Bragging Breakfast: Leopard-Print Suits and Employee Awards

The first Bragging Breakfast of the semester started with Northwest Vista College President Dr. Baser sharing a new challenge he is taking on for the Employee Giving Campaign.

He said he “mysteriously” received a leopard-print suit, complete with a tie, jacket and pants. Dr. Baser said every time NVC passes a milestone percentage of employees participating, he will start wearing pieces of the suit with the goal of donning the whole get up on Employee Development Day on Oct. 27.

For starters, because the participation rate has already reached a hefty 40 percent, employees will see him soon wearing a leopard skin tie. At 45 percent participation, he will wear the leopard skin jacket, and at 50 percent participation, he will wear the whole leopard skin suit.

To read more about the Employee Giving Campaign, go here. Also at the Bragging Breakfast, former NVC alumni Julian Maher was featured in a video on how NVC and scholarships were a great foundation for him, and he still carries what he has learned in his second year of medical school at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Baser reminded employees that “we all can make a difference, and that the majority of scholarships helps students go to college full time.”

For participating in the NVC Cares campaign, 11 faculty and staff members won raffle prizes ranging from cookbooks, hotel stays, restaurant gift cards to NVC lawn chairs.

To close the meeting, Dr. Baser said at future Bragging Breakfasts one of the NVC Touchstones will be recognized. For the September meeting, joy was recognized as something that enriches our work and lives. He asked, “How can your unit incorporate joy each month?” Send pictures of you celebrating joy in your area and NVC Public Relations will post them on the NVC Employee Facebook page. Send them to

Employee Celebrations:

  • Rey Cardenas saved a student’s life in the Palmetto Center for the Performing Arts by performing the Heimlich maneuver.
  • Kelli Bradshaw, associate professor of NVC Mathematics, was nominated by one of her students and was recognized at a WNBA Stars game.
  • Pat Fontenot of NVC Workforce Education & Training presented its Workforce Coin – a coveted coin that recognizes someone who goes above and beyond to faculty member Ron Wojnar. Ron was the former coordinator of the NVC Digital Video program, a popular Workforce program among students.
  • Gladys Malave, who was awarded the Wildcat Spirit Award at the last Bragging Breakfast, gave the award to her colleagues of the NVC Natural & Physical Sciences area.
  • Graciela “Gracie” Sanchez of Student Success received the Employee of the Month award for September.

To watch the meeting, go here.

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