THE HR CONNECTION

Employment

We are delighted to welcome these ACC Employees who started in September 28th!

  • Laura Lucas–Specialist, Instructional Design–RRC
  • Eva Thomsen–Counselor–RRC

Professional Development

PowerPoint Workshops

PowerPoint 2007: Basics this Friday: Discover how to use the basic functions and tools of PowerPoint 2007. Learn how to produce presentations, audience handouts and speaker’s notes and how to utilize drawing tools and insert graphics, sound and video.
Oct. 1, 2010; RGC 229, 12:30-2:30 pm

PowerPoint 2007: Intermediate this Friday: Learn the tools for taking your presentation to a higher level in this intermediate level workshop. Discover how to create tables and charts, effective graphics, action buttons, hyperlinks, and transitions, as well as how to convert your presentation to a webpage.
Oct. 1, 2010; RGC 229, 2:30-4:30 pm 

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

Vice President’s Office

State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) starts tomorrow, Friday, October 1st!

The State Employee Charitable Campaign will kick off tomorrow with a Penny War between Campuses.  Each penny donated is worth a point and at the end of the Campaign we will total the points to find out the Penny War Campus Winner. Penny War donation containers are located in your Campus Manager’s Office.   

Throughout the Campaign there will be campus events for employees to learn more about the Campaign and how to donate to your favorite charity.

Questions?  Contact your Campus Coordinator or visit www.austincc.edu/hr/secc/index for more information.

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/teachingawards.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.

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 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!  View Calendar of Events at http://www.austincc.edu/hr/wellness/documents/CalendarBHW2010English_000.pdf .

 

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