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Center for Public Policy & Political Studies
Austin Community College
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd., Rm 414.3
Austin, Texas 78752-4390
Director, Peck Young
512.223.7069; Fax: 512.223.7210
cppps@austincc.edu

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2011-2012 Events

April is Environmental Awareness Month at ACC View Picasa slidewhow from ACC's Earth Fair 2012

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Click on a date above to read about events scheduled for April is Environmental Awareness Month at ACC. Those needing a sign language interpreter or other accommodations, please contact Interpreter Services at interpservices@austincc.edu or 223-6155, at least 48 hours in advance

All events are free and open to the public. Download the event flier; or text listing.

April 11, 2012 (Wednesday)
Clean EnergY-Factor: Women in Clean Energy

Time: 8:30 am 5:30 pm
Location: ACC's Eastview Campus (Room 8500), 3401 Webberville Rd., 78702
Hosts: Renewable Energy Student Association (RESA) and Center for Student Political Studies (CSPS)

An all-day event with tabling by various green organizations, businesses, and government entities, and presentations /workshops by successful women involved in the clean energy field.

April 16, 2012 (Monday)
Sol Concert: Blues and Soul Concert using solar power

Time: 2:00 pm 4:00 pm
Location: ACC's Riverside Campus (outside by Solar PV Array on Pole), 1020 Grove Blvd., 78741
Hosts: Renewable Energy Student Association (RESA)

Local blues and "sol" musicians, including Austin's own singer/ guitarist John Gaar, will perform acoustically, amplified by a solar powered system. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of ACC's Renewable Energy program and of the current state of solar power technology.

April 19, 2012 (Thursday)
Earth Fair: Presentations by speakers and vendors

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: ACC's Eastview Campus (Room 8500), 3401 Webberville Rd., 78702
Hosts: Center for Student Political Studies (CSPS), the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), the Department of History and the Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS) at ACC

Learn from participants about greener ways of living like: eating/growing local, use of alternative forms of energy, green building, and transportation. Light refreshments will be available.

April 20, 2012 (Friday)
Star Party


Time: 5:30 pm 9:30 pm
Location: ACC's Round Rock Campus (Bld. 2000 RRC), 2400 Campus Park Drive, Round Rock, TX 78665
Hosts: ACC's Department of Physical Sciences

Make the best of Central Texas' clear skies and join an ACC Star Party at Round Rock Campus to gaze at and learn about outer space.

April 21, 2012 (Saturday)
Alternative Transportation: The Greener Choices

Time: 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Location: ACC's Riverside Campus (outside on parking lot), 1020 Grove Blvd., 78741
Hosted by: Renewable Energy Student Association (RESA)

An all-day event with tabling by various groups (AustinEV, Capital Metro, etc.), exhibitions of bicycles, electric scooters, electric vehicles, etc. -all showcasing alternative technologies. Lecture hall G-8100 will host presentations on topics ranging from bicycling to the current state of development in electric vehicle batteries.

Veterans: Learn About Education and Careers in the Clean Energy Field

Date: Friday, March 23, 2012
Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: ACC's Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove Blvd • Austin, TX  78741[@ the Solar PV Array on Pole/Lecture Hall]
Hosted by: Renewable Energy Student Association (RESA)

Please join us for an all-day event with representatives and presentations from various Clean Energy organizations, businesses, and government entities.  Attendees will learn about jobs and the education needed for entry into this field. Enjoy light refreshments in the morning with flag-raising and reveille, plus tours of the campus.

Those needing a sign language interpreter or other accommodations, please contact Interpreter Services at interpservices@austincc.edu or 223-6155, at least 48 hours in advance.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

Texas Independence Day – A Multicultural Celebration!
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: ACC Eastview Campus, Room 8500 (event flier)

Join us for the 2nd Annual Texas Independence Day Celebration. ACC students, faculty, and staff will enjoy music, traditional food, and be able to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Texas Independence Day, and the role that the many peoples played...

Distinguished guest speakers include Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, ACC Professor of History Larry Willoughby, and ACC Government Professor Lisa Perez-Nichols.

ACC students, faculty, and staff will enjoy music, traditional food, and be able to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Texas Independence Day, and the role that many peoples played...

Salt Lick is our BBQ sponsor...yummy!

