Welcome to the 2021-2022 Academic Year

By Dr. Ric Baser
President, Northwest Vista College

There are many lingering uncertainties and challenges as we start this fall semester, but I am still hopeful for a successful academic year. I am confident because Vista is a strong and vibrant community that places high-quality education and the needs of our students at the core of what we do. I have seen unprecedented agility and flexibility in our efforts before and especially during the Coronavirus pandemic that lifted up students, their families and our community.

I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to all faculty, staff and students for adapting to our ever-changing environment over the past 17 months. I want to recognize the work of NVC Risk Management, Campus Police, IT and others for their efforts to implement necessary protocols, procedures and safety measures.

As I reflect on this, I realize that all of us to some degree play a role in functioning as first responders to the needs of our students. Perhaps you are part of the team that provides student counseling or assessment services for human service needs. Maybe you work in the Academic Area, adjusting course section offerings and delivery modalities in an effort to attract and enroll more students. Some of you are involved in the allocation of relief funds or adjusting hours for student orientations. Whatever is your individual department’s mission, it is critical to the success of NVC students, and your individual role matters.

We have worked together collaboratively and listened to the ideas, concerns and issues brought up during the pandemic regarding equity, social justice, enrollment, cost management, technology and mental health. While this work is not easy and the results will not be immediately realized, we can do more as members of NVC community committed to developing socially responsible and engaged citizens.

I also want to extend a special welcome to our new faculty and staff who are joining the Vista family for the first time. 

Northwest Vista College remains a special place of hope for our students. I know the extreme effort each of you have invested to support the success of our students, inside and outside the classroom. While the challenges are real and somewhat fluid, I have confidence that each of you, VISTA, will successfully rise to meet them. We will continue to find new and innovative ways of attracting, retaining and supporting our students.

One comment on “Welcome to the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • My name is Jennifer Cox and I work as a tutor for the staff of the English Department here at NVC. I love my job and all the people I work with. I find inspiration in tutoring and enjoy every student that comes my way. I was a student myself for a while and earned an Associate of Arts Degree. Now I am pursuing a BA in English and will try for my Master’s so I can teach at NVC. That is my dream at sixty seven years old. If this school has taught me anything it is to be positive and that it is never too late to go for your dreams. I have met and tutored many older students and it has been a joy to tell them to follow their heart, finish their education, like I did. Education is something that can never be taken away. “Education has great value.”
    Many students report to us in the lab that they like this school very much, and that they get lots of help and encouragement here. That’s great feedback!
    Also, I know that safety is a big responsibility here for the officials in charge, and what I witnessed on campus here one day approximately two years ago proved to me that those taking care of safety at NVC are more than competent.
    I was on my way to work in Juniper Hall Lab 110 when a distraught and very mixed up student grabbed my arm and wouldn’t let me go. To this day, I don’t know if she was drugged or mentally incapacitated or what was wrong with her, but I couldn’t leave her in that state, for many reasons. I managed to trick her and dial an emergency number, first 911, then eventually Campus Police. (I did not have the number handy). Well, Sir, you would have been very proud, because it looked like something off television. They took that escalating situation and calmed it right down. First, they gave her space, while only one person talked to her. The other police kept watch, making sure no one else came around to confuse or excite her. And in a matter of minutes she peacefully gave them her hands and let them handcuff her and they all quietly walked to their cars. It was something I was wishing every President could have seen. I was so proud of our Police. You needed to know about this Sir.

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