2011 May 2 - 12:00 am


  • South Texas College President Shirley A. Reed has been named a recipient of the 2011 Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership in High Education Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. Established in 1987, the award recognizes outstanding higher education administrators who have demonstrated excellence in the profession. During her tenure as founding and current president of the college, Reed has overseen the passage of more than $100 million in bond construction projects, growing STC from one location to five state-of-the-art campuses, and from 1,000 to more than 29,000 students. Her vision has allowed STC to become a thriving intellectual and community center, hosting art lectures, business luncheons, congressional briefings, scout meetings, visiting authors and many other free events enriching the lives of community members. Additionally, the increase in facilities and students has allowed STC to employ more than 1,600 faculty and staff. Reed has led STC to offer more than 100 degree and certificate program options, including offering two bachelor degrees, all in response to local workforce needs of regional employers.

  • Lt. Col. Willie J. Flucker, Jr., commander of the Anniston Army Chemical Activity, recently presented four certificates of appreciation to Gadsden State Community College (Ala.) staffers for the services provided to employees at the Anniston Army Depot. Flucker’s command is nearly finished with its work destroying chemical weapons stockpiles.The workforce that has been performing this mission will soon be looking for new career ventures. The Chemical Materials Agency is slated to close soon and in an effort to assist workers in preparing for site closure, Gadsden State sponsored an Education Fair.Gadsden State counselors assisted workers with career assessments, job search techniques and résumé preparation. In a recent ceremony at Gadsden State, Flucker presented certificates of appreciation to Cheryl Cephus-Vickers, associate dean and director of career services; career counselors Tricia Womack and Baisha Woody; and Jim Vanderford, counseling and advising representative.
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