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IT chief resigns

Amarillo College Vice President of Information Technology Lee Colaw has resigned from his position effective April 12. Terry Kleffman, assistant chief information … Keep Reading

Cheech Marin visits AC

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Cheech Marin brings his ‘Las Chicanitas’ tour to Amarillo.

Chick-Fil-A and AC

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A new tree for the new AC court yard

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A new tree for the new AC court yard

On February 4, 2016, Custom Gardens installed a new tree on the Washington Street Campus in front of the Ware Student Center. See http://amarillocollege.info/acs-new-shumard-red-oak-tree/

New policy prohibits smoking on campus

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Written by | Jenna Gibson Starting Aug. 1, students and employees no longer will be allowed to smoke on Amarillo College campuses. In response to a Student Government Association resolution in favor of banning smoking, the board of regents on Jan. 26 voted to prohibit all cigarettes, vapes and tobacco products at AC. Most students and staff members have reacted positively to the measure. “It means a cleaner campus overall,” said Charlie Meyer, a business major. “Whenever I go to school and people are smoking, it just feels dirty.” Joe Wyatt, communications coordinator in the college relations department and a long-time smoker, said he has no problem with eliminating smoking from campuses. “Many colleges such as ours are doing the same thing – we are not so much leading the way as trying to catch up,” Wyatt said. He noted that the inconsiderate behavior of many smokers may have prompted the ban. “A lot of people who smoke on our campuses make little attempt to follow the rules of etiquette regarding appropriate distances from entryways or main thoroughfares and, as evidenced in spite of easily accessible smoking receptacles located throughout AC properties, some of them are flat-out, littering slobs.” As a smoker, Wyatt said he is not concerned about the new policy. “Like any changes to the routines of daily living, we’ll all grow accustomed to what is what and live on.” Bob Austin, vice president of student affairs, also said he thinks the significance of the ban is fairly modest. “All smokers are familiar with public smoking restrictions,” Austin said. “I really don’t anticipate any complaints or controversy. I think the burning question (pun intended) will be, ‘OK then, where am I allowed to smoke?’” AC officials have until August to determine smokers’ exact options. “We have some time to work on our communication,” Austin said. When the next school year begins, the formal policy will be included in the Student Code of Read more [...]

The AC Report Video Update 2_10_16

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Budget cuts and buyouts save $3.6 million in president’s plan

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Amarillo College has reached its goal of saving $3.5 million as a result of President Dr. Russell Lowey-Hart’s plan of attrition, a voluntary retirement incentive and reduction in force. Fifty-six faculty and staff members accepted the retirement incentive created by Lowery-Hart and his cabinet members, saving the college a total of $3.6 million. Of those 56 positions, 18 are faculty, 29 are classified employees and nine are administrative positions within the college. There are a total of 92 eliminated positions, 56 from the retirement incentive and 36 from reduction in force. Of those 92 positions, the president and his cabinet decided 26 positions will be redesigned or filled. “All budget cuts are done, position cuts are completed and we’re ready to move forward and move on,” Lowery-Hart said. What’s not moving forward are the 66 positions decided that no longer will be part of the budget. Although there will be no more eliminations from the budget, according to the president, the reorganization and reclassification process is pending. “We have 66 positions that will no longer will be functionally part of the college,” Lowery-Hart said. Now the challenge is to redesign positions to make them as effective as possible. Lyndy Forrester, vice president for employee and organizational development, said she sees the process as a major loss of knowledge. “We somehow have to keep going without them, and we need to really focus on a transfer of that knowledge,” Forrester said. One of the faculty members leaving is Lynaé Jacob, department chairwoman of speech and communication. She has taught more than 34 years, dedicating the last 14 to AC. She decided to take the buyout after looking at her retirement numbers. “For me, it was a financially wise decision,” Jacob said. She will leave after the spring semester. Jacob has not been told what will happen to her position. “They are reorganizing in many different areas, so they might reorganize the Read more [...]
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