FacStaff Digest

Earning As: Summer 2020

Posted on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:09pm

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of Austin Community College District (ACC) faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Excelencia in Education selected ACC's Transfer...

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Dr. Gary Moreno, El Centro Latino/Latin American Studies Center director

ACC names new Latino/Latin American Studies Center director

Posted on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:50am

The Austin Community College District (ACC) names Dr. Gary Moreno as the new director of El Centro, the college's Latino/Latin American Studies Center. Moreno will continue El Centro's mission to build connections between the college and the broader...

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HLC2 Connection to HLC4000 Lower Level

Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: September 2020

Posted on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:41am

Highland Campus 2014 Bond Phase 2By Pamela Collier, ACC Highland Phase 2 Project ManagerThe Black Box Theatre wood floor is being installed. The wood stage flooring in the Music Performance Hall will be installed soon. The fixed seating in the...

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Month-in-Review: September 2020

Posted on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:30am

Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off eventsACC kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with two events on September 15. International Festival 2020 was a daylong, virtual event that featured a film screening, musical performances, instructional dance videos...

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Alejandra Polcik, manager of Hispanic Outreach Projects

ACC talks Hispanic Heritage Month with Alejandra Polcik

Posted on Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:53am

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Austin Community College District (ACC) sits down with influential and accomplished faculty and staff to discuss what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them. Meet Alejandra Polcik, the manager of Hispanic Outreach...

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Spring 2020 Bravo Award Recipients

Posted on Thu, 08/27/2020 - 12:59pm

The Riverbats Employee Bravo Awards program recognizes employees whose actions reflect exemplary customer service as demonstrated by excellent communication, collaboration, or responsiveness in support of the mission, vision, and values of ACC. ...

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Month-in-Review: August 2020

Posted on Thu, 08/27/2020 - 12:50pm

2020 ACC Foster Care Luggage Drive raises record amountThe 11th annual ACC Foster Care Luggage Drive raised $3,000 in donations, tripling last year's amount. In the previous 10 years, 403 pieces of luggage and $5,844 have been donated. This year,...

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Vet Tech Hybrid class

ACC kicks off fall 2020 semester

Posted on Thu, 08/27/2020 - 12:29pm

Austin Community College District (ACC) welcomed students for the fall 2020 semester on Monday, August 24 with enhanced support and educational options to keep students on track. Online + Hybrid Learning: ACC's No. 1 priority as the college returns...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: July/August 2020

Posted on Thu, 08/27/2020 - 9:24am

RIO GRANDE CAMPUS RENOVATIONSBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Tremendous progress has been made over the past month. The two elevators are being installed. Decorative hand railing systems are being installed in the interior...

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ACC launches new 14-week short semester option

Posted on Tue, 08/25/2020 - 10:22am

Austin Community College District (ACC) launches a new 14-week, short semester option for students this fall. Submitted applications for fall are up more than 15 percent. The 14-week option gives students who are still working through the...

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New ACC committee focuses on equity in Strategic Enrollment Management

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 12:45pm

Austin Committee College District (ACC) is undergoing a collegewide process to create a strategic student enrollment plan with a focus on equity. A Strategic Enrollment Management committee has been formed at the direction of the President's Cabinet...

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Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: May/June 2020

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:49am

The Highland Campus South Parking Garage hit another milestone this summer. Construction crews added the college's name to the external-facing wall, which is visible from Interstate 35, Highway 290, and areas to the east and southeast of the campus...

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Month-in-Review: July 2020

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 11:20am

Snack Box DistributionStudent Life continues to provide a consistent place for students to meet their immediate food needs while on campus with the Food Pantry program. This service was put on hold as we were faced with the need to transition to...

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MyACC faculty and staff portals launch this fall

Posted on Thu, 07/30/2020 - 10:36am

Austin Community College District (ACC) employees will soon be able to access all college information in one place with the MyACC Faculty and Staff Portals, which launch this fall. "We are excited to finally release portals for faculty and staff....

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ACC Board of Trustees July 6 Recap

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 4:06pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its July regular meeting on Monday, July 6, via teleconference due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Trustees approved the FY2021 budget, heard presentations on the CARES Act...

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Collaboration, communication key to disbursing CARES student aid quickly

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 3:44pm

Austin Community College (ACC) has distributed more than half of the $6.9 million in federal aid it received specifically for student emergency support from the Department of Education as part of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund...

