October Bragging Breakfast

HalloVista took over as the theme for the October Bragging Breakfast. The Northwest Vista Public Relations team hosted the breakfast and encouraged the audience to volunteer in the annual Halloween event, which attracts over 1,000 people.

This year’s HalloVista will be on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 3 pm to 9 pm with fireworks after the outdoor movie. There will also be trick-or-treating for the kids, a costume contest, a haunted house, food trucks and other activities. To learn more or participate, contact HalloVista coordinator Lisa McDaniel at lmcdaniel5@alamo.edu.

NVC’s Lynne Dean reminded everyone that the Employee Giving Campaign will be coming to a close soon. The goal is for NVC to reach 80 percent employee participation by Oct. 19. Currently only 40 percent of employees have contributed to the scholarship and United Way campaign.

NVC’s Adam Aguirre shared how students will be able to enroll in a new archaeology field class this spring semester. NVC recently partnered with a local business in South San Antonio, near the Medina River, to let students have their class on a piece of land that is ripe with history and artifacts. Students who register for the course will be conducting actual archaeological field work.

Alamo Colleges DPS Corporal Jill Sprowls emphasized that employees can get identification badges at the new DPS office in Mountain Laurel Hall, room 135C. She said IDs are critical to have on campus since building opening and closing times are constantly changing. Employees can get access to specific locked buildings with their badges instead of calling DPS to unlock doors Additionally, If employees find any lost items, they can take them to the DPS office at MLH 135C, or have work study students bring items to the office. Officers may not have time to pick up the items if they are busy with issues or disturbances on campus.

Randall Garza of the NVC Degree Completion team talked about the Trellis Emergency Grant for students. This grant provides emergency funds to students who may be going through a financial hardship that could prevent them from going to class. So far, the grant committee has given out $2,500 and can give up to $12,500 per semester. If faculty or staff know of any student who may need financial help, contact Randall. To read more about the grant, go here.

Announcements/Celebrations:

  • Wildcast is now in select classrooms for Android and Windows devices. If you see the Wildcat paw on devices (projectors), your device will be able to wirelessly connect to other devices. To learn more, visit the Student Open Lab in Juniper Hall.
  • The September Employee of the Month is Esther Mari Cornejo, an Circulation Desk supervisor in the Library.
  • The October Employee of the Month is Jewel Graw, an Academic Lab technician in NVC’s Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Scott Walker and three NVC students presented at the Southwest Division-American Association of Geographers Conference Oct. 4-6 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
  • Jennifer Fox, assistant professor of Psychology, was published in the Noba Blog, titled “Pay Beta: A Developmental Journey.”
  • Angela Cavazos-Brajas was the MVP of a panel discussion at the NACADA Conference in Phoenix on Oct. 2. She presented on “Reinstating Students After a Previous Dismissal – What Works, What Doesn’t A Multi-School Perspective.”

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

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