Mills said UT Arlington, with a total enrollment of almost 50,000, only had one polling location. “I do have some friends, for example, that went to the University of North Texas, and they don’t have an on-campus polling location. AdMills hopes the bill will help mandate consistent polling sites for every election, big and small.
Your grades aren’t the only factor future employers care about
ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – What do employers look for in recent graduates? The National Association of Colleges and Employers took a survey and found out your grades aren’t the only factor they care about. From sports, to something a little more cultured, or cerebral, what your child does now may help them land their dream job in the future. “They’re looking for people who can look at things outside of the box,” said Perez. To receive a free weekly email on Smart Living from Ivanhoe, sign up at: http://www.ivanhoe.com/ftk
Palo Alto College receives ‘eight figure’ donation from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott
SAN ANTONIO – When Palo Alto College President Dr. Robert Garza learned Monday that the college had received what he called an “8-figure donation” from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, he initially thought it was a joke. ”I couldn’t believe my ears because I said, ‘You know, this doesn’t happen for community colleges,’” Garza said Wednesday. Garza said students will be the priority for the use of the funds. ”In about three years, Palo Alto College will be opening up a new dental hygiene program,” he said. Other organizations in Bexar County receiving funds from Scott include the San Antonio Food Bank, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, LIftFund, Goodwill Industries and the YWCA.
Texas A&M University-San Antonio program helps foster, adopted youth succeed through college
SAN ANTONIO – Fernando Jacquez is one of the first students to graduate from Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s Fostering Assistance, Transitions & Education (FATE) program, which aims to help Bexar County foster and adopted youths earn a college degree. New program helps foster care youth aging out of system prepare for adult lifeThe program started in November 2019 and aims to increase college admission and graduation rates of foster and adopted youth. “When we age out of foster (care), you know, we come out of foster homes, it’s like, well, you know, goodbye,” Jacquez said. And I said, ‘Well, aren’t you using the waiver?’” said Norma Davila, foster care support coordinator at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Thanks to the program, Jacquez learned more about a waiver provided by the state that helps pay for education for youths who go through the foster care system.
Colleges, universities see modest changes in fall enrollment due to COVID-19 pandemic
Eric Maloof, vice president of enrollment management at Trinity University says enrollment numbers are stable. Mike Flores, chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District, says the district is on target to reach last year’s enrollment numbers. “We have welcomed back the same number of students this fall that we had in fall of 2019. St. Mary’s University issued the following statement:“In May, St. Mary’s University anticipated a 10% decline in enrollment in accordance with national enrollment predictions. Graduate enrollment increased 20.3% and Law enrollment increased 1.9% compared to Fall 2019.”
Alamo Colleges offers aid to students struggling to make ends meet
Gmez sits on the Board of Directors as the Alamo Colleges Student Trustee to help develop communication between students and the board. Gmez worked to educate students on resources available to them to make ends meet through the Alamo Colleges Foundation. Students such as Alejandra Gmez have received hundreds of dollars from Alamo Colleges' COVID-19 Student Impact Fund. I think that things like that are incredibly important for the mission that they have here at Alamo Colleges. If youre a student enrolled at Alamo Colleges and want to apply to the COVID-19 Student Impact Fund, click here.
Did you know your childs health information can be kept from you? Heres how to not let that happen
Getting important medical information on college-aged kids was perhaps once thought of as nothing more than a permission slip parents used to sign. On the contrary, they are far more important, and its not the parents doing the signing now. Doctors or other medical personnel have the right to withhold information from parents due to the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, otherwise known as HIPAA. HIPAA authorizationA student signing a HIPAA authorization form allows medical personnel to disclose health information to anyone specified, whether its a parent or another adult. Students can stipulate not to have certain information disclosed that they want to keep private, such as mental health, drugs or sex.
