Starting Strong

Dear Colleagues,

Northwest Vista College is buzzing with excitement this morning as we welcome our students, faculty, and staff to the new academic year. Sgt. Jill Sprowls said the first student arrived on campus at 5:30 a.m., an hour before our first courses of the day. Thirty minutes later, the parking lot in front of Mountain Laurel Hall was already halfway full.  The students are excited to be here, and we’re excited to greet them!

Since before sunrise this morning, staff and faculty were setting up booths for Wildcat Days to greet students, help them find their classes, share campus maps, and give out small tokens of NVC’s appreciation. 

I had the privilege of visiting with the “red eye” crew this morning, those faculty and staff who teach 6:30 a.m. courses on campus. More than 100 students are taking these early morning courses before they head out to work and attend to their many responsibilities.

Care and synergy were abundant this morning as I watched colleagues helping colleagues in support of our students. This is a community that I am honored to be a part of and for which I’ve been preparing all summer. 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for a terrific Faculty Development Day, hosted by the NVC Academic Success Team on August 19. It brought together our full time, adjunct, and dual credit faculty for a day of learning, information sharing, a keynote presentation by author Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, and a lovely social in our recently remodeled library.

We also had an amazing NVC Convocation this past Friday with dynamic keynote speaker Dr. Cynthia Salinas from the University of Texas at Austin. Thank you to the Convocation planning team for making this such a wonderful day.

NVC’s current enrollment is 18,203 students. Let’s give a big shout out to the NVC Student Success Team for working virtually around the clock to ensure that every student who wants to begin or continue their education at NVC is well-served and prepared for this fall semester. Thank you also to our NVC College Services team (including facilities, grounds, and Police) for preparing the campus.

I am feeling very good about the “first brush strokes” of the painting that all of us are working on together for the benefit of our students. Enjoy the fall semester, and please remember to wear your name tag so that students can easily spot us and ask for help. Thank you for delivering on our promise in service of our students! 


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