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Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center Opens

The Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center gives San Antonio College a new “front door” on North Main Avenue. Read More >

Welcome Center

Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center Opens

The Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center gives San Antonio College a new “front door” on North Main Avenue. Read More >

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Being SAC Proud

San Antonio College hosted its annual Commencement Ceremony at the Freeman Coliseum on Saturday where a record 1,009 students crossed the stage to ceremonially receive a diploma, certificate or associate degree. Read More >

Faculty Charrette

SAC Faculty 'Charrette'

On Friday, May 1, the Office of Academic Success hosted a faculty ‘charrette’ with some 120 members of the faculty, student services personnel, and administrators. Read More >

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SWANS Wins NACADA Award

Dr. Helen Vera, Director of the Department of Services for Women & Non-Traditional Students (SWANS), and her staff have been recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) with an Outstanding Advising Program Award. Read More >

Monarch

Sinkin Eco Centro Awarded Mini-Grant

The William R. Sinkin Eco Centro at San Antonio College has been awarded a $200 mini-grant from the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT). Read More >

ECS

Child Care Available for SAC Students

The Early Childhood Center at San Antonio College has child care openings for the Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters and is currently accepting applications. Read More >

STEM Academy

Scobee Education Center to Host STEM Academy

The Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College will take teachers on a real-life space adventure with a pair of professional development workshops this summer. Read More >

Getting to Know Dr. Blackwood

Getting to Know Our New VP

To introduce the newest member of the SAC family, the PR Team did a quick 10-question interview with Dr. Jothany Blackwood, the Vice President for Academic Success. Read More >

Service Awards - 40 Years

SAC Celebrates Service Awards

San Antonio College honored 38 employees for their years of service in a special celebration on Friday, March 6. Read More >

EDGE

EDGE Program Accepting Applications

The San Antonio College Early Development of General Engineering (EDGE) program is currently accepting applications for Summer 2015. 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 >

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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