NVC Alumni and Friends Update - Summer 2014
Hello NVC Alumni and Friends,
Spectrums of color shining from native flowers each morning;
Distinctive calls across campus by feathery friends who made Lago Vista home;
Paw-prints of a young cat that helped show us the way;
Welcoming smiles of brilliant minds following their dreams;
Eyes filled with joy when success is achieved;
Saying the words congratulations, you did it,
and here’s your degree.
Northwest Vista College is a special place and these words describe just a few moments in time that will remain with me forever. As alumni, you and I, are together connected through all the wonderful memories created here.
For the many wonderful years of shared ideas, conversations and celebrations, I thank you. May your successes continue and your accomplishments prove that you are capable of anything. Keep your Wildcat Spirit strong, and so will I.
I’ll see you all supporting community events, on the golf course or maybe on a dance floor.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Claunch, the president of Alamo Colleges Northwest Vista College, has announced her retirement effective in August 2014.
If you would like to send an electronic greeting in appreciation to Jackie, please use #JackieJubilee in Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
Note: No spaces, punctuation or other letters are needed with the hashtag symbol.
Examples: #JackieJubilee Jackie's passion for education is contagious. Jackie's passion for education is contagious #JackieJubilee
NVC Graduation 2014
Northwest Vista College welcomed 535 new Alumni at the 2014 graduation ceremony. The evening at the Joe Freeman Coliseum marked not only the first class to wear purple caps and gowns, but also the final commencement night presided over by retiring president, Jackie Claunch.
Among the Class of 2014, were success stories from individuals such as leukemia survivor Dylan Jared Barrera, who earned his associate’s degree while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Dylan’s remarkable accomplishments have been featured in the San Antonio Express News.
Heather Lynn Burch, a returning student and mother of two, presented a graduation speech that shared how she transitioned from a fear of math to passing advanced level courses.
San Antonio Spurs “Team Energy” Dancer, Jessica Patino, even managed to dash from the neighboring AT&T Center to receive her degree, making it back just in time for the start of that night’s playoff game.
Guests in attendance also helped NVC Alumni and Friends raise $446 through the sale of purple and white graduation carnations. Proceeds go towards the NVC Alumni Scholarship fund for 2014-2015.
Photos from the ceremony can be viewed on the Northwest Vista College Facebook page here.
Congratulations Class of 2014!
Next President of NVC Announced
Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie and the board of trustees have announced Dr. Ric Neal Baser as the next president of Northwest Vista College. Baser will succeed Jacqueline “Jackie” E. Claunch, who is retiring at the end of August.
“I am honored by the chancellor and board of trustees’ selection and the trust they have placed in me as the second president of Northwest Vista College, a college with a rich tradition and enviable student success rate,” said Baser.
Dr. Baser comes to NVC from Tusla Community College in Oklahoma, where he served as vice president and chief academic officer. His prior experience includes serving as vice president for academic affairs at Rose State College and Seminole State College, instructor at The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, and director of school relations and student activities at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Science of Oklahoma, a Master of Arts in Speech from Oklahoma State University and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Oklahoma State University.
Welcome Dr. Baser!
2014 Alumni Survey is Now Online
We need your feedback to shape how we deliver news, offer services and host events for graduates and former students of NVC.
The survey takes a few minutes and we'll randomly select a few participants for some Vista gifts.
Locate the 2014 NVC Alumni Survey here
Wildcat Profile: Richard Plumlee
Class of 2012
“Since earning my degrees, I have received promotions at work and have gained the confidence to be an effective leader.
Richard Plumlee, graduated from Northwest Vista College in 2012 with both an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree in General Studies. Currently a senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio, double majoring in Public Health and Sociology with a minor in Biology, Richard says that community service and volunteerism are two interests he has always been passionate about.
“Being able to help serve others in my community means a great deal to me,” he said.
Public service is the center of Richard’s full-time job as inventory and food safety manager at the San Antonio Food Bank. Throughout the local community he’s also volunteered at organizations such as the American Red Cross, University Hospital, Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.
While earning his degrees at Northwest Vista College, Richard demonstrated his dedication by serving as a volunteer student ambassador, as well as being a founding member of NVC’s Sigma Alpha Phi chapter. Today, he continues his commitment to community as president of the UTSA chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Society and vice president of Medicine for the UTSA Chapter of Global Brigades along with being involved in six other campus groups.
In his role as an officer for Global Brigades, Richard helped successfully organize a medical and dental mission trip to Honduras for over 40 pre-med and pre-dental students.
This summer he will be participating in a study abroad internship to Ghana, Africa, where he will help under-resourced communities in a variety of social ventures including medical services, public health and educational initiatives.
“Balancing family life, work, school, activities and friendships is not easy at times, but I know that because of my time at NVC, I am better equipped to do so,” Richard said. “It (NVC) has also helped me to further impress upon my own children the importance of an education, which may help to avail many great opportunities to them in the future.”
When asked what he remembers most about Northwest Vista, Richard says it was the people.
“I will, without hesitation, proudly exclaim that it was the wonderful opportunity to meet great people such as NVC staff Darryl Nettles, Kelly Blanco and Jo Garcia to name a few,” he said.
The NVC Touchstone that Richard relates to most is “Community”.
“I believe NVC, its faculty, staff, professors and students all embody the true meaning of community… consistently giving back and selflessly doing for others, and empowering them to contribute both as learners as well as leaders,” he added.
You're Invited: Jackie Claunch Legacy Scholarship -
A Night of Celebration and Music
If you are unable to join us for the event in August but would like to contribute to the Jackie Claunch Legacy Scholarship, please complete and return the form at this link
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Alumni Scholarship Recipient Named
Congratulations to Christopher Rodriguez, recipient of the 2014 NVC Alumni Scholarship. Christopher is a pre-Nursing major who has served in both the Army and Navy in Iraq as well as Afghanistan.
He says his goals are to earn a bachelor's as a registered nurse and work with wounded veterans.
"My education is my top priority and my family is my motivation as I strive to better myself and my family. I am confident that I will achieve my educational goals and this scholarship will financially help me to do so."
If you are interested in donating to the NVC Alumni Scholarship Fund for 2013-2014 please click here.
Enter donation amount, type ‘NVC Alumni Scholarship’ in option 2 field.
UTSA President Hosts Focus Group at NVC
University of Texas at San Antonio President, Dr. Ricardo Romo, recently visited Northwest Vista College to conduct focus groups regarding methods that can help improve the transfer process for students. Discussions included the participation of soon-to-be-graduating NVC students who provided feedback, asked questions and voiced their concerns.
Poet Sandra Cisneros Supports Student Writers
Famed author, poet and philanthropist, Sandra Cisneros visited Northwest Vista College to announce winners of the annual Sandra Cisneros and Trinidad Sanchez Fiction Awards in Voice, Poetics, and Mastery. NVC English faculty, Natalia Trevino, said while this is the fifth annual event, it is the first time a fiction prize was awarded. Six student winners each received $75 for their works. In addition to speaking with students, Ms. Cisneros generously provided each recipient with an additional $100 and a signed copy of her book.
Did you know that NVC has nine “Touchstones” of Joy, Caring, Openness, Diversity, Community, Learning, Integrity, Creativity and Diversity? Stones with each word have been placed in nine gardens on campus.
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