SACtacular beckons community for a night of fun

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The third annual SACtacular event Nov. 6 in the mall area. Booths, games and  shows were set up throughout the evening.  File

The annual SACtacular event offers booths, games and entertainment. File

Music, a movie and activities offer something for all ages.

By Brianna Rodrigue

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Juliana Magness, ten years old tries her best to climb to the top of the rock wall at SACtacular Friday in the mall. Magness said she usually likes to watch the shows inside the Scobee Education Center and that's where she finds out about SACtacular.

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This is the fourth year SACtacular will bring the community on campus for a collegewide block party and showcase of departments and clubs 5-9 p.m. Friday.

“SACtacular showcases everything SAC, and we have invited all departments and organizations that are affiliated with the school to set up,” Carrie Hernandez, senior student success specialist, said.

The SACtacular committee started planning in midsummer, Hernandez said.

President Robert Vela funded $10,000 for the annual event, and student life chipped in another $1,800 for a rental screen and showing of “The Secret Life of Pets,” she said.

“It is important for the community to let them know that we are here for them — like whenever their kids or grandkids are ready to come to school, we are here,” Hernandez said. “It’s a great way to show off our departments.”

Psychology sophomore Harley Williams, president of the Student Government Association, enjoyed SACtacular last year and is excited for this year.

“I thought it was amazing with a lot of free, fun things to do,” Williams said. “I think it is important for students to go because they can unwind and de-stress for a few hours.”

Clubs can raise money by selling food.

“SACtacular is just another fundraiser for clubs to raise money and to come have fun with the people that come to school with us,” said nursing freshman Miranda Valderas, secretary of the Campus Activity Board.

CAB will be selling popcorn, sodas and candies, Valderas said.

The Student Veterans Association will offer chicken wraps for $2, said President Manuel Gonzales, real estate sophomore.

The Future Teachers Association will sell Frito pies, English Professor Mary Anne Bernal said.

The Social Work Student Association will sell drinks for $1, social work and sociology Instructor Bea Perez said.

The K-Club will have a table and pass out fliers to attract members. The ‘K” stands for kinesiology.

“There will be a lot of students out there,” President Patrick Elizondo, kinesiology freshman, said. “I think this will help people to join.”

Communication design will display web page layouts, experimental typography, book covers and infographics produced by students in fall 2015 and spring 2016.

The exhibit, “Best Portfolio of Student Work,” will showcase 57 digital works chosen by faculty from 200 submissions, program Coordinator Joel Knocke said.

The works will be displayed on the second floor of Longwith Radio, Television and Film Building at Courtland Place and Main Avenue.

Other activities are food trucks, animal shows, an inside kids zone, balloon animals, planetarium shows, face painting and a caricature artist. The Finding Friday band will perform as well.

EcoCentro will have a booth with handouts and composting demonstrations.

Hernandez encourages people to come so they can see what the college offers.

Students and staff interested in volunteering at SACtacular can sign up in Room 260A of Loftin Student Center.

For more information, contact Hernandez at 210-486-0128.

Nicole Bautista, Christian Erevia, Aly Miranda, Sasha D. Robinson and Christy Romero contributed to this story.

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