General Assembly 2022: Our Defining Moments
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Each fall semester, Austin Community College (ACC) employees from across the district gather at General Assembly (GA) to hear key College updates. This event helps connect the dots between an employee’s daily work and the strategic plan of the College. The 2022 theme, “Our Defining Moments” highlights the ways in which ACC has adapted to unique challenges since ACC opened in 1973.
General Assembly 2022 had both online and in-person options. Over 1,100 employees engaged online and over 300 employees joined in person. The in-person program took place at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center. An app specially designed for the event allowed all attendees to view the program, location, speaker info, and also check-in, and stream the event.
The morning kicked off at 8:00 am with an engaging pre-show that featured an ACC quiz. 146 employees participated and were entered to win raffle prizes.
The dynamic and engaging videos shared each year at General Assembly are always looked forward to by many. This year was no different.
The opening video highlighted some of ACC’s defining moments.
The General Assembly feature video delves deeper into ACC’s defining moments and highlights programs and students.
ACC Chancellor Dr. Richard Rhodes presented a compelling State of the College Address beginning at 9:00 am. Board of Trustees Chair, Dr. Nan McRaven shared key information about upcoming challenges, student services, and the proposed bond package. Recognition of employees and faculty graduates from various programs followed. Chancellor Rhodes congratulated the Riverbat Employee of the Year, Jeff DeLeon from IT services.
After employee recognitions, the Chancellor invited several students to the stage to discuss their own ACC defining moments. Provost Dr. Monique Umphrey presented the Instructional and Student Affairs update. Keynote speaker Gerd Leonhard, Futurist and CEO of The Futures Agency, presented a captivating pre-recorded address about the possibilities and challenges facing higher education over the next decade. Afterward, he participated in a virtual live Q & A with ACC Provost Dr. Monique Umphrey.
Dr. Susan Thomason, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Teaching & Learning Excellence Division, closed out the program with concluding remarks.
Watch the Morning Program
This video includes the morning program starting at 9 am and includes the Chancellor’s address
the keynote, the student panel, and all the videos shared on this page.
Keynote: The Next 10 Years: Rethinking Education that is Fit for the Future
Closing Video for General Assembly 2022
Watch ACC Mascot R.B. visit defining moments in ACC’s history and beyond!
An in-person afternoon session was conducted on the development of the 2024-2028 Strategic Plan. Consultants from CREDO introduced the framework ACC will follow through the planning process and then solicited input from attendees on themes and recommendations on possible initiatives.
Note: Future opportunities will be available to share input.
Virtual afternoon sessions were also conducted. Topics included how to create inclusion and access for all ACC students, ACC’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), wellness/mental health, and ACC’s 3Cs.
- Applying the 3Cs – Recording link
- Just Be 1.0 – Recording link
Just Be 2.0 – Due to a technical issue, a recording was not created for this session.
QEP – Recording link
Inclusion & Beyond – Recording link
A Window to Student Success – Recording link
- Introduction to the Decentralized World – Recording link
What Attendees are Saying about their General Assembly 2022 Experience…
“The opportunity to interact with ACC employees across the institution is a breath of fresh air and fosters our 3C’s…Collaboration, Connecting, and Caring!! The event is well managed, but even more so, catching up with old friends and making new connections really energizes me”
“Presenters injected their own personality into presentations and fostered an environment to connect with other staff at ACC.”
“I loved celebrating our students and the staff that make the college continue to move forward.”
“By far and away, the keynote address by Gerd Leonhard was the best part of the General Assembly. It was refreshing, honest, and relevant.”
“Having an in-person option is really great, this provides the larger college body a chance to meet and talk with specialty departments/divisions regarding changes, points of contact, as well as a clear pathway to get information.”
We want to thank the many extraordinary staff, faculty, and students who made the event possible and a resounding success – inspiring so many across the College. It truly takes a village or community to host such an event, and after months of planning and hundreds of interactions and meetings, we exemplified the true meaning of the 3 Cs. It also takes vision from leadership and Chancellor Rhodes’ support has been invaluable in expanding this work.
We are grateful to work with such an amazing team whose collaboration, connection, and caring truly made General Assembly 2022: Our Defining Moments an unforgettable experience.