College Graduates 2020: Brittanie Rivas
SAN ANTONIO St. Philips College is celebrating the accomplishments of graduate and Army veteran, Brittanie Rivas. Rivas enrolled at the East Side campus as her first step towards helping others. During her time at St. Philips, Rivas accomplished another dream: starting a family. Through the help of professors, Rivas was able to adjust to a new standard to earn her pre-nursing degree from St. Philips College. Army veteran, Brittanie Rivas, enrolled at St. Philips College to pursue a degree focus on helping others.
UTSAs classes to be mostly online in fall semester, tuition wont change
SAN ANTONIO As the fall semester nears, University of Texas at San Antonio is finalizing its plans on how students will go back to class. Classes will begin as scheduled on Aug. 24, and all instructional activities after Thanksgiving break will be conducted online, including finals exams. The university also reaffirmed its commitment to foreign students after Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students taking fully online courses would risk deportation. Residence and dining halls will remain open throughout the semester and the fall tuition rate will remain unchanged, according to the university. Some mandatory fees may be adjusted pending final decisions regarding campus services, according to the information.
ICE: International students will have to leave country if in-person classes are online only
WASHINGTON, D.C. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday that international students, or nonimmigrant students within the United States, are prohibited from taking a full course of study through online classes. ICEs decision argues that visa requirements for students have always been strict and taking online-only courses has been prohibited. Additionally, even if international students elect to take in-person classes, there is no guarantee universities will be able to continue to offer them throughout the semester or year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to COVID-19, ICEs Student and Exchange Visitor Program instituted a temporary exemption regarding online courses for the spring and summer semesters. The policy permitted nonimmigrant students to take more online courses than normally permitted by federal regulation to maintain their nonimmigrant status during the COVID-19 emergency.
2 new local businesses in one space | SA Live | KSAT 12
2 new local businesses in one space | SA Live | KSAT 12Published: June 20, 2020, 9:57 amHot new place opens up by the University of Texas San Antonio. The Study Space is a fun new place to hang. They have a full coffee bar, restaurant and full bar. Don't forget about Dario's Bakery that just opened up inside. Chef Dario serves up a delicious key lime pie for summer.
These are the colleges reporting coronavirus cases within their athletic programs
CNN – The list of athletics programs in universities across the US reporting coronavirus cases is growing. See the list of impacted schools below:Arkansas StateSeven athletes from three of the school's sports programs tested positive in early June. University of AlabamaSeveral University of Alabama football players tested positive for coronavirus in early June, according to multiple reports, including Sports Illustrated and AL.com. University of Central FloridaOf the 60 football players that returned to campus, three tested positive for coronavirus. The people who tested positive must go into isolation, according to protocol established by the department and medical staff.
A teen who spent 10 hours cleaning up after a protest is rewarded with a car and a college scholarship
Matt Block saw Gwynn's story on the news and decided to give him his prized 2004 red Mustang convertible. Block, 27, told CNN the car is one he wanted since he was a child, but these days he is only using it occasionally. He saw Gwynn ask for some car buying advice on Facebook, and Matt decided to offer up his sports car. We just need to get together our whole city and show people how there's so many good people here," Briceland told CNN affiliate WKBW. After high school, Gwynn had planned to go to trade school while saving up to go to college.
New course all about Selena’s legacy, Mexican-American culture at University of Texas at San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – Selena is the latest music icon to have a course dedicated to them at a university. UTSA is now offering a class about the queen of Tejano music as part of its Mexican-American Studies courses. The class will be taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio by Professor Sonya Alemán, who’s part of the Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies. AdAlso, it was important that Latino youth learned about Mexican-American culture and history, she said. See KSAT’s hourlong documentary special about Selena’s legacy below.
Warren High School seniors mark National Decision Day with a parade
SAN ANTONIO – With horns honking and students cheering, a parade of vehicles snaked its way around the Warren High School campus Friday morning. Seniors were observing National Decision Day, a deadline for them to announce their college, university or military branch of choice. During the procession students paused to announce their choice to faculty members on hand to view the parade. “We don’t get prom, Senior Skip Day,” said Senior Marco Guzman. “This is a great thing to celebrate and this pandemic is causing us to be very creative.”