Category Archives: Faculty and Staff News

Amplify Scholarships for ACC Students During Amplify Austin on March 1-2

Help support student scholarships during Amplify Austin, a communitywide day of charitable giving, from Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m. through Friday, March 2, at 6 p.m. ACC’s Alumni Network is participating in Amplify Austin … Continue reading

Welcome new leadership: Wayne Maines, vice president of safety and operations

Dr. Wayne Maines joins Austin Community College in the new role of vice president of safety and operations, where he leads efforts to ensure the safety, security, and building operations are maintained throughout the district’s. … Continue reading

Reaching for the stars: ACC student operates rovers at NASA

Tanisha Bowman spent four days at NASA building and operating rovers. She isn’t an engineer or scientist, at least not yet. Bowman is a student at ACC studying computer science. After a competitive application process, … Continue reading

Austin Community College District recognized for online learning excellence

Austin Community College (ACC) is a top two-year college in the state of Texas for online learning according to AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a national resource on affordability and excellence in higher education. “ACC is dedicated to growing … Continue reading

Earning A’s: Faculty and staff activities, accomplishments, and accolades

  This regular feature recognizes activities and honors of ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below.   Dr. Connie P. Williams, manager, Highland Testing Center, will be inducted … Continue reading

Using YouTube to boost classroom lessons

Beginning in the 1970’s, ACC’s Department of Drafting and Design taught future drafters, designers, architects and engineers how to use traditional drafting boards and drawing tools to create complex technical drawings. Then, in the mid-1980’s, … Continue reading

Lifelong learner and teacher

John D. Lancaster, PhD, is a lifelong learner, and has the teaching and learning experience to prove it. Lancaster, Program Coordinator and Professor in ACC’s Building Construction Technology program, completed his first degree in 1971, … Continue reading

Bond Projects Update: Elgin, Round Rock, and San Gabriel

Elgin Grand Opening ACC Elgin Campus celebrated the grand opening of Phase 2 on February 6. View photos from the event here. The expansion includes specialized facilities for the college’s Veterinary Technology and Sustainable Agriculture … Continue reading

Roland C. Hayes: Helping students be the best they can be

Roland C. Hayes, African-American Cultural Center director and history professor, shares his inspiration in helping students achieve their dreams. Hayes was awarded the Austin NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award December 2 during the organization’s 52nd annual DeWitty/Overton … Continue reading

ACC congratulates teaching, leadership award recipients

Austin Community College congratulates the recipients of the following annual awards recognizing excellence in teaching and leadership. “These faculty, staff, and administrators are outstanding and contribute so much to our ACC community through their hard … Continue reading

February HR Connection: IRS forms issued, retirees, and more

IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C Now Available IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C have been issued to all employees who averaged at least 30 hours of work per week during 2017, regardless of whether or not … Continue reading

Building success stories 100 semesters and counting

What do you do after teaching 100 straight semesters? If you’re Warren Heatwole, Austin Community College professor of construction management, the answer is simple. You keep going. “You don’t choose to be a teacher. You … Continue reading

Congratulations January Bravo award recipients

ACC congratulates the following Riverbats Bravo award recipients for January 2018. The selected employees were nominated for outstanding service, excellent performance, and role modeling ACC’s values that demonstrate servant leadership. CYP Cynthia Ott EGN Richard … Continue reading

HR Connection: IRS forms, retirees, new wellness program, and more

IRS Forms 1095-B & 1095-C Coming Soon IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C will be issued to all employees who are enrolled in an ACC health plan. In addition, those who worked more than 30 hours … Continue reading

Register for ACC’s fourth annual Fairway 5K benefiting student scholarships – Sunday, March 4

Austin Community College (ACC) invites the community to lace up their running shoes to help support ACC students at the fourth annual ACC Fairway 5K Cross Country Run & Walk on Sunday, March 4, from … Continue reading

Congratulations December Bravo award recipients

ACC congratulates the following Riverbats Bravo award recipients for December 2017. The selected employees were nominated for outstanding service, excellent performance, and role modeling ACC’s values that demonstrate servant leadership. Elgin Sarah Peterson Lauren Hood … Continue reading

Earning A’s: Faculty and staff activities, accomplishments, and accolades

This regular feature recognizes activities and honors of ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Dr. Richard M. Rhodes, President/CEO, received the Higher Education Leadership Award from the … Continue reading

2017 in Review: Strengthening the Foundation for the Future

2017 was a year of beginnings and transitions for Austin Community College. The college celebrated new construction projects at five campuses and introduced several processes to better support student success and completion initiatives. Read about … Continue reading

President’s Podcast: Changing developmental education at ACC

ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard M. Rhodes discusses an innovative learning model unfolding at the Highland Campus ACCelerator to enhance student success rates in developmental education. This President’s Podcast features guests Jenny Bragdon, a former ACCelerator … Continue reading

Bond Projects Update: Elgin, Hays, Round Rock, Rio Grande, and San Gabriel

Work is progressing on voter-approved bond projects districtwide. Read summaries below and stay-up-to-date on each project through the ACC Bond Construction Projects website. Round Rock Phase 2 The parking lot is complete and open to the … Continue reading

ACC Hays Campus Phase 2 Tops Out

On November 15 a topping out ceremony was held at Hays Campus to celebrate the halfway point of construction. This expansion, located next to the current Hays campus at 1200 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle, will feature … Continue reading

ACC receives Upward Bound TRiO grants totaling 2.6 million over 5 years

The ACC College and High School Relations Office has received two Upward Bound TRiO grants to prepare first-generation, low-income high school students for success in college. One of the grants will serve 60 students at … Continue reading

HR Connection: Update your address, EAP newsletters, and December discounts

Has Your Address Changed This Year? To ensure that your 2017 IRS W-2 and 1095-C statements reach you in January, please verify your mailing address and electronic consent by December 31, 2017.  You can verify both … Continue reading

Congratulations November Bravo award recipients

ACC congratulates the following Riverbats Bravo award recipients for November. The selected employees were nominated for outstanding service, excellent performance, and role modeling ACC’s values that demonstrate servant leadership. Cypress Creek Ada Hernandez Ann (Claire) … Continue reading

ACC hosts fall commencement

The Austin Community College District (ACC) will celebrate its summer and fall graduates at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 14, at the Frank Erwin Center (1701 Red River St.). The commencement ceremony honors students who have … Continue reading

ACC closes for Thanksgiving holiday

Austin Community College will close for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23. All offices and campuses will reopen Monday, November 27. During the break, Campus Police will remain available and may be reached at 512-223- 7999 in … Continue reading

ACC faculty create deeper connection with four-year university partners

Faculty, administrators, and advisors spent an afternoon exploring transfer options with nearby four-year institutions at the University Partnership Summit Friday, November 10. Hosted by the Teaching & Learning Excellence Division (TLED), the summit provided an … Continue reading

State Employee Charitable Campaign surpasses $65,000

The ACC community contributed $66,030 to this year’s State Employee Charitable Campaign, exceeding last year’s donations by more than $4,000. This benefits local, statewide, national, and global charitable organizations. The ACC Foundation received more than … Continue reading

Earning A’s: Faculty and staff activities, accomplishments, and accolades

This regular feature recognizes activities and honors of ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below. Congratulations to Dahlia Anzaldua-Torres for receiving the Star Award from LGBT Equity Committee. … Continue reading

Show your Riverbat pride! Wear purple on Nov. 16

ACC students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to show their Riverbat pride by wearing purple Thursday, November 16. Each year ACC celebrates all things Riverbats by commemorating the birthday of its beloved mascot, RB. … Continue reading

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