Humanities Host March Bragging Breakfast

The March Bragging Breakfast meeting was hosted by the Northwest Vista College Humanities department, and gave the campus community a glimpse of the different programs that make up this area.

Humanities Chair Charles Hinkley said the theme of his area is “One World.” They believe the 21st century liberal arts student is bilingual or multilingual, logical, scientifically informed, technologically competent, data savvy, culturally competent, steeped in values important for building good communities, and marketable.

The different areas of Humanities are:

  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • History
  • Government
  • Philosophy
  • Mexican-American Studies
  • World Languages Discipline

Here are some upcoming events hosted by Humanities:

  • On Wednesday, March 28, you are invited to meet the creators of St. Sucia, a Latina print zine (magazine) from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Manzanillo Hall, room 203. The magazine series is currently on display in the library.
  • On Wednesday, April 4, Peace and Conflict will host a multifaith panel entitled “Reading Beyond the Gender Divide.” Guest speakers will speak for 8-10 minutes on the topic of gender inequality and its relationship with their respective faiths.
  • On Saturday, June 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., NVC will host the 3rd Statewide Summit on Implementing Mexican American Studies in Texas Public Schools. The summit is organized by the regional chapter for the National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies, NACCS Tejas Foco, and the Committee on MAS in Pre-K-12 Education.

Innovation Grant Update

NVC faculty member Yael Edrey gave a presentation regarding the “Anatomy & Physiology Interactive Learning through Clay Creations” – a grant that she and Roberto Gonzales received.

The goal of this project is to incorporate practices obtained during a training workshop entitled “Anatomy in Clay” attended by several Anatomy and Physiology faculty. The workshop utilized specific anatomical models, clay and a variety of hands-on methods to help students understand basic anatomy and physiology concepts and terminology.

Yael said when they incorporated clay into the student’s labs they were amazed how the students struggled to translate the book assignment to a hands-on approach. She said the clay models really opened up students understanding of the assignment.


  • Janie Scott, NVC projects facilitator, received the Wildcat Spirit Award from Corporal Jill Sprowls.
  • Linda Garcia, NVC senior specialist of the Record area, received the Employee of the Month Award.


  • Alamo Colleges District IT leader Lucy O’Dell gave a Banner 9 transition update. The new update includes a new modern look and should not provide any loss of functionality. To learn more about training and key dates, search Banner 9 in Alamo Share.
  • NVC Deans Pat Fontenot and Russ Frohardt thanked the NVC committee, who’s helping the college transition to the Alamo Institutes model. The committee consists of Jose Castillo, Terry Dimas, Viviane Marioneaux, Ralph Mendez, Mike Munoz, Steve Philbrick and Scott Walker.
  • The NVC Strategic Planning team collaborated with NVC deans to host a first “Donuts with the Deans” strategic planning sessions with students. Read more about it here.
  • Touchstone of the Month – Community – “We strive to be a community in which all members are empowered to contribute as learners and leaders, practicing mutual respect and building mutual trust.
  • Get your 2018 NVC Friends of the Arts (FANS) Fiesta medals at the NVC bookstore.
  • The Vista Hunger Relief Drive is still ongoing with the goal of raising $2,500 in order to make it an going fund of the Employee Giving Campaign. Money from the fund will help support the NVC Food Pantry. Read about the pantry here. To donate, visit

The next Bragging Breakfast is Friday the 13th or April 13 and it will be hosted by NVC Natural & Physical Sciences. To view this meeting, go to the MediaSite link here.


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