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ACC Leadership Awards Program Nominations Deadline Extended!

The time is here to nominate one or more of your colleagues for an ACC Leadership Award. This is a perfect opportunity to let your colleagues know that their leadership and dedication to ACC and its students has not gone unnoticed.

The ACC Leadership Award program is intended to recognize individual employees who have demonstrated excellence in the performance of their College duties and responsibilities. Individuals to be nominated should have played leadership roles in efforts that delivered substantial benefits to ACC as a whole, to a community served by ACC or to another external population. The following awards will be given to a deserving nominee each year:

Classified Employee of the Year
Professional Technical Employee of the Year
Administrator of the Year In addition,
special President’s “Above and Beyond” Leadership Awards may be given each year:

  • ACC Community Volunteer of the Year
  • Student Success Award
  • Servant-Leadership Award
  • The Bright Idea Award

The nomination deadline has been extended to November 10th. To learn more about this awards program, the nomination process, or submit a nomination, please go to http://www.austincc.edu/hr/profdev/awards/.

APTE Star Award, 2009–2010 for an administrator who stands out!

Star AwardThe Association of Professional-Technical Employees initiates this award for those administrators with the following characteristics:

  • Honest - Displays sincerity, integrity, and candor in all actions.
  • Competent - Bases actions on reason and moral principles.
  • Forward-looking - Sets goals and has a vision of the future. Envisions what they want and how to get it.
  • Inspiring - Displays confidence in everything.
  • Intelligent - Reads, studies, and seeks challenging assignments.
  • Fair-minded - Shows fair treatment to all people.
  • Broad-minded - Seeks out diversity.
  • Courageous - Has the perseverance to accomplish a goal with a confident calmness when under stress.
  • Straightforward - Uses sound judgment to make good decisions at the right time.
  • Imaginative - Makes timely and appropriate changes, thinking of new and better goals, ideas, and solutions to problems. Innovative.

This years recipient was Kirk White, Associate Dean of Continuing Education. Kirk received his award at the August 24, 2010 meeting and expressed his thanks to the association for the award. Kirk was nominated by Sharon Duncan, Director, Alternate Teacher's Certification. Sharon created this great video on why she nominated Kirk:
http://sharing.theflip.com/session/053518b4c4d4e5be94ff8317af3ab0f4/video/17664359

 

APTE 2009-2010 Schedule - APTE Coming to a Campus Near You!

APTE coming to a Campus Near you

Return of The Rock!

You Rock! Proftech Campaign Fall 2009

A Year In Review

Download the presntation shown at the Austin Community College Board of Trustees meeting that showcases the highlights and acomplishments of APTE this past year!

The Star Award Vote

The APTE Star Award has been created to recognize and honor an ACC administrator that has proven to be an exceptional leader in the eyes of the APTE during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Instead of selecting the top 5 nominees for our ballot, we have decided to let APTE members select their top choice from the entire list of 8 nominees. Voting will take place online from July 17 - 31, 2009.

The nomiees and winner will be announced at the Fall General Assembly and will be honored with a special recognition. Have your vote count to thank an administrator that really stands out

*Voting has ended for this event*

Results of Nominations and Selections

Results of Nominations and Selections for Proftech representation on councils, committees and task forces for 2009-2010

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APTE Star Award, 2008-2009 …for an administrator who stands out!

Star AwardThe Association of Professional-Technical Employees initiates this award for those administrators with the following characteristics:

  • Honest - Displays sincerity, integrity, and candor in all actions.
  • Competent - Bases actions on reason and moral principles.
  • Forward-looking - Sets goals and has a vision of the future. Envisions what they want and how to get it.
  • Inspiring - Displays confidence in everything.
  • Intelligent - Reads, studies, and seeks challenging assignments.
  • Fair-minded - Shows fair treatment to all people.
  • Broad-minded - Seeks out diversity.
  • Courageous - Has the perseverance to accomplish a goal with a confident calmness when under stress.
  • Straightforward - Uses sound judgment to make good decisions at the right time.
  • Imaginative - Makes timely and appropriate changes, thinking of new and better goals, ideas, and solutions to problems. Innovative.

Nominate an administrator by July 15, by sending an email to Teresa Moore, noting the name of the nominee, the title of his/her position, characteristics you consider to be outstanding, and a short paragraph explaining how the nominee has demonstrated those characteristics. The top five nominees will be placed on the ballot. Members may view the ballot and vote online from July 17- 31, 2009.

The winner and nominees will be announced at the General Assembly on August 21, 2009 and will be honored with a special recognition.

Have your vote count to thank administrators who really stand out!

