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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 Book Fiesta

SAC Student Council Holds Book Drive

The children at Maverick Elementary were excited as staff council members visited the school to deliver and read books to the classes. 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 >

Dr. Robert Vela - Vice President for Academics and Student Engagement

 Dr. Robert Vela: The Road to SAC Vice President

From probation officer to vice president of a community college – that’s a trajectory that few people might find logical but that is the path that Dr. Robert Vela followed.  

That path has now lead him to be named San Antonio College’s Vice President for Academics and Student Engagement.

In high school Vela thought he wanted to be a law enforcement officer. He graduated from Texas A&M University - Kingsville (TAMUK) and took a job as a probation officer.  Eventually he earned a master’s degree in counseling and guidance and used his desire to help people to a job as program coordinator for the Upward Bound program.

 “We helped kids become college ready,” Vela says. These were low-income, first time in college students in a rural setting.  

Vela earned his master’s degree in counseling and guidance from TAMUK, and a doctoral degree in a joint doctoral program in Educational Leadership from TAMUK and A&M-Corpus Christi.

A native of Alice, TX, Vela grew up in a dual language household. While he spoke English at home with his brothers and parents, his grandmother spoke only Spanish.  The Vela family history is Spanish and Italian on his father’s side and Mexican on his mother’s side.   

In 2008 Vela joined San Antonio as Dean of Student Affairs and in April 2009 he was named Vice President for Student Affairs.  

He spent eight months as district director for the Center for Student Information. “I went there to get it started –   the hiring process and developing their processes,” he said.

As the new Vice President for Academics and Student Engagement Vela believes his focus will be on  student retention,  faculty development, and graduation and transfer rates.  All the things that spell  student success.
“Above all, I want to be accessible and responsive to the needs of SAC – ensuring that they (faculty and  staff)  have the resources to do their jobs.

“I want to be an advocate for the college and be sensitive to the changing academic needs,” he said. 

What does he see as the No. 1 complaint of students?
“Students not having the financial resources to be successful at college,” he said, adding that this only adds to the student stress and panic.  “This means having the money not only for textbooks, but for a laptop and reliable internet service.”

On a blind date in college Vela met his wife, Annalisa. The couple now has three daughters:  Allison, 16, a varsity cheerleader in 11th grade; Madeline, 11, a 6th grader who plays competitive volleyball; and Emma Grace, 3, called the “strong-willed one of the family."  Mrs. Vela is a 9th grade guidance counselor.

In his spare time, Vela said he enjoys spending time with his girls. He also does some deer hunting in season; and he enjoys fishing.  

We wrapped up the interview with questions to Dr. Vela like those posed by Vanity Fair Magazine (which are borrowed from the Proust questionnaire):

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness for me is being with my family in a place with no stress, no deadlines, no anxiety.   

What historical figure do you most identify with? And why?
Martin Luther King – is somebody that I really admire. And the reason why is I think is because he was able to tie in the passion and emotion for a cause with the intelligence.  

Which living person do you most admire?
 It would have to be my parents (Robert Sr. and Nora Vela).  I don’t think I was a very easy child to bring up.

What is the trait you most deplore in other people?
Lack of sensitivity.   

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
 I’ve always loved Aquaman.
 
If you had a super hero  power what would it be?
The ability to survive both on land and water.

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