CBC students study sociology and Spanish in Puerto Rico through immersive Summer Study Program

Headline: CBC students study sociology and Spanish in Puerto Rico through immersive Summer Study Program 

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From July 5-18, ten students traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico as part of the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Summer Study Program. Students participated in a CBC faculty led immersion program in which they earned Spanish and sociology college credits. The program completed its fifth year and plans are underway to return in summer 2016.

Through a generous grant from the Joe Barnhart Foundation students were able to offset the cost of participating in the program. For many students, participation in this program would not have been possible without the aid from this grant. Students who participated in the program include current CBC students, dual enrollment students from Orange Grove High School and a transient student from Sam Houston State University (SHSU).

CBC Social Sciences Division Chair and Assistant Professor of Psychology/Sociology Kelly Rea, as well as CBC Spanish Instructor and Orange Grove ISD Spanish faculty member Anna Garza, led the Summer Study Program. These instructors accompanied the student group and supervised all program activities, assessed student progress on a daily basis, offered out of class assistance with coursework, administered the final exams and assigned the final course grade.

Students attended classes with CBC and Puerto Rican professors at the Institute for Second Language Acquisition (ISLA), lived with hospitable Puerto Rican families, participated in cultural excursions and activities to interesting sites across Puerto Rico and experienced life in a different environment.

The group visited many attractions during their two-week stay. Students completed assignments on their experiences and applied what they learned in the classroom to these experiences. Some of the experiences included: a tour of Viejo San Juan complete with a guided tour of the city; a visit to María de la Cruz Cavern and Piñones Lagoon in the northern city of Loiza; meeting famed artist Samuel Lind and touring his home and studio; recreational days at Isla Verde beach as well as many other popular beaches; ethnographic interviews at the local farmer’s market and Mall of the Americas; and kayaking in the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo.

A new experience for students this year was the opportunity to participate in a service-learning project. For this project students learned about the Waldorf curriculum and helped ready The W School for its opening on August 11, 2015. The Waldorf curriculum is an alternative to traditional education that emphasizes the holistic approach to student development and learning. It is widely accepted and used in Europe and making some movement in the United States. The W School is a pre-school owned and operated by ISLA Director Sacha Delgado.

Another first for students was experiencing water rationing. Due to recent low levels of rainfall many areas of Puerto Rico are facing water rationing. Though students were housed in homes equipped with cisterns, students still experienced first-hand what is feels like and means to have a water shortage. This was a great lesson and discussion topic on the need and methods of conserving natural resources.

For more information about CBC’s Summer Study Program, please contact CBC Social Sciences Division Chair and Assistant Professor Kelly Rea via phone (361) 354-2401 or via email mkdrea@coastalbend.edu.

CBC’s Talent Search programs renewed for 2016 year

Headline: CBC’s Talent Search programs renewed for 2016 year

The Talent Search TRIO programs located at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville campus and Alice site have been renewed by the U. S. Department of Education through 2016. CBC’s Talent Search program in Beeville has been fully funded for $306,752 annually, and the Talent Search program in Alice has been funded with an annual budget of $230,000.

The CBC Beeville Talent Search program has been serving Bee County and the surrounding areas since 1976 and provides services to 671 students annually from the following local high schools:

  • A.C. Jones High School
  • George West High School
  • Karnes City High School
  • Kenedy High School
  • Mathis High School
  • Odem High School
  • Pettus High School
  • Refugio High School
  • Runge High School
  • Skidmore-Tynan High School
  • Taft High School
  • Three Rivers High School

The CBC Alice Talent Search program has been in existence at CBC since 2006 and currently serves 625 students annually from high schools in the surrounding areas including:

  • Alice High School
  • Falfurrias High School
  • Premont High School
  • Benavides High School
  • Freer High School
  • San Diego High School
  • Orange Grove High School

The Talent Search program is designed to provide academic and personal assistance to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Low income, first generation and disabled students are all eligible for Talent Search services. Students who participate in the program receive a variety of services free-of-charge including academic, career and financial aid counseling, tutoring and scholarship assistance.

All high school students who are members of the program are provided with a Talent Search counselor who encourages and provides tools to help students successfully graduate from high school and enroll in a college or university. The program’s overall goal is to increase the number of high school and college graduates who are from disadvantaged or low-income backgrounds.