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Drive-up Wifi

Taking online classes just got easier. ACC expands drive-up WiFi to all campuses

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 3:35pm

Despite the first return to campus, most courses and work remain online and in virtual environments. To better support students and employees, the college has expanded its free WiFi to all campuses in designated parking lots. As of July 14, a total...

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George Wilkerson: Honoring the legacy of ACC’s first dean of instruction

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 2:25pm

Dr. George Wilkerson may be best known in Austin as a comedy sketch writer and cast member for Esther's Follies, but as the founding dean of instruction at Austin Community College, creator of the first online Composition course in Texas, and an...

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FY2021 budget approved without cuts, defers compensation decisions

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 2:10pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees voted to approve the budget for FY2021. The $416 million budget maintains existing operations and currently approved initiatives without making any cuts. "Our approach at this point is...

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A student getting his temperature scanned.

First week back: ACC cautiously implements return-to-campus plan

Posted on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 10:00am

Since Austin Community College District (ACC) closed its campuses and centers in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a small number of classes — primarily in workforce-related programs in health sciences and applied technologies such as welding...

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TAMU students in class

Applications increase for Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at ACC

Posted on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 1:58pm

Now in its fourth year, interest in the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Austin Community College (ACC) continues to grow. Nearly 300 students have requested to apply for the fall 2020 cohort, which plans to accept 150 students. The...

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HLC2 Riverbat

Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: March/April 2020

Posted on Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:29am

Despite a brief shutdown and some challenges with delayed deliveries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction marches forward on the Rio Grande and Highland campus projects, which both reached significant milestones in the past month. Rio Grande...

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Regional Advisory Committees hear academic and campus master plans updates

Posted on Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:21am

Austin Community College District's (ACC) three Regional Advisory Committees representing the district's north, south, and central service areas met virtually in June to hear updates on the college's academic and campus master plans. Academic Master...

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How IT is working to keep the college online

Posted on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:42pm

Austin Community College's Information Technology (IT) department continues its work to support the college's response plan for the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 virus. Even before the college's decision to suspend all nonessential, in-...

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ACC Board of Trustees June 1 recap

Posted on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:05pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees met for its regular meeting on Monday, June 1, to discuss the budget, learn about the results of a student satisfaction survey, and vote on contracts. Below are highlights from the...

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ACC Biology - Cat skull

Taking hands-on learning online: Biology lab

Posted on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:23am

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced Austin Community College (ACC) faculty to adapt their classrooms, labs, and simulations to a virtual environment. We are sharing the innovative ways our faculty are taking hands-on learning online. In this...

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Student Affairs conducts call-a-thon to check on students

Posted on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:17am

Although students were not physically on campus during the last half of the spring semester, they remained top of mind for Austin Community College faculty and staff. To check in on how students were doing with the transition to an online learning...

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ACC HLC Gold Stars

COVID-19's impact on spring student academic success

Posted on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:12am

While the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the way the college operates, it fortunately had only a moderate impact on student academic performance this spring. "I was very impressed by the dedication of our faculty and staff and the...

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Larry Davis, ACC Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer - headshot

ACC names new Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Posted on Wed, 06/10/2020 - 4:54pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) names Larry M. Davis as the college's new Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer (CEDIO). The CEDIO will continue the college's work to address equity gaps at ACC. "ACC spent the past seven years...

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What your colleagues are doing: Music Professor Virginia Volpe

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 2:27pm

ACC Music Professor Virginia Volpe created a virtual performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with the ACC Choir. Students were responsible for mixing individual recordings to make one master track. Listen to it here.    

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Earning As: April/May 2020

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:54am

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Rosa Carrasco, ACC Engineering professor, was featured in the National Institute for...

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Congratulations April 2020 Bravo Award Recipients

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:48am

ACC congratulates the following Riverbats Bravo award recipients for April 2020. The Riverbats Employee Bravo Awards program recognizes employees whose actions reflect exemplary customer service as demonstrated by excellent communication,...

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Fashion Incubator and Fashion Design students create graduation stoles for ACC faculty, staff

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:46am

Austin Community College (ACC) faculty and staff who earn a new credential from another institution will soon have a special Riverbat stole to wear at graduation. The idea originated during a meeting between all the employee associations and the...

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Summer registration seeing positive trends

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:40am

After a vigorous start, summer registration numbers have steadied but continue to show positive trends despite the COVID-19 outbreak. About 13,800 students enrolled on the first day of registration, which grew to nearly 18,700 students in the first...

