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SAC Employee Receives District Employee of the Month Award

Jacob Martinez, Coordinator of Student Success/Student Activities, is named as the District Employee of the Month for December 2014. Read More >

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SAC Employee Receives District Employee of the Month Award

Jacob Martinez, Coordinator of Student Success/Student Activities, is named as the District Employee of the Month for December 2014. Read More >

Student Portfolio Show

Communications Design Hosts Portfolio Show

The San Antonio College Communication Design program is showcasing student works in its annual portfolio exhibition. The exhibition is currently taking place on the second floor of the Longwith Radio Television Film Building. Read More >

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SAC Named Top 100 Associates Degree Producer

San Antonio College was recently identified as one of the Top 100 Associates Degree Producers for Hispanics and Minorities by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Read More >

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New Student Orientation

Calling all first time in college students! You are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO). Read More >

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SAC Receives Prestigious Star Award

San Antonio College, in partnership with SAISD, is awarded the prestigious Star Award for the GED-to-College Transition Program. Read More >

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SAC Earns Military Friendly School Distinction

San Antonio College has been named a Military Friendly School for 2015 by Victory Media. Read More >

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San Antonio College Celebrates Scobee Education Center Grand Opening

San Antonio College celebrated the opening of the Scobee Education Center which features the first-of-its-kind, next generation Challenger Learning Center. Read More >

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Interpreter Training Program Awarded

The San Antonio College Interpreter Training Program has been named a Sorenson Video Relay Service (SVRS) Excellence and Innovation in Interpreter Education Award. Read More >

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GED-to-College Program Named Star Award Finalist

The San Antonio College GED-to-College Transition Program has been named a finalist for the 2014 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Star Award. Read More >

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SAC Receives Perkins Leadership Grant

San Antonio College has been awarded a $57,000 Perkins State Leadership Grant to help the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Training (ASL/IT) improve statewide interpreter education training. Read More >

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SAC and OLLU Awarded $3.1 Million Grant

San Antonio College and Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) have been awarded a $3.1 million Title V cooperative grant from the Department of Education. Read More >

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Paramedic Program Earns National Accreditation

The San Antonio College Paramedic program has been awarded a five-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP). Read More >

New director making her mark at Moody

Jennifer Alvizo: Making a difference  

 Jennifer Alvizo is the new director of disABILITY Support Services & Veterans Affairs in the Department of Access & Educational Support Programs, but she is not new to San Antonio College. She first came to SAC as a student the summer before her freshman year at the University of Texas.

A Texas native, Ms. Alvizo lived in Kirby where she graduated from Judson High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in education from UT-Austin. Her first post college job was as an Austin pre-school teacher.
While she loved Austin, Ms. Alvizo wanted to return to San Antonio. Eventually she received her master’s in counseling at UTSA, while working as a graduate assistant and mentor.

She took a position with UTSA at the Tomas Rivera Center where she was an instructor, teaching educational psychology courses. “I had a lot of fun doing that – teaching and advising,” she said.

In 2006 she joined SAC and worked as a counselor for Student Support Services Project working in disABILITY Support Services. “I was so touched emotionally by so many students at SAC,” she said.

When the grant for her position ended she moved to the Alamo College District, working with the vice chancellor of academic success. Alvizo served as the project coordinator.

The opportunity to return to SAC in 2012 came when the two offices – DSS and Veterans – were combined under one director. It was a new job in a newly renovated Moody Learning Center. The disABILITY Support Services & Veterans Affairs offices are located in the spacious ground floor area of MLC.

Alvizo said her supervisor and colleagues at District “knew my heart was here at SAC.” She had experience working with disabled veterans. “I had worked with veterans before – getting their paper work and information ironed out.”

Today, Ms. Alvizo is not in a counseling capacity on a day-to-day basis, but sometimes special issues will arise and she is there for the student. “In this position it is important for me to have a strong team,” and she says she has it in her VA & DSS staff, counselors, and work-studies. She also praises the VA work-study students – all veterans – who work the front desk.

“We’re seeing more vets than we have ever seen at SAC,” she said. Some 2,932 veterans are enrolled for the spring semester.

Does she see a big difference between SAC students and four-year university students? The answer is yes. “Many of our SAC students work full-time, have families and (many) are first-generation-in-college.

“Our students are not just doing it for themselves, they are setting an example for their families.”

When she isn’t working, Ms. Alvizo enjoys running -- she has participated in a number of 5K and10K runs and she loves fantasy football.

We wrapped the interview with questions for Ms. Alvizo like those posed by Vanity Fair magazine (which are, in turn, taken from the Proust questionnaire):

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being together with my family with everybody being healthy and active. Holidays are so much fun.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Michelle Obama

Which living person do you most admire?
My parents. Ralph and Gloria.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Insensitivity.

What trait do you most deplore in yourself?
I am a perfectionist.

Favorite super hero?
Superwoman

If you could have one superhero magical power what would it be?
The ability to stop time, yet continue to live in that moment.


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