St. Philip’s College hosts homecoming

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Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip's College, and 2013 homecoming queen, Toni Barnes, a business administration junior at Texas State University, awarded Gertha Murphy, St. Philip's distingushed alumni who graduated in 1936, at the Bowden Alumni Center Oct. 17. Photo by Taylor Tribbey

Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip’s College, and 2013 homecoming queen, Toni Barnes, a business administration junior at Texas State University, awarded Gertha Murphy, St. Philip’s distingushed alumni who graduated in 1936, at the Bowden Alumni Center Oct. 17. Photo by Taylor Tribbey

The oldest of the Alamo Colleges announces Mr. and Ms. St. Philip’s, honors 1936 grad.

Landon Penn

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

St. Philip’s College Homecoming, organized by the homecoming week committee, drew a crowd of more than 100 people Oct 16 and featured distinguished alumni, dinner, dancing and the crowning of the new Mr. and Ms. St. Philip’s.

Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip's College, and 2013 homecoming queen, Toni Barnes, a business administration junior at Texas State University, awarded Gertha Murphy, St. Philip's distingushed alumni who graduated in 1936, at the Bowden Alumni Center Oct. 17. Photo by Taylor Tribbey

Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip’s College, and 2013 homecoming queen, Toni Barnes, a business administration junior at Texas State University, awarded Gertha Murphy, St. Philip’s distingushed alumni who graduated in 1936, at the Bowden Alumni Center Oct. 17. Photo by Taylor Tribbey

“Homecoming events offer current students the opportunity to visit with former students and share experiences,” said Dr. Sharon Crockett-Bell, director of institutional advancement and chair of the heritage committee.

Miya Kim Frazier, a biology sophomore, was named Ms. St. Philip’s. Frazier is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. For four years Frazier taught math and science for grades sixth through eighth in the Los Angeles Independent School District. She enrolled at St. Philip’s College in 2012 seeking a career change.

A.J. Noriega, a welding technology sophomore, was crowned Mr. St. Philip’s.

“It took a whole week of campaigning,” Noriega said.

Crockett-Bell presented 101-year-old Gertha Murphy as the “most distinguished” alumni. Murphy graduated from St. Philip’s College in 1936 with an associate degree in education.

During World War II, Murphy began her civil service career at Kelly Air Force Base before retiring in 1960. She then taught pre-kindergarten at Harlandale Elementary for six years.

She thanked the committee for inviting her.

“This is a night I will never forget,” she said.

David Cadena, 2013 homecoming king and nanotechnology sophomore at Northwest Vista College, crowns welding technology sophomore A.J. Noriega 2014 homecoming king at the Bowden Alumni Center at St. Philip's College Oct. 17. Photo by Taylor Tribbey

David Cadena, 2013 homecoming king and nanotechnology sophomore at Northwest Vista College, crowns welding technology sophomore A.J. Noriega 2014 homecoming king at the Bowden Alumni Center at St. Philip’s College Oct. 17. Photo by Taylor Tribbey

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