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ST. PHILIP’S COLLEGE’S OLDEST ALUMNA

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SAN ANTONIO (May 17, 2019)—At 121-year-old St. Philip’s College, 105-year-old Gertha Murphy is considered a special person on the timeline.

Murphy is the granddaughter of a former U.S. slave and a 1936 alumna of a college that was originated in 1898 for the daughters of former U.S. slaves.

She went far with her degree, and she is also an A-plus inspiration to students, hard workers and activists of all ages.

In addition to graduating from St. Philip’s College, Murphy worked in civil service for 27 years and became an alumna of Incarnate Word University when she was 60 and graduated in 1980 with a degree in early education.

A fixture at SPC homecoming events for her status and her achievements, St. Philip’s College ceremonially honors Murphy in real-time on May 20 at noon in the Artemisia Bowden Alumni Center on the third floor of the college’s G. J. Sutton Learning Center at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive.

The RSVP-to-attend event features complimentary admission and parking. Email RSVPs to scrockett-bell@alamo.edu or voicemail to (210) 486-2887 this weekend. The event that starts at noon will start slowing down at about 1 p.m., when guests and media can talk with Murphy from 1-1:15 p.m.

Murphy received her first college degree when she graduated from the 121-year-old college in 1936 and is currently 105 years of age. She has seen every one of the college’s presidents and is aware that she is the oldest living alumna of the oldest college in the Alamo College’s District system—the first system to earn the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The event will be part of ongoing SPC efforts to express “Our Win is Your Win” to the community it serves.

Murphy was in the news in 2017 as a guest during San Antonio Housing Authority’s ribbon cutting ceremonies in celebration of the first phase of East Meadows, a $41.7 million development containing 215 apartments that is successfully nearing completion. Through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, the Wheatley Courts became a part of a community-wide revitalization effort started in 2012 to transform the Eastside of San Antonio into a viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhood. St. Philip’s College is the original educational partner in the project and Murphy is among college alumni who were former residents of the Spartan original property that served generations from the start of tenant operations in 1941 until it was vacated in 2014 and demolished in 2015. East Meadows’ first phase, a $41.7 million development containing 215 apartments, was built where the old Wheatley Courts public housing complex of more than 400 units existed at 906 N. Mittman St. near the St. Philip’s College campus for 65 years. The new development is a step toward transforming the surrounding neighborhood into a new master-planned, safe, sustainable, energy-efficient, mixed-income community, with a fairer share of the area’s higher-quality schools, health care, transportation, and access to jobs. The area is now among the top ten fasted gentrifying properties in the nation. According to a 2017 news report, 103 year old Gerta Murphy lived at Wheatley Courts until the mid-1950s. “When they opened Wheatley Courts, it was so exciting. As soon as I got a job, I moved out. I hope they take good care of it because they are beautiful,” Murphy told reporters at the time.

Marsha Hall is the assistant to Dr. Adena Williams Loston who is the president of the college that honors Murphy on May 20.

“She went back to college and started a new career teaching Pre-K for Harlandale ISD for six years. That’s a testament to her capacity to serve. She moves and does what she wants to do at 105. She is a powerhouse,” said Hall.  

According to articles by San Antonio Express-News writer Vincent Davis, “Murphy is among a select, but growing, group of people worldwide — they have celebrated their 100th birthday. The offspring of parents born in the 1800s, they have witnessed the world evolve from horse-drawn buggies to rockets soaring in space to pocket-size computers called smartphones…. Murphy’s mother was 107 when she died; two aunts were 94 and 101. “Longevity is given by the Lord, it’s up to him to determine how long you’re going to live,” Murphy says. “He’s looking down on me and blessing me.” “

Murphy also enjoys virtual and physical lifestyles, and would fit in as an online student at the college today if she so chose.

