Staff Council gears up for giving

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J.T. Brackenridge will benefit this year from the Christmas Angel Tree.

By Richard Montemayor

With the holiday season right around the corner, this college’s Staff Council is planning its giving for the holidays.

On Oct. 2, members of Staff Council met to plan holiday season events.

Jacob Martinez, director of student conduct at this college, emailed Jennifer Maestas, principal of J.T. Brackenridge Elementary School, for a list of names for the Angel Tree, he said.

Martinez knows that the school has over 700 students.

A concern that Martinez has is what if they run out of gifts for the children? Dana Morris, senior multimedia specialist, suggested gift bags as a backup.

Dee Dixon, senior multimedia specialist, suggested combining the Angel Tree and a turkey raffle event on a Friday in November.

The council agreed and the combined event was set for 2:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

“We will start wrapping at 3:30-8 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11 in Room 643 of Moody Learning Center with distribution the following week,” Dixon said.

Students and faculty have until Dec. 3 to drop off their gifts, and anyone can volunteer for gift wrapping.

They just need to contact Dixon, Martinez said.

Call Dixon at 210-486-0598 or email

In other news, fliers for the Christmas cubicle decorating contest will be distributed Nov. 1, Morris said.

“That will give everyone a month, with judging starting on Dec. 1. That would give them plenty of time to think of an idea to decorate,” Morris said.

This year’s awards for the decorating contest in the offices and group category include a pizza party for first place and cakes for second-place.

For individual entries in first-place, a gift basket and second-place, a stocking filled with goodies, she said.

The next Staff Council meeting is  at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the employee lounge of Loftin.


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