Questions? Please contact: cjackso3@austincc.edu, 512-223-7049

Students needing a sign language interpreter or other accommodations, please contact John Aintablian at aint@austincc.edu at least 48 hours in advance.

Honoring the Service: Veterans Day Reading
November 11, 7:00 p.m.
Riverside Campus Lecture Hall (Bldg. G, Room 8500)

CPPPS and ACC’s Arts and Humanities Division hosted on November 11th, the annual Veteran’s Day Reading. This program, attended by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes, and other community members, was held at the ACC Riverside Campus. Event flier

Constitution Debate Day Celebration
When: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Where: Palmer Events Center (map)
Time: 5:30-8:30 p. m. Refreshments will be served.

ACC's Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS), its Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and their CSPS (Center for Student Political Studies) invite ACC students to examine their knowledge and beliefs about the U.S. Constitution, and to reflect on the state of their rights in today's politically-charged climate. Event flier

Celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembre at ACC
Thursday, September 15, 2011
ACC Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove Blvd.
Noon – 1 p.m., free and open to the public

Learn the meaning of el Diez y Seis from historians. Sample tasty traditional dishes and enjoy the rhythmic steps of Roy Lozano's Ballet Folklórico, plus musical entertainment from Mariachi Estrella, Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto Band, and Boca Abajo. Event flier

2010-2011 Events

Thanks goes out to the sponsors,student helpers, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, general supporters of ACC CPPPS, and of course, Senator Cornyn for a great night of food and inspirational speeches at our annual fundraiser that was held on 4/25. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

April is Environmental Awareness Month at ACC

Earth Fair: Get the Facts!
April 18, 2011, 6:00-8:30 pm
ACC’s Eastview Campus, Room 8500, 3401 Webberville Rd., 78702

The Earth fair seeks to empower students and the community with the environmental skills/knowledge that they need to change their lives for the “greener.” The program will include presentations about the impact of global warming on Texas, eating/growing local, and use of alternative forms of energy. Internal and external vendors will also be on hand to demonstrate their green services/mission. Light refreshments will be available.

Open to the public. Hosted by the Center for Student Political Studies, Department of History, and Center for Public Policy and Political Studies at ACC. Questions? Contact Carla Jackson, cjackso3@austincc.edu, 512.223.7049.

Water, Water is NOT Everywhere: Water Awareness/Conservation Fair
April 15, 2011, 6:00-8:15 pm, Booths open 6:00-7:00 pm
Presentation 7:00-7:45 pm, booths open again 7:45-8:15 pm
ACC’s Northridge Campus Lecture Hall (Bldg. 4000), 11928 Stonehollow Dr., 78758

Join ACC for an evening discussing one of life’s most precious resources –water. A presentation will be made by ACC Geology Professor Dr. Bruce Darling about his work with Hydrologist without Borders to bring water to Kenyan villagers. More information on Professor Darlings’ work in Kenya is available at: http://tinyurl.com/DrDarlingswater. In addition, before and after the presentation, Students for Environmental Outreach will have general information booths open. Tours of the Well House, that ACC drilled in 1998 as part of Earth Science Week, will be given upon request.

Open to the public. Hosted by ACC’s Students for Environmental Outreach and Physical Sciences/Geology Department. Questions? Contact Carla Jackson, cjackso3@austincc.edu, 512.223.7049.

The Sustainability Fair: Focus on Food and Sustainable Agriculture
April 7, 2011, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
ACC’s Rio Grande Campus Student lounge (cafeteria), 1212 Rio Grande Street, 78701

ACC’s Students for Environmental Outreach hosts a fair each semester to address environmental issues. This semester, their fair will focus on sustainable living with an emphasis on food and gardening. In addition to the booths, the students will be hosting a sustainability game show. Contestants will be asked questions regarding food, gardening and sustainable practices. Winners will get club T-shirts. Light refreshments will be available.

Open to the public. Hosted by Students for Environmental Outreach. Questions? Contact Carla Jackson, cjackso3@austincc.edu, 512.223.7049.

Texas Independence Day - A Multicultural Celebration!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Eastview Campus, Bldg. G, Multipurpose Room 8500

This program is presented by ACC’s Center for Student Political Studies (CSPS), its Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS), its Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of History. Read more...

