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ACC Foundation Awards Grants and Honors Staff

The Alvin Community College Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2020 Excellence Awards and Innovative Initiative grant awards.

The Innovative Initiative Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative approaches to fulfill the mission of Alvin Community College. The grants will be used for the 2020-21 academic year.

The ACC Foundation also presented faculty and staff members with the Foundation Excellence Awards which recognize college faculty and staff members.

This year, two winners were announced for each category including faculty members; technical, support, clerical and maintenance employees; and

The 2020 winners were faculty members Traci Elliott, Psychology chair and Thomas Parker, English Chair; TSCM Kyle Marasckin, media specialist and Karmen Wells administrative assistant; and professional/administrative staff Dr. Cindy Griffith vice president of Instruction and Kelly Klimpt, director of IT.

Each recipient of an Excellence Award will receive $1,000.

The Innovative Initiative grants went to several programs to provide emergency funds, purchase equipment, professional development, an outdoor learning space and more. A total of $12,500 was awarded to the recipients.

The Foundation awarded $1,200 grant to build an outdoor learning environment for the ACC Lab School. The learning environment will include a vegetable garden, a mud kitchen and butterfly garden.

A $1,100 grant went to create a professional development program for adjunct faculty in order to enhance student engagement, content creation, learning environments and more.

A $1,000 grant was awarded to fund a songwriter’s workshop for Music students. The workshop will help develop the songwriting skills of ACC Music students and members of the community in an annual workshop.

A $1,500 grant will be used to establish an excellence award for adjunct faculty members to help honor the hard work and dedication of adjunct instructors.

The Foundation issued a $1,000 grant to create an Honors Library Program for Honors students. The grant will go towards the purchase of books, materials and technical supplies for the program.

The Study Abroad program received a $1,000 grant to provide more opportunities for international education. The grant will assist in the marketing and expansion of the Study Abroad program.

A $1,000 grant was awarded to the Student Activities Department for the Student Leadership Conference, which includes a series of workshops to enhance student leadership skills and enrich campus life.

The English Department was awarded a $1,000 grant to be used for multimedia technology to assist the department in transitioning to project-based academic writing and multi-modal compositions.

The Foundation awarded a $800 grant to the Upward Bound program for an etiquette course to prepare students for proper manners and etiquette in the workforce.

A $1,000 grant was issued for a completion grant program to assist students with financial obstacles to completing their education.

The Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant for a student emergency fund to help students with unforeseen costs which might prevent them from continuing their education.

The Music Department received a $817 grant for a mobile smart music station that will include professional quality speakers, headphones and microphone. The station will serve as a virtual accompanist for students to rehearse solo material and ensemble music.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Its mission is to provide opportunities for students, faculty and the college.

A video of the award announcements is available at

For more information about the Foundation or to learn about how to donate, visit or call 281-756-3600.