Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees Names Due As Executive Director for the Alamo Colleges Foundation

Sheila Marlow Due, Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), has assumed her duties as the new executive director of the Alamo Colleges Foundation. Due replaces Jim Eskin, who retired earlier this year. “Sheila Marlow Due is a definite asset to the Alamo Colleges District leadership team,” said Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “Her outstanding skills and experience will be invaluable as we seek to reach new goals in our scholarship fundraising efforts,” he added. Due brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to institutional advancement programs, spanning fundraising, public affairs and communications work. The Alamo Colleges Foundation works to increase philanthropic support to help advance access to higher education through scholarships and innovative programmatic support. As the executive director for the Foundation, Due takes over an organization boasting more than $26 million in assets. Due, who started on July 30, will provide strategic vision to the district’s fundraising and donor engagement efforts. “This is an extraordinary time for the Foundation and its donors,” said Anthony White, chairman of the board of directors for the Alamo Colleges Foundation. “Due is a remarkable leader with a track record of achievement and innovation who will inspire our donors and shape a bright future for thousands of student scholarship recipients.” “The Alamo Colleges District has long been at the heart of this community and is unparalleled in providing an affordable quality education,” said Due. “I’m honored to be joining the team.” Prior to joining the college district, Due served as CEO of the Center for Health Care Services Foundation after joining in 2015 as their chief development officer. Previously, she was chief philanthropy officer for Promising Youth Alliance, a Dallas based nonprofit that provided an array of comprehensive afterschool programs geared to address the whole child, and chief advancement officer for the National Council on Family Violence in Austin. She earlier served as vice president of community relations and regional executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star in Dallas and senior development officer and co-chair of Texas Woman’s University’s $55 million capital campaign to bring a new state-of-the-art health sciences cCampus to the heart of Dallas’ medical district. At the Alamo Colleges District, high quality education and affordable costs provide exceptional value to students and alumni who are major contributors to the economy and culture of our community. For more information, visit our website at alamo.edu.

UTSA Professor Discusses the Resilience of San Antonio’s Cultural Heritage

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 By R Eguia . Last month, scholars, community members and students gathered at the Southwest School of Art Coates Chapel to hear a conversation by the San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor at UTSA, William Dupont, called A Resilient Heritage: Designing San Antonio’s Future to Preserve Our Past. The talk introduced Cultural Sustainability as the continuity of cultural systems of human existence. People have heritage identities and values that bind them to places and communities are essential for full sustainability. “Design with respect for Heritage,” was a key theme as Dupont...

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Computer and Internet Addiction is a Real Thing

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 Are you dependent on technology to bring you satisfaction in life? Dependency can be playing video games to escape reality, posting to social media to get attention or validation, compulsive online spending when anxious or bored, or visiting dating sites with the hopes of meeting the love of your life. Are there noticeable negative patterns surrounding your computer or internet activities? Are they causing problems in your relationships or affecting your work performance? Most of the time, these addictions are just distractions to real issues that people are not yet ready to face. They may feel anxious, impulsive or unfulfilled in life. These activities produce a “high”, filling a void and bringing pleasure that lasts momentarily. Overtime, these addictions have negative consequences that outweigh the positive feelings experienced. They can also have long-term negative effects on many areas of our lives. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research has shown that certain people are more susceptible to computer or internet addiction. These individuals include; those who have had prior addictions to other behaviors or substances; a history of depression or anxiety; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; or Low self-esteem. Recovering computer addicts reported feelings of euphoria when using the computer and feelings of depression, unfulfillment and irritability when not using it. They also described feeling withdrawn or neglected by family and...

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S.A Performance Art Collective HoK

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 On March 9, the local performance art collective, HoK (House of Kenzo) presented Permutations, a 20 minute production exploring systems, fluidity, work and cycles, at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston. The trio, Ledef (sound production), Brexxitt (choreography) and Grapefruit (concept design) embodied possibilities through splash choreography and projection mapping. Local carpenter company, Precision Woodworking Texas, assisted the group with an installation that included an indoor water trough, a 10 part pulley system and a network of clear bags filled with water tied onto natural rope. The performance was inspired by...

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Mariachi Girl Stars Lucero Garcia at the Magik Theatre

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 1 Many women have made their mark in the performance arts. In San Antonio, girls go to places like the Magik theatre to begin their journey. Like 14-year-old San Antonio actress, Lucero Garcia. She began acting at the age of 7 during The Magik Theatre’s summer camps and classes. She plays the role of Carmencita in the new show called Mariachi girl at the Magik Theatre. “I fell in love with musical theatre. All I could think about was being on stage singing and dancing and performing for people and making them...

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Guadalupe Cultural Arts

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 By Melinda Gonzalez There is a renewed energy in the air and the culmination of efforts to re-establish the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (GCAC) as the beacon of Chicano Art is paying off. Founded in 1980 and located in the heart of San Antonio’s historic Westside, the nonprofit organization serves over 100,000 people each year on a local, national and international scale through artistic, educational, and community programming. Jorge Piña who is a native San Antonian is back and fulfills a key leadership position for the GCAC after resigning from the...

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