SACtacular draws crowds for fun, food and entertainment

0
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Lorraine Ramirez, BioSpot Biology tutor and president of the Natural Science Club, shows siblings Makfire Leauvano, 10, and Khalijah Wright, 11, preserved specimens of animal embryos at the SACtacular Oct. 14 northwest of the nursing complex. Ramirez said animal embryo specimens are obtained when a pregnant animal dies with its offspring in its womb. Embryo specimens at the booth included two monkeys, a stingray, a hammerhead shark, a cow and a rattlesnake. Photo by Alison Graef

Lorraine Ramirez, BioSpot Biology tutor and president of the Natural Science Club, shows siblings Makfire Leauvano, 10, and Khalijah Wright, 11, preserved specimens of animal embryos at SACtacular Oct. 14 northwest of the nursing complex. Ramirez said animal embryo specimens are obtained when a pregnant animal dies with its offspring in its womb. Embryo specimens at the booth included two monkeys, a stingray, a hammerhead shark, a cow and a rattlesnake. Photo by Alison Graef

Programs showed the public what they have to offer.

By Brianna Rodrigue

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Oliver Torres, 3, holds Bikram the Python around his neck. Animal ambassador Clarissa Rodriguez also holds Bikram Oc.t 14. This was the fourth SACtacular to take place. Students and families came and enjoyed food, drinks, games and live music. Photo by Aly Miranda

Oliver Torres, 3, holds Bikram the Python around his neck. Animal ambassador Clarissa Rodriguez also holds Bikram Oc.t 14. This was the fourth SACtacular to take place. Students and families came and enjoyed food, drinks, games and live music. Photo by Aly Miranda

About 2,000 students and community members tried dishes from food trucks, shooting people with laser guns and seeing exotic animals such as Milo the kinkajou at the fourth annual SACtacular.

Melissa Alvarez, substitute teacher and former student, brought her two daughters, who all agreed that they had fun and a great night.

“This event was very organized and there were a lot of nice vendors,” Alvarez said. “I will come back next year because there was a lot of things to do as a family.”

Facing painting, henna tattoos, caricature drawing, laser tag, a fire truck, and a gladiator joust were a few of the activities presented at SACtacular.

A few clubs and organization had food booths to help raise money.

The Methodist Student Association was selling sausage wraps.

“We are raising money for about anything such as our missions trips or to help when we rebuild houses for people,” President Alex Ruiz, anthropology sophomore, said. “Our goal is to sell out all of our sausage wraps.”

The Methodist Student Association will go on a mission trip to Costa Rica during spring break, which this money will help fund them.

Kelsey Mann, 2015 Baylor graduate and 2017 Miss Bexar County, and Rebecca Mendoza, accounting senior at Southern New Hampshire University and 2017 Miss Alamo City, dance with Khali Jolliffe, 2, at SACtacular Oct. 14 in the mall. Photo by Alison Graef

Kelsey Mann, 2015 Baylor graduate and 2017 Miss Bexar County, and Rebecca Mendoza, accounting senior at Southern New Hampshire University and 2017 Miss Alamo City, dance with Khali Jolliffe, 2, at SACtacular Oct. 14 in the mall. Photo by Alison Graef

While waiting in line for the caricature artist, nursing sophomore Amber Manjarrez said bringing her son was a great idea.

“This is my first year coming to SACtacular and so far it is fun. As soon as I saw activities for kids, I had to bring my 5-year-old son,” Manjarrez said.

Accounting freshman Kate Price was excited to see a python wrapped around the neck of her 3-year-old son, Atlas Garcia.

“He loves animals and it was exciting that he had the opportunity,” Price said.

Students, kids and parents were able to see Sienna the sloth, Bikram the python, Twister the falcon, and Milo the kinkajou from Zoomagination.

Zoomagination is a small company that rescues animals, Zoomagination trainer Clay Carabajal said.

“We really enjoy coming here and interacting with the kids, family and students to let them know how they can save animals, Carabajal said. “We touch the heart and then teach the mind.”

Madison Lundy, 3, watches balloon artist Holly “Twister Sister” George make a Cinderella balloon for Lundy. The fourth SACtacular took place Oct. 14 west of the nursing complex building to west side of chemistry and geology. Clubs and organizations either were giving information or selling food and drinks. Photo by Aly Miranda

Madison Lundy, 3, watches balloon artist Holly “Twister Sister” George make a Cinderella balloon for Lundy. The fourth SACtacular took place Oct. 14 west of the nursing complex building to west side of chemistry and geology. Clubs and organizations either were giving information or selling food and drinks. Photo by Aly Miranda

While Carabajal made the audience laugh and informed them about the animals, Zoomagination trainer Clarissa Rodriguez helped assist him by bringing out all four animals.

For more information about Zoomagination, visit their website, www.zoomagination.com.

The dental assisting program promoted the program by giving away stickers, toothbrushes and toothpaste and placing tattoos on kids.

Dental assisting freshman Martha Griffith said they wanted to let families and students know about the program and educate them about the importance of taking care of their teeth.

Erica Alvarez, TRIO Veterans certified adviser, and administrative service specialist Suzanna Wilson were promoting the TRIO Veterans booth to let students and people know about the program

“We are trying to let everyone know who we are and that we are here for the veterans,” Alvarez said. “We have tutoring, financial aid and the GI bill for the veterans, which many of them do not know we have for them.”

Alvarez said that $33,000 went to veterans during the summer and fall semesters.

Overall, SACtacular was a success Carrie Hernandez, senior student success specialist, said.

The American Sign Language ‘Gleek’ squad performs the national anthem at the fourth SACtacular Oct. 14. Sign language interpreter Karla Killion acts as the flag in the national anthem, while the other ASL students and Gleek squad signed the song. The squad also performed “All-Star” by Smashmouth, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon and “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Photo by Aly Miranda

The American Sign Language Glee Club performs the national anthem at the fourth SACtacular Oct. 14. Sign language interpreter Karla Killion acts as the flag in the national anthem, while the other Glee Club members signed the song. The ASL Gleek Squad performed “All-Star” by Smashmouth, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon and “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Photo by Aly Miranda

“I think it was a huge success and it gets better a little bit each year,” Hernandez said. “I was a little stressed out … but overall it went well.”

Hernandez was one of the committee chairs for SACtacular.

“I think it’s important to bring in our community because a lot of people don’t realize all the wonderful things we do here at San Antonio College, and part of that was to showcase all the departments,” she said. “I think it is important to let people know we are here for them.”

Share.

Leave A Reply