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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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >

Faculty spotlight: Welcome new chair, Dr. Lisa K. Zottarelli


Dr. Lisa K. Zottarelli is the new woman on campus and she is just now settling into her job as chair of Social Sciences & Humanities.   Prior to joining San Antonio College in early September, Dr. Zottarelli was an associate professor of Sociology at Texas Woman’s University in Denton.

That’s quite the commute because Dr. Zottarelli makes her home in San Antonio with her husband, Dr. T.S. Sunil, director of the Institute for Health Disparities Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio; and their 5-year-old daughter, Amara.

A native of San Antonio, Dr. Zottarelli’s family lived on the West Side near Woodlawn Lake.  They moved to Austin when she was about 10. Her father is a lobbyist and her mother is a cook. She adds that her mother attended SAC and was on the tennis team.

When she was 16, Dr. Zottarelli was a high school dropout and a single mom to twin boys.  She later attended Austin Community College, and received her bachelor’s in criminal justice from Texas State University with a minor in sociology. Her Ph.D. is in Sociology.

“It took me nine years to get my bachelor’s degree,” she said.  Her master’s and doctorates came from the University of North Texas where she also met her husband when they were both graduate students.

“This is all I ever wanted to do – be a professor,” she said.  Science was her first love, but as a single mom she says she could not put in the lab time necessary.  Today her boys Michael and Alexander are 27. One is a probationary firefighter in Austin and the other is studying environmental science at A&M Corpus Christi and he teaches surfing.

At TWU Dr. Zottarelli was teaching a combination of hybrid/online graduate courses where she met once a month with her students. Dr. Zottarelli said she was ready for “something different.”  She is the Chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences which consists of history, anthropology, economics,  political science and humanities.   Dr. Zottarelli talked about her long- and short-term goals as chair.  One goal is to “unify us as a department” and another is to create a faculty handbook for the department.

In 2011 Dr. Zottarelli was a Fulbright/Nehru Scholar and spent five months in India   with her daughter, who attended pre-school there. Her research projects and papers have been extensive and she has a 17-page curriculum vitae.

“I study a number of things in the U.S. … I study disasters and their hidden vulnerabilities,” she said. “After Katrina I studied pet ownership. People who have pet loss are more likely to be separated from their families.”

Dr. Zottarelli says once she gets to know her job and the faculty, she would like to find a role with students.   It has been four years since she was a regular classroom instructor.

“Students have to believe in themselves,” she said. “Education is not easy but it is a path worth taking.”   

We wrapped up the interview with questions to Dr. Zottarelli like those posed by Vanity Fair magazine (which are, in turn, taken from the Proust questionnaire):

Where are you the happiest?
At home.

What is your favorite place to be?
Sweden – I love Sweden. I went there for a conference a number of years ago, had no expectations whatsoever…during the summertime it is green and beautiful, there is water everywhere, the people are friendly. There is all this space, even though you are in the middle of a city.  

Favorite character from literature?
Professor Pnin from the novel “Pnin” by Vladimir Nabokov. “It struck me when I read the book the first time and has always been a character that really fascinated me.”  

Favorite movie?
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Who is the person you most admire?
Carl Sagan.   


Characteristic you most admire in others?

Characteristic you most deplore in others?


If you could have a superhero power, what would it be?