October 9, 2015
Northwest Vista College News
NVC Hosts Third Annual TeachTechFest
The NVC Teaching with Technology team hosted the third annual TeachTechFest on Friday, September 11. The purpose was to explore technological ways to make learning and the classroom more engaging. The highlight of the event was guest speaker, Alan November, MEd., an internationally recognized leader in education technology. He was cofounder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership through Technology and the author of Empowering Students with Technology and his most recent book, Who Owns the Learning? In addition to the keynote address, Mr. November led three concurrent sessions all of which were aligned with NVC's QEP on information literacy (inFUSE) and Across-the-Curriculum initiatives. His keynote on information literacy was extremely well-received with many attendees asking to please have him back.
42 consecutive sessions completed the schedule for the day-long event. Topics that included classroom technologies, Concourse e-syllabus, Canvas, accessibility, information literacy, documentation tools, open educational resources, Outlook and mobile apps. More than 100 full and part-time faculty and staff attended. Attendees felt the event was valuable with 94% rated the conference "really good" or "fantastic in a survey at the close of the event..
VP Sherman Attends Phi Beta Lambda Awards
NVC Vice President of College Services Erin Sherman attended the Phi Beta Lambda National Awards Program (NAP) Committee in Atlanta, GA recently. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a nonprofit education association for students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.
The PBL National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. At the State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are then eligible to compete for national awards. These events play an integral role in the mission of PBL by preparing students for successful careers in business by providing opportunities to apply classroom concepts in a workforce-simulated competitive environment. Individual and team events focus on skills useful in leadership and career development; chapter events recognize overall achievement and performance in chapter management and growth.
As a member of the NAP Committee, Ms. Sherman, supports the administration, development, scoring, and guidelines of the PBL competitive events program. Of the 60 PBL competitive events, Ms. Sherman has developed three of the events from scratch – Accounting Analysis and Decision Making, Cost Accounting, and Forensic Accounting. Ms. Sherman has served on the NAP committee since 2012 following her appointment by the PBL Board of Directors.
NVC Assists with Scholarship Judging
NVC joined other Alamo Colleges in the consolidated scholarship application judging event held Friday, September 18. A total of 96 community members and Alamo Colleges’ faculty and staff members participated in event. Applications reviewed exceeded 2,100, an increase of more than 600 over last year.
As part of the NVC strategic objective to build strong partnerships with San Antonio businesses, NVC invited business and community leaders to serve as judges. This year the list included: Clinton Jones, vice president and business operations manager senior at Chase Bank; Michele Lopez, recruiting specialist at Nationwide; Genevieve Flores, general manager of Conexio; Eliot Lee, consultant with MVHL Consulting, LLC; Christine Crowley, retired NVC faculty member; Victor Castillo, associate with Alamo Architects; Jeremy Pancoast, director of entertainment services at SeaWorld San Antonio; Cindy Bosquez, market manager, Potranco Village Banking Center; Bryan Chase, president of the Friends of the Arts at NVC (FANs) Board of Directors; and Vanessa Villarreal and Mary Soesbee, community representatives, Frost Bank, represented NVC as community members on the judging panel.
NVC faculty and staff members also served judges including Paul Northway, Sarah Ball, Jennifer Ortiz, Clint Dunagan, Tony Canestraro, Eva Gaitan, Jimena Marin, Ruth Prieto, Kori Schneider, Kazia Estrada and Angelica Esparza. Thanks to Lynne T. Dean, NVC director of institutional advancement, and Alice Martinez, NVC administrative assistant specialist, for helping to facilitate the event.
Scholarship awards range from $200 to $3,000 per academic year with an average award of approximately $750. Grants are applied to the recipient’s student account for tuition, fees, books and other educational costs. Last year, NVC awarded $232,211 in scholarships to 274 students.
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