Work That Matters: Ryan Pettengill

The following article showcases a Mountain View College employee, the work they perform, and (more importantly) the meaning behind that work. This series is part of an effort to showcase the many great employees who contribute to teaching and learning efforts at MVC.

Posted on behalf of Ryan Pettengill, Ph.D. (Professor of History).

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Working Towards the College Mission and Values

The article focuses on average Americans in a local setting. More specifically, it demonstrates how direct action in matters involving freedom and equality helped transform working class communities throughout the nation. It demonstrates an instance in the empowerment of communities and MVC “transforms” communities in a similar fashion.

Work That Matters

It gives me a great deal of pride to have published this piece. At the beginning of the process, the reviewers were very skeptical of its publication. But I was diligent and persistent. I went through numerous draft, networked with my history colleagues at MVC for suggestions, and even submitted a draft to the MVC Writing Center (and they were most helpful). The last thing the publisher wrote to me after informing me that it was to be published was “congratulations on preserving” in the publication process. So, I’m proud of my perseverance and especially proud of the MVC community’s connection to it.

Measurement of Success

Success is not instantaneous. It is a process. EVERY class I teach at MVC is a Writing Intensive Class. Before the paper is due, I often ask the class how many people have ever turned in a paper that was “hot-off-the-press.” At least half the class (including myself) raise their hands. It is a nice teachable moment where I can illuminate the writing process and explain that success will only come if they continuously work at it. It will not be easy, and it wasn’t for me either, but if you work hard, the payoff will come in short order.

Work That Matters: Eric McKinney

The following article showcases a Mountain View College employee, the work they perform, and (more importantly) the meaning behind that work. This series is part of an effort to showcase the many great employees who contribute to teaching and learning efforts at MVC.

Posted on behalf of Eric McKinney, Department Assistant II, Fitness Center.

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Working Towards the College Mission and Values

My role as a Fitness Coordinator helps to provide a safe, comfortable and educational environment for students, staff and the community to become healthier benefits our campus tremendously. Free access to a healthier life keeps students minds and bodies better equipped to handle college life.  Provides a needed outlet for staff to begin or end their day. Keeping the community healthy  by providing free gym access, only motivates them to pass the word, which can also help with other community involvement programs.

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As a former athlete, from childhood to college, fitness has and will always be the core of my success. By being able to educate my guests and staff, and see them get excited about a healthier life, is all the motivation I need to be successful.

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Measurement of Success

What I would do is come on campus  on my non-working days and I will walk the trails that we have here on campus from the outdoor facilities where it’s open to the public in the community to work out. I will pass out flyers about the fitness center take the initiative engaging with some workouts. Give them an option to come inside of one of our state-of-the-art facilities here on campus. I would reassure the community that  they can get the same type of workout climate-controlled environment safe and still reach there the full potential of their goals.

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Work That Matters: Leslie Brinkerhoff

The following article showcases a Mountain View College employee, the work they perform, and (more importantly) the meaning behind that work. This series is part of an effort to showcase the many great employees who contribute to teaching and learning efforts at MVC.

Posted on behalf of Mr. Leslie A. Brinkerhoff, Jr.

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Working Towards the College Mission and Values

As the coordinator of a successful ESL program, I take great pleasure in the fact that we are indeed transforming the community by providing vital language skills in the English language for our diverse immigrant population. Many of our students eventually go on to take college level classes and even graduate with degrees from MVC. That is true success!

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MVC recently hosted a very successful conference for teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The conference organized by the Board of TexTESOL V offered a great professional development opportunity for over 300 ESL/ESOL professionals – instructors and administrators of programs – in the area.  With over 40 breakout sessions and a phenomenal Keynote speaker: Mr. John Seidlitz, an acclaimed educational consultant, particularly for ESL programs in Texas – this conference was considered one of the best by many who attended. However, the real secret to this success was the wonderful collaboration of many people and departments across our campus, which included Facilities, Graphics, Student Life, MVC Media, MVC Police, MVC Rooms, Workforce and CE, Professional Development, Marketing and Public Relations, and The President’s Office. It was truly an MVC Proud Moment!

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I love supporting our ESL teachers as they provide quality instruction of English Language Learning to our immigrant community. I also enjoy interacting on a daily basis with our students who come from a variety of countries.  Sometimes, I speak to them in Spanish, French, or even a little Vietnamese, which delights them, as a sign of my respect for them. They need to know that they are a vital and welcome part of the wonderfully diverse tapestry of peoples called the United States of America.

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Measurement of Success

Karen Garcia was once an ESL student here at MVC. After several years of hard work, she successfully graduated from MVC in 2015.  She recently sent me a special message sharing the good news of her acceptance in dental school, and thanking me for the role I had had in her success.

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