Call For Nominations!

Call for nominations of new officers and executive council members to serve on the college’s Shared Governance committees are now open. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the institution and being an integral part of the colleges planning processes and future growth.

Please take a moment to review the following information and consider becoming an active participant in the leadership of APTE.

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APTE at All Access

APTE was at the biggest open house in 35 years of ACC history! Check out the slideshow of photos courtesy of Maxine Kapalan.
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You Rock ACC!

You Rock ACC
Have you ever wanted to say more than just “thank you” to someone that has gone out of their way to help or has been extraordinarily nice? Well this is your chance to get boulder and let that person know they Rock!

APTE is hosting the “You Rock ACC!” contest and scholarship fundraiser and here is how it works:

  • Buy rocks from APTE labeled “You Rock ACC!” Rocks cost $1.00/each.
  • Give these pre-labeled rocks to your staff, supervisor, colleagues, friends, classmates, instructors, etc. when they do something that you feel deserves a special reward.
  • Give and collect rocks during the months of March and April.
  • On April 30th, send us a tally of the total number of rocks you have received (Sorry, you cannot buy rocks for yourself ).
  • The person with the most rocks at the end of the contest will win a $100 gift card to Central Market/HEB.
  • After the contest you can choose to either keep your rocks or donate them back to APTE. All rocks collected after the contest will be sent to the new Round Rock campus to be used in landscaping projects.
For more information or to get your “You Rock ACC!” rocks, contact Susan Thomason, Rebecca Francis , Tracie German or Edward Terry.

CWTCOC Update

Committee Name: College-Wide Technology & Capital Outlay (CWTCOC)
Meeting Date: February 13, 2009
Minutes: Aside from about 7 standard purchase approvals, the big happening for this meeting was a presentation from Apple.

APPLE VISITS THE TECH COMMITTEE:

Rather than show us a bunch of new laptops as Dell did last year, Apple came to talk more about the services they offer:

  1. You can borrow a Mac from Apple for 2 weeks to see if you like it--free of charge.
  2. An Apple rep can/will come to you & sit with you for an hour or so showing you all the basics.
  3. They have a nice service called "iTunes U" that allows students of participating schools access to school-related updates, videos, and podcasts. (NOTE: The Workforce Division of ACC is currently interested & looking into the idea further.)

If you're interested in learning more about Macs, give our Apple rep a call: Andy Wisner (512-481-0802 / awisner@apple.com)

The big thing about Macs is they can run both Mac OS & Windows. This is a key point to remember if you've ever wanted to switch to a Mac, but still have the need/desire to continue using Windows.

Personally, I've never touched a Mac longer than a day, but I just recently requested to trial a Mac Book Pro for two weeks so I can evaluate how well it works with some of the programs we use in our department. More and more of our students are getting Macs & I can't afford to tell them "I can't help you" anymore. If you're interested in how my journey goes, just ask me in a few weeks!

REMINDER ABOUT DEPARTMENTAL PURCHASES:

The chair of the committee, Richard Smith, wanted the reps to remind everyone that funds allocated to departments for replacement of assets are to be used ONLY for the budgeted items. Any financial savings cannot be used for other purchases. For example, if your department was budgeted $5,000 for the replacement of 10 assets, but replacing those 10 items only costs $1,000, that $1,000 goes back to the committee & cannot be used by the department for items unrelated to the original replacement request. Please let me know if you need any more information about this.

THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY:

A big question on everyone's mind has been how Dr. Kinslow's announcement will affect the CWTCOC budget for future years. The easy answer at the moment is no one knows. As more information comes out, I will be sure to let everyone know.

USEFUL LINKS & CONTACT INFO:

Please don't hesitate to contact me for more information or with any questions or concerns!

Matt Wilson
Computer Support Supervisor
Architectural & Engineering Computer Aided Design
Northridge Campus
Office: (512) 223-4826
E-mail: mwilson3@austincc.edu

APTE Updates - January 2009

Greetings Everyone!

Don’t forget the Executive Council Meeting on Friday, January 30th from 11:30 to 1:00 in Room 103.2. Please make your lunch selection on the attached form. We will commence the meeting with a brief sharing of committee information and then proceed to discuss the Taste of ACC Fundraiser. Susan and I will also give a brief update on the current Shared Governance discussions and the Draft of the F-10 discussion. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Meetings:
  • Executive Council Meeting – Friday, January 30th, 2009 (for executive council members only)
  • Officer’s Meeting – February 12th, 2009 (for officers only)
  • APTE/PLT Update - February 19th, 2009 (for officers only)
  • APTE Appreciation Luncheon – February 27th, 2009 (more information to follow)
Fundraising

Mug Hug sales are over and funds will be divided equally between the scholarship fund and the APTE emergency fund. Thanks to all those that helped to sell mugs or purchased mugs to support this project.

