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Web Registration Begins Soon for Fall 2014

With registration for Maymester and summer classes in full swing, it is just about time to start thinking about next year and fall 2014 registration. Read More >

2014 Fall Registration

Web Registration Begins Soon for Fall 2014

With registration for Maymester and summer classes in full swing, it is just about time to start thinking about next year and fall 2014 registration. Read More >

Child Care

Child Care for SAC students available

The Early Childhood Center at San Antonio College is gearing up for the fall semester and will start accepting applications for child care. Read More >

Speech Team Nationals

SAC Speech Team Win National Awards

SAC’s Speech Team members recently competed at the Phi Rho National Tournament in Denver and brought home some awards. Read More >

Deans Backyard

Dean's Backyard Holds Grand Opening

The Kinesiology Department recently held a grand opening for their Dean’s Backyard just south of the Candler Physical Education Center. Read More >

Pres Search

Presidential Search

The search for the next San Antonio College President is underway! Learn more. Read More >

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NSLS Inducts New Members

The recently formed San Antonio College chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) inducted 165 new members last week. Read More >

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Spring 2014 Finals Approaching

With graduation and end of the semester quickly approaching, the the Spring 2014 Final Exam Schedule is online. Read More >

Enactus Team Competes

Enactus Competes at Nationals

San Antonio College’s Enactus team left last week to compete at the Enactus 2014 National Competition in Cincinnati, OH. Read More >

College For Kids

College For Kids Coming Soon...

SAC offers ‘College’ for elementary and middle school-aged kids during the summer. Read More >

Jennifer Becerra NASA

From Science Teacher to Flight Director

Jennifer Becerra has always loved science, but it wasn’t until college that she developed a deep love for space. After receiving a seemingly random suggestion, Becerra chose to enroll in astronomy. Read More >

2014-SURP-Program

Summer Research Opportunities

The SAC MESA Center has two undergraduate research programs students can participate in this summer. Read More >

Accepting EDGE Applications

SAC accepting applications for 2014 Summer EDGE Program

San Antonio College is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Summer EDGE Program. Applications will be accepted through April 28, 2014. Read More >

SAC Challenger Center/Scobee Planetarium "Tops Out"

 

Thursday, September 26, 2013 – More than 100 guests witnessed the “topping out” of the Challenger Center/Scobee Planetarium construction project at San Antonio College.  Topping out is a tradition in the construction industry celebrated when a milestone is reached – typically either the positioning of the final beam, or reaching the highest point of the building.   

Thursday’s festivities included speeches from several dignitaries, including Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, founding chair of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Jim Perschbach, San Antonio Challenger Center Advisory Committee chair, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie and SAC President Dr. Robert Zeigler. 

SAC’s project includes a complete renovation of the Scobee Planetarium, built in 1962, and new construction of a Challenger Center. 

“Challenger Centers offer simulated space missions, science education and teambuilding programs for all ages – children through adults,” Dr. Zeigler said in his remarks.  He also noted that it was fitting to celebrate progress of the renovation of the SAC Planetarium at this time, as 25 years ago this week the United States returned to space after a three-year hiatus following the Challenger disaster in 1986 in which the crew was lost shortly after launch.   

From that tragedy, the surviving family members, led by Dr. Rodgers, developed the Challenger Center concept.  Now there are 42 Challenger Centers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea.  The commander of the Challenger mission was Dick Scobee, who attended San Antonio College while stationed at Kelly Air Force Base in the early 1960s.  SAC’s Planetarium was rededicated to Commander Scobee’s memory in 1994. 

“The Challenger Center and Scobee Planetarium (will be) an incubator for STEM education – growing the interest of students of all ages and helping connect them to other STEM opportunities in our college district and city,” Dr. Leslie told the crowd. 

Following the traditional placing of a tree at the highest point on the building, guests were invited to sign a section on the outside of the planetarium as a sort of time capsule.  Among the special guests leaving their autographs on the building were faculty, staff, students and three former astronauts now living in the San Antonio area: Dan Brandenstein, Tom Henricks and Eileen Collins.  All three were shuttle commanders during their NASA tenure. The signatures will eventually be covered by a metal shell over the planetarium portion of the building.  

Construction of the newly renovated Scobee Planetarium is expected to be complete in early January 2014. The Planetarium will re-open to the public shortly thereafter. The Challenger Center portion of the structure will be structurally complete in January as well; Challenger missions will launch from SAC starting in fall 2014. 

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Photo Caption: Special Guests, Dr. June Scobee Rodgers and Mrs. Kathie Scobee Fulgham join Dr. Robert Zeigler, SAC President, as they sign the “time capsule” on the Scobee Planetarium. Photo By: Leonard Ziegler, SAC Photographer   

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