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Light Your Fire R.B.

General Assembly

Announcement

Four hours of professional development will be credited after the transition to Workday Learn in late October 2021. Please direct questions to generalassembly-group@austincc.edu.

About

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 2021 theme, “Light Your Fire”, focused on the role that creating purpose and belonging play in student success and in our personal and professional growth.

General Assembly 2021 had both online and in-person options. Over 1400 employees engaged online and over 80 colleagues joined in-person, wearing masks and socially-distancing. 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.

Attendees were awarded 4 hours of professional development credit.

Pre-Show

The show kicked off at 8:00 am with an engaging pre-show that featured an ACC quiz. 376 employees participated and were entered to win raffle prizes such as gift cards and Riverbat swag. View a playlist of the inspirational videos shared.

Participants were encouraged to submit photos of their pets which can be viewed on TLED’s Facebook page and in the following video.
 
 

Program

Chancellor Dr. Richard Rhodes presented an engaging State of the College Address beginning at 9:00am. After sharing an ACCTV casting call video, he invited four students up to the stage to interview them about their experiences attending ACC during the pandemic, and shared a story about his pathway into education. View the Presentation Slides

Vice Chancellors Dr. Shasta Buchanan, Dr. Jenna Cullinane Hege, and Mr. Mike Midgley hosted a conversation on what it means for ACC to be student-ready. They shared engaging data points and challenged employees to think about what each one of us can do to improve our services to students. View the Presentation Slides

Keynote speaker, Charles Hunt, resilience expert, adjunct professor, and motivational speaker, shared his principles of resilience through an engaging personal history.

The General Assembly Experience

“TLED did a FANTASTIC job putting together the online program. It was engaging, thoughtful, and had high production value. I truly appreciate all the work that goes into making this event successful.”

“What I enjoyed most was feeling like I was part of the action even though I was totally online. The programming was perfect!”

“The content was relevant, timely, and provided good information/reminders on where we are, what is needed to move forward, and what our focus needs to be.”

Special Thanks

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 2021 Light the Fire in all of us.

With heartfelt thanks to:

General Assembly Archive

Read summaries from past General Assembly events, including recordings and event materials (if available).

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