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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 >

Graduation15

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 >

Empowerment Center_Featured

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 >

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Erik Anderson

 
Dr. Erik Anderson was the new guy in the History Department in 2010 when he became the instructor for all the 11th graders attending Travis Early College High School.

He didn’t plan it that way – it just happened that no SAC students had registered for Anderson’s classes because the course instructor was listed as TBA. Next thing you know all the Travis juniors were registered.

Now, three years down the road Anderson serves as the academic liaison between Travis (an SAISD School) and San Antonio College. He does the scheduling for the students, which must coordinate with their high school schedule. Anderson said his relationship with Travis began just by responding to some of their school invitations.

A native of New England, Anderson got his undergraduate degree from Grinnell (Iowa) College and his doctorate at Brown University in Rhode Island.

How did he come to SAC?

“I wanted to teach in an urban community college,” he said. In 2010 Anderson was living in California and the academic job market was not good. He said there were only two history instructor jobs in the state. “Texas community colleges were still hiring.”

He likes teaching at SAC and here’s why: “Junior faculty members like me can become involved. There are a lot of opportunities to help our students.”

Anderson said he discovered that the Travis students needed a lot more support. “These were some wonderful students who had given up a lot to come to Travis,” he said. Unlike at traditional high schools, the first initial Travis students didn’t have a prom, clubs or any extra curricular activities. But at the end of the four years, they would have an associate of arts degree in Liberal Arts.

Anderson no longer teaches Travis students exclusively, and other changes have also occurred. Next year, the incoming 9th graders won’t take college courses until the spring semester. Sophomores take two college courses each semester and juniors and seniors will take four courses.

Last year’s graduating class included a student who got a scholarship to Yale, but the university did not accept any of his SAC college credits; and a student who is now attending UT-Austin as a junior.

“The program is designed for students to go to a state university,” Anderson said. He said you can’t compare Travis students with SAC students. Travis kids have a better completion rate compared to SAC students. Anderson explains that “Travis students don’t have children and full-time jobs.”

The deadline to apply to Travis is May 31. The web site is: www.saisd.net/schools/travisearlycollege022/

“Travis is a wonderful opportunity for students who may not otherwise attend college,” he said.

We wrapped up the interview with questions to Anderson like those posed by Vanity Fair magazine (which are, in turn, taken from the Proust questionnaire):

What is your favorite pastime?
Kayaking or hiking.

What historical figure do you most admire?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

If you had a super hero power what would it be?

Time travel.

What trait do you most abhor in others?
Apathy.

What trait do you most abhor in yourself?
Laziness.



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  • 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 >
  • Graduation15

    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 >
  • Empowerment Center_List

    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 >