Student of the Week: Shamar A. A-Laself

If there was anything life experience has taught Shamar A. A-Laself, it’s the fact that along with family, education is one of the most important parts of life. An Army veteran, mentor, coach and former teacher, Shamar says he’s familiar with the difficulties of reentering college later in life. Formerly a physical therapist in the making at South Texas College, Shamar, 40, has received a scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico in the fall. “Education is one of the most important things in life just like family,” Shamar said. “Coming back to school at this age is really just a … Read More …

Mid-Valley Campus biology instructor, students create breast cancer awareness

Since 2000, female breast cancer incidence rates have decreased and there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. South Texas College biology instructor Deborah Villalon recently discussed breast cancer awareness to an audience of Dual Enrollment Medical and Science Academy students at Weslaco Early College High School. Villalon presented on Oct. 24 alongside fellow Mid-Valley American Cancer Society board member and breast cancer survivor Audrey Eoff, who spoke about her personal survival experience. “It’s about knowledge … Read More …

Mid-Valley Campus biology students go pink

  South Texas College biology instructor Deborah Villalon’s “pink hair” commitment may have started off as a far-fetched plan to increase breast cancer awareness among her students in the classroom, but it worked. Before she knew it, a group of students embraced the idea and walked into class with their hair dyed pink or sporting pink hair extensions. Villalon’s students receive a service learning credit in a general biology course. “I’m amazed at how many actually did it,” said Villalon. “This fall, I encouraged breast cancer awareness with my students with a ‘pink hair’ … Read More …

STC biology students help enhance breast cancer awareness

South Texas College Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy and biology students did their part to enhance breast cancer awareness and raise money for women who can’t afford to have a mammogram during the Knapp Medical Center breast cancer awareness contest Bras Ending Breast Cancer, held from Oct. 1-2. The contest and activity enhances student awareness of the disease, which is a common form of cancer, with more than 232,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year. DEMSA and biology students from STC Mid-Valley Campus Instructor Dr. Debbie Villalon’s classes tastefully … Read More …

Longtime biology instructor Tom Patterson says goodbye to STC

Making a subject engaging to students and having an impact on their lives is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have in the teaching profession. Retiring South Texas College Biology Instructor Tom Patterson was recognized at the Starr County Campus Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast on Aug. 1, and leaves the college with the satisfaction of having achieved the ultimate reward by having made an impact in students’ lives. Patterson, who earned his bachelor’s degree at Sul Ross State University and his master’s at The University of Texas-Austin, taught 16 years at STC, … Read More …

STC Annual Environmental Education Fair at Frontera Audubon Society April 21

By: Frontera Audubon Society Music, fun, live animals and entertainment await children of all ages at South Texas College’s Fourth Annual Environmental Education Fair. The Earth Day Celebration will feature eco-friendly hands on arts and crafts as you walk through the woods on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Frontera Audubon Society, 1101 S. Texas Blvd. in Weslaco. Admission is free and open to the public. The Fourth Annual Environmental Education Fair: Celebrate Earth Day is generously sponsored by South Texas College and Frontera Audubon Society. The event is also … Read More …

Take part in STC-Texas AgriLife Extension Joint Organic Conference Dec. 10

South Texas College is partnering with the Texas A&M System AgriLife Extension to host a joint Organic Conference at the Texas AgriLife Auditorium located at 2401 Business 83 in Weslaco. The conference takes place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Admission is free and open to the public. Presenters will cover organic production detailing the results of short studies conducted by STC students in partnership with Texas AgriLife scientists. For the adventurous, there will be insect-based snacks to try including mealworms and grasshoppers. The project is sponsored by the Organic … Read More …

Scholarships can help biology students break into farming research

Are you a biology major at STC? Are you interested in farming? Does academic research excite you? Then you should apply for two scholarship and work opportunities available exclusively to South Texas College students in collaboration with Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service and the USDA. STC’s Biology Department Research Scholarship will allow qualifying students to receive a scholarship worth $2950 for completing a one-year study. The work will be completed under the supervision of a mentor team, which includes an STC instructor and a scientist in a specialized field. Through the project, … Read More …