Living for 32 Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 17, 2011 · 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

At 6:00 pm this Thursday, February 17, Austin Community College’s South Austin campus will screen the acclaimed documentary “Living for 32.” The screening of the 40-minute film about Colin Goddard’s journey from shooting survivor to gun violence prevention advocate is being held in collaboration with the Texas Brady Campaign Chapters, Students for Gun-Free Schools, the College Democrats at Texas State, UT-Austin's University Democrats, and ACC’s concerned students and professors. Read more...

Honoring the Service
Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
ACC Riverside Campus, Room 8100
1020 Grove Blvd., Austin

ACC’s Big Read, in collaboration with ACC’s Center for Public Policy & Political Studies, and ACC’s Veterans’ Affairs Department presents “Honoring the Service.” A reading of works composed by ACC Veterans; also featuring award-winning veteran affairs novelist Larry Heinemann.

Free and open to the public. For more information, please call 223-3226. 

RESCHEDULED EVENT: River Bats Election Convention
Wednesday ~ October 13, 2010 ~ 6 pm
ACC’s Eastview Campus
Building 8000, Multipurpose Hall (room 8500)

The The Center for Student Political Studies invites you to come out and run for office or help vote in the next officers for one of the most dynamic clubs at ACC.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

  • Terral Smith, Former St. Rep., Former Leg. Dir. to Gov. Bush
  • Former Austin Mayor Bruce Todd, Bruce Todd Public Affairs

Refreshments will be served. Don't forget to bring your favorite RIVER BAT!

"Economy Furniture Strike Documentary"
Reception, Premiere, and panel discussion
October 11, 2010
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Our local history is a story of everyday people doing extraordinary things. The rights and privileges we take for granted today were earned through the work and sacrifice of those persons whose names, struggles and triumphs are not widely known by the general public. The Austin Community College’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies, through its Jeffrey M. Friedman Political Video History Project, recognizes the accomplishments of these people and documents their stories. The first of the products from this project is the documentary “The Economy Furniture Strike.”

 

"The Economy Furniture Strike"

“The Economy Furniture Strike” is a feature length documentary about a local labor dispute which resulted in the political mobilization of Mexican-Americans in Austin/Travis County. The film is produced by Paradigm Shift Multimedia and the ACC Center for Public Policy and Political Studies, and is hosted and narrated by Emmy award-winning journalist Dan Rather. The documentary is the result of hundreds of hours of interviews of the principals of the strike and research utilizing newspapers, legal documents, and artifacts. Please view trailer and see more information about the project here.

A Conversation with Evan Smith
Tuesday, October 1, 2010
Rio Grande Campus Theater, Room 201
1:00-2:30 p.m.

An invitation to learn how to “cut through the clutter” to get the information you need about policy/politics.

Evan Smith is the CEO and Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune. He spent nearly 18 years at TEXAS MONTHLY, stepping down in August 2009 as the magazine's president and editor in chief. Previously he served as editor for more than eight years—only the third person to hold that title. On his watch, TEXAS MONTHLY was nominated for sixteen National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and twice was awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Learn more...

Constitution Debate Day Celebration Photos from event
When: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Where: Palmer Events Center (map)
Time: 5:30-8:30 p. m. Refreshments will be served.

ACC’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS), its Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and their CSPS (Center for Student Political Studies) invite ACC students to examine their knowledge and beliefs about the U.S. Constitution, and to reflect on the state of their rights in today’s politically-charged climate. To see the issues that were debated at the program, please click HERE. To learn more about the event, view the original ACC calendar listing.

3rd Annual Constitution Day Art Contest and Reception

The ACC Center for Public Policy and Political Studies has teamed up with the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division and the Arts and Humanities Division to sponsor ACC’s 3rd Annual Constitution Day on September 17, 2010. Learn more...

Diez y Seis de Septiembre Photos from event
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Noon – 1:00 p.m., Free and open to the public
ACC Riverside Campus (near the bookstore and bus turn around area)

Come and learn the meaning of el Diez y Seis from Historians. Enjoy Hispanic dishes and music and dance by Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklórico, Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto Band, ACC’s own Boca Abajo, and more.

2009-2010 Events

2008-2009 Events

2007-2008 Events  

  • Constitution Debate Celebration (9/24/2007)
  • Diez y Seis Festival at Riverside Campus, at ACC (9/16/2007)
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