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NVC Alumni and Friends Update - Fall 2012

In this issue:


Message from Jackie

President Jackie ClaunchHello NVC Alumni and Friends, 
For this edition of the NVC Alumni and Friends Update, I would like to personally invite you back to campus on October 5 and 6, for ¡Celebrate Vista! Homecoming 2012.  

You may have recently received information in the mail with details on ways to RSVP and participate in events such as the Mexican-American Studies (MAS) Golf Tournament, the Vista Da$h For Dollar$ 5K run/walk or the Free Family Fun and Wellness Day.  

¡Celebrate Vista! Homecoming 2012 brings us together as family, friends and colleagues and also helps support student scholarships. If you visit, you can register to print a complimentary voucher to the NVC Fitness Center or enrollment in an NVC Continuing Education course. I hope you’ll choose to join us as we celebrate the values that make NVC a special place. 

In addition to more on the ¡Celebrate Vista! Homecoming, you can read about construction of a parking garage on campus, learn how Alumni and Friends can use the NVC Library and see ways scholarships are helping current students.  

We hope that returning to the campus will provide you an opportunity to reminisce about learning, successes and friendships built at NVC. These memories remind us of what it means to have contributed to the history of Northwest Vista College. 

As always, we want to hear from you.  Send your news and suggestions to

I look forward to seeing you October 5 and 6 at the ¡Celebrate Vista! Homecoming 2012

Jackie Claunch

¡Celebrate Vista! Homecoming 2012

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Northwest Vista College invites all Alumni and Friends to ¡Celebrate Vista! Homecoming 2012, October 5 and 6.

Three ways to celebrate are:

Mexican-American Studies (MAS) Golf Tournament – Oct. 5
Vista Da$h For Dollar$ 5K Walk/Run – Oct. 6
Free Family Fun and Wellness Day. – Oct. 6

For a full schedule of week-long campus events see the Celebrate Vista Schedule.

New Parking Garage Goes Up


Construction of a new 700-space parking garage began on June 4. The new building will be located behind Huisache Hall and is scheduled for completion in July of 2013. The new structure will not only add to the unique architecture of the NVC campus, but will provide an additional 550 parking spaces for students, employees and guests.

During construction, SeaWorld San Antonio has opened their overflow lot at N.W Military and Ellison Drive to provide an alternative parking option for NVC. Four free shuttle buses are running every 10 minutes between campus and SeaWorld, Monday through Thursday from 7 am till 8:45 pm.

NVC Library Open to Alumni and Friends


NVC Alumni and Friends can borrow books, DVDs and other multimedia from the NVC Library. Access to these materials and resources are a great way to conduct research, check-out movies or catch-up on reading. If you’d like to sign-up for a library card call 210-486-4513 or email

NVC Awards New Scholarships

NVC Ethics Scholarship 

Congratulations to Ms. Sarah Eaccarino, recipient of the 2012 NVC Ethics Scholarship. Sarah has completed an associate of arts degree in general studies from NVC, and transferred to Texas Tech University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in apparel design and manufacturing. She says without the scholarship this dream would have been put on hold.

The NVC Ethics Scholarship recognizes and rewards students who demonstrate excellence in the study of ethical theory or the application of ethical theory to a significant contemporary ethical issue.

Mexican-American Studies Scholarship 

Leo Trevino and Adelmisa Navarro-Rodriguez were recently named recipients of the NVC Mexican-American Studies scholarship. They are the first to receive this new award, which raises funds from donations and the annual MAS Golf Tournament at the Hilton Hill Country Resort and Spa. Congratulations Leo and Adelmisa.

If you’d like to support deserving NVC students through scholarships visit:
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Alumni News

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Congratulations to Kimberly R. Lowery – NVC Class of 2010.

Earlier this year, Kimberly graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Human Resources Management from Wayland Baptist University.  She also received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University in 2010.

Alumni Profile:


Heather Wurtz       

Class of 2011 

Digital Media

Current employer:
Citi / Vice President: Tools and Knowledge Management / Media Specialist – eLearning Development




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What stands/stood out most at NVC:
Flexibility on the part of the college/faculty. From what classes were offered and when to how many students could be accommodated, I found that my input was integrated into curriculum planning and availability. 

Who stands/stood out most AT NVC:
Most, if not all, of my professors (Digital Media and otherwise) were extremely helpful and generous with their time. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the following faculty: Susan Escobar, Viviane Marioneaux, Dennis Gittinger, Barbara Holland, Misael Guerra, Alan Garner, Vinnie Bradford, Mimi Duvall and Bill Colangelo.

They all impacted my experience at NVC in a positive way. In fact, some continue to provide both guidance and friendship today.                

What did your degree do for you:
Having an AAS in Digital Media made me eligible to apply for the job I currently have. This is no small feat! After accepting this position, I found out that it had remained open for two years while they looked for someone with the skills appropriate to perform the work.

I LOVE what I do (never a dull moment) and I know I would never have been hired without the skills and relationships developed at NVC.  

NVC Then & Now 

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Early Construction at the NVC Entrance, 1997

Northwest Vista College Entrance, 2012

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