By | March 7, 2023
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I hope you are all having a wonderful Tuesday and are staying strong here in this final push before spring break. There are some great opportunities for engagement this week and in the coming month including today’s listening session with Provost Umphrey and our first offering of Mental Health First Aid training for faculty. And if we don’t have a chance to engage before next week, may your time spent with an out-of-office email reply on be dedicated to the activities and people who bring you joy!

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Senate Meeting: Friday, March 10, 2023
Join us on Zoom this Friday from 12:00 – 1:30 for this month’s Faculty Senate meeting. 

Check out the full Agenda. Though we will all be eager to move to Spring Break, the agenda is packed with important topics and conversations. Chris Cervini, ACC’s Vice Chancellor Community and Public Affairs will join us to share an update from the current Texas legislative session and we’ll be discussing the Northridge Innovation Campus work. I hope you can join us!
Reminder: Northridge Campus Listening Session with Dr. Umphrey TODAY
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Northridge Building 4000, Room 4136 and via Zoom

Dr. Umphrey will be meeting with faculty, listening to and learning from us about our experiences, concerns, ideas, and questions regarding the planned Northridge campus innovation work. 

We would love to hear your thoughts on the Northridge proposal. Tune in via Zoom this afternoon to share. You can also use this Google Form to share your perspectives. 

If you have questions about this opportunity, please reach out to Nancy ([email protected]). 
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Learning Opportunity for Faculty
As faculty have been sharing since early in the pandemic, we have been dedicating an increasing amount of time to supporting our students’ mental health needs. Senate leadership has been working to expand learning opportunities for faculty around mental health support for students and we are excited to announce the offering of Mental  Health First Aid training. 

Mental Health First Aid Training facilitated by clinicians from Integral Care 

Friday, March 31, 2023 at the Eastview Campus
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, April 14, 2023 at the Riverside Campus
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The day-long learning experience is customized for higher education. Faculty participating will develop the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. 

More information about MHFA for Higher Education training is available here. A sample agenda (that will be revised for our timeline) is also available for reference. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Faculty Senate. And all faculty who participate in this learning opportunity and commit to sharing what they have learned with their department, division, learning community, or other campus group, will be eligible to receive a $250 stipend funded by ACC’s Office of the Provost.

Space is limited to 30 faculty members per session (you need only attend one of the two days), so RSVP now to reserve your spot!


If you have additional questions, please reach out to Nancy at [email protected].
Standard Poll: ChatGPT
ChatGPT is here, ushering in a new era of technology use in educational spaces. For our poll this week, we’d like to hear more about your own engagement with ChatGPT so far.


For a recent look at a discussion of ChatGPT in higher education, here is a Chronicle of Higher Education article.  

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