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Richard Farias has jumped feet first from faculty to staff with his new position of director of student activities in the Office of Student Life.
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Staff Spotlight: Richard Farias, director of student activities


Richard Farias has jumped feet first from faculty to staff with his new position of director of student activities in the Office of Student Life.  He is quick to say that he is excited about his new job.

“I really wanted to try something new,” he said.  Now his office is located on the second floor of the Loftin Student Center.

While he loved being part of the English Department, he has worked with Student Life in various capacities since starting at San Antonio College in 2005.  He has been chair of the Hispanic Heritage Month committee, an advisor to GALA and the Cheshire Cheese Club and instrumental in National Coming Out Week activities.

“In a way I was surprised that I got the job. My background may not be strictly in the field of Student Activities, but I will get on-the-job training,” Farias said.  He said that he is glad for the opportunity to catch up with the Student Life learning curve during the summer months.

A native of San Antonio, Farias received his bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from the University of the Incarnate Word and a master’s in English from UT-San Antonio. He spent his freshman year at UT-Austin but says it was too big and chose to come home and attend UIW.

“I feel that I can relate to San Antonio kids coming to SAC,” he said. He has an older brother, Thomas Farias, who teaches Spanish at SAC.

Farias, who turns 35 in June, says he enjoys hiking and cultural events. He is a board member of Equality Texas and was recently named to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Alex Briseño Leadership Development Program.

More faculty involvement is one of Farias’ goals for the campus, along with increase in community involvement. “We are in the middle of San Antonio (and) there has got to be ways to connect with the community around us.

“My favorite activities that go on here on campus are the different cultural and heritage celebrations.  They remind us of where we come from and who we are.

I really love the big events  that just kind of explode on the campus mall.”

Farias said he is looking forward to having students living on campus with the opening of the Tobin Lofts @ San Antonio College.  He sees a need for more evening and possibly weekend activities on campus because of the built-in audience at Tobin Lofts.  In addition he is in talks with Kinesiology to build up the sports programs offered through Student Life.   

“Ultimately, we are here for the students. We are responsible for the students’ money and we want student input on how this money is spent,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to working with an amazing staff – they are very dedicated and work  very hard to really make the students lives better here on campus.”

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

What’s your idea of perfect happiness? 

Wanting to do the things you do because of their intrinsic value. Not because you have to, but because you want to.

What characteristic you most admire in others? 


What characteristic you most abhor in others? 


Who is the person (living or dead) you most admire? 

Abraham Lincoln.

If you had a superhero power, what would it be? 


Who is your favorite character from literature? 

 Gandalf, from “Lord of the Rings”  






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