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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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Charges Dropped

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Charges Dropped Against Black Teacher Who Punched White Student Who Called Him the N-Word

Maywood, CA — Marston Riley, a 64-year old Black teacher who was arrested on charges of child abuse after he punched a student who was yelling racial slurs at him, has had the charges against him dropped a year after the incident.

The incident happened last year when Riley asked a 14-year old white student to leave the classroom at Maywood Academy High School because he was not wearing the proper uniform. The 14-year old student then went to Riley and began yelling racial slurs and calling him the n-word.

In a cellphone video captured by other students, Riley can be seen calm despite the disrespect of the student, who even threw a basketball at him. The student continued taunting him until he decided to punch the student in the face. School staff members had to pull them away.

Riley was initially arrested and charged with child abuse and causing great bodily injury to a child. He was also forced to retire. But many of his colleagues, as well as the students and their parents, came to his defense.

A GoFundMe campaign titled For Mr. Riley (Teachers Deserve Respect) has been set up to donate for his bail and lawyer expenses. Even after he was released, he received outpouring support and raised $191,795.

Most recently, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office decided to drop charges against him citing the circumstances of the incident, the teacher’s age, and that the defendant did not have a criminal record. He also completed a 10-week anger management course.

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Now Accepting Applications

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Apple’s $40 Million HBCU Scholarship Program is Now Accepting Applications For 2019-2020

Nationwide — The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Apple is proud to present the Apple HBCU Scholars Program. Applications are open to outstanding students attending HBCUs with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and are currently working towards a degree in an undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D. program.

Selected Scholars will participate in a 12-week internship during the summer, and will receive a need-based scholarship award that will be applied to the academic year immediately following their internship period.

Each scholar will have an Apple mentor throughout their experience, receive an opportunity to develop key skills, enhance their resumes, and help launch their careers through the hands-on experience gained at one of the top tech companies in the world.

This highly competitive program has opportunities for students in a variety of disciplines. The selection process aims to assess critical soft skills that enable success in their program, coupled with technical ability. They are looking for individuals that have analytical abilities, the ability to articulate ideas, the ability to learn new concepts, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and more.

Applicants must be highly motivated, persuasive and candid, focused on results, team players, and must possess sound judgment and critical thinking skills.

For more details and/or to apply, visit:
www.blackscholarships.org/2018/09/apple-40-million-hbcu-scholarship-program-summer-internship.html

For hundreds of other 2020 scholarships for African American students, visit www.BlackScholarships.org

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Inspiration For Black Boys

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Nationwide — Dr. Dale Okorodudu is on a mission to inspire a generation of Black boys and girls to consider Medicine as a career option. It’s likely you’ve heard about his Black Men In White Coats Summits, but has launched a new children’s book series called Doc 2 Doc.

According to Dr. Dale’s Facebook page, “I woke up one morning and wanted my kids to read a book about Black boys interested in something other than sports. I thought…it’d be nice for them to read about kids interested in science & medicine. Well…I couldn’t find a book for them to read…so I made it for my kids and yours!”

By grabbing kids’ attention in a colorful way, the Doc 2 Doc series promises to complement a long list of initiatives led by Dr. Dale and his team to increase diversity in the medical workforce. It is written for children ages four to eight and exposes them to basic concepts in the medical field while teaching them simple biology.

It’s clear that our community is dying to get their hands on this series. When Dr. Dale posted this on his social media accounts, the book shot up to become an Amazon best-seller in two categories even before it’s official release date.

“It’s not even about pushing kids into the field of medicine,” Dr. Dale says. “I don’t even push my own kids to do that. I’m just showing them there are other cool things they can pursue beyond what they see on TV. Medicine just happens to be one of those.”

For more details or to order a copy of the first book in Dr. Dale’s Doc 2 Doc series, visit Amazon.com.

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