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Registration Open for Alamo Colleges 2014 Summer Robotics Camp

This summer the Alamo Colleges are offering a one-week robotics camps. Read More >

2014 SAC Robotics CAmp

Registration Open for Alamo Colleges 2014 Summer Robotics Camp

This summer the Alamo Colleges are offering a one-week robotics camps. Read More >

2014 OSL Advisor of Year

Stanley Receives Advisor of the Year Award

The Loftin Student Center Cafeteria was decked out like the Oscars this Wednesday as the Office of Student Life recognized the top student in each organization and the advisor of the year. Read More >

2014 Fall Registration

Web Registration Begins 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 Wins National Awards

SAC’s Speech Team members recently competed at the Phi Rho National Tournament in Denver and brought home some awards. 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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Spring 2014 Finals Approaching

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

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 >

New director making her mark at Moody

Jennifer Alvizo: Making a difference  

 Jennifer Alvizo is the new director of disABILITY Support Services & Veterans Affairs in the Department of Access & Educational Support Programs, but she is not new to San Antonio College. She first came to SAC as a student the summer before her freshman year at the University of Texas.

A Texas native, Ms. Alvizo lived in Kirby where she graduated from Judson High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in education from UT-Austin. Her first post college job was as an Austin pre-school teacher.
While she loved Austin, Ms. Alvizo wanted to return to San Antonio. Eventually she received her master’s in counseling at UTSA, while working as a graduate assistant and mentor.

She took a position with UTSA at the Tomas Rivera Center where she was an instructor, teaching educational psychology courses. “I had a lot of fun doing that – teaching and advising,” she said.

In 2006 she joined SAC and worked as a counselor for Student Support Services Project working in disABILITY Support Services. “I was so touched emotionally by so many students at SAC,” she said.

When the grant for her position ended she moved to the Alamo College District, working with the vice chancellor of academic success. Alvizo served as the project coordinator.

The opportunity to return to SAC in 2012 came when the two offices – DSS and Veterans – were combined under one director. It was a new job in a newly renovated Moody Learning Center. The disABILITY Support Services & Veterans Affairs offices are located in the spacious ground floor area of MLC.

Alvizo said her supervisor and colleagues at District “knew my heart was here at SAC.” She had experience working with disabled veterans. “I had worked with veterans before – getting their paper work and information ironed out.”

Today, Ms. Alvizo is not in a counseling capacity on a day-to-day basis, but sometimes special issues will arise and she is there for the student. “In this position it is important for me to have a strong team,” and she says she has it in her VA & DSS staff, counselors, and work-studies. She also praises the VA work-study students – all veterans – who work the front desk.

“We’re seeing more vets than we have ever seen at SAC,” she said. Some 2,932 veterans are enrolled for the spring semester.

Does she see a big difference between SAC students and four-year university students? The answer is yes. “Many of our SAC students work full-time, have families and (many) are first-generation-in-college.

“Our students are not just doing it for themselves, they are setting an example for their families.”

When she isn’t working, Ms. Alvizo enjoys running -- she has participated in a number of 5K and10K runs and she loves fantasy football.

We wrapped the interview with questions for Ms. Alvizo like those posed by Vanity Fair magazine (which are, in turn, taken from the Proust questionnaire):

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being together with my family with everybody being healthy and active. Holidays are so much fun.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Michelle Obama

Which living person do you most admire?
My parents. Ralph and Gloria.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Insensitivity.

What trait do you most deplore in yourself?
I am a perfectionist.

Favorite super hero?
Superwoman

If you could have one superhero magical power what would it be?
The ability to stop time, yet continue to live in that moment.


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