With heartfelt thanks to:
William E. Montgomery, Ph.D – ACC Historian & Former Professor of History
Larry M. Davis – Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Andy Kim, Architect. C.E.M., LEED AP – Director, Energy & Sustainability
Khayree Williams – Director, Truth, Racial Healing &
Transformation Campus Center
Nina Means – Director, Fashion Incubator
Carolyn Nash – Fashion Incubator Resident
Dominick “Nico” Perez – Fashion Incubator Resident
Aaron Torres – Fashion Incubator Resident
John Mascorro – Fashion Incubator Resident
Ketan Wyatt – Fashion Incubator Assistant
Laura Marmolejo, Ed.D – Associate Dean, Advanced Manufacturing Programs
Ruben Ramirez – Coordinator, CE Manufacturing
Zane Lewin – Specialist V, IMPACT Lab
Roselyn Carter – ACC Student, Advanced Manufacturing/
Soldering Instructor, ACC
Carrye Glazar – Executive Producer/Director, ACCTV
Kai Ferguson – Videographer/Producer, ACCTV
Nina Almasy, DNP, RN, CNE – Dean, Health Sciences
Estrella Barrera, MOT, OTR – Associate Dean, Health Sciences
Dr. Richard Espinosa – Department Chair & Professor, Allied Health Sciences
Dr. Laurie Dillon – Department Chair, Professional Nursing Program
Ja’Net Mitchell – Graduate, Nursing Mobility Track
Guadalupe Hostetter – Graduate, Nursing Mobility Track
Rebekah Davis – Assistant, Health Sciences
Young Kim – Physical Therapy Assistant
Giao Phan, Ph.D – Dean, Public and Social Services
Dr. Todd A. Radford – Director, Public Safety Training Center
Curtiss Stevens – Executive Dean, ACCelerators & Strategic Initiatives
Janelle Green, Ed.D., MBA – Director, Make It Center
R.B. Bbhoggawact – ACC Mascot
Dr. Richard Rhodes, Chancellor
Dr. Monique Umphrey, Provost
Dr. Nan McRaven, Chair, ACC Board of Trustees
Pam Sutton, Special Assistant to the Chancellor
Carol Johnson, Executive Assistant to the Provost
Esther Yun, Coordinator, Board Affairs
Brette Lea, Vice Chancellor, Communications & Marketing
Jessica Vess, Associate Vice Chancellor, College Relations & Communications
Dahlia Anzaldua-Torres, Marketing Event Coordinator
Allen Linares, Mascot Events Assistant
Carrye Glazar, Executive Producer, ACCTV
Stephanie Ortiz, Production Supervisor, ACCTV
John Breed, Studio Coordinator, ACCTV
Thomas Swafford, Video Producer
Melissa Griffith, Video Producer
Rich Brown, Motion Graphics Designer
Joey Machado, Educational Technologist
Matthew Castilleja, Educational Technologist
Mavis Klemcke, Educational Technologist
Mario Menendez, Educational Technologist
Ashley Kwok, Educational Technologist
Michelle Atkinson, UI/UX Designer I
Ethan Roberts, Technology Specialist
Dan Goldberg, Technology Specialist
Daine Vineyard, Technology Specialist
Jay Brooks, Technology Specialist
Hugh Handcox, Technology Specialist
Maciej Gajewski, Technology Specialist
Emily Priest, Assistant III
Mariusz (Marcus) Kajdas, Manager, Instructional AV Installations
Cathy O’Quinn, Multimedia Installations Technician
Victor Ibarra, Multimedia Installations Technician
Osmundy Malangalila, Multimedia Installations Technician
Alyssa Gonzales, Senior
Clarissa Ledesma, Assistant II
Dusty Friday, Assistant II
Amanda Trimble, UI/UX Designer/Graphic Designer
Eric McCoy, Instructional Communications Specialist
Kameko Jacobs, Instructional Communications Specialist
Aleya Campbell, Social Media Intern
All of the ACC faculty, staff, and students who participated in the Resource Fair.
Dr. Mary Harris, Vice Chancellor, Institutional Effectiveness
and Grant Development
Dr. Lauren Sebel, Director, Student Accessibility Services
Martha Dorow, Accessibility Advocate
Linda Smarzik, Dean, Computer Science, and Information Technology
Karina Hernandez, Professor, Computer Science
Pamela Saez, Director, Student Impact and Outcomes
Inelia Caimanque, Professional Development Training Coordinator
Nicole Bell, Interim Manager, Staff Professional Development and Evaluations
Rosa M. Rodriguez-Alvarez, Dean, Student Affairs
Janie Wang, Associate Professor, Student Affairs
Patty Sanchez, Associate Professor, Student Affairs
Matthew Figg, Director, Institutional Analytics
Richard Griffiths, Analyst, Institutional Research
Emily Hardegree, Analyst, Senior Institutional Research
Mauri Winters, Benefits Coordinator
Monica Talan, Founder of CryptoConexión
Angela Hodge, Vice Chancellor, Business Services
Robert Hall, Director, Procure to Pay
Scott Farmer, Manager, Warehouse
Shannon Pickett, ACC Contract Administration
Janet Nicholson, Buyer, Purchasing/Procure to Pay
Blayne Williams, Buyer, Purchasing/Procure to Pay
Amanda Randall Accounting Intern, Treasury & Special Projects
Dr. Susan Thomason, Associate Vice Chancellor, Instructional Services
Miguel DeLeon, Executive Assistant to the AVC, Instructional Services
Matthew Evins, Director, Academic Technology
Dr. Rachel Barrera, Interim Director, Faculty Communications
Victor Sibaja-Molina, Manager, Instructional Media Productions
Sara Schulz, Manager, Academic Technology Projects
Corin Caridine, Manager, Instructional Web Projects
Balan Villanueva, Manager, Event Multimedia Services
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