Friends of Nighthawks
The Friends of Nighthawks is a President’s Advisory Council established in December 2014 as a result of the Community Listening Sessions NLC hosted in Summer and Fall 2014. Its purpose is to create awareness of and advocate for Northeast Lakeview College and advance the mission of the college. Representatives include members from northeast San Antonio and the smaller communities that the college serves, as well as businesses and school district and university representatives. Meetings are held regularly and highlights from some of the previous meetings can be found below.
Members of the Friends of Nighthawks held their Summer 2016 meeting on August 3. Dr. Cleary, interim president, provided the group with college updates and highlights. Specifically, Dr. Cleary informed the group of the college’s candidacy status that was granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in June 2016 and he discussed how candidacy status will positively impact the community and the students that the institution serves. Additionally, Dr. Cleary updated the members on the college’s upcoming ten-year milestone. Activities and celebrations for employees, students, and the community are being planned and will be hosted throughout 2017. Members of the group engaged in dialogue about getting community partners involved in these events and other college activities.
At the March 23 meeting, members of the Friends of Nighthawks met with Dr. Cleary, Interim President and the college administrative team. Dr. Cleary highlighted accomplishments from 2015 and discussed future plans for the institution. He provided a recap on the institution’s accreditation journey, to include the February 2016 SACSCOC candidacy site visit. The group also discussed their future goals and focus some of which included a recap of soft skills that NLC graduates should achieve for gainful employment in the community, as well as the discussion on future academic programs at NLC.
Members from the Friends of Nighthawks (FON) President’s Advisory Council met on October 28 and were hosted by the City of Cibolo. This month, the group learned more about the demographics and economic profile of Cibolo, TX, one of the nine metrocom cities NLC serves. Additionally, Dr. Wes Adams, assistant chair in the Kinesiology department, provided members an overview of the college’s Wellness Facility and its amenities.
A community wellness survey is being distributed to the group to learn more about how NLC can meet the needs in health, fitness, and wellness in the areas in which the college serves.