2018 Homecoming Pop Up Shop

October 11, 2018

Public Information Officer


Thinking outside of the traditional gift box to help its students, an innovative tradition is born with the Homecoming clothing donation center at SPC 

The 2019 St. Philip’s College Homecoming Week of Oct. 15-19 is a giving back success even before the day of the college’s annual free Dinner and Dance Oct. 19 from 6-11 p.m. in the Bowden Alumni Center of the college’s Sutton Learning Center at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive.

New-for-2018, the college thought outside of the traditional gift box and established a Homecoming Closet---an innovative popup shop where students without the types of formal-ish clothing they envision they should be wearing for a college homecoming get a few articles of clothing for the put-together appearance they desire. In the spirit of seasonal equity closets and food pantries found at many colleges including this one, evening gowns, quinceanera apparel, ties, shoes and formal accessories that are new or lightly used have been donated and left in Room 319C of the college’s Institutional Advancement and Grants Development Suite in the G. J. Sutton Learning Center building at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive.

Closing on Oct. 12, the shop is a feast for the eyes, featuring more extra baubles, bangles, black ties, and long silky gowns than five debutante balls, quinceaneras and bachelor parties combined. In the dignified atmosphere of the college’s institutional advancement and grants suite, a pair of paneled conference rooms has been transformed into a Neiman Marcus-sized fitting room experience for the financially-challenged students. As of Oct. 11, there have been more than 250 pop-up-shopping visitors and up to 30 students counted visiting at once, organizers share. Attendees of executive conferences at the college this month also have noticed the pop-up shop and popped back in with donations on return pop calls to the college.

One silver lining result of the program is that many students who are oblivious of the college’s traditions and history---and excellent scholarship opportunities---now know more after visiting the institutional advancement suites that form the hub of the largest amount of scholarship giving among colleges within Alamo College District. They understand more about the supportive environment the college provides for its students, and its alumni. The template for the pop-up program established by the college's institutional advancement team in 2018 will likely be inherited by the college's student life team in future seasons, organizers share.

The 2018 Homecoming season for the college is significant for many reasons. For the first time, all of the college’s early college high schools with the exception of the Brackenridge High School business unit have at least one graduating class. The college’s 2013 alumni class will observe its fifth anniversary, and the college’s 2008 alumni class observes its tenth anniversary---and the college’s 1993 alumni class observes its 25th anniversary. All will be gathered with alumni of all vintages during the Oct. 19 SPC Homecoming closing event that features complimentary admission and parking. 

For general information or information on volunteering to help at the Oct. 19 event, contact college homecoming event chair Dr. Sharon Crockett–Ray at (210) 486–2887 or email scrockett–bell@alamo.edu. For information on the process of donating to the Homecoming Closet Pop Up project now and in the future, contact Shawana Blair, college coordinator of resource development and research, at sblair@alamo.edu, 210-486-2413. For information on the bevy of student activities planned or underway for 2018 Homecoming Week, contact Dr. Angela McPherson Williams, the college’s director of student success, at 210-486-2090, awilliams284@alamo.edu.