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.

ACC Jewelry Professor Sugar Gay Isber was featured on Studio512 during a Valentine’s Day Jewelry segment. Watch it here.

Dr. Gary Moreno, ACC Latin American Cultural Center Director and History Professor, received the prestigious Edwin Lieuwen Award for Outstanding Teaching and Promotion of Latin American Studies at the 71st Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies in Salt Lake City. He was selected for his engaging instruction and unwavering support of the broader Latino communities of Central Texas.

ACC’s Office of College Relations & Marketing was recognized with a National Gold Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) in the Digital Newsletter category for the semi-monthly FacStaff Digest. 

Dr. Garrett Groves, ACC Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives, and Dr. Manny Gonzalez, ACC Board of Trustees Secretary, were two of 39 leaders selected to take part in the 10-month 2024-25 Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship leadership program through the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The fellows will work closely with highly accomplished community college presidents and thought leaders to learn from field-leading research, examine demographic and labor market conditions in their communities, assess student outcomes at their colleges, and advance a clear vision for excellent and equitable outcomes for students while in college and after they graduate. One of those leaders is ACC Chancellor Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, who was selected in September 2023 for the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. Read more here.

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].