This regular feature recognizes the achievements, activities, and accolades of Austin Community College District (ACC) faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below.

Austin Community College (ACC) was the only college in Texas chosen to participate in a nationwide ‘Community Maps’ program. This program is helping ACC decision-makers by creating 3D project visualizations as seen in the blog post HERE. Holly Wiese, ACC GIS Coordinator, Facilities Information Systems, and a former ACC GIS student, contributed to this effort.

The following ACC Honors Program students were selected for prestigious programs this summer:

  • Angelica Ruzanova was accepted to the 2023 The Point Program for Public Thinking summer workshop at the University of Chicago. As one of 16 students selected nationwide for this two-week, fully funded inaugural workshop, Angelica will learn about and practice engaging the public through dialogue and writing. She will also receive college credit.
  • Mirella Hurtado and Kameryn Arnold were selected to attend the 2023 Summer Scholars Program at the Chautauqua Institution, a week-long, all-expenses-paid enrichment experience in Western New York State designed for high-achieving, under-resourced college students. Mirella and Kameryn will attend a variety of lectures and performances; they will also receive training in interpersonal and communication skills that will help them to build social capital.
  • Shannon Aguirre was accepted to the Summer 2023 Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin. As a research assistant/intern who will receive a stipend of $5,600 over 8 weeks, she will have the opportunity to work on a funded research project focused on conceptualizing and measuring access to safety, examining the effectiveness of restorative justice in youth diversion, and studying judicial discretion in municipal courts.
  • Adelaide (Ada) Roueche-Beard and Zek McCormick were accepted to the 2023 Humanities Collaboratory, a summer research program hosted by Johns Hopkins University. Ada and Zek will each receive a $5,700 stipend for 10 weeks of full-time mentored research in the Humanities and will be housed at the college’s Maryland campus. 
  • Alexia Rebollar-Perez was selected to participate in Explore Law, a four-week summer program hosted by UT’s Longhorn Center for Academic Equity. Students who complete the 2023 program earn a stipend, are eligible for free LSAT prep, and are connected with a law school mentor.

Do you know a student, faculty, or staff member who has accomplished something notable outside the classroom or in their community? We want to hear about them. Contact Victoria Garza Gonzalez, ACC internal communications coordinator, at [email protected].