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March 9, 2015


Northwest Vista College News

NVC Hosts Black History Month Events

NVC sponsored several events in celebration of Black History Month.  These included: 

• "Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House” (February 9) -- A powerful one-woman show at which writer/performer Morgan McCoy portrayed 12 different historical characters such as Phyllis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Maggie Walker, Madam C.J. Walker, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisholm, and Josephine Baker. Her performance began in Africa during the 1400's and journeyed to present day in the United States. "Evolution of a Black Girl..." described current issues that challenge today's society in hopes that the voices of the past can offer solutions to save the future. "Evolution of a Black Girl..." told a universal story that transcends culture, age, and gender. 

• Descendants of Slaves and Slave Owners Come Face to Face -- Blacklock film screening and discussion (February 10) – Documentary Filmmaker Dana Michelle Maule discussed with students how to break into the film industry and the making of this documentary project.  Debra Blacklock, documentary producer, shared her story about how the descendants of slaves and the descendant of their slave owner come face to face in peace.  Many students enrolled in U.S. History classes attended the screening and used the presentation as part of class discussions about the movie themes.

• Life after Prison:  “Dawn” (February 23) A presentation of the new documentary by Award winning film director Ya’Ke Smith, a San Antonio native.  The screening was followed by a question and answer period with the filmmaker.  "Dawn is a gritty take on the struggles of returning to life from a stint of incarceration," according to the San Antonio Current.  After several prison stints, Dawn is determined to right her wrongs, but the years locked away may have damaged her.  Mr. Smith’s films have screened and won awards at over 80 national and international film festivals, garnering a Director's Guild of America Student Award, an HBO Short film award, a Student Academy Award Nomination and a Black Reel Award, among others. He has been interviewed by many media outlets such as NPR, CNN and Ebony.   This film will be seen on HBO throughout February.  Thank you Texas Public Radio's Nathan Cone for moderating the discussion. 


NVC Student Receives Scholarship

NVC student Luis A. Cortes is passionate about helping veterans. As the head of a local organization that assists veterans in getting information on their benefits, the NVC student was recently awarded a scholarship for his volunteer work.  The Edwards Ministerial Association, Inc. (EMA) awarded Luis a $1,000 scholarship for his service to his country and fellow veterans. Luis was in the U.S. Army for 12 years and was medically separated as a second lieutenant due to an injury he sustained while performing an airborne operation.  Luis said this scholarship is going to help him pay for his last required classes to finish his NVC Associate of Arts in Sociology.  The associate’s degree will help Luis to gain the additional knowledge and skills required to counsel veterans and their families.  

Brigadier General, Dr. Charles W. Edwards, awarded Luis the check at NVC late last fall.  Dr. Edwards is the founder of the Austin-based EMA, a nonprofit organization that ministers to disabled veterans and other organizations in government, education and law enforcement.  Luis is just a few classes away from receiving his third associate degree. He already has completed a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and hopes to become an attorney to be able to represent veterans and their dependents on a volunteer basis.  In addition to being a part of NVC’s Leadership Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Luis also served for the past six years as a commander of the Disabled American Veterans Kel-Lac Chapter 114 in Helotes.


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