October Announcements!

Hey guys,

There’s a LOTTT going on this month.  Check out the highlights below!

For Second Year Students:

Financial Aid Appeals:
opened up on Sept. 16 and are due Oct. 30th! If you were a student in spring and DID NOT receive financial aid for this fall due to 1) falling below 2.0 GPA or 2) not meeting the 67% completion rate, please come in by Oct. 30th to file an appeal!

Graduation Applications: are also due at the end of this month.  This means you will be completing your degree THIS fall and will graduate this December.  Schedule an appointment to come fill these out with Casey!

UTSA Spring 2020 Transfers. If you’re looking to start UTSA this upcoming spring, Assistant Dean, Lydia Bueno, from UTSA’s Honors College will be here Thursday, 10/10, to help you apply!  She will be in the honors center from 11AM-1PM.  Come get your questions answered! If you’ve already applied, Casey is collecting UTSA IDs from students wanting to join the Honors College.  Submit them via email to ctamez8@alamo.edu by Oct. 17th to  register for UTSA’s honors classes in spring.

For First Year Students:

ISPs (Individualized Success Plans).
  FTIC’s (First Time in College) Students are required to complete an ISP (a 2-3 year degree plan that includes transfer courses).  These can be completed by scheduling an appointment with Casey and are due by October 30th as well.  During the ISP meeting, students will receive a registration form that will need to be turned in on Nov. 7th @ 4PM to the box outside 122B (Casey’s office).  Students who turn in forms by the due date will be registered on November 11th.

Mission Statement: is a SAC-wide requirement for FTIC’s.  They enable students to describe their short-term academic goals but also include potential roadblocks to success and proactive strategies to diminish roadblocks.  You can “turn them in” by logging onto Aces, clicking Student, Web Services, Student, My Mission Statement.  Write up your statement and click “submit”.  Please text us via Remind so we can “check you off”!

For All Students:

FAFSA: Please be aware that you can now submit your FAFSA for the upcoming 2020-2021 year at FAFSA.gov using your 2018 tax return.  If you’re planning to be at SAC in the fall of 2020 but transfer in the spring of 2021, you will need to list both SAC and your four year institution as receiving institutions.  Need help filing your FAFSA? Feel free to contact Cafe College for assistance!

Wintermester + Spring Registration + Financial Aid Appeals

Many of you have been coming in to complete your ISPs and therefore may have heard that the Alamo Colleges offer what’s called a “Wintermester.”  I’ve just received info that we will offer the following online wintermester courses: Wintermester 2019.  I do not have specific start and end dates, but since Wintermester is part of the spring term, you will be able to register at the same time as you will for spring, which will be Nov. 12th.

Spring Registration:
Remember!  As honors students, you receive early registration.  Nov. 12th falls on a Tuesday.  So all CRNs will be due to me by Monday, Nov. 11th at noon At this time, the spring schedule is NOT viewable in Aces.  I will let you know as soon as it is so that you may begin looking up the classes you and I have planned out on your ISP.

If you have not scheduled an appointment to create your ISP, please do so soon either via sachonors.com or with one of the work studies at the front desk.  Remember that ISPs are due by October 31st.

Financial Aid Appeals:
Lastly, if you have received an email or know that you are on financial aid suspension, you are now able to submit a financial aid appeal.  Please book an appointment to do so before October 31st as this is also the deadline to submit them!  Keep in mind that appeals can take up to 7 weeks to process and you will need to ensure you’re able to make your spring payments for classes in the event that the appeal is not processed in time to receive aid or if the appeal is denied.

Welcome New Honors Students!

Dear students,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 academic school year!  It’s a beautiful morning and we are excited to have you in class today!

If you were unable to make the honors convocation ceremony this past Thursday, August 22nd, we have an update for you–please watch our video:

As we mentioned in the video, you will get to participate in Relatable Interest Groups this year, otherwise known as RINGS.  These RINGS will be hosted by six of your honors faculty (if you didn’t get to meet them, here’s a snippet of their classes!!)

It’s important that you choose your RING today or tomorrow.  They include the following:

The Happiness Project RING, hosted by Prof. Dehlia Wallis, professor of Psychology will explore all areas of positive psychology, your own happiness, and what happiness brings to others. Fun service projects will be involved!

The Coffee RING, hosted by Dr. Lennie Irvin, professor of English, will encourage students to learn about and try coffee you possibly haven’t explored before.  Coffee shop visits may be involved. 🙂

The Rainbow RING, hosted by Dr. Serafine, professor of history,will focus on LGBTQ+ themes, topics, and peoples.  This group will be a safe space for questions, exploration, advocacy, and more.

The Music RING, hosted by Dr. Dustin Tune, professor of Philosophy, will look at all aspects of music: playing, listening, composing, etc.  Get in Tune with Dr. Tune!

The Social Networking RING, hosted by Profs. Slonaker and Ramsey, professors of Sociology and Speech, will explore how to increase your social networking to benefit your future!

The Finance and Other Stuff RING, hosted by Dr. Anderson, professor of history, will look at important aspects of finance that aren’t ever taught in a college setting.  Learn about credit cards, loans, how to save and budget, etc.  Dr. Anderson has a wide breadth of knowledge about various subjects–feel free to ask him to talk about Other Stuff as well!