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Quick Takes - August 2018

More than 32,000 students arrived on STC campuses on the first day of class, Aug. 27, 2018. While the numbers won’t be made official until Sept. 12, thousands of students began the semester with brand new buildings and state-of-the-art classrooms. Among its five campuses, South Texas College welcomes the expansion of new facilities designed to serve students for generations to come. The expansion will enable the college to accommodate its growing student enrollment, and demands for workforce development by local employers.

STC holds Festo Bionic Robotics Camp in August

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) at South Texas College held its Festo Bionic Robotics Camp Aug. 6-10. At the camp, students learned the fundamentals of robotics bionic technology, giving them a head start in any related engineering or technical career focusing on the design and building of robot assemblies used in environmental processes and set ups. Students worked with Festo bionic kits and components to assemble and program robot model shop products including the construction of bionic elephants, fish and chameleons.

South Texas College welcomes back faculty at annual academic affairs convocation Aug. 20

More than 600 staff and faculty attended STC’s official welcome to start of the 2018-2019 academic year. The meeting took place at Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. STC VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Anahid Petrosian gave a brief welcome, shared student success stories, shared key issues facing community colleges (as a whole), and shared what is on the horizon for the upcoming academic year. Guest speaker Dr. James Lang offered his presentation “Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons From The Science Of Learning”, which included teaching techniques to use in the classroom and how to keep students engaged with the use of technology. Afternoon division meetings were held in the afternoon.