You Gotta Be Inspired

In every team and department at Northwest Vista College, there are always great stories to tell that show faculty and staff going above and beyond.

While it’s hard to capture every story, we hope to periodically share in this space some of the major accomplishments or projects that are taking place. Members of the executive team will write about important topics that they feel NVC employees should be made aware of.

Let us know about the positive things your area is doing to help students or improve processes by contacting myself or NVC Marketing & Strategic Communications.

– Dr. Ric Baser, NVC President



Russell Frohardt, Ph.D.
NVC Dean for Academic Success

So many of us are looking for inspiration and hope during these challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic. I have been inspired by the artists and entertainers who have performed from their living rooms and porches to lift our spirits and raise funds for those hit hardest by recent losses. People are singing Lean On Me, the anthem of support and friendship, for the hospital workers and first responders around the world, especially with the passing of that song’s creator, the great Bill Withers, last week.

The NVC community’s response to COVID-19 obstacles inspires me every day. Our information technology team scrambled to make sure that students, faculty, and staff were equipped with the hardware, software, and services needed to move to remote learning when the decision was made to close our physical campus. Our risk management, facilities, and custodial staff activated a plan to keep our buildings clean and safe to protect our health and mitigate the spread of the virus. Our faculty recorded laboratory preparations, created online discussion spaces, trained in Remote Ready Boot Camps, and worked with our ISD partners to ensure that instruction wouldn’t be interrupted. Our tutoring lab staff, advisors, and librarians quickly developed processes and virtual spaces to support the learning that we work so hard to provide. We are even moving forward with plans for a Transfer Academy for Tomorrow’s Engineers (TATE) co-enrollment program with UTSA and a pre-nursing cohort program in the midst of these trying times.

Although some or our festivities, like NVC’s 25th anniversary celebration, may be postponed or take another form while we work and study from home, we can still celebrate and inspire each other every day. One song from the era of NVC’s origins that is on my quarantine playlist is the Des’ree hit, You Gotta Be. The music and the message are uplifting and inspiring. What is inspiring you right now? Leave us a note in the comments of this story and share the hope with our community.

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