Monthly Archives: May 2015

NVC Male Students Get Valuable Advice

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The mission of the NVC Male Success Initiative program is to encourage leadership, character, and brotherhood among the male student population.

The program focuses on several key character traits to include integrity, discipline, humility, confidence, respect and self-control. It is believed that instilling these traits and building on them makes a strong foundation for our male students’ success.

On May 8, MSI hosted a Leadership Luncheon for NVC male students. The luncheon consisted of male professionals that came to give advice on different topics such as balancing commitments, education after NVC, character and choosing the right career.

Participants expressed that they enjoyed the events and learned a lot from 18 plus male professionals and members of a similar male organization from Trinity University. The male professionals gave great advice to the students and they genuinely showed compassion for the success of the male students.

MSI will be recruiting new members in the fall and encourages faculty and staff to bring awareness of this program to male students who would like to enhance their leadership skills, become engaged with the campus and community and network with professionals.
To learn more about MSI, go here.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

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NVC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Beta Lambda Upsilon, prides itself on providing opportunities for members to gain a competitive edge when transferring to universities or applying for jobs.

PTK recognizes academic achievement, leadership, service and campus engagement and has been serving students for over 90 years; today there are over 2.5 million members. This academic year, Northwest Vista College had 480 students join our college chapter and over 600 active members.

Phi Theta Kappa National/International organization and the NVC chapter, Beta Lambda Upsilon, offer transfer and non-transfer scholarships. Members are able to apply for over $87 million in scholarship opportunities from partnering foundations and universities. For spring of 2015, NVC PTK members were awarded over $188,000 worth of scholarships and this year NVC’s chapter awarded 18 different chapter scholarships!

For more information about NVC honor societies, go here.

PTK 2015 Pics

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Male Success Initiative Helping Men to Succeed

H. Stillwater; J. Rosas; K. Washington; E. Alvear; M.Uresti

H. Stillwater; J. Rosas; K. Washington; E. Alvear; M.Uresti

Juan Rosas knows what it takes to make it. He knows what he is up against and he knows how to arm himself with the best possible weapon to fight what confronts him. What confronts him is failure.

Society and statistics say that Juan, as a man of color in college, will fail. Men of color earn community college degrees and certificates at disproportionately lower rates. Ironically, community colleges enroll more men of color than any other type of higher learning institution. Mr. Rosas has a plan though. His plan is being there for other men of color who are, statistically, going to fail through the Male Success Initiatve or MSI. His goal is to support men who are in community colleges and want positive influences to help guide them through the mind field of life.

PrintIn San Antonio, only 9.3 percent of the population has an associate’s degree while only 24.6 percent has a bachelor’s degree. These stats only show what both genders have earned but men are not going to be the ones that boosted those meager numbers up by a lot. This is where MSI comes in to assist those on the edge, if only those on the edge would reach out instead of taking what is voluntarily given to them.

All you have to do is sign up, go to a meeting and see for yourself what positivity is. That positivity will translate on the road to success and towards earning a degree, which will translate so much more in a man’s life. This is the focus of the Male Success Initiative – how to be a better man.

Most men in community colleges need guidance and, believe it or n

Recent MSI event where male students talked with faculty, staff, community leaders

Recent MSI event where male students talked with faculty, staff, community leaders

ot, high expectations. Mr. Rosas and the MSI members cannot help with high expectations but they can help with guidance and positive influence. Juan exudes positivity and it’s genuine. His enthusiasm is derived from actually caring and knowing that he, and those around him, need each other to guide them onto that path of success and that path starts at Northwest Vista.

That path also starts with a man’s outlook on life and how focused they are towards their goals and achieving those goals. Those things are not easy. Yet, surrounding yourself with positive people who want to see you succeed, who want to see you grasp your goals and surmount your aspirations will give young men that extra push to make it.

While both men and women could always use a little motivation, men of color are the ones that have the most to lose and the most to gain when they succeed. The Male Success Initiative is a great starting point to make that difference. To learn more about MSI, visit this link.

