By | January 11, 2022
Happy new year and welcome back, everyone. I hope that your holiday break was relaxing and renewing. While we were recovering from 2021, SARS-CoV2 was ramping back up to greet us in 2022. Most classes will begin this semester virtually, yet again. We are all going to be pros at this! The Faculty Senate welcomes Dr. Micheal Garcia to our January meeting to answer all of our ACC COVID questions. See below for a link to submit your questions. I hope to see you at our meeting on Friday.Stay safe!~SamanthaSamantha Croft, Ph.D.scroft@austincc.edu
The Standard Poll of the Week 
Are you planning on wearing an N95 or KN95 mask when you are on campus? Click here to vote!
Newsworthy Information
Faculty Senate Meeting on Friday, January 14th 
All full-time faculty are encouraged to attend the Faculty Senate meeting on Friday, January 14th, from noon-1:30 pm. The link to join is on the agenda.Submit any questions for Dr. Michael Garcia to our guest question submission form by Friday, January 14th at 9:00 am.  See the January FS Meeting Agenda.
Meeting Summary of Interest
The minutes from the December 10th Faculty Senate meeting can be found here.
Limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness WaiverThe U.S, Department of Education is offering a temporary opportunity to give borrowers credit for prior payments they made that would not otherwise count toward PSLF. Any prior payments made while working for a qualifying employer will count as a qualifying payment, regardless of loan type or repayment plan.More information about this opportunity can be found here
The Faculty Senate Wants To Hear From You!
Email us any topics you would like discussed at a Faculty Senate meeting by clicking on the Contact Us! button at the bottom of this newsletter.
Available Opportunities
Full-time Faculty members needed for the 3 Cs Learning Community***The full-time faculty are the only group who do not have enough representation!*** The deadline to apply for ACC’s 3 Cs Learning Community has been extended and applications reopened Monday, January 10, 2022, for faculty and staff interested in joining the leadership opportunity. Applications for the new leadership opportunity first closed on December 10, 2021. While several dozen applications were filed, there was not an equitable representation among employee groups. In recognition of this, and of the challenges many employees face at the end of a semester, the college reopened the application for all employee groups.The Learning Community will engage in research on best practices in workplace culture. It will also focus on employee experiences at ACC with the intention of producing materials described below to support the 3 Cs.Submit an application to participate by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, January 15. All applications received by the original deadline do not need to reapply. For more information, visit the 3 Cs website or email Missi Patterson at mpatters@austincc.edu.
Full-time Faculty Emergency Loan/Grant Committee Member Opening
The is one opening for a full-time faculty to serve on ACC’s Employee Emergency Loan/Grant Committee. This committee will develop the allocation process for the new combined Employee Emergency funds. Click on the Contact Us! button at the bottom of this newsletter to email your interest in joining this committee.More information about the fund can be found here.
In Case You Missed It
ACC Temporary Health & Safety Measures for Spring 2022
The Chancellor sent out an announcement addressing the current COVID safety measures that ACC is implementing. Click here for a copy of that announcement

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