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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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Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program

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As a highly regarded HBCU, Huston-Tillotson University (located in the heart of Austin, Texas) is proud to announce our Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program! 

The Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program, housed within Huston-Tillotson University’s African American Male Teacher Initiative funded by Apple Inc., provides one year of scholarship support to high-achieving HT freshmen who intend to pursue a career in Education.  

Scholars are selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance, demonstration of leadership, commitment to service, and dedication to pursuing a career in the Education field.  

Total award will cover all tuition, fees, room and board for an academic year. Scholarships are eligible for max three-year renewal, dependent on meeting scholarship requirements, persistence towards graduation, demonstrated financial need, and availability of funding.  

Who can apply? To be eligible to apply, applicants must:  

– Be a citizen, legal permanent resident, or national of the United States  

– Identify ethnically as African American, or Black  

– Identify as male – Classified as a Freshman  

– Be currently enrolled and in good standing at Huston-Tillotson University  

– Minimum 2.5 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale  

– ACT Composite Score of 18, or greater; or SAT score 900, or greater (Combined Evidence Based Reading and Writing, and Math)  

– Program of study in Education  

– Demonstrate a strong academic record and evidence of persistence  

– Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a passion for improving representation of underrepresented groups in the field of Education  

– Have demonstrated financial and unmet need as measured by the university 

Attached to this correspondence, you will find the Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Application as well as an informational flyer for announcement purposes. 

Questions may be directed to:   

Dr. Jennifer Miles, HTU’s Director of the Center of Academic Innovation; jpmiles@htu.edu 

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Where Will You Be For History?

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 marks the day for the 59th Inaugural Ceremony. This historical event has been witnessed by Americans for over 200 years. The moment marks the transition of power for the President and Vice President of the United States. From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to the present, the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies, the Swearing-In Ceremonies represent both national renewal and continuity of leadership. Several Inaugurations have held great importance and significance including the swearing in of Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th President of the United States, but what makes this year’s inauguration so remarkable? Well, as we reflect on the current time we are in; a divided nation where hate is at the forefront of the actions of many American citizens, COVID has devastated the population, historic election voting percentages have reigned, the inaugural events are closed to the public, and where gender and race have for far too long been the basis as to why some have been denied opportunities to fulfill “positions of power,” this milestone marks another step towards us becoming “one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.” Kamala Harris already made history when she was elected as the first Black and South Asian woman elected Vice President, however January 20, 2021 her role will be official and she will officially be Madame Vice President.

The ceremony traditionally begins with a procession to the capitol beginning about 11:00 ET. Harris will be sworn in first by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and Latina Justice appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. (She was nominated by President Barack Obama.). Joe Biden will be sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts followed by remarks from both.

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Remembering Mr. Clark

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Morgan Freeman portrayed him well in the 1989 classic film “Lean On Me.” He was the baseball and bullhorn toting, HNIC, firm and forward thinking principal of the then troubled Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey. Joe Louis Clark, the real ‘Mr. Clark’ a.k.a. ‘Crazy Joe’ died in his Florida home at the age of 82. He was loved and hated by his critics because of his actions and his untraditional methods used to clean house and turn the school around. Mr. Clark earned national coverage including President Ronald Reagan offering him a White House policy advisor position after his success at the high school.

Mr. Joe Clark changed the game and set the example for turning around failing urban schools by offering children, educators, parents and community hope while maintaining high expectations. He will forever be remembered especially in the lives of those he challenged and changed. RIP Mr. Clark.

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