August 20, 2015
Northwest Vista College News
First NVC New Student Convocation Successful
NVC held its Inaugural New Student Convocation on Friday evening August 14th. More than 200 incoming students and family members were in attendance. The new event served as an important opportunity for students to get additional information on how they can reach their educational goals and engage in the many leadership and student organizations on the campus.
President Ric Baser provided a welcome along with personal reflections on his experience in higher education and his career path. He introduced the keynote speaker Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. Ms. Peeples shared her own experiences in higher education and why she became a teacher. She provided advice on what it takes to be a successful student, especially in the first semester of college. She focused on time management, the importance of asking questions, and the need to be well balanced between work and extracurricular activities.
Following the welcome and keynote, students attended breakout sessions with their advisors to learn more about their upcoming educational path. Students were also given a bag with resources such as a thumb drive loaded with information on the campus resources such as tutoring, support labs, and the library. The bag also included a completion pledge that students were encouraged to sign along with their advisor and family members and then post in a prominent place to remind them of their completion goals.
Family and friends remained in the Auditorium and were provided important information on the role they play in supporting their students’ educational journey. Attendees also had a chance to take advantage of a resource fair that included Financial Aid, Student Life), Bookstore, Workforce, and Army ROTC representatives. Students completing a passport by stopping at each booth were then eligible for prizes.
NVC Students Present Research Findings
On Friday, August 7, 10 NVC students presented their research findings as part of the CIMA/LSAMP second undergraduate research summer program symposium. ;The symposium is part of the four-year $1.5 million CIMA/Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Bridge to Baccalaureate grant program (B2B) program. ;The grant, awarded to St. Philips College, is designed to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students who attain bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. ;NVC received a sub award, along with the other Alamo Colleges, to implement grant activities that include: undergraduate research activities/stipends; peer mentorship programs; faculty mentorship activities; tutoring; STEM student clubs; faculty professional development for advising and teaching best practices; training for college recruiters, advisors and developmental math teachers to improve recruitment of Under Represented Minorities into STEM; and development of STEM articulation agreements.;
As part of this grant, students selected for the program (10 NVC students out of 30 district-wide this year) participated in STEM research activities this summer under the mentorship of renowned researchers at UTSA. Each student earned a $3,000 stipend on successful completion of their summer internship. Awards were presented to each student involved in the program by leaders of their respective college at the symposium.
- Alexander Ackerman - Evaluating Dynamic Brain Networks and Connectivity Measures from Models of EEG Data - Research Mentor, Dr. Robbins, UTSA
- Sandra Bernal - Identifying Olfactory Proteins in Ticks - Research Mentor, Dr. Renthal, UTSA
- John Doyle Jr. - One-step Synthesis of Bis (2-quinolyl) Methane - Research Mentor, Dr. Larionov, UTSA
- James Finch - d13C Chemostratigraphy of Early Cretaceous Lacustrine Strata in Hanxia Locality, Northwest China - Research Mentor, Dr. Suarez, UTSA .
- Julissa Gomez - Integrins in RhREC Cells - Research Mentor, Dr. Tsin, UTSA
- Aaron Hodson - Variation of Brain Network Dynamics Across Subjects Using EEG Data
- Research Mentor, Dr. Robbins, UTSA
- Adrianna Lopez - Stable Isotope Analysis of Cretaceous Soil Carbonates from Northwest China - Research Mentor, Dr. Suarez, UTSA
- Jonathan Mendoza - Selenium Nanoparticles produced for Biomedical Research - Research Mentor, Dr. Nash, UTSA
- Ruby Patterson - Econstructing Holocene Paleovegetation in Southwestern New Mexico
- Research Mentor, Dr. Suarez, UTSA
- Stephanie Planas - Habitat preference by wildlife in a Peri-Urban ecosystem of South Bexar County Texas - Research Mentor, Dr. Valdez, TAMUSA
The NSF LSAMP program was established by Congressional mandate in 1991 to significantly increase the quality and quantity of minorities who successfully complete baccalaureate degrees in STEM and who continue on to graduate studies in these fields. In 2012, the program increased its support to community colleges through the B2B program. The Alamo Colleges CIMA Alliance along with the Valencia College grant are the first LSAMP B2B programs in the nation.
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