Keynote by mayoral candidate does not reflect an endorsement, committee member says.
By V.L. Roberson
Women’s History Month at this college will include speakers, panels, poetry reading, films, a “tea time,” spa and health fair March 2 through March 31.
The keynote speaker for the opening event in Loftin Student Center was Leticia Van de Putte, former state senator and candidate for mayor of San Antonio.
Van de Putte, who gave a farewell speech Tuesday on the Senate floor in Austin, ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic candidate for Texas lieutenant governor in 2014. She served the 26th District as senator 1999-2015 and in the Texas House of Representatives 1991-1999.
Van de Putte is one of four mayoral hopefuls with considerable experience in government. The others are Mayor Ivy Taylor, former state Rep. Mike Villarreal and Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.
Student success specialist Carrie Hernandez, a member of the Women’s History Committee, said the choice of Van de Putte as keynote speaker does not reflect an endorsement in the mayoral race.
“It was based simply on what she represents as a woman,” Hernandez said.
The other members of the committee for Women’s History Month are Dr. Liz Ann Aguilar, English professor; Dana Morris, multimedia specialist; Mary Dayton, student success adviser; and Christina Horton, counselor with Services for Women and Nontraditional Students.
“We selected the activities in an open meeting that was all inclusive by making suggestions and choosing from them,” Hernandez said.
The budget for Women’s History Month is $5,000, Hernandez said.
This year’s events include a “tea time” with Janie Barrera, president and CEO of Liftfund, formerly ACCION Texas Inc.
Pamper Our Women Day will offer a spa with pedicures and massages with soothing music for relaxation, Hernandez said.
A luncheon Wednesday will feature a lecture, “Women in Ancient History: The Powerful Royal Women of the XVII and XVIII Dynasty in Egypt,” by Tara Sewell, humanities instructor for the department of language, philosophy and culture.
Reservations are limited to the first 50 people who respond to Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scheduled events are:
Monday, March 2
Ceremony: Opening event 9:25 a.m. in Fiesta Room of Loftin
Tuesday, March 3
Filmfest: “Abuela: Grandmothers on a Mission” 10 -10:28 a.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin
Filmfest: “Saving Face” 11-11:40 a.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin
Filmfest: “Mothers of Bedford” noon-1:36 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin
Film: “Miss Representation” and discussion noon-2 p.m. in the empowerment center
Wednesday, March 4
Luncheon: Lecture “Women in Ancient History” noon–1:30 p.m. in the faculty Lounge of Loftin
Thursday, March 5
Filmfest: “Service: When Women Come Marching Home” 10–10:45 a.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin
Filmfest: “Saving Face” 11–11:40 a.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin
Filmfest: “Rights and Wrongs: The Stories of Women in Islam” noon–2:15 p.m. in Fiesta Room of Loftin
Wednesday, March 18
Lecture: “Women in STEM” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin
Thursday, March 19
Event: “Tea Time” with Janie Barrera 2–4 p.m. in the employee lounge of Loftin
Monday, March 23
Event: “Pamper our Women Day” 10 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin
Tuesday, March 24
Lecture: “Lessons from a Latina CEO” by Janie Gonzalez 9:25 a.m. in Room 218 of the nursing complex
Thursday, March 26
Event: Women’s Health Fair including mammograms for women over 40 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin
Event: Poetry reading 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Sinkin Eco Centro
Tuesday, March 31
Panel: “The New Roles of Women in the Church” discussion 9:25 a.m. in the Fiesta Room of Loftin
For more information on Women’s History Month, email Hernandez or call 210-486-0125.