Festive December Bragging Breakfast

The last Bragging Breakfast of the year proved to be festive with holiday music, ugly sweaters and celebrating NVC employees.

Northwest Vista College Staff Senate hosted the December breakfast and shared some of the initiatives they have been up to:

  • Alamo Colleges District will introduce career ladders for new employees
  • More training for supervisors
  • Employee engagement – See the Spurs game opportunity here.
  • NISOD update – three employees will be selected to attend the annual conference in Austin.

Dr. Randall Garza of Staff Senate talked about how Staff Senate successfully held a pop-up food pantry on Nov 21 and helped 105 students with full bags of groceries. Another 12 students came to Randall’s office after Nov 21 and received bags of food that were left over from the pop-up drive. He added it’s hard for many students to stay in college when some only eat one meal a day.

“(For one meal a day) to hinder performance is inexcusable,” Randall added. “We are bountiful. We are caring.”

On Thursday, March 7, NVC Staff Senate will hold another pop-up food pantry and donations of money and food will be needed.

Vicki Lynton, Steven Gonzales and Yvette Uresti (not present) of the NVC Math faculty shared how they used Innovation grant money to help their students see math in a new light. Their presentation called, “Using Linguistic Resources to Support Mathematical Sense Making,” analyzed if the traditional way of teaching math may not be ideal for all students, especially  cultural and linguistically diverse students.

They found by tweaking the way they teach math, they were able to engage students in math activities that integrate math proficiency, practices and discourse. They saw student’s confidence and perception of math change for the better and increased test scores and grades.

Northwest Vista College President Dr. Baser introduced a video produced by NVC Digital Video students about the Campaign for the Arts. The goal of this initiative is to raise money for an endowed fund to buy artwork for the campus. Here’s the video.

Rose Rodriquez of the NVC Library encourage employees to let students know about Book-a-Librarian service, where students can get one-one-one help to learn about the services of the library.

Celebrations/Bragging

  • Anna Marie passed her Licensed Specialist School Psychology exam.
  • Laura Alvarez graduated with her Master in Business Administration – Concentration in Management from Texas A&M San Antonio
  • NVC Staff Senate and Dual Credit’s Tori Martinez graduated with her MBA from Schreiner University
  • NVC was ranked No. 4 in the national for CashCourse web usage regarding financial literacy. Read the story here.
  • The Wildcat Spirit award was given to Certified Advisor Stacy Festger.
  • The December Employee of the Month award was given to Valerie Acosta Vasquez of Vista Central. Read here.
  • Touchstone Caring: “We believe in caring – for ourselves, for each other, and for this place – and exhibit that caring through services to others.”

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