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Graphic design sophomore Joanna Alatorre attempts to enter campus during Employee Development Day Oct. 28 at the east entrance of Moody facing Lot 16. Alatorre wanted to work on a test, which required a computer. "I just have to work harder to find a computer to get it done," she said, of completing her test. Photo by Zachary-Taylor Wright

Graphic design sophomore Joanna Alatorre attempts to enter campus during Employee Development Day Oct. 28 at the east entrance of Moody facing Lot 16. Alatorre wanted to work on a test, which required a computer. “I just have to work harder to find a computer to get it done,” she said, of completing her test. Zachary-Taylor Wright

Some forgot or did not know Employee Development Day shut down the campus.

By J. Del Valle

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

This college’s campus was closed today for Employee Development Day, but some students didn’t get the memo, and a few faculty members opted to teach their Friday-only classes instead.

Several students still showed up to class only to find empty buildings and dark halls when peeking in from the outside of the locked glass doors.

But not all classes were off. Photography Professor James McBride still held his once-a-week Friday morning Photography 1 class in Loftin Student Center.

“I was able to show up late to class and get some work done,” said sophomore Humberto Macias. “I also found great parking this morning.”

Riding his 10-speed bicycle around campus, Alamo Colleges police officer L. Martinez had to make four stops at Oppenheimer Center, Chance Academic Center, Gonzales Hall and the library to reroute students by telling them this campus was closed today.

“Some students were aware of it but thought the campus library would be open to get some work done for their classes, but all buildings are locked,” he said.

Employee Development Day requires faculty and staff to attend a full day of workshops and seminars designed to improve their performance and productivity. The college is closed, and most classes are canceled except for those after 5 p.m.

It is typically held on a Wednesday on campus. This semester, the Alamo Colleges hosted a combined Employee Development Day on a Friday for all five campuses at Pedrotti’s Ranch in Helotes.

Journalism sophomore Estefania Flores said she had forgotten about Employee Development Day.

“I came in to get some work done to realize that campus was closed today,” she said. “I remember getting an email but forgot until I drove in and saw the parking lot was empty.”

Nursing sophomore Olan Awogb was enjoying the breeze with his backpack and laptop on the table outside the chemistry and geology building.

I don’t have classes on Fridays, but I came to campus to work on class assignments in the library,” he said. “I wasn’t aware that the campus was closed, I decided to stay to utilize the Wi-Fi.”

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