Baker to speak at annual ACC Foundation Author’s Luncheon
Susan Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James Baker and author of Passing It On – An Autobiography with Spirit, will be the guest speaker at the annual Alvin Community College Foundation Author’s Luncheon on April 5, at 11:30 a.m., at the Nolan Ryan Center.
Baker is a founding member of the National Alliance to End Homelessness and has served on the boards of Families for the Homeless, Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Houston Food Bank and the Enterprise Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating low-income housing.
She was also an instrumental member of a bipartisan parents’ group that persuaded the music industry to voluntarily issue warning labels for lyrics.
In addition to highlighting the challenges Baker purposely tackled to help others, Passing It On is also a reflective narrative of facing unplanned personal challenges that demonstrate what can be accomplished through faith.
“A leader is someone who inspires others into action through their actions; a humanitarian is someone who dedicates her life to helping others,” ACC Foundation Executive Director Wendy Del Bello said. “Mrs. Baker is both and we hope guests of this year’s Author’s Luncheon will walk away with a renewed sense of purpose and be inspired to help make this world a better place to live for everyone.”
Prior to the luncheon, Baker will be available to sign copies of her book. Proceeds from book sales and the event will be used toward ACC student scholarships, staff development and community enrichment programs. Tickets are $40 each and a reserved table for eight is $400. For more information, call (281) 756-3600. The Nolan Ryan Center is located on the ACC main campus, at 3110 Mustang Road.
Alvin Community College Housekeeping Supervisor Paula Castillo (right), of Alvin, accepts a Hershey’s Kiss and a hug from an employee during the annual ACC Technical Support, Clerical and Maintenance (TSCM) workshop on Feb. 10. During the workshop, guest speaker Elizabeth Blessitt asked ACC employees to get three Hershey’s Kisses from a bowl and give them away to coworkers who they appreciated to demonstrate the importance of a positive work environment and one of the many ways a positive workplace can be created. The TSCM workshop is held each year to help TSCM employees better serve students and the community, foster camaraderie and inspire personal growth.
Hood-Case Elementary fifth-grader Christopher Ortega (left), of Alvin, shows his mom, Blanca, some of his artwork on display at the Alvin Community College Gallery during a reception on Feb. 17. The exhibit showcased the art of Alvin Independent School District elementary and junior high students.