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Registration Open for Alamo Colleges 2014 Summer Robotics Camp

This summer the Alamo Colleges are offering a one-week robotics camps. Read More >

2014 SAC Robotics CAmp

Registration Open for Alamo Colleges 2014 Summer Robotics Camp

This summer the Alamo Colleges are offering a one-week robotics camps. Read More >

2014 Book Fiesta

SAC Student Council Holds Book Drive

The children at Maverick Elementary were excited as staff council members visited the school to deliver and read books to the classes. 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 >

Pres Search

Presidential Search

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

College For Kids

College For Kids Coming Soon...

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

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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