Stories By Marissa Villa

  • Honoring loved ones [...] the altar she's building this Día de los Muertos is more than just a celebration of his life, it's a time for Márquez to continue hers. Others, like local artists David “Shek” Vega and Louie Chavez, whose altar will be displayed at La...
  • Students ramp up run as memorial Students ramp up run as memorial [...] this year, the Shepard Middle School Fun Run was just like any other fundraiser. The school is using the run as an opportunity to show students the value of giving back, the teachers said, as well as...
  • A Facebook post pleading for help to save an injured puppy proved the power of social media, when friends and strangers rallied to get him help.
  • Zarzamora was one of a couple of hundred parents who took part in SAISD's annual parent summit, a half day of workshops aimed at encouraging and inspiring parents to help their students succeed. The summit, which had the theme of “Every Child...
  • About 200 parents in SAISD gather for inspiration and motivation to help their children succeed in school.
  • Conexion October 9, 2013
    death by poetry
    death by poetry The slips of paper he keeps not only in his pocket, but scattered throughout his home, hold poems and notes he writes when creativity strikes. The satirical poems that poke fun of the living by suggesting they're dead are a Mexican Día de los...
  • Life is a canvas for sign painter Like baking a cake, Girard says, when you make something from scratch it can be more costly so his company doesn't really market hand lettering. The rest of the time, the company depends on technology — computer lettering on vinyl is the norm —...
  • Las calaveras, los poemas satíricos, son parte de la tradición del día de los muertos que algunos como Enrique Sanchez mantienen. “Trato de (burlarme) de políticos o gente que se aprovecha de (otros) o que a mí se me hace que estan ahí por el...
  • Cultivating diversity “Our founders very wisely have always (kept) the focus on graduate degree attainment,” said Luis Martínez, director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Trinity University. Martinez, who has been a SACNAS member since 1992, says...
  • Health programs boost morale and make for an overall better place to work, said panelists at the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce's 7th annual Healthy Business Summit and Exposition. According to Cuffy, the key to successful programs is...
  • News September 18, 2013
    Breaking the mold
    Breaking the mold Whether it's a family business people are expected to follow or a career path that's deemed normal, plans have been laid out. In honor of this, Conexión celebrates the independent spirit by profiling some who chose to follow theirs. [...] the...
  • Persistence pays off for researcher Stephanie Perez, 32, learned she was pregnant just days before she was supposed to start college at UTSA in August of 2000. The future didn't look bright for the teen mom who ended up living at Seton Home, which provides services for teen...
  • Post-graduation possibilities A nonprofit group helps students learn about jobs.
  • 'A rich and deep U.S. history' Airing in two-hour blocks over three consecutive Tuesdays during Hispanic Heritage Month, the series, narrated by actor Benjamin Bratt, features interviews with more than 100 people. Valadez produced two of the series' segments, “War and Peace”...
  • Superstar, teacher reunited When Gloria Estefan's family moved to San Antonio after her father's political imprisonment in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs invasion, she was a 6-year-old girl who didn't know English. Racial tensions were high as the civil rights movement...
  • Marketers targeting Latinas A recent study found 86 percent of Latinas are making major household financial decisions.
  • Lerma is just one of the 86 percent of Latinas who are making major household financial decisions, according to a study released by Nielsen earlier this month. The magazine's two-day Labor Day weekend festival, which features big-name stars...
  • Pre-K 4 SA students prepare for first day This year, 700 4-year-olds will attend classes at the two city centers while 22,400 children are expected to be served during the eight-year life of the tax increase.
  • Pre-K 4 SA: ready, set, go! Jessica Ambris, a master teacher at Pre-K 4 SA's South Side center, lived in Nevada when she first learned of the program while doing research for a possible move to Texas. With several years of childhood education under her belt, she applied for...
  • From the barrio to the gourmet food truck park Entire events, such as the Boardwalk on Bulverde Food Truck Throwdown, are devoted to the gourmet foods that come from a kitchen on wheels. Bruni adds that because of social media, gourmet food truck vendors are now able to communicate with...