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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.

Opening Video

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.

Feature Video

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.

Student Panel

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

The pre-recorded keynote was presented by Gerd Leonhard, Futurist and CEO of The Futures Agency. His keynote highlighted considerations for education in order to prepare students for the future. Visit and

Download the Keynote Slides

Closing Video for General Assembly 2022

Watch ACC Mascot R.B. visit defining moments in ACC’s history and beyond!

Afternoon Sessions

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.

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.”

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 2022: Our Defining Moments an unforgettable experience.

With heartfelt thanks to:

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