Individuals who would like more information about the Talent Search programs should contact the Talent Search Beeville Office via phone at (361) 354-2706 or the Talent Search Alice Office via phone at (361) 664-2981 ext. 3081. For more information about the TRIO programs that are available at CBC, please visit www.coastalbend.edu/TRiO/.

Call for Submissions: 2016 CBC Wildlife Calendar

Each year, Coastal Bend College (CBC) features the work of South Texas photographers in its annual wildlife calendar. Over 3,500 CBC Wildlife Calendars are distributed throughout South Texas, and requests for copies of the calendar are also submitted from all over the world.

Calendars are provided free of charge to the community as a way to showcase the Coastal Bend region’s native birds, flowers, insects, vegetation and wildlife.

Photographers who are interested in submitting their outstanding South Texas wildlife photographs have until July 16, 2015 at 6 p.m. A three-person panel of local wildlife experts will judge the entries to select the photographs to be included in the 2016 calendar, which will arrive in November 2015.

All photographers must submit their files via CD/DVD, USB flash drive, or via an online service such as Dropbox or Google Drive. All photos must be submitted along with the 2016 CBC Wildlife Calendar Photographer Submission Form available for download online at www.coastalbend.edu/marketing or by requesting the form via email to mcruz@coastalbend.edu. Photos may not be emailed as attachments.

Photos may include flowers, insects, birds, and animals that are native to the area, as well as photos that highlight regional landscape, vegetation, and character.

All photographs should be bright, exceptionally sharp with a prominent subject in the photo, and taken with high-quality camera settings suitable for printing at an 8×10 inch size. Prints and slides are not acceptable submissions.

Photographers who are interested in submitting their work can contact Monica Cruz, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, at (361) 354-2258 or via email at mcruz@coastalbend.edu for more information.

CBC Foundation receives $31K to support Kids College

Headline: CBC Foundation receives $31K to support Kids College 


Cutline: Coastal Bend College representatives were on hand to accept a generous donation of $31,000 from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation. The donation will be used to fund 80 Kids College scholarships to underserved youth in the Beeville, Alice and Kingsville areas. 

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Foundation received $31,000 from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation for the college’s 2015 Kids College summer programming. The funds will benefit children from the Beeville, Alice and Kingsville areas. Kids College aims to provide high quality educational programming for youth, and all Kids College programming takes place in CBC ‘s classrooms and facilities. Programming is led by qualified teachers and instructors in subjects such as science, math, computer technology and art.

Patricia Patel, executive director of the Coastal Bend College Foundation, states that the donation will be used to offer 80 scholarships for underserved youth.

“We have enjoyed a long standing collaborative relationship with the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, and this donation in the midst of the college’s 50th anniversary really means a lot to all of us,” Patel said. “It’ll also mean a lot to the 80 families in the Coastal Bend area who otherwise wouldn’t have access to this type of programming.”

Kids College scholarship and registration applications will be accepted soon. For more information please contact Jenny Moore, general industry coordinator, at (830) 569-4222 ext. 1212 or via email at jmoore@coastalbend.edu.

CBC grad joins CBC Marketing & Public Relations staff

Headline: CBC grad joins CBC Marketing & Public Relations staff

Coastal Bend College (CBC) is pleased to announce the addition of Sera F. Quiroga to its Office of Marketing & Public Relations. As the Communications Staff Writer, Quiroga will have the privilege of spreading the word about the many positive things happening at the College’s four locations.

SeraQuirogaQuiroga is a native of Beeville who graduated with honors from A. C. Jones High School in 2010. After graduation she continued her education at CBC, competed in intercollegiate athletics and obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in 2011.

She transferred to Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio to further her education. While at OLLU she continued her softball career for one year then opted to give up athletics and focus solely on her education. Quiroga received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Public Relations in 2014.

Quiroga brings two years of public relations and communications writing experience to CBC. She interned and was mentored by the OLLU Sports Information Director Patty Constantin, in addition to serving as an intern for the San Antonio Talons, an Arena Football League team, during their 2014 season.

“I consider myself one of the lucky ones who’s had professors, employers, co-workers, friends and family who genuinely believed in me when it comes to my education. My support system is one of the many reasons why I came back to Beeville. I am grateful to be able to come back to my hometown and work for a college that provides so many educational and career opportunities for its students.”

Quiroga can be contacted via email at squiroga@coastalbend.edu or via telephone at (361) 354-2259.