By NVC Student Emiliano Saldana

NVC Cross Country Team DOMINATE Local Races

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Alamo City Run Fest- February 22, 2015

In the debut race of the Spring 2015 semester, 11 NVC runners participated in the Alamo City Run Fest. Running in the 5k race was Mercedes Rodriguez and Micah Florence. Micah finished the 3.1-mile race in a time of 19:59 placing first in his age group. Mercedes placed 3rd in her age group and ran a time of 30:22.

Competing in the 10k race was Vincent Del Pino, Norby Salazar, Sean Perry, Aaron Beattie, and Toni Lindsay. Vincent, Aaron, and Sean dominated their age group placing first, 2nd, and 4th running times of 39:45, 43:42, and 45:51 respectively. Norby placed 2nd in his age group running a time of 49:21. Toni placed 3rd overall in her age group running a time of 49:21.

Racing in the half marathon race was Sergio Luera, Patrick Gonzales, Karla Cortez, Vienna Garcia, and Rhea Migdalski. Sergio placed 2nd in his age group running a time of 1:30:25. Karla, Rhea, and Vienna swept their age group finishing 1-3 running times of 1:37:18, 1:42:25, and 1:44:37 respectively. Patrick took 2nd in his age group with a time of 1:43:38.

Revenge of the Nerds-5k

On February 28, the NVC cross-country team braved the rain and extreme Texas cold weather to run in the campus 5k race: Revenge of the Nerds. Karla Cortez took the overall women’s winner position with a time of 21:39. Rhea Migdalski finished first in the 15-19 female division with a time of 22:01. Toni Lindsay won the Engineering division with a time of 23:39. Mercedes Rodriguez finished third in the 20-29 age group with a time of 30:15, followed by Raquel Rodriquez with a time of 46:31. Vince Del Pino finished first for the men’s team and won the 1st place age group award for 15-19 year olds. Vince ran a time of 18:33. Sergio Luera finished second in the 15-19 age group with a time of 19:42. Norby Salazar won the 20-29 age group with a time of 21:22 followed in second place by Patrick Gonzales with a time of 22:36.

Alamo College Wellness 5k

The Northwest Vista Cross Country team dominated the competition at the Alamo College Wellness 5k on March 28. Sergio Luera and Norby Salazar took second and third overall running times of 18:46 and 19:29, respectively. The ladies were led by Karla Cortez who took first overall with a winning time of 21:25. Rhea Migdalski was hot on her heals, finishing second overall female with a time of 21:29. Colleen Rojas and Toni Lindsay finished fourth and fifth for the women recording times of 23:25 and 23:43, respectively. Vince Del Pino ran the race as well. He was in first place and was led the wrong direction, therefore not technically qualifying as first overall.

SARR Fiesta Mission 10k and 5k

On April 18, the NVC men and women’s cross-country team participated in the Fiesta Mission 5k and 10k. Racing for NVC in the 5k was Vienna Garcia and Samantha Castillo. Vienna took second female overall with a time of 22:01. Samantha ran 10th overall and 1st in her age group with a time of 25:36.

In the men’s 10k division, Vince Del Pino was the fastest male running a time of 35:27. David Gonzales placed 1st in his age group running a time of 43:30. Aaron Beattie place second in his age group with a time of 45:49. In addition, placing second in his age group, Robert Barrasa ran a time of 46:16.

Running for the girls in the 10k were Karla Cortez and Rhea Migdalski. Karla and Rhea took first and second overall with times of 43:56 and 45:34, respectively.

UIW track meet

Four Northwest Vista College Students participated in the UIW track meet on April 10. Vincent Del Pino ran in the 1500m race finishing in a time of 4 minutes and 29 seconds. Rhea Migdalski, Karla Cortez, and Vienna Garcia all participated in the women’s 5000m race. Rhea and Karla both ran a personal record of 21:01 and 21:07 respectively. Vienna was close behind with a time of 21:28 in the 3.1-mile race.

Contributed by NVC Cross Country Coach Ashley McGee