Gala commemorates 10th edition of SPC literary journal

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St. Philip’s College will host gala to celebrate Tiger P.A.W.S.

By Nicole Bautista

St. Philip’s College will host a publication gala today to celebrate the 10th edition of the Tiger P.A.W.S. Literary Art Journal that features work from SPC students and is published each semester by a student editorial staff.

The gala will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. today in the Heritage Room of the Campus Center at St. Philip’s College. The gala will present awards, readings, an art and photography exhibit, and refreshments.

Many students who submitted their work for the 10th edition of Tiger P.A.W.S. will present and speak about their works or their motivations.

“Usually this is the first time many of them have done anything like this,” said Jamie Miranda, communications and learning instructor. “It can be a very emotional experience.”

Lee Ann Epstein, academic program specialist and faculty staff editor, said this event brings together students, faculty, staff, administrators and community.

“It’s a really great event that brings lots of elements together. We can really celebrate the students and their accomplishments and their creativity and their voice.”

Awards will be given in the following categories: poetry, prose, photography and art.

The event also will recognize student editors. For those who applied, grants for the competitive student engagement scholarships will be awarded.

Dr. Adena Loston, St. Philip’s College president, is scheduled to speak and address the participants.

Miranda said the participants are from a wide cross-section of students.

“It really does reflect the demographics of the college. We have veterans, international students, first-time students in college, dual credit students and nontraditional students. They’re from every walk of life and they come together to celebrate these accomplishments,” she said.

The literary art journal has grown tremendously since the first edition, Miranda said.

“We are very proud of what the students have accomplished. They worked really hard this semester to put everything together — they do every semester — but this was a particularly good group of students that devoted a lot of time and put a lot of effort into this product,” Miranda said. “We are very anxious to see the results.”

There are only 250 copies of Tiger P.A.W.S. available. There will be free copies of the journal available this evening at the gala.

To view past publications of Tiger P.A.W.S., visit


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