93 CBC Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

93 CBC Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society


Ninety-three Coastal Bend College (CBC) students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) for the fall 2015 semester. Nearly 50 CBC students from the College’s four locations participated in the induction ceremony held on October 1 at the CBC Beeville campus.

The students were honored with a traditional candle-lighting ceremony as family and friends gathered in support. PTK is endorsed by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official honor society of two-year colleges. The organization recognizes academic excellence and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service. In order to be part of PTK, students must have above a 3.5 grade point average.

The fall 2015 inductees were:

Ana Acevedo, Leana Adams, Mikayla Adams, Michael Alfaro, Dustin Almaraz, Norma Balboa, Alfredo Benavidez, Benjamin Brewer, Haley Brynelsen, Amanda Burger, Courtney Cantu, Emily Carabajal, Mary Carter, Natalie Cash, Laura Castellanos, Jaime Catete, Connor Christie, Cameron Clark, Max Clarke, Alyssa Cleary, Joel Contreras, Rini Dangelewicz, Stephen De La Garza, Marilyn De La Torre, Amber De Pau, Margaret Downing, Zandra Emanuel, Mary Galindo, Erin Gallagher, Hector Garcia, Maricela Garcia, Samantha Garza, Savannah Garza, Melanie Gonzalez, Mary Gower, Christian Granado, Crystal Hargrove, Seth Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Kylee Henderson, Dual Herzog, Leslie Holick, Brittany Johnson, Samuel Kalu, Liana Laso, Benito Lazo, Melvin Listenbee, Isiah Longoria, Claryssa Luera, Tesla Martin, Melanie Martinez, Anyssa Medrano, Kaliana Meineke, Domonique Middleton, Tristian Moore, Maria Moreno, Diana Munselle, Patricia Myers, Alexis Navarrette, Monica Ostos, Brock Paris, Amit Patel, Elisa Perez, Joshua Perez, Minh-Chau Pham, April Pruneda, Mikayla Ramirez, Natalie Rivas, Brenda Robledo, Tyra Rodas, Sara Ruiz, Samantha Salazar, Christopher Salvador, Breanna Sanchez, Joshua Schwindt, Lorenzo Serna, Bailey Skinner, Rebecca Sonnenberg-Rogers, Jennifer Stewart, Lena Summers, Brenna Tipps, Monica Tompkins, Alexis Trevino, Eryka Vasquez, Adrian Vera, Vanessa Villa, Katarina Wilcox, Avery Wright, Walker Wright, and Robert Wyman.

Photos from the ceremony may be viewed at www.facebook.com/coastalbendcollege.

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.