February Bragging Breakfast All About Student Engagement

The February Bragging Breakfast featured Northwest Vista College’s Student Life department sharing all the interactions they have with students. Student Life helps five different institutes with their programming and ¬†funding from the student activity fee. They also oversee clubs, honor societies, recreational sports and other opportunities for students to get engaged outside of the classroom.

Here are a few highlights from Student Life:

  • Fall of 2018. there were 73 events Student Life helped to coordinate with faculty for the five institutes.
  • Service opportunities – 274
  • Leadership/professional development opportunities – 81
  • Club/organization opportunities – 225
  • Recreational sports and fitness opportunities – 10
  • Online opportunities – 26

Student Life featured three programs:

  • Men of Vista Engaged or MOVE assists young men in creating a strong foundation of success that they can build upon.
  • NVC Learning to Lead program is designed for students to achieve vital skills for their education, professional and personal lives.
  • NVC Serves provides access to a variety of on and off-campus volunteer opportunities.

Sarah Ball and Neil Lewis gave an update on their foundation grant, called NVC Study Stateside, which is designed to give students historical and cultural learning in the United States instead of a study abroad program. The two instructors and a group of students will take a 17-day trip going to various states and tour memorials and historical sites.

Gary Bowling of Student Development gave an update of NVC’s Food Pantry. He said the pantry will open on March 18, and the NVC community is encouraged to donate food or money to the NVC Staff Senate Pop-Up Pantry on March 7 in Mountain Laurel Hall.


  • More features are in the works for Zoom web conferencing on Mach 8. Faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for Zoom at https://alamo.zoom.us
  • NVC’s theater performance, “Oliver,” opens next week. There are 7 performances starting Feb. 28. On Thursday, March 7, the performance is free all NVC students; and on Sunday, March 10, it’s just $5 for a special matinee price.


  • Haetham Abdul-Razaq will be presenting, “DACA and Students’ Engagements” at the 69th annual International Communication Association Conference in Washington, DC in May.
  • Tim Molina will be presenting, “Digital Disconnect: Capturing a 24 hour Social Media Fast: at the 2019 NAMLE Conference.
  • Lisa McGoldrick received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University.
  • The Wildcat Spirit Awards went to the NVC cafeteria team.
  • The employee of the month for February was awarded to Joseph Sifuentes of the IT department.

The Touchstone o the Month is Openness: “We engage in open and honest communications that create an atmosphere of trust and openness to change for the benefit of students.”

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