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SAC Celebrates Memorial Day

San Antonio College celebrated Memorial Day with a special luncheon ceremony on Monday afternoon at the Loftin Student Center. Read More >

Memorial Day

SAC Celebrates Memorial Day

San Antonio College celebrated Memorial Day with a special luncheon ceremony on Monday afternoon at the Loftin Student Center. Read More >

Welcome Center

Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center Opens

The Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center gives San Antonio College a new “front door” on North Main Avenue. Read More >

Graduation15

Being SAC Proud

San Antonio College hosted its annual Commencement Ceremony at the Freeman Coliseum on Saturday where a record 1,009 students crossed the stage to ceremonially receive a diploma, certificate or associate degree. Read More >

Faculty Charrette

SAC Faculty 'Charrette'

On Friday, May 1, the Office of Academic Success hosted a faculty ‘charrette’ with some 120 members of the faculty, student services personnel, and administrators. Read More >

Empowerment Center_Featured

SWANS Wins NACADA Award

Dr. Helen Vera, Director of the Department of Services for Women & Non-Traditional Students (SWANS), and her staff have been recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) with an Outstanding Advising Program Award. Read More >

Monarch

Sinkin Eco Centro Awarded Mini-Grant

The William R. Sinkin Eco Centro at San Antonio College has been awarded a $200 mini-grant from the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT). Read More >

ECS

Child Care Available for SAC Students

The Early Childhood Center at San Antonio College has child care openings for the Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters and is currently accepting applications. Read More >

STEM Academy

Scobee Education Center to Host STEM Academy

The Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College will take teachers on a real-life space adventure with a pair of professional development workshops this summer. Read More >

Getting to Know Dr. Blackwood

Getting to Know Our New VP

To introduce the newest member of the SAC family, the PR Team did a quick 10-question interview with Dr. Jothany Blackwood, the Vice President for Academic Success. Read More >

Service Awards - 40 Years

SAC Celebrates Service Awards

San Antonio College honored 38 employees for their years of service in a special celebration on Friday, March 6. Read More >

EDGE

EDGE Program Accepting Applications

The San Antonio College Early Development of General Engineering (EDGE) program is currently accepting applications for Summer 2015. Read More >

ASL_Featured

Interpreter Training Program Awarded

The San Antonio College Interpreter Training Program has been named a Sorenson Video Relay Service (SVRS) Excellence and Innovation in Interpreter Education Award. Read More >

Staff Spotlight - Analisa Garza: Giving students direction

/uploadedImages/San_Antonio_College/Library/Images/News/Analisa-Garza-Staff-Highlight-6.jpg Analisa Garza, originally from Laredo, said even before she moved to San Antonio, she knew it was her home.

Garza, MESA Center Coordinator for over a year, did some of her undergraduate course work in San Antonio, but completed her graduate studies in Laredo.

Garza has a master’s degree in Biology and a composite science degree. She is certified to teach any science for grades eight through twelve.

After spending some time teaching at a high school and being an adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M International in Laredo, she wanted something different.

She liked the dynamics of the university, but she knew if she wanted to go back to school to get her PhD and to grow, that she needed to be in a place that had those opportunities.

She knew about a program in San Antonio where she could work and continue her education.

Another deciding factor, she likes student success work.

“As much as I enjoy teaching, I also enjoy helping students and pointing them in the right direction and helping them find opportunities,” said Garza.

She found the dynamics and student interaction she was looking for right here at San Antonio College.

“To me, this position here at San Antonio College was kind of perfect. It was everything that I wanted all bundled up into one.”

At the MESA Center, Garza brings in guest speakers, communicates opportunities to the students, facilitates connections between students and faculty members through undergraduate research, advises STEM organizations, helps the engineering department and works with the math department as well. She stays busy assisting the departments with events, programs and other things that benefit current and future students of SAC.

Garza’s goal is all about student success. She aims to help students achieve and grow.

In fact, if she had a super hero power that could help others, she would want to be able to see others gifts and talents. She said this is something she tries to do already, but having the “power” to do it would be much easier. She could then point students in the right direction that utilizes them best.

According to Garza, what makes her most happy, is knowing that she, and others, are using their gifts and talents to fulfill his/her purpose.

“I try to help students recognize what they’re good at and help to align that with their future career.”

One way Garza helps students is by sharing opportunities with them. One such opportunity is the AbilityOne Design Challenge. A group of students is currently shadowing someone with a disability in their workplace. The group then has to create something that will help the disabled person in their workplace.

Projects like this is one reason Garza is excited about the planned expansion of the MESA Center that will occur in the spring.

Students will come and ask for certain things, and it isn’t available in the MESA Center. Other departments, such as architecture, have been great at letting the students share their area.

But, Garza said, having their own place will be exciting. It will be helpful to all the students that use the MESA Center.

 

The interview concluded with a few questions to Analisa like those posed by Vanity Fair magazine (which are, in turn, taken from the Proust questionnaire):

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect balance of time between personal, work and spiritual.  

What is your greatest fear?
I don’t know. I used to fear death. That used to be a big fear of mine. It’s not anymore.  

Which living, or dead, person do you most admire?
Mrs. Barbara Knotts – a professor, Chair of the Department of Creative Multimedia and the Director of the Adelante Tejas (Title V) grant. I admire her willingness to teach others, to help others grow and her leadership skills.  

My grandmothers. My paternal grandma for her spiritual walk with God. My maternal grandmother, who is a very active 90-year-old and remains extremely independent.  

And my mother, a breast cancer survivor, for her strength and positive outlook.  

What characteristic/trait do you most admire in others?  

Integrity and steadfastness. When someone commits to something and keep that commitment. Stand up for what they believe, whether it is popular or not. Stick to their convictions, to their morals, because it’s not always easy to do. I admire when people can keep that conviction.  

What characteristic/trait do you most deplore in others?
The lack of integrity. The unwillingness to listen, to collaborate with others.  

Who is your favorite character from literature?
I read the Bible often and I think that Paul is someone I admire a lot. I admire the books he has written.  

Who is your favorite super hero?  

I like Iron Man. And it’s funny; I am not crazy about his character. What I like about Iron Man is the scientific side of Iron Man. Sitting in a STEM related field, I like that, all the technology he uses, and all of that stuff, the engineering. He is proud and arrogant, I don’t admire those qualities about him, but he is resourceful.  

If you had a superpower what would it be?
A fun one – I would like to be able to blink and be where I want to be.  

But in reality – to be able to see what others talents and gifts are so she can point them in the right direction and help them see their purpose.

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  • Memorial Day

    SAC Celebrates Memorial Day

    San Antonio College celebrated Memorial Day with a special luncheon ceremony on Monday afternoon at the Loftin Student Center. Read More >
  • Welcome Center

    Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center Opens

    The Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center gives San Antonio College a new “front door” on North Main Avenue. Read More >
  • Graduation15

    Being SAC Proud

    San Antonio College hosted its annual Commencement Ceremony at the Freeman Coliseum on Saturday where a record 1,009 students crossed the stage to ceremonially receive a diploma, certificate or associate degree. Read More >
  • Faculty Charrette

    SAC Faculty 'Charrette'

    On Friday, May 1, the Office of Academic Success hosted a faculty ‘charrette’ with some 120 members of the faculty, student services personnel, and administrators. Read More >
  • Empowerment Center_List

    SWANS Wins NACADA Award

    Dr. Helen Vera, Director of the Department of Services for Women & Non-Traditional Students (SWANS), and her staff have been recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) with an Outstanding Advising Program Award. Read More >