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From a stage production to a film festival to a Beatles Cavern Club tribute, this weekend is full of fun.


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History is a rich, complicated topic that expands beyond textbooks. One Northwest Vista College professor is showing her students a different narrative to American history, allowing them to reflect on racism, oppression and empowerment.

Then, a San Antonio native, and a descendant of one of the founding families of the Alamo City, aims to preserve, maintain and share her family’s heritage dating back centuries. 

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The way Mikael Baisch tells it, he was already a performer and then, “I kind of just woke up one morning and said I’m going to write music.”

Baisch was honored along with Connie Weir and Melissa Wang at the tenth annual Jack Stone Award for New Music competition and concert. His piece, “ClockWork,” was awarded second runner up in the nationwide competition. Connor Weir took the first runner up position for “The Square,” and Melissa Wang was awarded first place for “Downright Up and Left.”

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Northwest Vista College has received federal funding to improve math outcomes for elementary students.


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Sitting before you is a blank sheet of paper, save for an empty musical staff. You assignment is to write great music using the guidelines of the contest you’ve already entered. Not more than eight minutes, and the instrumentation… what is it, string quartet? Maybe solo piano? How about a short cello sonata?

Or maybe you’re told to write for trombone and violin.

St. Philip's College is now off warning status, as are San Antonio College and Northeast Vista College.
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San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College and St. Philip’s College are no longer at risk of losing their accreditation.

The three schools from the Alamo Colleges District have been taken off warning status by their accrediting organization, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Sharon E. Milford

Northwest Vista College, one of the Alamo Colleges, has a surprisingly robust music program for a two-year community college. There are over a dozen either full-time or adjunct faculty members on staff that teach everything from music appreciation and theory to jazz, guitar, and other instruments. Dr. Minkyung Lee heads up the vocal program, and was the featured soloist on one night of their recent Fall Music Fest, held at the campus’ Palmetto Center for the Arts.

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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.

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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.

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