ACC holds first fall com­mence­ment


Austin Com­mu­nity Col­lege will host its first De­cem­ber com­mence­ment cer­e­mony at 6 p.m. Fri­day at the Frank Er­win Cen­ter, 1701 Red River St.

The col­lege added a sec­ond grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony to ac­com­mo­date a grow­ing stu­dent pop­u­la­tion. More than 1,200 stu­dents ap­plied to grad­u­ate this fall, which is a 30 per­cent in­crease from the pre­ced­ing year.

Wil­helmina Delco, a found­ing trustee, and Ex­al­ton Delco Jr., who pre­vi­ously served as the col­lege’s vice pres­i­dent of aca­demic af­fairs, will give com­mence­ment speeches.

Lo­cal women’s phi­lan­thropy group Im­pact Austin con­tin­ues to seek new mem­bers be­fore the end of the year to meet its mem­ber­ship goal of 500 women.

The group will give five $100,000 grants to non­prof­its if it signs up 500 mem­bers by Dec. 31.

“We restart our mem­ber­ship drive ev­ery year to sign new mem­bers, so this is a very im­por­tant part of our success in help­ing us reach our goal of con­tin­u­ing to give five area non­prof­its at least $100,000 each ev­ery year,” Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Elizabeth Fitzger­ald said in a state­ment.

Since its cre­ation in 2004, Im­pact Austin has given 35 grants to­tal­ing $3.67 mil­lion to lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Austin area. The grants are awarded to the se­lected non­prof­its in June of each year.

For in­for­ma­tion or to join, visit­ a util­ity-funded pro­gram that of­fers bill-pay­ment as­sis­tance to Win­der­mere water and sewer cus­tomers whose com­bined house­hold in­comes fall at or be­low 125 per­cent of the cur­rent fed­eral poverty guide­line.

A com­mu­nity-wide reg­is­tra­tion event is sched­uled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thurs­day at First United Methodist Church of Pflugerville, 500 E. Pecan St.

El­i­gi­ble water cus­tomers will each re­ceive a $20 pledge monthly to­ward their bill. Cus­tomers re­ceiv­ing both water and sewer ser­vices will re­ceive $40 pledges.

Win­der­mere cus­tomers who are un­able to at­tend the reg­is­tra­tion may con­tact Win­der­mere Util­ity at 866-454-2334 to sched­ule an ap­point­ment for as­sis­tance.

The an­nual Pflugerville Fire De­part­ment food drive runs un­til Satur­day. Mon­e­tary do­na­tions and non­per­ish­able food items may be dropped off at 203 E. Pecan St., Pflugerville. Do­na­tions of food will also be ac­cepted at any of the four Pflugerville fire sta­tions.

The drive sup­ports Pflugerville-area food banks.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Lt. Tim Wal­lace at 2512801.

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