December Bragging Breakfast Features Nightmare Before Christmas Theme

Nightmare Before Christmas was the theme for this year’s final Bragging Breakfast held on Friday the 13th and hosted by Northwest Vista College Staff Senate.

Staff Senate President Pam De La Garza discussed their upcoming events—Cowboy Breakfast on Feb. 7, Spurs Night on March 20, and a Spring Social in the spring semester. Pam also said in the spring semester, they are planning an HR series. If you have topic ideas for this series, send them to

Pam also introduced members of the Staff Senate, sharing, “We are a diverse team, and we come from all areas of the college.”

Last month, Northwest Vista College President Dr. Baser challenged the college to show examples how faculty and staff exemplify NVC’s Touchstones.

Pam explained some of the ways that Staff Senate showed the Touchstone “Caring” was by volunteering for events such as the fundraiser for NVC employee, Marsha Gonzales, the Domestic Violence Awareness workshop, Employee Development Day and the Student Leadership Institute Summit. Staff Senate also showed caring by awarding Student Success Certified Advisor Lori Villareal with an NVC Staff Senate Scholarship.

Out of 50 contestants in the “Kahoo!” holiday movie trivia contest, three movie aficionados took home prizes. In the Ugly Sweater Contest, NVC Student Success Advisor Corina Nash won for Holiday Spirit, and Academic Support Specialist Alicia Baltazar won for Best Tacky Sweater!

Patriot Award

NVC Math & Engineering Chair Joy (Qiaoying) Zhou was awarded the Patriot Award – Employer Support of Guard Reserves from the Department of Defense by James Cunningham. Joy was nominated by Math Faculty Carlos Hernandez for the support she provided for his role in the Guard. NVC Vice President Daniel Powell accepted the award for Joy.


Northwest Vista College Marketing & Strategic Communications announced the 25thAnniversary Emblem that can be used next year, along with NVC’s official logo, to celebrate NVC’s continued success. MSC representative Lisa McDaniel also asked trivia questions about the early days of the campus.

Lisa McGoldrick of NVC President’s Office discussed the year-long celebration for the Alamo Colleges District 75thAnniversary, including the special logo, scholarship fundraising, and collaborative celebratory and academic events to be held on campus.


  • Employee of the Month: Bianca Vasquez of NVC Student Success.
  • The Wildcat Spirit Award was given from Student Success’ Felicia King to the NVC Recruitment Team.
  • Information & Communication Technologies announced the new password reset service. You should note the icon that has been placed on your computer desktop. See the email from Helpdesk Nvc that was sent on Dec. 12 to register for the service.
  • Because of increased enrollment numbers, Dr. Baser said “We are being rewarded for all of our hard work!” Some departments will have money funneled back into their budgets.

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