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April 17, 2015


Northwest Vista College News

Digital Video Students Present Community Project Video 

As part of the April Bragging Breakfast, a team of NVC Digital Video & Cinema Production (DCVP) students shared a video they produced for University Health System to use in its transplant division. The video prepares transplant patients for the surgery and recovery process. Video adjunct instructor Tom Taylor introduced NVC student Hunter Kanady and University Health System representative and transplant patient Dot Delarosa prior to a viewing of the video. The other students who helped create the video were Homero Amador and Jae Rivera. 

This video was one of many created in the fall by the advanced digital video students as part of their final grade for the class.  They are required to create 5 to 7 minute videos to support community service/non-profit organizations or NVC programs/services.  The production project prepares the students for jobs in the film and video sector.  Student teams review the proposals submitted by the service organizations or NVC departments and select the video project they want to complete.  The community organizations and/or college departments selected must agree to partner on the project which entails meeting with the students, helping to arrange interviews for, and helping to write the script.  A “grand showing” of each of the videos, including the University Health System video, was held in December.  The University Health system video was selected as one of the best from last semester and therefore included in the Bragging Breakfast to celebrate the student achievement and the commitment to community service. 

The community organization videos have served a variety of purposes and over the years and have had broad impact for the participating organizations.  For example, the University Health System video is on the main page of their website so as a patient progresses through the surgery and recovery process they can revisit the video to prepare them for the next phase of the process.  Also, a Rise Recovery video was used at a breakfast last May by the organization that is one of two annual fundraising events.  Rise Recovery is dedicated to curbing substance abuse with faith-based comprehensive programs for youth.  Jane Edwards, a Rise Recovery Board member, recently thanked NVC for the video and the impact it had at the breakfast.  She shared that there was not a dry eye in the audience after the video aired.  


NVC Hosts Annual Student Science Conference

The Annual NVC Science Conference was held on April 6-7, 2015.  The event has been organized each year by faculty for the past 11 years to engage students (both science majors and non-majors) in scientific research to foster student success at NVC.   The desired outcomes included: 
• Giving our students a platform to present work and research outcomes 
• Giving students a chance to research areas outside their course curriculum and present the findings to their peers
• Giving students a chance to talk to faculty/representative from transfer schools (nursing/pharmacy/degree programs)
• Educating students about other exciting degree and career opportunities.  
The student presentations ranged from topics in Biology, Microbiology, Genetics, Chemistry, and Physics, all geared towards improving their research and communication skills.  A total of 181 student presented at the conference.  Many outside organizations presented exposing students to various career options.  Schools like Schreiner and UIW educated students on their specific requirements and expectations for Nursing and Pharmacy programs.  UTHSCSA, St. Mary, TAMUSA, and UTSA presented different degree, research, and career options for NVC students.  Southwest Research Institute, Texas Biomed Institute, and US Army Institute of Surgical Research explored the job market and shared valuable information about life after their educational pursuits.
The event was a tremendous success with almost 800 students participating in the two day event, each spending several hours listening and interacting with the presenters.  Every session had a minimum of 60 attendees and the largest almost 200 participants.  The program was a collaborative effort from the faculty coordinator, Prakash Nair, 11 different NVC organizations and their representatives, and the volunteer student members of the Pre Health Delegation student club.  


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