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NVC Alumni and Friends Update - Spring 2013

In this issue:


Message from Jackie

 President Jackie ClaunchHello NVC Alumni and Friends,

Spring is here, the campus is blooming and students are preparing for graduation. It’s a busy time of year at NVC with lots to share. To start, several Alumni recently accepted our invitation to visit campus and have their photos taken. Their faces and stories will soon be going up around the college and online, to help inform current and future students about the power of a degree from NVC. Let me say thank you to all who donated their time and smiles. If you would like to participate in future photo sessions, send us an email at

Speaking of participation, Graduation is May 18, 2013, at the Freeman Coliseum, and we need all the help we can get. If you would like to volunteer that day and help this group of deserving graduates cross the stage email us here or call 210-486-4688.

There’s a lot more news on campus and upcoming events, so keep reading this edition of the NVC Alumni and Friends Update.

I hope you’ll continue to keep in touch with us online or on campus.

Jackie Claunch


NVC Awards First Alumni Scholarship 

Gladys NVC Alumni Scholarship 240

Congratulations to Gladys Torres-Rodriguez, recipient of the first NVC Alumni Scholarship. Gladys is an Allied Health major with a 3.64 GPA. She will graduate this May and plans to continue her education at the Baptist School for Health Professionals.

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.


 Google to Support Computer Science Camp at NVC


The Texas Institute for Educational Robotics (TIER) at Northwest Vista College received a $12,500 grant from the Google Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) program. The grant will be used to conduct a five-day, summer workshop institute for middle school teachers from area school districts.

The institute will introduce educators to gaming design principles using the free Kodu Game Lab Community for PC or XBOX. Participating teachers can then use Kodu as a teaching tool in their regular classes.

To read more visit Texas Public Radio here. To learn more about this program and how to enroll in the workshops, call Andrew Schuetze, TIER director at 210-486-4430 or email at


Alumni Help Needed at College Events

NVC Alumni are invited to take part in special events that help current and future students.
NVC Earth Day
Earth Day: April 18, 2013 
Organized to spread a message of caring about our campus and the environment, this annual, day-long event features various activities such as nature walks, performances, body-mind exercises and recycling pick-ups to help keep Northwest Vista beautiful.
This year, we hope to raise funds for the NVC Alumni Scholarship Fund via a silent auction. If you would like to donate time, or gifts for the auction please, contact us at 210-486-4688.

Graduation: May 18
Alumni volunteers are invited to help with the 2013 Graduation Ceremony at the Freeman Coliseum on May 18, 2013. Email or call 210-486-4688 for information.

NVC Alumni - Mark and Angela Walley
(pictured: Mark and Angela Walley, Walley Films, NVC Alumni)

Alumni Photos: Why a Degree from NVC?
Northwest Vista College is looking for Alumni to help us show students the power of an associate degree. If you’d like to help by having your photo taken and sharing a little about yourself email or call 210-486-4688. 


Reverse Transfer Offers NVC Degree


Do you know someone who transferred from NVC before graduating?
Those who have successfully completed a minimum of 15 hours at NVC may qualify for their associate degree through Reverse Transfer.

A person who has completed the required courses totaling 60 hours at another institution can send official transcripts for evaluation. Earning your associate degree adds to a resume and gives more opportunity while completing a bachelor’s degree.

Contact the Career and Transfer Services Office for details at 210-486-4126. 


Alumni Profile: Santos Jimenez
NVC Class of 2011

S Jimenez- NVC Alumni - 2013

Santos Jimenez graduated from Northwest Vista College in 2011 with dual degrees in Science and General Studies. During his time at NVC, he was employed as a work study, as well as received both the NVC Brackenridge Scholarship and 21st Century Scholarship for Young Men. Upon graduating from NVC, Santos followed his goal to attend the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Santos is the first in his family to attend college. He is currently in his final year of study and says, “I am proud to be an NVC Alumni!”

Share with us what you are doing now?
After graduating from NVC, I immediately continued my academic studies at UTHSCSA as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. I am looking forward to specializing in neonatal and pediatric care.

