THE HR CONNECTION

Employment

We are delighted to welcome these ACC Employees who started in September!

  • Rebecca Gonzales-Specialist, Tutoring-RVS
  • Luis Garza-Specialist, Advising/Student Services-RRC
  • Rebecca Thomas-Technician, Lab-EVC
  • Audra Sneed-Supervisor, Advising-RGC
  • Sandy Perez -College Police, Dispatcher-SVC
  • Sallie Boulos-Counselor-RRC
  • John Wooten-Specialist, Advising/Student Services-RRC
  • Shaula Oconnor-Assistant III, Administrative-RRC
  • Janie Wang-Counselor-RVS
  • Andrew Rodriguez-Counselor-RVS 
  • Maggie Maher-Assistant III, Administrative-HBC
  • Brent Russell-Supervisor, Admissions & Records-SAC 
  • Kenyetta Earls-Assistant III, Administrative-RRC
  • Tung Huynh-Specialist, Recruiting/Advising-HBC
  • Leslie Stevenson-Assistant, Library-NRG

Vice President’s Office

State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC)

It is almost time for the 2010 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC)!  ACC’s participation in the State Employee Charitable Campaign will begin next Friday, October 1st and will end on Sunday, October 31st

Visit www.austincc.edu/hr/secc/index for more information.   

Benefits

Reducing Stress Through Meditation
We live in a time of ever increasing change.  The stress we feel is taking its toll on our bodies, minds, and souls through illness, exhaustion, and a sense of isolation.  There are proven ways to reduce the stress we feel.  Through these meditation techniques you will learn to live a life that is more relaxed, purposeful, and connected.  Come spend an hour each week learning and practicing meditation techniques based on cognitive science principles.

Jim Van Overschelde is a cognitive psychologist who has been meditating for more than 30 years and teaching meditation for 10 years.  Reducing Stress Through Meditation classes are free.  No special clothes or paraphernalia are needed.  All you need is a willingness to experience a new way of being with yourself and in the world. 

Classes will begin on October 7, generally be held on Thursdays from noon to 1:00 pm , in HBC, Room 411. 

Register at https://www3.austincc.edu/it/workshops/www/login.php

Wellness around Austin!
Binational health week is a series of free health events taking place across the nation aimed at improving the health of Latino families such as yours.

Bring friends and family to enjoy all the fun events happening here around Austin! Learn how to manage your diabetes, enjoy an exercise and nutrition class, get free dental, vision, HIV, cholesterol, oral cancer and other screenings, and much more! All Binational Health Week events are FREE!  Click Here to View Calendar of Events.

Professional Development

Nominations for the Piper Professor Award
It is time for ACC full-time faculty to choose a nominee for the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor award, a statewide award for college faculty.  The prestigious award includes a $5000 prize.  The deadline for nomination is October 15, 2010.

Start thinking of which colleague you would like to nominate.  Some criteria to consider when thinking of your colleagues include: 

•Current additional or administrative duties
•Service to the off-campus community
•Particular effectiveness in the classroom and in personal contact with students
•Unusual dedication to the profession of teaching

The Teaching Awards Committee, made up of ACC faculty, will select ACC’s nominee.  Information  about the nominee and application is on the website:  http://www.austincc.edu/hr/profdev/greatteaching/index.php

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Christina Michura, Professional Development Coordinator, at 223-7564 or via email at cmichura@austincc.edu

Leadership Awards
You have a chance to recognize someone for the extra leadership they bring to our ACC community. An employee may be nominated for any of the following:

  • Classified Employee of the Year Award
  • Professional-Technical Employee of the Year Award
  • Administrator of the Year Award, ACC Community Volunteer Award
  • Student Success Award
  • Servant-Leadership Award
  • Bright Idea Award.

Nominations must be submitted by November 5, 2010.  In your nomination, please provide as many detailed examples as possible about why your nominee deserves the award. Winners will be chosen not on the number of nominations but on the content of the nomination. Nominating online only takes a minute.   Nominations will be reviewed by the Leadership Awards Committee and will be announced November 22, 2010.

More details for each award are posted on the website:  http://www.austincc.edu/hr/profdev/awards/leadership/index.php        

Interested in a Sabbatical leave?
Sabbatical leave is a privilege that is intended to benefit both the college and the employee. The President may grant this leave to staffing table employees.  Leave may be granted for the purpose of personal and/or professional improvement.

Sabbatical Applications for the 2010-2011 Academic Year are due on November 15 in the Professional Development Office, c/o Christina Michura.   You will find more information about Sabbatical leave, including requirements, a checklist, a timeline and the application on the website:  http://www.austincc.edu/hr/profdev/sabbaticals.php.  For questions about Sabbatical leave, contact Christina Michura at cmichura@austincc.edu.

Celebration of Great Teaching
The Celebration of Great Teaching is now accepting applications for faculty participants.  This unique, faculty-focused event differs from most retreats in that the program is created by the participants themselves. The format often includes teaching clinics, panels, organized discussions, “hands on” workshops, and presentations by participants. It also features choices among activities. The exchange takes place not only in scheduled sessions but also informally and in conversations. The goals of the seminar include sharing methods and techniques, celebrating good teaching, creative and realistic problem solving, exploration of new ideas, and professional and personal renewal.

The retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011 at the Flying L Guest Ranch in Bandera, Texas.  

To learn more about the retreat and how to apply, please go to http://www.austincc.edu/hr/profdev/greatteaching/index.php. 

If you have any questions, please contact David Lydic at lydic@austincc.edu or Terry Mouchayleh at tstewart@austincc.edu.

Payroll

Effective September 1st, the Payroll department is now under the Business Services department reporting to Neil Vickers, AVP, Finance and Budget. Payroll will still be located at the Highland Business Center on the 6th floor.

If you have any questions please contact Chista Shirazi at 223-7527.

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