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Stanley Receives Advisor of the Year Award

The Loftin Student Center Cafeteria was decked out like the Oscars this Wednesday as the Office of Student Life recognized the top student in each organization and the advisor of the year. Read More >

2014 OSL Advisor of Year

Stanley Receives Advisor of the Year Award

The Loftin Student Center Cafeteria was decked out like the Oscars this Wednesday as the Office of Student Life recognized the top student in each organization and the advisor of the year. Read More >

2014 Fall Registration

Web Registration Begins for Fall 2014

With registration for Maymester and summer classes in full swing, it is just about time to start thinking about next year and fall 2014 registration. Read More >

Child Care

Child Care for SAC Students Available

The Early Childhood Center at San Antonio College is gearing up for the fall semester and will start accepting applications for child care. Read More >

Speech Team Nationals

SAC Speech Team Wins National Awards

SAC’s Speech Team members recently competed at the Phi Rho National Tournament in Denver and brought home some awards. Read More >

Deans Backyard

Dean's Backyard Holds Grand Opening

The Kinesiology Department recently held a grand opening for their Dean’s Backyard just south of the Candler Physical Education Center. Read More >

Pres Search

Presidential Search

The search for the next San Antonio College President is underway! Learn more. Read More >

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NSLS Inducts New Members

The recently formed San Antonio College chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) inducted 165 new members last week. Read More >

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Spring 2014 Finals Approaching

With graduation and end of the semester quickly approaching, the the Spring 2014 Final Exam Schedule is online. Read More >

Enactus Team Competes

Enactus Competes at Nationals

San Antonio College’s Enactus team left last week to compete at the Enactus 2014 National Competition in Cincinnati, OH. Read More >

College For Kids

College For Kids Coming Soon...

SAC offers ‘College’ for elementary and middle school-aged kids during the summer. Read More >

Jennifer Becerra NASA

From Science Teacher to Flight Director

Jennifer Becerra has always loved science, but it wasn’t until college that she developed a deep love for space. After receiving a seemingly random suggestion, Becerra chose to enroll in astronomy. Read More >

2014-SURP-Program

Summer Research Opportunities

The SAC MESA Center has two undergraduate research programs students can participate in this summer. Read More >

Accepting EDGE Applications

SAC accepting applications for 2014 Summer EDGE Program

San Antonio College is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Summer EDGE Program. Applications will be accepted through April 28, 2014. Read More >

Engineering students tackle project, give back to community

A talented group of SAC students, with altruistic intentions, is working on a research project to not only gain an educational edge, but also give back to our community. The students have a goal to make life easier for those bound to using a wheelchair to get around a school campus, work, and other places in their everyday lives. They also want to help wheelchair bound people save money. By using engineering skills they have learned at SAC, and through SAC's summer EDGE program, the students have designed a motor-pulley system that will convert a manual wheelchair into a motorized wheelchair, making the wheelchair faster, less expensive and lighter for the disabled.

The design, which involves a rubber pulley to turn the manual wheel, will be entirely portable and mostly contained in a small backpack that will fit on the back of the wheelchair. This will also enable the disabled person to take their wheelchair with them on an airplane. It would be lighter for travel and get up inclines faster and without tiring. The wheelchair would be able to go faster and would cost less than an electric wheelchair that could cost four to five times more than a manually powered wheelchair.

The design the students have engineered involves specified parts that have to be handmade. This is where the help is needed. The students need about $1,000 to create these parts.

Ideally, the team has about two weeks to get the funds together. This will give them enough time to build, test and document their project. Their deadline to have the project fully complete is April 11, but they have a personal goal of March 10 to make sure everything is in proper working condition.

John Quarles, who has muscular sclerosis, was inspiration for the project and will assist in the research. He said some days are harder than others and having a wheelchair that has this feature will improve his quality of life.

“They are doing this out of the kindness of their hearts,” he said about the students working on the project. “They are doing a great job.”

The students said people with disabilities should not feel different from others and they wanted to do this project to help the physically disabled community.

If their design becomes available for purchase, it could save wheelchair users money. A typical electric wheelchair can cost up to $10,000. The portable motor and pulley system would cost someone a few hundred dollars, said Lindsay Swaim.

“This would help a lot of people,” added Swaim.

If you would like more information about the project or would like to donate, visit their Go Fund Me web page at http://www.gofundme.com/5urgw0.

Team members are Lindsay Swaim, Chasity Valerio, Katherine Pitts, Calvin Ward and Jose Rojas.

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