Northwest Vista College

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A time limit. A saxophone quartet. And a blank sheet of paper. Three young composers recently took advantage of the opportunity to present their creations at the annual Jack Stone Award for New Music Concert, sponsored by the Alamo Colleges District - Northwest Vista College. The diverse sounds were brought to life by the Austin-based Bel Cuore Quartet, who reveled in the opportunity to debut new music to an appreciative audience on Tuesday, March 28.

In 2010, Beth May was teaching music at Alamo Colleges' Northwest Vista College and had some gifted students taking music theory. She wanted to encourage their budding interest in composition, but found that most all of the nationwide composer competitions were open to students of all skill levels, which could potentially pit community college students against a Ph.D. candidate. It wasn’t exactly a level playing field.

Photo by Kemp Davis

Northwest Vista College has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an enhanced curriculum in nanotechnology in San Antonio.

Northwest Vista president, Dr. Ric Baser, says Texas has the fourth largest number of nanotechnology companies in the U.S. – and this grant will help establish San Antonio as a hub for manufacturing in a number of those industries.

The Texas Institute for Educational Robotics (TIER) at Northwest Vista College has been awarded a grant from the Google Computer Sciences for High School program.

TIER is an outreach program at Northwest Vista College to get younger students interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math and was awarded the money to give middle school teachers a gaming-type tool to use in teaching their regular classes.

Northwest Vista College

Northwest Vista College received the coveted recognition from the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program for outstanding performance in the areas of leadership and customer focus.

Northwest Vista College was the only educational institution in the country that received a site visit to be considered for the Baldrige Award this year.

Dr. Jackie Claunch, Northwest Vista president, said their customer focus is all about the students, and it starts with the people they hire.