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Web Registration Begins Soon 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 >

2014 Fall Registration

Web Registration Begins Soon 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 Win 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 >

Student Spotlight: Non-Traditional Student Club president

 

Madam President: Avendano heads Non-Traditional Student Club

 

At first glance, Roxana Avendaño looks like the typical student at San Antonio College.   She appears to be a 20-something, petite woman sporting a pixie haircut and a few extra piercings.     

 But at a sit-down interview Roxana reveals she is closing in on 40, a native of Mexico, and a domestic abuse survivor.The single mom of two is also president of the Non-Traditional Student Club.

“I thought everyone was dealing with it, and it was something they just didn’t talk about,” she says of the abuse she endured during a 14–year marriage.  One day she decided "to be brave and get out.”

Following a divorce, money was tight and child support was sporadic at best.Eventually the family was evicted and landed in the SAM Shelter. Roxana says it was a tough time, but praises the SAC faculty for their support.

 “I wasn’t going to let it bring me down. With God’s help we started moving up,” she said. They spent a year at the shelter before moving to a Section 8 (public housing) apartment.  In 2009 she started attending SAC full time.

Roxana had attended college in Mexico before getting married at 21.  She studied chemical engineering, spent a year in medical school, and studied psychology. She said university classes in Mexico were massive and there was very little contact with professors.  “At SAC I’ve had the best professors ever,” she said.

It was in her government class that she met a deaf student with his interpreter.   

“I was 35 and got my ‘WOW’ moment,” she said explaining that she decided then to study American Sign Language.  She had some experience with it through her job as a special education assistant for Judson ISD.

Currently, Roxana has GPA of 3.46 and will graduate in December. She hopes to pursue a bachelor’s in psychology at Texas A&M University San Antonio.       

In 2011 Roxana received the GOAL scholarship through the SAC Women’s Center.  GOAL students are required to be part of the Non-Traditional Students Club and Roxana became club president.  The club, which meets monthly, has some 30 members. Activities include the Clothesline Project to raise awareness of domestic violence, cell phone collection, and a recent Krav Maga self-defense demonstration.   

“The Non-Traditional Student Club is for everyone, no one is excluded. It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are,” Roxana says. “We provide encouragement and support for you.”

Roxana is also a member of the ASL Connection Club, the ASL Glee Club and is a current work-study student for the ASL department.

She will speak at this year’s Women Empowered Conference set for May 22 and 23 at McAllister Auditorium.  Asked if she had any advice for women who may be in a situation like she found herself in, she said:

“Never give up. There is support we don’t know about – there’s always a way out and coming to school is No. 1.”

 

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