This lifestyle was once described in an archival San Antonio Express News report, “Murphy does geriatric aerobics twice a week at the YMCA. She shops at the grocery store, cooks for herself, eats chicken, fish and many vegetables. In her spare time, she sends emails, and she has a Facebook account… “If you settle into getting old and start shrinking back and not trying to learn things, you stop growing,” Murphy says.

Archival Image courtesy SPC)

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Applications open for positions on the Small Business Advisory Commission

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Applications are open for the Small Business Advisory Commission and can be found online using the City’s web-based application for boards and commissions at: https://webapp9.sanantonio.gov/BoardCommApplication/vacanciesApply by April 21 for priority review­­­­­­­­­­­­­.  


The mission of the Small Business Advisory Commission is to review upcoming policies, regulations and issues affecting small businesses, outside of the SBEDA Ordinance, and provide recommendations to City staff, Mayor and City Council.

The newly established Small Business Advisory Commission will consist of 15-members, of which 11 positions will be Mayor and Council District specific appointments and four positions appointed at-large. The 15-Member Commission will consist of at least one small business member/organization residing and/or operating within each of the ten (10) Council Districts; and a diverse representation of the small business and non-profit community who demonstrate the following desired technical expertise, identities, and perspectives:

  • 2 small business professional and/or trade organizations
  • 2 non-profit small business service provider organizations
  • 4 small business owners with less than 10 employees
  • 4 small business owners with 10-50 employees
  • 3 small business owners representing the City’s targeted industries

To learn more about the Small Business Advisory Commission, visit the City of San Antonio’s website. For more information about the open positions, contact Melinda L. Uriegas, Assistant City Clerk, at (210) 207-7255 or (210) 207-7254. 

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30,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments

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The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District continues to work with state and local partners to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to critical populations, within the phases designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

30,000 first dose Pfizer vaccine appointments will be available starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 25th at 7 p.m. on the Metro Health COVID-19 vaccine registration website. Appointments available will be from April 6th to May 1st.

The 311 Customer Service COVID Hotline is allocated appointments to ensure residents without internet access can book their appointments by phone. The Hotline operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Immunizations with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is a critical component of the strategy to reduce COVID-19-related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths and to help restore community and societal functioning. The goal is to have enough COVID-19 vaccine for all people who wish to be vaccinated. However, currently there continues to be limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine. 
 

Individuals who decide to opt-in to the City of San Antonio’s text alert system, can text VACCINE to 55000 or in Spanish VACUNA to 55000. By signing up they will receive a text notifying them of locations that have appointments available. Opting to this text alert system will not sign you up for a vaccine or add you on a wait list. This is an additional method to inform the community when new appointments are available. At this time notifications will be for the Alamodome, Wonderland of the Americas operated by University Health, UT Health San Antonio, and WellMed.

 For more information, please visit covid19.sanantonio.gov   

FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS

  1. Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
  2. Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
  3. Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  4. Bookmark covid19.sanantonio.gov
  5. Text Vaccine to 55000

Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available here.

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Spurs Sports & Entertainment Hiring and Scholarship Opportunities

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SS&E is hiring for a range of opportunities:

  • Digital Engagement, Groundkeepers, Food Truck Operators, Camp Coaches, Box Office and more
  • If you or someone you know is interested, please apply here: https://www.nba.com/spurs/our-jobs

Spurs Give is excited to announce that the Angelo Drossos Memorial Scholarship is now open!

  • The scholarship recipient will receive $3,000 to pursue their education.
  • Students may apply by April 23, 2021 using this link Drossos Schlolarship

Spurs Sports Academy:

  • In-person summer camps for children with available dates June–August
  • Camps open to children ages 6-18 and include skills training camp, Coyote camp, Spurs player camp and overnight camp.
  • Registration by April 2 includes a $50 discount Spurs.com/SummerCamps
  • Participants receive a Spurs camp jersey and a Spurs camp memory photo
  • Health and Safety protocols can be found here Spurs.com/CampSafety

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