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.

Dr. Nina Almasy, Dean of Health Sciences, was selected as an advisory member for the Texas Healthcare Workforce Task Force created by Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The Healthcare Workforce Task Force and advisory members will meet monthly and gather insights from state agency experts and additional healthcare stakeholders throughout Texas. The task force will issue a final report on October 1, 2024. Learn more here.

Student Support Services leaders Dr. Ruth Reinhart, Kathy James, and Hilda Gartzeke served as panelists at the Civitas Learning Leadership Workshop in June, where they highlighted their successes in using the Civitas platform to enhance student engagement and persistence.

The ACC Center for Peace & Conflict Studies received a $10,000 Inspiring Campus Change grant from Interfaith America. The grant will support a research project to better understand the religious, secular, and spiritual identities of ACC students and how these identities shape their academic journey. The college is one of 11 recipients of this year’s grant. Learn more here.

Adjunct Jewelry Faculty Sugar Gay Isber had her work featured in the film “Hit Man” by director Richard Linklater. The movie, available on Netflix and in theaters, features actress Jo-Ann Robinson adorned with unique pieces crafted by Isber in her Austin-area studio.

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].