ALMOST HOME is the theme for this year's gathering of former students, staff, and friends of the Spanish-American Seminary (SAS) and Sandia View Academy (SVA). World events remind us of that we are nearing the end of Earth's history and of Christ's directive to "Go ye into the world and preach the gospel" (Matthew 28:19), the principle upon which SAS was founded. In a world without much hope, the message of Christ's love for you and His soon return is a heartwarming ray of light! Join us October 11-13, 2018 for SAS & SVA Alumni Weekend 2018. It won't be long until we're all ALMOST HOME.
"All heaven is astir, engaged in preparing for the day of God's vengeance, the day of Zion's deliverance. The time of tarrying is almost ended. The pilgrims and strangers who have so long been seeking a better country are almost home. I feel as if I must cry aloud, Homeward bound! Rapidly we are nearing the time when Christ will come to gather His redeemed to Himself" (EGW, The Review and Herald, November 13, 1913; Evangelism 219.4).
Alumni Weekend is the 2nd weekend in October every year. This year Alumni Weekend will begin Thursday, October 11 and go thru until Saturday night, October 13. Honor class years all end with 3 or 8. 2018, 2013, 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, 1968, 1963, 1958, 1953, 1948, and 1943. We hope you will make plans to join us in Corrales, NM at our little school 'neath Mt. Sandia.
SAS and SVA Alumni have provided a Career Day for current SVA students during Alumni Weekend for a number of years. If you will be in the Metro-Area, Friday, October 12, 2018 and are willing to share information about your career, please contact Lisa Christopherson at [email protected]. You would be presenting two 30-min sessions with a 30 min question and answer period at the end in a whole school assembly. Lunch is provided.
October 12-14, 2017
What an amazing time of fellowship and worship! Electronic newsletter will be sent out in November.
Thank you to everyone who made our 75th Anniversary of the 1st graduating class of Seminario Hispano Americano so successful!
A thumb drive of all the pictures taken by Derral Reeve, Lisa Christopherson, and Julia Nicklin will be sent to you for a donation of $20. Monies go to the Alumni Association.
Didn't get a commemorative shirt? $15 will get one mailed to you.
Email us at [email protected]
With your help and support, SVA Alumni was able to raise a little over $16,000 for Sandia View Academy Worthy Student Fund. Thank you to all our corporate and team sponsors. Congratulations to Moises Tarengo and his team taking first place at this year's golf classic!!
SVA Alumni Board has voted to start highlighting different SVA Alumni on our website and also in our newsletters. We believe folks would like to hear about your life after graduating from or attending SVA. Email the following information [500-1000 words or less] to [email protected]:
You attended Sandia View Academy. You are SVA! You graduated from Sandia View Academy. You are SVA! You attend SVA now. You are SVA!
Check out our "I am SVA!" videos on YouTube
What unites us is SVA. Our connection is SVA. Our history converges at SVA. No matter your race, gender, culture, current or prior geographical location, current or prior denominational ties - YOU ARE SVA!
A list of names of Alumni who have passed and have been read at Alumni Weekends is located on Tribute page. If you have names to add for 2018 Alumni Homecoming Weekend, please email us at [email protected]. Unfortunately, we have already begun the 2018 list :-(
The list of names that have been read in the past is listed on Tribute page.
O.K. TROOPS: (SVA Alumni)
Many of us have been keeping tabs on what is currently happening at SVA. While the dorms have been quiet for a number of years, the other functions of the school have continued to develop nicely. The first bright spot on the current record: SVA is operating on a black finance sheet for the first time I can remember. (Can you remember?)
The second bright spot :The Texaco Conference is pushing hard to strengthen Christian Education again. The churches in the Albuquerque area have come together and formed a workable plan to re-set the school for current realities. A firm contract has been signed with an ?honest-to-goodness? proven and properly focused developer. A new nursing and retirement home will occupy a large part of the property on the south.The plan includes a brand new academy complex more centrally functional on the north side of the property.
Student opportunities are planned by the owner/builder to provide workers for the needs of the facility and to offer employment to the families and students of the new academy. All the building permits have been applied for and accepted. But one remaining permit with the State which will take a wearisome time to complete since the state is known to be very slow. Let?s pray for the State of NM.
Our last executive officer planning meeting was July 9. The "active" alumni need information from the not-so-active alumni. Could this be you? If you haven?t been to homecoming weekend recently, THIS IS YOU ! We want to encourage you to get together with other SVAites in your areas and take pictures so we have some idea of your current world. It is very easy to text pictures and brief news notes. (Please be kind to your SVA friends). Send in your comments and pictures right away. We still need an elected Alumni treasurer. (a minimum time requirement, but important position). Please pray about this opportunity. God has been good. Surely He won?t let us down now.
Many Great Memories
C Bruce Bowen
President: Bruce Bowen, '62, term ends October 2018
President-elect: Michael Razon, '05, term ends October 2018
Treasurer: Georgia Armijo, '90; tern ends October 2019
Secretary: Lisa Christopherson, '85, term ends October 2018
By position: SVA staff member; SVA Sr. Class President, Gyla Tipgos
Board of Directors: Paul Chavez, '81; Sandra McMahon, '54; Jenny Larsen, '69