What stood out for you most at NVC?
During my time at NVC, I truly saw it like a second home from the first day I stepped foot on campus. All of the faculty and staff were friendly and extremely helpful, which really kept me going strong with a contagiously positive attitude.

Who/What do you remember most about NVC?
Tim Molina, due to all of his undivided and hard work that he put in from day one to successfully help me start and finish my college education. As an excellent mentor, he played a huge role in the guidance and completion of my associate degrees at NVC that led me to where I am now in life.

Jo Garcia (CaTS Center) helped me out a lot and always implanted a positive attitude and strong motivation towards my education. Yvonne Guerra and Beatrice Butler provided an amazing opportunity as a work-study. Manny Martinez also became a big influence in my education to always become persistent and remain strong.

Debi Gaitan (Vice President of Student Success) has truly been a great mentor as well as a role model for me. She is an intelligent and bright individual who really cares about her students. She changed my way of thinking when sometimes things didn’t go as planned.

Mr. David Casanova (Chemistry) is certainly a true role model and an excellent example of an individual that has always maintained a positive attitude. He sets a remarkable example to his students to always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and not be a quitter in life!

Dr. Richard Chamblin (Biology), helped me get to where I am now. He was the one of the memorable instructors at NVC that provided me with the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully pursue my education in the medical field.

How has your degree helped you?
There is absolutely no doubt that my associate degrees became a very strong academic foundation, which opened lots of doors and opportunities for me in life. I managed to successfully gain the necessary knowledge that prepared me and allowed me to reach further higher education.

How has your time at NVC influenced your personal life and career?
NVC definitely helped me grow and mature as a student and therefore influenced me in my personal and career life to discover what I really wanted to do with my life.

Do you have any advice for current NVC students?
Stay focused, keep your grades high, be persistent in life and never give up. Apply to as many scholarships as you can. If you as a student don’t have to work and can instead stay focused 100 percent on school, it can help with your time management, and most importantly, your grades. 


Celebrate Vista Homecoming Recognized
 Cele-Vista-Thanks-2013 Award CASE

The "Celebrate Vista 2012 Homecoming" event recently received Honorable Mention from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for New Alumni Program. Thanks to all the Alumni who participated in the 5K Vista Dash for Dollars Run/Walk, Mexican-American Studies Golf Tournament and Family Fun Day.


Students and Donors Connect at Scholarship Breakfast
 NVC Scholarship - Alessondra-Ted Terrazas

NVC recently recognized scholarship donors and student recipients at its third annual Scholarship Breakfast. This year’s celebration, highlighted by three awardees, was held in the Palmetto Theatre for the Arts Gallery. Monica Cuellar-Flores (USAA Scholarship), Alessondra Mendoza (Oppenheimer Scholarship) and Daniel McGinty (Robert G Marbut Jr. Scholarship) shared how their scholarship has helped them. Guest speaker and scholarship donor, Ted Terrazas, president & CEO of Eminence Enterprises, said that the educational value students receive at NVC is priceless.

NVC Alumni and Students on Univision 41

The Alamo Colleges (District) Foundation recently presented on the value of giving to scholarships at the San Antonio Area Foundation. The event was featured on the Univision 41 by NVC Alumni, Aranxta Loizaga, on the 10 PM newscast. NVC Alumni Hilda Rodriguez, as well as current NVC Dance students, went on camera showing the importance scholarship awards make in the community. 


NVC Spring 2013 Arts Calendar


This Spring brings new sights and sounds to the Palmetto Center for the Arts on the NVC campus. See what's new by visiting the Palmetto Center for the Arts Community Calendar at


NVC Students Go Behind the Scenes


NVC Digital Video and Cinema Production students Peter Northrop and Fred Lindgren, were recently on KABB FOX San Antonio’s Daytime@Nine morning show. The two discussed their class project which takes a behind the scenes look at what goes into the making of the weekday TV program.

Daytime@Nine Co-host, Cassandra Lazenby, is also a 2004 graduate from NVC.

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