August 1, 2017 | NVC PR | Leave a comment In every team and department at Northwest Vista College, there are always great stories to tell that show faculty and staff going above and beyond. While it’s hard to capture every story, we hope to periodically share in this space some of the major accomplishments or projects that are taking place. Members of the executive team will write about important topics that they feel NVC employees should be made aware of. Let us know about the positive things your area is doing to help students or improve processes by contacting myself or NVC Public Relations. – Dr. Ric Baser, NVC President ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Updates from NVC College Services Erin Sherman NVC Vice President of College Services The summer of 2017 has been a summer of transformation and growth for Northwest Vista College. The ACCD Board of Trustees approved the 2017-2018 budget on July 18. We are fortunate that our growth combined with the revised funding model have allowed us to strengthen our accountability for our expansion. Our growth allowed us to fund nine additional full-time faculty positions and consolidate budget allocation to fund five staff positions. Several construction projects have been completed including additional parking adjacent to Pecan Hall to offset the parking area we will lose when construction of the new parking garage begins. The driveway adjacent to Pecan Hall has been improved with additional concrete, and accessibility and improved safety along the sidewalk. The construction of a new elevator at Live Oak Hall is on schedule to open in time for the fall semester. Additional signage and speed humps will also be added in preparation for the upcoming semester. Thank you to our students, staff, and faculty for your patience during our summer construction projects. Please contact Laura Alvarez with any questions regarding projects. This past May we activated the college’s first-ever College Risk Management Office (CRMO). The CRMO is charged with carrying out NVC’s continued commitment to the safety, security and welfare of our students, faculty and staff. The office’s primary responsibilities are to ensure and expand compliance with federal and state emergency management requirements, while also advancing safety programs, employee and student accident/injury prevention initiatives and implementation of risk mitigation strategies. As part of these efforts, NVC graduated its first class of Building Action Team (BAT) members in over three years! This past June, the CRMO conducted a class for 20 newly appointed BAT members. These hand-selected teams attended a full day of training to learn the skillsets necessary to safely and effectively manage a crisis within one of our facilities. In the event of a crisis, these leaders will likely be the first faces you will see directing you to safety, or advising you on the actions to take to ensure your safety. We are excited to welcome each of them to their new roles as leaders within the emergency management construct and look forward to their contributions to the Northwest Vista College safety program. We look forward to many exciting opportunities for growth and expansion as we enter the fall semester. You will be receiving information regarding strategic planning, the capital improvement plan, and upcoming construction projects as the semester progresses. Thank you for your dedication to our students, and we anticipate another amazing semester!