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ACC Frontline Heroes: Facilities Support staff

Posted on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:32am

While Austin Community College (ACC) students and the majority of faculty and staff have been working remotely since Friday, March 13, the facilities support team has remained on campus assisting with the college's response to the COVID-19 outbreak...

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Taking hands-on learning online: Professional Nursing

Posted on Thu, 05/28/2020 - 5:14pm

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced Austin Community College (ACC) faculty to adapt their classrooms, labs, and simulations to a virtual environment. We are sharing the innovative ways our faculty are taking hands-on learning online. In this...

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Month-in-Review: April/May 2020

Posted on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 2:00pm

Student Emergency Fund close to $150k goalACC faculty, staff, and the community have raised $145,380 as of May 19 for the Student Emergency Fund through the Keep a Dream Going campaign. The amount is $4,620 shy of the $150,000 goal. The fund helps...

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2019 Student Success Report shows first wave of Pathways results

Posted on Mon, 05/18/2020 - 4:11pm

Austin Community College (ACC) is starting to see the first wave of results from its Guided Pathways initiatives, which are available in the 2019 Student Success Report. Dr. Charles Cook, ACC provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs...

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ACC Board of Trustees May 4 Meeting Recap

Posted on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 4:33pm

The Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees held its May regular meeting on Monday, May 4, via teleconference due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Trustees heard presentations on the 2019 Student Success Report and annual...

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Highland Campus ACCelerator

Planning for fall semester underway at ACC

Posted on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 10:01am

Austin Community College (ACC) is planning for the fall semester. A cross section of the college — including faculty, student support services, IT, Administration, and more — are working together to identify how to safely resume teaching, learning,...

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Dusty Mills - Honda PACT - Auto Tech

Taking hands-on learning online: Automotive Technology

Posted on Thu, 05/14/2020 - 5:12pm

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced Austin Community College (ACC) faculty to adapt their classrooms, labs, and simulations to a virtual environment. We are sharing the innovative ways our faculty are taking hands-on learning online. In the...

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RB with winners at Fairway 5K race

Month-in-Review: February/March 2020

Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 10:54am

COVID-19 responseACC work and classes transitioned to remote environments following the spring break in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. The college launched an informational webpage — austincc.edu/coronavirus — in early...

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COVID-19 Update: New paid leave policies for employees

Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 10:49am

Following the passage of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Austin Community College (ACC) is implementing two new policies regarding paid leave for employees as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak — the...

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Keep a Dream Going: Student Emergency Fund applications increase

Student Emergency Fund requests increase tenfold due to COVID-19

Posted on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 10:45am

Austin Community College (ACC) is just shy of its goal to raise $300,000 for the Student Emergency Fund to help more students in crisis. Many ACC students struggled to meet their basic needs in the past year, and the COVID-19 outbreak has only...

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Back to Business: Employee Resources

Support resources for faculty and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak

Posted on Fri, 04/10/2020 - 12:06pm

Austin Community College (ACC) offers training sessions, webinars, and support tips to support your transition to remote working, teaching, and learning environments. REMOTE WORKThe Office of Information Technology produced the ACC Virtual Workspace...

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Gold stars

Earning As: February 2020

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 2:21pm

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Austin Community College (ACC) made the San Marcos Daily Record's Best of Hays Top 3...

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Culinary Department Take the Cake Show

Month-in-Review: January/February 2020

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 12:56pm

ACC faculty and staff prepare for new semester at Spring Development DaySpring Development Day, held on Friday, January 17, welcomed ACC faculty and staff to a new semester with a full day of work sessions to enhance practices and processes, improve...

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A Message from the Vice President of IT

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 12:50pm

From Imad Constantini, Information Technology vice president: New Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) ImplementationProgress continues on Austin Community College District's (ACC) new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software implementation. On...

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Aerial view of Highland Phase 2 from southwest

Construction updates at Highland and Rio Grande: February 2020

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 11:39am

Rio Grande Campus RenovationsBy Paul Mason, Rio Grande Renovations Project Manager Persistent rainy, damp conditions slowed the rate of progress a bit in February, but construction continued to progress well.  Spray foam insulation applied to...

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Districtwide Campus Master Planning Process entering final stretch

Posted on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 11:21am

With the Districtwide Campus Master Planning Process (DCMP) approximately two-thirds of the way through, the Austin Community College (ACC) Board of Trustees heard an update from the project team at its February 17 work session. Pfluger Architects,...

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