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May 22, 2015

 

Northwest Vista College News


NVC Leadership Program Honors Dozens 

On May 19, NVC conducted the Induction Ceremony for those completing the requirements for the National Society of Leadership and Success.  The Society is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals and create lasting positive change. The Society encourages strong leadership, community action, volunteerism, and personal growth from its chapters and members around the world.  The mission statement is: We build leaders who make a better world. A total of 59 NVC students were honored during the ceremony.  31 students were inducted into the Society after meeting the following requirements: 

• Maintaining a 3.0+ GPA

• Attending three leadership lectures

• Attending a three hour leadership training workshop

• Joining a Success Networking Team, and 

• Committing to completing three steps towards a personal goal.    

Leadership lectures for spring included Newscaster Dan Harris peaking on the topic of “Mindfulness”; Debbi Fields, “My Recipe for Success” and Arianna Huffington on, “12 Steps to Thrive”.   

An additional 28 students received the Nationally Engaged Student Award. Requirements for this award include: completion of all the requirements above as well as attending three additional leadership lectures, committing to completing three additional steps toward a personal goal, and completing five hours of community service. Newly inducted Alamo Colleges student Trustee, Sami, is a member of this organization and benefitted from its leadership training. 

 
 

College Celebrates International Jazz Day

NVC celebrated International Jazz Day with a series of events designed to help students participate in or build awareness of this uniquely American musical form.  The Palmetto Center for the Arts featured a screening of "The Girls in the Band," an award-winning documentary on women in jazz on April 29. This film is the untold story of female jazz and big band instrumentalists from the late 1930's to the present day. 
In a review of the 2012 Chicago International Movies and Music Festival at which the film debuted, Michael Glover Smith says the following:  “Director Judy Chaikin tells the epic, previously untold story of the history of professional female jazz instrumentalists, examining both the obstacles these women have faced in a male-dominated musical genre as well as why their contributions have tended to be left out of the official histories. This is jam packed with invaluable archival performance footage as well as interviews with the musicians themselves. Especially memorable to me were the sequences devoted to how female jazzers found themselves in high demand during the Second World War and how the International Sweethearts of Rhythm defied Jim Crow laws when they brought their integrated band to the South.”
 
NVC also participated on April 30 in a community event which included an unveiling of the "Great Day in SA" photo taken last fall by photographer Stephen McDowell. NVC's music faculty member and jazz expert Katchie Cartwright is featured in this photo. The April 30 event is one of only two in Texas and also featured journalist-historian Jim Beal, Jr., who shared stories punctuated by musical interludes. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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