The Taste of ACC Cook-off plans are being finalized more information will be available after the Executive Council meeting next Friday. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 28th .

APTE Logo Contest

With limited attendance at our Holiday Networking social, we have opted to conduct voting for the APTE logo online at the following link:
http://fs7.formsite.com/accids/form569794074/index.html
Please submit your vote by January 31st.

Spanish Conversation Series

The next session of the Spanish Conversation Series will take place on Thursday, February 5th from 10:00 am 11:00 am. You may register through the ACC Workshop and Events Database at https://www3.austincc.edu/it/workshops/ . An optional Lunch outing (not funded by ACC) at a local Latin American restaurant will follow from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm for interested participants. For more information contact Susan Thomason at sthomaso@austincc.edu or 3-7796.

Please email us if there is any other information you would like to share with the membership or if you have any questions. Susan, Rebecca, Edward and Tracie
APTE Executive Committee Meeting January 30, 2008 11:30-1:00 ACC's Highland Business Center, Room 103.2 Please Choose your Lunch Preference
  • Sandwiches (Includes Fresh Fruit Salad, Pasta Salad, and a Cookie)
  • Turkey & Havarti
  • Ham & Swiss Sandwich
  • Classic Chicken Salad Sandwich
  • Roast Beef & Brie on Criossant Avocado Delight on 9 Grain Bread
  • Tuna Salad Sandwich
  • Salads (Includes Roll, Fruit Salad, and Cookie)
  • Caesar Salad Greek Salad with Greek Dressing
  • Cobb Salad with Creamy Ranch Dressing
  • Grilled Salmon on Field Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrarette
  • Spinach, Orange, & Walnut Salad with a Balsamic Vinaigarette

Mug Hugs are Back!

Mug Hug

A great gift for friends, family, boss, staff, classmates, instructor, significant other or anyone that needs some Holiday Cheer!

These gift-wrapped clear coffee mugs filled with chocolaty Hersheys Hugs will be on sale for the holidays at various ACC campuses by the Association of Professional-Technical Employees.

Mugs are only $5.00 each and proceeds will benefit the College Connection Scholarship Fund and the APTE Emergency Fund.

APTE needs a Logo! (and your help)

The Association of Professional Technical Employees is sending out a call for logo submissions. The logo would be used in PROFTECH media including letterheads, websites, promotional materials, and more.

Don't worry about not being the greatest digital artist around, we are looking for ideas that we can expand upon. Here are the guidelines:
  • Artwork must be original
  • Artwork can be any medium, but needs to be scanned in and email-able
  • Color or black and white artwork is accepted
  • Artwork must include the acronym: APTE and, or the words Association of Professional Technical Employees
  • No manipulations of the ACC "star" please
  • Artwork will be displayed for evaluation, online or otherwise
  • PRIZE WILL BE AWARDED
Deadline for Submissions : December 1st 2008
Online Voting: December 1 – December 10, 2008
Winner Announced: December 12th

Email artwork submissions or questions to eterry@austincc.edu

APTE General Meeting 2008 Ike Food Drive Be sure to mark you calendars!

September 26 2008
Executive Council/Work Session
RSVP by 9/23 @ 5:00 pm

October 31 2008
General Business Meeting and Halloween Social

  • Raffle Prizes for those who come in Costume
  • Networking opportunity
  • Disaster Relief Presentation/Speaker
  • FREE LUNCH

The Association of Professional-Technical Employees presents a Closing-the-Gaps Project
Spanish Conversation Series. Made possible through the generous support of the Office of Student Support and Success Systems

This Spanish Conversation Series is designed to help ACC faculty and staff practice speaking Spanish and build vocabulary that specifically relates to education and student services. The project will include monthly meetings to discuss articles written in Spanish about topics in education. Guest facilitators from varying Latin American countries may be invited to discuss regional language variations.

- Participants can receive one hour of participation credit towards their professional development goals based on supervisor approval. - Sessions will be held from 10:00 am -11:00 am on the first Thursday of each month at ACCs Highland Business Center. The first session will be on Thursday, September 4th.
- An optional Lunch outing (not funded by ACC) at a local Latin American restaurant will follow from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm for interested participants.


To register, go to the ACC Workshop Database.
To get started, find and review the articles posted at our “Spanish Talk” Google Group
For additional information contact Susan Thomason at 3-7796 or sthomaso@austincc.edu

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