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Black Friday Live – Aug. 24th w/Dr. Mateen Diop

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On this edition of Black Friday Live your host Keith Scott talks with Sam Houston High School principal Dr. Mateen Diop about the upcoming school year and his plans for the students.

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St. Philip’s College Features “Hidden Figures” Author

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St. Philip’s College celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a lineup of free programs. One of the highlights of the month is the college’s President Lecture Series at 11 a.m, Thursday, Sept. 20 which will feature Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.”

Shetterly tells the story of pioneering women — Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith, Barbara Holley and others — impacted defining movements of the American century: the Cold War, the Space Race, the Civil Rights movement and the quest for gender equality.

Shetterly is also founder of The Human Computer Project, an endeavor to recover the names and accomplishments of all of the women who worked as computers, mathematicians, scientists and engineers at National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from the 1930s through the 1980s.

Shetterly is a Hampton, Virginia native, and daughter of a longtime Langley employee. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, an entrepreneur, and an intrepid traveler who spent 11 years living in Mexico. Today, she lives in Charlottesville, VA.

The lecture will be at the Watson Fine Arts Center at the campus, which is at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive. Lecture admission and parking are both free, and lecture seating is available on a first-arrived, first-seated basis. Lecture seating reservations requests for large school, government and corporate groups are recommended and are accepted online now. Audience questions for Shetterly are being accepted online now and up to 48 hours prior to the lecture. Call lecture series committee chair Beautrice Butler at (210) 486-2670 for details on the lecture series.

To learn more, go here.

 

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St. Philip’s Students Give a Taste of Tex-Mex at France Food Event

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Eight students at St. Philip’s College will travel abroad in September to take part in France’s premiere foodie event and lead classes on the art and industry of Tex-Mex cuisine.

The student’s journey is a part of an international exchange program with partner institution, Lycee Guillaume Tirel culinary school in Paris. Along with faculty member Chef Patrick Costello, the students will take part in Gastronomy Week, a nationwide food event that hosts nearly two million visitors, 61,000 banquets and picnics, and 350 initiatives abroad. Because the St. Philip’s College-to-Paris program coincides with the start of the semester, only the most academically strong students can consider the opportunity.

“This year’s members are all first-time attendees, and all culinary program students from St. Philip’s College,” said Costello. “They are likely to meet a few of the students from Paris who have studied intensively with us at our campus in San Antonio with our booming culinary industry during the CultureFest and Fiesta season that occurs here each April.”

The four-year-old exchange program originally celebrated the international links the school in Paris has forged, and foreign delegations of students came from Germany, Canada, China, Cuba, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Portugal and San Antonio, to support a program that stressed the importance of international trade.

Chef Patrick Costello is the second faculty member to lead the college’s longest-running educational expedition for students in both San Antonio and France. He led eight SPC students on the journey in 2017. Additionally, the college hosted 15 French culinary students during the college’s CultureFest Fiesta event in 2017 for classes with Costello in fish preparation, and in Texas barbecue with award-winning alumni guest Chef Johnny Stewart. Those visitors learned the secrets of Stewart’s barbecue rig when it was parked on campus and fired up as a smoking, flavory training aid fit for teaching and learning secrets.

St. Philip’s College Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts department has been acknowledged with an Exemplary rating from the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission. St. Philip’s is one of only 25 schools worldwide with the commission’s Exemplary status. The program typically graduates 100 students annually, and an expansion is expected this decade when the college opens its $30 million Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center of Excellence building funded as part of an Alamo Colleges District bond package approved by voters in 2017.

To learn more about the St. Philip’s program, go here.

An archival image of St. Philip’s College exchange students in Paris with college faculty member Chef Patrick Costello (second row, right) to represent American culinary culture during France’s Gastronomy Week.

 

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