Employee Highlights

NVC Leadership Welcome Staff and Faculty Back

Northwest Vista College leadership partnered with NVC Staff Senate to have its first in-person on campus employee event of 2022! The two groups were at the Desert Willow Welcome Center bright and early at 8 am, ready to greet and welcome staff and faculty back to campus. The tacos were tasty and the coffee was

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Betty Cunningham and Sharon Dresser Retire

Betty Cunningham Elizabeth “Betty” Cunningham, NVC’s senior coordinator and leader of Veterans Affairs is NVC’s first employee and first graduate. She will be retiring from full-time employment on March 31. Betty has led NVC’s veteran’s support services since day one on the job. She made it her responsibility to provide quality care to those serving

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Help Desk Earns Wildcat Spirit Award & Malcolm Higgins Gets Touchstone Award

Wildcat Spirit Award: NVC Help Desk The team that has been selected embodies synergy because they work with every department at Northwest Vista College. They have been a lifeline to our students, faculty and staff. This team was the essential backbone of support for every issue before and during the pandemic. Walker Hobbs (previous Wildcat

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Employees of the Month: Catarina Garza and Angela Cavazos

Catarina Garza Cat is amazing at her job. She knows that serving students is the library’s top priority and she is always ready to help out. On top of all her job duties, she creates amazing flyers for events and social media. She is our Canva guru! Cat is kind, honest, humble, hardworking, innovative, creative,

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NVC Welcomes Kari McKay – New Career Experience Navigator

Northwest Vista College welcomes Kari McKay as a new certified career experience navigator. She previously worked for Grand Canyon University as an advisor with online military students in Phoenix, Ariz. Kari moved to San Antonio last month. Before moving here, she lived in Arizona all her life so she is adjusting to a new state and

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Vada Garza – New Senior Specialist

Northwest Vista College welcomes Vada Garza as a senior specialist in the Veteran’s Center. Prior to NVC, she worked for Petco Corp. where she did logistics as part of the supply chain department. She was at Petco for some years and was part of a massive layoff in 2018. However, this bad news turned out to be the

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Wildcat Spirit Award and Touchstone Champion Award

Felix Salinas Bestows Wildcat Spirit Award to NVC’s Technology Device Checkout Team “First and foremost, I am humbled and thankful for the recognition and time that I was able to spend with Sparky, the Wildcat. I would like to recognize all of our unsung NVC Wildcats out there that have through thick and thin continued

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NVC Welcomes New Dean for Academic Success

Northwest Vista College welcomes Dr. Robert Ayala, a new dean for Academic Success. Since 2012, he served as the division chair of Arts and Sciences at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, Texas. Dr. Ayala has over 15 years of experience in leadership, strategic planning, curriculum design, program design, and vision setting in both academic and

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George Brown – New Career Experience Navigator

Northwest Vista College welcomes George Brown, a new career experience navigator in the NVC Career Experience & internships team. George has been in public education since 2002, working in high schools from Georgia, California and Texas. Most recently, he was an at-risk program coordinator for one of our San Antonio school districts. He’s originally from California

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Librarians Leading, Teaching, Presenting

Three NVC Librarians Lead Sessions for Employee Development Day Librarian Amanda Gorrell joined with Personal Counselor Adriana Cantu in presenting “Move Over Cozy Books—Here Come Cozy Video Games!”  They discussed how video games, especially non-violent ones, can contribute to mental wellness by helping people de-stress and relax.  They shared examples of games and invited participants

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Wildcat Spirit Award and Touchstone Champion Award

Wildcat Spirit Award – Felix Salinas This award goes to a person who is always doing the best that they can for our students and for our college, and always has their best interest at heart. Everyone always looks to this person to ensure that they can get the help that they need. They always

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Employee of the Month for December: Klarissa Rizo

Klarissa Rizo (What her peers say anonymously) Klarissa Rizo is always on top of all the different tasks that need to be completed within the department. This year has been an exceedingly difficult scheduling year with a lot of changes, and she has taken on the challenge and made it seem easy. Klarissa conducts her

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